Restaurants

 

Enjoy the Varied Tastes Of the Mountains

With everything there is to do in Cherokee, you can work up quite an appetite. But don’t worry, you won’t go hungry; Cherokee has everything from fast food, to ample buffets to fine dining. And if all you want is a good snack of candy, ice cream or fudge, it’s available all around town.

So whether you’ve got a family to feed, or are looking for a table for two, one of our Cherokee restaurants will suit your price range and taste.


No alcoholic beverages are sold on the Cherokee reservation, except at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel.

What Did The Ancient Cherokees Eat?

According to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, a traditional Indian feast consisted of…

Blackberries, elderberries, wild plum, persimmon, dewberries, gooseberries and fox grapes.

Hickory nuts, butternuts, walnuts and hazelnuts.

Chestnut bread, hominy bread, bean bread, molasses bread and wild potato bread.

Roast bear, roast deer, speckled trout, and turkey.

Potatoes, corn, wild greens, succotash, artichokes and ramps.

Sassafras tea, spicewood tea and sumacade.

Restaurants

  • Relia’s Garden Restaurant

    Dine with Us at Nantahala Outdoor Center where you will find anything from a Carolina BBQ sandwich to pecan-crusted trout. From breakfast to dinner to an evening with friends, please plan on joining us for something to eat while you are here.
  • Pizza Inn

    Pizza Inn is a franchise of Pizza Inn of Dallas, TX. The locally owned franchise has been in business since 1981. Pizza Inn is open year round featuring our famous lunch buffet and menu service. Pizza Inn has seating for 150 and in summer has river deck seating. A 70 seat private dining room is available for parties or meetings. Open after drama in summer for your convenience.
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Restaurants

    Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort offers ten dining options including the Chefs Stage Buffet, Selu Garden Café, Brio Tuscan Grille, the Lobby Café and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Guests 21 and older can dine at the Food Court on the casino floor, featuring Johnny Rockets, Pizzeria Uno Express, Dunkin Donuts Express, and the Winning Streaks Deli. Harrah's Cherokee also offers two full-service beverage options at Rushing River Bar and the Essence Lounge.
  • Granny’s Kitchen

    Popular Cherokee restaurant since 1984 with great home cooking your whole family will enjoy. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Specialties include hand-carved roast beef, Southern fried chicken and freshly baked desserts. See website for daily menus and breakfast availability. Granny's Kitchen also offers catering services from corporate affairs to intimate family gatherings. Open Tues-Sun, April-Nov. 1 mile East of Casino.
  • Rivers End Restaurant

    Dine with Us at Nantahala Outdoor Center where you will find anything from a Carolina BBQ sandwich to pecan-crusted trout. From breakfast to dinner to an evening with friends, please plan on joining us for something to eat while you are here.
  • Dairy Queen

    The DQ Restaurant is one of nearly 6,000 restaurants franchised by International Dairy Queen, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN. The locally owned franchise has been in business in Cherokee since 1951. DQ is open year around serving a biscuit breakfast and serving hot eats and cool treats all day. A small private dining room is available for meetings and parties. Open after drama in summer for your convenience.
  • Slow Joe’s Cafe

    Dine with Us at Nantahala Outdoor Center where you will find anything from a Carolina BBQ sandwich to pecan-crusted trout. From breakfast to dinner to an evening with friends, please plan on joining us for something to eat while you are here.
  • Fontana Village Resort

    Located in Fontana Dam, North Carolina, Fontana Village Resort offers a range of accommodations, including rooms and suites in The Lodge, cabins, and RV and tent camping along the Little Tennessee River. The resort also features a marina and supply store, boat rentals, convention and event space, restaurants, shopping, fitness center, pools, championship disc golf course, whitewater rafting, and miles of on-site trails for bikers and hikers.