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OpenTable: Dancing Bear Among 'Best Restaurants in Knoxville' Area

On the heels of being named by TripAdvisor as one of the Top 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, the accolades continue to pour in for the highly acclaimed local Smoky Mountain restaurant, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro. The Bistro has also won in several categories of OpenTable’s 2019 Diner’s Choice Awards. From the service to the food, people are loving the experience we offer at Dancing Bear.

The 2019 Diner's Choice Awards from Open Table

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro won in the following categories:

OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations. Since 1998, the service has offered diners hospitality industry tools for booking the perfect table for every occasion. Their network connects more than 48,000 restaurants worldwide. More than 27 million diners each month rely on TripAdvisor for booking dinner reservations. In North America, 58% of those reservations are made using the OpenTable app.

Reviews on OpenTable can only be made by diners who have eaten at a restaurant. Based on recent ratings, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro received a 4.6/5 for food quality, 4.7/5 for the service, and 4.7/5 for the ambiance. Many reviewers point to the unique flavor combinations created by Chef Shelley Cooper as a key to an unforgettable dining experience.

Here is a small sampling of recent reviews:

A fabulous dining experience. Wonderful food, wonderful ambiance, wonderful service! Loved everything about it!”

—LindaG of East Tennessee (Feb. 15, 2019)

Beautifuly designed restaurant with an Appalachian motif. Provided a very warm atmosphere for dining. The food and wine pairings were excellent from appetizer to dessert. Service and timing of courses was excellent. A beautiful restaurant for an excellent dining experience. Highly recommend.”

—Volsbroncos1618 of San Francisco (Feb. 15, 2019)

StephenG: “Everything was perfect! We loved all courses of food, the service, the atmosphere and the cocktails. My favorites were the steak with brisket, the creme brulee desert and the presentation and taste of the Smoky Old fashion cocktail. My wife loved everything as well. We can't wait to go back again. It was our best meal in a long time!!”

—StephenG (Feb. 10, 2019)

An Ongoing Commitment to Culinary Excellence

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is proud to receive these recognitions and will continue to work hard to remain worthy of inclusion among mentions of the best restaurants in the Knoxville and East Tennessee areas.

Make a reservation to taste for yourself what makes Bistro so appealing to OpenTable users. 


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Posted in Bistro Feb 26, 2019

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