“The 28 room Dancing Bear Lodge is home to the Appalachian Bistro, where comfort food classics paired with the breathtaking beauty all around will make you want to sit a spell and soak it all in.” As featured on the Travel Channel’s hit series Food Paradise: Hotel Hot Spots

At our Townsend TN Restaurant, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, we know that great food begins with fresh, quality sourced ingredients. On our menu, you’ll find Appalachian-inspired dishes that are familiar and steeped in tradition yet enhanced with bold new dashes of flavor and component combinations that may surprise and delight you.


An Elevated Dining Experience

Dancing Bear provides a premium lodging experience. We bring the same commitment to excellence to our restaurant. Whether enjoying a romantic dinner for two or bringing the extended family together for a celebratory meal, we want your night out in Townsend to be a very special experience. We offer a refined assortment of regionally inspired dishes — all served among rustic surroundings and calming wooded vistas. From enjoying a cocktail or beer on our patio built around trees, to warming up next to the fire pit while making s’mores, you truly become part of the breathtaking natural surroundings as soon as you arrive.


A Celebration of Appalachian Cuisine

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is under the direction of Shelley Cooper. Born in Memphis, TN, Chef Shelley was surrounded by family who focused on providing a bounty of farm fresh southern cuisine at every meal. She credits her southern culinary roots to the combination of her family hailing from both the Mississippi Delta & the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

When you taste the garden to table ingredients used in Chef Shelley’s dishes, you’re tasting the land and its history while also getting to savor the season. It’s difficult to beat a way of eating that has flourished for thousands of years, but Chef Shelley succeeded by combining the flavors of Appalachia with a natural instinct for flavor & modern techniques.


An Affair to Remember

This is an exciting time as we host families gathering for weddings, corporate & private events, as well as friends and old classmates enjoying long-awaited reunions. Sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on the Special Events in Townsend TN we have planned at the restaurant. Gift Cards are available year-round and make great stocking stuffers.


Exclusive Dining Events

Chef Shelley’s Supper – $45 per person

Experience the unique culinary flair of Executive Chef Shelley Cooper each Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday evening! Chef Shelley creates a special 3-course dining menu which changes weekly. We have live music on Thursdays, and “Wine Wednesday” with wine specials on hand selected bottles.  Reservations recommended.

From time to time, we will also bring in distinguished guest chefs for special dining events. Stay updated on these events by signing up for our newsletter.


Introducing Bar at the Bear!

Each week we will be featuring unique offerings from Townsend’s only full bar, located at The Dancing Bear Lodge Appalachian Bistro. The bar is open to the public Wednesday thru Sunday from 5-9pm and is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of friends and family. For more information, call us direct at 865.336.2138.


Dinner Menu


Supper Menu

For our weekly chef’s supper menu, please check our Bistro page here.


Dessert Menu


Wine Lists

Our Hours

Tuesday, Wed, Thurs: 5–9 pm

Fri and Sat: 5–10 pm

Sun: 5–9 pm

Mon: Closed

To make reservations, call (865) 336-2138 or visit OpenTable.com

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  • Without a doubt the nicest...

    “Our primary reason for visiting this property was to once again enjoy the incredible culinary creations of Chef Shelley! Her artistic use of farm-fresh ingredients is rivaled by very few…upscale comfort food at its best! While feasting, we enjoyed a guitarist accompanied by a mandolin…and then s’mores by the mountain stone firepit! Seriously, what more could you want?”

    – Trip Advisor Review

  • Just a short 2-hour drive...

    “As foodies vacationing in the Smoky Mountains, we didn’t find many “hidden gems” around…until Dancing Bear. Spectacular food and amazing wine selection with excellent specialty drinks and top notch service. If we are ever back in this area again, we will absolutely return!”

    – Yelp Review

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    “Fantastic food, ambiance, service, hospitality, wine, etc. Love everything about this place! Great beer. Salmon (from Alaska) was wonderful. Fire pit outside with heaters. Cozy booth with romantic lighting and feel. Amazing views. Best place for a date night!!!”

    – Yelp Review