On the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, Everett Hotel Bistro serves up high-end seasonal eats and gourmet desserts and cocktails!
One of our favorite finds on a recent trip to the Smoky Mountains was the bistro at the Everett Hotel.
With a small but high-end menu selection and an atmosphere that hits the sweet spot of laid-back and gracious, it's a perfect place for a special dinner!
If you're interested in the local food scene around the Smoky Mountains, the Everett Hotel Bistro is a great place to go. Here's what to expect when you visit.
Making Reservations at Everett Hotel Bistro
The Everett Hotel is in Bryson City, North Carolina.
The restaurant serves breakfast to hotel guests. For everyone else, it's open for dinner a few days a week.
Reservations are definitely recommended! Check their website for menu and current hours.
When I called for reservations, they were incredibly nice over the phone, and even asked about dietary restrictions.
I asked about off-menu options, and was told that they could add chicken to one of the salads, and that there’s typically a vegan option (even if it’s not listed on the main menu).
We made a reservation for seats on the outdoor covered patio, and were pleasantly surprised to see that the tables were nicely spaced apart.
The Bistro Menu
We were excited to check out the fairly extensive wine/cocktail/beer/cider menu.
Most of the beers and ciders are local to North Carolina.
The wines come from farther afield, though (when we were there) the menu did feature a couple of options from the Biltmore Winery in Asheville.
We decided to try a milk stout and a tart cherry cider, both from North Carolina breweries.
For a starter, we went for the dates – they're wrapped in bacon, stuffed with blue cheese, and finished off with a honey drizzle. It's one of their most popular items. So decadent, it's not surprising!
For entrées, we went for the mountain trout (mine) and the black and blue burger (his).
The mountain trout was crusted with a yummy cornmeal coating, and served with a hearty blend of quinoa, rice, spinach and garlic on the side, along with some sautéed veggies.
The burger came with bacon and melted blue cheese and was topped off with fresh and juicy lettuce, tomato and red onion.
And guess what? There's an entirely separate menu for after-dinner coffees, cocktails, cordials and liqueurs (and desserts, of course!).
On this visit we were satisfied with the beer and cider we'd already had and didn't try an after-dinner drink. But we did share a dessert: the hot fudge brownie à la mode.
After such a fantastic meal, we felt like lingering a little bit in town. The Everett Hotel is in a cute little strip of shops, and makes for a nice stroll around town.
This corner of North Carolina is full of small towns and great food: one of our other favorite restaurants was DaLaya Thai Cuisine in Sylva, about 25 minutes from Bryson City.
I hope you get to enjoy the Everett Hotel Bistro as much as we did, the next time you're in the mood for a special meal in the Smoky Mountains!