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Date: 2/08/2019

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro Named one of America’s '25 Most Romantic Restaurants' by TripAdvisor

The highly acclaimed local Smoky Mountain restaurant, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, has received national praise and accolades from the popular travel and restaurant website, TripAdvisor, as one of the top “25 Most Romantic Restaurants of 2019.”

"As Valentine's Day is the biggest date night of the year, we have surfaced a list of TripAdvisor diners' favorite romantic restaurants in America," said Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants. "Those who aren't lucky enough to reserve a table at one of these spots can use TripAdvisor to find other highly rated restaurants that are still sure to impress your significant other."

Diners using the TripAdvisor website frequently cite the beef tenderloin, scallops, and trout as popular creations by Chef Shelley Cooper, whose inventive choices of unique flavor combinations and use of the highest quality local ingredients make for an unforgettable culinary experience. While delectable foods are key to any great dining experience, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro also scores high marks for an ambiance that sets the perfect mood for a special night out or a romantic weekend getaway near Cade’s Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains. Couples enjoy relaxing with an after-dinner cocktail on the patio or warming up by the fire pit while making s’mores.

One guest commented, “What a beautiful, charming and delicious dining experience! The soft music, soft white lights and rustic setting made for a relaxed and pleasant dinner… Good wine, great food and friendly service.”

All 25 restaurants included on the TripAdvisor list scored a minimum 4.5/5 rating and received at least 100 new reviews in the previous year. Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro was a 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner and has been featured on TV shows on Travel Channel and The Food Network.

The mention of the Townsend TN restaurant has been picked up & published by many regional and national media, such as MSN, Yahoo! Finance, The Grubwire, ABC15-TV, Food News Feed and Food and Wine. The later featured an article suggesting “if you haven’t planned your big night out yet, this list might offer some inspiration, with restaurants from Maui, Hawaii (one of three Hawaii winners on the list) to Townsend, Tennessee.”


Dancing Bear’s Restaurant Offering Special Valentine’s Menu February 13-17

Now is the perfect time to experience it for yourself as Dancing Bear is serving up a gorgeous menu offering of cupid's finest all week long with a Valentine's Special Menu available from Wednesday, February 13th, through Sunday, February 17th.

An evening of refined Appalachian cuisine, paired with a course-by-course wine offering, amidst the delicious mountain setting beneath the stars aims to be a straight arrow to your lover's heart. For the ultimate Valentine’s experience, the acclaimed restaurant shares space near Dancing Bear’s full-service lodging accommodations.

Vegetarian options are among the course offerings. To see the complete Valentine’s Dinner menu, visit The Valentine's Dinner at Dancing Bear is available through a regularly scheduled dinner reservation by phone at (865) 336-2138, email to or booking online at

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is located at 7140 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend TN 37882-3818.