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Rivers End Restaurant

13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 828-488-7172
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“burger” (58 reviews)
“fish tacos” (12 reviews)
Closes in 14 min
8:00 AM - 7:00 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Food is always good. Trout cakes are my favorite. I like them over the Raven's Salad. Great location on the water. If it is too crowded inside, I order to go and sit down by the river.

Thank MariluWP
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We stopped in for lunch and we were pleasantly surprised by some of the unique choices on the menu. Also had a great beer selection. We all had something different and it was all good.The view was great and we would go back again

Thank Russell B
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This is a charming spot that sits on the edge of the river rapids. The service was quick and pleasant. The food was quite good. I had the trout tacos and they were excellent. Prices were very fair for what you get.

Thank GR260
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Went to Rivers End after a day of zip lining at NOC. Great location right on the river. We sat outside in the back. Our waitress was very friendly. My friend got the chicken chili sherpa and enjoyed it a lot but said it could...More

Thank CJuneC210
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We were seated in the outdoor area right next to the river and it was so cool!! The service was great, Chilli fries were ok, but the barn door pizza...AMAZING! Can't say enough about this pizza! Totally would come back again and recommend to others!

Thank GeorgiaGal1216
Reviewed 5 October 2016

This place was difficult for me to review because some points were hits and some misses. I chose this place based on it's online popularity and river setting. We went for lunch and were promptly seated, unfortunately the seat we had available was behind a...More

Thank TheTravelingBison
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Can't beat the view or the sound from the covered deck of this restaurant situated adjacent to the river. The food and the service are equally as good. And prices are reasonable. Casual dress ok. Inside seating as well. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A...More

Thank Vagabond2be
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Perfect spot on the river to enjoy a local caught trout sandwich! The service is friendly, prices are reasonable and the food was delicious. Ask for a seat by the window for the beat view of the river.

Thank AnnetteMarie332
Reviewed 28 September 2016

My group of kayakers came here for breakfast before a long day on the Nantahala River. The service was gracious and prompt and I would recommend this place if you are looking for a true restaurant and you're enjoying a day at the NOC. I...More

Thank Kat D
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We had just finished zip lining and were starving. There are only two places on site to eat. This was the only 'restaurant'. We had burgers and fish tacos. Burger was typical, not outstanding. The fish tacos were not bad, more slaw than fish.

Thank Stacy G
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17 August 2017|
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Response from flnine300 | Reviewed this property |
They sure do.
Joyce c
3 August 2015|
Response from Judy H | Reviewed this property |
I have ridden the train many times to the NOC and there really isn't enough time to eat there. It is best to eat at one of the kiosks on the train side of the river. That way, you still have a bit of time to walk around and... More
Keri H h
11 February 2015|
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Response from Terri G | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. But I know Bryson City is a pet friendly town.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Bryson City
  • Phone Number: +1 828-488-7172
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Located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, River's End Restaurant has been serving hikers, paddlers and everyone in between since 1972. From delicious trout cakes and New York style pizza to hand-pattied veggie burgers and the infamous sherpas, River's End Restaurant has a dish for everyone. The Nantahala River provides beautiful views and plenty of entertainment while dining from riverside seats at River's End Restaurant.Serving breakfast (March-October), lunch, and dinner. Open year round.
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