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The Tropical Grill

198 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-2720
+1 828-765-0909
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  • Excellent86%
  • Very good10%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Caribbean, Colombian, Jamaican, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
198 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-2720
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I ate here for lunch on 2/17/18. The food and service were excellent. As you review the menu they bring you complimentary chips and salsa. The salsa has no heat but very good flavor. After reviewing the pretty extensive menu I decided...More

2  Thank Tomball_Traveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great food...great service..just a great meal. never disappointed at the tropical grill. try the limade drink

Thank strollingbonez
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

This was exactly what we needed after a 4 mile hike. Very eccentric restaurant. The food was amazing and had so many flavors. The owners were super friendly as well. I’ve never had true Latin American cuisine but this place is true to its name....More

Thank India C
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

It's been awhile since I've eaten at this small restaurant and I honestly can't remember what I had to eat. What I do remember was the great fun and belly laughs that I enjoyed from the uneven cement/sidewalk where our outdoor table sat...er...wobbled. My chair...More

Thank Mona E
OreoDunk, Owner at The Tropical Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2017

Mona, It must have been years since you've been to the Tropical Grill. Those old tables and chairs were replaced almost 4 years ago with beautiful tropical style built-in decks, benches and tables. It perplexes me to understand why you would give us a review...More

Reviewed 21 November 2017

The Tropical Grill is a delightful food island in the Blue ridge Mountains. In tiny Spruce Pine, NC a small, funky family restaurant serves fresh, colorful and tasty Columbian, Caribbean, Guatemalan and American favorites with a twist. You will not be disappointed and the challenge...More

Thank William G
Reviewed 6 November 2017

On a whim, we stopped in for lunch and we were pleasantly surprised -- the food is fantastic and service is great. It was THE BEST, most authentic Columbia, Carribean food we've had. The service is exceptional and the owner made us feel really welcome....More

1  Thank jjclark2017
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

It is a really small venue with a total of 22 seats and a max of 4 at a table inside. So keep that in mind if you’re with a larger group. It was just my wife and I so no worries. The amazing flavors...More

Thank Smacks548
Reviewed 26 October 2017

When you visit Spruce Pine no visit would be complete without a stop at the Tropical Grill. The food is amazing. Sure there is other great restaurants to choose from, but none offer authentic South American cuisine as they do. Don't worry if "something more...More

Thank R S
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We have a vacation home near Spruce Pine and, although aware of the Tropical Grill through Trip Advisor, just made our first trip this past weekend. It did not disappoint! We thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the owner as she advised us on the menu. Our...More

Thank Jim C
Reviewed 10 October 2017

I was so surprised with this little jewel of a restaurant. I have Celiac's disease and the owner went out of her way to accommodate me and make sure I would not get sick. I have waited over two days now to write the review...More

Thank angelbearh
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Questions & Answers
1 April 2017|
Response from Sam R |
Yes. We did for someone today as a matter of fact.
Eileen H
10 June 2016|
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Response from Jeffs1126 | Reviewed this property |
I do not recall seeing gluten free items on the menu but the owner seems like she would be accommodating. I bet if you call beforehand and tell her what you need, she would help.
Heather W
15 October 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 198 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-2720
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Spruce Pine
  • Phone Number: +1 828-765-0909
  • E-mail
Found high up on the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, "The Tropical Grill" is here to give you an unexpected dining experience. As you exit off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Spruce Pine, NC, go to "Upper Street" in downtown Spruce Pine, across from the Wells Fargo Bank. Tropical Dishes from around the world... Not found anywhere in the mountains and in some cases nowhere else in the Continental United States, unique and original. Dishes from Central America, Colombia, Cuba, the Caribbean, Asia and of course all your favorite Country Style American Home Cookin'. Lunch and dinner includes a full deli and grill with our Philly cheese steak, ruebens, burgers, paninis, Cuban sandwiches and our famous "Riveria". Tropical selections for lunch and dinner include: Fish Tacos, a complete vegetarian and gluten free selection, our famous Tropi-chop platter, Pollo ala Plancha, Steak Argentina and our popular Quesadillas. We have a full line of salads, including our Caribbean salad, our Asian salad and our Greek Salad. Our Quatro Leche dessert cake is to die for! Dine in or take out. Catering is our specialty. PURCHASE OUR GUATEMALAN IMPORT PRODUCTS TO HELP SEND PROCEEDS TO THE MISSIONS IN GUATEMALA. By purchasing our Import products, you are helping the Guatemalan people in many ways. First you help put monies into the Mayan economy. This provides economic opportunities for entire villages that otherwise have very little hope. Secondly, proceeds from your purchase go back to the missions in Guatemala that provide a much needed medical service and supply. But most important, understand it is our primary task to reach each Guatemalan with the "Good News" of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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