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The Tropical Grill

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$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, South American, Colombian, Central American
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198 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-2720
+1 828-765-0909
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 15:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 20:30
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Rocky Point, New York
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is always great and wide ranging selection. Authentic sides for each dish. Owners are very sweet and engaging

Thank jeannesabo
Knoxville, Tennessee
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful surprise to find such authentic great tasting food in the mountains. Three of us tried three different dishes and all were fantastic. So good we had to sample around the table. The unique cozy atmosphere and warm welcome made our lunch experience truly delightful. Can't wait to go back when in the area to try more dishes.... More 

Thank GrannyD2013
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was very pleased with the food. The food come out at a very timely manner. Food tasted great and the service was excellent! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for something good to eat in spruce pine.

Thank Chanc97
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

We visited here based on the good reviews and it's very close to where we live. Food took 50 min to come to our table, the owner was yelling, yes yelling at the waitresses. It was very upsetting. And it is not authentic fresh food. We will never go back. It's sad because the appearance of the place makes it... More 

Thank Shana F
OreoDunk, Owner at The Tropical Grill, responded to this review

Well Shana, It was so good to see you at Walmart last week and Ingles tonight. It's a shame we haven't seen you since 2015, when you wrote your first one star review about us on Google. It was so nice when you re-posted it again in 2016. I guess seeing us again reminded you to give us another one... More 

Durham, North Carolina
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

My aunt, friend and I had dinner here and it was ahhhhmazing! The atmosphere was great, the owner was so kind. She was so approachable and willing to explain things to us and answer our questions. When I hinted that I needed mayonnaise for my fries she said "I know what you need, I do the same thing!" and she... More 

Thank Kim H
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Tropical Grill is an oasis in downtown Spruce Pine! You have to try it. I highly recommend the Cuban, cucumber salad, and the plantains!

Thank Rob H
Cleveland, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Colorful gem in mountainous Spruce Pine! The mango garlic chicken was delicious and plentiful. The menu was extensive, offering many international dishes. The atmosphere was friendly and staff eager to please. Definately will go back to The Tropical Grill!

Thank susmin6
Charlotte, North Carolina
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204 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

My wife and I have eaten at the Tropical Grill several times, most recently yesterday. Lunch for sandwiches. They've all been excellent. Actually, we just had one sandwich yesterday, the Cuban (which they say is their specialty), which we split. $11.00 plus a $2.00 share charge. It also came with a small container of cole slaw (they were out of... More 

Thank Roycal
Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We were in town for the Peak to creek marathon and needed to have a substantial dinner, after googling some places we decided to give this spot a shot and it was super worthed. I had the Paradise Burguer and my wife chose a Desgranado with steak. Both dishes were delicious and plenty of food to take home, I also... More 

Thank Sergio E
Belton, South Carolina
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This place is definitely worth stopping in even if it is out of your way. Of the dishes my wife and I have tried each had wonderful flavors. They have something to offer from mild and sweet too spicy hot. Delicious!

Thank od-gmc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Caribbean, Latin, South American, Colombian, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:30
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?