Restaurant Reivew

Thirsty Miner

1424 Old Knoxville Hwy.
Sevierville, TN 37876
(865) 429-0625
Five Stars
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The Thirsty Miner, a family dining restaurant located on-site at Seiverville's Wilderness of the Smokies resort, offers a wide variety of choices for everyone in your family. Located right next to the indoor water-park, this restaurant is the perfect treat after a full day at the park.

  • Thirsty Miner Restaurant Preview
  • Thirsty Miner Restaurant Preview


At Thirsty Miner, breakfast includes a small selection of standard fare like omelets, biscuits and gravy, and pancakes. Dinner options include sandwiches, burgers, and several entrees ranging from BBQ ribs to Chicken Cavatappi.

Daily dinner buffets offer something for even the pickiest eaters. The buffet includes a variety of meats, fried foods, vegetables, and a salad and dessert bar.

We only visited this restaurant for dinner and were pleasantly surprised. The make your own pasta dish was surprisingly good. The marinara with a medley of steamed vegetables was the perfect choice for me. The chefs were very accommodating on my no dairy preference and were able to make the necessary substitutions.

Mike enjoyed the Chicken Breast dinner which came alongside a delicious side of steamed broccoli and French fries.

Overall, the restaurant was pretty decent for a casual resort. We were pleased with the quality of the meals despite the affordable pricing.


Service was exceptional. Our server was willing to accommodate our dietary preferences by talking to the cooks about ingredients and informing us of possible substitutions.


The restaurant has an appealing log cabin style design, which fits in well with the overall theme of Wilderness Resort. As our visit fell in December, the dining room featured a bit of holiday cheer. The holiday decorations added to the appeal.

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Final Remarks

The Thirsty Miner is a good choice for guests staying at Wilderness Resort. The convenient on-site location, variety of menu options, and friendly staff make The Thirsty Miner the perfect choice for hotel guests. While I would not recommend going out of your way to dine here, it's a convenient and budget friendly choice for guests of Wilderness of the Smokies