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River's End Restaurant

13077 US-19
Bryson City, NC 28713
(828) 488-7172
Five Stars
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River's End is a casual restaurant located at the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City. Serving American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it's the perfect place to fuel up before or after engaging in any area outdoor activities. Whether you are rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, or hiking, River's End is the best casual dining choice in the region.

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The breakfast menu includes a selection of omelets, specialty pancakes and French toast, and biscuits and gravy. Plenty of high carb and protein selections to fuel up before your activities.

Lunch includes a number of salads, sandwiches, pizza, and several chicken and seafood based dishes.

The highlight here is the Sherpa Rice, a totally delicious and filling dish consisting of brown rice, lentils, and barley, topped with seasonal veggies and a soy ginger based sauce. A nice healthy option for anyone looking for a fantastic vegetarian option. For a few extra bucks, up the protein with trout or chicken.


Servers are casual and friendly. The food does not take long considering the immense crowds.


This restaurant features great views both inside and out. During the nicer months, you will definitely want to enjoy a seat on the breezy patio. This is a great place to enjoy a meal and a few drinks while looking out onto the gorge. It's pretty cool to watch whitewater rafters while you dine. Relax and take a break after a tiresome workout!

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Final Remarks

River's End is a great place to kickback and relax before or after a long day of adventure in the Smoky Mountains. With a full breakfast and lunch/dinner menu, it's the perfect place to fuel up or refuel after a long day exploring the great outdoors.