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Local Restaurant Guide


Between onsite dining and the nearby towns of Maggie Valley and Waynesville, we have all your cravings covered. With a wide selection of ingredients, styles and techniques, the cuisine at and surrounding Lake Junaluska caters to every taste. So if you’re looking for delicious fare, look no further than the restaurants we’ve carefully curated for you.

Lambuth Inn Dining Room at Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska Dining

With three convenient onsite dining facilities, we make it easy for you to replenish and renew during your stay. Our food service staff will cater to all your dining needs while you relax and enjoy the views of Lake Junaluska and the surrounding mountains from our dining rooms. Our buffet-style meals offer a variety of healthy and delicious food options. Hours vary for onsite facilities. Please check when reserving to see if meals are available for purchase during your stay. Learn more.

American Classics

This rustic, family-friendly restaurant located in downtown Waynesville is all about providing delicious fare at reasonable prices. Although they’re known for their flame-grilled steaks, they also offer a wide variety of appetizers, sandwiches, soups and salads. Consider stopping by on a Thursday night when they host live bluegrass/string band music. 303 South Main Street, Waynesville; Sun-Thur 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Haywood Smokehouse
Haywood Smokehouse is well-loved for their original recipe BBQ sauce and variety of meats. Done proudly in the Texan style, their BBQ ribs, brisket and smoked pork hit all the right notes. They are open for both lunch and dinner. 79 Elysinia Ave, Waynesville; Tue-Sat 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday. 

The Sweet Onion
Elevated classics are a staple at The Sweet Onion, where visitors can enjoy regional specialties like the pink sunburst trout or something more traditional like their southern fried chicken. They never run short on definitive southern cuisine like blackened catfish, but they also innovate with dishes like their blackberry BBQ short rib. 39 Miller Street, Waynesville; Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Southern comfort food with a twist. They have all the staples like mac and cheese, fried okra and country fried steak, but they include some great local items like sunburst trout, as well as totally unique gems like the grilled mac and cheese sandwich. 128 N Main St, Waynesville; Sun-Mon 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Chef's Table
Nestled unassumingly on a side street in downtown Waynesville, the legendary Chef’s Table restaurant focuses on cooking with fresh, seasonal, local foods and produce. Be prepared for fine dining with local favorites like the goat cheese risotto balls, filet mignon and crispy duck. The Chefs Table also supports local artists and has a wide variety of local artwork on display that is available to purchase. 30 Church St, Waynesville; Mon-Sat 5-9 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Willie Brooks BBQ
Just five minutes down the road from Lake Junaluska is Willie Brooks BBQ, serving award-winning Southern Style smoked meats with a variety of sauces, sides and desserts all scratch made each day. 1778 Dellwood Rd, Waynesville; Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Blue Rooster Southern Grill
Comfort food from local families cooking local food from local farms. The Blue Rooster offers excellent Southern classics like fried chicken, shrimp and grits and a blackened fish with hushpuppies and slaw. Expect food bursting with flavor at affordable prices. 207 Paragon Pkwy, Clyde; Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

You can find the Rendezvous Restaurant attached to the Maggie Valley Inn. The restaurant serves up southern fried chicken, ribs, tender steaks, hand-breaded seafood and chicken tenders. The atmosphere is a blend of fine dining and good old hometown casual. Special events include a Thursday night Country Buffet, Sunday Family Style dining and a breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings. They have also recently added the Maggie Valley Inn Pizzeria, which serves hand-tossed brick oven pizza and calzones. 70 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley; Mon-Wed 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Thurs 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

J. Arthur's
This family-run business has been operating in Maggie Valley for over 32 years. J. Arthur's is known for a world-famous Gorgonzola cheese salad, along with succulent prime rib and all-natural steaks. They also offer a variety of seafood, pasta, grill and salad entrees to fit all appetites and budgets. 2843 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley; Sun, Tues-Thurs 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.; closed Monday.

Traditional Italian

Angelo’s Family Pizza
With all your family’s favorite toppings, you won’t be disappointed by Angelo’s, so bring your kids and enjoy some of the best pizza around! If you have loftier tastes, try their White Chicken pizza, which features house-blended cheese and special white sauce, or make your pie a Sicilian Deep Dish instead. 166 Walnut Street, Waynesville; Tue-Thur 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 12 - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; closed Monday.

Waynesville Pizza Company
Waynesville Pizza Company has a reputation for having the best hand-tossed pizza in the area. The atmosphere is a rustic, family-friendly feel, and the menu also includes salads, burgers, wraps, hot & cold sandwiches, gourmet pizza, homemade desserts and a loaded salad bar.  32 Felmet St, Waynesville; Mon, Wed-Fri 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat 12-10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; closed Tuesday.

Pizza, pasta and even some vegetarian options await you at this Waynesville gem. Particular specialties at Bocelli’s include great seafood, including Seafood Fra Diavolo, a mouthwatering combination of pan seared shrimp and fried calamari in a homemade spicy marinara sauce. Everyone will find something they like on this extensive menu, chock full of familiar and foreign flavors alike. 319 Haywood Street, Waynesville; Mon, Wed-Thur 11:30 a.m. - 9 a.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; closed Tuesday.

Frankie’s Trattoria
This little trattoria in Maggie Valley serves authentic Italian food with a long history behind it. The Perrone family immigrated to America in the 60s, passing down recipes and traditions that saw a number of successful one-off restaurants in Florida, Georgia and finally North Carolina. It’s a family business that is family-friendly and cooks everything from homemade pizza to gnocchi to meatballs – and, of course, all the pasta you can eat! 1037 Soco Road, Maggie Valley; Mon-Thur 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; closed Sunday.


Kanini’s has been around since 2008, and their aim has always been to provide nutritious dinners that were quick and easy for families to prepare. However, their sit-in lunch has become one of the best places for soup, salad and sandwiches in the area. The owners are proud of their “scratch kitchen” status and thrive on the use of organic and locally-sourced foods whenever possible. 1196 N Main Street, Waynesville; Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Panacea Coffee Company
With a prime location in Waynesville’s historic Frog Level district, this hip café and coffee shop has a lot to offer. The coffee is superb and provides a mid-day pickup when needed, but if the coffee doesn’t do the trick, the back porch with views of Richland Creek is sure to rejuvenate you. Just make sure you don’t leave without trying the Paninis- one fan favorite is the Dixie Chicken made with almond grape chicken salad and white cheddar. 66 Commerce Street, Waynesville; Mon-Fri 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Da Asian Kitchen
Da Asian Kitchen is located just five minutes away in Clyde, NC. The restaurant offers pan-asian, covering Japanese, Chinese, Thai and sushi. They have a great lunch special every day starting from just $5.99. 279 Paragon Parkway, Clyde; Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; closed Sunday. 

Smoky Mountain Sub Shop
Enjoy a relaxed, casual atmosphere with sub breads baked fresh locally.  They offer a wide variety of home-made soups, salads and sandwiches.  Voted #1 in Haywood County by The Mountaineer Readers Choice Awards for 6 years. 29 Miller St, Waynesville; Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed Sundays.

Everything Else

Guayabitos Mexican Restaurant
Enjoy authentic Mexican food at Guayabitos. To ensure you have the best dining experience, their food is prepared fresh daily, and their sauces are made from scratch using a special recipe. The restaurant is family and locally-owned and offers everything from nachos and tacos to shrimp chimichangas. They also have a number of vegetarian options. 3422 Old Towne Plaza, Maggie Valley; Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 12 - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.

Kobe Express
Don’t let the modest exterior of Kobe Express fool you – the service is fast and the food is wonderful. They specialize in Japanese cuisine - teriyaki flavors, hibachi dishes and sushi – and have locations in Canton and Sylva, as well. Dinner service here is typically quite busy, so opt for lunch if you can. 234 Waynesville Plaza, Waynesville; Mon-Sun 11 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Maggie’s Galley
Maggie’s Galley in Waynesville revels in turning out great seafood dishes in the Great Smoky Mountains. With weekday lunch specials and a full menu at night, visitors can experience the best in fresh shrimp, squid, scallops, clams and oysters. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Gator with house salad or opt for a diner favorite like the High Country Shrimp instead. 1374 Sulphur Springs Road, Waynesville; Sun-Thur 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Hazelwood Farmacy & Soda Shop
Blue plate specials with a cherry coke and a heaping side of nostalgia. The original drug store lunch counter and wooden booths remain in this newly-opened comfort food diner that serves up the expected chicken and dumplings, meatloaf and chicken pot pie, as well as a few surprises like huevos rancheros for breakfast and a melt-in-your-mouth pineapple casserole. 429 Hazelwood Ave, Waynesville; Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; closed Wednesday; Sat-Sun 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Classic diner fare served with a smile by friendly locals in a laid-back environment. Clyde's is known for their no-frills, delicious food which includes favorites like the ribeye steak sandwich, fried pork chops and the philly cheesesteak sandwich at prices that don't stretch the budget. 2017 S Main St, Waynesville; Tues-Sun 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.; closed Monday.

Buttered Biscuit
With the tagline "the bigger the biscuit, the closer to heaven," this local eatery is known for their large homemade biscuits made fresh every morning. The Buttered Biscuit is a short walk from Lake Junaluska and is only open for breakfast and lunch. 1226 Dellwood Rd, Waynesville; Wed-Mon 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.; closed Tuesday.

Jack the Dipper
Jack the Dipper is a family favorite ice cream parlor located in Waynesville. They specialize in old fashioned hand-dipped ice cream made to order with signature warm waffle cones (vanilla or cinnamon). Cones, sundaes, shakes, malts, and banana splits are all on offer. 76 Waynesville Plaza, Waynesville; Mon-Sat 12-10 p.m.