Valentine’s Dinner: 5 Romantic Restaurants

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day at White Oak Lodge and Resort-Gatlinburg or just want a great place to eat during your vacation, do it Gatlinburg-style at one of these highly recommended local spots. These options will give you and your special someone a variety of cuisine and price points to choose from.

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek $$$
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek’s restaurant is the perfect place for special memories. The menu features the best of Smoky Mountain style with the elegance of superb preparation and presentation. The innovative menu changes daily using fresh ingredients, but specializes in meats, seafood and local staples (like the namesake buckberry salad). Dine indoors or out with breathtaking views of Mt. LeConte and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Crystelle Creek $$
Crystelle Creek Restaurant and Grill has something for everyone, whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a romantic dinner for two with the kids and family! Their specialty items are trout and dry-rubbed smoked meaty ribs. Enjoy a night of dining with live entertainment, dine in a quieter area for a more romantic experience, or eat in the enclosed sports porch and enjoy a terrific view.

Alamo Steakhouse $$$
With locations in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, The Alamo has your romantic dining desires covered. In addition to high quality all-American fare (the aged Angus oak fire-grilled steaks among the highlights), the Alamo has options to suit your romantic dinner plans. Reserve a “love nest” at the Gatlinburg location for a private table tucked away from the main dining area. Love nesters get personalized service and intimate privacy. Both locations offer ready-to-cook takeout in case you want to enjoy the fine cuisine in the privacy of your White Oak Lodge and Resort-Gatlinburg cabin or condo.

Smoky Mountain Trout House $$
Fresh rainbow trout from the sparkling water of the Smokies, prepared just about any way you can imagine is what you’ll find at Smoky Mountain Trout House. Moonshine mountain trout, mountain rainbow trout cakes, cheese baked mountain trout…the list goes on. Great for a romantic dinner or for the family, the Trout House has a kids menu and homemade pies for dessert.

Smoky Mountain Brewery $$
If you’re wooed by craft beers, this may be the most romantic place on the list! Beer connoisseurs will love choosing from among dozens of local specialty beers, seasonals and brewmaster specials at Smoky Mountain Brewery. Somewhere between a ski lodge and a Bavarian beer hall, this place is a more laid-back dining option with a menu that includes lots of typical bar fare options but with healthy alternatives (like naked wings and a gluten free menu). There are also 25 TVs for sporting events, an outdoor patio and live entertainment.

Whether you’re at White Oak Lodge and Resort-Gatlinburg for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year, these delicious area eateries are sure to please.

Tell us about your favorite dinner spot in Gatlinburg!

Photo courtesy of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.