(865) 448-6000

Appalachian Bistro

Townsend TN Restaurants

Steeped in tradition and enhanced with contemporary flavor profiles, the component combinations of Chef Shelley Cooper are an Appalachian tour-de-force. True to the farm-to-table experience, the Appalachian Bistro uses fresh produce grown on-site, and sources the highest quality local ingredients, to create renowned dishes that are as inviting to the eye as they are to the palate. 

We offer a refined assortment of regionally inspired dishes — all served amongst the rustic surroundings of the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a cocktail or beer on our patio amidst the calming wooded vistas. Warm up by the fire pit while making s’mores. Take in the breathtaking nature that surrounds, on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.

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Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday from  5-9 pm

Friday- Saturday from 5-10 pm 

Closed Monday and Tuesday 

(865) 336-2138

7140 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend TN 

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A Celebration of Appalachian Cuisine

Enjoy the Chef’s Supper menu, a curated 3-course offering, available on Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday evenings. Our award-winning chef, Shelley Cooper creates a new and unique offering each week. Enjoy live music al fresco on Thursdays or take advantage of discounted select bottles of wine every Wednesday.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is under the direction of Shelley Cooper. Born in Memphis, TN, Chef Shelley was surrounded by family who focused on providing a bounty of farm-fresh Southern cuisine at every meal. She credits her Southern culinary roots to the combination of her family, hailing from both the Mississippi Delta & the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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Curated Wine Selection, House Crafted Cocktails, Grain to Glass Beer

For perfectly balanced classics and seasonal flavors that awaken, enjoy the nightly offerings of Townsend's only full-service beverage program. Take in the cool mountain air with a nightcap on our patio, enjoy friends and conversation by the fire, or cozy up in the rustic ambiance of the Bistro. Open to the public Wednesday thru Sunday from 5 pm – 9 pm, Bar at the Bear is Townsend, TN’s highest form of creation in a glass.

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Private Dining

An Elevated Dining Experience

We are able to accommodate groups of any size, with intimate rooms or large dining halls available for your next event. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with full bar service, are available in a private setting for Private Dining just outside of Maryville and Knoxville. Please contact us to discuss your group's specifications, and let us help make your vision for your upcoming corporate dinner, rehearsal dinner, reception, or holiday party a reality.

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Get Your Caffeine Fix

The Dancing Bean is a full-service coffee house located in Townsend, TN. Serving up expertly crafted espresso beverages, and an array of breakfast and lunch items. Artisanal baked goods and in-house roasted beans are available for individual purchase or in bulk. In addition to coffee, we offer locally brewed kombucha, fruit smoothies, and craft beer.

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