Planning to spend Valentine’s Day in Pigeon Forge? You’re in for a treat. Here you’ll find spellbinding scenery, postcard-perfect natural beauty to explore, and some of the most romantic, intimate restaurants that go out of their way to make every guest (or couple!) feel like royalty. If you’re trying to decide where to take your person this year, you can’t go wrong by checking out the options on this list. Our local guides throw out all the heart eyes for these romantic locales, and our guides are rarely wrong.
1. The Old Mill Restaurant
The Old Mill Restaurant began its existence as a major gristmill in the 1830s. Today, it operates as a restaurant and shop with countless intimate nooks to occupy. One of the most popular restaurants in the Smoky Mountains, the Old Mill serves down-home Southern food in huge portions, with all the fixin’s you’d expect. This isn’t a destination for the uppity fine dining connoisseurs among us, though the food is fresh and fabulous. It’s more a unique refined-casual dining destination that dresses up beautifully for events like Valentine’s Day. Pottery, old-time candy, and toy shops on the grounds add to the Old Mill’s charm.
2. Alamo Steakhouse Pigeon Forge
Guests from around the world agree that Alamo Steakhouse exceeds the “really good restaurant” standard by consistently delighting and surprising guests. This isn’t the romantic Valentine’s restaurant for you if you (or your date) don’t enjoy beef. If you do, prepare to experience the best steak you’ve ever eaten, along with perfectly-prepared sides and honey-butter rolls guaranteed to make your eyes roll back in delight. Appetizers like bacon-wrapped shrimp and the standard accouterments, including impossibly fresh salads and perfectly-loaded potatoes, are anything but standard here. And the Alamo Steakhouse goes all out for Valentine’s Day guests, so it’s hard to go wrong with this one.
3. Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse
Plan your Valentine’s Day at Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse, and you’re bound to come away from the experience with a full stomach and an unforgettable memory. Enjoy a huge selection of delectable, perfectly-seasoned meats, a well-supplied salad and sidebar, and excellent service that’s attentive but not overbearing. The atmosphere here is distinctly modern and classy but casual, and it’s a favorite date-night spot among locals and vacationers alike.
4. The Bullfish Grill
Although the steaks can be hit or miss here, the Bullfish Grill scores high in terms of atmosphere, attentive service, and mouthwatering entrees and appetizers. You’ll find fresh, flavorful seafood entrees, tender marinated grilled chicken, and a wide variety of southern-meets-metropolitan selections. The Bullfish Grill is a romantic restaurant year-round, and it’s a wildly popular date-night destination. Make sure to save room for dessert. The two-layer key lime pie and New York cheesecake are particularly well-worth the calories.
5. Smoky Mountain Brewery
If you and your date are the type of couple who gravitate toward craft breweries, here’s your Valentine’s Day Plan: go to Smoky Mountain Brewery. Smoky Mountain Brewery offers a huge selection of excellent local beers at great prices–and their food isn’t too shabby, either. Expect a young, hip vibe, a fun bar, and friendly, knowledgeable servers. For a fun, low-key Valentine’s Day dinner paired with truly excellent beer, Smoky Mountain Brewery is your place.
Of course, the best restaurant for any given couple on Valentine’s Day could be different, so if none of these light you up, hop check on over to our top restaurants in Pigeon Forge. You’ll find a huge array of options so you can plan a memorable Valentine’s Day fit for the books.