Wild Bear Tavern

Wild Bear Tavern — Serving Up Good Eats for All Your Smoky Mountain Adventures
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Authentic German comfort food and beverages are the name of the game at Wild Bear Tavern. They don’t skimp on the quality service either and their inviting atmosphere never fails to make you feel right at home. Every visit will leave you longing for more, quickly putting this Pigeon Forge eatery on your favorite’s list.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

If you’re craving authentic German eats and drinks to match, treat yourself to a visit to Wild Bear Tavern. A fan favorite in Pigeon Forge, this eatery always provides a dining experience to remember, leaving you filled up to the top with great food, tasty beverages, and friendly conversations.

As you walk through their doors, you’ll instantly notice that their atmosphere is casual and inviting, making you feel right at home as you sit down at your table of choice. Their friendly service is second to none as well, which goes a long way in elevating your dining experience from beginning to end.

Despite the low-key atmosphere, once your food arrives, you might feel like you’ve been transported to a five-star restaurant as their exquisite plating techniques knock you off your feet. That feeling won’t soon leave as every bite is better than the last, leaving you far too stuffed for more, but still wanting another taste, nonetheless.

If you can look past all the delicious food, you will find an equally robust menu full of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Wild Bear Tavern has everything from specialty cocktails to craft brews plus soda, fruit juice, and other tasty drinks.

Fan favorites on the menu include:

Oma’s Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Potato Pancakes
Oma’s Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Potato Pancakes are served as an appetizer but hearty enough to fill you right up. This classic dish starts with potato pancakes filled to the brim with cheddar cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, and chives. After they get puffed up and golden brown on the griddle, they land on your plate with a topping of sour cream and a side of apple sauce for dipping.

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich
When you want a modern twist on a German staple, go with the Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich. This tasty meal begins with a buttery brioche bun topped with a generous piece of chicken schnitzel. Then, it gets either sauerkraut or rotkohl plus tomatoes, lettuce, and onions. Once that masterpiece is done, it goes on the plate next to your side of choice and a barrel-cured pickle.

German Pot Roast
The German Pot Roast is undoubtedly comfort food at its finest, promising to warm you up from the inside out. They create this dish from scratch using quality beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, and tomatoes. The whole lot simmers down to perfection in a delectable red wine sauce. As if all that’s not enough, you get a Caesar or garden salad alongside plus your preferred sides, like their spaetzle and cheese or sidewinder fries.

Before you head out, take a moment to explore their dessert menu. Although it’s short and sweet, it is full of tantalizing creations that you’ll want to try, like Apfelstrudel and German Chocolate Cake. Even if you don’t have an inch of room left, you’re in luck since they will wrap up your dessert to go if you wish. You can also swing by later in the evening for another drink and the dessert you missed out on the first time around.

Insider Tips: 
– Weekends can get busy fast, especially during dinner service. So, plan to arrive early or be ready to wait for a table to open up if you’re intent on eating here during the busiest times of the day.
– If you are hankering for a local beer, ask if they have any on tap. Wild Bear Tavern frequently offers the latest creations from around town, so it’s well worth the ask.