If you’re looking for a cool spot to escape the summer sun, sip back something strong, and dine on delicious eats, Margaritaville is exactly what you are looking for! This Jimmy Buffet themed restaurant, which is located at The Island in Pigeon Forge, features good food, strong drinks, and an atmosphere that feels more like the Florida Keys than the Smoky Mountains.
The decor of the two-story restaurant is appropriate – tropical colors, Jimmy Buffet and island music playing loudly over the sound system, tiki bars, weathered woods, and even an airplane hanging from the ceiling. In addition, Pigeon Forge Margaritaville also features a concert stage, multiple bars, large outdoor dining areas, and even an oversized fire pit.
While a bit unintuitive, the Margaritaville restaurant is perfect for kids! Children under 12 have six meals to choose from and each meal includes your choice of side and a kids drink. Also, most kids will enjoy the energetic, loud environment and option for three kid-friendly tropical drinks!
Some of our favorite menu items include:
Margarita Flights – What could be better than trying one margarita? Trying TONS of margaritas! The margarita flights let you try a sampling of the most popular margaritas on the menu. With a name like margaritaville, it might be a crime to visit and not try at least one margarita…
Volcano Nachos – The order size is absolutely ridiculous – this could feed a small army. This eruption of tortilla chips, guacamole, cheese, pico de gall, chili, jalapeños, and sour cream works great as an appetizer for a whole table or meal for two.
Seafood Mac & Cheese – This Margaritiaville recipe is not the mac & cheese you grew up eating – macaroni with a Boursin cream sauce, crabmeat, and shrimp will put a smile on your face.
Fish and Chips – These hand-breaded, Landshark beer battered fish tenders are perfectly paired with a cilantro lime coleslaw and golden French fries.
-On Fridays and Saturdays, avoid visiting at peak dinner times. Instead, opt for a slower weeknight, get there before 5 pm, or call (865) 210-8530 and inquire about priority seating (similar to a reservation).
-Looking to catch live music? The restaurant calendar has a schedule of all restaurant events and will help you plan your visit on an evening with music.
Driving towards Gatlinburg on the main Parkway in Pigeon Forge, turn left at the Island Drive traffic light between traffic lights three and four. There are a few spots on the left-side (close to the restaurant and the main visitor area) and tons of free parking in the main parking lots. While the main parking lots are a five minute walk from the restaurant, The Island operates a tram that runs continually during business hours. Margaritaville Pigeon Forge is close to the entrance of The Island.
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