Few settings are as inherently romantic as the Smoky Mountains, where you’ll find iconic views and charming settings that make every night out feel like a special occasion. On Valentine’s Day, however, the region is that much more romantic.
If you’ve yet to plan your February 14th outing, it’s time to get started. Not sure where to go? The real challenge does not involve finding a great restaurant, but rather, narrowing down your long list of options.
Conveniently situated in and around Sevierville, these restaurants will get those butterflies going for the ultimate Valentine’s Day date:
The Buckhorn Inn provides the perfect escape from real life in its charming rooms, which are adorned with rose petals on Valentine’s Day. If you’re unable to spend the night, consider making a reservation for dinner. You’ll enjoy an exquisite meal crafted by a remarkably talented chef, who has a clear eye for detail.
Your memorable meal can be paired with wine based on the chef’s expert recommendations. Otherwise, you’re welcome to bring your own — but be prepared to pay a modest corking fee. As you sip your wine and enjoy your meal, you’ll be swept away by the elegant decor and spectacular views.
Red Oak Bistro
Following an extended maintenance-related closure, the Red Oak Bistro is set to open right in time for Valentine’s Day. In other words: make your reservation as soon as possible, because loyal visitors have been waiting quite some time to stop in at their favorite restaurant. It won’t take long for you to be swept up in the charm of this culinary gem, where gracious hosts Mike and Olga will make you feel right at home.
The tapas served at the Red Oak Bistro should appeal greatly to vegetarians, who sometimes struggle to find upscale options outside of steakhouses on Valentine’s Day. In addition to contemporary cuisine, you’ll find a vast selection of fine wines, plus bourbon and scotch options worth sampling.
The Peddler Steakhouse
Tradition is a big deal at The Peddler, which can be found right by the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Beyond the idyllic location, you will appreciate the fascinating history of this local favorite, which began as the dream house of Charles “Earl” Ogle, Sr. This former home became an in-demand steakhouse during the 70s and has since established a strong reputation for its delectable meals and friendly service.
If possible, request a table with a view of the Little Pigeon River. Regardless of your location, you will appreciate the lighting and decor, which form the perfect ambiance. Steak is a big deal, of course, but you’ll be equally impressed by the salad bar and the desserts. Don’t forget to order a bottle of wine from The Peddler’s vast list.
As one of the region’s most romantic restaurants, the Cherokee Grill will make any Valentine’s date feel special. One step inside, and you’ll feel as if you and your sweetheart have entered the coziest lodge imaginable. Those warm fuzzies will continue as you head for your table.
Once you settle in, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the many delicious items available on the menu. Steak is a must on Valentine’s, but the prime rib, shrimp, and burgers are also worth ordering. Check out the wine list or feel free to order your favorite cocktail, mixed to perfection by a skilled bartender.
The Chop House
Another steakhouse worth visiting for Valentine’s Day, this restaurant is part of a small chain that boasts locations not only in Sevierville but also in nearby Kodak and several other Tennessee communities. The Sevierville restaurant is conveniently situated at the Tanger Outlets, so you can add a bit of shopping to your date if desired. Otherwise, you’ll appreciate the cozy, yet sophisticated atmosphere that you’ll find within.
Order your steak or prime rib alongside a potent, yet delicious cocktail. Take your time to enjoy the perfect blend of flavors as you and your date are transported into your own little world. End your amazing visit with a piece of cheesecake or chocolate mousse — the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with your sweetheart.
Head to a lovely Smoky Mountain ridge to experience the charm of The Greenbrier, which aims to capture the spirit of the region’s early settlers. Despite its independent streak, the restaurant maintains a decidedly romantic atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for Valentine’s Day.
The Greenbrier’s location holds plenty of historic charm, but the restaurant has been refurbished to reflect a contemporary take on the rustic chic trend that has proven so popular throughout the Sevierville area. Wonderful dinner options abound; you and your date will have no problem finding something to please the palate. You can’t go wrong with the oyster flight or the cowboy ribeye for two, both of which regularly receive rave reviews.
Holston’s Kitchen is always worth visiting, but this local gem goes the extra mile for Valentine’s Day with a special menu that you and the love of your life will never forget. Be sure to arrive hungry, as your meal will be jam-packed with flavor and followed by a mouthwatering dessert.
The food is amazing, of course, but you’ll also be impressed by the interior, which replaces the lodge theme seen at so many local restaurants with a trendy setting bordering on industrial chic. Grab one of the cozy booths near the huge brick wall and take it all in.
There’s no shortage of dining options in the Sevierville area, which offers plenty of culinary experiences to amp up your dream Valentine’s Day. Make your reservation well in advance — come February 14th, empty tables will be almost impossible to find at Sevierville’s hottest restaurants. Get ready for the ultimate celebration of true love in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.