The High Country is truly a culinary destination. With award-winning restaurants featuring everything from local favorites to European cuisine,
the High Country offers something for even the most discriminating palate. Here is our list of must visit restaurants.
High Country Destination Restaurants
El Rincon Blowing Rock
Southern cooking meets authentic Mexican Cuisine!
Traditional American style breakfast served daily until 11am, offering a full Mexican and American lunch and dinner menu. Try our Jose Quervo margaritas!
Located in downtown Blowing Rock on the main street. Private parking area, convenient walking distance to all town attractions.
Timberlake's Restaurant at Chetola
Beloved North Carolina artist Bob Timberlake is the inspiration behind this unique dining experience. Mr. Timberlake, who is known for creating things of exceptional artistry and imagination, used his deeply rooted love of food as the impetus behind the distinctive menu. From Mesquite-dusted shrimp and salads of mountain-grown spinach, to Carolina-raised trout and roasted Carolina quail, each dish will be one worth savoring. Breakfast is served daily in Timberlake's Restaurant; lunch is served daily in Headwaters Pub (seasonal hours apply). In addition to serving dinner nightly (seasonal hours apply), we will offer our outstanding buffets on Mother's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and during special events such as Symphony by the Lake. Seasonal outdoor dining.
The Horton Hotel & Rooftop Lounge
Downtown Boone's only boutique hotel and rooftop lounge, boasting modern decor and a down to earth, local vibe.
Our 15 uniquely decorated guest rooms feature the comfort of Kingsdown mattresses, 100% fine cotton and plush down bedding, custom wood slab furniture, and special amenities to make your stay in Boone one you will never forget. Our intimate space is curated with beautifully handcrafted designs and historical artifacts, referencing the story of our building and its original owner, Walter Horton. Our luxurious suites overlook King St and downtown Boone and we have a few pet-friendly rooms for those who love to travel with their pups. Many of Boones popular local restaurants, retail stores, and the Appalachian State campus are within walking distance, right outside our doors. Room rates include our complimentary artisan breakfast bar and free parking in downtown Boone.
Relax in our rooftop and lobby lounges, serving craft beverages, specialty beers and wines, as well as delicious shared plates. Cozy up to our fire sphere and unwind, wrapped in a warm blanket, surrounded by breathtaking 360 degree views of Howards Knob, Appalachian State and historic downtown Boone.
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Woodlands Barbeque Restaurant in Blowing Rock NC specializes in North Carolina Barbecue Pork and Ribs, great food, nightly entertainment and catering.
Featuring chopped and sliced beef, pork, ribs and chicken. Wide selection of sandwiches and Mexican daily specials. All ABC permits, wide-screen TV. Carry-out service and catering available.
Kitchen closes at 9pm Sunday thru Thursday, 10 PM on Friday and Saturday.
Pepper's has served great food in the High Country since 1975. Sandwiches, homemade desserts, fresh seafood and steaks. Check out our menu on our web site. New bar with live entertainment now open.
Two locations in West Jefferson.
Tap Room & Restaurant - 108 S Jefferson Ave
Brew Haus & Events Center - 302 S Jefferson Ave.
Our Tap Room & Restaurant offers full service dining as well as take-out, Custom Catering & Banquet services. Covered outdoor seating, two fully stocked bars with over 30 craft beers on tap.
Our Brew Haus is our Brewery and events venue and is the perfect place to book your special event or private party. We hold monthly Wine Pairing Dinners as well as monthly Beer Pairing Dinners at the Brew Haus. We specialize in Weddings, Corporate Events, Reunions and Birthday parties. We have a full Commercial Kitchen, all ABC permits and can leverage our Restaurant support staff to handle any size event.
Rowland's at Westglow
Experience world-class culinary fare in our historic mansion, where the elegance of fine dining can be rediscovered amid gracious hospitality and the comfort of home.
Mountain views and romantic fireside dining create a magical setting where you can enjoy the flavors of new American cuisine prepared with a flare of Southern sensibility. Rowland's features an indulgent dinner menu with an array of eclectic dishes including fresh seafood, prime steaks and savory game meats. There is also a delicious gourmet spa dinner menu for the health conscious.
On the wine list, you will find bottles from all over the world, including rare wines and some little-known gems from North Carolina vineyards.
Find out why Katherine Stefan of Charlotte Taste Magazine writes "no trip to Blowing Rock is complete for foodies" without a meal at Rowland's.
Peddler Steak House
Offering quality cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. Featuring gourmet soup, salad bar, lobster, crab legs, salmon, sword fish, tuna, chicken and, of course, steak. When only the best will do...located in Boone NC
The Gamekeeper Restaurant
We feature locally grown harvests, farm-raised meats, game & fresh seafood. Our menu changes daily and you never know what you'll find. Shark? Octopus?
We are located on beautiful Shull's Mill Road across from Yonaholossee Inn in an eclectic, stone cottage. Enjoy beautiful deck views with one of our specialty cocktails. All ABC permits.
15 years and still doin' it!
Art of Living Retreat Center
Relax with spa getaways, hotel rooms with incredible views, delicious dining, daily yoga and mediation and weekend Art of Living retreats.
Located near Boone, NC by the Blue Ridge Parkway.
F.A.R.M. Cafe is a non-profit, donation based pay-what-you-can community cafe where we feed all regardless of means. Every Monday-Friday for lunch we serve REAL.GOOD.FOOD. produced from local sources when available.
Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center
Bringing family friendly entertainment and fun to the High Country of NC. We host Nashville headliners as well as special events and local entertainment. Visit us at blueridgetheater.com for upcoming events!
High Country Grown
Look for the High Country Grown logos at restaurants and value-added businesses.
These restaurants care about the quality of their menu offerings and source their ingredients from producers in the High Country!
Stick Boy Bread Company & Kitchen
Visit the Stick Boy Kitchen to enjoy many breakfast options like bagels and breakfast plates or fresh pastries delivered daily from our bakery location.
Also choose from our many lunch sandwiches - hot or cold sandwiches made with high quality fresh sliced deli meats and unique vegetarian options all served on Stick Boy bread.
House made soups made daily, and fresh salads made with local ingredients. Everything goes great with fresh roasted coffee and real fruit smoothies!
The Speckled Trout
The Speckled Trout Blowing Rock
Kitchens are often described as gathering places, the heart of a home. We like to think of The Speckled Trout in a similar sense. Located in downtown Blowing Rock at the corner of Main Street and Highway 221 is the newly renovated and reinvented restaurant and bottle shop. We explore the roots of Appalachian food and beverage culture, and re-create it in our kitchen by preserving and reviving ingredients of our local heritage. Menus are more than a list of ingredients, they show how people live and what they value. And as the seasons change, so does our menu.
To accompany the celebration of our regional dishes, our beverage program focuses on terroir-driven libations. The term terroir evokes a sense of place, and in our shop this is evident in everything we do. The bottle shop emphasizes traditions of fermentation practices by offering some of the best home-grown beers and ciders around. In addition, our wines highlight small producers from old world to new.
In the 1950s, The Speckled Trout was a place to stop and fill up your gas tank. Now, you can fill up on fresh mountain trout, soup beans and hoecakes, and wash it down with local farm beer or fresh rose. Join us at The Speckled Trout for a taste of regional fare and warm hospitality that will keep y'all coming back!
The Historic Orchard at Altapass
Unspoiled family fun! Enjoy free live mountain music Wednesday through Sunday (May 1-November 1), hiking trails (open year-round), storytelling hayrides and guided walks, children's programs, craft demos, butterfly exhibit and garden, heritage apples in season, fudge, country store, breathtaking views, and more!