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
Founded as The Hotel Tavern in 2013, this inviting restaurant and bar quickly became a North Carolina High Country favorite. Owners Pam & Andy Guion and Beth & Sherman Lyle have always demonstrated a commitment to service and quality, turning guests into friends and making "the Tavern" a beloved Ashe County institution. Since then, the Guion and Lyle families have been joined by additional owners Kathy & Frank Hijek and General Manager Jerry Oliver. All of the owners and staff are thrilled to welcome you to The Tavern's new home.
The Tavern has adopted SteriLyte, a cutting-edge sterilization technology throughout the restaurant, kitchen and restrooms. This technology sterilizes both air and surfaces for everyone's safety. It has always been the Tavern's long-held pledge to provide creative, casual fare in an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.
Come experience for yourself The Tavern's unforgettable hospitality and delicious dishes and drinks!
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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 Historic Orchard at Altapass
The not-for-profit Orchard is open May-October, 10 to 5. During August-October, itâ€™s open for heirloom apple picking on the hours from 10 to 4, Wednesday-Sunday. Just purchase a bag at the Apple Shed, and enjoy the guided experience in the field. Donâ€™t want to pick? Fresh bagged apples are also available for purchase in the Shed. EDUCATIONAL EXHIBITS
While waiting to U-Pick with the expert, learn about the Orchardâ€™s missionâ€”visit the Monarch Butterfly and honeybee habitats to learn about the eco-system, watch the working model train to find out how the Clinchfield Railroad originated the Orchard, read about the regionâ€™s history, or take a stroll through the Butterfly Garden now under renovation. MUSIC AND FUN
The orchard offers free, live music Saturday and Sunday afternoons from June-October under the pavilion roof. Listen to the old-time music and dance a bit, or play a game on the back deck, take a picture â€œin an apple,â€ or a walk through the fields. REFRESHMENTS
Enjoy a bowl of apple pie or apple blossom with ice cream or several other delicious apple treats including fresh pared apples dripping in hot caramel.