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15+ Delicious Blowing Rock Restaurants for High Country Travelers

Published by Christina Riley. Last Updated on February 25, 2024.

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As foodies, we are always searching for delicious Blowing Rock restaurants. This is why we’re convinced that this North Carolina mountain town is filled with great choices!

So that’s why we’ve created a list of our favorite must-eat restaurants in Blowing Rock. In this guide, you’ll find restaurants downtown and beyond, so grab your fork and appetite, and let’s go!

We’ve organized this article to include:

  • Downtown Blowing Rock Restaurants
  • More Incredible Blowing Rock Restaurants

These Blowing Rock restaurants are listed randomly and do not display our personal preferences.

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Downtown Blowing Rock Restaurants

Best Cellar

Located inside of The Inn at Ragged Gardens, The Best Cellar (2013 Sunset Dr) has made quite a name for itself! Serving Blowing Rock since 1975 where the original owners sold soup, sandwiches, and books, today’s menu looks a little similar but elevated.

Best Cellar Blowing Rock

From fresh Oysters Rockefeller to Maine Lobster Bisque as starters, The Best Cellar certainly is one of the best restaurants in Blowing Rock! Savor a rack of lamb, veal marsala, or their incredible Salmon Oscar.

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Blowing Rock Ale House

Sure, Blowing Rock Ale House (152 Sunset Dr) is known for its incredible brews. But did you know that the High Country Ale pairs wells with their Ale House Pretzels?

And don’t forget to order a juicy Carolina Bison Burger served with charred tomato jam and a stout glaze.

Stop in for a brewery tour on Saturdays or book a room at their Inn. Either way, just make sure to grab a six-pack to go after your delicious meal!

Back to the beer for a second, because we also included Blowing Rock Ale House among our favorite North Carolina breweries.

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Hellbender Bed and Beverage

Hellbender Blowing Rock

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Hellbender Bed and Beverage serves up some amazing dishes at all times of the day. Whether you’re looking for flaky fresh biscuits or a cocktail to swoon the night away, this Blowing Rock restaurant does not disappoint.

Expect great sandwiches, including a delicious collard green melt on rye bread or an ancient grain salad for those looking for something hearty and healthy. I will also add- the Hellbender has a kid’s menu at an affordable price, something we appreciate! 

Six Pence Pub

When looking for a restaurant in Blowing Rock, you should spend at least one meal eating like royalty at Six Pence Pub (1121 Main St)! This delightful spot brings us back to the pubs of London, and for good reason.

Serving both American and British comfort food surrounded by British décor, it’s not hard to feel like you’ve just hopped across the pond.

Grab some Bangers & Mash, a Beef Guinness, or a Shepherd’s Pie while there. Oh, and wash your meal down with a delicious pint or a snort of Glenfiddich.

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The Speckled Trout

The Speckled Trout Blowing Rock

Is there any better introduction to Appalachia than a home-cooked and locally sourced meal from The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle Shop (922 Main St)? This Blowing Rock restaurant celebrates regional dishes and supports North Carolina farmers.

They also serve delicious meals like the Cracker Crusted NC Mountain Trout, Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings, and a finger-licking-good Smoked Trout Toast.

The Speckled Trout’s bottle shop also boasts an impressive wine and beer selection for dine-in or take-out.

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Storie Street Grille

A beautiful stone walkway leads to Storie Street Grille (1167 Main St). There, you’ll find one of the best upscale restaurants in Blowing Rock, where Southern classics mix with Mediterranean flavors.

Storie Street Grille Blowing Rock

Storie Street Grille offers an extensive wine list and cocktails liquored up with NC Spirits.

But the best part of this Blowing Rock restaurant is the food! Star dishes include the Watermelon Salad, Chicken Piccata, and Aegean Pasta. I ordered their crusted trout with lemon, grits, and fresh vegetables and can confirm that it was a delicious choice!

Storie Street Grille also offers covered outdoor seating, an excellent way to enjoy the crisp mountain air while dining.

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Town Tavern

Town Tavern Blowing Rock restaurants

Town Tavern (1182 Main St) mixes a classic feel with a beautiful outdoor patio, as well as delicious comfort food and live music. This is probably one of the most popular family-friendly Blowing Rock restaurants in downtown. So during peak season and weekends, expect a wait- but you can walk around the quaint stores to build up an appetite.

Loosen up your vocal cords on some of their world-famous wings before belting out some Whitney on Karaoke night.

Take a minute and browse their impressive menu of delicious specialty sandwiches and burgers while sipping on a refreshing brew.

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More incredible Blowing Rock Restaurants

Bistro Roca

Bistro Roca Blowing Rock restaurants

Bistro Roca (143 Wonderland Trail) is an upscale bistro that serves comfort food. Tucked away from Main Street by the Annie Cannon Gardens, diners can expect gourmet burgers, wood-fired pizzas, and some of the best lobster mac ‘n’ cheese in the High Country!

Bistro Roca has been a mainstay Blowing Rock restaurants since 2005, but did you know that their bar has been slinging drinks since 1932? That’s right! Prohibition who? We don’t know her… 

As with a lot of the restaurants in Blowing Rock, reservations are highly recommended. During the Fall season, in particular, their covered back porch becomes very popular! 

The Chestnut Grille

The Chestnut Grille (9239 Valley Blvd) is located inside the iconic Green Park Inn and is a nice spot to dig into High Country fare. Their seasonal menu highlights local produce with elevated techniques.

You can also enjoy Braised Pork Osso Bucco over house-made pasta or a locally sourced Elk Meatloaf with blackberry jus.

Snag your reservation before the place gets booked up. Oh, and hopefully, you’ll have plenty of time to walk around this historic hotel!

Read more about our time at Green Park Inn and why we’ll back to one of our favorites in North Carolina!

Mexican Rock

If you are looking for amazing Mexican food in Blowing Rock, then add Mexican Rock to your itinerary! Mexican Rock is owned by the same people who own Boone restaurant, Taqueria El Paso. They are known for their fresh housemade tortillas and delicious salsa! 

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Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort

Timberlakes Chetola Resort braised short ribs

Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Timberlake’s at Chetola Resort (185 Chetola Lake Drive) isn’t just for guests! In fact, Timberlake’s serves one of the best breakfast buffets in Blowing Rock!

Inspired by the historic building it’s housed in and North Carolina’s renowned artist, Bob Timberlake, diners can expect expertly crafted menu items like a pan-seared duck, Korean braised short ribs, and incredible desserts.

And if you are looking for a great breakfast spot in Blowing Rock, Timberlake’s is top-notch!

Dine inside or eat on the patio overlooking the lake- Timberlake’s is one of the best restaurants in Blowing Rock!

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The Pedalin’ Pig

The Pedalin Pig Boone Restaurants

There aren’t enough words to describe the deliciousness that is The Pedalin’ Pig (8304 Valley Blvd)! From using locally sourced ingredients and huge dining areas, this is where you go if you want good food and vibes.

You might recognize The Pedalin’ Pig if you’ve been looking for a barbecue restaurant in Boone! The meat smokin’ geniuses behind barbecue have three locations in the High Country including Boone, Banner Elk, and now Blowing Rock.

Fall off-the-bone barbecue, satisfying sides, and friendly staff- we love recommending The Pedalin’ Pig to hungry travelers!

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Sweet Treats in Blowing Rock

Blue Deer Cookies is a must-stop when walking up and down Main Street. Starting as an adorable camper pop-up in Boone, Blue Deer now has a location in downtown Blowing Rock. Known for their delicious handcrafted cookies between Homeland Creameries premium ice cream. They offer five different flavors of cookies, so it is fun to mix and match your cookie and ice cream flavor!

While not specifically a Blowing Rock restaurant (it’s a franchise), we couldn’t leave the locally owned Kilwin’s (1103 Main St) off of our list.

Sweet smells of chocolate and fudge waft down Main Street, where you’ll usually find a queue of people waiting to get in. This is the perfect place to stop for an ice cream cone or to satisfy your post-meal sweet tooth!

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Boone Restaurants

Boone Restaurants Wild Craft Eatery

I bet you didn’t know that we love the High Country so much that we’ve also created a guide to Where to Eat in Boone! What is so wonderful about Blowing Rock and Boone is how close they are and how incredible both restaurant scenes are!

Some of our favorites include Sunrise Grill, Wild Craft Eatery, and CoBo Sushi!

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Ready to Dig Into These Blowing Rock Restaurants?

Now that we’ve put our favorite restaurants in Blowing Rock out there, we’re hungry for another visit to the High Country! In the meantime, we hope you can make it out and let us know what you think.

Also, do you have any favorite Blowing Rock restaurants to add? If you’ve never been before, which of these places to eat would you try first?

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32 thoughts on “15+ Delicious Blowing Rock Restaurants for High Country Travelers”

  1. That is a great list; you got most of our favorites on it! I might add the Best Cellar Restaurant located in the Inn at Ragged Gardens on Sunset (opposite the Blowing Rock Ale House). Next up, Boone and Banner Elk!

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  2. You missed Best Cellar…wonderful restaurant inside the Inn at Ragged Gardens.
    Also, Famous Toastery , a new restaurant on Sunset, and Timberlake’s restaurant at Chetola. Timberlake’s has a lovely outside patio to enjoy on Spring, Summer and Fall days.

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    • Thank you so much, Genie! We’ll definitely have to return for a visit to these places you mentioned. Appreciate the tips!

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  3. My husband and I recently opened up the Grilled Cheese Cafe. Internationally inspired gourmet grilled cheese. Our town is loving it. Eat at one of our cafe tables or take it to go!
    1179 Main Street
    Southmarke Courtyard

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  4. My Missus reminded me you can’t forget about the Restaurant at Gideon Ridge! We don’t eat there often, but my wife LOVES it.

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  5. Sorry, have to disagree with 2 of these. Storie Street and Speckled Trout are not good at all! Have given Storie Street a second chance and they still did not deliver! Awful!

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  6. You missed two excellent restaurants that are favorites of both locals and visitors. The Best Cellar has the best crab cakes and baked acorn squash in the High Country. The restaurant at Gideon Ridge is fabulous, small, and five star quality with an amazing view. Both of these eateries offer excellent service, great menus, and fine dining service. They shouldn’t be missed!

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  7. Best Cellar at Ragged Garddn Inn is also a great one. Especially great for special occasion, Thanksgiving and New Years Eve (reservations are a must those holidays). Wonderful menu and great drinks from a craft bar. Whole thing is within an historic grand house (at one time) now turned restaurant and Boutique Hotel. Definitely worth a try, all year. Enjoy music on the lawn Friday evenings May- October. Great way to end a week (or is that start a weekend ?)

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  8. Definitely agree with the comments about the Best Cellar..great place..also think Bistro Roca is an amazing restaurant which deserves much more than an honorable mention..Gamekeeper restaurant is also a very unique and exceptionally good place as well .

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    • Awesome, David. Thanks so much! Will definitely keep this in mind as we update our guide to Blowing Rock restaurants. Have a great day!

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  9. The restaurant at Gideon Ridge is AMAZING. That along with The Best Cellar and Bistro Roca are always on our must-go list!

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