Alamo Steakhouse in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge: An honest review

The Alamo Steakhouse

The Alamo Steakhouse has two locations in the Smokies – one in Gatlinburg and one in Pigeon Forge (photo by Bill Burris/TheSmokies.com)

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I made assumptions. I’m not happy about it. I’m not proud. 

Mistakes were made but we can all learn from them. After all, I’m as human as anybody … at least as far as you know.  

For years, coming the back way through Cosby into Gatlinburg, we’d drive past Alamo Steakhouse and the exterior was … underwhelming. 

When it came time to pick a place for dinner, my friends, I always forgot about the Alamo.

I know. I know. Davy Crockett died for nothing. 

Listen, we don’t judge books – nor restaurants – by their covers. Some of my favorite places in the world are little hole-in-walls where the food is terrific.

But the Alamo wasn’t a hole-in-the-wall. Had it been a little nicer or a little more seedy, it would have grabbed my attention more. 

As it was, I assumed it was a low-rent Texas Roadhouse rip-off, a Sagebrush and nothing more. 

Well, you know what happens when you assume, right?

That’s right. You miss out on a dang good steak. 

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Indoor seating at Alamo Steakhouse
The large dining room at the Alamo Steakhouse features restaurant booths and a comfortable atmosphere (photo by Bill Burris/TheSmokies.com)

Where are the Alamo Steakhouses located?

The Alamo Steakhouse currently has two locations, one in Gatlinburg and one in Pigeon Forge.

The Alamo Steakhouse already had a second location at 3050 Parkway in Pigeon Forge by the time the Gatlinburg restaurant was destroyed in the devastating wildfire of 2016. The majority of employees were able to go work at the Pigeon Forge relocation.

In fact, the location at 705 East Parkway in Gatlinburg took nearly a year to rebuild. 

And we are so glad the Gatlinburg location is back.

Today, both locations rank among the best eateries in the region, a fact I was far too slow to pick up on. 

Who owns Alamo Steakhouse?

Alamo is the best of the Johnson family of restaurants which includes: 

It stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg. 

It’s perfect for an intimate dinner, a big family dinner, birthday parties, business meetings and special occasions alike.

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Alamo steakhouse steak and potato
When at a steakhouse, always order the steak (photo by Bill Burris/TheSmokies.com)

What should you order at Alamo?

What should you get if you go to the Alamo Steakhouse? Well, obviously the steak but we’ll get to that more in a moment. 

I grew up in Indiana where St. Elmo’s is the king of the steakhouses.

There, they have what may well be the greatest shrimp cocktail in the world. And so I am conditioned – when I go to steakhouses to order the shrimp cocktail in hopes that the sauce will be as mind-blowingly shockingly horse-radishy as what is served at Elmo’s. 

It’s nostril cleansing deliciousness.

How do the Alamo’s shrimp cocktail and its sauce rate? It’s not St. Elmo’s, but for $12 it’s darn good. 

Editor’s note: Prices listed may vary and are subject to change.

Can I also recommend the Gorseradish-Parmesan Prime Rib Strips ($12) and the Sombreros – crab-stuffed mushroom caps – if you’re considering appetizers?

For the main course, they offer things that are not steak and while I’m sure they’re all very good, let’s be very clear.

We do not go to the steakhouse to order chicken or seafood or salad unless those things happen to be offered as side items to go with your steak. 

We’re here for steak. 

But which one? 

A medium rare steak
The Alamo Steakhouse hand cuts all of their aged steak in-house with a blend of seasonings (photo by Bill Burris/TheSmokies.com)

What are the best steaks at The Alamo Steakhouse?

At this level of steak, I don’t want a lot of frou-frou foodie business and so I find myself irritated by the Chef’s selection of Peppercorn NY Strip ($32) but will accept the Horseradish Crusted Filet ($36).

The Rio Grande Rib Eye ($32) the Alamo New York Strip ($32) and the Filet Mignon ($40) are acceptable choices but the real steak connoisseurs will want the El Presidente Porterhouse ($38) or the 20-ounce ribeye simply known as “The Steak” ($38).

For me, the last is my favorite not because it’s significantly better than the other great steaks in its price range but because I get to order “The Steak” like I’m John Wayne or something. 

When taste is relatively equal, style points can matter. 

Oh and don’t forget to order a sweet potato, french fries or rice pilaf (each $3) for your side and a maybe serving of the asparagus with Hollandaise sauce ($6).

If you must order something besides steak, there are a variety of other menu items available. The Chili Rubbed Pork Chops Dinner comes highly recommended.

The San Antonio Chicken Dinner looks divine in all of its boneless breast, cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese glory. The Santa Fe Chicken Dinner is also pretty popular.

If it was me and I wasn’t going to do a steak, I’d leave. No, I jest, I’d go with the Crabbed Stuffed Shrimp for $28. As evidenced by the sombreros, I’m a sucker for whenever they shove crab into something else. 

And if you go for lunch, you might want to try their Alamo Bacon & Cheese Steak Burger – a huge burger with ground-fresh daily meat – a suitable steak adjacent option.

For dessert?

I would strongly consider another steak but if you must have something sweet, you can’t go wrong with the Chocolate Burrito for $6.50. It’s basically a chocolate bar chimichanga rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with vanilla ice cream. 

Have you eaten at Alamo? Did you also experience awesome food and good service? Let us know in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “Alamo Steakhouse in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge: An honest review”

  1. Me and my wife ate there4 years ago ,our food was72.oo. her steak was good mine left a greasy film in my mouth was not able to eat it ,staff did not a thing about it the sweet potato was the best I had. Would not go back

  2. We were just there on January and loved it. We had excellent service and the food was superior in quality. The atmosphere was great too. The trifecta!

  3. Awesome, awesome, awesome! The Steak medium rare and Alamos potatoes deep fried and loveable…. paired with a nice red and call it a night! I have never been disappointed and go with the highest of expectations! *****

  4. WE LOVE THE ALAMO !!!
    We go every time we are in Gatlinburg.
    WE LOVE THE BONE IN RIBEYE
    Cowboy Ribeye !
    The servers are always great and I leave 25% tip.
    GOTTA LOVE IT
    #STEAK

  5. I live in Indiana at eat at Alamo in Gatlinburg every time I visit. The steaks are always awesome. Will be going again this year.

  6. Almost has great food I get the gillet miguon always good food good service love it

  7. We had a wedding dinner at the Alamo and it was wonderful. Heard that the fire destroyed the restaurant was very glad to hear it was rebuilt. Love the food and the atmosphere.

  8. We ate at Almo steak house last time we were in town .We visit Gatlinburg 3 to 4 times a year .So we decided to try this place.worst steak ever for the money .My husband got the Rib Eye and I got the new York strip .it was small fatty .And service was slow .when we left said never go back so over price for the food.

  9. We ate at Alamo on Dec. 19th and again in early February for the BOGO sale. In December I had the Porterhouse and it was great. In February I had the Steakburger which was awesome too. My wife had the Chili rubbed pork chops both times and loved them.

  10. The wife and i were there last christmas. Yes for us it was pricey but Dammm those steaks were good, useually go for the chain steak houses but we were suprised will go back next time in town.

  11. It was awesome, the crab stuffed mushrooms, crab bisque and the steaks. Wonderful food.

  12. I have eaten there several times since 2016 and the food has always been awesome! I would highly recommend trying this restaurant.
    Visiting when they have the bogo is even better.

  13. Went for my birthday this year and had a 15% off coupon. Waiter asked if we belonged to their loyalty program, which we didn’t. He signed us up so we wouldn’t need to use a coupon on any future visits, but we couldn’t get the 15% off on this visit as we weren’t in the system yet. Long story short, he still didn’t take our coupon so we ended up paying the full price. Seems like if we weren’t members yet, we should have been able to use our coupon. Wrote to the manager there at the Pigeon Forge restaurant but never heard back. I will say they do have good steaks, and the meal was delicious, even though we didn’t get our 15% discount.

  14. The ALAMO IS MY FAMILIES ALL TIME FAV.8 OF US GO @ LEAST TWICE IN SUMMER & 2 OR 3 TIMES IN FALL & WINTER.HATS DOWN THE BEST.FROM JONESBOROUGH,TN.THE BANNERS

  15. We love Alamo and go there each time we vacation in the Smokies. Perfect for date night. I have to disagree on the dessert recommendation, though—blackberry cobbler is definitely the way to go!

  16. We enjoyed our steaks and the service. Went at night so it was very cold outside and only limited space to wait in foyer. It was too cold to wait outside but the good food made it worth while.

  17. We ate there 2/10/22. Great steaks! Loved everything about Alamo Steak House. Good food and awesome service. Plan on going back every time we visit Gatlinburg.

  18. Best food in Pigeon Forge. We eat there every time we go shopping there. Steaks are always done perfect, best service also.

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