The best restaurants open late in Pigeon Forge, our top 10 ranked

J.T. Hannah’s is only open until 9 pm Sunday through Thursday, but on Fridays and Saturdays, serves customers until 11 pm

J.T. Hannah's is open until 10 or 11 pm on most evenings (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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So you want to eat late? Round here, that means 8 pm.

While we don’t exactly keep retirees hours, our restaurants are far more likely to be busy at 5:30 than they are after 9 pm.

You want to eat after 9 pm?

It’s cool. You’ll get to watch as the staff starts the process of closing for the night.

You want to eat something other than fast food after 10?

Well son, you’d best have a plan because there are more than a few restaurants around here that don’t go for that kind of business. While mom-and-pop shops offer some of the best food options in town, you likely won’t find them open much past dark.

So what do you? Well, luckily Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are tourist towns. You have a few options where you can comfortably eat late and be fairly confident the wait staff isn’t sabotaging your jalapeño poppers in the back.

Editor’s Note: Restaurant hours may vary (especially during holidays) and are subject to change. Always call ahead before making plans.

Dick's Last Resort at The Island in Pigeon Forge
Dick’s Last Resort can be found at The Island in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

10. Dick’s Last Resort

This unique chain has two locations in the Smokies, one in downtown Gatlinburg and the other at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

The menu items have punny (and cringe-worthy) names, including “The Dolly” for Dolly Parton, which has a “voluptuous” grilled chicken breast.

There are certainly better food options in the area, but if you’re near The Island, Dick’s is usually open until 10 or 11 pm.

Downtown Flavortown at the Mountain Mile
Downtown Flavortown is one of the newer venues in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

9. Downtown Flavortown

As one of the newer establishments in East Tennessee, Downtown Flavortown features unique flavor creations from Chef Guy Fieri.

The entertainment venue and restaurant also offers a full Tiki bar, full arcade and duckpin bowling.

Downtown Flavortown is open until 11 pm or midnight on most evenings.

Read Also: Downtown Flavortown in Pigeon Forge: An honest review with menu, photos

the timberwood grill
Timberwood Grill at The Island serves up a decent steak (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

8. Timberwood Grill

Going back to The Island in Pigeon Forge, Timberwood Grill is open until 11 pm or midnight on most evenings.

The restaurant features authentic mountain dining and has huge, half-pound burgers and pretty good steak selections.

You could do a lot worse than Timberwood if you’re visiting The Island. See No. 10.

Mel's Diner in Pigeon Forge
Mel’s Diner is normally open until midnight (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

7. Mel’s Diner

What are we looking to accomplish here? You want an elegant late dining experience? This isn’t the place.

However, in my experience, there are two types of late-night eaters and one of the two has had a few drinks.

Mel’s Diner, open until midnight, serves classic 50s diner fare. Burgers. Fries. Shakes. Dogs. It’s good food. Better than anything you’d get at a place with a drive-thru.

It’s also a fun atmosphere. They lean a little hard into the naming-everything-after someone shtick.

And, frankly, I refuse to order Chachi’s Cheese Nachos on general principle. On the plus side, I can order a Big Bopper Bacon Cheeseburger and regale the crew with my quite excellent Big Bopper impersonation. Chantilly Lace forever, y’all.

Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge
Hard Rock Cafe is a staple in the area (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

6. Hard Rock Cafe

You would think that a restaurant dedicated to hard rock would be open til the wee hours of the morning.

However, most nights the Hard Rock is open only until about 9 or 10 pm.

Still, if you catch it in time, it has the right vibe for late night eating.

Plus, it’s located right along the Parkway and features memorabilia from the likes of Madonna and Jimi Hendrix.

Blue Moose
The Blue Moose is a family-friendly sports lounge in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

5. Blue Moose Burgers

This restaurant was once one of the best kept secrets of Pigeon Forge. Lately, it’s not much of a secret anymore.

Blue Moose offers delicious chicken wings and juicy burgers. We’ve always had exceptional service when we visit, and it’s one of our favorite choices when having a late dinner in the area.

Blue Moose is open until 10 or 11 pm on most evenings.

Funky Buddha in Pigeon Forge
The Funky Budha is generally open until 2 or 3 am on most days (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

4. Funky Budha Sports Bar and Lounge

One of the few real night spots in the area, maybe the only one, the Funky Budha lays claim to be the only restaurant on the list named after a Cypress Hill lyric.

The Funky Budha is not necessarily the place to wind the family down after a long day. As a lounge and sports bar, the restaurant is simply a division of the operation. Still, the food is funky and spicy.

Try the Kung Pao Steak if you’re young and healthy and haven’t destroyed the lining of your stomach already.

On the downside, there is the disconcerting fact that their chicken dishes are labeled as Treasures from the Sky because the idea of chickens learning to fly and taking to the air is one of my recurrent nightmares. Those things are descended from raptors and no one can tell me differently.

Happily, steak and seafood are both appropriately labeled as Land and Sea Treasures, respectively. Open until 3 am, Funky Budha is 21 and up after 9 pm. They have hookah on the patio in case you’re really into Lewis Carroll cosplay.

Chop House in Sevierville
Although technically located in Sevierville on the outskirts of Pigeon Forge, The Chop House is open until 11 pm on select days and offers quality food with a family-friendly atmosphere (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

3. The Chop House

Again, we’re playing a little fast and loose with the rules here. Throughout the week, the Chop House shuts down at 10 pm but Friday and Saturday it is open 11 pm.

This is a completely different vibe than the others on the list. Low key, quiet and classic, and family-friendly; the Chop House is a great place for gatherings that aren’t just about getting some cold beers or finding a dance floor.

You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If you want something fairly light, the salads are fresh and varied, the appetizers are fantastic – try the deviled eggs. Seriously.

Chicken, steak, pork and seafood, there’s something for everyone. Chop House is a great place to stop after a long day and have an excellent meal.

Smoky Mountain Brewery at night
Smoky Mountain Brewery is normally open until midnight (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

2. Smoky Mountain Brewery

Though the beer is obviously the main attraction, you could do a lot worse dining late in Sevier County than the Smoky Mountain Brewery. Open until 12 am, the brewery serves sandwiches, burgers, wings, apps and a really nice pizza.

If you’re looking for something a little heartier – and who isn’t at 11 pm – they have a quality selection of steaks and ribs as well.

Myself? I’m a fan of the calzone. But be warned. If you’ve had a few of the house beverages, the calzone is a dangerous choice as there’s a chance you’ll be wearing as much of it as you ate.

J.T. Hannah's
J.T. Hannah’s has a great bar and good food along the strip in Pigeon Forge (photo by James Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

1. J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen

We’re playing a little fast and loose here with the rules; J.T. Hannah’s is only open until 10 pm Sunday through Thursday, but on Fridays and Saturdays, serves customers until 11 pm.

More serious dining than some late night hot spots, J.T. Hannah’s hits the right notes for eating out late. Relaxed, laid back and fun, but unlikely to get too crazy, J.T. Hannah’s offers burgers, seafood and steaks.

It’s the St. Louis style ribs that are the star of the show. The deep-fried Mississippi catfish is also a favorite and goes great with Hannah’s Fried Pickle Chips as an appetizer.

Do you agree with our list? What are your favorite late night dining options in Pigeon Forge TN? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Seems a bit bias to funnel tourist traffic into family monopolys in the area instead of non bias opinions

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