Restaurants in Hot Springs, NC

Hot Springs, North Carolina, sits where the French Broad River crosses the Appalachian Trail and so restaurant owners have taken advantage of the beautiful setting. There are casual dining locations for those who have hiked the AT as well as fine food offerings in a historic house at the top of the hill overlooking the river. The menus range from good old southern dishes to simple sandwiches. If you are in the mood for just ice cream, they have that, too. Or drive out into the rural area and stop at one of the unique restaurants in the Spring Creek area.

ArtiSun Gallery & Marketplace

ArtiSun Gallery and Cafe>

16 Andrews Avenue
Hot Springs, NC 28743

Directions
Website
(828) 622-3573

The Coffee Bar is a favorite in the early morning for a fresh ground cup of organic, fair trade coffee made from Appalachian Trail Blend. We have free WI-FI and offer: espresso, latte, cappuccino, a variety of teas, homemade breakfast items like granola and muffins, bagels with cream cheese, snacks including cookies and brownies and cold beverages. On a hot day, treat yourself to Ultimate ice cream on a cone or in a cup!

Hot Springs BBQ Grill & Pub

Campo Bello Hot Springs NC159 Bridge Street
Hot Springs, NC 28743

Directions
(828) 622-9400

BBQ is the staple of North Carolina menus so now you can get your fill at a great location right in downtown Hot Springs. Relax inside or out as you soak up the atmosphere of this outdoor haven. Open just Friday, Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner.

The Iron Horse Restaurant and Tavern

The Iron Horse Restaurant

24 South Andrews Avenue
Hot Springs, NC 28743

Directions
Website
(828) 622-0022

The Restaurant wraps around the Iron Horse Station’s monumental fireplace, and features a friendly dining atmosphere with exceptional regional fare. From delicious southern comfort cuisine to specialized organic dishes, made with fresh and locally grown ingredients, the Iron Horse Restaurant provides a delicious and well-priced menu. The Tavern is located in the restaurant and features the original bar, which was previously the counter in Ponder Hardware Store. The Tavern offers a wide variety of ice-cold bottled and draft beers, an assortment of wines, and a great tavern menu with delicious grilled sandwiches, soups, salads, and sides.

Mountain Magnolia Inn

Mountain Magnolia Inn Dining Room

204 Lawson Street
Hot Springs, NC 28743

Directions
Website
(828) 622-3543

Unforgettable Dining at the historic Mountain Magnolia Inn reflects our commitment over the past 10 plus years of offering exceptional food to diners at the Mountain Magnolia Inn. Lead by Executive Chef Chris Brown, we are committed to using locally grown foods as much as possible and to making everything we serve from scratch in our own kitchen. In season we are open to the public Friday-Monday nights from 5:30-8:30pm. Entrees range from 18.95-$30. Beer and wine available.

Spring Creek Tavern

145 Bridge Street
Hot Springs, NC 28743

Directions
Website
(828) 622-0187

With a patio overlooking Spring Creek, this restaurant has the perfect setting in downtown Hot Springs. Casual atmosphere and food with a friendly staff. Offering a great selection of over 50 craft beers. Have a meal right on the Appalachian Trail. Open every day of the year Sun-Thurs. 11:00am to 10pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11:30am to 11pm.

Smoky Mountain Diner

70 Lance Avenue
Hot Springs, NC 28743

Directions
(828) 622-7571

This is the place where the locals gather for talk and food. A varied menu and solid, good food is what you will always get at this restaurant. Looking for southern comfort food in Hot Springs? This is where you will find it. Any meal of the day has the choice for those southern standards–grits, gravy, or fried foods. Just good ol’ home cooking.

Trust General Store and Spring Creek Cafe

14535 NC Highway 209
Hot Springs, NC 28743

Directions
Website
(828) 622-7400

Located at the intersection of Highway 63 and 209, the building is across from where, from 1900 until the 1950’s, the Ebbs and Gardner General Merchandise Store stood. Today enjoy the same friendly service and get a great meal. Fresh bread and home-made desserts round out a varied menu of comfort food and traditional fare.