6 Best Restaurants in Downtown Gatlinburg for Lunch

restaurants in downtown gatlinburg for lunch

6 Best Restaurants in Downtown Gatlinburg for Lunch

Planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains? We hope you’ll stop by Speedwerkz, a unique attraction with a stunning collection of supercars! Between visiting attractions and doing fun activities, you’ll need a satisfying lunch to keep you going, so here are some of our top recommendations for the best restaurants in downtown Gatlinburg for lunch:

1. Boudicca's Celtic Pub

Located in The Village Shops, this Celtic pub is a little slice of Europe in the heart of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee! Boudicca’s menu features traditional dishes like fish and chips, bangers n’ mash, and Highland steak, as well as thick, juicy burgers, onion rings, and beer cheese and chips. Their beer selection is also quite extensive, with everything from pale ales to dark stouts. Can’t decide? Order a beer flight and choose from 4 beers on tap!

2. Tennessee Jed’s

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There’s nothing better than a giant sandwich for lunch! Tennessee Jed’s is tucked away in Baskins Square, serving up house-smoked and roasted meats such as pulled pork, corned beef, hot Virginia ham, and more. Their chicken salad is a favorite among the locals, as well as their frito pies. Are you vegetarian? Try their spicy tofu sandwich– it’s incredible!

3. Sun Diner

Sun Diner is located just a few steps from Speedwerkz on the ground level below Jason Aldean’s Kitchen & Rooftop Bar. Their breakfast and lunch menu includes Southern classics like chicken and waffles, country-fried steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, a giant meatloaf sandwich, and an awesome burger melt. There’s definitely something for everyone at this unique music diner-themed restaurant.  

4. Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar

One of the best restaurants in downtown Gatlinburg for lunch has to be Crawdaddy’s! They take fresh seafood to a whole new level, with options like a crawfish boil, shrimp and lobster dip, fresh or fried oysters, Po Boy sandwiches, shrimp and grits, and crab legs. Also, the lobster bisque and shrimp gumbo are soups you have to try. We recommend sitting outside on the second-story patio for beautiful views of the downtown strip and the Smokes!

5. Luigi’s Pizza

luigi's pizza in gatlinburg tn

Who doesn’t love pizza? Luigi’s Pizza has it all– from appetizers like garlic knots, cheesy garlic bread, and deep-fried ravioli to heart salads, wings, sub sandwiches, spaghetti, stromboli, and of course, hand-tossed pizza. You can build your own pie with the toppings of your choice, or choose from their wide range of specialty pizzas, like the white pizza without sauce and topped with ricotta, mozzarella cheeses, fresh cut tomatoes, garlic, and oregano, or the Greek pizza with mozzarella, feta, onions, pepperoncini, tomatoes, oregano, and kalamata olives.

6. Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina

If you love Mexican cuisine, you should check out Loco Burro! This lively restaurant and rooftop bar has mouthwatering margaritas and some of the most authentic dishes like Mexican street corn, sizzling fajitas, stuffed burritos, carne asada, and so much more. And be sure to save room for dessert– you can’t go wrong with either the churros or the tres leches cake!

These are just a few of the best restaurants in downtown Gatlinburg for lunch.  Don’t forget to visit our one-of-a-kind car museum during your visit to the Smokies– read about what makes us one of the most unique things to do in Gatlinburg!

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