It's been a great day, but now the whole family is hungry. You had a great time exploring Ripley's Aquarium, hiking in the Smokies, or a great round of mini-golf, but dinner time is fast approaching. The kids are asking those dreaded words: "what's for dinner?" For kid-friendly dining options, there are many great family restaurants in Gatlinburg.
These places to eat for families not only because they provide a family friendly atmosphere and a casual dining experience, these also offer great kids menus for picky eaters. Use our Gatlinburg restaurant guide to find the perfect place for your family to find a quality meal in the Smokies!
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, this southern seafood restaurant has a great kids menu with classics like pizza, chicken fingers, and fries. For the adults, there are plenty of delicious seafood and steak entrees. Also, this restaurant is simply fun! Inspired by the classic film, Forest Gump, the restaurant is filled with movie memorabilia and the waiter is likely to quiz your family on film trivia. Plus, crayons and coloring books are provided for any aspiring artists in your family.
This Italian cafe in downtown Gatlinburg definitely lives up to its name. This restaurant, a local favorite, offers traditional Italian food including calzones, pizza and pasta dishes. There is an extensive kid's menu complete with personal pizzas, fettuccini alfredo, lasagna, and chicken fingers. All of this can be found with a pleasant family atmosphere for a satisfying, causal dining experience.
Located just off of the main parkway in Gatlinburg, Bennett's provides excellent barbeque and steaks for hungry vacationers. This restaurant provides a great kids menu with barbeque, burgers, chicken tenders and a free dessert. This large restaurant can seat large groups even when many other restaurants become crowded.
There are other great restaurants for families in Gatlinburg and the Smokies that we will soon cover. But these kid-friendly restaurants are a great way to keep the whole family satisfied while you enjoy a great family vacation in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!
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