Best Steak & Cleanest Restaurants

Near Gatlinburg

Where is the best place to get a steak in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

or Sevierville? What are the best steakhouses?

Here is my list of the top steak restaurants and steakhouses in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, for combined customer satisfaction with highest food safety inspection scores in order, with 1-2-3 tying for 1st place:

1.     Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse, Gatlinburg 
2.    Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse, Pigeon Forge

3.    Local Goat, Pigeon Forge
4.   Alamo Steakhouse, Gatlinburg location

5.   Texas Roadhouse, Pigeon Forge location

6.   The Peddler, Gatlinburg
7.   Crystelle Creek, Gatlinburg


You won't find a better list I researched all area restaurants without any preconceived notions, and this is what I looked at:

1.)  The cleanest restaurants with the highest food service inspection scores by the Tennessee Department of Health over the last year.

2.) The steakhouses and restaurants with the highest customer satisfaction reviews. 


I combined these together to give you a blended result of the Best of the Best!

These restaurants came out on top overall.

To check ANY restaurant, see Sevier County at this site:

1.) Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse 

1002 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN   865-436-4287

Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse Gatlinburg

This is the first of the Top 3 because it CONSISTENTLY gets BEST food safety inspection scores and rave reviews for food, atmosphere, and customer satisfaction. Opened in 1975, it's been a favorite of locals and visitors ever since.  It sits right across from the Ober Gatlinburg entrance on the Gatlinburg Parkway. 


Beautiful upscale lodge look with authentic Cherokee artifacts that honors this area's native heritage.

You can also get small batch and seasonal micro-brews by Smoky Mountain Breweries.


2.) Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse 

111 Valley Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN   865-366-1002

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Number 2 of the Top 3 is a newer restaurant to Pigeon Forge, owned by Tennessee locals.  It lands on top because of the rave reviews, customer satisfaction and the consistent high scores in food safety inspections.

Gaucho Urbano is a modern, upscale restaurant with fresh, authentic Brazilian influences.  You are given a token to use the green or red side to indicate to your chef if you need service.

Wine and cocktails are available.

3.) Local Goat

2167 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN   865-366-3035

exterior Local Goat Restaurat Pigeon Forge front view exterior

Local Goat is 3 in the Top 3 on my list because ever since it opened in 2016, it has been a local's and visitor's favorite, while scoring consistently high on food safety inspections.

The Local Goat describes themselves as a "scratch kitchen specializing in locally sourced and sustainable foods."  It's a more casual atmosphere with a full bar and TVs in different areas.  While it's not a typical steakhouse, you can get a beautiful steak dinner here.

You can also get a full selection of drinks from craft beer, cocktails, wine, bourbon, tequila, you name it.

My full review for this restaurant is Here

4.) Alamo Steakhouse

705 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN   865-436-9998

Alamo Steakhouse Galinburg, font exterior, rebuilt after the wildfires

The Alamo is named in honor of the 2,000 Tennessee men who volunteered and fought bravely at the Alamo in Texas.  This place is another local favorite, along with high food safety scores  with the Gatlinburg location ranking in the top 10 list of all steak restaurants in the Gatlinburg area.  (there is another great location in Pigeon Forge)

The beloved original restaurant was burned to the ground during the infamous 2016 wildfires, but happily, it has since been rebuilt, closely to its original design.  The Alamo sits on a rippling creek, and and the atmosphere is casual-upscale, southwest, romantic.

Wine, Liquor, & beer are also served

5.) Texas Roadhouse

3786 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN   865-286-1543

texas roadhouse logo and food

This chain of rustic Texas themed steakhouses were started in 1993, and have branched out due to popularity.  The Pigeon Forge location makes the list with high food safety inspections and excellent customer satisfaction.  Casual family atmosphere with beer and cocktails available for order.

6.) The Peddler

820 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN   865-436-5794

Howards Steakhouse Gatlinburg on the Parkway, exterior view
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A historic home converted into a restaurant sits on The Little Pigeon River, just around the corner from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Casual upscale relaxed atmosphere. Serves hand cut steaks, and is always the place the locals will send you.

Serves a variety of wines and has an in house bar


7.) Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill

1654 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN   865-430-1551

Crystelle Creek Restaurant exterior, Gatlinburg Tn

This unique, upscale, romantic restaurant on a creek has live entertainment, koi pond and a sports porch where your pet is welcomed. A 150-ft lighted tree stands nearby so you can find them at night.  Just on the outskirts of downtown Gatlinburg, this place gets high marks all around.

Has a full bar