A beautiful view of the Old Mill Restaurant, one of the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge.

13 Best Family Restaurants in Pigeon Forge for a Fun & Unforgettable Dining Experience with Kids!

Looking for the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge for a fun and memorable experience?

I love visiting Pigeon Forge when traveling to one of my favorite vacation destinations in the world, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pigeon Forge has SO many attractions and activities for the whole family no one should ever be bored!

But besides plenty of family-friendly attractions and activities, I also look forward to going to Pigeon Forge for all the delicious food!

And when it comes to finding delicious food for the whole family, Pigeon Forge has got you covered with a huge selection of family-friendly restaurants.

In this article, we’ll explore 13 of the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge. These restaurants are the best of the best and not only serve tasty food but also create a fun and welcoming atmosphere that will make your dining experience memorable!

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13 Best Family Restaurants in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is home to several outstanding family restaurants that cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

Here is our list of the 13 best family-friendly restaurants in Pigeon Forge in no particular order.

All of these restaurants are well-loved, highly rated by thousands of people and will no doubt ensure an excellent experience!

πŸ‘©β€πŸ³ We have also included what each restaurant offers on the KIDS MENU. As a mom of 3, including 1 super picky eater, I know just important this is.

1. The Old Mill Restaurant

The Old Mill Restaurant is one of the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge.  This spot overlooking the river is also one of th most photographed spots in Pigeon Forge.

The Old Mill Restaurant is a restaurant that is a must-eat on all of our family trips to the Smoky Mountains!

Located in a historic gristmill, The Old Mill Restaurant offers a charming atmosphere and serves classic Southern dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

All entrees for breakfast include a complimentary serving of orange juice and warm, home-baked Old Mill banana nut muffins.

And for lunch and dinner, all entrees include a salad, corn chowder, and corn fritters! From fried chicken and country-fried steak to biscuits, this restaurant delivers a true taste of the region.

And trust me you will not leave this place hungry. Plan on leaving with a to-go box because this restaurant is known for its generous portion sizes!

PRO-TIP:
Come early or expect a long wait at The Old Mill Restaurant. If you do have to wait though, no big deal!

Take a stroll around Old Mill Square, where the restaurant is located. The Old Mill Restaurant overlooks the Little Pigeon River and is the perfect spot for family photos. The area also offers charming shops, including The Old Mill General Store, The Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery, and The Old Mill Candy Kitchen. You can browse unique crafts, pottery, souvenirs, and treats while you wait.

KIDS BREAKFAST MENU AT THE OLD MILL RESTAURANT

  • Eggs with Sausage or Bacon
  • Eggs with Pancakes (served with biscuits and sausage or bacon)
  • Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

KIDS LUNCH AND DINNER MENU AT THE OLD MILL RESTAURANT

  • Fried Chicken Tenders
  • American Burger
  • Pot Roast & Gravy
  • Fried Chicken Legs
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Turkey and Gravy
  • Chicken and Dumplings
    *All Kid’s Entrees include your choice of mashed potatoes, fries or macaroni & cheese, ice cream, and a drink.

Open:
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Location:
164 Old Mill Avenue, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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2. The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant & The Applewood Farmhouse Grill

The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant is one of the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge.  When you sit down you'll be greeted with homemade apple fritters, apple butter,  and apple julep.
Photo Courtesy of Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and The Applewood Farmhouse Grill are located in Sevierville, only a few minutes away from all of Pigeon Forge’s best attractions.

These restaurants are very similar in the food they offer; good old Southern comfort food. They are also located on the same property and are a quick walk from each other. The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Farmhouse Grill are nestled within an apple orchard, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere. The rustic charm of the surroundings adds to the overall dining experience, making it a memorable and unique place for families to visit.

These restaurants are part of the larger Apple Barn Village, which includes The Apple Barn General Store, Cider Mill, The Creamery, Candy Shop, Apple Barn Winery, and Christmas and Candle Shop. Families will love exploring all of these additional attractions before or after their meal.

What I love about The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant & Farmhouse Grill is the complimentary basket of apple fritters, homemade apple butter, and apple julep they bring you before your meal. If you’re dining there for breakfast you also get complimentary apple cinnamon muffins in addition to the apple fritters, apple butter, and apple julep. 🍎🍏

KIDS BREAKFAST MENU AT THE APPLEWOOD FARMHOUSE RESTAURANT

  • Farmhouse Eggs
  • Silver Dollar Pancakes
  • Farmhouse Biscuits & Gravy
  • Rainbow Sprinkled Pancakes
    *All Kid’s Breakfast Entrees are served with a drink and bacon or sausage

KIDS LUNCH AND DINNER MENU AT THE APPLEWOOD FARMHOUSE RESTAURANT

  • Grilled Cheese
  • Chicken & Dumplings
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Corn Dogs
  • Vegetable Plate
    *All Kid’s Entrees are served with a drink, choice of side, and either a chocolate chip cookie or ice cream for dessert

Open:
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Location:
240 Apple Valley Rd, Sevierville, TN. 37862

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3. Frizzle Chicken Cafe

Frizzle Chicken Cafe and its animatronic chickens are the reason for being one of the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge.
Photo Courtesy of Frizzle Chicken Cafe

Frizzle Chicken Cafe has got to be one of the most unique family restaurants in Pigeon Forge and one of the most FUN restaurants in Pigeon Forge!

Why you ask? This is because of the live singing animatronic chickens! πŸ₯πŸ” These animatronic chickens will entertain you throughout your meal and create a fun and lively atmosphere for the whole family.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, they offer menu items such as pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy, and chicken and waffles. And for lunch, they offer menu items such as chicken tenders and burgers.

KIDS BREAKFAST MENU AT FRIZZLE CHICKEN CAFE

  • Special Bear Cakes (pancakes)

KIDS LUNCH AND DINNER MENU AT FRIZZLE CHICKEN CAFE

  • Hamburger/Cheeseburger
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Chicken Tenders
    *Kids’ Entrees are served with french fries or a fruit cup.

Open:
Breakfast & Lunch

Location:
2785 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

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4. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria

Big Daddy's Pizzeria is one of the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge.  Pizza is always a win with kids plus they have an arcade.
Photo Courtesy of Big Daddy’s Pizzeria

Pizza is always a family favorite and one of the best family pizza restaurants in Pigeon Forge is Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. πŸ•

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria provides a casual and welcoming atmosphere that is perfect for families.

Their pizza is created with handcrafted homemade dough and topped with homemade sauce and fresh ingredients. Then it is placed in a wood-fired brick oven!

But what’s also great about Big Daddy’s Pizzeria is they serve more than just pizza! They also serve salads and sandwiches, which is great for that 1 person in the family that prefers something other than pizza!

And another huge plus of Big Daddy’s Pizzeria is the arcade! The kids will love playing in the arcade before or after eating!

Open:
Lunch and Dinner

Location:
3053 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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5. The Local Goat

The Local Goat is a very popular restaurant in Pigeon Forge.  They have a wide variety of menu options making it great for families.
Photo Courtesy of The Local Goat

The Local Goat is a popular spot for families looking for a variety of fresh and flavorful food. And since it is such a popular spot, expect a wait here!

The casual, modern ambiance and extensive craft beer selection at The Local Goat make it a hit with both kids and adults.

The Local Goat specializes in elevated comfort dishes, including wings, salads, burgers, and steaks made with locally sourced ingredients. πŸ₯— πŸ”πŸ₯©

Start your meal with the fun and delicious Cheeze Fondue appetizer. This includes soft pretzels, French bread, and Granny Smith apples you can dip with warm beer cheese dip. And don’t leave here without getting one of their delicious desserts!

KIDS MENU AT THE LOCAL GOAT

  • Cheeseburger
  • Mac n Cheese
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Hot Dog
    *All Kid’s Menu Entrees are served with fries.

Open:
Lunch and Dinner

Location:
2167 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE

6. Mama’s Farmhouse

At Mama's Farrmhouse they have all you can eat Southern homestyle food served family style.
Photo Courtesy of Mama’s Farmhouse

For a hearty and all-you-can-eat family dining experience in Pigeon Forge, Mama’s Farmhouse should be at the top of your list!

This family-style restaurant serves up traditional Southern fare in a warm and inviting environment. Food is served family-style and you can try whatever is on the menu for the day!

At breakfast, you can indulge in mouth-watering biscuits, bacon, eggs, cheese grits, and buttermilk waffles. 🍳 πŸ§‡

For lunch and dinner, Mama’s Farmhouse also serves up their famous biscuits with delicious menu items such as meatloaf, turkey n stuffing, and salisbury steak. Some of their delicious sides include chicken n dumplings, mashed potatoes, fried okra, and corn on the cob. 🌽

And be sure to save room for either their delicious banana pudding, peach cobbler, or apple crunch.

Oh, and another excellent reason Mama’s Farmhouse is great for families is because of its excellent outdoor play area! The kids will enjoy the giant connect four game, cornhole, and playhouses!

Open:
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Location:
208 Pickel Street, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE

7. Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Dolly Parton's Stampede is an exciting family show with a delicious meal.
Photo Courtesy of Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Dolly Parton’s Stampede is more than just one of the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge, it is also one of the best attractions in Pigeon Forge!

This family-friendly dinner show offers a unique entertainment experience with horse riding stunts, music, comedy, and a friendly North vs. South competition. 🐎 This interactive show is designed to be enjoyed by all ages and will create lasting memories for the whole family.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede serves a 4-course delicious Southern cuisine, including rotisserie chicken, barbecued pork loin, and tasty sides, leaving no one hungry.

DOLLY PARTON’S STAMPEDE 4-COURSE FEAST INCLUDES:

  • Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Hot Homemade Biscuit
  • Whole Rotisserie Chicken
  • Hickory Smoked Barbeque Pork Loin
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Herb Basted Potato
  • Hot Flaky Apple Turnover
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola, tea, or coffee

*Note, there is a Four-Course Vegetarian Feast too.

Showtimes:
3:30, 6:00 or 8:30 PM
Purchase Your Tickets Here!

Location:
3859 Parkway, Pigeon, Forge, TN. 37863

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE

8. Cookie Dough Monster-Burgers & Shakes

Cookie Dough Monster-Burgers & Shakes is one of the best places to grab a burger in Pigeon Forge.
Photo Courtesy of Cookie Dough Monster- Burgers & Shakes

Cookie Dough Monster-Burgers & Shakes is a unique concept that appeals to both kids and adults. They specialize in a wide variety of burgers and edible cookie dough.

Cookie Dough Monster-Burgers & Shake is a casual restaurant where you order at the counter and then sit yourself down at a table.

Their burgers have fun names such as Betty White, Mac Daddy, Island, Every Day I’m Truffling and Double Chin.

Not a burger person? No worries! They also serve chicken breast sandwiches such as the Barbie, Hennefer Lopez, and Chick Norris. Cookie Dough Monster-Burgers & Shakes also serves salads and gourmet grilled cheeses.

Now let’s talk about dessert! Their edible cookie dough comes in flavors such as plain, sugar cookie, chocolate chip, triple chocolate, cinnamon roll, birthday cake, banana pudding, and more! They also have baked cookies and a huge variety of ice cream and milkshakes!

KIDS MENU AT COOKIE DOUGH MONSTER-BURGERS & SHAKES

  • Grilled Cheese
  • Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  • Shells, marina, and parmesan
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Mini Corn Dogs
  • Cheeseburger
    * All Kid’s Entrees come with 1 side.

Open:
Lunch and Dinner

Location:
2660 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863

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9. Blue Moose Burgers & Wings

Blue Moose Burgers & Wings is a family-friendly sports bar in Pigeon Forge known for its mouthwatering burgers and flavorful wings. πŸ” πŸ—

This would be the perfect spot to watch that must-see game while on your Smoky Mountain vacation.

Blue Moose Burgers & Wings offers a wide variety of burger options, from classic cheeseburgers to creative specialty burgers with unique toppings. And their wings come in just about every flavor from mild to super spicy.

But besides burgers and wings, Blue Moose Burgers & Wings also serves salads and a variety of chicken sandwiches/wraps to please everyone’s taste buds.

KIDS MENU AT BLUE MOOSE BURGERS & WINGS

  • Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Blues Chicken Wings
  • Chicken Fingers
  • All Beef Hotdog
  • Jr Cheeseburger
  • Cheese Quesadilla
    *All Kids Meals are served with french fries.

Open:
Lunch and Dinner

Location:
2430 Teaster Ln #108, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE

10. The Alamo Steakhouse

Alamo Steakhouse is the best family steakhouse in Pigeon Forge.
Photo Courtesy of Alamo Steakhouse

If you’re looking for a family-friendly steakhouse in Pigeon Forge, Alamo Steakhouse is your place!

This casual and relaxed Western-themed ambiance makes it an enjoyable restaurant for both children and adults.

They offer a range of high-quality steaks cooked to perfection. But besides their delicious steaks, they also offer salads, seafood, and chicken entrees. Oh, and you have to try their delicious homemade mozzarella sticks appetizer! πŸ˜‹

➑️ Alamo Steakhouse also has another convenient location in Gatlinburg.

KIDS MENU AT THE ALAMO STEAKHOUSE

  • Hot Dog
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Hamburger/Cheeseburger
  • Fried Chicken Strips
  • 5 oz Sirloin
  • Steak Burger
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Fried Popcorn Shrimp
  • 4 oz Salmon on Rice
    *All Kid’s Entrees are served with french fries, tater tots, applesauce, or broccoli. Drink and brownie for dessert are included.

Open:
Lunch and Dinner

Location:
3050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE

11. Mel’s Diner

Mel’s Diner offers a classic American diner experience, complete with a nostalgic ambiance reminiscent of the 1950s. Families can enjoy the retro decor, jukebox music, and friendly service, creating a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for all.

The restaurant boasts an extensive menu with a wide range of options to satisfy every craving. Families will also enjoy that they offer breakfast at any time of the day.

From hearty breakfast dishes and comforting burgers to sandwiches, salads, and classic diner favorites like meatloaf and fried catfish, there’s something for everyone in the family.

They also offer milkshakes and delicious desserts including the famous banana split to satisfy your sweet tooth. 🍨

KIDS BREAKFAST MENU AT MEL’S DINER

  • Pancakes
  • 1 Egg with Bacon or Sausage and Toast

KIDS LUNCH AND DINNER MENU AT MEL’S DINER

  • Macaroni and Cheese with Fries
  • Grilled Cheese with Fries
  • Cheeseburger with Fries
  • Hot Dog with Fries
  • Chicken Tenders with Fries

Open:
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Location:
119 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE

12. Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is an exciting show for the whole family and you get to eat a delicious feast.
Photo Courtesy of Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is a one-of-a-kind dining and family-friendly entertainment experience that combines a delicious meal with a thrilling live show.

Families can enjoy a high-energy production featuring fire, water, acrobatics, and aerial stunts, all centered around a pirate-themed storyline. πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ

Pirates Voyage also serves up a delicious four-course meal that you can enjoy throughout the show.

The combination of a delicious meal, exciting entertainment, and the immersive pirate atmosphere makes it a unique and unforgettable experience that children and adults will remember forever. This is definitely one of the most fun restaurants in Pigeon Forge!

PIRATES VOYAGE 4 COURSE FEAST INCLUDES:

  • Buccaneer Biscuit
  • Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken
  • Swashbucklin’ Sugar-Cured Ham
  • Cob-O’ Buttery Corn
  • Pirate Herb-Basted Potato
  • Walk the Plank Specialty Dessert
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola, tea, or coffee

    *Note, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free feasts are also available.

Showtimes:
3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM
Purchase Your Tickets Here!

Location:
2713 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE

13. Sunliner Diner

Sunliner Diner is another great diner in Pigeon Forge that transport families back in time to the 1950s.

The retro decor, vibrant colors, and checkered floors add to the overall ambiance. The jukebox plays iconic tunes from the ’50s, filling the air with upbeat music that sets the mood. But what I really love about Sunliner Diner is the classic car booths.

At Sunliner Diner families can indulge in classic diner favorites like burgers, sandwiches, milkshakes, and breakfast dishes.

➑️ If you happen to miss dining at Sunliner Diner in Pigeon Forge, be sure to try it at its other location in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

KIDS BREAKFAST MENU AT SUNLINER DINER

  • Pancake, Waffle, or French Toast with Bacon, Sausage, or Ham
  • One Egg with Bacon, Sausage, or Ham with Hashbrowns or Grits

KIDS LUNCH AND DINNER MENU AT SUNLINER DINER

  • Chicken Tenders and Fries
  • Chicken Tenders, a Waffle, and Fries
  • Grilled Cheese and Fries
  • Hamburger and Fries
  • All Beef Corndog and Fries
  • Macaroni and Cheese with Fresh Fruit

Open:
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Location:
100 E. 2nd Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The Wrap-Up: Best Family Restaurants in Pigeon Forge

An aerial view of the beautiful city of Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge offers no shortage of exceptional family restaurants that promise a fun and unforgettable dining experience with kids.

Whether you’re craving Southern comfort food, wood-fired brick oven pizza, or an immersive dining experience with captivating entertainment, Pigeon Forge has it all.

From the charming atmosphere of The Old Mill Restaurant to the exciting and fun interactive experience at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, each restaurant on our list provides an unforgettable and enjoyable dining experience for the whole family.

With their delicious menus, welcoming environments, and special attention to entertaining the kids, these 13 best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge will ensure your dining experience is filled with memories to cherish.

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