Sunday – Thursday: 8:00am – 8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 8:00am – 9:00pm​

The Old Mill Restaurant

Legendary Smoky Mountain Dining with a Riverside View

Serving hearty Southern classics family-style in a beautiful historic setting, The Old Mill Restaurant’s delicious comfort food and friendly, welcoming atmosphere is loved by locals and visitors alike.

Join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at tables that overlook the Little Pigeon River as it flows through the water wheel of our 200-year-old mill. You won’t leave hungry!

Our Menus

Breakfast at the Old Mill


8am – 11am

The Old Mill Restaurant Lunch


11am – 4pm

The Old Mill Restaurant Fried Chicken Dinner


4pm – close

About Our Food

Wholesome ingredients, time-tested recipes, and well-honed home-cooking skills are the hallmarks of real Smoky Mountains cooking, and the ones that keep the rambling dining rooms at The Old Mill Restaurant bustling all day and into the night.

We don’t go for gimmicks or trends. Rather, we pride ourselves on honest-to-goodness fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, fall-off-the-bone tender country ribs, and other Southern classics that warm our bellies and tug our heartstrings.

a family having fun eating together at the old mill

Our History

In the 1780s, Mordecai Lewis moved west from Virginia and settled on the banks of a Tennessee river. Pioneer Isaac Love built an iron forge there that would eventually, along with the huge numbers of passenger pigeons, give the settlement the name.

Fifty years later, in 1830, Love’s son built The Old Mill on a picturesque spot on the river which quickly became a gathering spot for the community. Local farm families brought wheat, corn and other crops to the mill for grinding, visited, and picked up their mail. 

Today, The Old Mill remains the lifeblood of our community, and continues to serve as a warm, welcoming gathering spot for all, with the goal of keeping its heritage of real hospitality alive for generations to come.

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A Taste of the Old Mill

Try some of our favorites at home. 

Country Fried Steak | The Old Mill

Country Fried Steak

Country fried steak qualifies as our kind of comfort food, especially when made with our savory Old Mill Fried Chicken Breading. Some also call it

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