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PubS & coffee

Just because you're staying in the mountains and removed from the fast-paced world from which you came, doesn't mean you won't find amazing food and brew! The Carolinas may be best known for barbecue, but there are many amazing restaurants and pubs nearby as well. Whether you're looking for fine dining with exotic fare, or family-friendly with the best pizza, there is something for everybody. We've compiled a shortlist of some of our favorites below. Most of the places below are open year-round. However, some may be seasonal or closed on certain days. So be sure to call ahead and check their hours- make a reservation if you they offer as things can get very busy during the season.

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Lake Toxaway

Grand Olde Station

Our #1 favorite! Casual, family-friendly, lakeside dining. Fantastic steaks, burgers, appetizers, and craft cocktails. Absolutely outstanding in every way!


Cashiers, NC

Whiteside Brewing Company

One of our favorites! You'll love the family and pet-friendly atmosphere with outdoor dining & play area. Great pub food and house-brewed craft beers.


Sapphire Valley


Upscale bar food and lounge in the evening. Casual breakfast and brunch during the day. A popular spot with the locals.


Cashiers, NC

The Orchard Restaurant

Rustic and upscale dining experience serving American cuisine and Southern charm!


Cashiers, NC

Buck's Coffee Cafe

A Cashiers favorite located at the crossroads. Serving various types of coffee and espresso drinks, breakfast and lunch, pastries, beer and wine offerings, and small bites, Buck’s is not to be missed. Buck’s customers enjoy free Wi-fi as well as a comfortable and cozy atmosphere.

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Slabtown Pizza

Amazing (THE best) pizza, pasta, and salads. Fun and family-friendly atmosphere with beautiful outdoor dining area. Bring your best cornhole skills.

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Sapphire Valley

Slopeside Tavern

Family-friendly casual food and drink located at the Sapphire Valley Resort and Ski Sapphire Lodge. Open year-round.

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Cashiers, NC

Cashiers Valley Smokehouse

Ahh-Mazing Barbecue! Some of the best we've had in NC. But get there early... because when it's gone, it's gone.

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Sapphire Valley

The Library Kitchen & Bar

The most colorful place to eat and drink in Sapphire Valley! Serving upscale bright and playful culinary treats and cocktails. 

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Cashiers, NC

Starbucks Coffee

Full-service Starbucks located inside the Ingles Market. It's there if you need it!


Sapphire Valley

Mica's Restaurant & Pub

Eclectic menu with great entrees, burgers, and pizza. Casual dining atmosphere and very family-friendly. Sit on the beautiful outdoor covered deck if you can.


Cashiers & HighlandsNC

The Ugly Dog 

Two locations- Cashiers and Highlands. Amazing pub food and daily specials. THE best dogs and craft beer on tap.

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Cashiers, NC


Just as the name implies, a little bit of everything and great for everyone. Family-friendly for brunch/lunch and a bit more upscale for dinner.


Lake Toxaway

The Greystone Inn

Romantic fine dining with stunning views of Lake Toxaway and the mountain backdrop in this historic inn. Be sure to check out the Mansion Bar for after dinner cocktails or make it a destination of its own!

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