Located in downtown Gatlinburg on the Parkway near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance, the Steakhouse is "built upon tradition." The Peddler hopes guests embrace the idea of creating their own traditions with family gatherings for special occasions and events.
In addition to their custom-cut steaks, The Peddler offers a variety of delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts. A special menu is available for kids with steak, chicken, and a fresh salad bar.
Photo Alert: The large "Peddler Tree" near the front parking lot marks the perfect spot for a romantic twosome or group photo.
Peddler customers return year after year because the restaurant offers a gorgeous setting next to a mountain stream with excellent service.
The Steakhouse aims to make guest satisfaction a top priority, ensuring "each person feels like a new member of The Pedder family."
The Peddler promises to serve the best quality, naturally aged, and never frozen steaks, grilled over Tennessee hickory charcoal for an unparalleled flavor.
The Steakhouse's main advantage is its breathtaking surroundings. Not many restaurants call the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park home. However, the Peddler's spectacular views and peaceful setting keep guests coming back. Their outdoor pavilion offers a calm respite for visitors to take in the stunning scenery as they wait to be seated.
The Peddler Menu Highlights
The Pedder provides delicious appetizers such as Fried Dill Pickles served with Peddler's special Ranch dressing, Fried Mushrooms & Cauliflower with honey mustard sauce, and Fried Cheese Sticks served with Peddler's homemade marinara sauce.
Pro Tip: The Peddler Steakhouse includes Gluten-Free menu options like the Oysters on Half Shell and the Chilled Shrimp Cocktail.
The Steakhouse's Main Entrees include Custom Cut Steaks (New York Strip, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, or Prime Rib), Chicken in a sweet marinade grilled over hickory charcoal, Grilled Shrimp and Atlantic Salmon Steak. (All items are gluten-free).
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All Steakhouse entrees include the fresh salad bar and one choice of a side dish (steak fries, wild rice, baked potato, or seasonal vegetables), and hot oven bread.
Showcased dessert items are The Peddler's Hot Blackberry Cobbler served with vanilla ice cream, New York Cheesecake, Traditional Key Lime Pie, and Kahlua Crème Brulee topped with a caramel crust....just to name a few!
The Pedder Steakhouse's featured cocktails are the Lemon Drop Grey Goose Vodka Martini, Makers Mark Manhattan, and the Ole Smoky Fashion made with Ole Smoky Whiskey and simple syrup. The Pedder also offers a full list of draft beers, sparkling white wines, and full-bodied red wines.
The Peddler Steakhouse History
The Peddler Restaurant is built upon tradition. The current building is the former home of Charles "Earl" Ogle, Sr., a fourth-generation Gatlinburg merchant. In 1958, Earl and his wife Beth constructed their dream home log cabin beside the Little Pigeon River. Earl, a collector of millstones, acquired several in his day. One is now in The Peddler Steakhouse sign at the front of the restaurant.
The Steaks Sophisticated franchise acquired the cabin from the Ogle family in 1976. General manager Geoffrey Wolpert bought The Peddler in 1985. Thoroughly upgraded the services and built the establishment into what it is today. He also opened The Park Grill, his second Gatlinburg restaurant, in 1995.
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Restaurant designers created The Peddler's Foyer from rustic cypress wood, oak, maple, and pine. The combination of different wood gives Pedder the traditional cabin vibe. The original Ogle cabin was made of timber, stone, and cement. The Peddler pays tribute to the Ogle family by keeping the original stone chimney and uniquely designed dining room built around a rock patio.
The restaurant's lobby contains a mural painted by Knoxville artist Ann Lorimer. The painting is a portrait of the Little Pigeon River that runs behind The Peddler Steakhouse. Another unique feature is the stained-glass front doors, designed by artist Chuck Ottolini. In the bar area and above the salad bar, guests can enjoy other stained-glass art created by Bill May. The impressive image shows trout swimming in a stream.
Fun Fact: The original stone chimney in the dining room was once used to grind corn into meal and flour.
The Pedder Tree History
At one time, the Dawn Redwood tree, which evolved more than 65 million years ago, was one of the most common trees on Earth. However, the tree almost became extinct during the Ice Age until several were discovered in a remote Chinese village.
According to The Peddler's website, a friend of Beth Ogle's brought six of these trees back from Washington in the late 1950s and gave her one. At the time, it was just over two feet tall. The landmark tree has now grown over 80 feet!
Fun Fact: The pavilion was once an enclosed playhouse for Earl Ogle's daughter.
The Peddler Steak House Hours & Parking
The Gatlinburg restaurant is open daily for dinner at 5:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
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The restaurant offers parking, but they're encouraged to park on River Road if visitors find the lot full. Or at Peddler's sister restaurant, The Park Grill, just down the block.
Seasonal Hours: The Peddler is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On New Year's Eve, the restaurant opens at 3:00 p.m.