Dining at the New River Gorge

After exploring all there is to see and do in the New River Gorge, you’re going to need a place to fuel up and relax. Luckily, this region’s charming small towns have got you covered. Whether you’re craving barbeque or Italian, need something quick and on the go or are looking to cater a large gathering, there’s something for everyone — and every palate — in the New River Gorge.

In the Fayetteville Area

Fayetteville is often thought of as the heart of the New River Gorge and dining options here aren’t in short supply. The original Pies and Pints serves up delicious and unique pizza pies. The Station is famous for their rotating menu, so it’s like a new experience every time you visit. What you can expect to find – fresh, locally sourced ingredients in every dish. If you want dinner with a view, visit Smokey’s at Adventures on the Gorge. Enjoy American classics like a cheeseburger or juicy steak. Cathedral Café is another fun option in town and is exactly what you think, a café in an old church. With breakfast, lunch and dinner options, you’ll be coming back for more. 

In the Beckley Area

Beckley is the hub of the southern part of the state, especially when it comes to dining so be sure to bring your appetite. The Char, Beckley’s finest for over 50 years, is a local favorite, and dinner items include lamb chops, bone-in ribeye and surf and turf. Step back in time with a visit to the King Tut Drive-In, where kids will love the nostalgic feel of this restaurant. Order a West Virginia-style hotdog with a side of tater tots and eagerly wait for the carhop to bring you meal. While in Beckley, be sure to stop at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, a one-of-a-kind artisan shop & restaurant right off the West Virginia Turnpike. Known for fried green tomatoes and native rainbow trout, Tamarack has an Appalachian inspired cafeteria with professional chefs. Tamarack also provides custom catering if you’re planning an event. 

In the Hinton Area

Summers County can be described as where peaceful meets playful and their dining options reflect that. The Market on Courthouse Square is a casual eatery with salads, sandwiches and brick oven pizzas, perfect for families. Chestnut Revival is a coffee house that also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has live music on Saturday nights. Nearby Pipestem Resort State Park offers an array of on-site restaurants open to the public, too. If you’re looking for something laid back, visit Black Bear Grill and Lounge. It’s ideal for families on the go and those looking to kick back and relax. For a more intimate setting, check out the riverside Mountain Creek Dining Room, a restaurant only accessible by an aerial tram. For your sweet tooth, visit Tramway Treats & Sweets a 1950s style soda shop with sundaes, shakes and other desserts. 

This post was last updated on February 24, 2022