Restaurants & Dining in Red River Gorge
Just because you've escaped from the hustle and bustle of city life during your getaway or retreat doesn't mean you can't enjoy a meal at a good Red River Gorge restaurant near Daniel Boone National Forest.
Red River Rockhouse
$$, American, Burritos, Bar, Vegetarian/Vegan Options
Red River Rockhouse is a quick 10-minute drive from Cliffview. They offer excellent burritos and guacamole. You can't go wrong with the cheeseburger though!
Red River Rockhouse is also a great Sunday breakfast/brunch option while in the Gorge. Tasty breakfast burritos and, yes, they have biscuits and gravy!
Hours: Mon & Thr 12pm – 9pm | Fri & Sat 12pm – 10pm | Sun 8:30am – 9pm
Note: Closed Tue & Wed
$, Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Options
A scenic 15-minute drive from Cliffview, Miguel's Pizza has long been the hub of rock climbing culture in the Red River Gorge (most area climbers will give you directions to crags based on proximity to Miguel's). There's a reason climbers have long flocked to this spot: great pizza and friendly service. If you're craving a slice, this is your best destination.
Also, don't worry if it looks packed. With tons of covered outdoor seating and a fast kitchen, you should get your fresh-baked pie in about 20 - 30 minutes.
Hours: Mar 1 – Dec 1: 7am – 11am (breakfast), 11:30am – 9:45pm (lunch/dinner).
Note: Closed Dec 1 – Mar 1
Sky Bridge Station
$, Bar, Hot Dogs, Weekend Breakfast
Just 14 minutes from Cliffview, Sky Bridge Station is a beloved local watering hole here in the Red River Gorge. More than local craft beers and darts though, they've also got some great gourmet hot dogs. Stop in after a day of hiking for a brew and enjoy the excellent service in this cozy atmosphere.
If you're looking for a place to grab breakfast during a weekend in the Red River Gorge, Sky Bridge Station offers massive breakfast burritos and scrumptious French Toast on Saturday & Sunday.
Hours: Mon – Sun 11am -9pm
Daniel Boone Coffee & Deli
$, Breakfast, Cafe, Grocery
A 17-minute drive from Cliffview, Daniel Boone Coffee Shop & Deli is more than a cup of joe and a quick bite, they're also a small grocery and general store. They have a warm and friendly staff, plus their iced mocha will soothe your Starbucks addiction! Pick up a hot breakfast sandwich in the morning.
Hours: 8am – 9pm
Red River Smokehouse BBQ
$$, Texas-Style BBQ, Ribs
A quick 13-minute drive from Cliffview Resort, Red River Smokehouse BBQ brings that southern Texas style bbq into the heart of Kentucky.
Their "hickory and oak slow smoke" process means you get deliciously tender bbq choices such as smoked ribs, beef brisket, pulled chicken, and pulled pork. Pair this with their Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins and you know you'll come back to the Resort totally satisfied.
Hours: Mon – Wed Closed | Thur 4pm – 9pm | Fri – Sat 11am – 9pm | Sun 12pm – 7pm
Sandstone Arches Restaurant
$$ - $$$, American, Vegetarian Options
A 17-minute drive from Cliffview, Sandstone Arches Restaurant is tucked in Natural Bridge State Resort Park. They offer a buffet option, but most folks opt to order from the menu.
Hours: 7am – 10am (No Weekday Breakfast Dec 17 – Mar 10), 11am – 3pm, 4pm – 8pm
$, American, Milk Shakes/Ice Cream
An easy 15-minute drive from Cliffview, Billy's Place is the quintessential small-town diner. While it's not the Waldorf, it's got a family-friendly atmosphere and the milkshakes really hit the spot (especially after a day hiking in the Red River Gorge).
Hours: 10am – 10pm
Hill Top Pizza
$, Pizza, Italian
A 16-minute drive south from Cliffview, Hill Top Pizza is a great lunchtime or dinner option if you're in the southern part of the Forest. They also deliver to The Lodge here at Cliffview! Focusing on pizza, subs, & salads with a dash of great service, Hill Top Pizza will get you full and leave you with a happy smile on your face.
Hours: 11am – 10pm
$, Subs, Salads
An 18-minute drive from Cliffview Resort, localvore dining it is not but Subway is a quick and easy option to get full, fast. If you're hankering for a sub or sandwich that you always get when you're at home (we're looking at you, Mr. Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki), then you'll be satisfied with a bite from this casual chain restaurant (just don't expect anything amazing).
Hours: 8am – 10pm
$, Ice Cream, Burgers & Fries
A 17-minute drive from Cliffview (you'll be headed out of the Forest, FYI), Dairy Queen is what you always expect DQ to be: fast & pretty cheap. If you can't get a Triple Oreo Blizzard off of your mind, you can soothe your craving at this Campton, KY staple.
Hours: 6am – 10pm
Please note, due to the seasonal nature of our area, not all restaurants in the Red River Gorge area keep the same hours throughout the year. We've attempted to provide the most accurate hours possible, but please call to confirm available hours before making the drive out to a local dining establishment.
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