What’s Cookin’ Wednesday: Ole Red

Lively, spacious eatery offering Southern & American eats alongside live music, beers & cocktails.

In their own words, Ole Red is “designed to embody the spirit of country music superstar Blake Shelton and one of his most clever, irreverent hits, Ole Red Gatlinburg is a 13,500 square foot restaurant and bar, live music venue and retail space located in the heart of Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains. Signature drinks, high quality, southern cuisine, and hand picked talent on a class A stage and sound system are just some of what makes Ole Red Gatlinburg a can’t-miss, visitor destination. Guests enjoy up-close and personal performances by high quality country artists while reveling in Ole Red’s made-from-scratch dishes, clever cocktail menu, and spirited atmosphere. Ole Red Gatlinburg is an unforgettable and fun take on the dining and entertainment experience!”

Our Take

We took our daughter and son-in-law to Ole Red in Gatlinburg last fall and had a great time. The atmosphere was great with the laid-back feeling, live music and friendly staff. The music wasn’t playing so loud that you couldn’t still talk but loud enough to enjoy it as well. The restaurant is part owned by Blake Sheldon of country music fame and they did a great job.  The food was very good, two of us had burgers and two the meat loaf, both were very good. We ate, had a couple drinks and just sat back and enjoyed the music. It was a great way to end the day shopping in Gatlinburg and sampling some moonshine. We would definitely not hesitate to go again!

Covid-19 saftey precautions

According to their website, Ole Red takes your safety, and the safety of their team and artists seriously. They’ve put enhanced measures in place at every guest and staff touchpoint to ensure that your experience is safe and fun. And they have the support from their team at Ryman Hospitality Properties to make sure that they have the very best safeguards and training in place so that you can feel good about your visit to Ole Red. You can read more about the safety precautions taken here.


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