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Calhoun's Pigeon Forge, Pigeon Forge, TN

Calhoun's Pigeon Forge

4.3
4.3
184 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Calhoun’s Pigeon Forge features an upscale mountain lodge atmosphere. Conveniently located on the Parkway in the center of the Pigeon Forge shopping area, Lumberjack Square (formerly Ogles Water Park), between traffic lights 2B and 3. Plenty of free parking is available and the Smoky Mountain Brewery of Pigeon Forge is just a few steps away. Calhoun's has become a place where friends and family gather to celebrate what’s good in their lives while they sample some of Tennessee’s best BBQ, ribs, steak, and sandwiches. So come on down and experience the best hospitality and BBQ around.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Burgers
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 11:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    (865) 868-1500
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Pigeon Forge
  • Cross Street
    Wears Valley Road
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Good for groups

  • Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge

    Best Overall

  • Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge

    Best Food

  • Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge

    Best Service

  • Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge

    Best Ambience

  • Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge

    Best Value

  • Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge

    Good for groups

  • Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge

    Good for special occasions

  • Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge

    Lively

  • Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge

    Most Booked

184 Reviews
  1. Jason

    Cincinnati

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not a great experience. Had reservations and we were seated not long after arrival. Place was jam packed as even the hostess was worried about the amount of people inside. Our server was hustling around. Unfortunately the kitchen fell behind and we waited at least 45 minutes after our order was placed and the food was cold and did not present well.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was not that great, the pulled pork was dry, as if it was cooked and sat in a steam pan all day. At 5:30pm witch is usually dinner time for most ppl the food should have been presented as if it was cooked at 3am and then steamed all day.

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  3. JillC

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Grilled shrimp is delicious. Biscuits are the Best! Our waitress provided fast service.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and ambience were very good. I had a ½ rack of ribs with a sweet potato and a delicious bourbon drink. My husband had burnt ends and Mac & cheese. During the meal, our drinks were never more than half way empty and the waitress would fill them up. We definitely enjoyed our meal.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good Bbq! Dora simple quick lunch or dinner it’s good food.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bacon wrapped beef brisket burnt ends are a MUST!!!!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, quick service and fantastic waiter. Even my 13 yr old girls commented as to how great our waiter was.

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  8. SebastianA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was wonderful! Our waiter, Aiden/Hayden, was wonderful!

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  9. BrentE

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Said best ribs in America . Might be the worst I ever had. Wife got the salmon it wasn’t done . Will never go back to this restaurant again

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  10. SDicken179

    Louisville

    120 reviews

    4.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great night at Calhoun’s and first time dining. Very busy as we were dining on New Year’s Eve! Our server Summer was fantastic and did not get shook. Food came out a little late but hot and very good. A great place to dine in pigeon forge

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We came to this placed and was turned around because they were only taking reservations , SoWe made reservations for another day and was excited to get an opportunity to try this restaurant out. We had a 7pm reservation was seated at 745 our order was taken at 830 food didn’t start getting to our table until 930 and Manger could only say she is by herself. My ribs which were dry. This place is overrated and food did not meet my expectation. I wouldn’t recommend based on what you got to do to get a seat

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  12. RachaelP

    Memphis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and server was friendly and attentive. They were very gracious and handled a very busy evening with great attitudes.

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  13. MaggieC

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    They obviously were not prepared to handle the crowd they had. We waiting over an hour for our food, we were missing items, most things were either over cooked or barely done like the fries were still cold in the middle and nothing was sauced or anything. Would not go back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a great place to eat friendly staff and service

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We put our names down for a reservation at 7:15, they were clearly very busy. We sat a little later than our reservation which was absolutely fine as the host were kind and working as quickly as possible. Our server was nice and took our order quickly. We got our appetizer quickly. It was hot and tasted great. We then waited about another 20 minutes and had one basket of bread delivered for 9 people. They do not bring more than one basket. Our food took roughly an hour to get to our table. The kids were hungry and everyone was cranky. If you are looking for food quickly with kids order appetizers and don’t expect more than one basket of bread even if your food is taking forever. We were a large party of nine so I understand that other tables would get their food first. It was not even mentioned or discussed that it would take forever to get to us. We would have changed our mea strategy. There also was not a manager visit. The server got our drinks quickly and I have nothing to bad to say about her service.

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  16. KentB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Way too crowded and not enough staff. Our waiter had to bus their own tables and had a lot of tables to take care of. Lots of large tables that had not been bussed. No paper towels in men’s bathroom. Our wait for drinks and food was entirely too long. This place will test your patience.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our first time here, so our experience could have totally been an off night. We’re here on vacation and a friend who is a local highly recommended it. We booked a reservation on OpenTable for 7:15. Got there a bit early at 6:45, so we totally understood waiting. It was getting so packed they weren’t taking anymore walk-ins. Around 7:30 we ask about the wait, and the poor hostess was so overwhelmed and just said we’d get a text. Finally at 7:40 we get seated. Overall the food was pretty good. They ran out of ribs so that was a bummer, but pulled pork was tender and fresh and loved their sauce. Kids meals were a great value at only $5! And came with a lot. Our server was attentive, but you could tell they were short staffed. We would definitely come back at a different time.

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  18. MariW

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Extremely busy, reservations are a must. We made a reservation the others that didn't were in a 3 hour wait. Service was fine with our waiter, but it was unbelievably busy. Actually the entire town was out of control busy 🤪

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! Our reservation was right on time.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Calhoun’s. Alex is the absolute best server..

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  21. MichaelM

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place to eat. 4:00pm reservations, we were seated at 4:00pm. The waitress was terrific. Very friendly and accommodating. We had a delicious dinner early and then went to see the lights at The Island. Would definitely go back.

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  22. Airsmith16

    Atlanta Metro

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and food on a very busy night. Visited by manager to ask us how our dinner experience was going and wished us a Happy New Year.

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  23. LisaJ

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We came to Calhoun’s on Christmas. It was a horrible experience! The food took an extremely long time to arrive. All the tables around us got their food while we waited. When we finally got it, it was cold. The waiter told us they had run out of bread but the tables around us were getting bread. When we asked he said they didn’t have any again but he’d ask. Then he came back with bread. Our son in law asked for his food to be heated. He has 6 pieces of chicken but when they brought it back out there was only five. We couldn’t get refills. Our drinks when needed … such a bad experience!

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  24. PhillipsG

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Out service was great and meal was wonderful. Enjoyed it very much.

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  25. SidneyP

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time eating at Calhoun's. The food did not disappoint!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a wonderful experience for us as a family celebrating Christmas!!! We have been there before..and it didn’t disappoint. We loved it then.. we still really enjoyed it today. It’s wonderful to have great service.. but even better when the food is excellent as well! We will be back.. we talked about you on social media!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Even though it was Christmas and convenient to reserve a table, it could have been better. Calhoun's has a beautiful main dining area with a lovely fireplace. Figured since we made reservations, we would be in that area. No such luck. Our table was in the overflow section where two large party groups were. The server tended us well. Said choice of bread was limited. The food was ok. Husband ordered green beans, but got English peas. Server did fix that, but the beans were not cooked. My brisket was very fatty. Overall, it just could have been better.

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  28. tomt

    Fort Lauderdale

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. Our server Tonya was so pleasant and accommodating. The biscuits and cornbread a perfect start. I recommend the barbecue trio ( sub brisket for chicken tenders).my wife loved the Salmon

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  29. CatSteven

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fast service once seated. Very crowded, server busy but still above average service. Food good, not spectacular.

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  30. MissyD

    Tallahassee

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Dine in: Loved the food and service at Calhoun’s! Everyone was friendly . The only reason I did an overall 4 was that the kitchen messed up on my order and didn’t add two ingredients that should have been with my meal. Take Out: I sat and waited 20 (after calling it in 30 min ahead) min for my take out. Additionally, my order was wrong when I got home AND cold.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wasn't expecting great Chesapeake Bay Oysters in Pigeon Forge Tennessee! Just fantastic, as were the pulled pork nachos, chicken wings and ribs! Bobbie our server was top notch!

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  32. Dansinginyourhead

    Coastal Georgia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anita was awesome. Ask for her, and she’ll treat you properly! Wife had the brisket; thick, well-smoked and delicious. I had the smoked prime rib and shrimp skewer. Prime rib was awesome. Not going to order the shrimp skewer next time. Drinks were adequately poured. A must go back place.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, first time. We would go again.

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  34. RLA82

    Austin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I am so glad we had a reservation because this place was crowded on a Saturday night. We arrived 35 mins early and thought because we were early they could seat us since it was a 5:45 pm reservation. The hostess said yes however we ended up waiting still. The food was great our waitress was nice. They did only have 2 cooks on a Saturday night at the start of the dinner rush and no bartender. It was hectic at times so we did have to wait for our food longer then usually.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was above excellent and food was very very good.

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  36. Dawg

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great but out of several entre items. Service was excellent as always.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful dining experience. We had no problems with any of the items we ordered and our service was great.

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  38. ChrisD

    Indiana

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was below average but the service was good.

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  39. ElizabethR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was amazing! For a party of 7, he handled us perfectly. Very attentive! We got ribs, pork, tenders, burger, salads that were great. Catfish was ok but the fish & chips was awful. Had to send it back. Overall decent, not the best bbq but acceptable.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good and service was great. Garrett kept our drinks refilled and checked in throughout the meal to make sure we had everything we needed.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Calhoun's Pigeon Forge using the Order Online button. Calhoun's Pigeon Forge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (865) 868-1500.

Calhoun's Pigeon Forge is rated 4.3 stars by 184 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Calhoun's Pigeon Forge

2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Wears Valley Road
  • Area
    Pigeon Forge
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 11:00–23:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Burgers
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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