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Welcome to 1863 Appalachian Bistro, a family-owned and operated Appalachian American Restaurant since 2018. From regional favorites to American steakhouse favorites to our delicious cinnamon rolls, we have a delicious menu designed to satisfy.

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Our Story

The history of the 1863 building is rich and varied.  As  we follow the path of the numerous businesses  that have been housed in what is now the 1863 Appalachian Bistro, we know that the first business incorporated in our facility goes back to 1949.  

The Elkins Motor Lodge and The Viking Club was owned by a local physician until sometime in the late 60s, when the business became The Elkins Motor Lodge and 1863 Tavern, owned and operated by Susan Channell. It was the premiere dining spot for locals and visitors on their way to skiing at Canaan Valley, Snowshoe, and Timberline.   

In 2013, the Elkins Motor Lodge  and 1863 Tavern was purchased by three local families.  A complete remodel of the property renamed the Elkins Motor Lodge to The Isaac Jackson Hotel, a 61-bed boutique hotel with great views of downtown Elkins.  The 1863 Tavern became the 1863 Grill, catering to Kansas City BBQ enthusiasts.  This was a partnership designed to complement the now defunct American Mountain Theatre, which was located in the Elkins Railyard and offered Branson-style music theatre entertainment to locals and tourists alike.

In  2018, Mike and Velora Winn leased the restaurant from the owners of The Isaac Jackson Hotel and the 1863 Grill and renamed it 1863 Appalachian Bistro to reflect their food philosophy and showcase their Appalachian roots.  The “Bistro” is focused on local and seasonal produce primarily sourced from local farms (including theirs) and farmer's markets and is managed by a team with West Virginia roots and a passion for Celebrating All Things West Virginia.

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The seed-to-table culture of eating is one that we grew up with and wanted to recapture in our Appalachian Bistro concept.  Where possible, we use seasonal and local ingredients that we remember from our grandparents' gardens - fresh summer tomatoes and cucumbers, green beans, potatoes.  Every meal is made from scratch, from the mashed potatoes to the steak marinade for our Oak Barrel Bistro Sirloin.  While we may explore cuisine that isn't purely Appalachian, our menu reflects a deep appreciation for the mountain cuisine that has been passed down to us from resourceful and frugal ancestors.  Welcome to our table!  We are honored to share it with you.



With our Dinner menu, we’ve realized that simplicity is the name of the game. That’s why we use fresh ingredients and offer a variety of extras on the side to satisfy every last craving for you and the whole family.



Our Daily Feature gives us an opportunity to explore flavors that aren’t purely Appalachian, but delicious nonetheless!  From French to Asian, we put our own spin on popular dishes.  



Our Sunday Brunch Buffet offers a delicious selection of customer favorites, whether it’s Mike’s famous biscuits and sausage gravy, french toast casserole, waffles or pancakes.  Our menu varies every week, so you’ll never get bored!  Make our Sunday Brunch a tradition!

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Thursday - Saturday: 5 pm - 9 pm/ Sunday:  11 am - 2 pm (Brunch Buffet Only)

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830 Harrison Ave, Elkins, WV 26241, USA

(304) 637-1863

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