Both history and food are served at The Well House

The Well House is not just a local restaurant, but is built around its namesake – a well. The well dates back to the 1880’s and was the first in Dillsboro. This hand dug well gave William Allen Dills, the first to build a home in Dillsboro, and his family water and eventually led to the thriving community we now today as Dillsboro.

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The Well House makes it’s home at 65 Craft Circle.

Fast forward more than 100 years and The Well House is a successful restaurant and local favorite located beneath Oaks Gallery on Craft Circle just off busy Highway 441.

“The Well House just grew out of a good idea,” said owner Mike Dillard.

The restaurant began as a fluke when Susan and Bob Leveille decided to start selling a few sandwiches in their shop upstairs and called it the Cheddar Box. What began in the Cheddar Box developed into a full-blown business made successful by both locals and tourists looking for a quick bite to eat in Dillsboro.

Mike Dillard stumbled into the restaurant business, as well. Dillard was looking for a part-time job out of college and went to the Well House in 1984. He ended up managing the restaurant for several years under different owners and finally bought the business in the mid-nineties.

“We have a good local clientele that has kept us going,” said Dillard.

Dillard says their most popular dishes are the “cashew chicken salad, the Reuben and the triple treat.” Thursday and Friday evenings are prime rib nights – also a customer favorite.

The Well House is open Monday through Wednesday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.

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