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The Painted Fish Cafe

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2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
11:00 - 21:00
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Kendall, Florida
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I were scouting wedding venues in Banner Elk NC and were told the Painted Fish was the place to eat lunch. So we gave it a shot and are happy we did. I thoroughly enjoyed their version of a BLT on toasted sourdough. They do theirs with some nice fried green tomatoes, avocado and really good hickory... More 

Thank celainej1
Columbia, South Carolina
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77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for something different and had their brunch of biscuits and gravy and mountain eggs benedict. They looked promising but were disappointing. The best thing on the plate was the fresh fruit.

Thank drdon100
Kannapolis, North Carolina
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141 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to the base of Sugar Mountain and to the Painted Fish Café & Beer Bar in Banner Elk, NC. This casual local restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, and a variety of entrees to satisfy everybody. Dora here. I’m bummed that it was too chilly to sit outside. Can’t beat those views! You know... More 

Thank Ernie and Dora H
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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72 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have tried to eat here on three occasions. The first time we were recommended the excellent hamburgers by the bartender. When we ordered them they were "out of them". The next two times we left because after 10 minutes of sitting at a table we thought a server might have said something but we were ignored. I would be... More 

Thank Carlos B
Durham, NC
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The menu is quite ambitious when you read through it, but the execution is lacking. It seems like they use premade and frozen ingredients. I've eaten there twice with my wife and both times neither of us were impressed.

Thank Greenforce
Mint Hill
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162 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

While my wife and I were in the area, we stopped just outside Sugar Mountain at the Painted fish restaurant. My wife had tomato soup and homemade pot pie. I had the Soup Du Jour and pot pie. Both were excellent. We will return.

Thank Charles S
Delray Beach, Florida
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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

The people are very nice, welcoming and friendly. The service was very good. We found the food to be overly spicy for our taste. We had the French onion soup and it tasted like it had herbs in it. The onions weren't tender; it needed to cook a little longer. When I make mine at home I only use salt... More 

Thank Didi5800
Stanley, North Carolina
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84 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

My wife and I have eaten here several times. It is a good restaurant, the menu is good and the staff is friendly. Good place for lunch. We have not tried dinner here yet. This is a medium priced restaurant.

Thank Phil S
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Not too impressed but seems to have improved since we were there. They now have fried chicken on a certain day of the week and friends rave about it.

Thank 842jewellp
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Loved our dinner! Service was wonderful as well! This will definitely be a spot we visit again. Phenomenal food!!!

Thank CharlotteMOB

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-6800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?