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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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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My husband and I recently ate at the Painted Fish Cafe when we were staying in Banner Elk. We both ordered the filet mignon and it was delicious. The bread served with it.......delicious too! It's on the outer edge of town which is still close to everything else - worth looking for.

Thank Eliza H
Tallahassee, Florida
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350 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

It's a cute place with all sorts of painted fish all over. Trout and grits were delicious. The Apple crisp with oatmeal crumbles was just like gramma used to make. Next time I will get the ice cream on too. Chairs needed updating.

Thank gfarmer668
Jacksonville, Fla.
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Husband had sliders and I had an item not on the menu – it was french fries on the bottom then barbecued pork next came cole slaw topped with ranch dressing and if you wanted sariachi sauce ( I did not use the hot sauce) It was awesome and I would definitely have it if I went there again –... More 

Thank sheritol50
Kershaw, South Carolina
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107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We ate here by default because the other restaurant was closed . They did have a good dinner special for a very reasonable price including dessert . The fried chicken was crispy and delicious. They seated us outside and basically forgot about us . It got dark and they never turned on lights for us . Our waitress would disappear... More 

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Maitland, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Casual "go to" place for us! We eat here at least once a week in the summer. Friendly, casual dining with outdoor seating. Good variety on the menu. The trout is delicious and so is the fried chicken! Salads are great too, everything is!

Thank Kogrody
Palm Coast, Florida
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67 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Calamari was good but we have had a lot better in Blowing Rock. Dipping sauces were excellent but very skimpy serving amount. A seafood restaurant theme but many other options available. The server recommended the fried chicken special. We also had a good bottle of wine. Way too pricey for what you get. $90 for two ? Server was very... More 

Thank DepotBob
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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62 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

The food is good......I just love the sushi grade tuna dinner......BUT don't expect to dine there. There are no table cloths and paper napkins with almost fine dining prices. Your dinner is brought to your table about two minutes after your drink (which, by the way, they charge $10 for a Bloody Mary with probably very little vodka in it.)... More 

Thank Linda S
Bartow, Florida
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We have eaten at the Restraunt on several occasions. The meals have been great. Not cheap but reasonably priced.

Thank jurassicfish
Boone, North Carolina
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100 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoy the food which is consistently excellent. Casual dining nice little bar and outdoor area. Love the Seared Tunas and Duck ,,,Thumbs up

Thank drpeaceman
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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174 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This restaurant came highly recommended by friends of ours, and they were absolutely right, this place is wonderful!!! This restaurant creates the perfect atmosphere of being upscale while also being very comfortable. The interior is spread out in several different areas which makes for a quiet and enjoyable dining experience. Our server, Tiffany, was very professional and provided exceptional service.... More 

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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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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?