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The Painted Fish Cafe

2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“salad” (36 reviews)
“trout” (26 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

This restaurant has the BEST Wed. night Fried Chicken night.Every night is a different special. It is TRULY home cooking at its finest. Wait staff very friendly and attentive. VERY reasonably priced too.

1  Thank darumorrell
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We loved the relaxed atmosphere, though an upper mid end restaurant. We had the calamari for an appetizer. It was a little different. My other half enjoyed it more than I did. It seemed like chopped up pieces that were deep fried. The advantage was...More

1  Thank heartfire9
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

The painted fish has unique menu items all made fresh to order. Their Salmon grilled is wonderful every time. The hamburgers and sandwiches are also very good. The chef makes GREAT one of a kind desserts weekly. We always get great food at the painted...More

1  Thank Deborah O
Reviewed 2 October 2017

As stated above this is my third review of The Painted Fish Cafe. Our first visit was outstanding and we looked forward to enjoying many more dining experiences at this lovely restaurant. Our second visit was very disappointing; both the food and the service was...More

Thank jinksj
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Ok, some might think the place is cute, but we didn't. That said, we will go back for the food. My pork chop may be the best I've ever had. In addition, all the sides were spectacular. My wife had the scallops and loved them....More

2  Thank two50
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

We have to been to most of the restaurants in Banner Elk and this is one of our favorites. We had the trout and salmon and both were excellent! We also shared a Ceasar salad which was very good. The chocolate desert was awesome. But...More

1  Thank Kathylesfes
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Nice restaurant with great burgers and scallops which are my favorite meals there. Lively but not too noisy. Nice location near the slopes too.

1  Thank VCResident
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The food was served very quickly but looked very unappealing. Tasted good, but have seen better presented dishes in a diner. Pecan Crusted Trout Might Have Had A Dusting Of Pecans But none Were Discernable. Asked for water, none came, was asked if we wanted...More

1  Thank Peter S
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped by on Sunday for lunch. The service was friendly and offered a taste of wine before we ordered two glasses. We ordered 2 salads - Baby Kale and Painted salad plus buttermilk chicken on each salad. Painted salad felt fresh with citrusy flavor,...More

1  Thank jakeman35
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We had the pecan trout - mine was with grits and spinach and my husband choose other sides. For dessert we have the brownie with ice cream - YUM

1  Thank KiKieclipse
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7 July 2015|
Response from Linda S | Reviewed this property |
The site where you bought them will exchange any unused certificate. Go to their site and it will tell you how to do it. The problem is that there are not to many restaurants up here to change them for. Try exchanging them... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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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