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The Painted Fish Cafe

2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“trout” (26 reviews)
“cheesecake” (17 reviews)
Opens in 4 min
All hours
American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
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Reviewed 27 October 2015 via mobile

I have had many meals at this restaurant and have always been blown away by the quality of the food for the price. The menu offers something for everyone and the daily soup, sandwich and dinner specials are always phenomenal. The family who owns and...More

1  Thank loveboonenc
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Not the greatest service, but the food is pretty tasty. The menu has changed quite a bit thruout the years.

Thank ecrosby915
Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

Best place in high country great food beer and wine....if you up in the mountains make sure you visit

1  Thank chefgunn
Reviewed 23 October 2015

although the Grouper (Grouper? In the Mountains?) my beautiful wife ordered was just short of Heaven. I, in my infinite wisdom, ordered their fried chicken special. It was battered and crispy and really hot and super tasty. So, every once in a while you have...More

Thank clark g
Reviewed 17 October 2015

Nice restaurant in a great part of the country. While quite busy on our arrival we were seated within about ten minutes. Staff was very cordial, and the meal was enjoyable.

Thank asiadad97
Reviewed 7 October 2015

We actually only hung out in the bar area but the resturant was very busy and the couple next to has had excellent comments on the food. The beer selections were good but it was a bit pricey on the drinks.

Thank Dwight P
Reviewed 6 October 2015

One of our favorite places in the area. We enjoy going to the Painted Fish on Wednesday for the fried chicken special. You get half of a delicious fried chicken with mashed potatoes and string beans as a side, and then desert. Excellent Meal!

Thank James S
Reviewed 11 September 2015

This unique restaurant served fresh everything and the flavors told the story. My friend had Bar-B-Q Blueberry ribs and loved every bite. I had grouper and it was cooked perfectly. It's a fun place where everyone gathers. Although the noise level was high, we realized...More

1  Thank ErnieM39
Reviewed 1 September 2015

We had lunch on weekday, went to Sunday Brunch with guests and went back the next night for dinner all in the space of 2 weeks. Their meals are innovative and interesting, use fresh ingredients and are well prepared. My husband had trout for both...More

1  Thank wolfworks
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Interesting menu, good service, especially with Cory as a server. Had her twice in one week. Gracious and energetic. The Blue Pie is a treat, but very different that what you expect. More savory than sweet. A great dessert to share!

1  Thank Keith W
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How can I trade in my certificate for Painted Fish?
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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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