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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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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed dinner at the Painted Fish. It was fried chicken night. Portion was big and chicken was cooked to perfection. Well worth your visit!

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 23 June 2015

I bought several Restaurant .com gift certificates in the winter, when their season is slow. As soon as I came up to the mountains this summer, they posted a handwritten sign in the window that they were not accepting Restaurant.com certificates. They sell them off season, and don't accept them in season. Very deceptive in their marketing. Our check totals... More 

4 Thank Linda S
North Carolina
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219 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2015

We love this place! Food is delicious and decor his fun - different that all the mountain doors we see in the mountains (duh). Seriously. The kitchen works magic. From eclectic menu items to a great Mac & Cheese! Worth making a reservation on busy weekends.a

Thank RobertsMom
Lexington, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

My wife and I visited the High Country last weekend to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. I purchased a Restaurant.com certificate for this establishment in advance of our trip as neither of us had visited the restaurant before and we were looking forward to something new on our special trip. Upon arrival we were greeted with a note advising they... More 

5 Thank appstatealumni05
North Carolina, USA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

All four of us ordered something and everything was perfect. That is unusual, there is always 1 person that wish they'd ordered something different. The Shrimp Mac and Cheese was worth every calorie. The owner shared with us the story of how the name of the restaurant came about. You need to ask about that as well as ask to... More 

Thank pamprdchftripper
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

We stopped at this little restaurant at the last moment. The waitress recommended the special (some kind of taco). It was absolutely delicious. Then she recommended the blueberry-goat cheese dessert. Since her recommendation for the entree was so good we decided to give it a try. Oh my - yummmmmmm. All the food we had was unique, fresh and delicious.... More 

Thank 2morrowjm
Hollywood, Florida
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2015

We were a party of 8 on a Friday night at 6pm with a reservation. our server was prompt and efficient and the food was really good, however, when it was time to pay our bill, we wanted to apply a $25 gift certificate to one couple--we all had separate checks--and the manager was upset at us that we did... More 

1 Thank Suncruiser49
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015

We are SO glad we did one of us had bread pudding, warm like a buttery cinnamon pecan roll on steroids! I had blueberry pie in a word pure bliss this is not ordanry blueberry pie, made from scratch with Fresh blue berries and goat cheese on a sweet cookie like crust. Yummy!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Looking for an amazing meal? You have found the place to eat. Burgers, seafood, chicken, pasta, salad, appetizers, steak....You will find whatever you are looking for here. The chef is AMAZING.

Thank Caryn H
Savannah, Georgia
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

For Mothers Day, we went for the first time to this restaurant. My meal was so good, but the key lime pie was the best I ever ate. When the waitress said it had a chocolate crust, I was kind of turned off and almost didn't order it. I'm glad I did though, as it was simply delicious. I will... 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
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?