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Bayou Smokehouse & Grill

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130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
+1 828-898-8952
11:30 - 22:30
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Vale, North Carolina
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2016

All of the food was awesome, we had a group of four, each ordered something different and we sampled one another's. Dee was our server, nice guy, good service.

Thank Laura R
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

Melissa, at the smokehouse on the bayou, was fantastic! Quite a polite and attentive server. Kudos. Also, the food was legitimately delicious. I would recommend this place to all my college pals.

3 Thank Travis R
BSGBE, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hi there TravisR. Thanks for taking the time to give us a five star review. Melissa now receives (thanks to you) another week of free Bayou meals as a reward for offering excellent service. As a busy college student I'm sure she appreciates the meals! And I love that our food is "legitimately delicious." Awesome! We like being Superbly Smokey... More 

Boynton Beach, Florida
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016

I ordered the ribs with baked beans and my wife ordered the "chicken fried chicken" with sweet potato fries. Everything was delicious!! The staff was very nice and attentive and in our conversation they even helped us looking for things to do nearby. Nice and friendly staff... a must visit if you are close to beech mt!

Thank Malasuerte76
BSGBE, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Golly with such a nice review I just can't think of you as MalaSuerte. How about próspero y feliz instead! Thank you for the five star Bayou review. It is always nice to read that a guest enjoys our food and our staff is providing good service. And yes, sometimes we DO sound as if we work for the Chamber... More 

Tampa, Florida
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78 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

We stopped by because we saw a billboard advertising New Orleans Food! You might think that a place that serves Crawfish (mud bugs) and po'boys would have a crawfish po' boy... wrong! The chef was good enough to make one for me. Was good but needed more of the sauce that comes with the sandwich. Beer was great, waitress seemed... More 

Thank Frank L
BSGBE, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hi FrankL, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at the Bayou. You are absolutely correct. . . we don't have a crawfish po' boy on the menu, but as you also discovered our chefs are always willing to accommodate the requests of our guests. Our myriad of craft beer offerings are one of the ways... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed dinner... Amazing food and service!! Friday night coming into town, it was close to the B&B we were staying at... Cool atmosphere and an off the hook menu!! I had a sampler and the wife had jambalaya and both were excellent

Thank 91Kuhndog
BSGBE, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hi there 91KuhnDog, It's wonderful to read how much you enjoyed the Bayou menu, atmosphere and service. We do have some of the best staff members to be found in Banner Elk and we're very proud of how hard they all work. I appreciate that you took time to write such a nice review. Many thanks! We look forward to... More 

North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

We had a group of 13 adults and children and our waitress Kate was perfect. She took great care of the children and adults as well. She was knowledgeable of the menu and made recommendations about both food and local beers. Most of us had some version or the other of the brisket. Everybody said theirs was great. I had... More 

Thank MDG2676
BSGBE, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Dear MDG2776, We are just as excited about your five star review as Kate is! Kate always laughingly says if it weren't for the free Bayou meals she is rewarded in return for a good customer review of her service she's starve! I'm so happy to hear you all enjoyed your meals. . . the brisket fajitas are one of... More 

1 review
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

Our waitress Olivia gave us great menu choices. VooDoo pasta was great !! Will go back next time we are in town. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great place to dine with a real fun atmosphere .

Thank lisa t
BSGBE, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hi Lisa T. VooDoo Pasta is one of our most popular menu items and Olivia does a terrific job of taking good care of our guests. In fact, our policy is such that our servers receive a week of free Bayou meals of his/her choice as our way of thanking them for excellent service so Olivia has you to thank... More 

Newland, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2016

We are local, and dine here often. The food is always very good and consistent. We usualy order blackened steak or shrimp po boy.. but all the food is good. But good food is only one part of your dining experence isn's it? Well our last server was Miss Melissa. She was a delight. Very good service!! She checked on... More 

1 Thank cslocal
BSGBE, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hello CSLocal. Thank you so much for your nice review of the Bayou! As a family owned place in a world of chain restaurants please know that we appreciate your support and kind words. I’d like you to know that since you mentioned your server Melissa by name, she will receive a week of free Bayou meals of her choice... More 

1 review
Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

Food was awesome! Our waitress was Olivia. She was wonderful. Very polite, all our meals came out correct and were excellent, she was very friendly and hospitable! We come here every year and will be back. Hope Olivia serves us again. :)

Thank Suzanne F
BSGBE, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hello Suzanne, Thank you for your five star (five circle?! LOL!) review of the Bayou. We appreciate your feedback and your kind words. As is our policy, because you gave your server Olivia a great review she has received a week of the Bayou meals of her choice for free as our thanks to her for taking good care of... More 

Lincolnton, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 February 2016

We were there for lunch. We had p.o.'boy shrimp sandwich and beef brisket quesadilla. Both were excellent. Our server, Melissa, was outstanding. A very personable young lady. The atmosphere is great. Great music and a tv in every corner for all the games.

1 Thank Karen C
BSGBE, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hi Karen C. What a nice review of the Bayou! Thank you so much, and please know we appreciate it very much. I am delighted to read you enjoyed our food, service and venue. And, since you have mentioned Melissa favorably in your review, our reward to her is a week of free Bayou meals of her choice. As I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Pub, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-8952
Open since 2003, The Bayou offers Authentic Cajun and Texas Cuisine served in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Outdoor, dog-friendly deck dining in the summer, fireplace dining in the winter. Free WiFi, Children's Menu and Wine Amnesty available. Adjacent Bayou General Store offering Beer, Wine, Locally Made Items, Souvenir Mementos and more. Please see the Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, Banner Elk Facebook Page for Specials, Live Music, Events and area information.

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