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The Painted Fish Cafe

2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“trout” (27 reviews)
“cheesecake” (17 reviews)
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2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
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1 - 10 of 281 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank KiKieclipse
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great for lunch or dinner. Daily specials are great. As with almost all restaurants in the high country, the service varies due to not enough service employees. You should try this place out....

Thank Muddcatt1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Painted Fish has good food at a fair price...Wednesday nights they offer a delicious fried chicken dinner special ($19), which includes plenty of good crisp chicken, mashed potatoes, a green vegetable, and a tasty slice of Lime pie. Make a reservation, or come early,...More

Thank jboxer55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful mountain view, excellent food, good service. We sat outside and enjoyed the whole experience.

Thank Carol L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the funniest thing... this place is in a strip mall... we walked in, there were maybe 5 people inside and the waitress says "do you have a reservation?" We replied, "no" she proceeds to say... "well this looks like one of those nights...More

Thank anniec61573
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always get whatever special fish they have and it has been perfectly cooked. The offer chef prepared food and always have unique dishes. There desserts are equally amazing. They also have a great brunch and full service bar. Who would think that you could...More

Thank DSCarroll1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered the pork chop which was good size and well spiced. My wife had the Trout. The portion was good for a one Year of old. We server was terrible, we waited for 10 minutes for a The check.

Thank Ray C
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We arrived for our 7:00 reservation for 8 and were told it would be about a 15 minute wait. OK, not a big problem. Five of us went to the bar, but were ignored by the bartender. The bar was not packed, and we were...More

Thank cgdevine
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by one of the locals. We had the daily special, blueberry ribs, awesome!. Our service was very good.

Thank Leah M
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Recommended and convenient to our condo, we knew we'd hit this restaurant on our trip. Needing something other than burgers BBQ or subs, we ventured to the PF for a Wednesday night meal. Arrived at 6, the place was scarcely occupied. Ordered our drinks, ordered...More

Thank Rick D
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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
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
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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