We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The Painted Fish Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
Today
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

257 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 257: English reviews
Mint Hill
Level Contributor
160 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While my wife and I were in the area, we stopped just outside Sugar Mountain at the Painted fish restaurant. My wife had tomato soup and homemade pot pie. I had the Soup Du Jour and pot pie. Both were excellent. We will return.

Helpful?
Thank Charles S
Delray Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

The people are very nice, welcoming and friendly. The service was very good. We found the food to be overly spicy for our taste. We had the French onion soup and it tasted like it had herbs in it. The onions weren't tender; it needed to cook a little longer. When I make mine at home I only use salt... More 

Helpful?
Thank Didi5800
Stanley, North Carolina
Level Contributor
84 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

My wife and I have eaten here several times. It is a good restaurant, the menu is good and the staff is friendly. Good place for lunch. We have not tried dinner here yet. This is a medium priced restaurant.

Helpful?
Thank Phil S
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Not too impressed but seems to have improved since we were there. They now have fried chicken on a certain day of the week and friends rave about it.

Helpful?
Thank 842jewellp
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Loved our dinner! Service was wonderful as well! This will definitely be a spot we visit again. Phenomenal food!!!

Helpful?
Thank CharlotteMOB
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My husband and I recently ate at the Painted Fish Cafe when we were staying in Banner Elk. We both ordered the filet mignon and it was delicious. The bread served with it.......delicious too! It's on the outer edge of town which is still close to everything else - worth looking for.

Helpful?
Thank Eliza H
Tallahassee, Florida
Level Contributor
346 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

It's a cute place with all sorts of painted fish all over. Trout and grits were delicious. The Apple crisp with oatmeal crumbles was just like gramma used to make. Next time I will get the ice cream on too. Chairs needed updating.

Helpful?
Thank gfarmer668
Jacksonville, Fla.
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Husband had sliders and I had an item not on the menu – it was french fries on the bottom then barbecued pork next came cole slaw topped with ranch dressing and if you wanted sariachi sauce ( I did not use the hot sauce) It was awesome and I would definitely have it if I went there again –... More 

Helpful?
Thank sheritol50
Kershaw, South Carolina
Level Contributor
96 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We ate here by default because the other restaurant was closed . They did have a good dinner special for a very reasonable price including dessert . The fried chicken was crispy and delicious. They seated us outside and basically forgot about us . It got dark and they never turned on lights for us . Our waitress would disappear... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Cindy K
Maitland, Florida
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Casual "go to" place for us! We eat here at least once a week in the summer. Friendly, casual dining with outdoor seating. Good variety on the menu. The trout is delicious and so is the fried chicken! Salads are great too, everything is!

Helpful?
Thank Kogrody

Travellers who viewed The Painted Fish Cafe also viewed

Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains
Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains
 
Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains
Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains
 

Been to The Painted Fish Cafe? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Painted Fish Cafe and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Banner Elk, North Carolina
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from The Painted Fish Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?