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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)
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11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Gluten Free Options
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2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
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Reviews (274)
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11 - 20 of 274 reviews

Reviewed 22 April 2017

Visited for dinner and were seated immediately. There were some very nice dishes to choose from but the pecan crusted trout sounded good and I wasn't disappointed. The light pecan crust was just right and the trout was cooked perfectly. I had the julienne vegetables...More

Thank the1drjazz
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped by for brunch on our way out of town. It was not at all crowded. Good variety on the menu and light airy decor. I had the first iced chicken salad, our other meal was a burger. Both were very good. Nathan was...More

Thank Kate N
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I were scouting wedding venues in Banner Elk NC and were told the Painted Fish was the place to eat lunch. So we gave it a shot and are happy we did. I thoroughly enjoyed their version of a BLT on toasted...More

Thank celainej1
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We were looking for something different and had their brunch of biscuits and gravy and mountain eggs benedict. They looked promising but were disappointing. The best thing on the plate was the fresh fruit.

Thank drdon100
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to the base of Sugar Mountain and to the Painted Fish Café & Beer Bar in Banner Elk, NC. This casual local restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, and a variety of entrees to satisfy everybody. Dora here. I’m...More

Thank Ernie and Dora H
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We have tried to eat here on three occasions. The first time we were recommended the excellent hamburgers by the bartender. When we ordered them they were "out of them". The next two times we left because after 10 minutes of sitting at a table...More

Thank Carlos B
Reviewed 30 January 2017

The menu is quite ambitious when you read through it, but the execution is lacking. It seems like they use premade and frozen ingredients. I've eaten there twice with my wife and both times neither of us were impressed.

Thank Greenforce
Reviewed 19 January 2017

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.

Thank Charles S
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...More

Thank Didi5800
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.

Thank Phil S
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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
  • E-mail
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