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The Painted Fish Cafe

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2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
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11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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jackson, tn
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

I ordered the tunaburger.The sandwich had a good bun and sauce but every 3rd bite was fishy tasting.My wife had the shrimp taco.It was ok but not special.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

We had a party of 6 and all of us were pleased with our food and the friendly service. Many items on the menu come in 2 sizes of serving which is nice to see. I had the scallops which were done perfectly. We visited here on vacation so won't have the opportunity to return soon but otherwise we would.... More 

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North Houston, Texas
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

We enjoyed our dinner at the Painted Fish. We ended up ordering a Hamburger, the pot roast special, and the small filet. The steak and pot roast were very good, but the burger was just average. The prices were a little on the high side of reasonable. The atmosphere was a little above the shorts and t-shirts we were wearing.

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goldsboro nc
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111 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We had lunch here over a family wedding weekend. We dined outside which was most pleasant. I had the special, avocado crab cakes which were delicious. Our server was attentive and we all had a satisfying meal.

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Thank berkemp
Atlanta
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86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

Waitress was friendly, future nursing student. Restaurant was close by and it was raining. Enjoyed our meal. They were out of the special dessert but we were there late in the evening.

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Thank kcbatlanta
Orlando
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

Visited on 'fried chicken' night which is only once per week. Staff was very friendly and decor is cute - all types of colorful fish art every where. Tables and chairs not very impressive. Food is ok - the ahi tuna dish is excellent - small portion but packing lots of flavor! The grouper dish was very fishy - I... More 

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Charlotte, United States
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

We have visited the Painted Fish many times and have always found the portions to be big and the food to be very good. Our biggest issue with this restaurant is the service, it just isn't consistent. This trip was one of those times where the service was pretty bad. As we were leaving, we also heard the hostess turning... More 

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Manchester, Tennessee
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

Read reviews on tripadvisor and decided to try it. Very good. Bread and butter could have been better. Neither had much flavor. I had the scallops. Petite portion was $19 and had 3 diver scallops, risotto and spinach. Had petite painted fish salad and it was good. Raspberry Dressing could have been sweeter to compliment the strawberries and mandarin oranges.... More 

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Thank newnormal2005
Ponte Vedra Beach
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

Great service and food! Mac and shrimp cheese, trout, ribs, and special of the day...liver & onions w/bacon...Outstanding!

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Durham, North Carolina
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162 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

My wife had the sea bass which was wonderful, and my friend and I had the grass fed beef burger which was delicious. We then had "The Blue Pie" which people talk about around town. It is a blueberry, goat cheese, fresh basil and slivered almonds. OMG.... everyone in our party said it was the best dessert ever. They only... More 

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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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?