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The Painted Fish Cafe

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2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
11:00 - 21:00
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Durham, NC
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Mint Hill
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162 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Delray Beach, Florida
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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

Thank Didi5800
Stanley, North Carolina
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84 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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.

Thank 842jewellp
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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!!!

Thank CharlotteMOB
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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.

Thank Eliza H
Tallahassee, Florida
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350 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 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.

Thank gfarmer668
Jacksonville, Fla.
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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 

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Kershaw, South Carolina
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103 reviews
60 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?