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The Painted Fish Cafe

2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
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Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

The staff were very pleasant the food was very very good everything turned out better than expected the variety is wonderful!

Thank hermandree
Reviewed 3 March 2016

We stopped for a light Painted Fish Salad and dessert in late spring, sat on the deck, and enjoyed our food and the atmosphere. The Blueberry Pie was to die for. Our second visit was New Year's Eve. We ordered several dishes: a Painted Fish...More

1  Thank jinksj
Reviewed 1 March 2016

This place is amazing! My husband and I have had a vacation home in Banner Elk for about a year and a half now, and this is my favorite spot to eat. It's a small place, but very cute and warm inside with a great...More

1  Thank MariocheRavenna_OH
Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were in town to ski for Valentines weekend and enjoyed dinner at another restaurant. We used trip advisor to find a place offering deserts... The Painted Fish Cafe came up as a top pick... And for good reason. Good selection, good...More

Thank 91Kuhndog
Reviewed 17 January 2016

My friends and I came here for brunch. She ordered biscuits and gravy. They tasted like the top came off of the salt shaker when the cook was making it. It was pretty bad. I ordered a fried chicken salad and the chicken looked bad...More

1  Thank EarlyCuyler
Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

By far the best restaurant in the area! The food is phenomenal!! Fried chicken special was amazing! However, the crispy cream cheesecake is an absolute MUST!! Vicki was a fantastic waitress!! We love her! We will be back to visit next time we are in...More

Thank Beccaandcraig
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Shellie made excellent suggestions for dinner. I chose the salad with salmon. The best salad I've had in forever. This is a great place to enjoy great food prepared the way it should be. If you are in Avery County stop in and enjoy

Thank Kyle L
Reviewed 12 November 2015

We stooped here for lunch recently, and they had a lot of interesting dishes on the brunch menu. We decided to try the burgers, which were very good and juicy....they offer a good amt of add-ons, incl. fresh jalapeños, which we like.

Thank Lola122
Reviewed 27 October 2015 via mobile

I have had many meals at this restaurant and have always been blown away by the quality of the food for the price. The menu offers something for everyone and the daily soup, sandwich and dinner specials are always phenomenal. The family who owns and...More

1  Thank loveboonenc
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Not the greatest service, but the food is pretty tasty. The menu has changed quite a bit thruout the years.

Thank ecrosby915
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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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