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Bayou Smokehouse & Grill

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130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
+1 828-898-8952
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I stopped in here for lunch, waiting for Flat Top brewery to open... the staff was very friendly, top marks from me, good beer selection and the salad I had (can't recall the name, but it had shrimp and crawfish) was the best I've had in a long time.

Thank James M
Winston A, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hello James M! What a lovely review, and how nice of you to take the time to write it. I very much appreciate your kind words re our friendly staff (what a good bunch of folks they are!), our beer selection and your lunch salad. By the way, the salad you enjoyed is our "Salad Evangeline" with blackened shrimp and... More 

Daniels, West Virginia
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great meals at affordable prices in the awesome location of Banner Elk. Great selection of craft beers on tap. Good selection of smoked items on the menu. Thanks!

Thank Mrotellini
Winston A, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hello sir. You are very welcome! You have pegged us exactly as we would like to be known as the place in BE offering "Casual Fun (Serious Food, LOL!) and Kid Friendly service! Thank you for your nice review and compliments on our prices, location, craft beer selection, and menu items. It's always nice when our efforts to excel are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on Saturday with 3 other friends. After a day of snowboarding this place sounded like exactly what we all needed. Took little to no time to get table. Which surprised me since the place was packed. Our server Mandy greeted us with a great smile. She helped us with our beer selection and answered all our questions about the... More 

Thank Megan R
Winston A, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hello Megan R! What a lovely review. The brisket fajitas are one of my favorites as well and Mandy is indeed a terrific server. And, because you mentioned Mandy by name in your review, she will now receive a week of free "reward meals" from the Bayou! She will be able to order what-ever she would like from our menu... More 

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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I knew it was not the place for me the moment we stepped in but was hungry. both our dishes were bad and we had very little to choose from

Thank HilaVancouver
Port Orange, FL
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178 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went far out of the way to eat here! We were staying in Blowing Rock and a friend recommended this place. We drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway, then miles over a narrow, twisting, dirt mountain road to get here. 100% worth it! Do it! You'll love it!

1 Thank Djdan48
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only thing better than the food quality or drink selection was the service. Absolutely you must go here. Seth was our waiter and provided better service than any other business in the area by far. Five stars for certain.

Thank Steve D
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food! Seth was amazing and had good recommendations!! We will be back for sure!! We are from Texas and finally found a place with True Texas style chicken fried steak and brisket!

Thank Ashley D
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quick lunch away ftom slopes with family. Great food, great service. Food came very quick. Brisket is excellent!

Thank Brandon C
North Carolina
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to hang out for lunch. The brisket is super and the ribs are great. I do not think they have a lunch menu but their soup of the day is super. I have had the loaded potato and also the cream of broccoli. My husband had clam chowder. We shared our ribs and brisket and... More 

Thank mercyangel_12
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food came out quickly, waitress was well informed on the menu, atmosphere was welcoming and the food was wonderful. The portion sizes are big enough for two meals. Extremely impressed and strongly recommend.

Thank Kaitlyn C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Pub, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-8952
Open since 2003, The Bayou offers Authentic Cajun and Texas Cuisine served in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Outdoor, dog-friendly deck dining in the summer, fireplace dining in the winter. Free WiFi, Children's Menu and Wine Amnesty available. Adjacent Bayou General Store offering Beer, Wine, Locally Made Items, Souvenir Mementos and more. Please see the Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, Banner Elk Facebook Page for Specials, Live Music, Events and area information.

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