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Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge

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119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604
+1 828-898-4242
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Cary, North Carolina
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I had breakfast here Friday morning, and boy, what a great breakfast! The pancakes with strawberries were better than good! She and I are both from up north (she from PA, me from NJ). Up there, pancakes with strawberries gets you meh pancakes topped with those strawberries you get from the freezer section of the supermarker! Not... More 

Thank Spacedog2k5
Charlotte, North Carolina
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105 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here twice and enjoyed the family environment. A bit of a unique situation with an American and Italian menu due to the proximity of two restaurants owned by the same guy. Food (3/5) - Just basic good American and Italian food we liked the Hamburgers and Pizza. Service (4/5) - Very courteous Southern style service. Only complaint was... More 

Thank Klokas
Stanley, North Carolina
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84 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have had a residence in Banner Elk for the past 3 years. We go to the Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge frequently. They have great service and all the staff is friendly. They have a very wide variety of food on their menu and the food is good.

Thank Phil S
Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is bigger than you'd think from the outside. Breakfast was very good. Dinner was a little pricy but good. We were there in teen temperatures and the doors kept opening which caused a lot of cold air to come in so the door got cold quick.

Thank skosak
Raleigh, United States
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food - sandwiches and meals. I enjoyed a vegetable platter - good variety and great taste. My family enjoyed sandwiches. They have a good selection of beers as well.

Thank Dorcas C
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been coming to this restaurant during mountain vacations for years. The menu offers much, but I stick to the breakfast hours just due to planning. This time around was soooo different than previous visits. The staff (college age - all of them, no offense) seemed aloof, uncaring, and more engaged in their personal conversations while entering orders, than... More 

Thank Jennifer P
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this place so much that we experienced three meals here while visiting Banner Elk over the weekend. Breakfast was great, lunch had more than enough choices for even the choosiest in the group and evening entertainment made dessert and coffee a must! Well definitely eat here again, every time we're in the area.

Thank KchapmanSS
charlotte, nc
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good meal, but not consistent. Catfish and BLT were excellent, highly recommend. Cheese Ravioli was average. Soup came out cold, but waiter handled that well. Strong service. Unusual set up with various rooms, kitchens. Deserts look good, but haven't tried.

Thank stevepowers71
Coconut Creek, Florida, USA
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I come through the Banner Elk area frequently, and I always try to stop here once. Banner Elk is a small town, but this restaurant has something for everyone. Good breakfasts, comfort food, good desserts. Prices are very reasonable, the ambiance of the Lodge part is what you'd expect or want in a mountain town. Service good...most of the time.... More 

Thank keminole
Jupiter, Florida
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70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Depending on what you order, they have two kitchens it may come from. Might get one meal before the other. Food wasn't as ordered and mgmt was not friendly in resolving issue. Most locals don't go, mainly tourists.

Thank mark j

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-4242

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