We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Painted Fish Cafe

2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (23 reviews)
“fish” (27 reviews)
“salad” (39 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (330)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 330 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing food and the service was fantastic. Mark was straight forward and prompt. He suggested the pork chops and 2 in our party ordered and said they were incredible. We had the tuna and thought the quality and presentation were spot on. Appreciated the visit...More

Thank Holly M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a wonderful meal here. Matt, our server, suggested the pork chop, which I've never ordered in a restaurant. We were curious, so we went with that and were well pleased! It was perfectly cooked and accompanied with cajun butter, Brussels sprouts, and mashed potatoes....More

Thank enigma_ConcordNC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for fried chicken night on every Wednesday. It is great! Offers four pieces of chicken vegetable mashed potatoes and bread and also includes a slice of key lime pie, yummy! Cory was our server and she's been there awhile and is always nice,...More

Thank Passenger730650
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Nice dinner and craft beers our first evening in Banner Elk. Food was delicious and service very good. Had a nice table at sunset on the patio, enjoyed it very much.

Thank Skip P
Reviewed 29 August 2018

The loudest resturant we've been in in Banner Elk. Very small portions and very large prices for what it is.

Thank volusiagolfer
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We were able to eat outside, so I can’t say if it is a loud place, But outside was great. We had just checked into our condo and didn’t want to cook so found this place very close. The Pecan Trout was excellent with the...More

1  Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Delicious food, always. Twists on favorites. Indoor/outdoor seating a plus. Craft beer and good old PBR for cheap (if you like that sort of thing). Artisinally prepared and generous portions (maybe share some appetizers AND an entree). Usually a lunch spot for us but we’ve...More

Thank macgirle
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Just pull up the menus online. We had brunch y'day. 2 ladies had the salmon hash (wait.what?!) and I had chicken and waffles. You say you've had chicken and waffles? How about with a sweet potato waffle and bananas Foster maple sauce?! Mimosas and music...More

1  Thank Nathan S
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We had Sunday brunch at the painted fish. I ordered an omelette with various vegetables. My wife ordered the salmon hash; both were very good. The service was good the price was reasonable. We would go back again.

Thank Chuck B
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Recent first visit...great, friendly staff. My dinner poor...chicken croquettes in super spicy sauce, likeThai, but way too hot. Pricey, since everything is a la carte, salads., etc. Second meal, veal Marsala was good. Small portions. Superb, ice cream w hot fudge dessert.

Thank LakeLureFamily
Nearby HotelsSee all 5 hotels in Banner Elk
The Branches
5 reviews
1.70 km away
Best Western Mountain Lodge at Banner Elk
721 reviews
1.84 km away
Sugartop Resort
48 reviews
2.64 km away
Smoketree Lodge
51 reviews
2.73 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Puerto Nuevo Restaurant
441 reviews
1.29 km away
599 reviews
.86 km away
Fred and Larry's Coffee
70 reviews
.69 km away
Nearby Attractions
Sugar Creek Gem Mine
67 reviews
.16 km away
Wahoo's Adventures
5 reviews
.36 km away
Ski Country Sports
15 reviews
.39 km away
High Mountain Expeditions
249 reviews
.39 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
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
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing