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The Painted Fish Cafe

2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“trout” (26 reviews)
“cheesecake” (17 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
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1 - 10 of 274 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by one of the locals. We had the daily special, blueberry ribs, awesome!. Our service was very good.

Thank Leah M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended and convenient to our condo, we knew we'd hit this restaurant on our trip. Needing something other than burgers BBQ or subs, we ventured to the PF for a Wednesday night meal. Arrived at 6, the place was scarcely occupied. Ordered our drinks, ordered...More

Thank Rick D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there for brunch over Memorial Day weekend. Food was average, to say the least. However, the salt used was above average. I felt the server gave the minimal attention possible. No need to revisit with the other great restaurants around.

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For us to both order breakfast food it was crazy slow They had maybe 5 tables in the entire place and it was crawling slow Also my homemade food I'm sure was more like dump from a Can and hit 2 mins in the microwave...More

Thank danielsk1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must-try if you are in the Banner Elk area. Traditional and unique dishes, eclectic dining area, just a fun place. Highly recommend.

Thank Cheryl W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing and creative Chef....softshell crab special was amazing loved it. Staff is attentive, courteous and friendly. Such an amazing selection for everyone with a full plate or half plate pricing and so many dishes are gluten free. We will be back ✅

Thank Angela T
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Wednesday was fried chicken night. They have a special every night. Sunday brunch for those who like that. The chicken came with mashed potatoes and green beans. Total comfort food. The trout was very good also. It's served on a bed of spinach and grits....More

Thank AMP2011
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We had a good, but not a great meal here. It seemed expensive related to the quality of food offered.

Thank revjcs
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Very Nice Lunch. The French Onion soup is the real deal, including a pair of scissors to cut the mozzarella cheese. The salads were also excellent. Good Service. Across the street from entrance to Sugar Mountain. Definitely will return.

Thank L D
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Nice atmosphere. Consistently very good to occasionally excellent food, seafood in particular. Good service.

Thank Doug S
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How can I trade in my certificate for Painted Fish?
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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
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
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