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The Painted Fish Cafe

2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (19 reviews)
“salad” (36 reviews)
“blueberry pie” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just love going there. Their menu is always special and food is very appetizing. Really can recommend their veggie burger: so very tasty!!!

Thank Tessa R
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is the second visit for us and our friends to this wonderful seafood restaurant in the midst of the mountains of western North Carolina, close to the Tennessee state line. The thing you notice of the bat is that the executive chef is 100%...More

Thank Bill C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Delicious food! Fun atmosphere, excellect service. Party of eleven and they handled it with ease. We all ordered different dishes and everyone enjoyed what they ordered.

Thank windy48
Reviewed 4 days ago

First of all, we never ate anything. We had eaten in the building many times in the past when it was a "Fish Camp" style restaurant. The new eatery is something different, much more upscale. We arrived just before six PM and the place was...More

Thank Lin R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is good. Our server nathan was extremely friendly and attentive. I had the crab and ravioli which was good. Needed a tad of salt. My husband had the veal marsala. He said is was just ok. The marsala was gravy way too thick...More

Thank MullyW72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was very fresh and absolutely delicious! We enjoyed Sunday brunch with our 3 kids. Definitely recommend you stop by!

Thank Amy P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the ambiance and the food. The service was more than what we expected. Our server was phenomenal! Really enjoyed our experience with him and the establishment

Thank tjmcauliffe61
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has been a few years since we had visited this area. We decided to have dinner here and we were not disappointed! They had my favorite fish Halibut as the special of the day. My husband had filet mignon. Both meals were delicious!!

Thank goldfishlady
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Visiting the area for the weekend and looking for something local. The painted fish cafe looked cute from the outside but a bit odd inside with more of a beach theme and simple diner tables. It was extremely noisy even though it wasn’t overcrowded. We...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Found this little out of the way place on our last visit to Banner Elk. Glad we stopped. They have all sorts of FRESH food. Chef came by out table to when we first got there and mentioned that the Catfish would be the best...More

Thank Frank L
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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, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, 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
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