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The Painted Fish Cafe

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2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
828-898-6800
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Social

Shellie made excellent suggestions for dinner. I chose the salad with salmon. The best salad I've had in forever. This is a great place to enjoy great food prepared the way it should be. If you are in Avery County stop in and enjoy

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2015
Kyle L
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Conover, North Carolina
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Big Sky, Montana
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friends and I came here for brunch. She ordered biscuits and gravy. They tasted like the top came off of the salt shaker when the cook was making it. It was pretty bad. I ordered a fried chicken salad and the chicken looked bad and was covered in grease. It appeared as if it had been sitting all day... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

By far the best restaurant in the area! The food is phenomenal!! Fried chicken special was amazing! However, the crispy cream cheesecake is an absolute MUST!! Vicki was a fantastic waitress!! We love her! We will be back to visit next time we are in town!!

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Thank Beccaandcraig
Conover, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Shellie made excellent suggestions for dinner. I chose the salad with salmon. The best salad I've had in forever. This is a great place to enjoy great food prepared the way it should be. If you are in Avery County stop in and enjoy

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Thank Kyle L
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We stooped here for lunch recently, and they had a lot of interesting dishes on the brunch menu. We decided to try the burgers, which were very good and juicy....they offer a good amt of add-ons, incl. fresh jalapeños, which we like.

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Thank Lola122
banner elk, nc
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

I have had many meals at this restaurant and have always been blown away by the quality of the food for the price. The menu offers something for everyone and the daily soup, sandwich and dinner specials are always phenomenal. The family who owns and runs the restaurant are the nicest people imaginable! I will return at every opportunity.

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1 Thank loveboonenc
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Not the greatest service, but the food is pretty tasty. The menu has changed quite a bit thruout the years.

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Thank ecrosby915
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Best place in high country great food beer and wine....if you up in the mountains make sure you visit

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1 Thank chefgunn
Pinehurst, North Carolina
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

although the Grouper (Grouper? In the Mountains?) my beautiful wife ordered was just short of Heaven. I, in my infinite wisdom, ordered their fried chicken special. It was battered and crispy and really hot and super tasty. So, every once in a while you have to forget the faI and the Cholesterol. I even liked the green beans that came... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Nice restaurant in a great part of the country. While quite busy on our arrival we were seated within about ten minutes. Staff was very cordial, and the meal was enjoyable.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We actually only hung out in the bar area but the resturant was very busy and the couple next to has had excellent comments on the food. The beer selections were good but it was a bit pricey on the drinks.

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Thank Dwight P

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Restaurant Details

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: 828-898-6800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?