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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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Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 12
    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
Good food, interesting menu

Was recommended by staff member of Blue Ridge Village Resort. Stopped for lunch and can understand why she recommended it. Had the petite size painted salad, which had strawberries, mandarin oranges, candied pecans and blue cheese over lettuce with delicious dressing. Very large salad, could have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Collings Lakes, New Jersey
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Looking for an amazing meal? You have found the place to eat. Burgers, seafood, chicken, pasta, salad, appetizers, steak....You will find whatever you are looking for here. The chef is AMAZING.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

For Mothers Day, we went for the first time to this restaurant. My meal was so good, but the key lime pie was the best I ever ate. When the waitress said it had a chocolate crust, I was kind of turned off and almost didn't order it. I'm glad I did though, as it was simply delicious. I will... More 

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Collings Lakes, New Jersey
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Was recommended by staff member of Blue Ridge Village Resort. Stopped for lunch and can understand why she recommended it. Had the petite size painted salad, which had strawberries, mandarin oranges, candied pecans and blue cheese over lettuce with delicious dressing. Very large salad, could have served as an entrée. Fried green tomato BLT was really good and had a... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Where do I begin? I love this place. Never had a bad experience. Fried green beans are delicious. The salmon with orange glaze over spinach and grits, love it. Spinach salad with apple butter vinaigrette? I could eat that every day for the rest of my life. Don't even get me started on the desserts. I have no shame. I've... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Great....seafood...chicken...steaks...cool apps and great salads. Casual atmosphere with great outdoor dining

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Painted Fish offers a wide variety of dishes. Specials every day they are open. It is a place that serves very good food with a twist that makes it great. On top of this, they will customize the dish to your "hearts desire". You should see and taste what they can do to make a hamburger into a gourmet meal.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Great chef and very good for lunches. House made soups are always very good. Daily specials on the menu.

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I am a local here in Banner Elk, and this is my go to restaurant! Food is amazing! Want something a little different? No problem! Want homemade comfort food? No problem! Salads are to die for, and I am a salad snob!

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Really did not know what to expect, this is a great little place everyone was very friendly and the food was great. I had the fried trout sandwich the fish was very fresh and good. The server recommended the chili and I am glad she did it was fantastic.

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Enterprise, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The food was amazing, but service was a little slow. I had ahi tuna and it was cooked perfectly. The bread pudding was also yummy! Others in my party had the trout and another had the pork chop.

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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 Smoky Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: 828-898-6800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?