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The Painted Fish Cafe

2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
828-898-6800
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Ranked #12 of 41 restaurants in Banner Elk
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
New Smyrna Beach, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We ate dinner last night, outside, looking at Sugar Mountain. A previous experience at this restaurant left me leery when I was served pork bellies which made me gag. But, last night I had a delicious vegetarian pasta dish followed by blueberry bread pudding. I have done a 180* turnaround on this restaurant and will once again recommend it enthusiastically.... More

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Raleigh
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Tuesdays are good, especially if you are eating a pre theater dinner. Lots of other diners had the same idea but our reservation for 7 diners was promptly honored, our service was excellent, and our food was delicious. The fried fish was feather light. My order of fried oysters was backed with a delightful salad to which I added...what else?...more... More

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I have eaten at the Painted Fish on numerous occasions, but will no longer return. The food is pretty good, and the service variable, but once you have finished your meal good luck at getting your ticket and getting out of there. Since I imagined that our incredibly long wait for the ticket was a one-time thing, I returned the... More

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Groton, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The Painted Fish is a very good restaurant with a lot of good Southern staples on the menu..Friend Chicken, Trout, gourmet Hamburgers, etc. They didn't have a huge selection of beer and wine but what we had was good. The Collards are amazing. We had the chocolate torte which was fantastic. All in all a good meal! The service was... More

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Charles0605
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

After my first time eating here and having pretty bad service but an ok meal, I decided I'd give it one more shot. I ordered a burger (well done!). The burger was very pink inside and blood/juice was dripping out of it. I asked that it be cooked longer and placed on a fresh bun as mine was now soaked,... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This restaurant has been so average for so long. We went back after a one year hiatus last night, and picked up right where we left off. Had the Shrimp Carbonara which was okay and a perfectly reasonable dish. My daughter had salmon which was also okay. Having dined here several times, the experience is always the same: marginally okay... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The fish at this restaurant was fantastic. I had the trout and my husband the salmon. Great idea to offer a smaller plate option. We both took this option and coupled with great beer made an excellent combination. We arrived at 5:30 and were told we had to eat at the bar as the at least 8 empty tables were... More

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South Florida, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

During our recent stay at Sugar Mountain we spotted The Painted Fish Cafe and thought it looked interesting. Also read the reviews which were mostly encouraging. We had dinner there on our last night with our grandchildren and were very pleased. My chicken was a little saltier than I would have liked and I attributed that to the bacon in... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I hate giving an average review to a place that had such good food but the server was so rude I can't imagine us going back. I asked our server about a soda offered and if the particular brand they carried was caffeine free. She looked at me deadpan and said, "I don't know" followed by, "So would you like... More

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Blowing Rock
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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We have been to this location previously...in 2013 and 2012 and always enjoyed our dinner and would usually rate service at 3 to 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 and dinner at a 5 on the same scale. This time we were somewhat disappointed. We sat outside...my wife faced the mountains and enjoyed a beautiful view...I faced the... More

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