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

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  • 88
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 14
    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
Blue Pie Heaven

Interesting menu, good service, especially with Cory as a server. Had her twice in one week. Gracious and energetic. The Blue Pie is a treat, but very different that what you expect. More savory than sweet. A great dessert to share!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Keith W
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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Interesting menu, good service, especially with Cory as a server. Had her twice in one week. Gracious and energetic. The Blue Pie is a treat, but very different that what you expect. More savory than sweet. A great dessert to share!

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

After a day of whitewater rafting and caving, we stopped here for dessert. We ordered the brownie sundae and the cinnamon roll bread pudding. Both were excellent!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We ate here for dinner. The server was average. Husband loved the cream of tomato soup and half rack of ribs but the half rack was a very small portion. It looked like a quarter of a rack when compared to other places. My son and I ordered the bacon chicken. It was excellent but an incredibly small portion size.... More 

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jackson, tn
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I ordered the tunaburger.The sandwich had a good bun and sauce but every 3rd bite was fishy tasting.My wife had the shrimp taco.It was ok but not special.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We had a party of 6 and all of us were pleased with our food and the friendly service. Many items on the menu come in 2 sizes of serving which is nice to see. I had the scallops which were done perfectly. We visited here on vacation so won't have the opportunity to return soon but otherwise we would.... More 

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North Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We enjoyed our dinner at the Painted Fish. We ended up ordering a Hamburger, the pot roast special, and the small filet. The steak and pot roast were very good, but the burger was just average. The prices were a little on the high side of reasonable. The atmosphere was a little above the shorts and t-shirts we were wearing.

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goldsboro nc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had lunch here over a family wedding weekend. We dined outside which was most pleasant. I had the special, avocado crab cakes which were delicious. Our server was attentive and we all had a satisfying meal.

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Atlanta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Waitress was friendly, future nursing student. Restaurant was close by and it was raining. Enjoyed our meal. They were out of the special dessert but we were there late in the evening.

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Orlando
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Visited on 'fried chicken' night which is only once per week. Staff was very friendly and decor is cute - all types of colorful fish art every where. Tables and chairs not very impressive. Food is ok - the ahi tuna dish is excellent - small portion but packing lots of flavor! The grouper dish was very fishy - I... More 

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Charlotte, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We have visited the Painted Fish many times and have always found the portions to be big and the food to be very good. Our biggest issue with this restaurant is the service, it just isn't consistent. This trip was one of those times where the service was pretty bad. As we were leaving, we also heard the hostess turning... More 

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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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