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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 22
    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
A pretty good place to eat.

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... read more

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

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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 44 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 4 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Manchester, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

Read reviews on tripadvisor and decided to try it. Very good. Bread and butter could have been better. Neither had much flavor. I had the scallops. Petite portion was $19 and had 3 diver scallops, risotto and spinach. Had petite painted fish salad and it was good. Raspberry Dressing could have been sweeter to compliment the strawberries and mandarin oranges.... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great service and food! Mac and shrimp cheese, trout, ribs, and special of the day...liver & onions w/bacon...Outstanding!

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Durham, North Carolina
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

My wife had the sea bass which was wonderful, and my friend and I had the grass fed beef burger which was delicious. We then had "The Blue Pie" which people talk about around town. It is a blueberry, goat cheese, fresh basil and slivered almonds. OMG.... everyone in our party said it was the best dessert ever. They only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We enjoyed dinner at the Painted Fish. It was fried chicken night. Portion was big and chicken was cooked to perfection. Well worth your visit!

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I bought several Restaurant .com gift certificates in the winter, when their season is slow. As soon as I came up to the mountains this summer, they posted a handwritten sign in the window that they were not accepting Restaurant.com certificates. They sell them off season, and don't accept them in season. Very deceptive in their marketing. Our check totals... More 

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Additional Information about The Painted Fish Cafe

Address: 2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
Phone Number: 828-898-6800
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Banner Elk
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
Cuisine: Seafood

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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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