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Puerto Nuevo Restaurant

2120 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 898 3332
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Ranked #6 of 39 restaurants in Banner Elk
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Mar 31, 2014
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This restaurant was a good place for dinner, loved their salsa, it was some of the best I have had at any mexican restaurant! We did not try the guacamole but both our dishes were delish! Service was good. We sat in the back and it was very loud, would recommend sitting in the front/main part of the restaurant. Would... More

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Guacamole is good & fresh as the salsa but the food was so salty it killed the natural flavors. Drinks are good but make sure you check on prices and don't get stuck paying almost $30 for an 'organic margarita extra size,,, Sorry but not worth it,

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27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Puerto has all the expected Mexican dishes, but what sets them apart is the quality of the ingredients. From the fresh oysters to jumbo shrimp or the beef or chicken or pork it's all awesome. Not the regular Mexican place with canned or frozen stuff. This place is different. Don't miss!!!

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Statesville, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Superior Mexican food. Traditional dishes and more modern Mexican all on one menu and at reasonable price points. Plus...great salsa!

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We love Puerto Nuevo and always go there to eat when we are in Banner Elk. The margaritas are super! When we ate there this time, we had guacamole made right at our table. It was delicious! We have never been there when it was not busy, but we never have had to wait. The staff is so friendly and... More

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Douglasville, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

To me, this restaurant was just like many other Mexican eateries. The food was pretty good, with fair atmosphere. The margarita's were excellent. I'd go back.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Wow! What can I say about this place. First of all, i'm Latin American and I know Mexican food since i cook it all the time and have been to many Mexican Restaurants in the country but this place was no where near authentic. There enchilada sauce is marinara sauce... really! You can get enchilada sauce in a can and... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Stayed up at the Highlands at Sugar and came down here for food a couple of nights. It was so good we came back twice. Great beer list, my wife loved the margaritas.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

If you love Mexican, you'll definitely want to make plans to include this restaurant on your meal itinerary when in the Banner Elk/Boone area. The restaurant is beautiful, the service (Shout out to Ricardo!) and the food are amazing and the prices were just right. My husband and I love what we call Fajitas over Rice. It's a bed of... More

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

My husband and I have never been to Banner Elk and hadn't read any reviews before arriving at Puerto Nuevo. I wasn't expecting anything more than your average Mexican food, but was pleasantly surprised at the variety and flavor of the food. Our favorite dish was a hearty serving of delicious, fresh made guacamole. (Be aware that it is a... More

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