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Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge

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119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604
828 898-4242
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert

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  • 99
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    Very good
  • 36
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  • 10
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Breakfast

This is a great cafe to stop in for a nice hearty breakfast after time on the slopes. It looks like there's a lot of outdoor seating, but the indoors was small and cozy.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Dean M
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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237 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a great cafe to stop in for a nice hearty breakfast after time on the slopes. It looks like there's a lot of outdoor seating, but the indoors was small and cozy.

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Atlanta, GA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I was there by 8 am on a Fri morning to be at the ski slopes by 9 am and thanks to their quick service I made it with time to spare. The waiter recommended the french toast and did not steer me wrong. It was unforgettable. I also had eggs and hash browns. All was good but the french... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We loved it here. We ate breakfast mostly. Very good service and food! Decent price also. Really cote and cozy atmosphere.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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244 reviews 244 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We dine here at least once on our skiing weekend trips. Each time we enjoy good food and good service. The menu has a wide variety of items, all fresh and well prepared. Servings are above normal size, so be hungry or, as we often do, just split a plate and plan on dessert. Service was above standards. She checked... More 

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We went for lunch, server seemed distracted. Could not get straws with drinks, then had to ask for refills because he wasn't paying attention to our table. Sitting on their outside covered deck because it was busy inside, slightly drafty and cool. Food was just ok today. portions were small, don't get the chicken wings because they seem to have... More 

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Inverness, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Sit on the covered porch and order from two different restaurants! Good food! Can accommodate large parties. Reasonable prices.

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Cary, NC
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I took 2 teenage boys there for dinner after a day of skiing and they could not get enough. The food was plentiful, the service was exceptional and friendly and the restaurant was very cozy.

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Kingston, Tennessee, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We visited for breakfast and returned for supper. It is a very cozy atmosphere. Staff are very friendly and make you feel at home. Service is exceptional and food is delicious. It was very convenient to our cabin and sugar mountain. We will return to this restaurant anytime we are in town!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We have a family cabin 7 miles from Banner Elk and we come to this cafe every single time. Great coffee, great menu and awesome service. We love sitting on the porch even in the winter as they have heaters and close it in with drop down see through plastic. Dog friendly porch as well. Very kid friendly. TV's and... More 

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Roswell Ga
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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The place looks tiny when you first walk in but it keeps going and going. They have a room in the way back that is open air with flaps for the winter. Good for a large table if you have a big group. Lunch was awesome from their onion rings to the big salads. Great quick service too. No complaints.

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  • Address: 119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: 828 898-4242

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