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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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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
Quaint little cafe with great breakfast!

This little cafe is the definition of small town breakfast place and I loved it! The service was so friendly and they make you feel like family! The food is great and they have great portions too. I went for breakfast but may have to go back because I saw some amazing looking deserts! :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Bre1229
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Holly Ridge, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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240 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you like to be ignored by the waitstaff then this is your place!! Went in for lunch on an unbusy weekday and was invisible to 3 servers who never caught my eye. One was loudly training another about 6 feet from me and another going over a schedule. Finally got the hostess Hannah to serve me and she was... More 

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Holly Ridge, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This little cafe is the definition of small town breakfast place and I loved it! The service was so friendly and they make you feel like family! The food is great and they have great portions too. I went for breakfast but may have to go back because I saw some amazing looking deserts! :)

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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We were here for dinner on Saturday March 7th. Had a pleasant young man as our server. Food was great and came out quickly. Good place if you are traveling with kids.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
53 helpful votes 53 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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143 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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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
27 helpful votes 27 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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  • 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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