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Sorrento's Bistro

140 Azalea Circle, Village Shops, Downtown, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
(828) 898-5214
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Ranked #9 of 41 restaurants in Banner Elk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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77% Recommend
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English first
Rolesville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visit Banner Elk regularly but this was our first experience with Sorrento's. We first stopped for a midafternoon snack and enjoyed the patio. We had two glasses of Banner Elk White wine and a Spinach Melt appetizer. Everything was very good and our server Nichole was very helpful. We were enjoying Sunday at Grandfather Vineyard Winery and decided that... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Sorrento's gets several stars simply for choosing to locate their restaurant in a gorgeous corner of the earth. The mountains surrounding Banner Elk offer adventure, history, solace, excitement, relaxation and peace. However, this review is not about the scenery, but an excellent dining experiences that could whisk you away momentarily to the Tuscan hills if you allow it. While the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Food preparation at Sorrento's Bistro can inconsistent, so it's difficult to predict your dining experience. We've had a few meals here that were excellent, and others that were extremely disappointing. Our last dining experience was extremely disappointing with tough pasta, overcooked seafood, undercooked vegetables, and bad service. The interiors are nice and the staff is friendly. I wish the food... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We visited this restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary and overall we had a very satisfying meal. Especially delicious were the sauces that flavored our selections. We started with the Artichoke Francese appetizer which was flavored to perfection. I had the salmon special, again flavored with an outstanding shitake mushroom cream sauce, and my wife chose the spinach lasagna, equally... More

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Lenoir, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Had an agreeable time here. Was impressed with the wine selection relative to the assumed tastes of the dull staff. If you want some sort of authentic experience, why would you eat Italian food in the High Country? Go to Bayou Smokehouse next door.

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Avon Lake, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We ended up at Sorrento's when our first choice (The Frog and The Monkey, now closed) turned out to be closed on Mondays. This was my second choice based on TripAdvisor reviews. Our server was was friendly and helpful. We had a vegetarian in our group and she gave some good guidance in that area. We started with fried calamari,... More

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Banner Elk, North Carolina, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had a party of five for Mother's Day and sat outside on the patio. We had our three giant Shiloh Shepherds with us. We were immediately greeted by several on the staff and made us feel very welcome. We ate off of the Brunch Menu. The food was excellent, the servers were terrific and on top of things the... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had good enough weather to sit out on their patio sipping Banner Elk Red, their Crab Cakes are to die for. Had it one day for a first course and next day for the main course. Everything else was delicious as well.

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Winston-Salem, NC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Sorrento's is a Banner Elk favorite. With walls bedecked with art from the studio next door, Sorrento's offers a good selection of Italian dishes. The shrimp fra Diavolo is our favorite - a large portion of pasta with large shrimp in a very spicy red sauce. Everything we've tried has been great. You'll have a hard time not filling up... More

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Boone, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

great food in Banner Elk, good atmosphere. Love to sit outside and the bar is nice as well. The food is fantastic

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