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Louisiana Purchase

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Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8635
(828) 898-5656
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  • 55
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  • 19
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  • 6
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Jambalaya and Martinis - wonderful !!

This is my favorite restaurant in Banner Elk. Artisinal is the other one. We knew they had a bar upstairs but never went up there even though we have been here several times. I heard they had great chocolate Martinis so we went upstairs to try one. We did not know it but there ar more tables as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Patty B
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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268 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is my favorite restaurant in Banner Elk. Artisinal is the other one. We knew they had a bar upstairs but never went up there even though we have been here several times. I heard they had great chocolate Martinis so we went upstairs to try one. We did not know it but there ar more tables as well as... More 

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Melbourne, florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

They always hit the mark with arrest New Orleans classics. Best gumbo outside of Louisiana!, Great service and an outstanding wine list which has some fabulous finds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had dinner there, and they were nice enough to let us in without a reservation. The wait staff was very good and attentive. Prices were very high. I must tell you I am not a seafood eater, and this was all seafood. I just had a salad, but it was very good. My husband had crawfish étouffée, and he... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Locals told us that this restaurant is hit-or-miss. We were lucky enough to have dinner there on a “hit” night – and it was fabulous. (Not five stars, but four-and-a-half.) Tatiana, our server for the evening, steered us well, being both knowledgeable and honest. The shrimp bisque was smooth and delicious, the gumbo packed with solids (but a bit underseasoned).... More 

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North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Had dinner here with girlfriends before seeing a play at Lees McRae. Was very close to the college in a small strip center, but with no name on the door or building, just on the road sign post, we weren't sure we were at the right place. White tablecloths, white walls with colorful art....nice relaxing decor. Very extensive wine list... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We went to Louisiana purchase the last two years we stayed in North Carolina. What a wonderful restaurant ingredients were fresh,service was wonderful, and price reasonable for what we ordered. We would recommend this to anyone who is celebrating a special occasion or just want an exceptionally good meal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The food was generally good but missed on the jambalaya. The veal pate appetizer was very good and the (special) heirloom tomato salad was wonderful. However the jambalaya was not like any I enjoyed while visiting or living in NO. The sauce had to much tomato paste that overwhelmed the shrimp, crawfish and chicken. I not sure where their recipe... More 

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Sumter, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Very accommodating and hospitable. Food was absolutely amazing. BBQ shrimp dish was spicy but best dish by far. Fish of day was mahi- small but very good too.

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Georgetown, KY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Our waitress was incredibly helpful in describing (& even pointing out dishes as they were delivered) as we made our choices. Wine & beer selections were good and we can't say enough about the quality of the dinner we enjoyed immensely! White tablecloth, so dress up a bit & enjoy a delicious meal.It IS a bit pricey, but well worth... More 

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Langley, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This restaurant is for people who appreciate the finest food and who have the money to spend to get the best. Stick with the local (the Four Heirloom Tomatoes salad is amazing) and Cajun-themed and skip the steaks priced at twice the cost of fresh trout OT jambalaya. Service is good but not great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8635
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: (828) 898-5656

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  • Cuisine: French

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