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Louisiana Purchase

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Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8635
18288985656
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Although reservations are preferred, we are happy to seat walk-ins. Large...
Although reservations are preferred, we are happy to seat walk-ins. Large groups are easily accommodated in our private dining room for up to fifty people. Our dress code is business casual. We want you to come comfortable and hungry. Be sure to browse through the many selections on our menu. Call us to make a reservation.
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  • 57
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Banner Elk is such a nice area with beautiful scenery and food

We had chosen Banner Elk for a fall get away from Louisiana! When we saw that some enterprising folks had opened a Louisiana theme restaurant we were a little skeptical but after reading basically good reviews plus local recommendations we decided to try The Purchase! We were very pleased with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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276 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had chosen Banner Elk for a fall get away from Louisiana! When we saw that some enterprising folks had opened a Louisiana theme restaurant we were a little skeptical but after reading basically good reviews plus local recommendations we decided to try The Purchase! We were very pleased with the food as we both had excellent tomato bisque and... More 

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Thank scot1ru
Lighthouse Point, Florida
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The Louisiana Purchase came highly recommended by a local friend and did not disappoint. The BBQ Shrimp with Cheese Grits was excellent and the Crawfish Etouffee, simmering in a dark roux, was top notch. I was tempted to try the KrispyKreme Bread Pudding but instead we finished our meal with Bananas Foster. The service was excellent. We'll be back!

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Thank Hallucin8
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

I'm a Louisiana native, so I have always enjoyed this restaurant. It's a staple and been around forever. However, I would advise having everyone in your party check out the menu before you make a reservation and don't go with picky eaters. One member of our party had a difficult time finding something on the menu that was "traditional" enough... More 

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Thank Meg250
Panama City Beach FL, United States
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This is our very favorite restaurant ever!! The owners and staff are awesome and make you feel so warm and welcomed. My husband has eaten the blackened fish bourbon street as long as I can remember. I love the filet, the crab cakes, the pate, and most recently the diver scallops with the creamed leeks. We have never had anything... More 

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Thank Sherry S
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The food is very good and the spice is just right. The waiters and wait-staff are all very friendly and make you feel very welcome. Our food was prepared wonderfully and served promptly. We enjoy this place for "special" nights out.

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Thank debbiebettie
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

Great atmosphere inside. Great gumbo and shrimp bisque for starters. The snapper and blackened mahi were excellent. The fish portions were a little small on the plates, but were very tasty. The Pinot Noir by the glass was average at best for an 11$/glass. This is surprising given the all the wine spectator accolades. I would suggest to management something... More 

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Thank Dale H
Nashville, Tennessee
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367 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

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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Thank Patty B
Melbourne, florida
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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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Thank vinum1
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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Thank Kerry R
Arlington, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8635
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: 18288985656

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, French

Description

Although reservations are preferred, we are happy to seat walk-ins. Large groups are easily accommodated in our private dining room for up to fifty people. Our dress code is business casual. We want you to come comfortable and hungry. Be sure to browse through the many selections on our menu. Call us to make a reservation.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?