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Artisanal Restaurant

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Artisanal Restaurant
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1200 Dobbins Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604-7798
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1200 Dobbins Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604-7798 (Hwy 184)
828-898-5395
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Exceptional Dining in Banner Elk

May have to make your reservation in advance, you will not be disappointed. We were lucky to get a last-minute reservation on a Thursday night at 8:30. Spectacular building, especially inside. Upon arriving we were greeted by two very nice valets (only choice for parking). Hostess (one of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2014
lightninz3
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Cary, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cary, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

May have to make your reservation in advance, you will not be disappointed. We were lucky to get a last-minute reservation on a Thursday night at 8:30. Spectacular building, especially inside. Upon arriving we were greeted by two very nice valets (only choice for parking). Hostess (one of the owners) could not have been nicer. We arrived early and were... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Some restaurants offer excellent glassware, some offer extraordinary ingredients, some employ elite chefs. Artisnal is the best of these worlds in a calming mountain setting. We were seated outside, with a burbling stream 20 feet away. First class furnishings, glassware, and a well trained bartender started it off. We had an appetizer each and an entree each with one dessert... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We went to Artisanal to celebrate my wife's birthday. We dined outside overlooking a very tranquil stream. Sandi, our waitress, was charming and totally knowledgeable about the menu, as well as the history of the restaurant. We shared an appetizer, 2 entrees and 1 side, which was more than enough. Each dish was delicious and exceeded our expectations. I highly... More 

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Linville, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The food and drink was delicious, but after spending hundreds of dollars, we were rudely asked to immediately vacate since they "needed our table", the minute after we paid the hefty bill. Lots of vacant tables around us. We will never ever go back to that place.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a restaurant you should experience at least once. It will set the standard to measure all others. The setting is tranquil and restaurant warm and inviting. The staff is extremely professional and friendly. From the menu I chose the Cowboy ribeye which was superb as was my wives duck. Treat yourself to a Steve McQueen Manhattan. If this... More 

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Sleepy Hollow, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and we picked the perfect place. One of the best meals I have ever had, this restaurant is amazing. Food was outstanding and service was excellent. Truly farm fresh to table!

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Beaufort, SC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This unexpected excellence in a small NC mountain town is a rare find. Food, wine, service and ambiance deserve national recognition. An extensive wine list with a very fair mark up over retail is available to complement any dish you choose. We ordered the pork chop and the breast of duck and both were cooked to perfection. We split two... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place is just a MUST visit. I have been to few restaurants equal to this. The food is always incredible, and the setting, location, etc. are off the charts. Make the effort to get a reservation and have a truly great meal at Artisanal

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Charlotte, NC
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104 reviews 104 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The best experience I've ever had. A coworker suggested Artisanal, and we made a special trip from Charlotte just to eat there. We stayed in Blowing Rock, and the 30 minute drive to the restaurant and back in the dark and the rain and the fog was totally worth it. First of all, the place is beautiful. I loved the... More 

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Beautiful venue-unlike anything I have ever seen. Rustic, elegant feel. Service, atmosphere , food - fabulous! Wine cellar in the basement very impressive- but that being said- the wine pour was embarrassingly miserly...didn't fill a quarter of the glass. At $10 a glass-seems like gouging. This is the only criticism that I have- and one easily fixed. Otherwise, a mixed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1200 Dobbins Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604-7798
    (Hwy 184)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: 828-898-5395

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?