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100 High Country Square, Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 898-4121
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 9
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Be advised - MSG

About twenty minutes after eating my takeaway, my face became flush and had a headache. These symptoms are consistent with MSG. The food was decent; I would have been inclined toward three or even four dots on its own.

2 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2014
John D
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

About twenty minutes after eating my takeaway, my face became flush and had a headache. These symptoms are consistent with MSG. The food was decent; I would have been inclined toward three or even four dots on its own.

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Statesboro, Georgia, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

My and my significant other LOVE Pho. We've eaten at a couple of Vietnamese restaurants and this was one of the best I ever had. A lot of restaurants will skimp on meat and noodles but this had plenty of both. The flavor was just right. I loved the prices of everything. I can't comment on any other food my... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I love their food, especially the Vietnamese selections. It's a small family restaurant and they are sometimes shorthanded, so I would say go somewhere else if you're in a hurry. However, the food is always excellent and a good value. There's a reason they've been there for a decade!

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banner elk
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

I agree with the last review. Due to my love of this type of food, I would try this establishment over & over. 1 out of 3 times we found our selfs feeling sick after eatting there. Finally we decided to go only during the busy season to insure fresh food. The last time we got sick we promised never... More 

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Phxaz
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I use to work there and let me tell you that the chicken that we cook some times its past due date and smell bad.but we still cook them like that and when its done we put it in tariyaki Sauce thats why when we served it doesnt smell bad.we clean and make everything fresh when health departament its going... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Interesting menu with tons of choices. Our favorite, the Hibachi Steak is a decent size portion with lots of veggies, tender steak and brown rice. The many sauces, peanut, shrimp, mayo, or sweet n spicy accompany most of their flavorful balanced dishes. The atmosphere inside is a bit dated which is somewhat deceiving. We almost decided not to try it... More 

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Banner Elk NC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I ate lunch for the first time yesterday. I guess if you have a craving for Japanese or Vietnamese and you don't want to drive 17 miles to Boone, then this is the place to eat. Makotos is the premier Japanese restaurant in the area. I will say the spring roll was very good; otherwise, the rest of the food... More 

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

This is the only place to go for Japanese cuisine if you're in Banner Elk because the other restaurants don't serve Japanese food. The food is ok. Service is almost nonexistent. But If you are really craving those typical Japanese meals where they give you a fantastic cup of chicken broth with a slice of a mushroom, and a wonderful... More 

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Banner Elk, North Carolina, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Japanese or Vietnamese, either way, Tokyo will feed you good. and the staff will be sure you are happy with your selection. Nancy and Cindy are ALWAYS THERE, so you can count on a filling, great tasting meal everytime.

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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166 reviews 166 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

There is something for everyone on the menu! Hibachi grilled items & sushi too. Sushi was really priced well. We almost went back the second night too. The grandkids split one of the hibachi dinners and there was still food left over. Four adults and 3 grand kids ate for less than $80. Wine and beer only. Service could have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 High Country Square, Banner Elk, NC 28604
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: (828) 898-4121

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Vietnamese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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