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“A glitch or two, but we'll still return” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stonewalls

Stonewalls
344 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 898-5550
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Ranked #4 of 45 Restaurants in Banner Elk
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Richmond, VA
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20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A glitch or two, but we'll still return”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

Weekend evening dinner inside at Stonewalls. Decor is nothing extraordinary, but still pleasant. What you might expect from an American steak house restaurant. Six adults (the kids were elsewhere). I ordered my usual appetizer of escargot, another in the group ordered the crab-stuffed mushrooms. Everyone else opted for the salad bar. The salad bar, as usual, was satisfying to all. I have ordered the escargot a number of times, and for the first time was disappointed. It seemed rubbery, with not much taste. The mushrooms, however, received a rave review. I ordered lobster for dinner, steaks were ordered for the rest of the table, with one person choosing a blackened prime rib. Once again, I was disappointed with my selection as the lobster seemed dry and overcooked. Everyone else was quite happy with their steaks, and the blackened prime rib was declared "the best I've had in quite some time." I haven't ordered lobster at Stonewalls before, so I don't know if mine was standard in what one would receive there, or just a one time glitch. Perhaps it's better to order steak at a steak house? Regardless, service was quick and attentive, the rest of the meals were thoroughly enjoyed and I've been to Stonewalls during summer vacations enough times over the years to know that my experience is not typical. We'll be back the next time we're craving steak and salad bar.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oviedo, Florida
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203 reviews 203 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Don't let first impressions keep you away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

Upon entering the restaurant, we were wondering if the food would live up to the billing. The decor is not fancy, closer to a Denny's than Ruth's Chris. However, the rest of the evening was very enjoyable. The steaks were very tender and flavorable, fixed exactly to our request. The Salad Bar offers a wide variety for any taste. Service was prompt, even though they were very busy. Don't worry about dressing up. We saw everything from shorts to sportcoats. Just go and enjoy the meal.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Malibu
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3 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“At the bottom of the list for restaurants in Banner Elk, Boone and Blowing Rock.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

The food is poor, the service is slack and the management is arrogant . There are too many good restaurants (Artisinal, Zuzda and Louisiana Purchase) in Banner Elk to waste your time and money here.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Concord, N. C.
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“We were repeat customers since 1996- We do not go there anymore.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

My husband and I ate at Stonewalls at least 4-6 times a month when we would go to stay in our vacation cabin which was almost every weekend and weekly during our vacations. The salad bar was much better (walnuts, other items which have been removed and salad bar was cleaner (spills wiped immediately). Lettuce was crisper, not some in big chunks and looking like leftovers from night before. We got to know the staff and some of the cooks over the years and some of the oldies but goodies have left Stonewalls. Our last steaks were tuffer and not the quality we had experienced over the past years but prices are higher.We may go again and see if things have improved.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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NC Triad
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“We Loved Stonewalls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2009

We tried Stonewalls on a recent trip to Boone. We were guided (by our B&B owners) toward other places, but felt like Stonewalls would be a good place for us.

We both had a steak and thoroughly enjoyed them. You must know that we have almost quit eating steak at restaurants because we rarely find a place we like. We als enjoyed the salad bar very much.

In our view, the prices were fair for the area and menu and service was a bit slow, but still above average (restaurant was about 1/3 full).

When we go back to Banner Elk, we will be sure to go back to Stonewalls.

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