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The Painted Fish Cafe

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2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“salad” (36 reviews)
“blueberry pie” (8 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
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Reviewed yesterday

It has been a few years since we had visited this area. We decided to have dinner here and we were not disappointed! They had my favorite fish Halibut as the special of the day. My husband had filet mignon. Both meals were delicious!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting the area for the weekend and looking for something local. The painted fish cafe looked cute from the outside but a bit odd inside with more of a beach theme and simple diner tables. It was extremely noisy even though it wasn’t overcrowded. We...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this little out of the way place on our last visit to Banner Elk. Glad we stopped. They have all sorts of FRESH food. Chef came by out table to when we first got there and mentioned that the Catfish would be the best...More

Thank Frank L
Reviewed May 12, 2018

I enjoyed the decor of the restaurant, but it seemed a little out of place for a mountain location. The food was good, so nothing to complain about. Service was good as well.

Thank Julie S
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

The food is always great and specials really are special... not leftovers from the day before. From the wait staff to the chef, everyone it's making sure your meal is the best.

Thank beechblogger
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed Sunday brunch at The Painted Fish Cafe. The menu offered unique entrees, salads, and desserts.I enjoyed a sweet potato waffle with strawberries and whipped cream and a salad with strawberries and mandrin oranges. My husband's favorite was the fried Oreos he had for...More

Thank Sara M
Reviewed January 23, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire High Country area. The price is reasonable and their menu has a wide variety of items to please anyone from the dainty diner to those with the heartiest of appetites. I highly recommend it!

1  Thank dianemE7919ND
Reviewed January 22, 2018

We had a great meal here. It's not fancy on the outside but the food was wonderful. The service was good and we had a very enjoyable dinner.

1  Thank Pam O
Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

My family and I visited The Painted Fish based on Trip Advisor recommendations, and it did not disappoint! The food was fresh and tasted delicious, and the service was good, too. We liked the selection of craft beers, but it was a bit on the...More

1  Thank Alicia C
Reviewed December 15, 2017 via mobile

Our first visit and will definitely be back. My seared tuna over sautéed spinach an risotto was delicious. My husband had the chicken pie-also very good. We probably had the best bread pudding we've ever had--apple-cranberry w/caramel bourbon sauce. Great service!

1  Thank Sheila M
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July 7, 2015|
Response from Linda S | Reviewed this property |
The site where you bought them will exchange any unused certificate. Go to their site and it will tell you how to do it. The problem is that there are not to many restaurants up here to change them for. Try exchanging them... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-6800
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