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Bayou Smokehouse & Grill

130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
+1 828-898-8952
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“cajun sampler” (21 reviews)
“brisket” (68 reviews)
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American, Pub, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is our favorite restaurant in Banner Elk. Nice atmosphere and wonderful food. I especially recommend the barbecue.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank johnmA3236GN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had higher expectations, but found it to be an average place for a casual meal and beverages. Prices were higher than food quality warranted and while the table service was fine, the process to get a table wasn’t very customer friendly. In Banner Elk there...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank jamesoG2985FG
Reviewed November 30, 2018

We had a little trouble finding this restaurant but we are glad we did find it! Very good food and excellent service! All of us in our family of 4 were looking for a good burger and this place did not disappoint! Our waitress, Danielle,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank vrondolphin315
Winston A, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

Hello Vrondolphin315, We love our char-grilled, hand crafted burgers too! Thank you for the 5 bubble review. And, since you have mentioned your server Danielle by name she has been awarded a week of dinners of her choice, to use whenever and however she'd like...More

Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

Great food. Good service. Good atmosphere. Smoked brisket was great, with good taste. Nice outside area as well.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Les R
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

All burgers can be made gluten-free by possibly adjusting the spice blends/sauces. The kitchen staff was very knowledgable about allergens/ingredients, which is very good for Celiac dinners. The Crawfish Creole - what 2 of us had - was gluten-free and very good. Gluten-free hard ciders...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tia Velinda M
Winston A, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

Hello Tia Velinda, We work to provide constantly updated information regarding food allergies to our staff members. We know food allergies are not a life-style choice, but can be a very dangerous immune system reaction and should therefore always be taken seriously. It's nice to...More

Reviewed November 15, 2018

We visited this awesome spot during our Anniversary getaway. The food was great and our server, John was OUTSTANDING!! He was FULL of positivity and attentiveness! Will absolutely visit again when we are in the area!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Afayehotmail
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

I can't speak for the food because I went to Bayou after dinner for some drinks. The atmosphere is very laid back and comfortable. The food that was ordered looked good, and the drinks came quickly and accurately. Had a great time and would definitely...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank P6218YTchristinab
Reviewed November 6, 2018

I guess when I selected this place for cajun seafood it was a mistake. There are so many better restaurants located in Banner Elk. We had just returned from a trip down south to NO. I had cajun still on my mind. This is more...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank JR M
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

Awesome food and the service was fantastic. My Waitress Danielle was so sweet and polite. I was floored when she told me that it was her 2ND day there. She was spot on and I would recommend you visit.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank firechic04
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

I love Southern cooking and Cajun food. There aren’t many places who serve crawfish. Full bar. Pet friendly with nice outside seating. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 186celestej
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-8952
  • E-mail
Open since 2003, The Bayou offers Authentic Cajun and Texas Cuisine served in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Outdoor, dog-friendly deck dining in the summer, fireplace dining in the winter. Free WiFi, Children's Menu and Wine Amnesty available. Adjacent Bayou General Store offering Beer, Wine, Locally Made Items, Souvenir Mementos and more. Please see the Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, Banner Elk Facebook Page for Specials, Live Music, Events and area information.
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