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Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge

119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9901
+1 828-898-4242
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“pizza” (69 reviews)
“pancakes” (19 reviews)
“sandwich” (35 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9901
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is a really good choice for lunch, dinner or just cocktails with friends. There is such a great atmosphere, and all the servers are great and so very helpful! They have a wide variety of menu items, and if you’re looking for gluten...More

Thank Bbhaskin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here with a large group. We were told the wait would 40 mins but they accommodated and found a place for 19 people together. The food was great and they had some fabulous deserts. Definitely must go there again when we visit the...More

Thank Stephenie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I dropped in for lunch on a recent day trip to Beech Mountain to see progress on the new lifts. I had a delicious mahi mahi wrap that packed some spicy punch that was offset by cool pineapple and cabbage. Excellent. My...More

Thank TeacherTrainer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Over the past several years this local restaurant has expanded and upgraded their facilities. They did a great job on the improvements. Their servers are friendly and often make good recommendations - not only on the menu but also on fun and interesting things to...More

Thank Carol T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere is beautiful and the wait staff was courteous. The food was at best acceptable. The fries were cold and limp; the sandwiches were tender but the dip and beef were cold. The soup was delivered when we had nearly finished eating.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice menu selection with friendly staff and prices are reasonable for the Banner Elk area. The restaurant is open all day serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also an outdoor area for eating during nice weather.

Thank Janice F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Charming breakfast spot in Banner Elk with reasonable prices. Despite crush on Sunday morning, the receptionist took care to get us to a table for our requested breakfast service. Inside, the lodge feel is amplified by timbers and rustic furnishings. As a special treat, there...More

Thank AustinMountaineers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped at this restaurant due to the large # of cars parked, looked like a popular cafe for locals. Baked chicken - POOR - Leg and thigh, anemic looking and barely browned, pinto beans tasted like just out of can, brown and serve roll on...More

Thank mrpaddy3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As regulars to the cafe we’ve noticed a steady decline in service and quality since they expanded. For a third time one of our meals was served 20 minutes after the other. Sorry to say that we won’t be back for a while.

Thank Brent K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went to Banner Elk and stayed three nights for our anniversary. We found the cafe the first night through a tourist brochure in our hotel. It is located on the main road thru the town. Our server, Dustin, recommended two meals....More

Thank HeritageDECA
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Kari R
December 31, 2016|
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Response from Janet H | Reviewed this property |
you'd best ask the restaurant directly! They are very varied-- and for sure would not like to give advice on this one. Please phone restaurant. Thank you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9901
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-4242
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