We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9901
828 898-4242
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

457 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 457: English reviews
Quinton, Virginia
Level Contributor
38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After a day doing outdoor activities, stopped by for lunch, after all, had a high rating. Sat for 15 min before we had a waitress. Garlic rolls were hard like dog biscuits. My wife had bad wrap with old lettuce and cold dry chicken. I had meatball sandwich which fell apart in poor imitation of a roll. Lunch took 45... More 

Thank Joe P
Bluffton, South Carolina
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I are spending a few days in Banner Elk. We decided to have dinner at Banner Elk Cafe last night. When we walked in there was a short line, but no one was available to seat the customers. Finally a waiter seated us at a booth. There were windows next to the booth that had a significant... More 

1 Thank Joan P
Level Contributor
14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped at Banner Elk Café several times now when visiting the area. The food is always great, and the service is usually top notch. Can be busy at night, lunchtime is a little more laid back. Our last time in we had a large group, and everyone ordered different meals. No one was disappointed. Most had to get carry out... More 

Thank Gobig12
Summerfield, North Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
199 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I went for breakfast on a Saturday and were pleased with the variety of items. Two of us had the Eggs Benedict, and it looked great when it came to the table. However, it must have been left in the kitchen for awhile after it was prepared, as the hash browns and eggs were barely warm. Also,... More 

Thank Mcdjohn
Greenville, South Carolina
Level Contributor
44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a good lunch, crab cake sandwich and chicken wrap. The number of menus is odd, but the food was all very good. The sweet potato fries were great.

Thank wareagle-1980
Hampton, Virginia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While we were eating outside, a storm came thru and they had a plan to move all guests inside quickly and in perfect timing. The food was perfectly cooked and we were highly impressed on how all the staff worked together. There were about 10 dogs on the patio area with their families and the servers made sure each dog... More 

Thank carleenteachespe
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After leaving the Bayou Smokehouse due to horrible service and not being waited on at all, my mom and I walked down the street and found this cafe. We were helped immediately. Our server was very friendly. I ordered the blackened chicken quesadilla and my mom got the turkey special. Both were very good, especially for the price! We shared... More 

Thank Haley K
Level Contributor
19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two menus? Did not make sense to have a menu for Italian and one for American. Ate inside, so so place-outside seating was much nicer but we did not have time to wait. My wife had the trout which she said was very good. I had pasta and meatballs which was so so. Server friendly and attentive. Will check out... More 

1 Thank Morgan T
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Messed up our order, then messed up the second order to fix the first. Waitress was clueless. Food was terrible and cold. Never again!

Thank Hope M
Asheville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to the Lodge after leaving another establishment across the street because no one came to wait on us. We were greeted with smiles and we enjoyed the food and the wonderful selection of food on the menu. We would definitely come again!

Thank aking2011

Travelers who viewed Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge also viewed

Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains
Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains
Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains
Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains
Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains
Banner Elk, North Carolina Mountains

Been to Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
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: 828 898-4242

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?