We have a vacation home in the Banner Elk area and make the trip up several times a year. We have tried many many restaurants in Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, and the surrounding areas over the years. This was our first trip to Joy and it is hands down the best all-around restaurant that we have visited.
The service was outstanding throughout the entire meal. The food was impeccable, and the prices reasonable for the caliber of meal which they provide. Compared to some of the other high end restaurants in the HIgh Country this place is far superior in quality. The dishes are unique and show culinary skill, which many restaurants lack.
Avoid places like Sorrento's, Gamekeeper, and others that fall under the "too much hype and not enough bite" category. If you are looking for a fine dining experience that delivers on all levels, this is the spot. You will not be disappointed with Joy Bistro. We will return again and again as long as the service and food remains as amazing and delicious as it was last night.
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