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The Painted Fish Cafe

2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
+1 828-898-6800
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“trout” (32 reviews)
“salad” (34 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2941 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9770
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a regular stop for us, when we are in the Mountains. The food is always prepared fresh and the service is fast. The Chef does great food combinations, unlike I've seen anywhere else. His Blueberry pie has goat cheese in it and its...More

Thank Debbiemco
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at The Painted Fish. We requested a quiet table, and the hostess sat us in the bar, which was quiet. Our server and the bartender were pleasant and accommodating. Our dinners were very good. I had the pecan encrusted trout...More

Thank skwh310
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fantastic find. The waitress was very informed and gave great suggestions. The truffle fries with eggs was an amazing brunch dish as was the chicken and biscuits with gravy.

Thank GNRoney
Reviewed 8 October 2017

A number of restaurants to pick from this seemed to have the lighter fare. Prices for dinner more than we wanted to pay, so we settled for drinks and apps. Michelle was our server, a bit gruff but competent. Calamari was fried and OK, the...More

Thank Bear53588
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This restaurant has the BEST Wed. night Fried Chicken night.Every night is a different special. It is TRULY home cooking at its finest. Wait staff very friendly and attentive. VERY reasonably priced too.

Thank darumorrell
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We loved the relaxed atmosphere, though an upper mid end restaurant. We had the calamari for an appetizer. It was a little different. My other half enjoyed it more than I did. It seemed like chopped up pieces that were deep fried. The advantage was...More

Thank heartfire9
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

The painted fish has unique menu items all made fresh to order. Their Salmon grilled is wonderful every time. The hamburgers and sandwiches are also very good. The chef makes GREAT one of a kind desserts weekly. We always get great food at the painted...More

Thank Deborah O
Reviewed 3 October 2017

As stated above this is my third review of The Painted Fish Cafe. Our first visit was outstanding and we looked forward to enjoying many more dining experiences at this lovely restaurant. Our second visit was very disappointing; both the food and the service was...More

Thank jinksj
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Ok, some might think the place is cute, but we didn't. That said, we will go back for the food. My pork chop may be the best I've ever had. In addition, all the sides were spectacular. My wife had the scallops and loved them....More

2  Thank two50
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We have to been to most of the restaurants in Banner Elk and this is one of our favorites. We had the trout and salmon and both were excellent! We also shared a Ceasar salad which was very good. The chocolate desert was awesome. But...More

Thank Kathylesfes
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7 July 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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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