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Bayou Smokehouse & Grill

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130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
+1 828-898-8952
11:30 - 22:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our waiter, Seth, was attentive and answered all our questions. Being from East Texas growing up on the Louisiana border, it's comforting to get Texas BBQ and Cajun Creole food so far north. They even have Texas Shiner Bock beverages. Also has family friendly menu and games outside with corn hole.

Thank Kristina V
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We honestly thought this was going to be normal, everyday bar/restarant food, but we were wrong! We ordered the catfish poboy, which was generous in size and included a delicious & unique "tartar" sauce, some gumbo (although pretty spicey) was very tasty, and chicken fried steak (the daily special at the time), which was also equally as good! Everything tasted... More 

Thank Lindsey M
Winston A, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hi Lindsey M. Thank you very much for the "5 Star" review of the Bayou. We appreciate it so much. . . I wanted to give you a little background on the items you enjoyed. The tartar sauce is indeed my husband's (our resident Cajun Cowboy) recipe, based on the tartar sauce his mom made. Re the gumbo: we've been... More 

Richmond, Virginia
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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We entered the restaurant from the store side and waited to be seated as the sign stated. We were never seated. We then moved to the front door seating area, waiting a while to be seated. This was the only challenge. Food was good as well as the service. Huge menu !

Thank mbwheelhouse89
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tired from the slopes and needed great food immediately! Whenever you're near Banner Elk visit Bayou!!! Seth, our server, was very nice and an amazing server! The food came out very quickly and was delicious. TVs to watch the games everywhere. Perfect atmosphere.

Thank lmpaul22
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great service by bartender Lee at the bayou smokehouse & grill recommend to eat food is delicious . Great greater greatest bartender Lee you must go it's the best go go go go eat and have lots of fun that's what I did and we will be back

Thank Patricia H
Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped in here for lunch, waiting for Flat Top brewery to open... the staff was very friendly, top marks from me, good beer selection and the salad I had (can't recall the name, but it had shrimp and crawfish) was the best I've had in a long time.

Thank James M
Winston A, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hello James M! What a lovely review, and how nice of you to take the time to write it. I very much appreciate your kind words re our friendly staff (what a good bunch of folks they are!), our beer selection and your lunch salad. By the way, the salad you enjoyed is our "Salad Evangeline" with blackened shrimp and... More 

Daniels, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great meals at affordable prices in the awesome location of Banner Elk. Great selection of craft beers on tap. Good selection of smoked items on the menu. Thanks!

Thank Mrotellini
Winston A, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hello sir. You are very welcome! You have pegged us exactly as we would like to be known as the place in BE offering "Casual Fun (Serious Food, LOL!) and Kid Friendly service! Thank you for your nice review and compliments on our prices, location, craft beer selection, and menu items. It's always nice when our efforts to excel are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Visited on Saturday with 3 other friends. After a day of snowboarding this place sounded like exactly what we all needed. Took little to no time to get table. Which surprised me since the place was packed. Our server Mandy greeted us with a great smile. She helped us with our beer selection and answered all our questions about the... More 

Thank Megan R
Winston A, Owner at Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, responded to this review

Hello Megan R! What a lovely review. The brisket fajitas are one of my favorites as well and Mandy is indeed a terrific server. And, because you mentioned Mandy by name in your review, she will now receive a week of free "reward meals" from the Bayou! She will be able to order what-ever she would like from our menu... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

I knew it was not the place for me the moment we stepped in but was hungry. both our dishes were bad and we had very little to choose from

Thank HilaVancouver
Port Orange, FL
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123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We went far out of the way to eat here! We were staying in Blowing Rock and a friend recommended this place. We drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway, then miles over a narrow, twisting, dirt mountain road to get here. 100% worth it! Do it! You'll love it!

1 Thank Djdan48

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Pub, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?