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Louisiana Purchase

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Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8635
+1 828-898-5656
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Okay, my husband and I are not financially insecure, but the prices at this restaurant are ridiculous. We have eaten there many times over the years, but tonight was the absolute last time we will walk in the door. We were visiting a nearby friend's house at Elk River and since there are not many choices at night, we decided... More 

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Maitland, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you want a DELICIOUS meal, great atmosphere and wonderful wait staff, go to Louisiana Purchase! This has been one of our special places to go for years. We've taken groups, friends etc... you will not go wrong with this gem of a restaurant and Laurie, the owner, is lovely...Treat youself, you will not be disappointed.

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Thank Kogrody
Boone, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Definitely overpriced! It was slow and the chef would not accommodate me by adding a lemon caper sauce to the trout even though it was offered on menu. He said he didn't know if he would have enough for the night! It was already 7:30 and the restaurant was barely a third full!!! Will never go back there! Too many... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The only time I put on more than a t-shirt on this trip was here. It was a nice place with good food but a little pricey. They stuck us in a very small corner table with three walls behind the hostess. Very odd and felt claustrophobic. I would get rid of that table and make it something else. The... More 

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Thank Dan L
Jacksonville
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Nice restaurant. Excellent service. However, felt this restaurant is over priced for the food that you get. Our bill for 5 people was $330. Only 3 got drinks, and only 1 a dessert. Friends said that the Bar b que shrimp was not very good. The eggplant dish wasOK. Probably would not return. .

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Sheldon, South Carolina
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This was the third time we have dined at Louisiana Purchase and each time it is as good if not better than the time before. The specials are always good but you cannot go wrong with the Etouffee.

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Thank NeilG28
Charlotte, North Carolina
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134 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

There are only two restaurants in Banner Elk that are truly special and this is one of them. (Artisinal is the other --- see my separate review for details.) The food and atmosphere at Louisiana Purchase are really very good. If you like crawfish, you will find a dozen menu items to choose from. Even if you don't like crawfish,... More 

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Thank GingerCharlotte
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Best dinner we've ever had up in the mountains. The staff is delightful, personable & well versed as to the preparation of each dish. The chef prepares every dish perfectly. Portions are surprisingly generous. Tonight was our first but not our last visit. Try it. You won't be disappointed!

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Thank Kitch46
Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Had dinner here with family. Food and service were excellent. Our waitress, Rebecca, knew her wines and the menu very well. She was engaging, pleasant, knowledgable,and very helpful. The presentation of our dishes was excellent. The seafood, vegetables, and sauce complimented one another perfectly. We have been to this restaurant several times over many years and have seen some variations,... More 

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Moneta, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This quaint restaurant in the mountain town of Banner Elk, NC was a gem to find for our celebration get away weekend. We were greeted promptly upon arrival. They asked our seating preference and found us a very quiet table in one of their alcoves. We were next to a six top, but the noise was very minimal and didn't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Cuisine
American, Cajun & Creole
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8635
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-5656
Description
Although reservations are preferred, we are happy to seat walk-ins. Large groups are easily accommodated in our private dining room for up to fifty people. Our dress code is business casual. We want you to come comfortable and hungry. Be sure to browse through the many selections on our menu. Call us to make a reservation.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?