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Bayou Smokehouse & Grill

130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
+1 828-898-8952
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“brisket” (63 reviews)
“cajun sampler” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 10:30 pmAll hours
American, Pub, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We came in on a Saturday lunch and they were slammed. Got lucky and got a table almost immediately. Naomi was our server and she was awesome. Very attentive throughout despite being busy. We ordered bloody Mary’s and they were delicious. The food was good...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ordered two chicken fried steak dinners to go. The meat was so tough we couldn't chew it. I had to throw it away. The "pinto beans" were actually chilli beans, & they were horrible. The green beans & mashed potatoes were the only part...More

Thank Marcie W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was exactly what we needed after a long day on the slopes! Nothing too fancy here but that’s what we like. The brisket was amazing and the gumbo is spicy! The zucchini fries were perfect too with a homemade sauce! Definitely go here with...More

Thank glr16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go early because this place will fill up fast! Red beans and rice are the best I have ever had and the food is fresh and hot. Crawfish done perfectly. Cajun pasta was great as well. Can't go wrong in this place and the service...More

Thank shelly m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Average place to eat, but Banner Elk has limited eateries. Service was first rate. PorBoy sandwiches not that great, Gumbo was spicy and great.

Thank John E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I asked the waiter to go taste the gumbo and he came back and asked me to take a blood pressure pill (The nerve) sarcasm only goes so far baby.. The red beans and rice was just inedible due to the amount of salt and...More

Thank Jeanna S
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Spent 5 days in the area and this was our only disappointment. Food was mediocre at best! Service was the only thing that saved it from a very poor rating. Beer was hot, not warm and food was tasteless. Hopefully this was just a bad...More

Thank muscrcp
Reviewed 15 January 2018

This was a great family lunch. Food was fabulous. I had the cajun sampler, my husband had a po'boy, parents had salads, kids had children's menu items and po'boys. We all loved everything. I enjoyed a hard cider and others had local beer. All good....More

Thank paigerenee2016
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Well being that I’m a native Texan and my husband a New Orleans native, we were excited for a taste of home. Nah. It was an edible attempt, but not the real thing by any stretch. The broccoli cheese soup was rich comfort food and...More

Thank chickie_momma
Reviewed 15 December 2017

My Husband and I had lunch at the Bayou recently. The service was outstanding and the food as good as the food we had in New Orleans. Our waitress was pleasant and attentive. My Husband ordered a plate that contained shrimp creole, crayfish étouffée, red...More

Thank anncolemandvance
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Jesse S
11 July 2017|
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I don't think reservations are needed.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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