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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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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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Lakeland, Florida
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

When another restaurant gave us a 30 minute wait time we headed over to Bayou Smokehouse. Our large party was seated within 10 minutes and we had drinks shortly after that. They have local brews on tap and were very accommodating to our table of kids. Kate was an enthusiastic server and made sure everyone was happy. Great food at... More 

Thank Lknlndmom
Macon, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Thank you for having excellent service Bayou!! I recommend this warm, texas style influenced restaurant to the passing traveler. The food was excellent. My Bayou chicken was grilled perfectly and the brown gravy on my potatoes was one of the best. The only downfall I had was with my fries, which seemed a little greasy. However I wont hold that... More 

Thank Hans C
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Gaelic Ale was yummy and my Smokehouse burger was perfect. Our server, Isareau was very attentive! This is our fifth trip.

Thank AndieJuell
Selma, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

Great meal and Kate did a great job. Had a large party and all meals were delicious Highly recommend this restaurant

Thank Khj1235
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

Great local hangout with attentive service. Draft selection is great - food is average. Booths for more private seating, thrust style bar w/ plenty of seats and tvs. patio for smoking. bathrooms are good. Overall, a cool hangout with great beer selection and service.

Thank Arete L
Marshall, North Carolina
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

The service here is absolutely great and very attentive. The food, understanding that it is bayou-themed, had too man foods that were spicy/or had heat. The seasoning was overpowered by the spices which led to me not really enjoying the food as much as I wanted.

Thank OaklandAndy
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

I came in with my wife and daughter last saturday. The service was excellent and the food was spectacular. I got the Ribeye which I must say, being a texas son, you all make a damn good steak. My wife said she loved the Shrimp Gumbo Jumbalaya stuff, it was good. Fried okra was not mushy and inedible, very good.... More 

1 Thank Walkersmiths
Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

We own a vacation home in Banner Elk, and have the choice of many nice restaurants, steak houses, beer pubs, etc. spanning to Boone and Blowing Rock. What is unique to the area is the food at Bayou. Nice change of pace from the "norm". Don't worry about the spices, they will adjust to your preference. Try the Cajun sampler!... More 

Thank DougLisaTravel
Argyle FL
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

We stopped for lunch on a rainy Sunday and wow what an authentic Cajan plate we were served. So well spiced and fresh I delighted in thinking I had been swept away to Baton Rouge. Great food brought us back the very same night to try their dry rub ribs. We were two for lunch and four people for dinner.... More 

Thank Scubamanager
Abingdon, Virginia
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015 via mobile

We were told the kitchen would be backed up about 15 minutes. Ok no big deal right. Well we are sitting here 90 minutes later and still no food. They could not even bring chips and salsa. My one son wants to walk out but I am hungry. I could have driven home (90 minutes away). Needless to say we... More 

1 Thank DeltaSegmentFlyer

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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
USD 6 - USD 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
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?