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Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge

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119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604
+1 828-898-4242
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

This place is a hit or miss. The staff is friendly but the food is just ok. Don't order the hash browns unless you like rubbery oil soaked and undercooked potatoes. Their lunch is defiantly better then their breakfast.

Thank ArtLover1978
High Point
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95 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

My wife and I ate here. They have a lot of items on the menu so it was hard to decide. I was in the mood for a burger and they claimed to have the best burgers in town. I like mine more on the rare side. When it arrived it was over cooked and not as tasty as I... More 

Thank b_arnold1976
Middleton, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Have eaten here everytime I visit Banner Elk. Food is great price is right..people are AMAZING. Love you guys

Thank t0t1963
Milton, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Food was delicious, great service, our waiter was extremely nice, and made for our experience very joyful. Would suggest to eat at this establishment when in town.

Thank pensicy73
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Waited 30 minutes without even a hello or water even though the place was empty! Finally went up to the counter and was IGNORED because the servers were talking behind the coffee pots. Decided to give them another chance a week later and waited 40 minutes for a to-go appetizer! The guy who took my order NEVER came back, someone... More 

1 Thank RachLmc
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

The best thing about the cafe is the size of the menus; there's a cafe menu, a lodge menu, and, usually, a specials menu. The quality of the food is extremely average - no complaints other than service time as they are usually busy and rotate younger employees. Sit in the patio!

Thank Arete L
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

When I was at Lees McRae College in the mid-late 90's, this place was very basic, no frills, just good food. I was surprised (pleasantly) when I returned years later to see they had expanded to include outdoor/patio dining and full bar. Very nice, indeed. Great local brews for the beer drinkers, and everything from eggs in the morning to... More 

Thank Daniel T
Concord, North Carolina
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102 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Banner Elk Cafe and Lodge was recommended to me by a co-worker who is originally from the area. The Cafe and Lodge are connected and you can order from either menu. My husband ordered the DC Burger from the Cafe and I had a Mediterranean Pizza from the Lodge. Both were very good. The crown jewel of the visit was... More 

Thank Teresa S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Love coming here for relaxed breakfast and lunches. Friendly staff. Also, if you're into desserts you will not be disappointed. Great for family.

Thank ToddOX4
Christiansburg, Virginia
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

This was our favorite Food was fresh, large portions and excellent Service was great, Desserts were delicious and our guitar player was very good and so friendly Will be back.

Thank Karen652014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-4242

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?