Dining Guide

In Sugar Mountain

  • bellas


    Relaxed Italian dining spot with a full menu including pizza, wine and craft beer. Serving lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesdays during winter months. Catering available. Groups welcome.


    Classic, long-running fast-food chain known for burgers, fries & shakes.

    mountain grounds coffee

    Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea

    Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea Co. is a locally owned and operated coffee shop nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. Whether you are just stopping in or staying for a while, we strive to bring you friendly and knowledgeable customer service in a cozy atmosphere.

    painted fish

    Painted Fish Cafe & Beer Bar

    Upscale experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Artisanal beer, boutique wine, great food. Outdoor dining includes spectacular view of Sugar Mountain Ski Resort. Serving lunch and dinner. Seasonal hours – visit website to verify.

    Reid’s Cafe and Catering

    At the base of Grandfather Mountain, Reid’s is centrally located in Sugar Mountain, NC. Just as we value beautiful ingredients in our catering, the café will procure the highest quality of seasonal ingredients for their rotating daily menus. We value the handmade and fashion from scratch details as small as the aioli and dressings we use, to house made focaccias and pastries, slow roasted meats and naturally fermented pickles. We avoid industrially grown and processed foods. We love the intentional, the specific, the well-cared-for.


    Casual counter-serve chain for build-your-own sandwiches & salads, with health-conscious options.


In the Area

  • Hickerman’s Country Kitchen

    Homecookin 7 days a week! Open Mon-Fri 6am-8pm, Sat 7am-2pm, Sun 8am-2pm. All you can eat breakfast buffet for $7.95 from 8am-1pm on Sunday!

    The Chef’s Table at Sorrento’s

    Featuring local farm to table ingredients, award winning chef Nicole Palazzo brings a vast array of American, Italian, and Japanese cuisine to this menu. Also features beverages from local brewery Flat Top and winery Banner Elk Winery.

    Barra Sports Bar

    Located in the downtown village shops of Banner Elk. With seven big flat screens, Barra allows you to see your favorite sports teams or major events in an upscale setting with family or friends. Old timey, Boston style wood bar complimented by Miami style art decor with a mountain Indian flair. Outside in the courtyard many people gather and sit around the fire pit while they talk and enjoy a cocktail.

    pedalin pig

    The Pedalin’ Pig

    The perfect late to pair with your next adventure. Featuring barbecue, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, mouth-watering pork belly tacos, WNC microbrews and regional wines.

    artisanal restaurant


    Artisanal means “hand crafted.” All recipes are made from scratch and all food prepared in-house. Chef Bill Greene, an Avery County native, made his way back home after cooking in famous restaurants like LeCirque in NY.  Dine in rustic elegance. The main room overlooking the open kitchen or creekside on our beautiful terrace or in the rustic lounge. Reserve the wine room/private dining for your next social event. Open May 1st-Nov 1st.

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    Nick’s Restaurant & Pub

    Open since 1986, Nick’s offers a relaxed, casual dining experience. Offering a full bar with top shelf brands, wines and a wide selection of imported and domestic beers on tap and in the bottle. Daily lunch and dinner specials, kid’s menu, appetizers, burgers, quesadillas, salads and wings. Catch all the games including NFL Sunday Ticket on our big screens. Karaoke on Fridays starting at 8pm. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

    stonewalls restaurant

    Stonewalls Restaurant

    A landmark dining experience located in the heart of Banner Elk serving dinner daily from 5pm. Enjoy steaks, prime rib, seafood or chicken entrees, salad bar and daily specials. Casual atmosphere, family friendly and all ABC permits. Group rates & gift certificates available.

    dunns deli

    Dunn’s Deli

    Enjoy a variety of fresh, made-to-order overstuffed sandwiches, many of which are served on our fresh baked homemade croissants, sub, blunt and kaiser rolls. Also offering creative wraps, salads and soups as well as our award-winning High Country chili. Home to one of the High Country’s only “Build Your Own Beer Tasting” where you can sample any 4 of our large variety of beers for one price.

    Bayou Smokehouse and Grill

    Authentic Cajun and Texas cuisine. Play pool and Free Trivia. Hot sauces, Louisiana coffee, NC wines and “mix your six” from 90 plus beers in the general store. Catering available.

    Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery

    Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Great food, ranging from eggs bendict to big juicy burgers and healthy options including grilled mahi and chicken sandwiches, salad bar, and homemade daily specials. Dinner nightly offering: Ribs, Steaks, Fish and always fresh and creative specials and from our talented Chef. Live entertainment on select weekends. The Lodge Espresso Bar & Eatery offers a coffee-house atmosphere with a smoothie bar, bakery and gourmet food. 

    Sister Lees Cafe

    Cozy cafe specializing in breakfast, brunch and lunch and featuring made-from-scratch sweets. Breakfast selections include our homemade biscuits, sausage gravy, several quiche choices, breakfast sandwiches, made from scratch muffins, baked greek yogurt, and housemade granola. Lunch items include delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, and sides. And our made from scratch desserts top off any meal!  Choose from several varieties of cookies, our signature brownie and rotating specials! Catering available.

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