Find a big variety of locally owned restaurants in and very near Sugar Mountain. In fact, all 25 places to eat listed below are within a 5-mile drive from our main entrance. From pizza to farm-to-table, everyone will find many dining options and coffee shops within just a few minutes of your vacation rental in the Village, including neighboring Banner Elk.
Restaurants in Sugar Mountain
Bella’s Neighborhood Italian
The place for New York Style pizza and authentic Italian favorites for lunch and dinner. Pair your Chicken Parmesan or Veal Sorrentino with fine Italian wine or craft beer. Relaxed atmosphere with sitting at the bar to watch sports, spacious dining rooms and outdoor seating. Live music on many nights. Great place for groups. Carry out and group delivery too! For more, go to their website.
3585 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC (Across from Food Lion)
Located inside the Sugar Mountain Golf Pro Shop, Caddyshack Cafe is open every day, 9 AM-7 PM, during golf and tennis season (May through October). You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy the delicious food and the deck with fantastic views of the mountains. Menu including a big variety of sandwiches, snacks, salads, breakfast favorites, beer and wine. They host Grillin and Chillin each summer with live music with a special dinner plate on Wednesday nights.
See Menus: Summer/Fall 2023
1054 Sugar Mountain Dr, Sugar Mountain NC
Chinese restaurant serving up fresh, delicious, made-to-order favorites with traditional cooking methods and best quality ingredients. For more, go to their website.
3581 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk (Food Lion Shopping Center)
Fred and Larry’s Coffee
Find locally roasted, non-GMO, top 1% coffee beans, espresso, lattés, smoothies, Italian Sodas, milkshakes, pastries and more. Live music and art too. For more, go to their Facebook page.
3591 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC (Across from Food Lion)
Luna Thai Sushi
A passionate team of native Thai chefs bring years of experience in Thai, Sushi and Asian Foods. Located in the Grandfather Center at the stoplight at NC Highway 105. 3990 NC-105, Banner Elk, NC 28604. Go to their website.
Classic, long-running fast-food chain known for burgers, fries & shakes. Head here for your cravings for favorites like the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Filet-O-Fish, Chicken McNuggets or Egg McMuffin. For more, go to their website.
3980 NC Hwy 105, Banner Elk, NC (At the stoplight at NC 105 & 184)
Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea
Locally owned and operated coffee shop at the base of Grandfather Mountain (in front of Lowes Foods). They serve Hatchet coffee, roasted locally in Boone and carry a rotating selection of fresh-baked pastries from Stick Boy Bread Co and a large variety of loose leaf teas by Adagio. For more, go to their website.
3990 Hwy 105 S, Ste 10, Banner Elk, NC
Reid’s Cafe and Catering
This café procures the highest quality of seasonal ingredients for their rotating daily menus. They value the handmade and fashion from scratch details as small as their aioli and dressings, to house made focaccia and pastries, slow roasted meats and naturally fermented pickles. For more, go to their website.
4004 NC-105 #8, Banner Elk, NC (Grandfather Shopping Center near ABC Store)
Casual counter-serve fast food chain known for build-your-own sandwiches & salads, with many health-conscious options. Great stop for picnic goodies.
3579 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC (Food Lion Shopping Center)
Sugar Cream Ice Cream Parlor
Treat yourself to soft served and 20 flavors of hand dipped ice cream – with sundaes, milkshakes, banana splits, cyclones and more! Located near the main entrance to Sugar Mountain. Open May through mid October. For more, go to their Facebook page.
3390 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604
Restaurants near Sugar Mountain (Less than 5 miles away)
Blind Elk Tap Room
The prime spot in Banner Elk to enjoy an impressive menu of rotational craft beer on tap, Prosecco on tap, and wine by the glass. They also have a fridge full of even more beer labels, hard ciders, and hard seltzers. While they just have small snacks, they often have a food truck out front. Go to their website.
397 Shawneehaw Avenue, Banner Elk, NC 28604
Phone: (828) 898-2420
Nguyens Asian Grill
Asian fusion restaurant with Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese favorites, including sushi, hibachi and pho. Across the road from Lowe’s Home Improvement.
2015 Tynecastle Highway, Ste B, Banner Elk.
Go to their website.
Ham Shop Deli & Bakery
Features a wide variety of sandwiches such as the Banner Elk Scorcher, The Mountain Cuban, and The Southerner – as well as fresh baked desserts and biscuits. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday. Read more on their Facebook page.
Address: 32 High Country Square, Banner Elk
Be Scooped Ice Cream
Treat yourself to 16 flavors of hand dipped, homemade ice-cream, fresh waffle cones and milkshakes. Located in downtown Banner Elk, on the backside of Sorrento’s and The Bayou restaurants. For more info. go to their Facebook page.
Address: 144 Azalea Cir SE, Banner Elk
Old Hampton Store Barbecue
This historic 1920 General Store is now a popular restaurant, tavern and music venue. Located in Linville, about 5 miles from Sugar Mountain, the menu includes hickory smoked bbq and chicken with Southern sides, salads and more. Find seating inside, on the front porch and at picnic tables underneath the trees. Their tavern has “farm-to-bar” cocktails and local beers on tap. Live music many days with a free, outdoor concert on summer Thursday evenings. For more info, go to their Facebook page.
Address: 77 Ruffin Street, Linville.
Cam Ranh Bay
This authentic Vietnamese and Japanese restaurant is locally owned by Vietnam natives. They cook with fresh herbs and meats with healthy and creative dishes such as soups, spring rolls, hibachi and teriyaki favorites, noodles, sushi and much more. Great for takeout too. For more info, go to their website.
110 High Country Sq, Banner Elk
LP on Main
Every effort is made to keep ingredients seasonally relevant and enjoyed at their peak – prepared fresh daily in house and made to order; sourced from Trosley Farms, Charlotte’s Greenhouse, Springhouse Farms and Heritage Farms to name a few. Offering a full bar with craft cocktails and fourteen wines by the glass. Reservations highly recommended. For more, go to their website.
171 Main Street, Downtown Banner Elk
Puerto Nuevo Mexican & Seafood Restaurant
(May 2022 update: Temporarily closed due to fire) Find classic Mexican & Tex-Mex dishes, plus specialty margaritas & tequila, in a relaxed, modern space. Everything is prepared daily with fresh, healthy, high quality ingredients – including the freshest Guacamole dip. Find many vegetarian and fresh seafood choices. Their bar features a large selection of tequilas and a variety of margaritas. For more info, go to their website.
Kettell Beerworks Craft Brewery
Sample a big variety of local brews at this craft brewery in nearby Banner Elk, just 3 miles from Sugar Mountain. Their kitchen serves pizza, pretzels, wings, and more. They are family friendly with plenty of games including shuffleboard, pinball and board games. Pets are welcomed on the front porch. For their current beers on tap, go to their website.
567 Main St E, Banner Elk
Highlanders’s Grill and Tavern
This lively sports bar has all the favorites such as cheese sticks, pretzels with beer cheese, dips, wings, quesadillas, hamburgers, fish & chips – plus plenty of options for beer and wine. Event nights including Trivia Wednesdays and Karaoke Fridays. Live music. For more info, go to their website.
4527 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk (Tynecastle Center at corner of Highways 105 & 184)
The Chef’s Table
Fine dining eclectic “wine country” menu features American, Italian and Japanese dishes with fresh farm to table ingredients by award winning chef Nicole Palazzo. Casual yet upscale atmosphere, the restaurant is perfect for a family dinner or a night out with friends. Reservations highly recommended. For more info, go to their website.
140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC (downtown Banner Elk above Sorrento’s Bistro)
Barra Sports Bar
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. Inside, a Boston style wood bar is complimented by Miami style art decor with a mountain Indian flair. Outside in the courtyard, gather and sit around the fire pit and enjoy a cocktail. For more info, go to their website.
140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC (Village shops by Sorrentos)
Valle De Bravo Mexican Grill
Find your Mexican favorites including tacos, burritos and guacomole and of course, margaritas.
4501 Tynecastle Hwy #1, Banner Elk, NC (Tynecastle Shopping Center near stoplight at NC 105)
The Pedalin’ Pig BBQ
The place for delicious Southern hickory-smoked pit-cooked barbecue, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, mouth-watering pork belly tacos, WNC microbrews and regional wines. Renowned local chef turned pit-master prepares homemade sauces and rubs that will make your taste buds squeal. Covered outdoor seating, plenty of parking, and quick service. For more, go to their website.
4235 NC Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk, NC
Sorrento’s Italian Bistro
This eclectic Italian restaurant features 100-year-old recipes from Sicily, focusing on southern Italy. Savor many seafood dishes, pizza, veal, eggplant, calamari, lasagna, manicotti, spaghetti and more. Dine inside the dining room filled with art or outdoors. For more info, go to their website.
140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC (In the Village of Banner Elk complex)
Artisanal means “hand crafted,” so 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. Fine dining in rustic elegance with a contemporary American menu with a progressive farm-to-table approach. OpenTable 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America & Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Open May – October. Reservations a must. Dinner attire. For more info, go to their website.
1200 Dobbins Road, Banner Elk, NC
Savor the finest steak and seafood in a casual atmosphere. They serve top cuts of prime rib, sirloin, rib eye, New York Strip and Filet Mignon. Plus, enjoy chicken, ribs and fresh seafood including lobster and crabcakes. Pair with fine wines and cocktails. Friendly bar area. Live music and outdoor dining too. For more info, go to their website.
344 Shawneehaw Avenue, Banner Elk (downtown)
Bayou Smokehouse and Grill
This Texas-Louisiana restaurant and bar features Cajun, smoked barbecue and so much more. Courtyard makes for delightful outdoor dining (leashed dogs welcomed). Stop by for a drink at the indoor bar and play a game of pool. Their general store has local gourmet food and a big selection of beer and wine to go.
130 Main Street East, Banner Elk (downtown)
Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge
With 3 restaurants in one, enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with a big number of menu items, ranging from eggs benedict to big burgers and healthy options including grilled mahi, chicken sandwiches and daily specials for lunch. Dinner offerings include ribs, steaks, fish, pizza and pasta. Order from any menu. Spacious outdoor dining. Tavern open late. Their coffee house has a smoothie bar and bakery. For more info, go to their website.
119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC
Bella’s Breakfast & Lunch
Begin your day with a simple country breakfast made with all cage free eggs, locally sourced meats and fresh organic produce, as well as all made in house New York style Deli sandwiches. Go to their website.
142 E Main Street, Banner Elk (downtown)