Sugar Mountain Restaurant Guide: 25 Places to Eat

Sugar Mountain Restaurants

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 within just a few minutes of your vacation rental in the Village, including neighboring Banner Elk.

Restaurants in Sugar Mountain

  • Bellas Italian

    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)

    Caddyshack Cafe, Sugar Mountain

    Caddyshack Cafe

    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. It’s open for tubing and ice skating guests each winter with a more limited menu. They host Grillin and Chillin each summer with live music and special dinner on Wednesday nights.
    1054 Sugar Mountain Dr, Sugar Mountain NC

    Elevations Grill

    Elevations Tavern & Grill

    Elevations is aptly named for two reasons — for the surrounding high country beauty and for the caliber of their delicious, inventive cuisine. Décor is rustic mountain retreat complete with antler chandeliers, cozy stone fireplaces, and live edge wood tables. Menu includes classics like pan-seared mountain trout, tortilla crusted crab cakes, steamed mussels, 18oz. bone-in ribeye, beef tenderloin, and pair them all with a bottle from the wine cellar. They also serve breakfast Thursday-Sunday mornings. For more, go to their website.
    3990 NC-105, Banner Elk NC (Grandfather Shopping Center)



    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.
    3980 NC Hwy 105, Banner Elk, NC (At the stoplight at NC 105 & 184)

    Reid's Cafe

    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)

    Subway Restaurant


    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)

Restaurants near Sugar Mountain (Less than 5 miles away)

  • Cam Ranh Bay

    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

    LP on Main (formerly Louisiana Purchase)

    Closed for relocation to a new building & name. Reopening late summer 2020. Celebrating 35 years as Louisiana Purchase with house made Cajun and Creole cuisine and always fresh North Carolina seafood. Seasonal menu with ingredients direct from the farm. Their bar features craft cocktails, many wines by the glass and local beer. Winner of AAA Three Diamond Award and Wine Spectator Magazine’s Best of Award. For more, go to their website.
    171 Main Street, Downtown Banner Elk

    Chef's Table

    The Chef’s Table at Sorrento’s

    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)

    Pedalin Pig BBQ

    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

    Artisanal Restaurant


    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. Dine 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. For more info, go to their website.
    1200 Dobbins Road, Banner Elk, NC


    Stonewalls Restaurant

    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)

    Dunn's Deli

    Dunn’s Deli

    This longtime favorite is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. Start your day with a loaded croissant sandwich or breakfast bowls. Find a big variety of made-to-order sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and wraps with Boar’s Head meat and cheese. Plus, order salads, soups and vegetarian options. Many say they have the best Reuben in the area. Dollar beer. For more, go to their website.
    134 Main Street West, Banner Elk (downtown)

    Bayou Restaurant

    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

    Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge Espresso Bar

    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