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

Restaurants in Sugar Mountain

Restaurants near Sugar Mountain (Less than 5 miles away)

  • Blink Elk Tap Room

    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 Grill

    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.

    Williams Deli

    Williams Deli & Bakery

    Features a wide variety of gourmet sandwiches such as the Banner Elk Scorcher, The Mountain Cuban, and The Southerner – as well as fresh baked desserts, cakes and biscuits. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday. Go to their website.
    Address: 32 High Country Square, Banner Elk
    Phone: 828-898-2300

    Old Hampton Store, Linville

    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.
    Phone: 828-733-5213

    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 Restaurant

    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

    Sugar Mountain Mexican Restaurant

    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

    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)

    Chef's Table

    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)

    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. 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


    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)

    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

    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