Sorrento's Italian Bistro and Chef's Table

4.3
385 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Sorrento's Authentic Italian Bistro in Banner Elk North Carolina is an upscale eclectic gourmet Italian Bistro, a combination of a visual and culinary celebration. Although the menu is Southern Italian cuisine, the sky's the limit for special events and private parties. Accommodates up to 150 for sit down dinners and up to 180 for cocktails and buffet in the patio garden, wine room and main dining room. Catering is also available.

Experiences

  • Chef's Table Reservations

    Multiple dates available

    Welcome to the Chef’s Table Restaurant of Banner Elk offering an eclectic menu featuring American, Italian, and Japanese dishes. Featuring fresh farm to table ingredients, award winning chef Nicole Palazzo creates a menu that offers the best of western North Carolina’s heritage and cuisine. Casual yet upscale atmosphere, the restaurant is perfect for a family dinner or a night out with friends. If you want reservations in Chef's Table, you must select this option.
  • 5-Course Wine Pairing Dinner at Chef's Table

    $150.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 13, 2021 only

    Join us Monday, December 15th for a 5-course wine pairing dinner with Clos Dubreuil Winery. Clos Dubreuil is passionate about every phase of winemaking from the terroir to blending. The wine is from 5 different plots spread throughout Saint-Émilion, each meticulously chosen for its exceptional terroir. In treating the fruit with the utmost care, no machine pressing is used and grapes are both harvested and sorted by hand. Each plot is vinified and aged separately before being made into the master blend. The result is a silky, seductive wine that expresses our ideal of Right Bank Bordeaux. Dinner will begin at 6pm. Limited seating.
  • Annual Christmas Jazz Dinner at Chef's Table

    $75.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 23, 2021 only

    Join us for our Annual Christmas Jazz Dinner on Thursday, December 23rd at Chef's Table. The cocktails will be flowing all night, beginning with our cocktail hour at 6pm. Dinner will start at 7 and will feature a four-course prix fixe menu. All while listening to some smooth holiday jazz from the legendary Shane Chalke.
What 385 people are saying
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ChristineA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing in every way!! Food and service outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Dont eat in the Main Dining Room. Went for a special birthday and that room is a glorified cafeteria. We asked to be moved. No help. Dont bother getting dresses up

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent!! Food came out at different times. My daughter was done before I received my meal. Pizza was fantastic. The entrees were unremarkable. Drinks were terrific. All around I would give a 3 1/2 stars. I would go again for pizza and drinks.

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vipPleased
Greensboro
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service and good old fashioned Italian food. Nice wine list too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the dining experience at this establishment.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, food was perfect and so so good. It's expensive, but that's what you're paying for. Would absolutely return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian ambiance and service

LG
LisaG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! Our waitress, Valerie, was excellent! The food all a 10/10. An 11 for spinach artichoke dip. Beyond delicious. We will definitely come back the next time we come to the mountains. Thank you for a memorable experience!

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msmuse
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I have never been disappointed in their food. Always very good. This time the service was terrible. The hostess was very rude to me. Our server was nice but not very efficient. I know that it’s very hard to get good help right now, so I will go there again.

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ShelleyC
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

My pasta & broccoli chicken dish was covered with garlic. The garlic like minced from a jar just dumped all over it. My husband’s meal was good. But spending $150.00 & not being able to eat my meal was very disappointing

SH
ShanaH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was wonderful, atmosphere was good, it’s always cold in the dining room, and the food is pricey but we always visit while celebrating our anniversary weekend in Banner Elk. Highly recommend a visit.

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Daniel
Savannah
93 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food & Service! Best Italian in the High Country

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Rugbydiver
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Bread crumbs on Clams Oregonata were burned. Veal parmigiana was good but the the penne pasta was unevenly heated, running from warm to cool. Warm where it was covered with sauce or close to the veal.

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PeggyD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner at Chef's Table
We introduced close friends to your great restaurant. They loved it too!
Enjoyed entertainment also.
Love watching prep of flaming desserts & drinks

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eatingwell
Tallahassee
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Wait staff excellent. It was Halloween Eve, so it was rather noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as usual!

BH
BrendaH
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sorrento’s. As residents of Banner Elk, we get to enjoy their excellent food and service often

TG
TeresaG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was fabulous! I had Chicken Marsala. My husband had Veal Marsala. We split a Caesar Salad! Everything was delicious. The service was fantastic. Kevin, the bartender, was excellent and even took a great picture of us.

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vipLarry
Charlotte
88 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Actually it was not as good as usual. Smaller serving and poor white wine selection

MG
MikeG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good and large portions. They overbooked for the number of staff. Drinks were good. Clams in pasta was a bit over garlicky but good nonetheless

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vipLisaS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food at Sorentos is always superb, served hot, and cooked to order. As with many popular restaurant, you may need to wait for your food but it is well worth it. Be prepared to relax and enjoy a glass of wine from their excellent wine list.
We are locals and Sorento’s is a frequent choice for lunch or dinner.

WB
WildBill
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Overpriced !!!
My wife’s food was Luke warm !!!

MA
MarriedAgain
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never got a chance to eat. They were busy but hostess did not know how to handle a crowd. Kept telling me 5 or 10 more minutes. After countless inquiries and 1 hour past reservation time we just walked out.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Waitress was super perky but talked so fast we had to ask her to repeat herself. Linguini and clams was awesome but crab cakes were mushy andVERY bready with almost no crab plus one had a definite cold spot in it. Really disappointed and then we ordered coffee snd dessert. Regular coffee came out cold … and decaf was lukewarm. Sent back the regular and I think they nuked it but not enough. Finally on 3rd attempt the cup was ‘warm’.

I’d say stick with Italian fare there. We heard the pizza is good. Didn’t try that. Wasn’t really worth what we paid.

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vipBFMCharlotte
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

What started out very poorly ended up being a fairly good evening. When we arrived we were told our reservation wasn’t ready which isn’t unexpected. We waited and were eventually taken to a high top table in the bar area after specifically reserving a non-bar table. This was due to having elderly guests with us. Eventually the hostess “found” a table in the dining area. Our waitress was delightful and salvaged the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food noisey

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LutherB
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very busy. Food cold but waiter heated it willingly. Good waiter Food average. Still glad we visited. Owner spoke with us which was nice He wanted to make sure we were OK He spoke to others too

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GregH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of food was excellent. Never disappoints.

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LeafWatcher
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first time dining at Sorrento. I would definitely recommend! The food was fresh and the portions were generous. Our server was good, but could have been just a smidge better. The environment was vibrant, a little on the loud side, but we found it refreshing. Definitely lots of energy for an overall great dining experience!

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Raleighdiner
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Place was really overcrowded but once seated the services was fast, servers were great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Staff was friendly and courteous. We were seated at a table that should not be there in the first place. The table was right where the waiters and staff would enter and exit the prep area and where everyone entering and leaving the dining area would pass. I ordered coffee and had to ask for cream I used my knife. The lack of training and professionalism was obvious. This is certainly not a good reflection on Sorrento’s Italian Bistro and Chef’s Table.

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vipMark
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice meal and excellent service. Hostess appeared overwhelmed and inexperienced but otherwise evening was delightful.

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WWweekend
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal at Sorrentos. The room was noisy, so it was difficult to talk, but it was also a busy weekend and we knew from comments it would be noisy.

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Diningpro53
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

You should not have a table in a main hallway for the restaurant. It was loud, take out was happening right at our table and our waiter kept being bumped into. He was the best part of the evening. Disappointing!

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vipSusan
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The service was very slow and they were not that busy. We did not have a waitstaff acknowledge us for several minutes and then it took another 15-20 to get a drink. Food was subpar. The vodka pasta was swimming in sauce that was very tangy and not at all like your typical vodka sauce. My son's manicotti was bland and dried out. The restaurant is rated as one of the tops in the area so maybe we hit it on a bad night (Tues).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The rolls and Mediterranean Salad were yummy! My pasta with clams had a lot of clams. They used a spaghetti like thin noodle instead of Linguine. I thought that the pasta was not al dente and too soft. My wife’s penne al a vodka was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Assumed we were making a reservation for the Chefs table upstairs and were informed upon arrival that that’s “impossible to do online”??Manager was very rude about it but we ended up sitting downstairs in the Italian restaurant with the Chefs Table menu. Food was great but disappointed with how manager handled the misunderstanding.

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Cumbria
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Great place to eat if you're 19. Way too noisy for us. We could not communicate with our waitress (while yelling to be heard) and she seemed to go into hiding after she took our order. We tried to get her attention several times but I think she was so distracted by all the noise that she was just doing her best - maybe. There were two rooms of music and thank God we got the guy singing oldies (we are middle-aged) and not the outdoor area with the band where the singer couldn't sing but even so, it was like attending a metal concert as far as the noise level. Just way, WAY too much!! Also, we had reservations but still had to wait about 45 minutes. There were quite a few ladies standing around to seat people but they seemed very confused and disorganized. To their credit, it was very busy and with the pandemic, they were likely short-handed. All of this is unfortunate because the food was very good.

FAQs

Sorrento's Italian Bistro and Chef's Table offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 898-5214.

Sorrento's Italian Bistro and Chef's Table is rated 4.3 stars by 385 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.