Sorrento's Italian Bistro and Chef's Table

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$30 and under
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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.
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vipGingerC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This was my 4th time at Sorrento’s as a visitor to the area. I’ve always enjoyed their italian food. This time I tried the chicken piccata. It was good but not as good as the lasagna. Overall our service was slow. Our waiter was not very attentive, but he was nice. The one thumbs down is that they have implemented a new policy whereas if you don’t pay cash and use a credit card you get a 4.5% surcharge. Knowing that credit card companies do not charge 4.5% for a merchant account, I thought this was a little steep. Also the seating off to the side room took away from the ambience and vibe of this good location. Sit outside if weather permits.

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vipASUfan
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Xena was awesome!

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vippaulw
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Average, average, average. Nothing spectacular about this restaurant. Covid-19 protocol was shaky at best inside. People in the bar area walking around close tables squeezing past people. I then asked to sit outside which was much better. Servers are students from the nearby college. I will not make the drive to dine hear again. Average all around experience.

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Kim43
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service from Heather. Numerous specials offered, chose the wild salmon entree that was delicious. Friends had steaks and a chop, also yummy. Highly recommend.

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JeffreyS
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipSteve
London
23 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great...especially the service! Everyone was very friendly!

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vipskdfsjksfdkfdsgiuaweo
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best italian food in the entire area!!! Great service, fun, love new outdoor spaces and all the different options for dining inside or outside.

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BrendaH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As residents of Banner Elk, NC, we dine at Sorrento’s often. It’s a fabulous restaurant that we love to bring our out-of-town guests. The meal tonight was excellent as usual and Laura, our waitress, was the best. The jazz band playing in the upstairs Chef’s Table area was enjoyed by all.

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Ellen
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

This restaurant was mobbed with people on a Saturday night many of whom were not wearing masks. Made us uncomfortable.

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DennisS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not make a mistake eating here—make your reservation now!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trout with a beurre blanc sauce was fabulous. Great food. Great service. Lovely outdoor patio in back.

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vipDavid
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We were really disappointed with the quality of the food. Our chicken parmesan sandwiches tasted like they had been made with prepackaged frozen patties. Nothing tasted fresh except for the French fries and the sandwich rolls! The sandwich itself was tiny.

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viptravellingbuffalo
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Raven was delightful and Anthony most accommodating as always.

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vipdschb
Greensboro
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had been to Sorrento’s previously for Saturday lunch, this was the brunch menu (which we were unaware of until after being seated). Menu is very limited, and there are NO substitutions (we asked for salad instead of fries for example). Service was very mediocre, often times with empty glasses...our food was delivered at separate times (we were finished with our meal prior to our Son getting his pizza). Very disappointing in that there was no Italian on the brunch menu (lunch was not offered). We may go back, but not for brunch...

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vipJoshuaP
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

No complaints on the food.

Was a bit put off that the pricing on the open table online menu and the website menu was different than the in person menu.

Substitution charges were not explained and seemed excessive; waiter admitted he should have explained it.

During dinner a stray cat came into the dining area and defecated next to us while we were eating. Waiter said the cooks feed it and that’s why it hangs around the restaurant. As you can image kinda ruined dinner for us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gluten free options need to be a little more exciting but still love your restaurant!

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KristiB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Outside covered patio is the best but it was the last option offered to us after we actually sat elsewhere. Service was good after initially sitting 10 plus min without anyone stopping by table. Would suggest hostesses take drink order when they seat you as we didn’t mind waiting but having a drink would’ve helped.

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ReneeT
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food & the outdoor dining space!

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SusanA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We made a reservation. We arrived a bit early and were seated promptly. Unfortunately, we were seated in the bar area. My sons were hungry and did not want to wait for a table in the dining room. The bar was had moderately loud music and large TVs. It was not a quiet or relaxing dinner for me. We were told no tables were available in dining room. The party that arrived just after us were then seated in the dining room right after we were settled in the bar.

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RachAI
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list. Good prices for the delicious food. Excellent service.

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SusanH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service! We will go back again!

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vipingridtt
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Brunch and wonderful service--the Eggs Benedict and accompanying potatoes were a delight!

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Susie
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although it can be noisy in the main dining room we had very good meals and enjoyed our evening.

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viprsw2
Greensboro
37 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal - super service from John!

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JimV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

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FrankP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had tried Chef's table last time and were very happy so this time we wanted Italian. Our meal was excellent as was the service. Mr. A's clams were fantastic, garlicky and served with a tasty broth over big chunks of bread, we'll get that next time for sure.
Open table showed only two spots available at a good time for dinner on the Saturday we were in town so we booked as it turns out, there was only one other table occupied on our side of the restaurant and shortly we were the only ones there.

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jhk002
Greensboro
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful evening and excellent service from our waiter, Lauren. The food was quite good. My tortellini with prosciutto was superb and better than my husband's "just OK" lasagna. My main disappointment and suggestion for improvement would be fresh parmigiana ground at the table rather than a shaker of powdered "cheese". All the truly superb Italian restaurant offer it. Overall, very good experience but not great.

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BlairP
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always good food and good people watching. Love the menu and Zach was our server and he was very good!

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Chip
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Tried the Lasagna again. I find it a bit below par by my expectations.

My wife enjoyed her Mahi Mahi very much on the other hand.

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BlairP
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is consistently good and Matt was excellent as our wait person - thanks!!

Blair Plyler

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had the table by the music which made conversation a little difficult but it was a most enjoyable evening.

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MichaelS
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Our order was lost and we had no feedback when when we asked about the order. The waitress finally admitted the order was lost after nearly a 45 minute wait. The waitress tried to get the manager to come to our table, but he refused.

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vipMichaelp
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here twice a week! Love the place great veal parmigiana

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vipMountainlover
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service and enjoyed dining on the patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious, especially the sushi which we ordinarily do not enjoy very much. The menu was not as unusual or gourmet as we had wanted and expected. Menu was rather ordinary.

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vipMichaelp
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, best veal , and eggplant parmigiana. Our server Sydney was terrific!

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HankF
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorrento's is consistently excellent. We have dined there many times and we are never disappointed. We highly recommend Sorrento's

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vipDBDtraveler
Charlotte
133 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful place to eat in Banner Elk. I had the crab cake which was outstanding. Generous portions, delicious food and Crista was an excellent server. Overall a great experience.

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JeremyL
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chose here for a wedding anniversary based upon a recommendation. The food is OUTSTANDING. Servers are well trained, polite, helpful and attentive. My only personal qualm would be the setting, if you're looking for something romantic this isnt it. The ambience is more lively and can get up to a dull roar at times, but not such a big deal if you're just having a date night etc. Overall a good experience.

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vipRgantt43
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating here for 10 years, food is delicious, service is excellent. Seafoods and Paste dishes are always a great choice. This is a wonderful casual restaurant for friends and Family to get together, cool vibe.

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 4.5 stars by 197 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.