Sorrento's Italian Bistro and Chef's Table

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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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JV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

FP
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.

j
Greensboro
10 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.

BP
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!

C
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.

BP
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

Blair Plyler

OT
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.

MS
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.

M
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service and enjoyed dining on the patio.

OT
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.

M
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HF
Charlotte
2 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

DB
Charlotte
109 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.

JL
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.

DI
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

I ordered the eggplant parmigiana and was not impressed with the taste of the eggplant or the sauce. My friend ordered the chicken piccata and was not impressed as well. The chicken was thick,there was no capers in the sauce and really not much to taste to the noodles.

R
Raleigh
43 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.

CB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good! A bit noisy. But we love it! We always come back! Great service! Always!

B
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Best Pizza Around! Very Noisy atmosphere! The whole menu is very dependable. I've been going there since the day that they opened and that's a lot of years ago now. can't remember how many.

OT
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always exceptional!! We go twice a year as we do not live local

RB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. We had the broccoli and cavatelli along with eggplant parm. Wonderful butter rolls served to all upon seating. Loud, close tables to each other so could be a challenge for low talkers. Well worth a visit.

l
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were expecting much more from the food. It was just acceptable. We really hope they are just in an off season slump and will turn it around. Our wait person was unenthusiastic and i would not want her again but several of the other staff were uncommonly friendly and welcoming. So all in all, just a so so experience.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing. Enjoyed every detail and would recommend for anyone in the area as the best we have had to date. Priced well and wines were exceptional value

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing restaurant. The vodka pasta is so good and my boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed the pizza with pepperoni (and he is very picky). We are from out of town but otherwise would make this a regular spot!

B
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was truly delicious and enjoyable. Garlic rolls were awesome. We love this place.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We had heard good things from several people about Sorrento’s, however we had a terrible experience. We made a reservation for a early dinner at 4:00, arrived at 3:50, the waitress gave us the lunch menu, but didn’t tell us the dinner menu started in 5 minutes, so we ordered a few things we didn’t really want. The chicken tasted like rubber and the sausage, onions and pepper were about the size of half a palm. Even though we made reservations, and the restaurant was half-full, they seated us next to the restrooms

I won’t go into details on the waitress, but she was just horrible.

Just an awful experience.

MM
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We had the special rib eye steak with the best mashed potatoes ever! The steak melted in your mouth and was very generous. We also had the special rigatoni bolognese and a ceasar salad to start! The dressing was home made and the garlic rolls delicious. Always perfect meal!

TR
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Italian food!! Every time we come to Banner Elk ... We always come for dinner!!

SM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall2food1service4ambience2

We had high hopes going in but the food was beyond poor. Such a shame as this restaurant has such great referrals from people in the area. Big disappointment.

EB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Excellent service. I had trout. Date had shrimp scampi. Food excellent; generous servings.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Pleasantly surprised that a jazz combo was playing making the the room feel very clubby. It was a little noisy but worth it!
The food and service were good, but the selection could have been better.
The hostess made us feel welcome

J
Munich
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Things started out badly. We sat down and after ten minutes no one had come to greet us, take drink our order etc. I complained to the host, who said they would send someone. It took another few minutes but a waitress showed up and said she had no idea we were waiting, so if I hadn’t complained who knows how long we would have continued to wait. Instead of working to make the meal great after this, it just got worse. The waitress brought bread but no bread plates or silverware or napkins (we literally had to get up and find them ourselves). Later, she brought my husband’s and my entrees but said our daughters would still be a while! What on earth? Who brings the adults food out and expects a toddler just to sit and wait? When the pizza finally did come, it wasn’t even right. We also had to repeatedly ask for drinks and drink refills. At no time did a manager come by to apologize or try to make things right. We have eaten here before and enjoyed it but after all this I’m not sure we will be back.

PK
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A friend had recommended Sorrentos and we were not disappointed. I am Italian and the chicken Parmesan was delicious with a light red sauce just like you find in Italy! My husband had a sausage dish with wine and pasta and declared is the best ever!

m
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband, son & I went 8/20 to celebrate my birthday. “Korey” took great care of us all evening. We ordered fried calamari for an appetizer, which is served with marinara sauce. We prefer tartar sauce or an aioli with it. They didn’t have tartar sauce, but made a delicious aioli for us! For our meals, my son had the eggplant parmigiana, my husband ordered the pink vodka sauce pasta & I requested the veal Francese - we all loved our choices and shared bites around the table! For dessert, we selected the carrot cake, Reese’s peanut butter pie and cheesecake with raspberry sauce - mouth-watering!!! I have nothing negative to say about our dinner - we had a great time and very much liked our server Korey, she was great!!! GO!!!

NG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Got seated right away. However, It took more than 10 min for our waitress to come greet us. At this point we were ready to order drinks and meals. Food was blah. Not sure if the marinara sauce was just tomatoes out of a can. No spice or seasoning. The ice tea tasted watered down. The wait staff didn’t seem very friendly and outgoing.
Will not return.

SA
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wait staff very friendly and helpful. My son was on walker after an accident and they were very helpful and accommodating with him. Great food, great atmosphere.

A
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat here!!! You will love it. The food is fit for foodies. The service is great. Idk how this is not number one for trout and/or restaurants on tripadvisor for this area. The trout was the special with lemon sauce and capers, excellent. Ate every bite. Had coffee and cannoli for dessert awesome finish!

JH
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining with guests. Never disappointed!

N
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in this area. We don’t go often as it is a 40 minute drive to get there. I love their linguine and white clams and the garlic rolls are wonderful. This time we shared lasagna and a small pizza and still had some to bring home. DELICIOUS 🍕