Sorrento's Italian Bistro and Chef's Table

4.5
233 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.
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ChrisP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good. It was EXTREMELY loud. Service only "OK" but they were very busy. Biggest issue was I signed up for the upstairs Chef's Table but we were seated downstairs without explanation.

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chocolat
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The hostesses are very friendly and recognized us from our reservation. There seemed to be a good vibe walking in, and the setting felt fun and energetic. The decor has a nice mix of class and hip. We had dinner rather early because it was a travel day.

The server was friendly and attentive, but not overbearing. We ordered a bruschetta to start. I had a few questions about the main courses on the menu that he was unable to answer. Specifically, I wanted to know how the side dishes were prepared. He verified which vegetables were in the mix and that they were sautéed and not steamed. The other side was roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Based on this information, I ordered the chicken piccata. My wife ordered the eggplant sorrento with penne.

The bruschetta came out in a timely fashion and was tasty. The tomatoes were out of season so I wasn’t expecting farm fresh. There was enough crostini, and over all the portion was perfect for the two of us.

The timing for the main courses was spot on, however this is where everything went down hill. My wife’s three-cheese and prosciutto stuffed eggplant came with a huge quantity pasta and a very bland sauce. It looked a little thrown together and lacked flavor. The eggplant was overwhelmed with the ricotta. Sadly, the prosciutto was mostly big chunks of fat and tendon rather than thin slivers one would expect. The marinara sauce was almost devoid of herbs and flavor.

The chicken piccata was another disappointment. The chicken was tender, and the white wine lemon sauce was nicely seasoned. It needed to be in order to baldness everything else in the plate. The mashed potatoes were a little thin and boring, especially with the thin wine sauce. The veggies disappointed. They had the appearance of steamed veggies, but had a lot of crunch. They tasted more blanched than anything else. If they were sautéed, they probably hadn’t hit the pan for more than 30 seconds. No caramelization. No seasoning. Pretty bland.

$70 just food 🙃

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GrahamC
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really excellent food, great service and a nice atmosphere made for a very good evening out with the family. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server wAs excellent

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JazmineR
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!! Large portions & oohhh so many appetizers.. maybe that’s why we had left overs... Great Italian food, if you are in town, give them a try.

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vipLarry
Charlotte
80 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the pizza this time and was not disappointed! The Burrata appetizer was great even though tomatoes are now in season locally!

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vipNcpiv
Orlando
37 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I’ve eaten here a million times. Just never know what you are going to get. Food is good more often than not. Never bad,,,just better at times. Service is hit and miss.

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JimP
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been here for supper but this was the first time we went for lunch. It was every bit as good. Portion sizes are substantial and the service is quick and efficient. One of our favorite places. Highly recommend.

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RickyP
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and great service!

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vipAndreaA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we have had has been amazing...Hands
down the best Italian, pizza and Brunch in the area!

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DorothyD
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal, service and ambience. Will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excelente!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tortellini Sorrento is amazing. We got 4 main dishes and everyone said that this dish was the best.

I would recommend bringing cash because they do charge a surcharge to pay with your credit card.

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vipWhitneyH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was awesome!! We loved the food and the service and atmosphere were great! We didn’t get to try any brunch cocktails because we were about to head out of town and back home, but we will definitely be back and hopefully get to try the bloody Mary’s and mimosas! We will definitely come back!

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MariannS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner here. I loved my Chicken Marsala and my hubby enjoyed his Chicken Parm. We had Burrata for an appetizer, it was soo good!

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jpj1993
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This review is for Sorrento's. We had great time and the owner made sure everything was to our liking. Was impressed with how many times she touched our table. Definitely recommend Sorrento's. We also ate at Chef's Table the next night. It was ok. Wasn't that impressed with the Bartender....long wait times to get a drink. They also under cooked our daughter's Filet.

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vipAndreaA
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing weekend brunch with awesome outdoor seating options....Highly recommend!

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ShaneV
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience dining at sorrentos, service is always great food is perfect, menu has plenty of options. Unique art on the walls and the flambé dessert is a great added experience by the table.

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vipGratitude
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reagan is a great waitress, attentive and helpful and a joy!
We love Sorrento's for our Saturday night dates! Great food, easy atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious. Very loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Service was less than exceptional. You could tell the server was either new or just inattentive.

The food was pretty good but it could’ve used a little more seasoning. Across-the-board from the lasagna to the bruschetta, it was a little under seasoned.

The ambience was amazing.

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EmilyH
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my experience at Sorrento's. The food and service are excellent.

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vipKevinT
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The worst service ever, we were ignored the whole night like an after thought...no drink refills, no bread to table, plates weren’t removed. Waitress’s didn’t care about our table whatsoever. Food was cold. Bland tasting. Weren’t even allowed to order desert, we were just given a check without even being asked and pushed out. I expect a call back and refund.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over all experience is perfect. Worth a long ride just to have taste of the famous sorentos

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dwaters59
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service, food is generally good. We liked the appetizers though we've had better crab cakes and the Salmon special entree was good. Unfortunately I had a seafood pasta dish that was undercooked. One of the mussels was not even open. They took it off the bill. We'll go again. Prices are too high.

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MPjjr
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They sat us next to the bathrooms requesting a new table when we saw 6 tables open.
The Burrata salad had thick hard tomatoes.
The fettuccini was gummy and hard to chew and swallow. The cup of plain black coffee was $5.00

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Huge portions. Don’t need apps or salads

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and nice waiters WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Delicious!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Service was good. Food was nothing special. Sauce tasted like Ragu. Pricey for what you get.

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KristiC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great. We ate at both the Chef’s Table and downstairs in Sorrento's. Chefs Table was absolutely amazing and a great way to celebrate our honeymoon. The downstairs was very nice and much more casual, just wish we hadn’t been sat by an extremely loud and annoying large group.

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viptedman
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good restaurant. Good food, good service. Main dining room has high ceilings and hard surfaces and thus was quite loud. Other rooms may be quieter

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viptravellingbuffalo
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Francaise ever. Salon salad always good. Carolina was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great! We came during lunch hours and they were only serving pizza and wings but then gave us the whole menu to choose from which was a great thing. All dishes we ordered were tasty

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vipMaryG
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal! The food was excellent and the staff were wonderful. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped here on our vacation and the food was fabulous. We had very good service and they had very nice ambience. We will be back

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vipABH92
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We unfortunately had a poor experience at Sorrento's, after having visited ~10 times in my life. My parents and I stopped by for a Monday night dinner, only to be left with a very poor taste in our mouths. The service was awful, it was impossible to get a refill for our waters, the martini was served in a champagne glass, and they were out of wine glasses to serve us our bottle of Cabernet. The caesar salad was excellent, to say the least. My mother received linguini with clams that had a disproportionate amount of red pepper on it, making it inedible. We told the server who proceeded to apologize, but then brought us the bill and still included it on the bill. That is a terrible practice, to charge patrons for a completely uneaten dish. I will say we were very disappointed having been local to the area for many years. I will not be returning.

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Bucky
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have dinner. Awesome service.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I stumbled upon this amazing restaurant on accident when we were told of. Long wait time elsewhere. What LUCK. We live 2 1/2 hrs away and it has became our favorite spot to to dine now. We’ve been back 4 times in 5 weeks! AMAZING Brunch & the Man in the Blue Jacket is the best! Highly recommend! Food is great, atmosphere & service is better! Don’t miss out on the brunch!!

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JoSie
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous, staff was friendly. Highly recommend!

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vipPUpton
Naples
80 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely table outside, and brought our little dog. Their patio is covered and has heaters, so if you're looking for an outdoor spot, this is a nice one! Chicken Marsala was fabulous, and my husband had a seafood dish, also delicious.

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 233 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.