Sorrento's Italian Bistro and Chef's Table

4.4
412 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.
  • 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.
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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food and wonderful hosts. Can get louder during busy periods

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vipLarry
Charlotte
90 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have always had good service and food but tonight the place was not at all busy and my vegetables came out Luke warm instead of hot as usual. The fish and sauce was very good and fish was hot.

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Jdoliver
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

PEI mussels were so mushy they were inedible. Crab cakes best ever.
Very loud in many dining room; difficult to hear wait person.
Our wait person ("H-G") excellent

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ElishaC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We found you have to make reservations to eat anywhere in Banner Elk with a larger family. We reserved a table for Sorrento's not Chef's Table. Our family of 6 included 2 younger children (ages 7 & 8). It was definitely not kid friendly and service was extremely slow. Our waitress rarely stopped to check on us and we waited 15 minutes for her to see we needed our check, even though she was assisting tables nearby. The food was good with large portions, but it was so hot in the restaurant we just wanted to leave.

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vipKimberlyMarino
New England
156 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food is good not great. It’s not “traditional” Italian. The sauces are not hearty. Our server was absolutely lovely. Decor is great

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vipChristineI
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing Italian food! Every single item we tried was selfish is and authentic! The pizza was amazing, the service was great! Can’t wait to go back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It is clear that the chef is more than just a cook the food was amazing tortellini was done just right a full bar made drinks pleasurable and the ambience is very nice

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional on all levels.

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KatieW
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE with the kiddos. Loved it

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dgarrison66
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ski trip to Banner Elk and we were told about Sorrento’s by a friend. We absolutely loved it and would definitely go back.

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Krazikatt
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We made an early reservation to avoid the crowds, so we were one of the only families (which was nice). The ambience and décor was nice. The food was good but not amazing - and for the price it should have been amazing. I think the main problem is that everything was over cooked. I got Chilean sea bass that was over cooked. My son and husband got the filets medium rare and they both arrived medium well (which seemed fine with them but I would have sent mine back as that totally ruins a filet for me). The Brussels sprout app was really good though, and ordering flambé desserts is always fun (though he has a tip jar, so have cash on hand if you order flambé). I'd probably give it another try, but I wasn't blown away.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered 5 entrees and all 5 were excellent!!! Tiramisu cake was delicious!!!

JM
JMac
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner at Sorrento's this year. As expected, it was very crowded, but we were seated exactly per our reservation time. Many of the college students who regularly work there were on Christmas break, but Diane was pitching in and our waitress, Xena, was hustling and very attentive. As always, the food was excellent and, given the holiday crowd and the shortage of wait staff, the service was nonetheless outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience.

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vipAmandaF
Fort Lauderdale
27 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner! Smart to have made an early reservation. White cheese pizza was fresh and delicious and our chicken and eggplant parm was wonderful! Paired with a nice recommended red wine… we were happy! It was bustling and busy when we left! We had a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Until we arrived, we had no idea that a bistro reservation was different than a Chef’s Table reservation. We were told that we would be upstairs at a fine dining restaurant, The Chef’s Table. But when I looked at my Open Table reservation, there was no delineation on which restaurant we would be seated in. It is my opinion that Open Table should separate one restaurant reservation from the other, even though both are under the same roof. In other words, Open Table failed to set our expectations and caused us unnecessary confusion and anxiety.

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ryanu
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the best service we received on our entire trip! We wish we would have went there earlier on our trip because we would have went nacl there again before leaving!

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Jameson
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not a high end dining experience as advertised. Had reservations for our 31 st anniversary but the already limited menu had two main items unavailable. The main course we did choose and the starter meal was average. Could have received the same experience at a two star restaurant. Will do better researching my next anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really good

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TanyaT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the service was amazing. Will for sure eat here again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot to eat and relax after a long day

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VickiJ
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the Charleston Benedict from the Sunday brunch menu. It was superb. The eggs were cooked perfectly. We loved the crab cakes, too. The potato’s were also wonderful. I didn’t care much for the beignets. They were rather dense and chewy. I think they were made from pizza dough. Not at all like real New Orleans beignets. We got a carafe of delicious Bloody Marys as well. All in all, a great experience. I look forward to returning.

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RickW
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we had a wonderful dinner. There was adequate parking and friendly service. The food was outstanding . We will be back!

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Sally
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I was very disappointed in the chicken piccata. It was chicken served over mashed potatoes with a lemon sauce and a side of vegetables. Most Italian restaurants serve chicken piccata with a buttery/lemon sauce with capers over spaghetti noodles. I would go back, but definitely get something else. This is twice I've tried the chicken piccata there in the past 3 yrs.

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TMAC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service good, food is just ok. We’ve been going to Sorrento’s for the past 3 years and each time we’re left saying the food is average. The pasta is more quantity than quality. The pizzas are good. It’s just ok. There’s not many choices in BE so we keep going back to Sorrento’s thinking we’re going to be more impressed but it doesn’t happen.

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ChristineA
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Auntieshell
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner. The food was very good. However, we sat in the Barra part. Reservations were made in advance. We wanted to sit in the main restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
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 on November 22, 2021
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 on November 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Server didn't know the menu. We waited 13 minutes for our drink order to be taken, then it took over 20 minutes for them to come. They were NOT busy at all!! Our food order came before our drinks. Food was cold and lacking any flavor. Not sure what happened to this place, but not likely to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the dining experience at this establishment.

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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
9 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

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 4.4 stars by 412 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.