Sorrento's Italian Bistro and Chef's Table

4.5
209 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

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

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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
26 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
Charlotte
3 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
79 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.

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Tosteve1
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch. Great selection, prompt service and appropriate social distancing. Mimosa and Bloody Marys were good. Enjoyed the artwork and ambiance, too.

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vipGingerC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
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 on September 25, 2020
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
7 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
18 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
14 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
4 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
27 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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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 209 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.