Sorrento's Italian Bistro and Chef's Table

4.4
283 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

  • jazz night

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Cover Charge for Shane Chalke Jazz Night. Please since we have limited seating have a $15.00 cancellation fee.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAlphaDon
Orlando
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food served professionally! Carlos R provided terrific service, giving excellent recommendations and followup. Veal piccata was perfection. Highly recommend the experience and we will be back for sure!

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CatherineG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Mediocre food and high prices. The outdoor seating was nice though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Only negative was that my credit card was hacked 20 minutes after processing at the restaurant. Don’t know if there was a connection, but timing was suspect.

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brendaw
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had the trout with a caper and wine sauce. Very good.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Due to Covid the lunch menu is really watered down. Pre Covid the dinner menu was available at lunch. Staff very nice. Diet coke was outstanding. Maybe dinner?

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vipASUfan
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ashley was one of the best waitresses I’ve had in quite a while!

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vipSusan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matthew was a wonderful server! Very helpful and represents the restaurant very well!

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vipMFoy
Miami
182 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Decent Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Banner elk. Our service was great tonight, food was good we all liked our meals. One person had pizza and they go a bit overboard with the cheese.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Took forever to have someone come to our table. No Pinot Grigio available by the glass. Waiter was overworked and had little to offer us in terms of wine selection. Dinner specials were given to us after a long wait to have our order taken and when we thought we were ready to order. An elderly man sitting at the table behind us kept interrupting us and needed all of us to give him attention (seemed to be a regular patron) which was quite distracting. Outdoor area and music was nice however a lady came by asking for tips for the musicians not long after we were seated and when we said no for the moment she had an attitude before moving on. Our food was good but the overall experience left much to be desired. We will try other dining options before coming back here again.

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Sandb
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner before theatre. Timely with getting our food to us so we didn't have to rush.

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lisag
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always and service was great!

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vipDave
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very noisy. Poor service and average food

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Went for lunch. 3 completely different dishes and none were good. Have been before for dinner and had a good experience.

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MaiteM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food & pizza❤️

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RickiM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Initially some Seating issues which took nearly 20minutes to resolve. After that, everything was excellent: food, service, entertainment. Will certainly be back.

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BetsyL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner at the Chef’s table, because I read a review saying it was in the top 100 new restaurants when it opened a few years ago. The menu has lots of excellent options - beef carpaccio as well as beet carpaccio and salmon carpaccio, tuna tartare, and 3 well thought out salads. A large sushi section was offered, and i tried the Yum Yum, a panko crusted tuna/avocado/cream cheese/crab roll. It was really good.
My friend had the tuna pizza ( sushi ) and the sashimi rice bowl. I liked the tuna pizza the best. It was so good I went back the next night and ordered the rainbow trout, a local speciality. The entrees are locally sourced, lots of options.
The extensive wine list is very reasonably priced, I had Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay for $60. I’ve seen that wine as high as $90 in multiple restaurants. The interior is beautiful, and they’ve got a Frank Sinatra singer on weekends. He was pretty good also. My 02, it’s the best Banner Elk has to offer.

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Dukie
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. The artichoke spinach dip was the best we’ve had and the eggplant Parmesan was also delicious!

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JBOZ
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as usual, though veal was a little overdone, it was still pretty good. Love the wine, lemon butter sauce...makes it so tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

High season and it was packed. But food came out fast and was piping hot and delish. Salmon and trout were both really good. Scott our server was also good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation. Great choice! Enjoyed!

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vipjimh
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

very good, but not spectacular, Italian fare in a very quaint and charming atmosphere.

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KathyK
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Two of us dined on the patio on the 4th of July. We were initially a little put off that the hostess handed us menus and pointed to a table on the deck for us to seat ourselves, but a server quickly came to take our beverage order and tell us about the specials. She returned with our drinks quickly and we each ordered the herb-encrusted halibut (one of the daily specials). Our meal was very good; the fish was perfectly cooked, nicely seasoned, and served over mashed potatoes with seasonal vegetables. The bread was too garlicky for our taste, but others would like it. The patio was nice, and there were beautiful flowers in pots and beds all around, along with a gas fire pit.

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Gretchen
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and food! Traditional Italian. Great steak. I could eat a million of the rolls. We will be back

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vipMichael
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food quality and presentation was excellent, as always. The restaurant was very crowded and understaffed. Took an hour to receive food. Server was new and incompetent. It’s hard to staff during this time.

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Pammer
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Spinach and artichoke dip was delicious, but the toast was very chewy. Had to tear the bread with my teeth. Simple chips would be preferable. Chicken Marsala could have used more marsala sauce. Flavor was good. Service was very good, but it took about 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. Atmosphere was noisy and more of a fancy pizza place than fine Italian dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Was seated outside at our reservation time. Sat for 20 minutes without a single person acknowledging our presence. No water, no “ I will be with you in a minute”. Nothing. Got up and left! Will never return.

Went across the street… Louisiana Purchase, I think. Was seated immediately and had an amazing dinning experience. Food and Service were exceptional! Apparently, things happen for a reason. Do yourself a favor and try this place.

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WayneH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our dining experience was excellent this week at Sorrentos.The food was great and our server, Cornbread was a treat to talk with and his service was excellent.
The noise level was a little high, but that would be expected since people are finally able to get out.
My wife and I will definitely dine at Sorrentos again.

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Outandabout
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was exceptional. The manicotti was not that great. The pasta was way over cooked. I was also not crazy about the part on your menu where you ask your patrons to be patient for good food, not split checks and then you pass the service fee on for credit cards. That’s just part of doing business. Personally I would not recommend.

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CathyR
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was very slow. They seemed overwhelmed.

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vipbarolo99
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Impossibly noisy AND bad live music.

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Mish
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere & pasta! Nice patio seating & bar area, noise level a little too high for my liking. Great service !

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NorrisC2021
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Waited one hour for food. Waitress great.. But wait time for food was very slow.

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vipSpinner
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat in Banner Elk. Never a disappointment!

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JeffJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We have been to Sorrento's Bistro for many years and knew what to expect. We've always thought it was loud inside so we specifically asked, through Open Table, for an outdoor table for 4. When we arrived the hostess told us that request was not mentioned on our reservation and there were no outdoor table available. This was despite the fact that the reservation confirmation email we received from Open Table listed the outdoor seating. We were seated inside near the bar and things were OK (the restaurant wasn't that full) except when the telephone would ring and the bar. The ring was ear splitting. I'm sure if the restaurant is at full capacity, no one could hear a phone ring but how about a light on something? Anyway, the full was good as always, but conversation with old friends was a little strained.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding and our server was attentive.

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ColleenT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

May have been an off night, but server was distracted - forgot drinks, never mentioned specials, or checked on us after food was delivered for fresh parmesan, ground pepper, etc. Food was ok, huge portions; although it felt like an overpriced Olive Garden. Probably won't be back.

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always! Impeccable and extremely pleasant staff and delicious food! One of our favorite local restaurants!

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MelanieG
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!! Nice that they have a variety of specials and not just standard Italian fare.

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Jools
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Quite pricey for Italian that wasn't particularly creative or interesting food. Service was good. Good fresh baked bread but would be better served with olive oil.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal as usual.

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 283 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.