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Louisiana Purchase

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Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8635
+1 828-898-5656
17:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Grant-Valkaria, Florida
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40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us ate at Louisiana purchase last nite. The food was good but not outstanding. I had to keep asking for bread. The only dessert chocolate dessert they had was a brownie a la mode. Really, what happened to bourbon chocolate pecan pie or something I couldn't make in 5 minutes, a brownie please. What was really annoying was... More 

Thank Jake0318
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Louisiana Purchase is still a good choice for a very nice dinner out, but much of the food seems unnecessarily heavy, and portions are quite large. Several from the last meal there indicated that one feels rather bloated after dining there. The service remains excellent, but the food doesn't seem as interesting or appealing as it once did.

Thank Halfcup
Waynesville, North Carolina
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Had been to the restaurant back in the eighties...the shrimp bisque stayed with me all those years. It was excellent. We just moved into a second home in the area, so were looking forward to trying again. The place: felt old...like a condo from the 60's. Great art on the wall, but commercial carpeting on the floor. The music was... More 

1 Thank SnippyC
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

I ordered the Quail, and was never told that it has barbecue sauce all over!,they were nice & offered to exchange It for fried oysters,they were fresh, but had no flavor at all,sauces for same sucked.i always loved this place, But seems new ownership has prevailed??.I f you like soups or salads this is the place for you.!. Ps. The... More 

1 Thank RudyV7206
Johnson City, Tennessee
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Okay, my husband and I are not financially insecure, but the prices at this restaurant are ridiculous. We have eaten there many times over the years, but tonight was the absolute last time we will walk in the door. We were visiting a nearby friend's house at Elk River and since there are not many choices at night, we decided... More 

Thank Sandy S
Maitland, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you want a DELICIOUS meal, great atmosphere and wonderful wait staff, go to Louisiana Purchase! This has been one of our special places to go for years. We've taken groups, friends etc... you will not go wrong with this gem of a restaurant and Laurie, the owner, is lovely...Treat youself, you will not be disappointed.

Thank Kogrody
Boone, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Definitely overpriced! It was slow and the chef would not accommodate me by adding a lemon caper sauce to the trout even though it was offered on menu. He said he didn't know if he would have enough for the night! It was already 7:30 and the restaurant was barely a third full!!! Will never go back there! Too many... More 

2 Thank golfingfool64
Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

The only time I put on more than a t-shirt on this trip was here. It was a nice place with good food but a little pricey. They stuck us in a very small corner table with three walls behind the hostess. Very odd and felt claustrophobic. I would get rid of that table and make it something else. The... More 

Thank Dan L
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Nice restaurant. Excellent service. However, felt this restaurant is over priced for the food that you get. Our bill for 5 people was $330. Only 3 got drinks, and only 1 a dessert. Friends said that the Bar b que shrimp was not very good. The eggplant dish wasOK. Probably would not return. .

Thank Arelene1893
Sheldon, South Carolina
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

This was the third time we have dined at Louisiana Purchase and each time it is as good if not better than the time before. The specials are always good but you cannot go wrong with the Etouffee.

Thank Neil G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8635
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Banner Elk
  • Phone Number: +1 828-898-5656
Although reservations are preferred, we are happy to seat walk-ins. Large groups are easily accommodated in our private dining room for up to fifty people. Our dress code is business casual. We want you to come comfortable and hungry. Be sure to browse through the many selections on our menu. Call us to make a reservation.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?