Home to award-winning chefs and cutting-edge restaurants, Asheville has emerged as one of the best dining locations in the country. Asheville's local culinary scene offers everything from classic steakhouses to underground supper clubs. We have your complete guide to the best Asheville restaurants.
Vinnie’s features “Old School” neighborhood Italian food reminiscent of Brooklyn, the Bronx and the North End of Boston. Vinnie’s is casual and family friendly. The aromas of home cooked Italian food along with the rhythmic sounds of Martinis being shaken to chilling perfection sets the tone for a night of fun and laughter. The menu runs the gamut with classics like Lobsters Fra Diavalo, Chicken Parmesan, Sausage and Peppers, Veal Marsala and Linguini and Clams, Pizzas and Heros. Family style dining is also available.
Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as Sunday brunch, Isa’s menu is specialized to celebrate the freshness of Western North Carolina’s seasonal harvest and fresh local produce. Executive Chef Duane Fernandes brings his seasoned culinary finesse to the table preparing cuisine that is ingredient-driven new American with a Mediterranean influence. Located in the heart of downtown Asheville at One Battery Park Avenue in the Haywood Park Hotel and featuring valet parking.
Urban burrito is a true taste-of-Asheville with two great locations.The Urban Burrito features gourmet burritos, quesadillas, salads,tacos, nachos, and much more all for less than $6.99 per item. All foodis made fresh daily and served with an efficiency found nowhere else.The Urban Burrito is a casual dining experience with fun decor and thebest energy in town. The Urban Burrito has eating options for all ageranges including children. Don’t miss this experience!
A completely vegetarian restaurant specializing in foods from around theworld. The dishes prepared here celebrate fresh vegetables combined with all natural and predominantly organic ingredients. Quality and creativity have always been the driving forces behind the Laughing Seed’s eclectic international approach to vegetarian dining, and this has led to our popularity with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Local products, organic ingredients and a flair for global fusion combine to give our dishes a unique and satisfying character.
Perched atop the new Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown, enjoy Asheville’s largest terrace-wide rooftop bar. We take “beer garden” to an elevated level. Our hand-crafted cocktails and locally-sourced beers can be enjoyed on our rooftop, all of which are served with a side of spectacular mountain views. Warm yourself by the outdoor fire pit or indulge in the indoor ambiance inspired by America’s industrial roots. Wherever you choose to relax, we guarantee you’ll feel right at home from the very first sip.
At the end of the day it’s all about feeling good, doing good, and living good. At BimBeriBon, we want you to live your best life, and we believe that starts with good food. But we want it to be delicious too! So our menu is full of only “real, feelgood food.” We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and also have a bakery, barista, and a bar.
Voted best seafood restaurant in Western North Carolina every year since opening in 2005, a visit to Asheville is not complete without a stop at The Lobster Trap. Located in the heart of downtown, we bring you fresh seafood flown in daily, fresh beer from our own Oyster House Brewing Company, and fresh music from local musicians every night. Come experience fun dining where the mountains meet the sea.
Whole Foods in downtown Asheville is a full service natural foods store dedicated to bringing you and your family the freshest and healthiest foods and products available. The downtown Asheville located at 70 Merrimon Ave offers grocery delivery, custom cakes, a vast selection of beer and wine, growlers, and plenty of parking!
One of Asheville’s newest breweries, DSSOLVR has brought life back into a building once home to the Asheville Community Resource Center. Located at at 63 N. Lexington Ave., the craft brewery focuses on collaborating with local and regional artisans to bring you equal amounts of old school and new school. In addition to beer, they also offer a whole smattering of wine, cider, mead, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Luella’s Bar-B-Que is named after Proprietor & Pit Boss Jeff Miller’s daughter Luella “Elly” and his Grandmother Luella. “Grandma Lue” expressed her love by doing all the cooking when the family would get together for Sunday dinner and the holidays. What she handed down was an understanding of how great food is created – honest good cooking, made with a loving hand. Luella’s Bar-B-Que is committed to offering expertly prepared smoked meats and scratch-made sides – Taste The Love. You’ll be treated to warm, friendly and caring staff, who enjoy their work and strive to ensure a truly great experience. CATERING: Beyond the restaurant doors, Luella’s has quickly risen up to become the barbecue caterer of choice in greater Asheville; from casual drop off to dressed up full service events.
Introducing a new culinary experience in downtown Asheville…oneFIFTYone Boutique Bar & Kitchen…modern, eclectic, serving local fare in a sophisticated bar atmosphere. Located in the lobby of Hotel Indigo, oneFIFTYone invites Hotel Indigo guests, and Asheville residents, to come enjoy the experience. In the morning, oneFIFTYone serves fresh brewed coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co. in Black Mountain, NC plus a full, cooked-to-order breakfast menu, a variety of freshly baked pastries, organic juices, and vitamin water. For lunch, sample one of the made-from-scratch soups, specialty salads, wraps or paninis. Evening delights include gourmet “small plates” and flatbreads, nightly entrée specials, mouth-watering desserts, plus exquisite martinis, hand-selected wines and brews. OneFIFTYone is committed to using fresh, organic and seasonal ingredients that support local farms and businesses in the Asheville, NC region.
Located inside the Haywood Park hotel atrium at 46 Haywood Street, The Bier Garden has been an Asheville favorite since 1994. We offer a selection of over 200 beers from around the world as well as your local micro-brewed favorites. To complement the largest selection of beer in WNC is an extensive food menu, including fine dining entrees, a pub menu, late night menu, children’s menu, wine menu, and full bar. The Bier Garden has a game room, 21 TVs, and 3 projection TVs that are perfect for catching the big game! Open daily 11:00 am – 2:00 am. Sunday brunch served 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Zambra, Asheville’s home for Spanish wine and tapas, has beenglowingly reviewed in Southern Living, The New York Times, The LosAngeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Charlotte Observer; andfeatured on the Food Network. We feature the finest Iberian wines, andour dining room is widely recognized as the area’s most beautiful.
The Red Stag Grill emanates Old-World ambience with hand-hewn tables, oak flooring, and intimate lighting. The menu features a masterful blend of chops, game and traditional favorites – all with an emphasis on the freshest local ingredients complimented by an extensive wine list. The restaurant also includes a dramatic lounge for socializing while enjoying brilliantly prepared libations. Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel.
Authentic Japanese cuisine, great specials and lunch combinations, andfeatures full dinner menu. Open daily seven days a week. Sunday throughThursday 11:30AM-10:00PM, and Friday and Saturday 11:30AM-10:30PM. Dinein or take out. 640 Merrimon Ave., second floor, suite #205, Asheville,NC.
One of Black Mountain’s favorites, this award-winning restaurant promises an evening you’ll be talking about for a long time. Family owned and operated, we take pride in using the finest quality ingredients in all of our dishes. All selections from our applebutter, imaginative entrees, soups, salad, small plates and sides to the ten decadent desserts are freshly home made from scratch. Choose from hand cut Ribeye steaks, mountain trout, crab cakes, roasted chicken, old fashion beef pot roast and more. Wine and local beers are offered. Conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood just three blocks from down town. The Red Rocker Inn is also a seventeen room B&B. Open daily for breakfast by reservation. Dinner Monday through Saturday.
Season’s Restaurant At Highland Lake is one of the more celebrated dining experiences in the Carolinas. Season’s promises guests an extraordinary meal with friendly service, in an inspired mountain setting. With an eclectic mix of regional dishes and international cuisine, Season’s features only the freshest fare that incorporates seasonal ingredients—many grown on-site at our organic garden. By combining our passion for sustainability and amazing flavor, Season’s helps protect the environment by utilizing local food sources.
The Greenhouse Restaurant in downtown Asheville features a full bar program with specialty cider cocktails, flights of brandies and calvados, and Noble craft cider and mead products on tap. The bistro offers globally inspired small plates and large platters designed for sharing. Expect an innovative menu with a range of flavors made from premium and locally purveyed ingredients prepared using slow-food cooking, a low-waste focus, and sustainably-driven techniques. Our mid-century, tropical garden-room ambiance is warm and inviting, creating a full sensory experience to enjoy award-winning local craft ciders, delicious cocktails, and world-class food.
Recommended by the New York Times and first-place winner for Best Indian Restaurant in Western North Carolina in the Mountain Xpress Readers’ Poll every year since we opened in 2005, as well as overall Favorite Restaurant two years in a row.
Where the Smokey Mountains meet the British Isles. Handcrafted beers and wine & spirits. One of Asheville’s favorite places to come and relax, listen to music, and enjoy fresh, locally sourced pub fare. Menu offers a broad selection of delicious meals. Located below the Laughing Seed Restaurant at 95 Patton Avenue.
With a menu designed by renowned chef Owen Lane, Butcher Bar and Kitchen is a family-friendly destination for eat-in or take-out, grabbing a pint of local beer or a casual cocktail after work, or swinging by to pick up fresh grocery staples or your weekly Meat CSA package from our butcher counter.
Located in the historic Hayes & Hopson building in the heart of Downtown Asheville’s newly renovated Pack Square Park, this locally owned tavern offers outstanding food in a friendly and hospitable atmosphere. Whether taking in our large eclectic menu in the beautifully restored interior, watching your favorite sports on the 10 big screens, enjoying some of Asheville’s greatest musical acts, or enjoying on of the more than 30 brews on tap while relaxing on the parkside patio; at Pack’s Tavern you will experience an atmosphere that is uniquely Asheville.
Critics from Southern Living to The New York Times are salivating over this new twist on Southern cuisine. Dine inside the charming restaurant or amid the vibrant street life on the sidewalk while enjoying the distinctive beer and wine list. Breakfast entrees always available, and dining until 11 p..m. on weekends. Our goal is to deliver a 10 on our Scale-of-Full-Flavor-Awesomeness, add several heaping helpings of fun, and be true to our internal credo: A Tupelo Honey experience should be a thousand times better than ordinary. A million times more delicious than you imagined. And worth coming back to for seconds, time and time again. South location at 1829 Hendersonville Road, also located downtown at 12 College St.
Fork Lore is a locally-owned independent Asheville restaurant featuring made-from-scratch cuisine. We source from local purveyors whenever we can and are proud to support our area farmers.
After seven years of producing pop-up dinners and donating a portion of the proceeds to over one hundred charitable organizations and community causes, the creators of the Blind Pig Supper Club have turned their talents to a new restaurant venture. The new restaurant is called AUX Bar, and it serves seasonally driven American cuisine for brunch, lunch, dinner, and late nights. The AUX bar also includes a newly constructed outdoor patio bar and several custom-built wood fired grills.
Whether you are in the mood for one of the best steaks in Asheville, or its Wednesday Wing Night, we have the feast that you are looking for. Our grass-fed beef, pasture raised pork and local mountain trout are perfectly seasoned and seared over hickory wood. Local craft beer from 5 different breweries on tap, signature cocktails, oak aged wines and many choices of liquor for the discerning palate. The locals refer to us as “Asheville’s hidden gem”. What are you waiting for?
Bar Hours 4:30pm-11:00pm | Restaurant Hours 5:00pm-10:00pm
Conveniently Located inside the Holiday Inn Asheville-Biltmore East
Around the corner from the Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville,Limones Restaurant provides an inspirational mix of Mexican-Californiancuisine along with inventive bar selections served by a warm,professional staff. Chef-owner Hugo Ramirez frequently changes themenu, featuring what is seasonal, fresh and local. Dinner specialiesinclude such entrees as grilled au natural rib-eye steak withhazelnut-ancho chile sauce, or Tequila-lime cured salmon withwatercress and avocado salad. Limones also features an impressiveSaturday & Sunday brunch with traditional selections such asMexican sweetbreads and house-made sausage, including chorizo. LunchFriday & Saturday 11:30-3:00. Sunday Brunch 11-3:00.