Asheville is a city in western North Carolina with a heavy tourism-based economy. Many people visit the city for seasonal festivals and an excellent culinary scene. Additionally, the city is home to the Asheville Symphony orchestra and other performing arts centers.
One of the most notable attractions in Asheville is the Biltmore estate, a US national historic landmark. More than 450,000 people live in Asheville, and thousands more visit the city annually.
From craft breweries to steak houses to southern comfort food restaurants, there is a place to enjoy your favorite food or try something new in Asheville. Neighborhoods in Asheville like Chestnut Hill, Biltmore Village, and Royal Pines offer a unique vibe and eateries, cafés, and bars for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Check out our comprehensive and inclusive list of the best restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina.
- Sunny Point Cafe
- Nine Mile
- Jettie Rae’s Oyster House
- Tupelo Honey
- Limones Restaurant
- Edison, Craft Ales + Kitchen
- Biscuit Head
- Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian
- Jerusalem Garden Cafe
- Laughing Seed Cafe
- Posana Restaurant
- Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
- Chai Pani
- The Admiral
- Wicked Weed Brewing Pub
- The Dining Room at Biltmore Estate
626 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Sunny Point Cafe is a woman-owned and family-operated restaurant that serves comfort food. The space is casual and comfortable, with indoor and outdoor seating under a covered patio.
The cafe is open on Sunday and Monday from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm in the Virginia Avenue neighborhood.
When I visited Sunny Point Cafe, I enjoyed the Shrimp & Grits with blackened shrimp, tomatoes, a dijon cream sauce, and cheesy chipotle grits topped with bacon. Additionally, I recommend the Meatloaf Dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, collards, and onion straws.
13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Curate is a hip restaurant in Downtown Asheville, near the Asheville Art Museum. It is situated in what was a once-operational bus depot from the 1920s and serves elevated small plates, cured meats, and a vast wine selection. Curate is a nice place to catch up with friends and share tapas. It is open between Tuesday and Sunday for dinner.
Curate serves a seasonal menu, but I enjoyed the setas al jerez, mushrooms sautéed with sherry when I visited.
Other tapas I enjoyed include croquetas de pollo, patatas bravas, and ensalada de sandía y tomate. Larger plates include pincho moruno, or marinated lamb skewers with cucumber pickles.
165 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Plant is a creative restaurant specializing in all-vegan cuisine and craft beers. The atmosphere is casual and modern, and the restaurant is located near the Five Points neighborhood. Partners Jason Sellers, Leslie Armstrong, and Alan Berger opened the space in 2011 and have since received many awards.
The BBQ Okra and the Smoky Hummus are delicious appetizers. I enjoyed the Applewood Smoked Mushroom with cauliflower risotto, fennel salad, and a black currant steak sauce. I recommend the Ravioli with cremini mushrooms and ricotta in a squash alfredo with truffle oil. The carrot cake for dessert is delicious.
233 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Nine Mile is a casual eatery that serves various vegetarian-friendly Caribbean meals. The restaurant is located on Montford Avenue, near Montford Park; it is open daily from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Nine Mile is a good place to take children since the restaurant has a kids’ menu.
When I visited Nine Mile, I enjoyed The Nolan with sautéed shrimp in a creamy coconut Sriracha sauce with squash, zucchini, peppers, and onions and served with linguine. I also enjoyed The Lioness, a smoked gouda chipotle queso with tortilla chips. Try the Abita Root Beer or one of the other Abita beers.
62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Bouchon is a local restaurant that serves French comfort food in a cozy space with a full bar, open kitchen, and outdoor patio seating.
Bouchon is located near the Woolworth Walk, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, and the Black Mountain College Museum. The restaurant opens at 5:00 pm nightly.
Bouchon offers traditional French appetizers like French Onion Soup and Escargot. My favorite entree is the Steak Au Poivre in a Cognac cream sauce served with pommes frites. I also recommend the Poulet Cordon Bleu Bouchon, a breaded chicken breast rolled around prosciutto and Gruyère cheese. For dessert, try the creme brulee.
143 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801
Jettie Rae’s Oyster House is situated near the Albemarle Park community, near Interstate 240. Eric Scheffer, Will Cisa, and Jim Diaz, opened the restaurant and created the menu to offer guests a traditional coastal culinary experience. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday.
When I visited Jettie Rae’s Oyster House, I enjoyed the Mussels Frites in a tomato, garlic, butter, and white wine sauce. The Shrimp Po’Boy and the Fish and Chips are both delicious. Try the Key Lime Pie and Classic Margarita as well. The Oyster Shooters are fun as well, with oysters, vodka, clamato juice, and horseradish.
Located in Downtown Asheville, Tupelo Honey is open between Monday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, with extended hours on the weekend, including brunch hours.
The restaurant serves modern Southern foods in a comfortable atmosphere. Tupelo Honey is a regional chain that is popular in the South.
You must order the Signature Fried Green Tomatoes! I also enjoy the Sriracha Honey Fried Chicken & Waffles, the Bourbon Peppercorn Glazed Meatloaf, and the Southern Pecan Salad. For brunch, try the Fried Chicken & Biscuit or the Avocado Toast & Eggs, then order a mimosa or bloody mary to complete your meal.
15 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801
Limones Restaurant is a modern restaurant that serves California and Mexican cuisine with creative cocktails. The restaurant’s vibe is a quaint and homey setting.
Limones Restaurant is near downtown and is located by the Beautiful Cities Edible Garden. It is open for dinner daily.
The menu is unique and diverse. Try the Ceviche Verde with tuna, papaya, avocado, pickled onion, and a lemon-infused olive oil. I also enjoyed the Carrot Tinga Enchiladas with mole Amarillo, pickled onions, plantains, and guacamole. My favorite cocktails were the mojito and the Paloma. Also, I recommend the Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita with muddled cucumbers, lime juice, and grilled jalapeño.
27 Foundy St #20, Asheville, NC 28801
RosaBees is a Hawaiian-inspired restaurant that serves Polynesian specialties with a robust dessert and cocktail menu. The restaurant is situated in a warehouse-style space near the French Broad River. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, and brunch on some days.
I enjoyed the Spicy Ahi Chili-Masago Poke and the Huli Huli Duck, duck wings with a ginger BBQ glaze and crumbled bleu cheese. Another popular menu item is the Chicken Hekka, a stir-fry with chicken, rice, shiitakes, onion, carrots, bok choy, chili garlic, and a sweet ginger sauce.
290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
Edison, Craft Ales + Kitchen is open on the bottom floor of the Omni Grove Park Inn, near the Grove Park Country Club. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. The restaurant offers incredible boards with local cheeses and house-made charcuterie. The spot won a TravelAdvisor 2020 Traveler’s Choice Award.
When I visited Edison, Craft Ales + Kitchen, I enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits with smoked gouda grits, chorizo cream, and herbs. Other popular menu items include the cavatappi bolognese, the pear & pistachio salad, and the kale Reuben. Ask the bartender to recommend one of the craft beers from the bar!
Owners Jason and Carolyn Roy opened the original Biscuit Head restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, circa 2013.
The restaurant has been highlighted by Bon Appetit, The New York Times, and Food & Wine. Known for their biscuits, the restaurant also offers various types of gravy to top the fluffy bread.
Try the Biscuits with the Pork Sausage Gravy. I also enjoyed the Sriracha Maple Sausage, the Pimento Cheese Grits, and the Fried Green Tomato. The most popular menu item is The Filthy Animal, a buttermilk biscuit with fried chicken, pimento cheese, bacon, scrambled eggs, and gravy. And, don’t skip the Maple Bacon Latte!
641 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
Eric Scheffer opened Vinner’s in 2010 and named the eatery for one of his friends and culinary influences in Manhattan–Vinnie Cappola. Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian restaurant is located near the Norwood Park community along Merrimon Avenue. It is open for dinner between Wednesday and Monday.
Try the penne alla vodka, the spaghetti and meatballs, or the chicken marsala. I enjoyed the Pan Seared Sea Scallops served with linguini, tomatoes, basil, garlic, capers, red onion, and a white wine butter sauce. The White Pie is a popular pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, olive oil, and basil. Finish your meal with cannoli!
78 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Jerusalem Garden Cafe is a restaurant in downtown Asheville that serves Moroccan and Mediterranean dishes.
The vibe is comfortable with a decorated ceiling and stained glass windows. The restaurant is open between Tuesday and Sunday. In addition, you can make reservations online.
When I visited the cafe, I enjoyed many of the tapas, like lamb chops, hummus, and stuffed grape leaves. I’d also recommend the Shaksukara and the Eggplant Moussaka. The beverage menu allows guests to pair wine or beer with their meals. Finish your meal with the baklava. Lots of vegetarian options are available on the menu, and the lunch menu has a few brunch options as well.
40 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801
Laughing Seed Cafe is a funky cafe and bar specializing in preparing organic, locally sourced vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
The restaurant is near Pritchard Park. The cafe is open between Thursday and Monday for lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers catering and space for private events making it great for groups.
The Pakoras, an Indian-style fritter, is delicious. Try the Reuben made with sweet potato pastrami or the Buffalo Tacos with fried cauliflower. I also enjoyed the Midnight Mushroom pizza with a pesto base. It was delicious. While the menu is vegetable-friendly, it is well-suited for all palates.
1 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Posana Restaurant serves Contemporary American cuisine using local and seasonal ingredients. The vibe of the eatery is chic and offers outdoor patio seating for guests.
The restaurant opens at 5:00 pm for dinner near Patton Avenue and Market Street. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the restaurant’s website.
I enjoyed the Pork Chop with mascarpone grits, sautéed mustard greens, and a Fuji apple mostarda. I also enjoyed the Grilled Ribeye with tallow roasted sunchoke, oyster mushroom, herb butter, and a steak sauce. The menu offers a special gluten-free menu and has a comprehensive wine and cocktail menu.
743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall is a live music venue and a New American eatery with multiple dining areas and bars. It was once a theater that was opened in 1937. The music hall is in the Virginia Avenue neighborhood and is open between Wednesday and Sunday.
Try the Roasted Pecans with Truffle Oil and Truffle Sea Salt for a bite. I also enjoyed the Pot Pie with Louisiana Crawfish Tails, Onion, Celery, Carrot, Fennel, Corn, and Puff Pastry.
Try the Mississippi Catfish, a Cornmeal-Fried Fish with Carolina Gold Rice, Black Eyed Peas, and Braised Greens for something a bit heartier.
22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Chai Pani is near the Asheville Pinball Museum and the Woolworth Walk. Chai Pani translates to “tea and water.” The restaurant serves Indian chaat or street snacks and traditional cuisine in a funky yet laid-back atmosphere. It is open between Tuesday and Sunday. It is a great place to visit for a date!
I enjoyed the Matchstick Okra Fries and the Aloo Tikka Chaat when I visited Chai Pani. I would also recommend the Paneer Tikka Roll and the Tomato and Cheese Uttapam. Try the Kheer for dessert; it is a creamy rice pudding made with cardamom, cashews, sliced almonds, and raisins.
400 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
The Admiral is an innovative restaurant offering a rotating international menu and creative cocktails.
The location is a cinder-block building situated in West Asheville. Reservations are requested, and the restaurant is open for dinner nightly. It is a busy spot, so guests can usually expect a wait when visiting.
Try the gnocchi with spinach, roasted garlic, and Meyer lemon, or the Trout with oyster mushrooms, celery root, and persimmon. Other popular menu items include the tortellini, the beef tartar, and the fried Brussels Sprouts. For dessert, try the chocolate layer cake or the seasonal sorbet.
91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Wicked Weed Brewing Pub is a brewery with a tasting room and a restaurant. The kitchen serves seasonal and locally sourced New American food.
It is open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm every day. Executive Chef Eric Morris is creating unique dishes for the community. Visit with a group of friends for birthdays or celebrations.
I enjoyed the Astronomical IPA, the Appalachia IPA, and the Coastal Love Hazy IPA when I visited. I also enjoyed the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich and the Carolina Bison Burger. Try the Smoked Old Fashioned and the Californian Pinot Noir.
7 SW, N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Rhubarb is in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The restaurant is a contemporary eatery specializing in farm-to-table fare and offering a weekly family-style dinner.
Chef John Fleer has been selected as a James Beard Foundation rising star. The restaurant is generally open for lunch, brunch, and dinner. The vibe is warm and welcoming, so you will feel at home right away.
I enjoyed the Pumpkin Soup with a Roasted Hazelnut-Sage-Orange Pesto when I visited. The duck confit with Braised Carrots and Cider-Chai Glaze is also delicious. Try the House Mule with an infused Ginger Beer. I also enjoyed the Highland ‘Rising Hazy’ IPA.
Biltmore Estate Dr, Asheville, NC 28803
The Dining Room is located in the Inn at the Biltmore Estate. The restaurant serves breakfast: from 7:00 am to 11:00 am, lunch from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, and dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The fine-dining restaurant offers white linen service and expertly prepared cuisine.
Try the Seared Foie Gras with Red Lentils, Braised Leeks, Late Harvest Agrodolce, and Persillade. I also enjoy the Rosemary and Juniper Crusted Lamb Chops with Butternut Saffron Risotto, Roasted Autumn Squash, Red Pepper Coulis, and Rosemary Jus. The Sweet Potato Gnocchi is delicious.
Ashville, North Carolina, is a growing metropolis. The culinary scene is growing and expanding, but there is a focus on New Southern cuisine. From international vegetarian dishes to traditional French foods, there is something for every palate. Visit Asheville soon for great craft beers and delicious and creative cocktails.
If you’re in Asheville looking for somewhere to get drinks before dinner, check out my favorite breweries around town!
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