We have so many wonderful, local restaurants in the Asheville area. Here are our best places to eat, with many in downtown. Enjoy the freshest local, seasonal ingredients with plenty of outdoor dining with that fresh mountain air.
The Omni Grove Park Inn Dining
Sunset Terrace serves the finest prime beef and fresh seafood, served on the famous outdoor dining veranda offering mountain views and sunsets. Blue Ridge Dining Room specializes in farm-to-table, Southern comfort cuisine, served either a la carte or grand buffet. EDISON, craft ales + kitchen focuses on local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, and casual Southern comfort food. 290 Macon Avenue
Tupelo Honey Café - South Asheville
The same fabulous Tupelo Honey food is served South in a fun setting of screen doors, Southern folk art and conveyor-belted ceiling fans. This location also offers reservations, a full bar with ample drink specials and ample parking. 1829 Hendersonville Road.
Dining on Biltmore Estate
Experience Biltmore's legacy of food and wine inspired by their heritage of fine dining and sustainable agriculture, with finest ingredients from their pastures and gardens. Dine at the Bistro, Cedric's Tavern, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Cafe and the Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate. Admission ticket or annual pass is required to dine.
Red Stag Grill
Located inside the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village with contemporary food, an extensive wine by the glass menu, and a lively bar within a casual setting. The beautiful dining room features hand-hewn beams, distressed oak floors, handmade wooden tables, an intimate bar and cozy booths. Traditionally prepared European comfort food is updated with local ingredients. 11 Boston Way
Jerusalem Garden Cafe
Transport your senses to faraway lands with authentic made-from-scratch Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy belly dancing and live music. Lunch and dinner every day. See our Jerusalem Garden Cafe feature with pics and video. 78 Patton Avenue
Lafayette Cajun Creole
Tucked away in the romantic courtyard of the Asheville French Quarter downtown, savor flavors of Arcadian Cajun food as well as the more sophisticated food cultures of Creole. Expect the real deal here, everything from crawfish to frog legs to alligator to boudin balls to turtle soup, prepared as etouffes, gumbos, jambalayas and maque chox creole dishes. 62 1/2 North Lexington Avenue
Tupelo Honey Café - Downtown Asheville
Their original downtown location is one of Asheville's most beloved restaurants. It's considered a must-do when you visit this mountain town, as much for its color and personality as its iconic New South cooking. Be sure you try the famous Sweet Potato Pancakes with Peach Butter. 12 College Street
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack
Feast on some “Tennessee style” hot chicken and southern soul food. They prepare their unique fried chicken to order so it’s not spicy unless you want it that way! Ingredients are sourced locally and classic American recipes are made from scratch daily. Two locations in Asheville: West at 1455 Patton Avenue & South at 3749 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden
Creative Mountain Food Tours
Take a 2-3 hour fun-filled guided walking tour, especially appealing to foodies and history buffs. Enjoy food, beverage and dessert tastings at least five local and unique eateries. Stroll, sip and taste while going behind the scenes to hear insightful tidbits of Black Mountain’s culture, history and cuisine.
Recently featured on UNC-TV and located in the heart of West Asheville, they focus on using the freshest local ingredients. Unwind in a relaxed atmosphere in the dining room with 18 vintage chandeliers. Upstairs, find an open beam ceiling and brick walls where you can enjoy a craft cocktail at the copper bar. Play a game of pool or foosball in the adjoining rumpus room. 747 Haywood Road
This Parisian café in the Asheville French Quarter features both savory and sweet crepes, along with salads, soups, sandwiches, and fresh mussels offered five ways. Other favorites include their Croque Monsier, Croque Madame and Toasted Cochon with brie-topped, sage-roasted pork loin and garlic-apple chutney on a baguette. 68 North Lexington Avenue
Delicious Southern Appalachian cuisine and moonshine craft cocktails served by candle light. Supper club location was Thomas Wolfe’s dad’s favorite 1920s speakeasy. Prohibition era interior, costumed staff, soft lighting, delicious suppers, moonshine cocktails, live jazz. Reasonably priced, seasonal, local and organic. 18 North Lexington Avenue
The Market Place
A world-class favorite located on charming Wall Street. Chef William Dissen's inventive menu features seasonal and organic ingredients from area farms plus an extensive wine list. Recommended by The Food Network, USA Today, The New York Times, Southern Living and more. Live music every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday in the bar & lounge. Reservations recommended. 20 Wall Street
This authentic tearoom and organic vegetarian cafe serves 100+ imported loose leaf teas sourced directly from the gardens of the East. Iced Teas & Bubble Teas. Gluten free desserts and organic food served at all three locations: Downtown Asheville, West Asheville and Black Mountain.
The Swag Country Inn
Enjoy a gourmet picnic (read more), Sunday brunch or dinner seven nights at this secluded mountaintop, luxury lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains. Sunday brunch buffet has two carving stations and all the trimmings and home-made desserts. Picnic lunches also available for hikers. Reservations required. Open late April through early November. 2300 Swag Road, Waynesville
Unforgettable Dining at Mountain Magnolia Inn
While the setting is elegant and the food exceptional at this 5-Star TripAdvisor restaurant, the atmosphere is relaxed and the dress is casual. Cuisine features herbs grown in the inn's garden and mostly organic ingredients. It's a perfect evening after a soak at the nearby hot springs. Reservations recommended. 35 miles north of downtown Asheville at 204 Lawson Street, Hot Springs.
Twisted Laurel Eatery and Lounge
Discover great food in an urban rustic atmosphere at a price that allows you to order dessert. Enjoy fresh Italian and Greek dishes with an American twist. Downstairs and upstairs bars are great places to find music, dancing and fun. Outdoor dining across from Pack Square Park. Two locations: 130 College Street, downtown Asheville & 10-A South Main Street, Weaverville
Established as a go-to spot in downtown for good beer, delicious food and a great view overlooking Pack Square Park, their menu has something for everyone. Located in a beautifully restored 1900s building offering multiple dining spaces: expansive North Bar with 32 taps and big TVs, South Bar with TVs and free live music every weekend, and the romantic outdoor patio. 20 South Spruce Street
Located at the Haywood Park Hotel in the heart of downtown, Executive Chef Duane Fernandes brings culinary finesse to the table preparing innovative, seasonally inspired New American cuisine. Large patio for great al fresco dining and friendly bar. Private dining available in The Cellar for groups. 1 Battery Park Avenue (at Haywood)
Quintessential bistro with French comfort food using local ingredients, with a romantic, intimate and charming setting. Fresh mussels prepared multiple ways, including Moule Frites North Carolina with fresh mussels steamed in Pabst Blue Ribbon. Dine al fresco along bricked walkways reminiscent of Paris with hand-selected French wines. Asheville French Quarter, 62 Lexington Avenue
W xyz Lounge at Aloft
Enjoy small plates and drinks in this downtown Asheville hip hotel. The lively lounge includes a great outdoor deck overlooking the street. 51 Biltmore Avenue
Tucked away inside The Omni Grove Park Inn, this American Brasserie offers a comfortable and stylish setting for a leisurely meal. With its art deco decor and panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it's the perfect fit for both everyday dinner plans and special occasions. Chef's blend of American and French cooking is highlighted by a marvelous selection of wine. 290 Macon Avenue
Mills River Creamery
How about some ice cream? Located between Asheville and Breverd (popular road to DuPont Forest waterfalls and Pisgah Forest hikes), this creamery uses their natural Cream Line Milk to make the freshest ice cream. Enjoy a classic banana split or sundae from an old fashion glass bowl, sip on a milkshake or choose from a variety of flavors. Open every day. 4193 Haywood Road, Mills River
Roux fuses southern comfort with modern sophistication, dishes inspired by the chef’s grandmother’s kitchen, then spiced with locally farmed ingredients. Located in the Hilton Asheville in Biltmore Park, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. 43 Town Square Blvd, Asheville
This favorite Italian restaurant downtown is filled with the aromas of fresh baked artisan bread and mouth watering cuisine. Focuses on local ingredients, biodynamic and organically produced wine selections with traditional recipes from Italy, featuring hand tossed pizzas, savory pastas, housemade desserts, gluten-free and vegetarian options. 27 Broadway
This small romantic restaurant perched on a hill in north Asheville since 2010 is a local's favorite, well known for fresh, delicious and authentic Thai food. 100 Stone Ridge Blvd (right off I-26, 10 minutes north of downtown)
Harrah's Cherokee Restaurants
A variety of restaurants satisfy any craving or appetite, all adjacent to exciting casino action. Chefs Stage Buffet is sure to please even the pickiest eaters with interactive stations with tastes from around the world with Italian, Mexican, Asian, barbeque, a soup & salad bar and desserts. Other options include Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Selu Garden Café and BRIO Tuscan Grille.
Asheville Beer & Brewery Guide
Downtown Asheville is the epicenter of the local craft beer explosion. See a complete list of the craft breweries, pubs, taverns, taprooms, brewery tours and more in our Asheville Beer Guide.
This premiere craft cocktail bar is a great place eat, drink, and be social. Find original cocktails, fine wines, local brews, and creative food with local ingredients in a contemporary space that is stylish and intimate. The rooftop patio is just the spot to unwind and elevate your spirit. 29 Broadway
Season's at Highland Lake
Located on the grounds of historic Highland Lake Inn & Resort, only five minutes from Hendersonville and 30 minutes from Asheville, find inspired seasonal cuisine and impressive wine list in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a casual lunch, romantic dinner or Sunday Brunch. 86 Lily Pad Lane, Flat Rock
Edna's of Asheville
This fun and welcoming environment is a great place for visitors and locals to socialize and enjoy great coffee and food. They roast their own coffee and bake their own pastries, and they use the finest locally sourced products. Two locations: 870 Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville and 219 Amboy Road in West Asheville
At the heart of Asheville on Pack Square is this comfortable place for friends, families and strangers to simply lean in and enjoy the company-a place where food and drink is at its uncomplicated best. Chef John Fleer's menu is inspired by seasonal, local ingredients and pays homage to the bounty of regional and American cooking. A wood-fired oven and grill complement the rustic creations. 7 Pack Square
STORM Rhum Bar & Bistro
Find a warm, cozy atmosphere where the food and service will delight your senses. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, ample wine offerings, a selection of local draft beer, an extensive rhum list, and of course, delicious food prepared by Chef Owen McGlynn. Free parking in their private lot downtown. 125 South Lexington Avenue
Carmel's Kitchen and Bar
With a prime corner location in the beautiful Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville, find superior local and organic produce and meats for a bounty of fresh flavors with contemporary style. Lunch features soups, salads, hand-tossed pizzas and burgers. Dinner offerings range from mussels and calamari to locally sourced steaks and pork, along with signature cocktails and local brews. Prime outdoor dining patio. 1 Page Avenue
Very romantic Mediterrean setting! This long-time favorite date spot features tastes and flavors of Spain, Portugal, Gypsy, and North Africa. Tapas menu selections are based on locally available ingredients, combined with the finest imported ingredients and wine. Dinner only. 85 Walnut Street (under Malaprops), downtown
Gàn Shān Station
New in 2015! One of the hot new restaurants for locals is in a renovated gas station near downtown. The Asian Southern fusion food by Chef Patrick O-Cain features locally milled flour for house-made noodles and dumplings, along with trendy bar. 143 Charlotte Street
If you're looking for authentic and creative Caribbean food with a Mexican flair, Salsa's is your place. The food is prepared with locally grown organic produce and health conscious products. Big flavors in a tiny place. Lunch and dinner every day. 6 Patton Avenue downtown
The Lobster Trap
Dedicated to offering fresh seafood, Captain Tom sends them lobsters in the morning right off his boat in Portland, ME. Their trout comes fresh from the Shining Rock Wilderness area of Pisgah National Forest. Wine list features 80 bottles. 35 Patton Avenue, downtown
American cuisine with local and seasonal flavors. Enjoy a salad, appetizer and tasty seafood, vegetables and deserts with your liquid refreshment. Have a drink at the bar, and relax or stop by for Sunday brunch. 48 Biltmore Avenue, downtown
Pisgah Inn Restaurant
Open April-October, Pisgah Inn is only the restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville. Located near Mt. Pisgah at 5,000 feet elevation, the Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days per week. Windows surround the main dining room and overlook a panoramic mountain view. You can also pick up a picnic-to-go. Located between milepost 408 & 409.
Bryson City Restaurants
For a small town, you'll find a nice variety of restaurants, ranging from southern home cooking to a brewery and gourmet dining. A nice reward after a day of exploring the Great Smokies and Nantahala River.
Lexington Avenue Brewery Pub
Locals just call it "LAB," home to unfiltered beer crafted in-house and a meal featuring the freshest food the region has to offer, with beef on their own farm. Comfort foods and bar favorites with a delicious twist. Live music. 39 N Lexington Avenue, downtown
Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
The smell of their famous sourdough pizza will greet you as you behold the wonder of over 40 beers on tap. After dinner and a beer, stay and listen to the bluegrass, country, jazz, and Americana music performed most nights. 42 Biltmore Avenue downtown
Innovative, fun, affordable and delicious Indian "street food" features chaat - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks. Plus, enjoy thalis - traditional family meals highlighting India's amazing culinary diversity, sourcing from local farms. 22 Battery Park Ave, downtown
New in 2015! Neeraj Kebede and wife Vicki Schomer serve vegetarian and meat-based traditional family-style platters, served with injera, the traditional flatbread. 48 Commerce Street, downtown
Downtown vegetarian staple since 1998, offering delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and more for lunch. Everything is made from scratch, including fresh baked bread. 114 N. Lexington, downtown
Buxton Hall BBQ
The long awaited, huge BBQ mecca by Chefs Elliott Moss and Meherwan Irani opens August 28. Wood-smoked pork is the star, along with seasonal sides from local farms. In South Slope near downtown at 32 Banks Avenue
Smoky Park Supper Club
Opened September 2015! The nation’s biggest shipping container restaurant has been built on the French Broad River near downtown Asheville with the ultimate farm-to-table menu featuring wood-fired foods with an accent on classic American fare and seasonal offerings. 350 Riverside Drive
This restaurant near Biltmore in an historic home serves handcrafted American food with a Southern twist - influences from the Deep South to the Pacific Rim. Dine on a sunny porch or in one of the cozy fireplace rooms. Great breakfasts and Sunday brunch. 3 Boston Way, Biltmore Village
Laughing Seed Cafe
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 their popularity with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Local products, organic ingredients and a flair for global fusion combine to give their dishes a unique and satisfying character. Lunch and dinner every day except Tuesdays. 40 Wall Street, downtown
Dig Local Asheville Dining App
Download the free Dig Local Asheville app and use their Daily Scoop feed to see the most current live music calendar, menu specials and more, updated every day. Then use their interactive map to find your way. Other info on the app includes beer, art and more.
Cooking grounded in the traditions and ingredients of the Carolinas creating an affordable and vibrant menu – Modern Southern with a “nod” to tradition, with seasonal best from local farmers, fresh catches from the coast of the Carolinas as well as the many micro-brews and wines. 47 Biltmore Avenue, downtown
Inventive sushi and Japananese cuisine with specialties from the hibachi grill. Local's favorite sushi restaurant with the freshest ingredients: including bluefin o toro, conch, live scallops, king crab, bronzini, live lobster sashimi and fresh oyster. 19 Broadway, downtown
100% gluten-free menu! Every plate and drink is expertly crafted from scratch with premium ingredients. Contemporary American menu is sourced from over 30 local farms, reflecting the season’s best local specialties. 1 Biltmore Avenue, downtown on Pack Square
Intimate “urban” comfortable setting with welcoming service and farm-to-table New American cuisine. The daily written menu covers the bases of fine dining style cuisine. Sit down at the mahogany and maple bar or one of the hand-made maple tabletops. Sunday brunch. 48 College Street, downtown
Authentic Spanish tapas with traditional cuisine, unrivaled hospitality and festive, energetic atmosphere. From jamón Ibérico to croquetas de pollo to flan with caramel sauce, those who have traveled to Spain will instantly be transported back to one of the lively tapas bars beloved throughout the country, one plate at a time. 11 Biltmore Avenue, downtown
Suwana's Thai Orchid
Authentic Thai cuisine, fusing high-quality ingredients from various other ethnic cuisines into the warm, smooth, and savory flavors of Thailand with and a balance of spice and sweet. 11 Broadway Avenue, downtown
oneFIFTYone Boutique Bar & Kitchen
Located in the lobby of Hotel Indigo, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. 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. 151 Haywood St
Best burgers made from 100% grass-fed, all-natural beef that is dry-aged and ground fresh. Seasonal menu is sourced from local farms. 10 Patton Avenue, downtown
12 Bones Smokehouse BBQ
A local's favorite in the River Arts District near downtown Asheville, casual to the point of being laid-back, they serve lunch/early dinner with take-out on Monday-Friday. Their menu features a range of tasty smoked meats as well as vegetarian items. Specialty is slow-smoked, babyback ribs with a variety of sauces. See our 12 Bones Smokehouse Feature.
This five-star dive is big on food in their unpretentious cinderblock building with eclectic decor. Find gentle service and inventive cuisine. Make your reservations well in advance. 400 Haywood Road, West Asheville
Early Girl Eatery
A Farm-to-Table Southern comfort food experience in a casual, charming atmosphere. The menu relies heavily on the high quality local produce, cheeses and meats area by family farms and changes periodically with the seasons, while the specials change daily. Great weekend brunches! 8 Wall Street, downtown
Sunny Point Café
Discover the best place for breakfast in West Asheville - and you can order breakfast all day long. Lunch and dinner menus also. The large patio is a local favorite, especially on weekend mornings. Menu features very creative concoctions with many local and organic ingredients. Outstanding desserts. 626 Haywood Road, West Asheville
Over Easy Cafe
A local's favorite for breakfast! Focusing on supporting local farmers, they use seasonal ingredients with organic, free-range eggs and antibiotic and hormone-free, organic meats. And don’t forget the organic fair trade coffee! 32 Broadway St, downtown
Downtown Asheville restaurant with an inspirational upscale mix of Mexican and Californian cuisine along with inventive bar selections served by a warm, professional staff. Great margarita list! Dinner nightly. Reservations recommended on weekends. 13 Eagle Street (behind Fine Arts Theatre), downtown
Mela Indian Restaurant
Authentic Indian food made from scratch with local and organic ingredients. Lunch buffet with a range of delicious options including chicken and naan cooked in an authentic tandoor oven, raita prepared with house-made yogurt, and seasonal vegetarian specialties. Dinner specials include such favorites as pistachio lamb and spinach and goat cheese naan. 70 Lexington Avenue
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Begin your day of mountain adventures with a hearty breakfast or enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch. Here are our favorite restaurants in and near Asheville for our favorite meal of the day: