Best Cafes & Bistros in Asheville, NC

Top Asheville Cafes & Bistros

Asheville’s has been called the “Paris of the South,” largely because of the city’s diverse and unique artistic and architectural offerings on display in the city’s many historic art deco buildings and neighborhoods. Many of the same characteristics that make Asheville and Western NC wonderful places to visit have also helped this region attract an incredible diversity of culinary talent. This talent can be seen by wide array culinary styles on display within the regions cafe and bistro restaurants. 

Home to a few traditional bistros with French and other eastern european cuisine, Asheville also has big variety of small restaurants and cafes that feature fusion, healthy/vegetarian, Asian, Southern, breakfast/brunch, farm to table, Cajun, Latin, and many other culinary styles. 

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite between art galleries or somewhere to grab lunch between outdoor experiences, Asheville cafes and bistros offer a variety of settings to pass the day, sip espresso or have a quick lunch. 

Top Cafes & Bistros in Asheville

Isa's Bistro Asheville
Isa's Bistro
Executive Chef Peter Crockett brings culinary finesse to the table, preparing innovative, seasonally-inspired French cuisine. Located downtown, the covered sidewalk patio is great for outdoor dining. Friendly bar. Private dining in The Cellar for groups of 12-120. Complimentary valet parking. Sun-Thurs 7 AM-9 PM, Fri/Sat 7 AM-10 PM. 1 Battery Park Avenue.
Sunny Point Cafe Asheville
Sunny Point Cafe
A favorite local spot in West Asheville since 2003, discover innovative comfort food with made-from-scratch products and a farm-to-table approach. They even grow some of their ingredients in their adjacent garden. Favorites include the huevos rancheros, cornmeal hot cakes, French toast and their killer shrimp and grits. Open every day at 8 AM and breakfast menu served until 2:30 PM. 626 Haywood Road. 
Bouchon Asheville
Bouchon
A longtime French bistro with comfort food using local ingredients. A romantic, intimate and charming setting. Enjoy fresh mussels prepared multiple ways, Escargot, Burgundy’s signature stew Boeuf Bourguignon and their famous fries. Dine al fresco along bricked walkways. Pair hand-selected French wines. 62 Lexington Avenue. 
Storm Rhum Bar Bistro Asheville
Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro
Located in Asheville’s South Slope, this unique bistro and bar offers an exceptional new-world approach to classic food and drink. Their bar also boasts one of the largest rum selections in North Carolina. Try their nightly specials and enjoy live music on their outdoor patio in the warmer months. Open Wed-Sun, 11 AM- 2 AM. Mon/Tues 4 PM-2 AM. 125 S. Lexington Ave
BimBeriBon Asheville
BimBeriBon
This hip, globally inspired West Asheville eatery features a gluten-free menu with  superfood ingredients to create “real feelgood food” for anyone from vegans to omnivores. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with coffee and espresso drinks. Cocktails too! In a hurry? Grab a healthy bite to go from their pre-made offerings and full gluten-free bakery. Mon-Thurs 8 AM-8:30 PM, Fri/Sat 8 AM-9 PM, Sunday 8 AM- 2 PM. 697 Haywood Rd
All Day Darling Asheville
All Day Darling
Located in Asheville’s historic Montford neighborhood, this cozy bistro offers fresh coffee and baked goods, smoothies, salads, dinner specials, cocktails and more. Enjoy beer or wine on the patio in the warmer months! Open daily 7 AM- 9 PM. 102 Montford Ave.
The Rhu Asheville
The Rhu
This downtown cafe and bakery serves fresh breads, pastries, salads, sandwiches, soups, and more. Shop the pantry for local and regional foods, housewares, and artisanal products. They’ll even pack a picnic for you to take on your mountain adventures! Open Mon-Fri 7:30 AM-4 PM, Sat/Sun 8 AM-5 PM. 10 S Lexington Ave
Green Sage Cafe Asheville
Green Sage Cafe
A local favorite, this certified green restaurant nurtures the well-being of its customers through its fair-trade organic coffee and tea, organic beer and wine, natural and organic local food for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy fresh juices, sandwiches, salads, soups, coffee drinks and more. Look for the solar panels on the roof! Open daily 7 AM-6 PM. 5 Broadway Avenue.

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