If you’re looking for a fancy night on the town, Asheville’s award-winning food scene offers a wide variety of fine dining and upscale restaurants. Find award-winning restaurants with James Beard Award-nominated chefs, high quality, creative dishes, relaxed ambiance, fine wine, craft cocktails and more. See our Wine Bars & Cocktails guide for post-dinner, night cap ideas. 

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, birthday, romantic date night or treating yourself, these upscale restaurants offer palate pleasing dishes to indulge in and savor. Often seasonal, these menus are created with the best farm fresh, local ingredients and inspired by the region’s Southern culinary traditions. Many restaurants offer special events like 5-course special dinners, chef’s table events and more. We highly recommend you plan ahead and make reservations in advance at any of these foodie favorites! 

Top Fine Dining Experience in Asheville

Jargon, West Asheville

Located in the heart of West Asheville in a small, nationally registered historic building. Their menu is made of seasonal ingredients, featuring dishes like scallops & pork belly, seafood… read more

Located in the heart of West Asheville in a small, nationally registered historic building. Their menu is made of seasonal ingredients, featuring dishes like scallops & pork belly, seafood gumbo, and liver pate. Enjoy craft cocktails, local beer and specialty 5-course dinner events. 715 Haywood Road

The Admiral, West Asheville

 One of West Asheville's original and favorite full service elevated neighborhood restaurants, The Admiral offers a daily changing global menu, known for innovative dishes. Hors d’oeuvres include… read more

 One of West Asheville's original and favorite full service elevated neighborhood restaurants, The Admiral offers a daily changing global menu, known for innovative dishes. Hors d’oeuvres include duck liver mousse and bone marrow, along with dishes like the smoked mackerel and pork shank. Sip an after dinner cocktail, fireside on the patio. 400 Haywood Road

Isa's Bistro

Isa’s Bistro features a seasonally inspired menu, Executive Chef Peter Crockett brings culinary finesse to the table with an innovative Asheville twist to international favorites. Located downtown… read more

Isa’s Bistro features a seasonally inspired menu, Executive Chef Peter Crockett brings culinary finesse to the table with an innovative Asheville twist to international favorites. Located downtown, the pet-friendly, covered patio is perfect for outdoor dining and people-watching. The café at Isa’s features incredible pastries made daily in-house and pair perfectly with a latte or cappuccino.…

The Bull and Beggar, River Arts District

Classic European cuisine, cocktail bar and raw bar set in a warm warehouse revamp in the River Arts District. Menu highlights include a two tier raw seafood platter with fresh oysters, clams,… read more

Classic European cuisine, cocktail bar and raw bar set in a warm warehouse revamp in the River Arts District. Menu highlights include a two tier raw seafood platter with fresh oysters, clams, shrimp or go big with their 34 oz dry-aged, bone-in ribeye. Reservations recommended. 37 Paynes Way, #007

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