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.
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
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
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
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.
The Omni Grove Park Inn Dining
Four restaurants! Sunset Terrace serves the finest prime beef and seafood on the outdoor veranda. Blue Ridge Dining Room specializes in farm-to-table comfort cuisine, served a la carte or grand buffet. EDISON, craft ales + kitchen focuses on local beer, cocktails, and Southern comfort food. Vue 1913 is an American twist on a European style restaurant. 290 Macon Ave
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
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.
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.
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
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
Banner Elk Restaurants
This small town high in the mountains has become a culinary hot spot. Whether you’re looking for an upscale meal for a special occasion, a hearty sandwich after a day outdoors, or a casual steak dinner, check out their locally-owned innovative restaurants.
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)
Tryon Intl Equestrian Center Restaurants
This new, world-class campus features three full-time restaurants (including a fun 50s diner, Legends Grille fine dining and a sushi noodle bar). Additional options open for competition weeks with exciting horse jumping competition. Their Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix includes the top riders and even more options for cuisine. 48 miles southeast of Asheville, near Columbus.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
Picnics by The Rhu
Take in the sights and mountain views with a picnic basket from The Rhu cafe in downtown. Picnics include house baked breads and pastries, local cheese and meats and salads made from fresh local produce. Many choices! Order in advance for quick pick-up. 10 South Lexington.
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
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
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 farm-to-table menus, fresh catches from the coast of the Carolinas as well as the many micro-brews and wines. 47 Biltmore Avenue, downtown
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
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
The Esmeralda Restaurant
Enjoy lunch or dinner in the shadows of Chimney Rock. Carefully crafted dishes feature many local ingredients and freshest seafood possible. For the ultimate romantic surprise, ask about reserving the chef's private table. Patio seating have cliff views. Exceptional wine list. Reservations recommended. Open Tuesday-Saturday.
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Smoky Park Supper Club
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
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
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
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
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
Gàn Shān Station
This local's favorite 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
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
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
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
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
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.
Located in the Grove Arcade with great outdoor dining, enjoy upscale wood-fired Italian menu that changes daily with fresh seafood, fine meats, and house made pastas. Pizzas are hand-tossed and cooked in a wood fired oven made in Italy. 1 Page Avenue
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Red Ginger Dim Sum & Tapas
New for 2016! Beautiful, authentic restaurant downtown that delivers traditional, healthful, and elegant Chinese-style tapas and dim sum. Instead of a rolling cart, it's interactive with a big open kitchen. 82 Patton Avenue
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
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
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