Downtown Asheville is a food-lover’s paradise filled with some of the best restaurants in the region. Choose from award-winning Asheville restaurants with James Beard Award-nominated chefs or opt for more casual dining options, including classic American cuisine, global bites, Southern comfort food, and more, with vegan and gluten-free options. Asheville is known for its wealth of independent restaurants, serving up fresh, seasonal, scratch-made fare with top-notch hospitality. Feature image: Strada Italiano
Small plates being served at Chestnut
Come hungry and arrive early to get a good seat! Better yet, call ahead to see if you can make a reservation. Downtown Asheville's a great place to walk around, with many things to do. See our Downtown Asheville Top 30 for ideas. Start the day right with a delicious breakfast and a mimosa at one of our diners and restaurants. See our top picks for Breakfast & Brunch. Want a quick start to the day? Grab some freshly brewed coffee and a bagel from a variety of coffee shops and bakeries in town. See our Coffee & Tea guide to find that perfect espresso or earl grey.
Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro
Our “foodie destination” status creates quite the competition in town and deciding on what eatery to try for lunch or dinner can be tough. From international cuisine to old school Southern fare with grits and fried green tomatoes, downtown Asheville restaurants really have it all. Indulge in a wide variety of international delights like Spanish tapas, Indian street food and hot curries, wood fired pizza and more. If a burger and beer is more your style, see our Best Burgers guide or check out Asheville’s lively food truck scene. See our Top 10 Food Trucks in Asheville.
End the day with a nightcap and watch the sun go down from a rooftop bar patio or savor a sweet bite from a local confectioner, bakery, or coffee shop.
Top Downtown Asheville Restaurants
Parking in Downtown Asheville
The easiest solution to parking is using one of the five city & county parking decks. It's free for the first hour, then $1.50/hour. Get real time updates on spaces available in each deck!
- Civic Center Parking Deck is entered from Haywood or Rankin (550 spaces)
- Rankin Avenue Parking Deck is entered from Walnut or Rankin (262 spaces)
- Wall Street Parking Deck (adjacent to Grove Arcade) is entered from Otis Street near Patton Avenue (232 spaces) - usually the busiest
- Biltmore Public Parking Deck is at 51 Biltmore Avenue (412 spaces)
- Buncombe County Parking Deck at 164 College Street across from Pack Square Park (650 spaces)
- Sears Alley Public Parking Deck at 40 Coxe Avenue with 664 spots- great for after 5 PM M-F and all weekend (near South Slope). Enter from Sears Alley.
There are a couple of privately owned parking garages in Asheville downtown that are usually more expensive, but very convenient.
On-Street Parking - Free after 6 PM & Sundays
There are more than 700 on-street, metered spaces in downtown Asheville. All meters are for short term parking (two hours or less, as marked) at a cost of $1.50 per hour. All meters accept coins only or pay via the Passport Parking App. The metered spaces are enforced from 8 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Saturday. Parking is FREE each Sunday and city holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas (3 days). So don't "feed the meters" on these days.