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40 Unforgettable Asheville Restaurants From Locals (2023)

It’s no secret that the Asheville restaurants are incredible. With so many options, how do you choose? From locals, don’t miss the best restaurants in Asheville for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

When we first moved to AVL, all of the Asheville restaurant guides seemed to have the exact same places to eat:

“You must go to Cúrate, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, White Duck Taco, Tupelo Honey, Jargon, Rhubarb, All Souls Pizza, Buxton Hall, and Biscuit Head.”

Yes! Those are indeed some of the most popular and famous Asheville restaurants. They are delicious. You should go to them.

But, what about dining in a historic neighborhood followed by Shakespeare in the Park or a dog-friendly patio with endless brews?

Or, the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Asheville like Laughing Seed Cafe, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, and Plant? We live for Plant’s vegan cheese platter.

Jerusalem Garden Cafe is a vibrant must that forces difficult choices against its downtown neighbor, Red Ginger Dimsum. One word: Dumplings.

Personally, Edison at the Grove Park Inn makes our mountain hearts sing with those jaw-dropping sunsets and seasonal craft cocktails.

Posana is a classic date night Downtown Asheville restaurant with a dedicated gluten-free kitchen – we are a half-Celiac household, after all.

And, what about when you need a hole-in-the-wall grinder from Apollo Flame Bistro after that hike? We’ll always be suckers for that giant Saint Bernard at Biltmore’s Cedric’s Tavern.

Plus, which Asheville breweries have the best food or food trucks? What about the city’s newest restaurants?

Known as Foodtopia, the restaurants in Asheville are plentiful and amazing. So, how do you choose?

As Asheville locals, we are sharing our favorite Asheville, NC restaurants – we’ve eaten at every single place on this list and all photos are our own.

We’ll divulge what we personally think are the lesser-known and best restaurants in Asheville, NC. Many of these won’t break the bank either.

Then, we’ll let you know the popular, award-winning, and tourist places to eat in Asheville that are still musts; the ones everyone talks about.

And yes, of course, this list will be highly contentious and also not include every restaurant in Asheville.

What are the unforgettable Asheville restaurants? Let’s get started!

Read all of our guides for where to eat in Asheville, NC, broken down by cuisine, neighborhood, and more!

Best Asheville restaurants with picture of vegan cheese plate with apples, pickled vegetables, and olives from Plant in North Asheville
Welcome to Foodtopia! Asheville has well over one hundred restaurants, making this city a foodie’s dream. What are the best Asheville restaurants from a local’s perspective? Keep on reading!

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Although we update our lists frequently, please double-check all information by visiting each Asheville restaurant’s website or calling.

Reservation policies are subject to change per season. The price range listed is a general estimate ranging from apps/small plates to entrees.

We are including restaurants in Asheville that we love for dine-in, delivery, and takeout.

Best Asheville Restaurants

1. Plant

Go-to & date night dedicated vegan restaurant
Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
Neighborhood: North Asheville
Price Range: $14 – $30
Cuisine: Vegan

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You cannot visit Plant, the best vegan restaurant in Asheville, without ordering a cheese plate.

One of our favorite places to eat in Asheville, Plant is our go-to for special occasions and date nights. Plant is food, after all.

Plant is also hands-down one of the best vegan restaurants in Asheville – and across Western North Carolina (WNC).

We are not vegan – although we seek out vegan-friendly spots since we are lactose-intolerant – but don’t worry, Plant is truly for everyone.

We are most obsessed with their cheese plate – we order one every time – along with their desserts.

Dishes change seasonally and are mostly organic and gluten-free. Beets, ravioli, nachos, Brussels, ramen, curries, veggie lasagna… Need we say more?

We love sitting outside on the patio on a breezy spring day with Plant’s fresh cocktails and endless small plates.

We highly suggest making reservations, especially if you have your heart set on eating here. Otherwise, you might catch a seat at the small bar.

And, know that North Asheville has other amazing restaurants if you can’t get a seat – Jettie Rae’s, Taco Temple, Asheville Pizza & Brewing, and Rye Knot – and this residential and college neighborhood stays just a tad quieter than Downtown.

Plant has its own parking lot, which is a bonus in this tight city.

Read more about terrific lactose and dairy-free Asheville restaurants, cafes, and dessert shops.

Plant | 165 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 258-7500

2. Thai Pearl

Delicious neighborhood Thai restaurant with GF options
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: West Asheville
Price Range: $8 – $19
Cuisine: Thai

One of the most delicious Thai food restaurants in Asheville, Thai Pearl is gorgeously decorated and another one of our personal favorites.

Like Plant, Thai Pearl is a great choice if you are looking for more gluten-free options like our half-Celiac household.

Sitting between two famous West Asheville restaurants, Nine Mile and Jargon, choose from curries, rice, stir-fry dishes, soups, and Thai salads. Thai Pearl also serves fresh oysters.

Be sure to order Chef May’s mouthwatering Thai onion rings and a green papaya salad. We devour her Pad Thai and Thai Basil dishes too.

And, Thai Pearl’s ginger soup is the perfect fall or winter dish to warm you up.

Notably, Chef May trained and cooked at The Royal Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. She also worked alongside a Michelin Star Chef in Queensland, Australia.

When the restaurant first opened, we met Chef May and learned how much she gives back to the community.

She sometimes sneaks extra goodies into our takeout order, but we promise, that doesn’t affect our review.

Parking in West Asheville gets a little iffy, but we usually find parking on one of the side streets if Thai Pearl’s lot is full.

Thai Pearl | 747 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 412-5905


Charming ambiance perfect for lunch or weekend brunch
Reservations: Recommended; OpenTable
: North Asheville/Grove
Price Range: $14 – $38
Cuisine: American

One of the best restaurants in Asheville – and new as of 2022 – ELDR in Grovewood Village sits directly across from The Omni Grove Park Inn in Grovewood Village.

Here, enjoy breakfast, coffee with friends, weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner in a fairytale cottage with indoor and outdoor seating as well as a small bar.

Begin with marinated olives, charcuterie, beef tartare, and fried calamari.  For lunch, select from seasonal items like beet sandwiches and burgers.

Dinner includes hearty pasta dishes, duck, pork chops, and fish. Find gluten-free, vegan, and veggie options, including vegan cheese and GF bread.

Saturday and Sunday weekend brunch – make reservations – features duck hash, breakfast sandwiches, eggs, salads, pork schnitzel, and more.

Find amazing craft cocktails, a large wine selection, and gourmet tea and coffee.

Park in ELDR’s designated lots out front and on the sides of Grovewood Village.

Afterward, if open, dip into Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum – a free AVL museum – to see vintage cars and a firetruck from the 1920s. We also enjoy Grovewood Gallery for local art and gifts.

Explore more of North Asheville with our guide.

ELDR | 111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville, NC 28804 | (828) 407-1400

4. Leo’s House Of Thirst

Casual wine bar with deliciously paired tapas under the trees
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: West Asheville
Price Range
: $12 – $34
Cuisine: Wine & Tapas

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Leo’s is a go-to for wine and tapas in West Asheville.

True to our namesake, it’s no surprise that one of the best Asheville restaurants is also a terrific wine bar.

Leo’s House of Thirst is our personal go-to for a casual night out with mouthwatering tapas. 

For food, you’d think we might be in trouble here, but they have gluten-free substitutions and can usually modify for dairy.

But first, let’s start with the showstopping wine: Leo’s has wine by the glass, half carafe, and bottle, including eclectic orange and pink wines.

While they don’t offer wine flights, you can request half-pours. The extensive wine list is sure to impress.

For some of the best food in Asheville, enjoy handhelds, pasta, beets, fish, olives, vegan soups, and charcuterie.

You might catch the smoker in use, and the menu changes frequently.

If it’s a gorgeous day, sit outside on the lawn at a picnic table or by the fire.  Inside is quaint too, whether you are at the bar or at a table.

Leo’s House of Thirst has a small parking lot out back, or find street parking.  Just be sure to pay attention to all posted signs as some places will tow.

Leo’s House of Thirst | 1055 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 505-8017

5. RosaBees

Off-the-beaten-path & unique Hawaiian cuisine in a RAD neighborhood
Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
Neighborhood: River Arts District
Price Range: $15 – $30
Cuisine: Hawaiian

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The River Arts District is a vibrant area for smaller Asheville restaurants, breweries, food trucks, and wine. Don’t miss RosaBees which is tucked between pleb urban winery and Wedge Brewing.

RosaBees is one of the best places to eat in Asheville if you crave poke paired with nearby street art and indie films, especially being located in AVL’s River Arts District (RAD).

A Hawaiian restaurant, RosaBees serves up delicious poke bowls, rice, and noodle dishes. If you are lucky, you might catch an Indonesian-inspired dish or Filipino lumpia.

Dine on delicacies like octopus, and pick from spicy seafood dishes. Pair your tropical meal with an equally refreshing dessert or cocktail.

This is a great off-the-beaten-path RAD Asheville dining option, but we still recommend making reservations.

After dining at RosaBees, head to one of Asheville’s hippest wineries, pleb urban winery. Or, drive a few minutes away to Bottle Riot, another fantastic wine bar.

Lastly, catch an indie film at the Grail Moviehouse or shop at one of the artist’s studios.

Marquee is a newer European-esque design and home décor art market with a bar.  It’s fun to wander the artists’ stalls.

Bring your skates for the Skate Park or RAD Riverwalk. Park in any of RAD’s numerous free lots.

RosaBees | 27 Foundy Street, Suite #20, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 417-7212

6. Limones Restaurant

Romantic and cozy Downtown AVL hot spot for couples
Reservations: Highly recommended; OpenTable
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $11 – $44
Cuisine: Californian-Mexican

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One of the best restaurants in Downtown Asheville, Limones is utterly charming, warmly inviting, and cozy.

Limones is by far one of the most romantic restaurants in Asheville. This is also our top pick for ambiance. Plus, any place with two enchanting window seats is a bonus for us.

Find candle chandeliers glowing throughout this historic building decorated with mirrors and abstract art.

With two smaller rooms and a bar, enjoy intimate conversations. You’ll also love the Mexican and French-influenced Californian cuisine.

A former Mexico City native, Chef Hugo Ramirez moved to Asheville from San Francisco. His food is simple yet divine.

To start, order tapas with their famous margaritas; you may have trouble choosing from their extensive list. For tapas, we enjoy the fresh and innovative ceviche but they also have lobster or lamb belly nachos.

Then, enjoy fusion-cuisine entrées featuring dishes like BBQ fish, scallops with salsa, ramen short ribs, and enchiladas with vegan cheese.

Don’t forget to save room for a Mexican-inspired dessert such as churros or a Tres Leches cake. Limones has a great cocktail list, Spanish dessert wines, and Mexican coffee.

We could sit here all night. Limones is also our neighbors’ favorite date night restaurant in Downtown Asheville.

Personally, we appreciate that Limones sits on a quiet downtown side street. You will want to make advanced reservations and park in a nearby garage or pay lot.

Read more about romantic Asheville for couples.

Limones | 15 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 252-2327

7. Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Delicious & largely-portioned North Carolina BBQ with tasty sides
Reservations: None
Neighborhoods: North & South AVL
Price Range: $12 – $20
Cuisine: BBQ

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Hush puppies, pulled pork, and baked beans; oh my! Luella’s is our personal favorite BBQ restaurant in Asheville.

We could never pick one or two of the best BBQ restaurants in Asheville. North Carolina is famous for its BBQ.

However, we champion North Asheville’s Luella’s Bar-B-Que. Show us the fried okra!

Luella’s doles out huge portions of mouthwatering BBQ ribs and pulled pork paired with overflowing sides with a menu marked for gluten-sensitive and vegetarian diners.

Their North Asheville location is always jumping, and they offer indoor and outdoor seating. Both locations – the other in Biltmore Park Town Square – have parking lots.

Nearby, enjoy the free Botanical Gardens At Asheville or take a stroll around Beaver Lake.

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We also have to give a shoutout to 12 Bones.

Another one of the best Asheville restaurants for BBQ is, of course, 12 Bones Smokehouse in the River Arts District.

This location is especially famous since Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle dined here.

12 Bones Smokehouse’s South Asheville location houses their delicious brewery and an Anthony Bourdain mural. You cannot go wrong with their BBQ and hearty sides.

Luellas | North Asheville: 501 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804; (828) 505-7427
South Asheville: 33 Town Square Blvd., Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC 28803; (828) 676-3855

8. Gypsy Queen Cuisine

Lebanese street food with loads of vegan, veggie, and GF options
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: West Asheville
Price Range: $7 – $17
Cuisine: Mediterranean/Lebanese

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Did someone say Mediterranean & Lebanese vegan and gluten-free street food?

One of the best restaurants in Asheville, NC that you rarely find on lists, run to Gyspy Queen Cuisine (GQC). They make delicious Mediterranean & Lebanese street food.

Fair warning, too: you will have trouble deciding what to eat here. Like us, you might over-order and want to eat it all. We always have leftovers.

For Mezze, choose from grape leaves, hummus, and a mixture of fried Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. For entrees, select from rice bowls, gyros, platters, and wraps.

We recommend dining at Gyspy Queen for lunch in Asheville. Order at the counter and grab a seat – inside or out. We also get a lot of takeout from them, especially on weekends.

Gypsy Queen, along with Plant and Laughing Seed, is one of the best places to eat in Asheville for both vegan and gluten-free diners.

This restaurant is located near Green Tea Sushi, just on the outskirts of Downtown Asheville over the bridge that passes by the Asheville silo.

Just don’t let the not-so-pretty area of buildings – some closed down – scare you away. We promise: the food is delicious and the staff is incredibly accommodating and friendly.

Find plenty of parking in their lot. You might also catch GQC’s food truck around town, especially at events and festivals like Asheville’s VeganFest.

Gypsy Queen Cuisine | 807 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 575-2758

9. Edison (Grove Park Inn)

Historic rooftop restaurant with stunning sunset mountain views
Reservations: Recommended; OpenTable
Neighborhood: North Asheville/Grove
Price Range: $12 – $32
Cuisine: American

Please don’t stalk us, but as Asheville locals, we probably frequent Edison more than we should. In fact, when we can’t decide where to eat in Asheville, we head here.

The Omni Grove Park Inn, like Biltmore, is a huge part of Asheville’s history.

You cannot beat those sunset views over the Blue Ridge Mountains. We love it so much, the Grove Park Inn’s view is also the inspiration for Uncorked Asheville’s logo.

We prefer grabbing lunch at Edison with seasonal craft cocktails and local beers.

They serve lighter fare including sandwiches, charcuterie, wings, Thai lettuce wraps, and salads, and are more budget-friendly than their other delicious restaurant, Sunset Terrace.

Even though Edison – and Grove’s The Great Hall Bar – are not quite situated on an actual rooftop, we consider them two of the best rooftop restaurants in Asheville, NC.

Edison | 290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804 | (800) 438-580

More Unforgettable Grove Park Inn Restaurants:

Sunset Terrace is one of the top high-end Asheville restaurants. We (daintily) annihilate their scallops and steak.

Or, order snacks and drinks at The Great Hall Bar – a top Asheville bar – and sit outside past Sunset Terrace, one level down.

Visiting the Grove Park Inn is one of the “must” Asheville experiences.

Please just remember that the Grove Park Inn is a luxury resort hotel. Most of the year, parking is free for the first few hours in their lots and the Vanderbilt parking garage.

For the holidays, you will have to pay a hefty self-park or valet fee. We also recommend Grove’s restaurants to celebrate the perfect Christmas in Asheville.

Their Annual Gingerbread House Competition is a winter staple.

10. Nine Mile

Best food intolerance-friendly restaurant with a Caribbean flair
Reservations: None
Neighborhoods: Montford; West & South AVL
Price Range: $12 – $32
Cuisine: Caribbean-inspired

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Nine Mile is one of the best restaurants in Asheville if you have food intolerances, preferences, and allergies. Pictured above is their delicious dairy-free pesto with shrimp and pasta.

We love Nine Mile’s Montford-Asheville location. Nine Mile is a vegetarian-friendly restaurant with Caribbean-inspired pasta and rice dishes.

Serving up some of the best food in Asheville, Nine Mile has one of the largest menu keys for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, nuts, dairy-free, and honey.

Nine Mile runs on the spicier side, but they can accommodate dishes. Their pasta and seafood are delicious.

Think cajun chicken, salmon over pasta, and coconut curry shrimp along with soup and salad. Nine Mile only serves wine and beer.

Just know that Nine Mile does not take reservations, and they will grow extremely busy no matter what time you arrive.

With some luck, you might catch them at the right time, and we promise: the wait is worth it. Still, it doesn’t hurt to arrive as soon as they open; you’ll probably catch us in line.

If you visit Nine Mile’s Historic Montford location, spend some time walking the neighborhood. You’ll pass gorgeous old houses, Little Free Libraries, Montford’s famous B&Bs, and Montford Park.

Montford is also one of the most unique Asheville neighborhoods for architecture, Riverside Cemetery, and Shakespeare in the Park.

For Montford and West Asheville, especially, find street parking or a pay-by-space lot (W. AVL). Biltmore Park Town Square has free lots and garages.

Nine Mile | Montford: 233 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28804 | (828) 505-3121
West AVL: 751 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 575-9903
South AVL: Biltmore Town Park Square, Town Square Blvd, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 676-1807

11. Posana Restaurant

Dedicated gluten-free kitchen and fine dining overlooking historic Pack Square with a menu for pets
Reservations: Recommended; OpenTable
Neighborhood: Downtown AVL
Price Range: $12 – $48
Cuisine: Contemporary American

Without question, Posana is one of the best Asheville restaurants for gluten-free and Celiac diners.

As a part-Celiac household, this was also one of the first fancier restaurants in Downtown Asheville that we ate at before moving to AVL.

Posana has a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, and almost all of their menu is gluten-free with the exception of a few labeled cocktails and drinks (those bitters, man).

They serve local and contemporary American cuisine perfect for celebrations. Think gluten-free desserts, appetizers, and meaty entrees.

Order items like roasted beets, grilled chicken and octopus, gnocchi, pork loin, and steak. Menus change seasonally, and they even have one for your pooch, who is welcome on the outdoor patio.

Although Posana is fine dining, find a kid-friendly menu with chicken, pasta, and fish.

The executive chef and co-owner graduated from The Culinary Institute of America.

Posana has a large patio and looks out over Pack Square, which is full of interesting happenings. This is Asheville, after all.

Read more about all of Asheville’s best gluten-free restaurants – which we wrote from the bottom of our hearts and stomachs as a half-Celiac household.

See where to find gluten-reduced and GF beer too, from very personal research.

Posana | 1 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 505-3969

12. Haywood Common

Pet & family-friendly healthy eats with a shared patio/beer bar
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: West Asheville
Price Range: $12 – $18
Cuisine: American

Haywood Common is one of the best places to eat in Asheville for families, diners with pets, and those looking for a more casual restaurant.

In fact, along with Leo’s House of Thirst, it’s our personal favorite restaurant in West Asheville, and we probably dine here more than anywhere else.

Along with delicious coffee beverages and some of our favorite cocktails in town, find a healthy and budget-friendly menu filled with items like poke bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

Weekend brunch is fantastic, including a mix of lunch items along with chicken biscuits and gravy, avocado toast, and a breakfast hash bowl.

Haywood Common has vegan and vegetarian options along with gluten-free bread and a dedicated GF fryer.

Sit inside or out on their large patio shared with The Whale, which boasts the best selection of local as well as international beers to try.

We suggest using the Park Mobile app and parking at the church next door (except on Sunday mornings).

There’s a small lot out front of Haywood Common, shared with The Whale, but it’s tight and almost always full.

Afterward, explore more of West Asheville, including its plant shops, breweries, street art, and bookstores.

Haywood Common | 507 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 575-2542

13. Taco Temple

If tacos were a religion… casual local hot spot
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: North Asheville
Price Range: $3 – $15
Cuisine: Mexican

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Taco Temple is one of the top unassuming Mexican restaurants in Asheville, NC – and a local favorite.

The northern part of the city houses many of the best restaurants in Asheville, NC, and Taco Temple proves it. They serve the most delicious tacos around.

Head toward historic Charlotte Street to dine in a former 1930s gas station – although the interior resembles a temple/church. And let’s face it: this is certainly a religion we can get behind.

Mamacita’s Taco Temple is always busy with a local crowd, and you may find a fast-moving line of customers.

Taco Temple is your go-to for milled corn tortillas, tortas, and tamales – with gluten-free and vegan options.

Devour overflowing tacos; we suggest ordering at least 2 per person. You know you want the chips and guacamole too.

Did we mention those breakfast tacos and avocado crema sauce?

Plus, nurse Mexican hot chocolate and find tater tots along with a small children’s menu and a salad option. They even serve margaritas and cocktails.

Order at the small window first. Then, sit inside the “temple” or outside on the covered patio. They’ll deliver food to your table.

If you are looking for the most local and budget-friendly places to eat in Asheville, Taco Temple is it.

And, if you are looking for more local Asheville restaurants near Biltmore Estate – a visitor hot spot – Taco Temple is only 10 minutes away by car.

Taco Temple | 132 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 255-8098

14. Yum Poke Spot

Fast and budget-friendly poke bowls, best for takeout
Reservations: None
Neighborhoods: Downtown & South Asheville
Price Range: $7 – $15
Cuisine: Sushi/Poke

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Yum – along with Zen – are our go-to’s for sushi in Asheville.

If you are craving poke and wondering where to eat in Asheville for sushi takeout, we are pros here. We probably order sushi to-go at least once a week.

For the best poké restaurant in Downtown Asheville, Yum Poke Spot has both build-your-own sushi burritos and poké bowls. What’s not to love?

Pick your protein – like salmon or tuna – along with white or brown rice or salad. Load up with the goods.

Our favorite mix-ins include carrots, mango, roe, cucumber, avocado, seaweed salad, fried garlic, and scallion. Add some ginger sauce, and get ready to dig in.

Yum Sushi is also one of the most budget-friendly and fastest places to eat in Asheville on this list and makes for great takeout.

Green Tea Sushi is another one of the best sushi restaurants in Asheville. Our other favorite is Umi in Hendersonville, NC, about 40 minutes south of AVL.

Yum Poke Spot North Carolina | Downtown AVL: 45 Asheland Ave. Unit 101, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 505-2277
South AVL: 100 Julian Shoals Dr.Arden, NC 28704 | (828) 676-3800

15. Bouchon

Romantic French fine dining in Downtown Asheville
Reservations: Recommended; Resy
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $7 – $15
Cuisine: French

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For romantic fine dining in Downtown Asheville, we highly recommend Bouchon. Choose from French comfort food, decadent red wines, and the strongest cocktails.

If you are looking for one of the best Asheville restaurants serving up French comfort food, head to Bouchon.

We have to thank our dedicated readers for putting Bouchon on our radar. Some of our newsletter subscribers reserve dinner at Bouchon for every single one of their Asheville visits.

We can see why.

Of course, French cuisine isn’t always super friendly if you are lactose-intolerant, but we love items like their delicious beef stew and duck.

Enjoy decadent and rich items like chicken cordon bleu, boeuf bourguignon, steak frites, and lamb chops.

One of the coziest fine dining Asheville restaurants, sit inside their intimate, warm, and dimly lit space or enjoy the outdoor patio.

Bouchon has some of the strongest and most delicious cocktails in town, and of course, you have to order classy French wine with dinner.

Afterward, head to Crave Dessert Bar for more cocktails, hookah, and dessert.

Bouchon | 62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 350-1140

16. Wicked Weed Brewpub

Must-visit Asheville brewery with pub grub
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $7 – $28
Cuisine: American & Beer

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Grab lunch and a pint at Wicked Weed Brewing.

Here at Uncorked Asheville, we always get asked for the best Asheville restaurants near or at breweries.

Asheville is famous for its beer scene, and there’s certainly no shortage of breweries. Although Wicked Weed is indeed a tourist hot spot, you still have to go here.

Even as locals, we cannot resist their brews paired with lunch. We bring out-of-town friends here to get a feel for the city too.

As a brewpub, Wicked Weed serves up delicious sandwiches, burgers, and entrees to pair with their extensive beer selection.

Think soups, veggie plates, salads, pasta, shrimp and grits, and more. Along with every type of craft beer imaginable, Wicked Weed also serves cocktails and wine.

Find a late-night menu with snacks and burgers. Wicked Weed is a pet-friendly Asheville brewery (two of their patios).

Just a few blocks away, don’t miss their Funkatorium, which specializes in funky AF sour beers. Wicked Weed also has a kid and pet-friendly West Asheville taproom with a food truck.

Biltmore Ave. Garage is where we tend to park in this area.

P.S. As locals, our favorite Asheville breweries include Hillman Beer, Green Man, Zillicoah, and Asheville Brewing.

When looking for more of the best food in Asheville paired with local brews, try the delicious food truck route.

Don’t miss Zillicoah’s permanent Mexican food truck, Taqueria Munoz, or Hi-Wire RAD’s Beer Garden with Foothills Food Truck.

Wicked Weed Brewing | 91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 575-9599

17. Red Ginger Dimsum & Tapas

Downtown Chinese and dimsum tapas bars to fight that dumpling craving
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $5 – $28
Cuisine: Chinese/Asian Fusion

One of our all-time favorite Asian fusion restaurants in Asheville, Red Ginger Dimsum and Tapas is home to dumplings and sushi.

We ate here long before we moved to Asheville and can’t get enough. Red Ginger is great for both dine-in and delivery.

Choose from fried rice, every type of delicious dumpling, Asian pancakes, bento boxes, summer rolls, and vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

You will want to order 2-3 plates per person and because they are Asian tapas, you may also wish to share across the table.

While Red Ginger Dimsum & Tapas stays pretty busy, we’ve never had to wait for a table. They are also budget-friendly with indoor and some outdoor seating.

For Downtown Asheville restaurants, Red Ginger is at the heart of it all. We usually park behind the building in the Coxe Ave. garage or pay lots.

Discover even more great takeout restaurants in Asheville.

Red Ginger Dimsum & Tapas | 82 Patton Avenue Suite 100, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 505-868

18. Stoney Knob Cafe (Weaverville)

A quirky surprise and stellar local American-Mediterranean restaurant just north of the city
Reservations: Recommended; by phone
Neighborhood: Weaverville
Price Range: $7 – $22
Cuisine: Mediterranean/Greek

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Weaverville’s Stoney Knob Cafe serves up the best seafood dishes.

The small mountain towns around Asheville are a must for any visitor, including AVL’s northern neighbor, Weaverville.

Weaverville is about 15 minutes by car and full of things to do, including strolling Lake Louise, brewery hopping, and taking your dog to the dog park bar.

Plus, for the best restaurants near Asheville, you cannot go wrong. Where else can you dine with Elvis watching over you?

The sneakiest park: the eye-candy interior looks nothing like its drab diner facade.

Stoney Knob Cafe is by far one of the funkiest places to eat in Asheville and Weaverville – in the best way possible. Find multiple fun dining areas, including booths with bubble glass lighting.

Serving up delicious European/American and Greek cuisine, Stoney Knob Cafe has Sunday brunch – which is always packed- lunch, and dinner.

Select from menu items like salads, gyros, Korean tacos, fresh tuna steaks, burgers, fish and meat dishes, and sandwiches. We think they make the best grilled octopus around.

Stoney Knob Cafe marks GF items on their menu. Park in the lot out front.

Reservations are highly recommended, as Stoney Knob Cafe has been consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Weaverville (& the Asheville area).

Stoney Knob Cafe | 337 Merrimon Ave, Weaverville, NC 28787 | (828) 645-3309

19. Baby Bull

The best local and casual burger joint in town next to the Asheville silo
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: River Arts District
Price Range: $13 – $16
Cuisine: American/Burgers

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For the best burger restaurants in Asheville, we love Baby Bull (gluten-free bun pictured).

Famous The Bull And Beggar – which we will be talking about soon – also owns a burger joint, Baby Bull, just a few minutes away in the River Arts District.

This is a low-key, unassuming, and affordable burger joint. Baby Bull makes the absolute best burgers in Asheville (RIP The Malvern).

They boast a simple but delicious menu painted above the counter.

You cannot make substitutions, but Baby Bull will make dietary accommodations to leave off items (like cheese for those of us who are lactose-intolerant; just know their burgers are cooked with butter).

Baby Bull also serves up one of the most delicious gluten-free burger buns. Be sure to catch “Burger Monday” where you can get a burger, fries, and beer or soda for $9.99.

While “special” selections rotate, you might find a lobster roll, fried fish, pork cutlet, or pressed pork sandwich.

Sides include pork rinds, fries, and hushpuppies. Baby Bull also has a kid’s burger.

Please keep in mind that this isn’t a fancy Asheville restaurant but more of a local neighborhood and casual hub. Your burger comes in a basket with red and white checkered paper.

Even on a chilly day, it’s nice to sit outside on a picnic table on the patio overlooking the Instagrammable Asheville silo.

Baby Bull has a large parking lot along with street parking. Just look for the orange building with the big green “Earle Chesterfield Mill Co. Hatchery” on it, also known as the Hatchery Studios.

For pet and family-friendly as well as quick and easy places to eat in Asheville, Baby Bull is it.

Baby Bull Asheville | 1 Roberts St, Asheville, NC 28801 | No phone number

20. Jerusalem Garden Cafe

Terrific, family-run Middle Eastern cafe in Downtown Asheville
Reservations: None; waitlist on website
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $8 – $20
Cuisine: Moroccan/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

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Grape leaves, hummus, and pita await the hungry foodie at Jerusalem Garden Cafe.

When the other Downtown Asheville restaurants get slammed, it’s refreshing to sneak into Jerusalem Garden Cafe, especially for lunch.

The atmosphere is colorful, serene, and delicious, and you’ll get great service.

Jerusalem Garden Cafe specializes in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Think grape leaves, falafels, hummus, salads, and gyros.

We also love their Saturday and Sunday brunch with mimosas. For parking, try the Coxe Ave. Garage, and know that Red Ginger is close by.

Jerusalem Garden Cafe | 78 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 254-0255

21. Jettie Rae’s Oyster House

New England-style seafood
Reservations: Recommend; Resy
Neighborhood: North Asheville
Price Range: $12 – $36
Cuisine: Seafood

If you love New England-style fish, Jettie Rae’s is a must. One of the best seafood restaurants in Asheville, choose from oysters, shrimp cocktail, mussels, and clams.

Of course, Jettie Rae’s has a raw bar, and their cocktail list is inventive and full of heat. Find twists on classic drinks.

Jettie Rae’s has non-seafood options, including burgers and salads. We highly suggest making advanced reservations.

Most uniquely, Jettie Rae’s sits in a renovated Gulf Gas Station that “Steamer” Edmonds opened in North Asheville. We enjoy sitting outside on the covered patio.

Jettie Rae’s has its own parking lot.

Jettie Rae’s Oyster House | 143 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 505-4499

22. Glass Onion (Weaverville)

Romantic and casual fine dining, global Italian with gluten-free pasta options
Reservations: Recommend; Resy
Neighborhood: Weaverville
Price Range: $10 – $40
Cuisine: Italian

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A favorite upscale Italian restaurant in the Asheville area, Glass Onion is our fine dining choice to beat the Downtown AVL crowds.

Another one of the best restaurants near Asheville, Glass Onion is a hidden gem.

Like Stoney Knob Cafe, Glass Onion is in Weaverville – one of the shortest Asheville day trips you can take.

This is a classy but still more casual Asheville fine dining option. We highly suggest making reservations, especially for an evening out.

Order delicious beet appetizers and plentiful-portioned meat and seafood entrées. Think fingerling potatoes, Prosciutto with melon, and eggplant caponata.

We enjoy their half-chicken and fish dishes like salmon and trout. You might just find braised local rabbit and boar bolognese.

Considered “global Italian,” you’ll love the atmosphere and blown-glass decor.

Glass Onion is incredibly accommodating to food intolerance and allergies. They have a plethora of GF options, too, including gluten-free pasta

Head to Twisted Laurel for cocktails after dinner or WagBar for craft beer with the pooches. Discover even more delicious Weaverville restaurants.

Glass Onion | 18 N Main St, Weaverville, NC 28787 | (828) 645-8866

23. Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse

Created by a James Beard-nominated Chef, Japanese-inspired and American BBQ fusion
Reservations: Recommend; OpenTable
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $8 – $20
Cuisine: Japanese BBQ Fusion

One of the best places to eat in Asheville (opened in 2021), Ukiah is sure to wow you. This is no surprise as its concept was created by James Beard-nominated chef, Michael Lewis.

Located on Biltmore Ave., choose from Japanese street food and tapas with an American BBQ twist. Sounds a bit unique, right?

Get ready for an incredible dining experience.

Think meat skewers, shrimp cocktail, ramen, and raw sushi-grade fish. This is an Asheville restaurant to treat yourself.

Most of Ukiah’s dishes are meant for sharing, but you can order an entrée too. They also can accommodate dietary restrictions.

Inside, the bar is gorgeously decorated, and the rest of the restaurant will transport you out of the city. Of course, Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse’s cocktails are classy and equally amazing.

Make reservations and bring an extra sweater in the fall and winter, especially if you wish to enjoy their outdoor patio with the beautiful stone fireplace.

We recommend parking at the Biltmore Ave. garage.

Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse | 121 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 470-7480

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24. Biltmore Estate’s Cedric’s Tavern or Stable Cafe

Dine at Asheville’s most famous attraction either in the former horse stables or in a tavern dedicated to their pooch.
Reservations: Recommend; OpenTable
Neighborhood: Biltmore Village/Estate
Price Range: $9 – $30
Cuisine: American

Even as Asheville locals, we are Biltmore Estate annual passholders and frequent the property, especially for the hiking and biking trails.

Biltmore is home to gorgeous blooms, loads of history, fun tours, Candlelight Christmas Evenings, luxury accommodations, and some of the best Asheville restaurants for all types of diners and families.

Just know that for all of Biltmore Estate’s restaurants, you will need a pass/ticket to enter the grounds or be staying at one of their properties. We also suggest making advanced dining reservations.

Cedric’s Tavern – our top Biltmore Estate pick – is a go-to for fantastic seasonal cocktails and more upscale pub grub.

Cedric was the Vanderbilts’ beloved St. Bernard, and you’ll find endless black and white photos as well as his dog collar here.

We devour their in-house pickles, Lusty Monk mustard, fish and chips, and sandwiches.

Find anything from burgers, Shepherd’s pie, steak, risotto, and pork shank to chicken breast, crusted flounder, and pork chops.

Another delicious Biltmore property restaurant, Stable Cafe is quite fun. Where else can you say that you dined in George Vanderbilt’s horse stables?

For lunch, we enjoy Stable Cafe’s chicken or tuna salad paired with a cocktail. They serve Southern favorites like an Appalachian platter, shrimp and grits, and meatloaf.

Stable Cafe is also the perfect stop if you are spending all day touring Biltmore or looking for a fun kid-friendly Asheville restaurant.

The kids’ menu features smaller burgers and sandwiches, chicken tenders, and grilled cheese.

Typically, you would want to visit the Biltmore House first, peruse the gardens, and then grab lunch at Stable Cafe.

Afterward, head to Biltmore Winery for wine tasting. Grab our suggested Biltmore itinerary here.

Stable Cafe is also perfect if you are looking for family-friendly things to do at Biltmore.

Biltmore Estate | 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803 | (800) 411-3812
Stable Cafe | (828) 225-6370 & Cedric’s Tavern |  (828) 225-1320

25. The Bull And Beggar

Your go-to for all things meat and fine dining
Reservations: Recommend; Resy
Neighborhood: River Arts District
Price Range: $9 – $30
Cuisine: American

Head to the River Arts District for one of the absolute best Asheville restaurants and the coziest ambiances. The Bull And Beggar is perfect for special occasions and fine dining.

If you are a meat lover, this RAD restaurant will speak volumes to you – pun intended with the book bar up front.

If you are a vegan or veggie, though, this might not be the absolute best choice for you.

The Bull & Beggar’s menu changes weekly; choose from hors d’oeuvres like charcuterie, oysters, and beef tartare.

Entrées tend to run seasonally with delicious pasta, duck, and steak served with gourmet veggie sides.

Parking is plentiful as The Bull And Beggar shares space with Bottle Riot – serving wine in glasses as big as your face – and one of Wedge Brewing’s locations.

We highly recommend making advanced dining reservations. The Bull And Beggar also has (heated) outdoor seating, and as mentioned above, owns Baby Bull.

The Bull And Beggar | 37 Paynes Way #007, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 575-9443

26. Asheville Brewing Company

Best local pizza place and brewery in town with a movie theater at one location
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: North, Downtown, South AVL
Price Range: $8 – $20
Cuisine: Pizza & Pub Grub

Our go-to for pizza restaurants in Asheville, Asheville Pizza and Brewing is the best. They have multiple locations across North, South, and Downtown Asheville.

True to their namesake, first and foremost, order one of their specialty pies with punny movie names. Think coconut crust with ham and bacon, BBQ chicken and onion, meat lovers, veggie pies, and more.

And, if you are vegan and/or gluten-free, they offer vegan cheese as well as gluten-free pizza crust. Their pizzas are perfect for takeout and delivery too.

Asheville Brewing Company’s menu also showcases bar food items like tater tots, sandwiches, and burgers. Find King Kong wings, burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads.

The Merrimon location boasts of a movie theater, where they play some oldies but goodies and brand-new movies. Find an arcade and play area for the littles too.

Asheville Brewing Company’s Merrimon location has two free parking lots. For Coxe Ave., we either park across the street in the pay lot or at the Coxe Ave. Garage.

For the best food in Asheville paired with craft beer, Asheville Brewing is perfect for the entire family – and their outdoor spaces are dog-friendly.

Asheville Brewing Company | North AVL: 675 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804 | (828) 254-1281
Downtown AVL: 77 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 255-4077
South AVL: 1850 Hendersonville Road Suite A, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 277-5775

27. Laughing Seed Cafe

Top low-key vegetarian cafe perfect for all occasions
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: Downtown
Price Range: $12 – $21
Cuisine: Vegetarian

One of the first Asheville restaurants that we ever ate at before moving here, Laughing Seed Cafe is a delicious vegan and vegetarian Downtown Asheville cafe.

They also have fantastic gluten-free options.

We enjoy Laughing Seed Cafe’s veggie burger, Reuben, and vegan manicotti along with craft cocktails. They also serve up seasonal items like curries, risotto, tacos, and the occasional pizza.

Laughing Seed Cafe is the perfect Asheville takeout spot for the holidays — think pies, sauces, and meals for the entire family.

We’ve even enjoyed a Valentine’s Day here, complete with a heart-shaped veggie burger.

Laughing Seed Cafe | 40 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 252-3445

28. Apollo Flame Bistro

Casual Greek diner with the best subs in town & one of our regular go-to’s
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: South AVL & Biltmore Village
Price Range: $10 – $20
Cuisine: Greek

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Apollo Flame Bistro is our top stop for grinders, especially after a BRP hike.

Are you wondering where to eat in Asheville after that hike? One of our bi-weekly, go-to Asheville restaurants is a “hole-in-the-wall” Greek diner.

We are hoping Apollo Flame Bistro doesn’t think that’s an insult because we live for their grinders after a visit to The NC Arboretum or Blue Ridge Parkway-Pisgah area for hiking.

It’s our personal tradition to grab grape leaves and grinders (or subs, hoagies… whatever you call them) after a day of exploring the mountains.

Along with subs, find anything from pasta and pizza to calzones, chicken specials, and salads. Apollo Flame has gluten-free bread, pasta, and pizza crust.

They also have a kids’ as well as a vegetarian section on their menus.

There are two Apollo Flame Bistro locations: one near the Asheville outlets and Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP), and one close to Biltmore Estate in Biltmore Village.

Know that Apollo Flame is one of our most contentious places to eat in Asheville.

We get endless “thank you’s” for this gem as well as a few “WTFs?!” We 100% love them and stand by this recommendation.

See what other Asheville hiking trails we recommend paired with Apollo Flame takeout – and our top picnic spots across WNC.

P.S. Bent Creek Experimental Forest – some of AVL’s top mountain biking trails – are minutes away too.

Apollo Flame | South AVL: 1025 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 665-0080
Biltmore Village: 485 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 274-3582

29. The Bush Farmhouse (Black Mountain)

Unique South African restaurant with farm animals
Reservations: Recommended; Resy
Neighborhood: Black Mountain
Price Range: $12 – $48
Cuisine: South African

About 25 minutes from Asheville, you cannot skip over Black Mountain’s delicious restaurants.

They stay a bit quieter but are just as good as the best restaurants in Asheville – which is why we had to include one on this list.

For a completely different experience, head to The Bush Farmhouse.

Eat with the farm animals outside – including goats, donkeys, and pigs, or sit inside at the bar or a cozy table.

We covet that South African wine list. You can even bring discounted bottles to take home.

The menu features anything from specials like oxtail soup to fish, spare ribs, sausage rolls, curries, and wings.

Afterward, head to Oak and Grist for cocktails – one of our favorite WNC distilleries – or try a hopping Black Mountain brewery.

Black Mountain is full of things to do, including a walk around Lake Tomahawk, shopping Downtown, and hitting the hiking trails.

The Bush Farmhouse | 151 S Ridgeway Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711 | (828) 357-5367

Most Famous Restaurants In Asheville, NC

We didn’t want to have a list of Asheville restaurants without naming just a few of the big ones.

Because these establishments land on pretty much every blogger’s and tourism board’s “best restaurants in Asheville, NC” post, we wanted to give you different and sometimes more affordable and more bang for your buck AVL restaurants first.

That’s not to poo-poo on these delicious or even award-winning Foodtopia options, by any means. Do not come for us.

These are some of the literal best places to eat in Asheville. In fact, they are also top Asheville tourist attractions.

Above, there are quite a few bigger “tourist” Asheville restaurants, too. However, when we say “Asheville,” almost everyone knows the below restaurants, which are equally fabulous dining options.

30. Chai Pani

James Beard-award winning Indian street snacks that you’ll never forget
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $10 – $18
Cuisine: Indian

One of the best Downtown Indian restaurants in Asheville and also a popular tourist spot, don’t miss Chai Pani. Chai Pani is best known for its Indian street snacks.

The New York TimesGQ Magazine, and New York Magazine have all featured this incredible Asheville restaurant. Samantha Brown stopped by in 2022. You’ll immediately see why.

“Chai Pani” translates to “tea and water.” True to its namesake, you’ll find endless Indian snacks. It’s impossible not to over-order, especially when you want to try it all.

We love Chai Pani’s okra fries, chicken pakoras, and simple rice and daal plate. The bhel puri and corn bhel will light up your tastebuds.

Chai Pani offers vegan and gluten-intolerance-friendly options along with delicious seasonal cocktails. Imagine a cardamon Old Fashioned or lavender lemonade with a splash of gin – yes; please!

To beat the crowds, we recommend visiting on non-peak days and seasons. Otherwise, you might be greeted by lines out the door.

It’s worth it, though. For the best Asheville restaurants, Chai Pani is it.

Chai Pani Asheville | 22 Battery Park Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 254-4003

31. Cúrate

James Beard-award winning Spanish tapas & wine bar in a former 1927 bus depot
Reservations: Strongly recommended; Resy
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $18 – $50
Cuisine: Spanish

Dine where both Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay ate at Asheville’s most illustrious restaurant, Cúrate.

Chef, Katie Button, and owner, Felix Meana, previously worked for José Andrés, and in 2018, Wine Enthusiast named Cúrate as one of America’s Best 100 Wine Restaurants.

Their extensive wine list showcases delicious sherry. Order decadent Spanish tapas, and save room for dessert.

Opened in 2022, don’t miss their spectacular wine bar, La Bodega, which is a bit more casual and budget-friendly. As locals, we frequent La Bodega much more.

Both restaurants feature some of the best charcuterie boards in Asheville.

Cúrate | 3 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 239-2946

32. Tupelo Honey Cafe

Did someone say breakfast all day?
Reservations: Strongly recommended; OpenTable
Neighborhood: Downtown & South AVL
Price Range: $10 – $25
Cuisine: Southern

Tupelo Honey Cafe is certainly one of the most touristy Downtown Asheville restaurants on this list (and a franchise), especially for brunch and lunch; we still enjoy them.

Make reservations, though…

Known for locally sourced ingredients, Tupelo Honey showcases southern cuisine, brunch all day, and incredible cocktails.

People love their chicken, and they are food-intolerance friendly with GF items marked.

Tupelo Honey | Downtown Asheville: 12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 255-4863
South Asheville: 1829 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 505-7676

33. French Broad Chocolate

Heavenly and famous dessert and chocolate haven with vegan options
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: Downtown AVL & RAD
Price Range: $5 – $20
Cuisine: Dessert

Are you wondering where to eat in Asheville for chocolate-ly treats? How about one of the city’s great coffee shops as well as the best dessert restaurant?

French Broad Chocolate Lounge is a chocolate lover’s dream. The Downtown cafe is a big tourist hot spot but well worth the quickly moving line out the door.

Find desserts, hot cocoa, truffles, bonbons, cakes, custards, cookies, coffee, brownies, booze, and ice cream

The Chocolate Lounge has lactose-free, gluten-free, and vegan options too.

We also love Old Europe Pastries for treats on the run.

Looking for more dessert cafes and restaurants in Asheville? Explore our favorite AVL donut shops and all of the delicious chocolate shops like Asheville Chocolate.

French Broad Chocolate | Downtown Lounge: 10 S Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 252-4181
RAD Factory & Cafe: 821 Riverside Dr #199, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 348-5187

34. Chestnut

Fancy, pre-dinner hot spot eatery, perfect before a concert or play
Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $10 – $46
Cuisine: New American

For one of the more popular Asheville restaurants on the fancier side – and where people go before concerts or for brunch – Chestnut is sleek and trendy.

Although they make delicious meals, nothing beats charcuterie and drinks at the bar, which we prefer to do.

Chestnut serves Southern dishes with large portions of the meats. They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients and their food is simple yet delicious.

They also host brunch.

Chestnut | 48 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 575-2667

35. White Duck Taco Shop

Eclectic flavors and wildly popular tacos
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: RAD, Downtown, & Arden
Price Range: $5 – $15
Cuisine: Tacos

Did you even visit Asheville if you didn’t go to White Duck Taco?

OK; we don’t personally subscribe to that… but White Duck Taco is iconic, fun, and for many, is one of the best places to eat in Asheville.

Their River Arts District location is the best for pet and kid-friendly river views at shaded picnic tables. Plus, walk the newly renovated RAD Riverwalk afterward – it’s gorgeous.

These are not your typical tacos.

Think Crispy Chicken BLT, Chicken Tikka Masala, Bangkok Shrimp, Gyro-themed, and Crispy Pork Belly soft tacos paired with a local brew.

White Duck Taco | RAD: 388 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 254-1398
Downtown AVL: 12 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 232-9191
South AVL/Arden: 16 Miami Circle Arden, NC 28704 | (828) 676-1859

36. Sunny Point Cafe

Family-owned, Southern comfort food & packed West Asheville cafe
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: West Asheville
Price Range: $12 – $20
Cuisine: American/Southern

One of the top restaurants for breakfast in West Asheville, Sunny Point Cafe is both a visitor and local favorite.

The weekends will see lines around West Asheville, and the weekdays tend to be just as busy. Sunny Point posts wait times near where you order.

Sunny Point Cafe serves all three meals on most days, but we especially love them for breakfast and lunch.

Eat outside on Sunny Point Cafe’s patio filled with murals or dine indoors. Choose from Southern classics like chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits.

Sunny Point Cafe also has French toast, hotcakes, avocado toast, candied bacon, and breakfast burritos. They offer gluten-free bread and vegan options and serve up large portions with local libations.

We enjoy their local beer selections and craft cocktails. Mimosas included!

Sunny Point Cafe | 626 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 252-0055

37. Neng Jr.’s

James Beard finalist, intimate Filipinx West Asheville restaurant
Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
Neighborhood: West Asheville
Price Range: $15 – $30
Cuisine: Filipinx

For the best food in Asheville, Neng Jr.’s is making quite the splash – new as of 2022.

Head to the back alley for Filipinx cuisine with a Southern twist in this limited-seating West Asheville restaurant.

Staff will explain the menu to you, item by item, and choose from sharables and larger entrees.

With a frequently changing menu, we enjoy their salty oysters with quail eggs, duck simmering in a rich gravy, and veggies covered in peanut butter and coconut sauce.

Neng Jr.’s | 701 Haywood Rd Ste 102, Asheville, NC 28806 (Entrance in the back alley) | (828) 552-3880

38. Buxton Hall BBQ

Whole-hog, famous East Carolina BBQ in a hipster warehouse space
Reservations: None
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Price Range: $8 – $22
Cuisine: BBQ

Buxton Hall is one of the most well-known and popular BBQ restaurants in Asheville, sitting next to Catawba Brewing and close to Vortex Doughnuts.

They specialize in whole-hog Carolina BBQ and have delicious craft cocktails in a giant warehouse space.

Find classic BBQ meats like ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. Devour sides including fries, collard greens, and baked beans.

Lastly, enjoy burgers, fried chicken, and BBQ hash. Think catfish, salads, mussels, and Brussels sprouts.

Buxton Hall BBQ | 32 Banks Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 232-7216

39. Corner Kitchen

Historic Victorian cottage dining near Biltmore Estate
Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
Neighborhood: Biltmore Village
Price Range: $8 – $43
Cuisine: American

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Grab brunch before heading to Biltmore Estate.

A popular Biltmore Village restaurant perfect for weekend brunch, lunch, or dinner, Corner Kitchen features farm-to-table American and Southern cuisine.

Open seven days a week, stop in for breakfast, brunch, or lunch for soups, salads, and sandwiches along with a cocktail.

For dinner, find higher-end meat and seafood entrees like grilled octopus, risotto, scallops, ribs, steak, and duck.

Corner Kitchen also boasts a kids’ menu with grilled cheese, chicken, waffles, and mini-sandwiches.

One of the best places to eat in Asheville near Biltmore Estate, Corner Kitchen is minutes from the gates. Plus, Biltmore Village promises shopping, breweries, hotels, and even more restaurants.

Corner Kitchen | 3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 274-2439

40. Jargon

Fancy American cuisine with a Southern twist & lava lamps
Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
Neighborhood: West Asheville
Price Range: $14 – $54
Cuisine: American

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Jargon is a memorable West Asheville restaurant.

One of the quirkiest and most charming Asheville restaurants, if you appreciate Southern contemporary American dishes, Jargon is perfect for date night.

With a frequently changing menu, find items like meatballs, fried okra, and stuffed clams. They might just have pork chops, trout, and gumbo on the menu.

We especially love the lava lamp decor and Scrabble tiles in the restrooms. Sit inside or out.

Jargon | 715 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 785-1761

More Famous Places To Eat In Asheville

  • Biscuit Head – Multiple locations across AVL – Everything Southern biscuits. They also have a gluten-free and vegan biscuit option with gravy.
  • Farm Burger – 10 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 – Locally-supported burgers and fries with gluten-free and vegan options.
  • Benne On Eagle – 35 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801 – Appalachian fare in Asheville’s historic neighborhood, The Block.

Delivery & Takeout Apps For These Asheville Restaurants

What are the best ways to get delivery in Asheville, if you don’t want to pick up your order or dine out?

Of course, you can see if the restaurant has its own delivery service, or order food online for pick-up.

We and our friends are also big fans of phone apps like Takeout Central, Kickback AVL, and DoorDash.

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If we had to pick our top three places to eat in Asheville as locals for “everyday” food, we’d say Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Apollo Flame, and Haywood Common.

For the best food in Asheville for special occasions and fine dining, we’d go with Plant, Edison, and Bouchon.

For takeout, we love Zen Sushi, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Baba Nahm, and Siam Thai (not all named on this list).

Of course, the top famous restaurants we recommend are Chai Pani, La Bodega by Curate, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, and Sunny Point Cafe.

Brewery food would be Zillicoah’s Taqueria Munoz, Hi-Wire’s Foothills Food Truck, Hillman Beer, and Wicked Weed.

Lastly, for more unique Asheville restaurants, we’d pick RosaBees, Stoney Knob Cafe, and Neng Jr’s.

Which restaurants in Asheville have you tried? Is there an AVL restaurant that is your go-to or part of your WNC tradition?

And, are there any Asheville restaurants on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments!

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David Mowry

Friday 10th of March 2023

I’m looking for a Chinese restaurant where the chef cooks the meal in front of you and they put on a little show while they are cooking


Friday 10th of March 2023

If you are looking for Hibachi, you might want to try Ichiban.

David Mowry

Friday 10th of March 2023

I didn’t see Little Pig Bar-B-Q, I have eaten there several times

Lan Sluder

Saturday 18th of March 2023

@David Mowry, Little Pigs still has good Broasted® Chicken and barbecue.


Friday 10th of March 2023

Thanks for sharing your favorite! We are always changing up our lists - and trying and re-trying places.

Kate Kelly

Sunday 9th of October 2022

I love getting your in-depth research into Asheville food and happenings. As new transplants, we are still exploring. We recently found Mountain Madre downtown on Walnut. They have delicious Mexican food and great Margaritas. It’s convenient for a meal before a show at NC Theater. I haven’t seen that on your list unless i missed it. Keep up the good work!

Paige Scully

Friday 18th of November 2022

@Kate Kelly, Thanks for the shout out!! We are so happy you found us!


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Thanks, Kate! We really appreciate the kind words and are so glad that you love Mountain Madre! We hope you've caught some good shows.


Saturday 16th of July 2022

Curate is our number one choice, followed by jettie Ray's oyster house, posanas, wicked weed.. that's enough to keep us satisfied and a short trip from home.


Wednesday 28th of September 2022


I recommend Curaté to everyone.


Wednesday 20th of July 2022

Those are great choices! Thanks for sharing!

Chip Ward

Thursday 14th of July 2022

Zambra - great atmosphere and great selection of tapas and entrees. A go to for us when in town for a weekend.


Friday 15th of July 2022

Yes!! And wine! Thank you for sharing!