Unforgettable Asheville Restaurants From Locals (2024)

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It’s no secret that the Asheville restaurants are incredible. With so many options, how do you choose? From locals, dine at our top restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including tourist hot spots, favorite local haunts, cafes, wine bars, and more. Our guide promises James Beard-awarding restaurants alongside budget-friendly, casual eats perfect for the family or Fido.

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Our Top 5 Places To Eat As Locals

When we first moved to Western North Carolina, all of the restaurant guides seemed to have the same places to eat: “You must go to Cúrate, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, White Duck Taco, Tupelo Honey, Jargon, Chai Pani, and Biscuit Head.” Yes, these are the most popular and famous restaurants in Asheville. They are delicious. You should go to them.

However, Asheville has a lot more to offer. If we had to pick our top 5 places to eat in Asheville as locals, we’d start with:

  • Nine Mile
  • Plant
  • Haywood Common
  • Bone & Broth
  • Gemelli
Christine, a white brunette female drinking Bone Broth from a clear glass with two cocktails on the table at Asheville restaurant, Bone and BrothPin

Be sure to read all of our guides for where to eat in Asheville, NC, broken down by cuisine, neighborhood, and more.

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Best Asheville Restaurants You Won’t Forget

We have lived in Asheville for over four years and eat out multiple times a week, including takeout and delivery. We are foodie pros – think hundreds of Western North Carolina restaurants – and are also a half-Celiac household. We’ve eaten at all of these restaurants, and update this guide multiple times a year.

Plant

Cheese Plate at Plant in Asheville NC with olives, vegan cheeses, beets, and breadPin
  • Date night, dedicated vegan restaurant
  • Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
  • Neighborhood: North Asheville
  • Price Range: $14 – $30
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Contact: 165 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 258-7500

Plant is our top choice for special occasions and date nights, renowned as one of the best vegan restaurants in Asheville. We are not vegan, but we live for their cheese plate, especially as a lactose-interolant household.

Plant’s menu features seasonal, organic, and gluten-free options like beets, ramen, ravioli, veggie lasagna, Brussels, curries, and nachos. We love sitting on the outside patio with a fresh cocktail and endless small plates. Save room for dessert. Park in their lot, which is a bonus in this tight city. Discover even more dairy-free spots across Asheville.

Thai Pearl

Ginger soup with tofu and cilantro in white bowl with red rim design at Thai Pearl in West AshevillePin
  • Delicious neighborhood restaurant
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhood: West Asheville
  • Price Range: $8 – $19
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Contact: 747 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 412-5905

A favorite of Tom’s for GF choices, Thai Pearl serves up the best Thai food in Asheville and is beautifully decorated. Located between two popular West Asheville restaurants, Nine Mile and Jargon, select from curries, rice dishes, stir-fries, soups, Thai salads, and even fresh oysters.

We love Chef May’s Thai onion rings, ginger soup, green papaya salad, Pad Thai, and Thai Basil dishes. Takeout is terrific here. Chef May, who trained at The Royal Palace in Bangkok and alongside a Michelin Star Chef in Australia, brings a unique touch to the cuisine. Park in their lot or along the street.

ELDR

  • Charming ambiance perfect for lunch or weekend brunch
  • Reservations: Recommended; OpenTable
  • Neighborhood: North Asheville/Grove
  • Price Range: $14 – $38
  • Cuisine: American
  • Contact: 111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville, NC 28804 | (828) 407-1400

One of the best Asheville restaurants since its opening in 2022, ELDR promises a fairy-tale dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating and a small bar. Enjoy breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner, featuring marinated olives, charcuterie, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and more, with gluten-free, vegan, and veggie options. Dinner includes hearty pasta dishes, duck, pork chops, and fish.

Don’t miss the craft cocktails, extensive wine selection, and gourmet tea/coffee. Park in ELDR’s designated lots, and explore the nearby free Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum for vintage cars; then, visit Grovewood Gallery for local art and gifts. The Omni Grove Park Inn is across the street.

Leo’s House Of Thirst

  • Cozy wine bar with deliciously paired tapas under the trees
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhood: West Asheville
  • Price Range: $12 – $34
  • Cuisine: Wine & Tapas
  • Contact: 1055 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 505-8017

A fantastic wine bar serving up some of the best food in Asheville, Leo’s House of Thirst is our go-to for casual date nights, especially to satiate our tapas cravings. Peruse an impressive wine selection by the glass, half carafe, or bottle, including unique orange and pink wines.

Leo’s House of Thirst’s diverse menu features handhelds, pasta, beets, fish, olives, vegan soups, and charcuterie. Sit outside on the garden patio with your dog or enjoy their charming indoor bar and tables. Leo’s has a small back parking lot or find street parking — just heed posted signs.

RosaBees

Scallops on top of purple puree with grilled lemon garnish and beans at RosaBees Restaurant Asheville, NCPin
  • Off-the-beaten-path Polynesian
  • Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
  • Neighborhood: River Arts District
  • Price Range: $15 – $30
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian
  • Contact: 27 Foundy Street, Suite #20, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 417-7212

RosaBees, a unique dining choice nestled in the River Arts District, is one of the best places to eat in Asheville if you crave poke and Polynesian cuisine. This Hawaiian gem features delicious fish, rice, noodle dishes, and Indonesian and Filipino-inspired specials. Devour octopus and spicy seafood entrees, complemented by tropical desserts and cocktails.

Afterward, be sure to explore the vibrant arts scene and visit one of the most unique Asheville-area wineries, pleb urban winery. Bring skates for the Skate Park or RAD Riverwalk. Parking is available in RAD’s numerous free lots.

Bone & Broth

Christine, a white Brunette female in black top, eating a plate of mussels with bread at Bone and Broth Restaurant in Asheville, NCPin
  • Elevated Southern classics
  • Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
  • Neighborhood: North Asheville
  • Price Range: $15 – $54
  • Cuisine: Meat lovers
  • Contact: 94 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 505-2849

It’s no secret that North Asheville houses some of the best restaurants in the city, like Bone & Broth. This classy restaurant is for our meat lovers, sourcing from The Chop Shop, our local butchery. As someone with Ulcerative colitis, I appreciate that Bone & Broth offers actual bone broth. It’s one of my favorite spots for soup.

Choose from casual handhelds like burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches or go all out with pork belly, steaks, glazed salmon, and roasted chicken. I can never resist the mussels, and Tom loves their gluten-free burger. Order a craft cocktail, and afterward, walk off your meal in the gorgeous historic Chestnut Street area. The houses are pretty cool, and there are loads of Little Free Libraries.

Gypsy Queen Cuisine

White bowl of rice with red and green peppers and sauce at Gypsy Queen Cuisine in Asheville, NC Pin
  • Lebanese street food with plentiful vegan, veggie, and GF options
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhood: West Asheville
  • Price Range: $7 – $17
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean/Lebanese
  • Contact: 807 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 575-2758

One of the best restaurants in Asheville that rarely makes others’ lists, Gypsy Queen Cuisine (GQC) is the city’s best-kept secret for delicious Mediterranean & Lebanese street food. Find mezze options, including grape leaves, hummus, and our favorite, fried Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. For entrees, savor rice bowls, gyros, platters, and wraps.

GQC is perfect for lunch, offering both indoor and outdoor seating or convenient takeout. Catering largely to vegan and gluten-free diners, Gypsy Queen is located near Green Tea Sushi, just beyond Downtown Asheville. Don’t be deterred by the area’s appearance; the food is superb, and the staff is friendly. Ample parking is available, and keep an eye out for GQC’s food truck at local events and festivals like Asheville’s VeganFest.

Edison (Grove Park Inn)

  • Historic rooftop restaurant with stunning sunset mountain views
  • Reservations: Recommended; OpenTable
  • Neighborhood: North Asheville/Grove Park
  • Price Range: $12 – $32
  • Cuisine: American
  • Contact: 290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804 | (800) 438-580

Even as Asheville locals, we frequent Edison at The Omni Grove Park Inn for its stunning sunset views over the Blue Ridge Mountains, inspiring our logo. It’s also one of our favorite rooftop restaurants in Asheville. Opt for a delicious lunch with seasonal craft cocktails, local beers, and a menu featuring sandwiches, charcuterie, soups, wings, Thai lettuce wraps, and salads.

Also located at Grove Park, and for a high-end dining experience, try Sunset Terrace for delectable scallops and steak. Or, enjoy snacks and drinks at The Great Hall Bar. The Omni Grove Park Inn is a must-visit Asheville experience, with free parking most of the year except holiday months. Don’t miss The National Gingerbread House Competition during winter.

Nine Mile

Bowl of pasta with dairy free pesto, shrimp, veggies, and glass of white wine
At Nine Mile in Asheville’s historic Montford districtPin
  • Best food intolerance-friendly restaurant
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhoods: Montford; West & South AVL
  • Price Range: $12 – $32
  • Cuisine: Caribbean-inspired
  • Contact: Multiple Asheville locations; see their website

We adore Nine Mile’s Montford location, a Caribbean-inspired Asheville restaurant with a vast menu catering to gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, and honey-free preferences/allergies/intolerances.

Nine Mile’s menu features pasta, seafood, and rice dishes, including Cajun chicken, salmon over pasta, and coconut curry shrimp. I almost always order the Irie Ites, and Tom leans towards their Back-A-Yard Bowl. Nine Mile is also one of our favorite date-night restaurants around.

Make it a romantic date night: If you visit Nine Mile’s Historic Montford location, walk the neighborhood. Pass gorgeous historic homes, Little Free Libraries, Montford’s famous B&Bs, and Montford Park. Then, if it is May through October, watch free Shakespeare in the Park.

Posana Restaurant

Grilled octopus in a black bowl over salad at Posana, a dedicated gluten-free restaurant in Asheville, NCPin
  • Dedicated gluten-free kitchen and fine dining; pet menu
  • Reservations: Recommended; OpenTable
  • Neighborhood: Downtown AVL
  • Price Range: $12 – $48
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Contact: 1 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 505-3969

Posana stands out as one of Asheville’s best gluten-free restaurants, promising a dedicated gluten-free kitchen for Celiac diners (Tom!) with a menu featuring local and contemporary American cuisine. Enjoy appetizers and entrees like roasted beets, grilled chicken, octopus, gnocchi, pork loin, and steak.

Menus change seasonally, and they even have one for your pooch, who is welcome on the outdoor patio overlooking Downtown’s Pack Square. 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. Discover more delicious restaurants in Downtown Asheville.

Haywood Common

  • Pet & family-friendly healthy eats with a shared patio/beer bar
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhood: West Asheville
  • Price Range: $12 – $18
  • Cuisine: American
  • Contact: 507 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 575-2542

Haywood Common is one of the best places to eat in Asheville for families, pet-friendly dining, and casual meals. We dine here more than anywhere else. Enjoy a healthy menu featuring poke bowls, salads, sandwiches, and the best cocktails in town.

Don’t miss the fantastic weekend brunch with options like chicken biscuits, avocado toast, and breakfast hash. Haywood Common caters to various dietary preferences, offering vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free choices with a dedicated GF fryer and bread.

Relax inside or on the spacious patio shared with The Whale, which boasts an excellent beer selection. Opt for convenient parking at the church using the Park Mobile app, and explore more of West Asheville’s plant shops, breweries, street art, and bookstores after your visit.

Taco Temple

Tacos on brown chef's paper on tin plate with tortilla chips on side and topped with lettuce, corn, and cilantro. There is a lime garnish on the side along with takeaway dipping sauce at Mamacitas Taco Temple in Asheville NC Pin
  • If tacos were a religion… casual local hot spot
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhood: North Asheville
  • Price Range: $3 – $15
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Contact: 132 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 255-8098

For the best Asheville restaurants serving tacos, Taco Temple is a religion we can stand by. Located in a former 1930s gas station with a temple-like interior, embrace a local crowd and fast-moving lines, savoring milled corn tortillas, tortas, and tamales, including gluten-free and vegan options.

We order their overflowing tacos while munching on chips and guacamole. Taco Temple also serves breakfast tacos and boasts vegan avocado crema sauce. Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, tater tots, a small children’s menu, and cocktails. Order at the small window and choose to sit inside or on the covered patio. This is a budget-friendly dining option near Biltmore Estate, just a 10-minute drive away.

Gemelli Restaurant

Eggs and potatoes with gluten-free and vegan focaccia in bowl with white brunette male about to eat it at Gemelli Restaurant in Asheville, NCPin
  • Casual Italian eatery perfect for gluten-sensitive diners
  • Reservations: Recommended for dinner; Resy
  • Neighborhood: West/North Asheville
  • Price Range: $12 – $25
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Contact: 70 Westgate Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 565-6111

Diners cannot go wrong at any of Chef Cerrato’s delicious restaurants in Asheville, including Gemelli, Strada, and Social Lounge. Social Lounge is home to a late-night bar and our top brunch spot. Gemelli is his newest venture, and as locals, we stop here before our Earth Fare shopping (the best grocery store in Asheville).

Gemelli’s menu caters to breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, filled with Italian treats with gluten-sensitive and vegan options. I love the vegan risotto, calamari, and pasta, almost always ordering a London Fog latte. Don’t let the kitschy plaza scare you away from this casual gem. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends over coffee and pastries.

Baby Bull

Tom, a white man in purple coat holding up a burger in gluten-free bun over basket on outdoor picnic table at Baby Bull in Asheville, NCPin
  • Local burger joint in town next to the Asheville silo
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhood: River Arts District
  • Price Range: $13 – $20
  • Cuisine: American/Burgers
  • Contact: 1 Roberts St, Asheville, NC 28801 | No phone number

Owned by the famous Bull and Beggar, Baby Bull is a low-key, affordable burger joint in the River Arts District. Serving up the best burgers in Asheville, Baby Bull offers a simple yet delicious menu, with dietary accommodations available.

Catch “Burger Monday” deals for a burger, fries, and a drink at $15.99+. Specials include lobster rolls, fried fish, pork cutlet, or pressed pork sandwich. Sides range from pork rinds to hushpuppies, and a kid’s burger is available. This casual local spot with outdoor seating overlooks the Asheville silo and offers ample parking.

Jerusalem Garden Cafe

Chicken wrap and bowl of grape leaves at Jerusalem Garden Cafe in Downtown Asheville, NCPin
  • Terrific, family-run Middle Eastern cafe
  • Reservations: None; waitlist on website
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Price Range: $8 – $20
  • Cuisine: Moroccan/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
  • Contact: 78 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 254-0255

When the other Downtown Asheville restaurants get slammed, it’s refreshing to sneak into Jerusalem Garden Cafe, especially for lunch. This is a serene spot with a colorful ambiance and delicious Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine.

Enjoy grape leaves, falafels, hummus, salads, and gyros with great service. Don’t miss their delightful Saturday and Sunday brunch featuring mimosas. Park conveniently at Coxe Ave. Garage, with Red Ginger nearby

Jettie Rae’s Oyster House

  • New England-style seafood
  • Reservations: Recommend; Resy
  • Neighborhood: North Asheville
  • Price Range: $12 – $36
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Contact: 143 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 505-4499

For New England-style fish lovers, Jettie Rae’s is a must-visit among the best seafood restaurants in Asheville. Find a menu filled with oysters, shrimp cocktail, mussels, and clams, complemented by a creative and spicy cocktail list. They boast a raw bar and find non-seafood options like burgers and salads.

Set in a renovated Gulf Gas Station in North Asheville, Jettie Rae’s offers a unique dining experience with a covered patio, sleek indoor dining, and a parking lot.

Apollo Flame Bistro

Apollo Flame takeout in Asheville with image of open ham and Italian meats sub with large onion, lettuce, tomato, and pickle on side on white plate on outdoor tablePin
  • Casual diner with the best subs
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhood: South AVL & Biltmore Village
  • Price Range: $10 – $20
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Contact: Multiple locations across Asheville; see website

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. It’s our tradition to grab grape leaves and subs after a day of exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, including Bent Creek Experimental Forest near their South Asheville location.

With a menu featuring pasta, pizza, calzones, and salads, Apollo Flame has a kids,’ gluten-free, and vegetarian menu section. While opinions about Apollo Flame may vary – we get endless “thank you’s” as well as a few “WTFs?!,” we stand by this recommendation. This is local Asheville at its best. The photo above is takeout at our home.

The Bush Farmhouse (Black Mountain)

  • Unique restaurant with farm animals
  • Reservations: Suggested for dinner; Resy
  • Neighborhood: Black Mountain
  • Price Range: $12 – $48
  • Cuisine: South African
  • Contact: 151 S Ridgeway Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711 | (828) 357-5367

Explore Black Mountain’s delicious restaurants, just 25 minutes from Asheville, offering a quieter yet equally exceptional dining experience. The Bush Farmhouse has the most unique setting with farm animals, a fantastic South African wine list, and a diverse menu featuring oxtail soup, fish, spare ribs, sausage rolls, curries, and wings.

Afterward, visit Oak and Grist, one of our favorite Western North Carolina distilleries, for cocktails or explore the lively Black Mountain brewery scene. The town promises great attractions, including a walk around Lake Tomahawk and shopping downtown.

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Visitor Musts We Enjoy

We didn’t want to have a list of the best Asheville restaurants without naming a few of the big ones. They are also top Asheville tourist attractions.

Chai Pani

Silver plate filled with Indian food like chicken pakoras and green and brown dipping sauce at Chai Pani in Asheville, NCPin
  • James Beard-award winning Indian street food
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Price Range: $10 – $18
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Contact: 22 Battery Park Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 254-4003

It’s no secret that Chai Pani is one of the best Downtown Indian restaurants in Asheville, winning a James Beard Award. Featured in The New York Times, GQ Magazine, and New York Magazine, with a visit from Samantha Brown in 2022, Chai Pani offers an array of Indian snacks under its namesake, which translates to ‘tea and water.’

Tom and I most enjoy their okra fries, chicken pakoras, rice, daal, bhel puri, and corn bhel. With vegan and gluten-intolerance-friendly options, the menu also features delicious seasonal cocktails like a cardamom Old Fashioned and lavender lemonade with gin. To avoid crowds, consider visiting during non-peak days and seasons.

12 Bones Smokehouse

Christine's dad, a white brunette male in red striped shirt eating a BBQ rib platter with corn bread and potato salad at 12 Bones Smokehouse River location in Asheville, NCPin
  • Dine like the Obamas with Southern comfort food
  • Reservations: None
  • Neighborhood: South Asheville (brewery) & RAD
  • Price Range: $9 – $35
  • Cuisine: BBQ
  • Contact: See their website

North Carolina is famous for its BBQ, and we have multiple favorite BBQ restaurants in Asheville, including Luella’s Bar-B-Que and 12 Bones. 12 Bones River is famous because the Obamas dined here, and their South location houses their brewery with a gorgeous Anthony Bourdain mural painted by Gus Cutty.

We always order 12 Bones pulled pork sandwiches, huge BBQ platters, and ribs. Enjoy salads along with classic Southern Comfort food sides like Mac and Cheese, okra, and baked beans. Their “just a taste” option is perfect for kids. Discover even more of the best breweries the city has to offer.

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
  • Contact: 3 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 239-2946

Dine at Cúrate, Asheville’s most renowned restaurant where both Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay ate. Chef Katie Button and owner Felix Meana, former José Andrés associates, helm this illustrious spot. Recognized by Wine Enthusiast as one of “America’s Best 100 Wine Restaurants,” Cúrate offers an extensive wine list, featuring delightful sherry.

Enjoy decadent Spanish tapas, and leave room for dessert. La Bodega, their newer wine bar (2022), also offers a more casual and budget-friendly experience, if you can’t get into Cúrate. As locals, we frequent La Bodega for its exceptional charcuterie boards.

Neng Jr.’s

  • James Beard finalist, intimate Filipinx restaurant
  • Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
  • Neighborhood: West Asheville
  • Price Range: $15 – $30
  • Cuisine: Filipinx & Southern fusion
  • Contact: 701 Haywood Rd Ste 102, Asheville, NC 28806 (Entrance in the back alley) | (828) 552-3880

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. Discover more mouthwatering Asian restaurants across Asheville.

Cedric’s Tavern (Biltmore Estate)

  • Celebrate a famous Saint Bernard
  • Reservations: Recommended; OpenTable
  • Neighborhood: Biltmore
  • Price Range: $19 – $40
  • Cuisine: American
  • Contact: Bitlmore Gates | 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 225-1320

As Biltmore annual passholders, we have no shame in saying that Cedric’s Tavern is one of Asheville’s best restaurants for ambiance paired with history. We take all of our out-of-town guests here for that cozy pub-like feel and food. Plus, dog lovers will appreciate the homage to Biltmore’s famous Saint Bernard. Don’t miss Cedric’s collar at the host stand.

Start with a delicious craft cocktail followed by either lunch or dinner, including handhelds like burgers, soups, salads, and larger meat and seafood entrees. Guests have to have daytime tickets, annual passes, or an overnight property reservation to dine here. Discover more Biltmore dining options like Stable Cafe too!

Tupelo Honey Cafe

Christine, a white brunette woman in a green flowered dress, holding up a champagne cocktail and eating a plate of eggs and toast at Tupelo Honey in Downtown Asheville, NCPin
  • Did someone say breakfast all day?
  • Reservations: Strongly recommended; OpenTable
  • Neighborhood: Downtown & South AVL
  • Price Range: $10 – $25
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Contact: Multiple locations; see their website for details

Tupelo Honey Cafe is one of the most touristy Downtown Asheville restaurants on this list (and a franchise), especially for brunch and lunch; we still enjoy them. Known for locally sourced ingredients, Tupelo Honey showcases Southern cuisine, all-day breakfast, and incredible cocktails. People love their chicken, and they are food-intolerance friendly with GF items marked.

Corner Kitchen

Salmon a bagel lox on yellow plate with red slaw and cocktails for brunch at Corner Kitchen in Asheville, NCPin
  • Historic Victorian cottage dining near Biltmore Estate
  • Reservations: Highly recommended; Resy
  • Neighborhood: Biltmore Village
  • Price Range: $8 – $43
  • Cuisine: American
  • Contact: 3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 274-2439

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 soups, salads, and sandwiches along with a cocktail. For dinner, enjoy 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 offers shopping, breweries, hotels, and even more restaurants.

More Famous Places To Eat In Asheville

Of course, you may have also heard these names…

A few more notable restaurants in Asheville that everyone talks about include:

  • 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.
  • Sunny Point Cafe – 626 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 – One of the top restaurants for breakfast in West Asheville, casual eats through lunchtime.
  • Red Ginger Dimsum & Tapas – 82 Patton Avenue Suite 100, Asheville, NC 28801 – Downtown Chinese and dim sum tapas to fight that dumpling craving.
  • White Duck Taco – Multiple locations across AVL – Eclectic flavors and wildly popular tacos.
  • French Broad Chocolates – Lounge Downtown & RAD Chocolate Factory – Delicious handcrafted bonbons, vegan hot chocolate, and chocolate tours at the factory. Great coffee shop.
  • Early Girl Eatery – Multiple locations – Casual but busy cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day.

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Christine Frascarelli

Christine (pronouns: she/her) is the owner and lead writer of Uncorked Asheville. After falling in love with those gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, Christine and her husband Tom decided to call Asheville, North Carolina home. When her pointy Italian nose isn’t stuck in a book, Christine is adopting all of the kitties, getting lost in the forest, and drinking an ESB. She has a BA in English and History from Smith College, her MLIS from USF-Tampa, and is a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar - Indonesia. Christine also owns The Uncorked Librarian LLC with books and movies to inspire travel.

34 Comments

  1. I purchased gift certificates to Deep South Kitchen
    707 Merrimon Ave
    They are “temporarily closed”.
    Do you have any information about them reopening or folding?
    Thank you.

    1. Hey Saul, I keep hearing this from folks, but unfortunately, I have no insider information yet. I’m so sorry.

    1. Hey Candice, I know I emailed you since the website was trapped in a redesign for the past two weeks. However, I wanted to post your comment officially now that we are back in case others have the same question. Menus tend to change quite a bit, but you might want to check Bone & Broth, Edison at the Grove Park Inn, The Market Place, Bouchon, and Jettie Rae’s for salmon. Enjoy!

  2. 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

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

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. Salsa’s is our favorite Asheville restaurant! Never had a bad meal there! Delicious Caribbean fusion!

  7. Y’all’s list is great! Everywhere we’ve been off of it as been wonderful, and we were struggling to find places we liked as much as our Triangle go-to’s. Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much, Hannah! I really appreciate the kind and awesome feedback. We still need to tour the Triangle restaurants.

  8. You are completely wrong about The Madness. Burgers well done no matter how you ask for them, fries COLD. Sushi, gummy rice( I have worked a few rests, in this town including making sushi). This is a poorly operated sports bar at best. Gave the benefit of the doubt but 4 visits and 4 new managers? Yes, I was close, and don’t care for Applebee’s.

    1. Hey Chris, I am so sorry that you had multiple bad experiences there. We will keep our eye on it and reevaluate if needed as we’ve had the opposite experience(s) as you. We value our readers’ opinions and definitely want to set up visitors for success. We will say that most restaurants are struggling right now (as I am sure you are aware) with staffing and such due to all that has happened in 2020 & 2021 — including managerial staff changes, frequent closures, canceling of certain meal services, food shortages, etc. We’ve had some 2+ hour waits, wrong bills, wrong food, etc at our favorite restaurants in Asheville because of the shortages. That certainly doesn’t justify your bad experience, but we’ve personally been more relaxed and empathic in our judgment this year (especially for the website). I appreciate the honest feedback. Thank you.

    2. @Chris Harmon, Hey Chris. So, after receiving this comment, we decided to try out their new location — and we did have a not-so-great experience. We also received more feedback and have decided to take The Madness off of this particular restaurant list for now; we want our readers to have largely positive dining experiences. Thank you for the feedback; we are bummed with their inconsistency and will keep an eye on it for our other posts. When they are on, they are on. When they are off, man, are they off (lately). You are correct, though: we cannot say they are the “best Asheville restaurant” as of today. Sigh. Times are hard right now so hopefully, they will grow and get better.

    1. Haha — I understand! Along with Asheville Proper, we’ve heard Bone & Broth is good, but we still have yet to go (I better make reservations soon!): https://boneandbrothasheville.com/menu/. They are located more toward North Asheville, outside of the walkable downtown area. They have your go-to fancy steaks and meats. I probably drive by them a few times a week!

      We love Brazilian steakhouses, and we’ve also been meaning to try Brazilia Steakhouse https://brasiliasteakhouse.com/new-menu/. I hope that helps.

  9. Any recommendations for a great steakhouse? We are coming in next month for our 15 year annivesary and trying to pick some MUST TRY places to grab an appetizer and drink and a few nice dinner spots. Your list is super helpful but I didn’t see any steakhouses mentioned. Any suggestions

    1. Hey Sara,

      On this restaurant list, Asheville Proper is somewhat newer and a steakhouse located in the Grove Arcade. I highly suggest making advanced recommendations. They would be my pick: http://www.ashevilleproper.com/. They are small, cozy but modern, and we love that burning fire.

      This is much more expensive, but we also enjoy Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn (catch a brilliant sunset — and definitely make reservations as far out as you can here): https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/dining/sunset-terrace.

      You can find Sunset Terrace/Edison/Grove Park Inn briefly mentioned on this list with pictures of the sunsets. Sunset Terrace has seafood, steaks, etc. Although a touristy resort, the Grove Park Inn is beautiful. As locals, we frequent it for sunsets, drinks, and food.

  10. Hi Christine! Love this page and your colorful and clear descriptions! As an Asheville restaurant expert, I am wondering if you’d be willing to recommend a spot for a special occasion for a group of 10. While I’m a big fan of the creativity in many of the restaurants above, I’m looking for something with a traditional menu, quiet atmosphere, but not too stuffy or fancy for a family anniversary dinner… private space would be nice but not required and while price is not really an issue, I think our honorees would feel more comfortable in a sub $30 entree space. Any tips you have would be great! Thanks.

    1. Hi Amanda! Thanks so much. Personally, I love celebrations at the Grove Park Inn — and I’d look into Edison. They have a lighter menu than Sunset Terrace, great cocktails, sunset views, and different seating options. That budget would also hit Sunset Terrace, though, which is equally nice and outside on the covered patio. Their menu is more traditional and while fancier, not stuffy.

  11. Hi there! I am travelling to Asheville for New Year’s and I had planned to go to dinner at the Red Stag Grille… Curious if you have been! I haven’t found it on any lists as a must go, but thought it looked like such a neat place! I would love to have your insight!

    1. Hey! The Grand Bohemian is located in a great spot and looks beautiful, but we have yet to eat at The Red Stag Grille. We are actually going to be out that way this coming week. If we need some food, I’ll try to dip in and let you know! The Red Stag has been on my to-try list.

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