The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Fine Dining

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Biltmore Estate Restaurants:  Biltmore Estate has a number of superb restaurants on their premises: the historic Deerpark Restaurant, the Stable Cafe and Arbor Grill for casual dining, The Bistro  for continental cuisine, and The Dining Room for elegant dining at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. To access these fine restaurants, however, one must purchase a pass to the Estate. Plan to eat at one of these restaurants during the course of your visit.  

Blue Ridge Dining Room at the Grove Park Inn (Grove Park Inn): Southern Heritage cuisine including shrimp and grits and other southern classics. Enclosed terrace dining with a wonderful sunset view. Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville NC 28804, 828-252-2711. Reservations recommended. Breakfast: 6:30-11 a.m.; Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: 3-9:30 pm.

Bouchon French Bistro (Downtown): Superb restaurant offering authentic French "comfort food" (honest ingredients, in season, simply prepared, unpretentiously presented). Wonderful ambiance. 62 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-350-1140. Dinner starting at 5 p.m. Seven days a week; Street Food, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Carmel's Kitchen & Bar (Downtown): AAA 3-Diamond restaurant located next to the historic Grove Arcade Public Market. Alfresco Dining, Romantic and Intimate Dining Room and Jazzy-chic Bar in addition to outside seating in season. 1 Page Avenue, Suite 129, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-8730. Open 7 days a week, Lunch: 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.; Dinner 5:30- 9 p.m. weeknights and 10 p.m. weekends. Sunday brunch: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Chop House (Downtown): The Chop House serves high quality steaks, chops and accompaniments. Fine wine by the glass in our wine bar along with an extensive beer selection. Seafood, pasta entrees, a wide array of appetizers and salads also available. 22 Woodfin Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-253-1851. Breakfast from 6:30 to 11 a.m.; Dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.: Bar open from 4 to 11 p.m.

Corner Kitchen  (Biltmore Village): Bistro offering Southern dishes with an urban twist. 3 Boston Way, Asheville NC 28805, 828-274-2439. Breakfast and Lunch: Monday-Saturday 7:30 -11 a.m., 11:30- 3 p.m.; Dinner 5:00 p.m., Sunday Brunch 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.


Curate (Downtown): Spanish Tapas, Traditional Spanish tapas bar and menu, from jamón Ibérico to croquetas de pollo to flan with caramel sauce. 11 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC, 828-239-2946. Lunch, Dinner and Brunch: Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.,Monday closed.

Fig Bistro (Biltmore Village):  Fig is a cozy bistro serving Chef William Klein’s modern interpretation of classic, pure, and market-driven French cuisine. Menu changes regularly so they can offer fresh and local ingredients.  18 Brook St., Asheville NC  28803, 828-277-0889. Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5-10 p.m.., Sunday 5-10 p.m.

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Sunset Terrace at the Grove Park Inn (Grove Park Inn): One of the most beautiful places for dining anywhere in Asheville is the Sunset Terrace at the historic Grove Park Inn. Here you can enjoy the outdoors (weather permitting), have an elegant dinner and experience a magnificent view of the lights of Asheville as darkness falls. Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville NC 28804, 828-252-2711. Dinner: 6-9 p.m.

Laughing Seed Cafe (Downtown): Great vegan restaurant. Casual atmosphere and sumptuous vegetarian delicacies! 40 Wall St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-3445. Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

(Downtown): Mexican and Californian cuisine along with inventive bar selections. Traditional dishes enlivened with a modern sensibility. 13 Eagle Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-2327. Monday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

131 Main Restaurant (Biltmore Park): Cuisine that combines the modern with the elegant. Main offers its patrons the freshest ingredients possible. 308 Thetford Street, Asheville NC 28803, 828-651-0131. Monday -Thursday 11 a.m. -  10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. -9 p.m.

Horizons at the Grove Park Inn (Grove Park Inn):  One of the few area restaurants to be awarded the prestigious DiRoNA Award given by members of the Distinguished Restaurants of North America.  Known for its innovative, classic cuisine and extensive wine list. Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville NC 28804, 828-252-2711; reservations required, jacket and tie. Dinner: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Pomodoros Greek & Italian Cafe (East Asheville & South Asheville): Offering three separate menus of diverse and innovative dishes, drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean region of Greece and Italy. Pomodoros East: 1070 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28801, 828-299-3032; Pomodoros South: 75 Long Shoals Road, Asheville NC 28704, 828-687-3884. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Posana Cafe (Downtown): Located on Pack Square, Posana Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with all dishes prepared from scratch. Their focus is on using local, organic produce. 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-505-3969. Sunday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. -11 p.m.

Red Stag Grill (Biltmore Village): Old-world ambience in Grand Bohemian Hotel, traditional favorites , chops and game. Grand Bohemian Hotel, 11 Boston Way, Asheville NC 28803; 828-717-8756. Open 7 days a week. Breakfast 6:30-10:30 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dinner 5-10 p.m.

Rezaz Restaurant & Wine Bar (Biltmore Village): Eclectic Mediterranean cuisine in sleek, contemporary setting. Located in historic building, modern minimalist setting. 28 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville NC 28803, 828-277-1510. Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Friday 5:30 -9 p.m., Saturday 5- 10 p.m.

Ruth's Chris Steak House (Biltmore Village):  Steak broiled to perfection. Expensive. 26 All Souls Crescent, Asheville, NC 28803, (828) 398-6200. Sunday 4 p.m.-9p.m., Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-10p.m.,
Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Table (Downtown): American cuisine with focus toward seasonal, organic and local ingredients, and an obsession with freshness. 48 College Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-8980, Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 -10:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sunday brunch: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

The Marketplace Restaurant & Lounge (Downtown): Contemporary, American menu based on local, seasonal and organic ingredients found within 100 miles of Asheville. A local favorite for many years, located on charming Wall Street downtown. 20 Wall St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-4162. Reservations suggested. Dinner: 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday -Saturday.

Tupelo Honey Cafe (Downtown & South Asheville): Elegant southern cuisine with an uptown twist. The Tupelo Honey Cafe has an upscale, yet casual environment with touches of an authentic Charleston/New Orleans style. Two locations: 2 College St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-255-4863 and 1829 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC 28704, 828-505-7676. Breakfast & Lunch: Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner" Tuesday-Thursday 5:30 -10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:30 -11:00 p.m.

(Downtown): Spanish, Portuguese and Moroccan tapas cuisine served in an exotic European setting. Like taking a trip to Spain for dinner. Not to be missed. 85 Walnut St., Asheville NC, 828-232-1060. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5:00-until.; Sun 5:30-9 p.m. Lounge service menu starts an hour earlier.



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