Asheville Restaurants

Because of the large number of visitors to Asheville and the many upscale retirees who've moved here, the city has a dining scene that's much more vibrant and varied than its size would suggest. You'll find everything from Greek to Vietnamese, Nepalese to Southern soul food, and barbecue to sushi. Asheville has more vegetarian restaurants per capita than any other city, and there are local coffeehouses on many corners. Most of the city's many craft breweries also serve food.

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  • 1. Button and Co. Bagels

    $ | Downtown | Bakery

    Button and Co. makes New York–style boiled and baked bagels, with local twists such as combining Carolina spring wheat with traditional northern...Read More

  • 2. Chai Pani

    $ | Downtown | Indian

    Chai Pani serves "Indian street food" from the chef-owner (and James Beard Best Southeast Chef nominee) Meherwan Irani's hometown of Mumbai...Read More

  • 3. Chestnut

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    At this consistently good restaurant on Asheville's thriving "restaurant row," the food is local and seasonal, prices are reasonable, service...Read More

  • 4. Cúrate

    $$$ | Downtown | Spanish

    If you have the blahs, Cúrate, with its extraordinary, authentic tapas and fun atmosphere, is the cure. The nationally known chef-owner, Katie...Read More

  • 5. Karen Donatelli Cake Designs

    $ | Downtown | Bakery

    Karen Donatelli's will remind you of a small pastry shop in Europe. You can buy pastries and eat them with a cup of coffee at one of the handful...Read More

  • 6. Limones

    $$$$ | Downtown | Mexican

    This modern Mexican restaurant is the result of three ingredients: a talented chef from Mexico City, locally sourced ingredients, and a San...Read More

  • 7. Red Ginger Dimsum and Tapas

    $$$ | Downtown | Chinese

    Red Ginger's chefs extend Chinese dim sum to an all-day menu with tapas-style plates, beautifully presented and served in an upscale setting...Read More

  • 8. Benne on Eagle

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    James Beard Award finalist John Fleer's newest venture is an upmarket Southern soul food restaurant in the Foundry Hotel, combining traditional...Read More

  • 9. Bouchon

    $$$ | Downtown | French

    A French-style bistro, Bouchon ("cork" in French) serves simple Gallic comfort food such as steak frites, bouillabaisse, and a version of chicken...Read More

  • 10. Buxton Hall BBQ

    $$ | Downtown | American

    In a large, open space in what was once a wood-floored skating rink in the now-hip South Slope section, Buxton Hall serves traditional whole...Read More

  • 11. Double D's Coffee & Desserts

    $ | Downtown | Café

    Why chase food trucks when you can have coffee and pastries in a red 1963 Lodekka-model double-decker bus from Bristol, England, or out on the...Read More

  • 12. Early Girl Eatery

    $ | Downtown | American

    Named after an early-maturing tomato variety, Early Girl Eatery is casually Southern, with a natural twist, as it partners with about two-dozen...Read More

  • 13. High Five Coffee Bar

    $ | Downtown | Café

    High Five's flagship location, with exposed brick walls and antique wood floors, is probably downtown Asheville's favorite spot to hang out...Read More

  • 14. Laughing Seed Café

    $ | Downtown | Vegetarian

    This vegetarian-vegan eatery is a longtime Asheville favorite on charming Wall Street. The extensive menu ranges from fruit drinks to sandwiches...Read More

  • 15. Mela

    $$ | Downtown | Indian

    Rather than specialize in one type of Indian cuisine, Mela offers dishes from across the country. The traditionally prepared Punjab tandoori...Read More

  • 16. Old Europe

    $ | Downtown | Café

    Old Europe's Hungarian owner creates authentic European pastries, all made fresh daily and complemented by Mountain City coffee (including the...Read More

  • 17. Rhubarb

    $$$$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    A regular on "top restaurants of the South" lists, Rhubarb brings a dose of creative cuisine and local sourcing to a prime location on Pack...Read More

  • 18. Table

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    Table is almost fanatically dedicated to local sourcing and the farm-to-table movement. The restaurant is small, with the bar, kitchen, and...Read More

  • 19. Tupelo Honey Café

    $$ | Downtown | American

    This is the place for down-home Southern cooking with a frenetic twist. The mothership downtown Asheville location of this ever-expanding chain...Read More

  • 20. Wicked Weed

    $ | Downtown | American

    This popular restaurant and brewpub serves a bit of a step up from a typical brewpub menu, with items like steak tartare, Carolina bison meat...Read More

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