Best Asheville Restaurants: Eclectic Eateries with Epic Views Dot the City

Kristen Manieri

By , Local Expert, Asheville
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With over 250 independent restaurants, Asheville is steadily earning the attention of foodies near and far. While the rest of the country gradually embraces the local food movement, chefs in Asheville are celebrating decades of close ties with local farmers. Here, farm-to-table dining isn’t a trend; it’s the foundation of an extraordinary culinary scene. 

Downtown is a great place to start a gourmet exploration of Asheville. It’s where you’ll find Cúrate, which some say has put this tiny mountain town of the map. With Chef Katie Button at the helm, this award-winning Spanish tapas restaurant gives diners a front-row seat to...  Read more »

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    The Admiral

    The Admiral typifies everything that makes Asheville great: unapologetic individuality, genuine hospitality...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "An unexpected perk of this quirky spot is that by 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights a DJ with a vast vinyl collection takes center stage. Chairs and tables are moved outside and a mix of old timers and hipsters boogies on the dance floor well into the night. "

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    Chef Katie Button has managed to forge her own, unique culinary trail even amidst so many other great local chefs in this small Blue Ridge town.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cúrate's 22-seat marble bar, which overlooks the exhibition kitchen, offers the best seats in the house. Understandably, they fill up fast during lunch and dinner hours. Don't be afraid to visit Cúrate for a late lunch, say around 3pm, when you'll be more likely to snag these coveted seats. "

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    Market Place

    Started by Mark Rosenstein, who many consider a pioneer in western North Carolina's farm-to-table food...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Besides great food, The Market Place offers some seriously fantastic craft cocktails, including the Benton's Old Fashion, which marries bacon infused bourbon with maple and orange flavors for an unbelievable combination. Grab a drink and enjoy the live musicians that visit on select nights each week. "

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    The Corner Kitchen

    Away from the bustling crowds of downtown, this homey spot feels cozy and inviting and wows diners with a culinary offering that's far from ordinary.

    Local Expert Tip: "The best seats in the house are a handful of seats overlooking the kitchen where you can have an intimate chef's table experience while still ordering off the regular menu. Feel free to chat up the chefs; they love to talk about what they're up to. "

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    Posana Cafe

    Any chef willing to devote his full culinary dexterity to gluten-free dining deserves applause.

    Local Expert Tip: "A small but artful array of decadent sweets dot the dessert menu, including showstoppers like the Lemon Olive Oil Cake and house made ice creams. These provide the perfect culinary culmination at Posana, so be sure to save room. "

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    White Duck Taco Shop

    Quick serve cuisine made with creative gusto makes this the perfect complement to nearby galleries and artist hubs.

    Local Expert Tip: "Kids love this funky spot thanks to the children's quesadillas offered and the regular interval of trains that chug along the nearby railroad tracks. Be sure to order a serving of chips and queso and don't' forget... White Duck is closed Sundays. "

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    Vue 1913

    You can't come to Asheville without seeing at least one mountain sunset. Vue 1913 marries that must-have experience with stellar dining.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Chef's Tasting Menu, which comes paired with picks from the onsite Certified Sommelier, is definitely destined to be one of your most memorable meals in Asheville... maybe ever."

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    The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore

    The chance to drive through the sprawling 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate plus a culinary feast even George W. Vanderbilt would be proud of.

    Local Expert Tip: "You need to be a daytime ticket guest or Biltmore pass holder to dine at the Inn or any of the Biltmore Estate restaurants. Guests can accompany pass holders after 5:30pm. While on property, be sure to visit the Biltmore's winery where you can receive a complimentary tour and tasting."

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    12 Bones Smokehouse

    If barbecue is king in the south, 12 Bones is definitely a prince.

    Local Expert Tip: "12 Bones' downtown location, shockingly, is only open weekdays for lunch from 11am -- 4pm. It's closed on weekends. If you're really desperate for a 12 Bones fix for dinner, their South Asheville location (3578 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden) offers lunch but also a take-out only option Tuesday through Saturday from 4-6pm. "

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    Tupelo Honey Cafe

    Tupelo Honey Café, which opened in downtown Asheville in 2000, now has additional locations in Asheville,...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Tupelo Honey Café is right across the street from Pritchard Park where hundreds gather every Friday night for the Asheville Drum Circle. If you can snag a patio table at Tupelo that evening, you're in for a heart-thumping, toe tapping musical treat you'll never forget. "



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