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

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 the kitchen thanks to the coveted 22-seat dining bar that overlooks it.

But Cúrate is just one of many downtown eateries worthy of a visit. There is also Tupelo Honey Café, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from a menu filled with made-from-scratch southern fare. It’s a fun place to visit on Friday nights when hundreds gather at nearby Pritchard Park for the weekly Asheville Drum Circle.

Beyond downtown, new restaurants are popping up continuously in the River Arts District, home to the White Duck Taco Shop, where atypical taco combinations and scrumptious sangria have created a cult-like following.

Of course, who could overlook restaurants at both Biltmore Estates and Omni Grove Park Inn, where sophisticated plates are served alongside epic views of Asheville’s unforgettable mountain vistas?

Enjoy discovering these top ten favorites, which are really just the beginning of a long love affair with Asheville’s many culinary delights. 



Dark wood floors, muted yellow walls, bistro tables topped with flowers and additional sidewalk seating give this eatery upscale appeal. The kitchen serves tantalizing breakfasts such as New Orleans-style French toast, sweet potato pancakes and...  Read More

12 Bones Smokehouse
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While President Obama's multiple visits to this much-loved barbecue hotspot may have garnered 12 Bones some national attention, Asheville locals have been singing its praises for years. The restaurant, which has two Asheville area locations, is...  Read More

The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore
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Intricate carpets play off an ivory-painted room with coffered ceilings, a dry-stacked stone fireplace, and luminous chandeliers in this elegant establishment. You'll dine Vanderbilt-style, graced by able servers, stunning views, estate wines,...  Read More

Vue 1913
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When the Omni Grove Park Inn embarked on a multi-million-dollar renovation in advance of its 100th Anniversary in 2013, the plan to open a restaurant with unparalleled mountain and sunset views took center stage. The result was Vue 1913, a...  Read More

White Duck Taco Shop
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White Duck Taco Shop opened adjacent an artist studio in the River Arts District in 2011, and while the picnic-tabled, quick food spot joined a slew of fun and eclectic eateries in the district, it has certainly emerged as a standout. There's...  Read More

Posana Cafe
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A lack of gluten shouldn't translate into a lack of flavor. That's the maxim underpinning Posana, the 100 percent gluten free eatery located in downtown Asheville. Inside the newly remodeled space, Chef Peter Pollay presents menus for dinner and...  Read More

The Corner Kitchen
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Tables dot both floors of the quaint, historic home that is Corner Kitchen, one of several restaurants in the historic Biltmore Village but the only one visited by President Obama. Chefs take full advantage of local provisions when creating the...  Read More

Market Place
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This long-lived establishment has been an Asheville fixture for decades, and it still takes to heart its mission of serving superb cuisine using local ingredients and supplementing with the best foodstuffs from around the globe. Seasonal menus...  Read More

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A few years ago, Chef Katie Button, along with her husband and parents, went on a road trip across North Carolina with the singular purpose of finding the perfect town to roll out a restaurant. They picked Asheville. Three years and two James...  Read More

The Admiral
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You might drive by The Admiral a few times before you realize that the unassuming cinderblock building with its hole-in-the-wall veneer is actually the place you're looking for. Don't let the scruffy exterior and dive-bar aesthetic fool you into...  Read More


Meet Kristen Manieri

Kristen Manieri is a travel and food writer with extensive travel experience in the Asheville area. As a regular contributor to Virgin Atlantic, West Jet's UP!, Dreamscapes and Forbes Travel...  More About Kristen