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Ambrozia Bar and Bistro
Ambrozia Bar and Bistro

Ambrozia Bar and Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ambrozia-avl.com
  • Phone: (828) 350-3033
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday5-CL
    Friday-Saturday 5-CL
    Sunday Brunch 11-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Sam Etheridge
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full service catering company that can accommodate any type of event or cuisine needed.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beaver Lake Shopping Center
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lot located right in front of the restaurant in the Beaver lake Shopping Center.
A word from Ambrozia Bar and Bistro
Ambrozia Bar and Bistro is a neighborhood café located in North Asheville next to scenic Beaver Lake. It features modern American cuisine with a twist. The ever changing menu specializes in farm fresh local ingredients. The quaint atmosphere is modern and comfortable. The Bar is wine focused with local and craft beers, specialty cocktails and a full service bar. Professional and knowledgeable service can be expected from the friendly Ambrozia staff. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch with ample parking in the Beaver Lake Shopping Center. Reservations are recommended.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent, creative food and friendly, efficient service in pleasant surroundings. Just 2 slight quibbles: 1. Restaurant website said mimosas were available all day with Sunday brunch, but they're not because of NC prohibition against Sunday sales before noon. The restaurant may assume everybody knows this, but laws change and some customers are out-of-state tourists who can't be expected to know them. Website should say "available after noon." 2. One member of our party ordered the 4-course brunch after being told the courses were small to keep the total reasonable. The third course was actually quite large; had she known, she would have ordered that a la carte. 4 small courses are a good idea, but they should be accurately described."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Out of the downtown area just north of town in a small strip mall, but once inside it was a vibrant and great find. Great food, great service, and something for everyone in the family. Highly recommended for innovation in the menu choices, and great service."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Very creative menu. We enjoyed 2 small plates per person and found that to be just the right amount of food that also enabled us to try more of the menu. Alie was our server and she took great care of us. Menu changes monthly and great care is taken to cook seasonally."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We always have a great time at Ambrozia's! The staff is so welcoming and helpful, and the food is always a taste treat with nightly surprises. The menu changes often, so while you can, be sure to try the heirloom tomato tart, and the seared scallops with braised short ribs..... Yum! And be sure to have Caren whip up one of her specialty drinks at the bar."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great food and great service. Real neighborhood gem! Would definitely go back when in Asheville!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Our party of 4 enjoyed an excellent overall dining experience. Wednesday night is half priced wine--we had a superb Pinot noir. The elk Wellington was good, the seafood enchiladas puréed rather than lumpy (lumpy preferred), the trout not quite "fresh from the stream", and the pimiento cheese burger was outstanding. Smoked trout nachos were a hit. We also ordered the chorizo stuffed piquillo peppers as an appetizer--delicious! The desserts were fabulous--the hot fudge ice cream sandwich was decadent and the chocolate cake rapidly disappeared. With a modern decor, outside seating (limited), friendly and helpful staff, and innovative cuisine this is a true neighborhood gem as well as a worthy destination from any part of Asheville."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Having read mixed but favorable reviews I decided to try Ambrozia. What a good choice and terrific addition to North Asheville dining! Located in a shopping strip there is limited al fresco dining available. Interior seating parallels an elongated bar. Staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful. The menu is innovative and intriguing. Smoked trout nachos were delicious followed by a pork chop in chutney accompanied by tomato grits, greens, pork rinds, and a superb chorizo stuffed Piccadillo pepper (would make an appealing main course or appetizer). Only complaint is the chop was overly fatty. Will definitely return and the Sunday brunch looks to be a special attraction."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Other than the odd location in a small shopping center, we're delighted to have Ambrozia nearby. We took a guest this time and despite his initial reaction to the "fussy" menu - he loved it! The trout with cauliflower risotto was absolutely amazing, seafood enchiladas equally delicious and the Bistro Burger so reliably good one person at the table always has it, again. We were lucky to get our same server both times; she knows the menu and how to take great food and turn it into a wonderful night out. If I had a complaint about Ambrozia it would be the "wimpy" wine pours. At $7 per glass another splash isn't going to cut into the bottom line."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I had reserved a table for 2 but some friends decided to join us. The restaurant was so booked that we could not be accommodated; however, room at the bar became available and we ate there. Karen , the bartender, was awesome and her service was spectacular. I started with appetizers, then salad and the scallops. The salad was well dressed and the scallops were perfectly cooked. The prices are very reasonable. There are even 2 tables outside. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great service and good food. Great presentation A bit pricy"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had a difficult time finding something I liked on the menue. Creative dinners but when the food came I didn't enjoy it. Good hamburgers in the past and next time I'll stick to that."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great cocktails (pirate themed for tonight), loved the pimento popovers. I had the elk wellington that was cooked perfectly and tasted great. My wife had the Dirty Burger with the fois gras, pimento cheese, fried egg, onion rings , and bacon is probably the best burger in Asheville."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Though nothing we ordered could be considered delicious I want to highlight the most offending course.....the green salad. The greens presented were wilted, bruised and soggy and the few tomato slices pale. The waitress informed me that the greens had been "massaged" with the dressing and said she was sorry the preparation did not appeal to me or my guests. We were not offered a substitute and the salad was included on my bill."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Ambrosia is a wonderful place to enjoy a romantic dinner and cocktail or have a spur of the moment meal. All of the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and I love the focus on local foods."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The flavor of the scallops, ribs and parsnip purée was to moan for. Burger, sauce and seasoned fries were perfect. This is a casual atmosphere with sophisticated food. All in all a very pleasing dinner."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed the unusual selections and small plates. Trout Tacos were wonderful; Oysters Appalachian were smokey and delicious; Wild NC Clams were nice - the broth a bit too salty for our taste, but interesting and definitely on our "do again" list. Elk Wellington was not so much to our liking (although we eat a lot of wild game). We've eaten at Ambrozia before and highly recommend the restaurant and experience - friendly staff, nice ambiance, good food, interesting and unusual dishes! We'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We are always pleased! Everyone is so kind and makes us feel like family."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Definitely fit for foodies of all stripe, including vegetarians. Very good and personable wait staff and general mgr. Jamal, were friendly and attentive to our needs. Good bar and wine list, and an interesting and well-executed menu. Two different entrees were ordered: daily special of braised rabbit with savory bread pudding and grilled squashes and vegetarian enchilada of mushrooms and collard greens with a heavenly mole and a side of quinoa and squash that seemed to be fried crispy (stir-fried, perhaps) -- all of which was well-prepared and delicious. A seasonal berry cobbler to finish was outstanding. Recommended, fine-bistro-dining for any evening. Minimal children - important to us when fine-food & bistro dining."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have been twice with friends and each time it was fabulous. The devils on horseback appetizer is wonderful. Cheerwine short ribs with pimento mashed potatoes were wonderful. Friend had the steak with the smoked frites --- the frites were so good everyone at the table wanted some. What a great find and right in our neighborhood"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is a nice addition to the North Asheville restaurant scene. The decor is comfortably modern. It's hip without trying too hard. The food is good - a little pricey for what it is - but solid. The service is friendly but a little scattered. I would definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Extremely creative food at a reasonable price. We enjoyed every bite and, the pop overs are not to be missed! Excellent wine list. Friendly and engaging wait staff. Even the chef and kitchen staff gave a friendly wave from the open view kitchen as we left the restaurant. We were all happy, happy!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Although we had heard about Ambrozia through friends and local media, we were surprised by the quality of the food and experience of this "off-the-beaten-path" restaurant. The food was delicious, plentiful and reasonably priced compared to many of Asheville's downtown restaurants, which are increasingly overpriced."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We love Ambrozia, it has been wonderful every time we have dined there. However our latest experience, we found it to be a bit off for the night. There were only 2 other tables seated when we arrived at 5:30 pm and service was not up to par. Our server seemed to be more interested in socializing with her co-workers. We each ordered a glass of wine, one of us had a burger and the other had a salad and the oysters. It took 30 minutes to get our food which seemed long considering what we had ordered. The burger was very good as were the oysters. The salad was very disappointing, half of the greens were deteriorated to the point of being inedible, very little dressing & minimal toppings. Server never returned to table to ask how the meal was."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "So glad the neighborhood seems to have welcomed Ambrozia with open arms! Always a nice size crowd of mixed ages any night of the week that I have dined there. Food has been consistantly good, prepared fresh and hot with eye pleasing presentation. Service is attentive and friendly. Nice bar to grab a drink at with friends or dine at if alone."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "At $20 for a 4 course brunch it can't be beat in Asheville. The basket of bakery treats is so good. The remaining choices are all outstanding. Reallt loved the Sausage Wellington. Try the Appalachian 75 for a different brunch cocktail. Service is excellent - friendly, knowledgable and just the right amount of attentativeness."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We always go early and take friends, but still gets loud by the end of the meal! Foods always fabulous, cocktails at the top, and service the best we've seen!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Ambrozia Bar & Grill continues to be our #1 choice for weekend dining."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Will recommend not over the top though good nice trout needs to be cooked more. There needs to be agrouper fish on menu as main staple fish"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere was terrific! The scallops were some of the best I've ever eaten. Great vibe!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Our second dinner at Ambrozia found both food and service to be uneven. The beginning was prompt - order taking, wine pouring and food delivery - a lovely salad of feta, watermelon and watercress - and a main dish of vegetarian enchiladas. But the other entree, short ribs, were tough, full of gristle, and after a struggle with knife and fork, found to be mostly inedible. The waitress did not show back up until the meal was finished, and expressed dismay at the uneaten meat. After a long time, another waitperson cleared the table. Our waitress finally returned with the check in full and no mention of the mostly uneaten dinner. We were tired, so we paid up and left. It will be a long while before returning. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My husband and I had a coupon here and we're so glad we tried it out! I cannot stress enough how friendly the staff was. I called to say we were running late to our reservation and didn't even say my name. The host on the phone called me by name and said it was no problem at all. Our waitress was funny and helpful. My husband's wine took a while coming out and she gave us a second glass on her. I am pregnant and wanted a non alcoholic cocktail and the bartender whipped me up something OUT OF THIS WORLD and even stopped by the table to make sure I liked it. Trout appetizer was AMAZING. The food was a little exotic (ex: clam chowder came with clams still in the shell) Hubby loved his surf and turf and I loved my scallops. Will be back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Ambrosia was recommended by a friend and this was our first chance to try out this restaurant . We were not disappointed. My husband and I shared each course and really enjoyed our selections. A great first impression and so good to find such a great dining option in north Asheville. We'll be back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was our second time at Ambrozia. It's a nice looking restaurant with a nice menu. Although, for some reason, the restaurant was mostly empty on this night, our service seemed a bit haphazard. Cocktails came out at different times. Starter came out before anything. Host was a bit tooooo talkative. Main courses were good though. We'd go back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food has fallen off terribly since I first went there. I wrote that it was the best restaurant in Asheville. And still was after more visits. Now the food is not good. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Very creative chef. Staff is delightful. Beautifully decorated. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "A three course meal (well, four, but they consider a basket off bread& scones as one course... though they were freshly baked). Delicious smoked trout, and a fabulous Belgian waffle, along with crab cakes (the chef claims they were 98% crab and 2% filler). Mom didn't like that the crabs were deep fried, although I thought they were light and crispy. She also thought they were skimpy on the Creme Anglaise in her trifle which didn't have enough vanilla. I thought everything was absolutely fabulous and will definitely go back.The server was patient and went to ask the kitchen details for us."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Easy parking and great specials that are constantly changing make Ambrosia the best in north Asheville. The subtle southwestern twist on local food is unique and spot on. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food, good location, good service, but noisy. Had to carry on conversations."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Can't wait to go back! The pimento cheese popovers were divine, as was the melon salad."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My fiancé and I made this our first meal on our trip to Asheville and had a wonderful time. Everything on the menu looked delicious, but I had my heart set on their Ahi tuna three ways and it was as delicious as imagined. We started with the eggplant fries and shared the warm berry cobbler with buttermilk ice cream for dessert. The portions were just right and we felt very satisfied after our meal. Their seasonal cocktail list was excellent. There was a live folk band playing inside and the ambiance seemed romantic, but we opted for outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. (The patio is also pet friendly). The servers and bartenders were very warm and knew a lot of their customers by name. What a wonderful experience! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014