Ambrozia Bar and Bistro
Ambrozia Bar and Bistro

Ambrozia Bar and Bistro

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Ambrozia Bar and Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)neighborhood gem (79)special occasion (35)great for brunch (24)romantic (21)notable wine list (20)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The pork belly was mediocre at best. The trout was ok but forgettable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    FoodisLifeVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Go opposite Asheville's downtown and you'll find food just as good if not better tucked away in an unassuming little strip mall next to the library. The pimento cheese popovers, the tuna appetizer, the small plates and deserts were excellent. It's small and tables are close to one another, but I imagine this little gem is just what the locals love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Have been to Ambrosia several times. They have never disappointed us. Menu is eclectic with some unusual but very successful food pairing, The wine list is comprehensive, but not to large to confuse. Price point on the wine menu is reasonable. Also have a good selection of beers and cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like A Lot!
    TWC2VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We always enjoy, but sometimes the menu can be a little limited. I understand that this is because they make most everything in house, but just sayin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • N. Asheville Gem!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We are so glad to have a fine food restaurant in North Adheville. We love the downtown scene but don't always want to deal with traffic & parking. Excellent food! We had a sort of a "tapas" experience trying all the appetizers! Service was top notch, friendly & personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    AVLdiner
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This was our second visit- cauliflower bisque was outstanding and the scallops were perfectly cooked. Waitstaff was very knowledgeable about ingredients in all the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Burger and Beer
    RachelVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    They have a special on Tuesday nights -- Burger and Beer for only $10 -- You have a choice of 2 burgers, and any NC Beer on Tap. We decided to get both burgers and share them -- Vegetarian with Curry Flavor and Eggplant Fries, and the Beef Burger with Pimento Cheese and other delicious toppings with Chili Fries. They were both on homemade brioche rolls. And they were fabulous and delicious and we would certainly come back and do again! We had a server we've had before, with wonderful service, excellent food, this is a wonderful place for everything from casual dining, to special occasion (Last time we were here was for my birthday when we did small plates). And yes, if you don't like beer, they now have another special burger and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambrosia Bar and Bistro
    Luvlocal
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything was wonderful --- great food, service and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great end to our trip
    Asheville1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our first time visiting Asheville we wanted a romantic restaurant that we can also bring our dogs to, this place delivered! The most friendly staff ever who was so nice to us and our pups, they went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. The prices were affordable and the service was quick. The food was scrumptious and the restaurant was gorgeous! We will return on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    KathiVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My husband and I liked the ambiance, although the noise level became quite energetic as more and more people arrived for dinner. It's a small place! The Wednesday night 1/2 price bottle of wine was great ... the food was beautifully presented and delicious... our server was very pleasant and knowledgeable ..our only complaint was that the food was a little slow coming out of the kitchen. We got several "small plates" ... next time we'll ask for two at a time and see if that makes things faster!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently delicious
    DiningoutinNC
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is the fourth time we have gone for Sunday brunch and we continue to be very pleased. They rotate their menu with continued fine outcomes. We had Cauliflower bisque with a chorizo fritter and the Croquet Madame, both of which were sumptuously prepare and presented. Our go to brunch place in Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best mean I can remember in awhile
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First time visiting the Asheville area and found this restaurant on OpenTable. Very interesting menu. Everything we tried was out of this world. Our waitress was attentive but not over bearing. Definitely one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Next time we're back in town, definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Experience
    BillS
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Continue to experience a great meal and a warm welcome from the owner and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • North Asheville Gem
    WoodysFaves14
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We dined at Ambrozia for the first time this week and had a wonderful experience. From the Hors d'oeuvres to the dessert, it was fantastic. I had the grilled trout which was moist, crisp, and perfectly seasoned. The smoked corn custard was creamy and full of corny flavor. My companions had the Steak Frite and Fall Squash Gnocchi which they loved. The desserts and a good selection of wines made the evening memorable. The service was outstanding, prices reasonable, and we know that we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dining Experience
    LuvFunFinds
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We loved this cozy neighborhood bistro. Outstanding service. We ordered the popovers with pimento cheese and the Brussels sprouts (with bacon made onsite) as starters. Both were delicious, and while we waited, were served complimentary ambrosia dish--a nice touch. We finished with salads and an excellent cauliflower soup. The wine list was extensive and we enjoyed watching the bartender create enticing drinks. Definitely a place for those who are interested in diversity and quality over portion quantity. A memorable dining experience for us!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another home run!
    avilleVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We brought out-of-town guests for the first night of the newest menu (Oct 1st), and as usual, Chef Sam has created some wonderful dishes! The cauliflower soup with chorizo, the brussel sprouts with apples and ham, the grilled asparagus with duck prosciutto, and the seafood grits entree were hits with everyone. And then there's the added special 1/2 price on any bottle of wine on Wednesdays, which makes all of it MORE fun. And then you add the fabulous Caren behind the bar, and all the wonderful wait-staff, and you have an ideal evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal!
    AVLNorthCarolina
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was a very pleasant surprise. The flat iron was cooked to protection and the seafood was a world of flavors. The best part was desert. A mint chocolate ice cream bar with freash mint. Very well thought out and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Northside Eatery
    AshevilleGourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have dined here before. We are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    mtnmchgrlVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our meal this time was especially delicious from start (buttermilk pimento cheese popovers) to finish (champagne poached pear in puff pastry).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem of North Asheville
    VicksPicks
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We love it here--friendly staff, outstanding food and service. Thank you, Karen, for making my birthday special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Feeling uptown in Asheville, this is a fun spot on the north end! Different kinds of things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    jwestbarker
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Love this place! Our favorite restaurant in town! They never disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jack
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Just moved into the neighborhood. Will be a regular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem to be shared
    LetseatVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We took friends and they now declare it's their favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    RachelVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Was here for my birthday and had a delicious sampling of small plates. At least our fourth time here. Have never been disappointed. It was a Tuesday night and the place was packed with people getting Tuesday Burger / Beer special. Next time I'm coming on a Tuesday and trying that special priced meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCELLENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great experience across the board. Wonderful food, great service. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    Gluttoness
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our third visit was great, again! Tried the oyster appetizer and the four pieces left us wanting 50 more. Had the duck special which was terrific but might be a little underdone for some people. A little pricey to go as often as I want, but love it every time I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    jqmarshall
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    we find ourselves coming back every date night. we are addicted to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    CharitySBT
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We consulted various review sites to assist us in selecting restaurants on our getaway to Asheville this week. We loved Ambrozia - delightful flavor combinations. The fried chicken legs and the trout with cauliflower risotto were my favorites. Don't skip the Chocolate Bomb dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was incredibly good
    Foodie26VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had the pimento cheese popovers and they were heavy but delicious. I also had the Steak Frite. The gorgonzola sauce was a perfect compliment to to the perfectly cooked steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner
    Joiedevivre
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service and ambiance is always so nice at ambrosia, and we like that it's quieter and easier to get to than restaurants downtown that are so often flooded with tourists. Cocktail list is creative and specials unique. I'm vegetarian and always have options here, like spring veggies and gnocchi, melon feta salad. My family enjoyed the steak & frits, local nc trout and seared sea scallops.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love love love
    Austin1040VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food with attentive, charming service. Who could ask for more? I've been to most of the highly rated restaurants in Asheville and Ambrozia doesn't get the attention it deserves. Interesting appetizers and entrees. All we had were well prepared. And the service was outstanding. Highly recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood find
    Sweetandsavory
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Living in a town with so many choices for great food often makes it difficult to decide just where to go. Ambrozia is a fantastic spot, and one of the many reasons to like it is simply because it's NOT downtown. Besides having a fantastic menu, lovely sleek but not cold ambience, professional and attentive (but not overbearing) service - it's great to have a spot that is really kind of a neighborhood spot. Easy to get to, park, quieter..... I told our waitstaff that I think of them as our burger destination because their burger is really out of this world - caramelized onions, pimento cheese and a great locally sourced beef make it absolutely divine. But really, their entire menu is always tempting....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another first rate experience
    anotherfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    North Asheville neighborhood is so lucky to have this great gem. The service is always delightful with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. They made it so easy for a table of six to share tastings and were terrific with recommendations for wine and for the vegetarians in our group. The local field to table food is always wonderfully inspired. The grand finale was a spectacular dessert plate for each of the three birthday guests who were dining - and that was served as a surprise response to a casual comment by our dinner host as we arrived. Way to go Ambrozia -a class act. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful!
    Liss
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Invited by a friend to try this place. Took 3 hours to get two burgers and a couple of Apps and get our check. Server was plesant but inexperienced and not trained well. Couldn't answer many of our questions. Food was OK. Can't go wrong with HNGF's meat but roll was burned on both sandwiches and fries were cold. Oyster app was dried out. The place was hopping as they had a burger special which we weren't told about until we ordered. North Ash needs a good restaurant, sadly this isn't it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just right for brunch
    Zoro
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find in ASheville area
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a treat!
    Janet
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun!
    avilleVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    CliftVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great food and great service. Real neighborhood gem! Would definitely go back when in Asheville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet