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Artisanal Restaurant
Artisanal Restaurant

Artisanal Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.artisanalnc.com
  • Phone: (828) 898-5395
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bill Greene
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room is located adjacent to the wine cellar. The capacity is 32 guests. We do welcome parties on the terrace for up to 40 guests and can accommodate more for an event in the main dining room. We do not charge booking fees but do have minimums.
  • Private Party Contact: Anita Greene (828) 898-5395
  • Entertainment: Entertainment may be available on occasions

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 184
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking
A word from Artisanal Restaurant
Contemporary American Fine Dining in a rustic yet elegant environment. Innovative and progressive thinking in a farm to table approach, only working with the highest quality ingredients. This warm environment offers the best food and wine with excellent service. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Private dining room adjacent to the wine cellar available for events. Artisanal Restaurant is closed seasonally from November - April.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Another fantastic meal at Artisanal. We have dined here at least a dozen times. Their ability to consistently turn out a fabulous meal is remarkable. My biggest frustration with the restaurant is that you cannot book prime times through Open Table. Too often I must call the restaurant to book an 8 PM table, and then I have to leave a message and wait for a return call. A table is usually available at the desired hour I originally attempted to book on line!! It really is a waste of everyone's time!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Excellent in every respect. Went for my wife's birthday and had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Our business took us to Europe on numerous occasions. My wife and I , and companions have purposely sought out the top dining spots on ever occasion. After many visits to Artisanal, both with friends and family, we must without doubt report the Artisanal is our choice of all time. We find it miraculous that such a venue is within miles of our mountain home at Grandfather Golf and Country Club."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This is THE restaurant in the High Country for foodies. Their menu has always been excellent and expensive, but worth it. This week we went and they have added some pasta dishes that are fabulous and very reasonable to the point that we will consider them more often. In the past this was a 2 times a year only on special occasion place. It is still very special, but the new menu will make us look here more often instead of Zuzdas, Sorentos and Jackalopes. Those other places are excellent, but Artisinal is SPECIAL...."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Perfect night for dining outside on the terrace, cool but comfortable. Both enjoyed gimlet cocktails followed by great salads and NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Dinner for us was lamb loin possibly as good as I have ever enjoyed. Beautiful presentation and enough for a hearty appetite. Finished up with well thought out cheese and remainder of Talley Pinot Noir. We love the food and the atmosphere but for the first time ever our server was very indifferent. Still the best restaurant in the NC mountains !"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "we frequent this establishment for the delicious food"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We always enjoy the atmosphere, especially the porch by the water. The food selection is always interesting and delicious. The service is top-notch. Reservations are easy. We usually come for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Unlike many popular restaurants Artisanal meets, and exceeds, expectations. The setting is delightful, the dishes executed to very high standards, and the service is impeccable. Although not inexpensive Artisanal is an absolute value. It truly delivers. One note to first time visitors: they take the dress code seriously. Men in jeans will be seated on the patio, and even a well-pressed dress shirt and slacks will be a minority. Most male diners are actually wearing a jacket."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "You may need a map to find it but there is not a better restaurant within a 100 miles. Maybe more. Beautiful setting and architecture. Fabulous wine list. A five star menu with the freshest ingredients. Our halibut was perfectly prepared. Deconstructed key lime pie a touch of genius. We'll be back!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our dinner for two was a special occasion and everyone made it extra special. The setting is beautiful, the ambience of the restaurant is perfect, our wait person was knowledgeable and went the extra mile with information and wine samples. We are looking forward to a return visit to try more of the delicious offerings."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Artisinal is truly one of the best restaurants that we have ever had the privilege to enjoy. The atmosphere is wonderful whether inside or out - we love to dine in the lounge! But don't miss the porch... The food is fit for any "foodie"- the chef never disappoints! We have dined here 4 times already this season - and would probably be there even more often if we lived closer!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We arrived at Artisanal right on time, as did one other couple. The third couple in our party was a little late. The staff rushed us over to a table before the last couple arrived, then proceeded to pretty much ignore us. Once our party was complete, the staff was attentive. The food was good, not great. Many items were pricey. Our final tally was $200 per person, which I admit included several drinks, but no expensive bottles of wine. The valet service was very good."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ― George Bernard Shaw It is my humble opinion as a self-described "foodie" that both the chef and his staff have a sincere love of the food that they carefully and artistically prepare. Most importantly, the food is absolutely delicious, with layers of flavor - I think that you just can't go wrong here. In addition, we have found that even the wait staff sincerely appreciate the food and create a wonderful dining experience. I have dined at Artisinal a few times now and each time, I have found the food and the service absolutely wonderful!"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Delightfully presented fare (e.g.,meat cuts painstakingly prepared -- free of any fat or gristle), great variety of traditional and new tastes served in a setting of elegant, artful surroundings. Truly a five star place."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is the special occasion restaurant to enjoy in the High Country. The food is excellent. Delicious and artistically presented. The staff is extremely attentive and friendly. The only time I have ever had an Assistant Waiter take my doggie bag & claim check to the car valet so they would be waiting for me at the door upon leaving. The covered deck has a great stream and forest view. Not inexpensive but I felt I got good value. Treat yourself!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Have been here several times and never a disappointment. We ate on the terrace and service was perfect. Food was delicious. The calamari is amazing, everything we tried was great. Can't wait to go back next summer."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We were fortunate to have another evening at Artisanal very recently, and it was as wonderful as always. The food, ambience, bar, service, and even the drive out to Banner Elk is always a treat."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Artisanal is simply superb in all aspects of fine dining."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was EXCELLENT and service was EXCELLENT!!! WONDERFUL culinary experience!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This was an incredible experience and so worth the 90 minute drive! Every detail was perfect and can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The Artisinal is pricey but they always deliver unique, high quality dishes, great service, and the ambiance is fabulous. My favorite restaurant hands down. I hope all diners get the chance to experience Artisinal, they will be very pleased and would definitely want to return. A true delight!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We choose Artisanal when we have out of town guests visiting in the high country that we want to impress."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had a superb evening at Artisanal. We had an early dinner on the back porch while the evening sun was still reflecting off the leaves and the stream was active with spring water - the ambiance was exceptional. We had an appetizer of Kusshi raw oysters in the half shell that were outstanding, a perfectly prepared Halibut steak, seared golden and moist interior with a side of grilled asparagus, steamed Prince Edward Island mussels and a side of farro, a perfectly matched Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc from Malborough NZ, and a gelato and whipped cream on a puff pastry and fresh strawberries. Service was impeccable and we could not have had a more satisfying experience on my fifth visit -always the culinary highlight of my time in Banner Elk."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Awesome facility with a lot of charm, unbelievable wine list and very good food."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Wonderful place to eat. Very friendly staff and great service. Beautiful setting and so friendly to children. Will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My fiance and I went here during our mountain trip and found it very enjoyable. The food was reasonably priced and the service was great. I ordered the 28oz "cowboy steak" and my fiance ordered the lamb. Both were cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. We didn't feel rushed to eat nor did we feel like we had to wait for our food. Overall I would not hesitate to go back for another dinner. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The title sums it up. This is a not to be missed place anytime I visit Banner Elk. Food and service is amazing. Atmosphere is great. Wine cellar is a must see!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "service food and drinks all perfect, we shared food around and every dish was perfect. Pricey but well worth a splurge."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food was good overall as always, but everything else is different. Entire menu is a la carte and expensive. Staff is new and inexperienced...bar service slow. We had to wait for our table despite making reservations several weeks ago. Could not order appetizers immediately, because we were told the chef will only take the entire meal order at one time....gee I thought we were the customer? Artisinal no longer has that special edge."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Artisanal and we loved it. Beautiful setting, interior very well done. Attentive but not over-bearing wait staff, prompt service, very good selection of wine by the glass, well prepared and presented food. Priced fairly, good value."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great ambience Impeccable service. Excellent food. The "high Country" at it's finest. Exquisite!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I was introducing 2 new couples to the community and Artisanal automatically came to mind. They did not disappoint. The 7 course tasting menu was flawless. The presentation and creativity was on a par with a NYC hot spot. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I took my husband to dinner for his birthday, our first meal at Artisanal. Without a doubt, it was one of the best meals we have ever had, anywhere. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our food and service were outstanding! The chef has added some new menu items. The cocktails were fun and delicious. The wine list is extensive."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The large room with the horse made of vines made the first impression that you were in a restaurant that was special. All of the wait staff in blue starched shirts looked great. They were attentive and very friendly and made you feel very comfortable. When courses was presented they put both persons food or drink down at the same time. Our first courses - Tuna Tartar and Raw oysters. The Tuna Tartar was perfectly seasoned with crunchy morsels of toasted pop corn. The oysters were small and delicious and from the pacific northwest and the extra horseradish was fresh and hot which is very important to us. My husband had soft shell crab that was divine and my snapper was some of the best fish I have ever tasted. I recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Restaurant was already expensive and now they are charging for vegetables. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My husband took me to this restaurant as a Christmas present. The restaurant is beautiful on the inside with a large open kitchen, mountain-rustic decor, overlooking a quaint pasture. We ordered the calamari as an appetizer; the calamari was the best we've ever had. I ordered the flat iron steak with kale and sweet potato puree, and it was simply amazing. The steak was cooked perfectly and the kale was delicious. My husband ordered the monkfish which was also very tasty. The service was impeccable; our waitress, Harriett, was friendly and attentive, and there were numerous food runners available for any other requests. Anyone looking for a special night in Banner Elk has to go here."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This is a beautiful dining venue and service is impeccable. The food prices are somewhat high, but presentation and food quality are very notable, as is the table setting and amenities. I would recommend this as a wonderful dining place to celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We were given a gift certificate for Artisanal, and though we live in the area, had not been aware of it. We had a very nice evening there, and will definitely go there again, We are telling our friends about it, and so far, none have heard of it before we told them."
    Dined on 12/28/2013