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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The experience is worth the money and the drive. We drove over from Valle Crucis, and were very pleased. We were seated on time, the pace was excellent, the wine list was extensive and the food was beautifully prepared and served elegantly. Wines were a tad pricey. We had been warned that pending new ownership had reduced portion sizes, but we had perfectly sized portions. Our entrees ran the gamut from fish to beef. All arrived together and prepared perfectly. The corn chowder was a delightful surprise in terms of presentation, texture and flavors. We might return once we hear more aboutvthe new chef."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This is our date night restaurant where we "dress up" and have a romantic fabulous meal. The service is always outstanding and the food is incredibly prepared and delicious. The wine list is extensive and now it's all on an iPad which makes selection so much fun! We celebrate my husband's birthday there each year (just had our 4th one) and, ironically, we've been seated in the same booth each time which is wonderful."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "If I didn't have to drive 500 miles from Maryland, I would enjoy this gem every week. Beautiful mountain meadow entrance, rocky brook setting from the rear covered deck (with radiant heaters for cool evenings), excellent menu, and very attentive wait staff. Don't miss out on the desserts!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The entire experience at Artisanal was exactly as I hoped it would be. It was a special occasion and the food, service, and ambiance were perfect."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "What a wonderful restaurant. They maintain a balance between fine dining and not being stuffy. Best restaurant in the NC High Country."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "One of our absolute favorite restaurants. Every time we are in the area (usually about once a year), we make a reservation to eat at Artisanal. We love it and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere, architecture and decor are great; the service is fantastic; and the food is amazing. We over ordered and had a bit of brocolini left that the server offered to wrap up for us to take. Of course we forgot all about it while eating dessert, but it was waiting for us on the front seat when the valet brought our car. It's the attention to little details like that which pushes this restaurant above the rest!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Service and ambiance great. Food was OK. We originally ordered the butter steak and after our first course the waiter came back and said the chef didn't like the amount of fat on the steak and was redoing it. He offered us a pasta dish to eat while we waited for our new steak to arrive. By this time we had gone thru a $100.00 bottle of Cab. The new steak arrived and was cut into three pieces. We both ordered medium rare. On each plate one piece of steak was medium rare, the other two, medium to well. I wanted to send them both back but the spouse said don't make a fuss! For the amount of the meal a fuss was justified but I gave in and ate the steak. If you go there have a cocktail on the patio before dinner. Very delightful."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Artisanal is a diner's paradise. The food and service is the best we have ever had, consistently. We make it to the restaurant once a year. It never disappoints."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Artisinal was a wonderful experience. Everything was exceptional!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Artisanal could be world class, but it misses the mark. 3 elements go into making an unforgettable dining experience: the food, the space, and the dining room management. While the food and the space deserve 5 stars, the restaurant has policies that lack graciousness and border on rudeness. The restaurant’s draconian cancelation policy sets a negative tone from the outset. Seating requests are ignored. Our waitress offered a “half” glass of wine to replace one that she spilled and demanded our valet tickets at the end of the meal, effectively booting us out of our seats. A great dining experience should delight and excite. The food and space do just that, but the experience is soured by policies that say you are not welcome."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Possibly the best dining experience we have ever had. Certainly one of the best dining memories!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I brought my husband here for his 60th birthday. We had an excellent experience. The food, service, ambiance was excellent."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Artisanal is a jewel in the High Country of North Carolina. Superb ambiance, delectable food and 5 star service made this truly a dining paradise. Hats off to the chefs and the owners, for they have set the standard for fine dining in this area. Well done and keep up the great work - can't wait to return and sample more of your fantastic food!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food, service and atmosphere were fantastic. The only thing was there was a dress code when you made the reservation requesting jackets for men etc and we saw a lot of people that did not follow the dress code. That makes the outing a little less special when some people follow the rules and others don't and not informed. But would come back again."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My husband and I discussed this was the best restaurant we have been to in North Carolina. It's definitely in our top 10 all around. Will recommend Artisanal to everyone."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Never a disappointment!! Whether you eat inside or outside, it is amazing!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had another outstanding experience at Artisanal. From the atmosphere, service, and every course, another Five Star evening!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Quite possibly the best meal and dining experience we have ever had -- and who would have expected that in tiny Banner Elk! The architecture is stunning, the wines are superb, the food was worthy of a Michelin star and the service was phenomenal. Well, well done, Artisanal!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times,but this time the food was exceptionally good. The gnochi and veal was out of this world. Fois gras torchin and oysters were wonderful. This restaurant keeps getting better. My husband had pork belly tacos and that was superb as well. Butter steak is consistently his favorite."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "There are many very good resturants in high country but none compare to Artisanal. This resturant features fine food, great service, and an exceptional wine list with-in a truly unique and comfortable setting. The food selections are creative, organic, and varied so every visit is different. Request outdoor dining for a truly special evening."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "this was a dining experience. We had 6 in our party and none had been before. We thoroughly enjoyed it! The entire experience was great. Hope to go back"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The service was excellent. They were friendly, polite and knowledgeable. They made you feel real important. I was with my wife, sister, and brother-in-law celebrating birthdays and an anniversary. My wife and sister had the duck and they really like it. My brother-in-law had the scallops and they were great. However, I thought the salad and fish dish I had was only fair. I guess I just choice the wrong dish that night. Over all it was very pleasant evening."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We made the 1 hour trip to celebrate the 39th anniversary of our friends. The restaurant was not ostentatious or stilted. It offered inventive dishes without too much flair but the taste of each vegetable was like you were experiencing all of its best qualities. The entrees (fish & steak) were also quite good. Our appetizer of crab beignets was a favorite. Did I mention the rolls? They by themselves were worth a return trip. Desserts were ok."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is a very good restaurant. A true Chef who tries to do things that are original and interesting. Cool Barn like building to. Just go."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My wife and I regard Artisanal s the best restaurant in the High Country. The food is excellent as is the service from valet parking to the wait staff at the table. We are both sensitive to salt and the chef has been very accommodating in preparing meals without adding salt where possible. Cannot say enough good things about the restaurant. It is not cheap, but worth the extra cost for a really good dining experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were told by a friend to be sure to eat here.... They were correct! It is fabulous in all respects. Our waitress was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Bill and Anita Greene never fail to deliver a wonderful dining experience. Whether it is the valet greeting you and escorting you to the open door, the gracious welcome by the host/hostess, the wonderfully lit and attractively set tables, the attentive servers or the food (OH, YES, THE FOOD), we have never been disappointed. With just the two of us or a group of 10, we always leave with smiling faces from the excellent evening. The wine list is extensive & fairly priced. The food is full of creative, delicious tastes and always presented in an inventive manner. Our evenings have always been paced perfectly. The only disappointment is that too many people love the restaurant as do we, making advance reservations of as much as a month a must."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had a great time. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere very unusual and amazing. Definitely a 5 star restaurant. The drive to the restaurant is beautiful also."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Artisanal has it all-- exquisite food, setting, service! The wait staff was attentive and professional. Get a pear mojito to start your magical evening! The equestrian theme is carried out in the building and art work down to the tiniest detail. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "In the middle of nowhere sits Artisanal. The restaurant is associated with the Diamond Creek golf club. Beautiful setting inside and out. Servers were knowledgeable and friendly. Food was amazing. We sat outside and it got quite dark (candle wouldn't stay lit and was not enough light). Valet was a nice touch but hardly needed. Overall truly great find. Fries in duck fat? Oh yes. Will certainly be back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Excellent in every respect. Went for my wife's birthday and had a wonderful time."
    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
  • "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
  • "We are never disappointed with Bill and Anita Green's talents. An amazing evening, we introduced some dear friends to our favorite high country restaurant and the evening was superb. We have to leave in a week, but will make a point of at least one more dinner to cap off our vacation to our mountain home."
    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
  • "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
  • "we frequent this establishment for the delicious food"
    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
  • "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
  • "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