Artisanal Restaurant
Artisanal Restaurant

Artisanal Restaurant

  • 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 8288985395
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Artisanal Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (70)fit for foodies (63)notable wine list (60)romantic (53)great for outdoor dining (47)scenic view (36)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (17)hot spot (7)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • dineoutalot
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Always outstanding. Fish is so superb as well as the sides. Service was fabulous. A truly feel good , great food experience. Plan to spend time to drink in the ambience . Take a look out back at the creek and look at wine cellar downstairs. Dynamic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A best meal
    ChefGeorge
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I was a little skeptical that Artisanal could be all that others have said it is, what with the dress code in the country and rigid reservation policy. But this was one of the most pleasant dinners we've ever had. Everything was simply perfect, and I don't understand how Chef can get so much flavor into every single item. Yes, the wine list on an iPad seems a little precious, but it's a great way to get information you'd otherwise not have. And there are an adequate number of reasonably priced bottles. The sweetbreads app was one of the best preparations I've ever had, my lamb tenderloin was superb, and my wife's flounder was phenomenal. We went light for desserts and were blown away by the sorbets. Go there, and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The best restaurant in this part of NC. Our third time here and always a terrific dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dennis & Caroline
    DennisandCaroline
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in the area. The place to go for delicious food and wine, extraordinary service and a quiet, romantic environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    JWagoner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Overall a great dinning experience. All of the staff were excellent. The quality of food you will get at Artisanal is as good as any you will find in the high country of NC. All courses of our meal were very well prepared and only the highest quality of ingredients utilized. Extensive wine list. However, if you are not a wine drinker, then your selection of drinks will be somewhat limited. Would have been nice to have some of the craft beer available on tap in the area, but that is just me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artisanal, very nice
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great meal, great ambiance, great facility. Only issue is the reservation process via Open Table. We specified indoor dining in the Open Table reservation. We were called the day prior to our reservation, and we were told that the indoor/outdoor preference does not transmit from Open Table to the restaurant. So, we were offered dining outside, in 40 degree temperature, or we could eat at the bar. Neither option was acceptable. Finally we were offered a table in the main dining area 45 minutes later. Reservation system is not ideal. It seems to me that Open Table reservations are less desirable, and used to "fill in". Not a good situation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing
    BrianK
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have decided to never eat anywhere else in Banner Elk! Why bother when you can Start with Asian Calamari, continue with Veal Osobuko, or an amazing Pasta or Fish and finish with BLOW YOUR MIND Dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    SuSu
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Friends had highly recommended Artisanal Restaurant; however, we could only imagine just how exceptional this restaurant located in a barn would be! From the extensive wine list to the delectable menu items, our meal was delightful! The calamari appetizer to share was a culinary masterpiece. Crispy duck breast was the best I've ever eaten! Service, too exceeded our expectations: Our waiter was attentive without interrupting; he was helpful to make a recommendation when asked a preference. We noticed that the staff worked together to ensure a memorable dining experience for everyone. We've decided we have some wonderful friends to steer us to this fine dining establishment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic yet elegant
    MtnvisitorVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Artisanal was a delight and we'll definitely go back. Dinner was great, service was super, and we made some new friends of the folks that were seated next to us. We highly recommend the quail appetizer, delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have said and will continue to say Artisanal is the top restaurant in western NC. The amazing menu and varieties of foods elevate this place. But the ambiance, especially the outdoor dining is untouchable. Thanks Anita for all you do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mountain High
    Gian
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is one of the best, if not the best restaurant in the High Country. Always consistent. This trip had the calimari, octopus, and tuna. Everything was stellar. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    With all the great dining restaurants in this area, Artisinal was our favorite restaurant to dine in for the week. The restaurant is beautiful, the service was excellent, and the ambiance very warm. The food was superb, with lots of different seasonings and sauces to really enhance the food flavors. The wine selection was very good; however, pricing is on the high side. I would definitely recommend this restaurant hands-down.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worthy of destination dining.
    Sukidiner
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    One of the most soothing yet interesting decors of any restaurant. The al fresco dining in the summer is as wonderful as the interior seating. The food is choreographed silently in the open kitchen. The emphasis on seafood may not be trendy in a farm to table way but is as fresh as if you were on the water. They made an effort to present a seafood dish with an impromptu vegetarian sauce to accommodate a non meat eater which was much appreciated for both effort and outcome. The Fearrington House outside Chapel Hill is the only NC restaurant I'm familiar with that shares this level of ambiance, service, presentation, location and memorably good cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artisan
    MikeB
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    For those that remember the Tack Room in Foscoe, Artisanal takes it to a new level. Bill and Anita have built a gem and continue to amaze. The food is spectacular and they really know how to bring service. I am impressed with the new wine ipad with a very broad selelection. Banner Elk is on the map due to Artisanal. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cindy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service was excellent....especially in dealing with the excessively noisy party, not what you expect when paying $250+ for dinner....a very diverse menu. Food quality was above average however the overall "flavor" seemed to be lacking. The calamari was very good, everything else just average.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Away from Home Dining
    Happydiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our second time in two days, so we liked everything about it. We are from Jacksonville Florida and come to Boone about twice a year, and will definitely make sure we have diner while we are there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent gem in mountains
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great find in banner elk. Local ingredients and excellent atmosphere. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finedining
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    One of the finest restaurant is in Banner Elk, N.C. We found the restaurant to be quite impressive. It has been made to look like a barn both outside and inside. The wooden beams and plank walls were wonderfully relaxing and inviting. We were warmly greeted by the manager and owner Anita Greene. Our server, Taylor was delightful. She was attentive and helpful. The food was amazing. The Main Lobster Fritters were fantastic. We also ordered the Cast Iron Cornbread served with Maple Butter. My wife had the Butter Steak, it was so tender no knife was needed. I ordered the Maine Scallops, they were outstanding. Taylor then suggested the donuts in lemon sauce. Next time we are in the area we will make it a point to eat at Artisanal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Three of us had a 5:30 p.m. reservation. Service was good and the Maine Fritters we had as an appetizer were very good. Yeast rolls, good. Two of us had an 8 oz. filet and one had the scallops. The filet was wonderful, but we were a bit surprised that there were only 3 scallops served for the other entree. Three. Hmmmm........ seems a bit sparse for the price of the meal. They were very good, but we would not order them again. The cocktails were artfully prepared and very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden food gem
    Beachcomber1959
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Nestled in the hillside of the Banner Elk community is a hidden gem showcasing local food and an extensive wine offering. Restaurant decor, food presentation and taste, and personal attention from the staff creates a lasting positive memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Genny
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The large barn is welcoming and elegant--we sat on the porch and listened to the rain falling as we ate. Highlights were roasted corn salad, scallops, duck breast, and deconstructed s'mores for dessert. It's unusual to find a setting this unusual and inviting matched with food that was as well executed as it was conceived. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First class dining
    JayBird
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, super service, great food, extensive wine list in a beautiful setting. In my opinion it is the best restaurant in the Banner Elk, Boone and Blowing Rock.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artisinol is Worth the Experience
    jager22
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    A stunning restaurant in the middle of a beautiful pasture location. The atmosphere is serene and calming especially the patio location. The food was outstanding and the service the best. Definitely a place to go for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extraordinary
    Oldfisherman67
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Artisanal is simply extraordinary. Truly, it it has to be....considering its location is not any place one "happens by" and that it is high-end price wise, it must provide a unique experience and that it does. Ambiance is rustic elegance, wine list extensive, service top-notch and, let's just say Chef Bill Green knows what he's doing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1verygoodcook
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My husband and I and 4 friends went for a belated celebration of my birthday. The food was wonderful and perfectly seasoned; not oversalted as it was last year. The salad viniagrette was way too sharp and we told the waitress. She took it back to the kitchen and the chef agreed and took if off the check. The reason I did not give 5 stars is because of the wine list. There is only one bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc by the bottle and one by the glass and neither one was very good. If you are not familiar with unknown wines you will have a difficult time choosing a wine, unless you want to spend around $85.00 on a bottle. We finally chose a French Sancerre and it was pretty good. We will definitely go back again this fall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worth every penny!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful experience! I highly recommend to anyone travelling to this area. The expectations were high, and the restaurant did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Banner Elk Gem
    VixtrsView
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Artisanal staff really understand service and the whole dining experience. The ambiance is that of an upscale farmhouse with soaring ceilings, a large carved horse in the center, and rich wood flooring. Dining inside is ery nice in club booths, but dining on the patio is a real treat along side the babbling brook. The fare marries local vegetables with finely prepared main dishes of duck, beef, pork and fish. The wine list is extensive as is thier amazing wine cellar - in the cellar! Please save room for the salted carmel torte. Oh....My....Goodness! That, with your cappuccino is a fine finish to a wonderful evening. Unless you are able to get a seat at the fire pit to enjoy that last cordial of the evening..... Perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion, not to be missed
    NC123VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We read the reviews on Trip Advisor and were looking for a nice restaurant for a birthday celebration and it did not disappoint. Parking is available at a lower lot, walk up a sidewalk to restaurant or by valet. The architecture is similar to a horse stable but, the ambiance is high class and dress code more formal than most vacation/casual restaurants. The wine list is extensive, needed more salad and dessert options. The staff are attentive, helpful, knowledgeable and our food was fantastic in taste, portion, presentation. We chose to sit out doors on the covered deck with a beautiful view of a stream. The price reflects the overall setting and quality, probably a special occasion restaurant for most travelers but, worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Aug 29 date was my wife's 80th birthday and I so advised Artisanal when I made the reservation by way of the Internet. On their own, much to my surprise, they gave us a round table in the corner of the building with view of the creek and barn. This special service was much appreciated. Five of our six ordered fish and the other ordered the pork chop. The food presentation was excellent and food taste was superb. The service provided by our waitress along with others who assisted her was excellent. Much to my surprise the tab was less than I anticipated which made the evening even more enjoyablel
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Squirrel
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Dinner presentation was lovely. Appropriate serving size. Scallops were divine. Red snapper was over- cooked. Bread so good. Welcoming noise level. Waiter was very good, and helpful with our wine choice. Wines are pricey. Dinners, reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional in All Aspects
    BillinVAVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Very near the perfect dining experience. By every rating criteria, a 5 star experience. Staff training was evident. Exceptional wine list, unique ambiance, delicious meal. Overall, a very top tier dining experience. Worth a trip to experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artisanal in transition
    David
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a gem
    KristineVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Most Favorite Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • like2eet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    What a wonderful restaurant. They maintain a balance between fine dining and not being stuffy. Best restaurant in the NC High Country.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love Artisanal!
    txag94
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not Great
    Dantheman
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    kcmc
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Artisinal was a wonderful experience. Everything was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate