Chestnut
Chestnut

Chestnut

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chestnutasheville.com/
  • Phone: 8285752667
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 11:30 am - 9 pm
    Friday - Saturday 11:30 am - 10 pm
    Sunday 9 am - 9 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: You may park on the street (metered parking until 6 pm Monday-Saturday) or at the public parking beneath the Aloft Hotel directly across the street from us. Fees are $1 for the first two hours and $1 for each additional hour.
A word from Chestnut
Chestnut is an American restaurant. We are in a 1920s era building in downtown Asheville, right across for the Aloft hotel and the double decker coffee bus (Double D's Coffee and Desserts). Parking is plentiful (and cheap) at the public deck under the Aloft Hotel.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Chestnut reviews from OpenTable diners
326 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (245)special occasion (160)neighborhood gem (119)romantic (94)great for lunch (84)good for groups (71)great for brunch (64)hot spot (57)notable wine list (55)vibrant bar scene (41)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (16)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Chestnut lived up to reviews
    Vanweezer
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Never having been in Ashveilli before, my husband and I turned to Open Table and Trip Advisor to find a restaurant for our first dinner out. We were thrilled with the ambiance , service and especially the food at Chesnut. The lobster bisque was delicious. They offer a variety "small bite" entrees that can be made into a full size entree by adding a up charge. My husband had the bine in pork chop and said it was the best he ever tasted. I would highly recommend a visit to Chestnut .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a nice dinner that was different and very good. Our server was great !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent experience
    Dolphinali
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was good. We had the mussels which were pretty good, though they don't serve good bread to soak up the sauce. We shared the salmon. It wasn't a huge piece and was cooked a bit more than we like. The server was efficient but not real friendly. Chesnut was recommended by friends who live in Asheville, so would probably try again sometime, but there are so many great places we would most likely try somewhere else.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent food, the pickled fried green tomatoes were super as was the redfish and strip steak. The wine list was also extensive, overall a nice experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Service/Food/Worth Going!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the Chestnut on a Friday night. Our server was very thorough in descriptions of cocktails/appetizers/entrees. She was kind enough to offer some great options and we were pleased with the finished products. The menu is reasonably priced for the experience - and we both felt well worth the money. Highly recommend giving this location a try!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal; good service
    FoodsnobFussyeater
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is the second time we've been and each time we have been very pleased. Very accommodating for allergy issues and quality food. We took out of town guests from Chicago who were pleased as well and Chicago is a tough restaurant town to beat but in Asheville - no problem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso
    Pumpkinruse
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Another fabulous dinner at Chestnut. So thrilled that they never seem to disappoint us or our guests with any of their menu items. From soup to dessert, all is perfect. A must for anyone in Asheville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service ever
    mehhVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Four of us enjoyed dinner (delicious trout and salmon) with 1/2 price wine (very good), capped by a lovely chocolate espresso souffle. The atmosphere was pleasant and welcoming. Best of all was our personable and attentive (appropriately so) server.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch, As Always!
    AshevilleGourmet
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Just around the corner from church. Perfect place for brunch...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Chestnut consistently continues to be outstanding....brunch was the first time and was super. Dinners and lunch are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Ronb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food,service,and server were all outstanding. With a group of eight,everyone left with expectations exceeded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chestnut,Asheville
    Ashevillediner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good food, ok cocktails (skimpy), over priced wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chestnut Friendly
    loveroffood
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have always been pleased with every aspect when eating at Chestnut. The food is wonderful. I feel a special word must be said about the friendliness of the staff. They make everyone feel that they are the only diners there. Kudos to management for the great team they have assembled.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the usual experience here
    Sparky
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    A bit disappointed, since this is one of my favorite spots, and I was treating a friend for their birthday. Despite my request for a private table to celebrate the occasion, we were seated at a small spot table (couch & chair) closely between two other couples. Also, no mention was made regarding the special occasion. To top matters, my friend was not happy with the entrée, explained problem to manager and it was returned from chef with no change. He could not eat it, however, no compensation for this either when the check arrived. Service was moderate, had a new server who was trying her best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I came for the lobster bisque and were still surprised how good it was. I think it must be a Paula Dean recipe as the butter/creme was heavy. The lobster risotto cakes were great and the Cedar Plank Roasted King Salmon was wonderful. The service was perfect and it was an all around good experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent trout!
    Bill
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    One of the better places in Asheville. We have there 3 times and every visit has been good! Wednesday nights all wine bottles are half price!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mightymouse
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Chestnut's food was outstanding. Great neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Ashevillager
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our waiter was knowledgable about the food and wine, helpful, and friendly but unobtrusive - the best combination. Our dinner was excellent. Three of us had fish and one had pork. There were no left overs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must try!
    foodiebabe
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been here twice now and had excellent food and service both times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch with friends
    Mike
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had some out of town friends meet us for Sunday brunch. All of our entrees were excellent as were the Bloody Marys. Hannah, our server was outstanding. She was very attentive without being overbearing. The interior is very inviting. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Service!
    bobkastl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Danielle was excellent as a server, most importantly, i was a total idiot & forgot that my reservations were at 615, instead we showed up for my 25th anniversary at 7 pm!UGH! but the hostess and manager made sure to get us a table. wonderful service! Great food, don't miss the bread pudding and lemon cheesecake for dessert if they have it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looked Good But...
    MrMKVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The menu looked great and they try and get as much as they can local which is great too. Everything was all kind of bland. It wasn't bad but needed some flavor!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for a dinner Friday night, the reservation was easy to make and they had space available. The food was great, small menu, but obviously well thought out. The cocktails were great!!! The place is cute , can't decide if it is trying to be modern or homey, interesting hybrid
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd time, still charming
    luvavlfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our 3rd visit to Chestnut = same result: consistently interesting and delicious food; great service; a very pleasant experience. We were dining with friends who had never visited. They really enjoyed it as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Teacher
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our dining experience was outstanding in every respect. The food was phenomenal - generous, but not too large, portions. It was delicious and beautifully presented. Our server was attentive, without being present too much. We had an early dinner reservation - a good thing because the restaurant was almost full before we left. I would definitely recommend this restaurant, for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Popa
    Popa
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    First visit at Chestnuts and will definitely go back when in town. Great food and great service. Our server, Ely, was very knowledgeable about the menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place!
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We visit Asheville frequently, but we had never been to Chestnut. The service, drinks and food were fantastic. All questions were easily answered and it was obvious that the management is hands on and professional. It could be our new favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall experience
    Sldaddy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Tried Chestnut a few nights ago. Menu was good, had a lot of interesting choices...something for everyone. The seasonal salad and beet with goat cheese salads were both very good. The stand out entree was the chicken stuffed with proceutto and mozzarella cheese. The orzo and sauce made the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • InnAssistVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Downtown on Biltmore Ave. Centrally located to everything. And the food was fabulous all 3 times we ate there....so far!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Fried Green Tomatoes!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant was well priced with excellent food and in a great location. Service was quite good~
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed it so much, we went back
    Emptynester
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a great dinner and enjoyed it so much we went back for brunch the next day and the brunch was even better than dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asheville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very well attended with full house at the bar. All entres were four stars except for the Trout. Wine list was acceptable and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • silverbuckeye
    silverbuckeye
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent food, friendly staff, very eager to please and make adjustments to menu items.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My friend totally enjoyed his steak dinner. My grouper was one of the better fish dishes I've enjoyed. Dry gin martini definitely hit the spot. I'll be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice experience
    Beverly
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service was great, food delish although my chicken with prosciutto and goat cheese was a little dry. Chose a Pinot noir they were out of and had to go with a more expensive choice, only so so. Everything else was great and we would definitely go back. Loved the decor!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great choices for lunch
    SatisfiedDiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I had a business lunch with two men and myself--a vegetarian female. It was great because there something on the menu for everyone. We all thoroughly enjoyed our lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service
    Tomas
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    After we ordered the waiter asked if we would like bread (he failed to mention there is an extra $4.00 charge for 4 pieces of bread and a pat of butter--and not that tasty). My watermelon and crab salad was very good BUT I found 4 pieces of crab shell in my salad. Our waiter was unwelcoming and "barked" at us and rushed us. We were entertaining a young couple who had just moved to Asheville. We were disappointed in our and their experience with Chestnut. We had been to Chestnut several times before and enjoyed the food and service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiramisu creme brûlée--a winner!!
    CNB1VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Everything was excellent, as always! This visit the creme brûlée flavor was tiramisu and it was so outstanding we went back two days later just for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table - Always Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Once again, reviews from Open Table led us to a great dining experience in an unfamiliar town for a special occasion. We had an awesome meal at Chestnut. The service was fantastic; the food, even better. I love that Chestnut has a "middle plate" option - larger than an appetizer but not as large as an entree. More restaurants should do this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Food
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is a good place to go for interesting food and trying new things. Our group enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic