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Chestnut Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chestnutasheville.com
  • Email: info@chestnutasheville.com
  • Phone: (828) 575-2667
  • 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 WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Our server, Sawyer, was great, knowledgeable about the menu and was helpful with a dietary restriction in our group. As always the menu was creative but not too ostentatious or contrived and the food was absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This is an excellent place for lunch (as well as dinners) in downtown Asheville."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We keep going back to Chestnut, you keep asking how we liked it, and we keep saying it was awesome! :-) We always bring our out of town friends here, too, and then they go back on their own!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "What a great evening we had to celebrate my birthday, our waiter Bo was outstanding. Yes, we will be back! The food was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We went here for our anniversary dinner. It was very good! We had great service and excellent food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Wife and I went here for a short trip to Asheville. We chose Chestnut for their menu, our taste preferences are pretty simple (steak, chicken, fish). My wife had the lobster bisque, I had a salad and some homemade bread for appetizers. All appetizers were really good, the bisque was more than expected as was the bread basket. For dinner I had the NY Strip and my wife had the trout. Again good portion sizes and the scalloped potatoes (oh my!) I shared with my wife and had to fight for the last bite. For dessert we shared the dessert of the day (can't remember the name it was a fruit tart with homemade ice-cream) again really good!! The atmosphere wasn't as expected (looking for more cozy/romantic) but still nice. Would visit again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My wife and I had an excellent meal. Local draft beer selection is very good."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I enjoyed their lobster bisque, nice blend of flavors and not too heavy; shared a trout, tender and tasty with interesting sides and glazing. Seasonal salad with crisp arugulla, pine nuts and asparagus, a dressing that was not too heavy and a very good parmesan crisp. Tiramisu creme brulee, light on coffee and chocolate flavors. It was even better the next day when I finished the leftovers. Service is friendly as ever and responsive to special requests such as gluten free food. I'll be back."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I went to Chestnut hoping for a lively place to go with a group, but it's more of a quiet crowd. The menu is somewhat small, but the food was good. Nothing amazing, but everyone liked their meals. The bartender's drink special, a strawberry martini was excellent. The ambiance is a bit boring, but good for an early dinner with the kids, a weeknight meal or easy weekend meal. Not for a special occasion in my book."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My wife and I ate on a Thursday evening, and it was one of the best dining experiences we have had. The server was attentive and responsive. He knew the menu and explained everything well. The food was superb! My wife had the Lobster Bisque appetizer and I cannot believe how good it tasted. Very good indeed. She also had the Chestnut Fish and Chips and it was delicious. I had Catfish with a wonderful asian slaw. We are definitely going back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Perhaps the best meal I have had in 8 years of living in Asheville and dining out 2-3 times a week."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food - creative menu, staff - so friendly and accommodating and service - timely and courteous. ALL 3 categories are excellent and it's not easy to get it all right at the same time. My new favorite place~~"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I have been here many times. This had to be one of the best. The food was over the top and our wine choice was perfect fit to our meal. We had Sawyer as our waiter and he was just perfect. Hats off to Joe and the gang of Chestnuts. We also love the Corner Kitchen."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Everything was enjoyable, although it is a little noisy."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a great lunch experience at Chestnut. The food was outstanding, my wife and daughter had the Turkey Sliders (Special of the Day) and I had the Eggplant Parmigiana Sandwich. I also had the Mushroom soup which was amazing, best I’ve had. Staff was knowledgable and very attentive. The manager came around to see how we were doing. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and look forward to having dinner there soon."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This bustling restaurant is from the same folks as beloved Corner Kitchen in Asheville's Biltmore Square. We'd heard good things from fellow foodies and now see why, after scoring a lucky last-minute reservation on OpenTable. We hate to mention specific dishes we enjoyed, because the menu changes daily, but highly-recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Overall, our meal was very good. However, there was some disappointment when the fish and chips arrived with actual chips instead of fries. My husband was looking for the traditional fries with his fish. They might rethink that. Also, bread pudding was ordered for dessert. It was very dry and just good at all. It seems like they did not allow the bread to soak up the liquid as in all bread pudding recipes. Having lived in New Orleans for many years, we know a good bread pudding when we have one -- this was not one of them. The restaurant is lovely, the wait staff is helpful, kind and courteous. We will go back and try something else on the menu."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Service is good until you receive your entree and then the wait staff seems to disappear. You need to allow at least an hour after your meal is cleared if you want dessert or coffee. It takes a good 10 or 15 minutes to get a dessert menu and then another 15 minutes for them to come and take an order. The first time we dined there we had to skip dessert because it took so long to be waited on. This time we had extra time and the desserts were excellent!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "One of our favorite places downtown came through again at Sunday Brunch. Friendly, helpful staff throughout. The fried chicken plate is enormous, tasty - well worth the calories! The chicken had been marinated in something so it was tender, juicy with a great crust. Amazing collard greens with molasses, creamy grits. A new take on a southern favorite. A small but nice touch: since winter seems not to be ending, it's nice when you go in a restaurant and they have a coat closet! Much more comfortable than sitting in a booth with a damp, bulky coat. More restaurants need this. Thanks, Chestnut"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Our first visit, but certainly not the last. The lobster bisque is exquisite, and a must have. The PEI mussels were delicious, in a very tasty curry sauce. I would have preferred crusty bread for dipping instead of the Naan bread. The risotto cakes were fantastic. The wine list has many excellent by-the-glass selections. Wait staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My third time there - it's made it to my "keeper and recommend" list~~"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was one of the best brunches ever. wonderful grits. A cute atmoshphere."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I wasn't as impressed with the food as i was the other many times I have eaten here."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Dined here our first night in Asheville. I thought the food good, my husband found it middle of the road. If I could give it 3 1/2 stars I would because it is better than three, just not a four. You will find it enjoyable and tasty."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Having dined here many times, we can say that the food is consistently high quality. The service is excellent and the manager was particularly attentive. Hopefully, these aspects will remain for a long time!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Be sure to enjoy the way the chef prepares the veggies! fried brussel sprouts! the calmeri salad is wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Chestnut has been a wonderful addition to downtown! Food is very good and service is attentive. Empty plates are scurried away quickly and water glasses refilled without a wait. Love the ambience and decor.....very warm and inviting. The bar area is beautiful. Love Chestnut!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This was perfect for our large group brunch but i could tell they had very limited accomodatioms for large groups. Service was good but not perfect for large group."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Had a lovely brunch: a taco filled with egg, beans, sausage, and salad."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We're tough customers and they rang all the right bells! Food was great and the service was truly excellent. They made a birthday dinner into a very special experience. Thanks"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A group of 5 of us went here on a Saturday night before a show. We told the waiter what time we needed to be finished in order to make the show. He assured he would take care of us and he did. The service was great. The food was great. Four of us had the petite steak (3oz). They were all cooked very well and the sauce was excellent. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I accidentally made a reservation for 2 when we were going to be 4 - on a Saturday night! Fortunately the hostess agreed to put us at a table that was booked for later, asking us to be sensitive to time. As it was we had 1:45 hrs for a very relaxing meal. Interestingly, when I told the other couple where we were going, they were thrilled. They had received a reference for Chestnut while traveling in the Amazon! What are the chances?"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the atmosphere was beautiful, the service was okay, and overall this was a perfect Saturday night."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The luster on this gem has dulled some. In such a hot, crowded dining scene, it's now the server that chooses the restaurants. Everything was out of the sync the recent Friday evening we dined at Chestnut. None of our party left with the glow of that expected fine dining experience. The food was pretty much as usual though that may be part of the problem. The choices are serviceable but if you're from Asheville and a regular diner, you do crave heightened nuances and a change. There's only so many times that you can go back to that gorgeous lobster bisque. As in life, fluffing is a good thing."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Chestnut easily accomodated our group of 7 - my daughter's college friend, her parents, and sister. Service from Sawyer was energetic and well-timed. We sat talking for almost 3 hours and never felt rushed. Calamari Kale Salad was a popular choice. The Risotto cakes with lobster ragout were also a favorite. We shared small plates and had plenty for everyone. The craft beer selection was good. Dessert choices were varied and all good. The waiter, Sawyer, comped two desserts for the birthdays in our group. Great night all the way around. We will be back very soon"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I took a friend for her birthday, her first visit. I had eaten lunch there before and dinner another time. It is better each time i eat there. Would most definitely recommend it to everyone!!!!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Was visiting Asheville and happened on Chestnut for Sunday Brunch. Absolutely phenomenal meal for myself & 3 friends. I went with the special Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict which could not have been better. Would go back again and again."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Across from the Aloft Hotel (GPS gives erroneous directions) the dish descriptions were good, but the food was better. Nice blend of flavors and textures in each dish. Menu changes daily. We were not in a rush and wanted to have a leisurely meal with many courses. This suited the speed and style of the restuarant. Pricing was very appropriate. All dishes were properly prepared. Patron at the adjoining table had a problem that was taken care of efficiently. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The Chestnut was a great choice of dining spots in Asheville!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Had appetizers,wine, & dessert. Great service & food. Going again this Wednesday & have invited friends - Half-price wine night. Duck conflict salad for the second time, & the filet small plate was fabulous!! 5 stars for creme brulee & bread pudding."
    Dined on 3/5/2014