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
331 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (245)special occasion (156)neighborhood gem (124)romantic (91)great for lunch (83)good for groups (69)great for brunch (64)notable wine list (56)hot spot (55)vibrant bar scene (42)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (16)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Dixiebelle
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Chestnut is one of my favorite restaurants in Asheville. Food portions are just right for me. Presentation is great . Service is friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • predictably delicious
    Leonard
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I seem to gravitate to Chestnut when friends come to town for a visit. It is a charming spot and the food is predictably delicious. The service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    RobinYogi
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious food, especially the amazing peanut butter pie dessert. Nice selection of local craft beers, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • half delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My dinner of heirloom tomato salad and tilefish with a spicy Asian slaw was fantastic. My husband, on the other hand, received a tasty lobster bisque but the sirloin steak he ordered cooked medium arrived barely warm. He never returns food but this was inedible so he asked the server to heat it up for him and it came back gray and unappealing. It had apparently spent quite a bit of time in a microwave rather than being returned to the grill. He was unable to eat it and our server seemed entirely unconcerned with his discomfort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    All my friends had been raving about it and now I know why! Great atmosphere. Quiet enough to be able to carry on conversation. Great service and food. Could not ask for more from a busy restaurant. Will certainly return often.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They do not say "NO"
    Greatfine
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Wife and I spending out 15 year anniversary in Asheville and stumble across this place as we ran by earlier in the day. Looked it up on Open Table and nothing but really good reviews. Fantastic dinner to include filet, strip, butternut soup, bread pudding, great beer selection. We had a couple requests not on the menu and the said "YES" without even asking. Great restaurant and great service by Pete.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the Best in Asheville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Weight staff is always friendly. The four in our party ordered the special which they had run out of. Our second choices for a main entre were all very well prepared and very tasty. Our waiter was excellent, very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My sister and I went here while on our annual girls trip to Asheville. I just can't say enought about the food and the service. I know you here are many great places to dine in Asheville but Chestnut should be tops on anyone's list😃
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable bar setting
    Bill
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    One of the better restaurants in Asheville. This was our 5th visit. If you do not have a reservation, have dinner at the bar. Les (bartender) will take good care of you..
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • Wish the food matched the service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were very thrilled with the service...Although it must have been an off night for the kitchen staff? Shells in the lobster bisque and overdone salmon and pork chop...thx for thd great service because it might bring us back but we will be sure to suggest how we prefer our meals prepared.
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good experience
    Lori
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had the trout, my husband had the eggplant (main dish). Both were outstanding. My trout was served with asparagus, arugula and potatoes. Husband's eggplant was sliced and breaded with panko. In between each slice was tapenade and goat cheese. It really was outstanding. I think it was served with kale and another vegetable. We started with a cup of lobster bisque, which we split and it was very good too. Our server, Ryan, was extremely attentive. The wine menu is excellent, with several choices by the glass. With so many restaurants to choose from in Asheville, we weren't sure which one to pick. This one was a great one. Wouldn't hesitate going back to Chestnut.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Service/Food/Worth Going!
    PersnicketlyDiners
    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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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
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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
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
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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
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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
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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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    • 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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    • 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.
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    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.
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    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