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Chestnut Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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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Diner Reviews
  • "We had sampled Chestnut while doing the Eating Asheville Tour. Couldn't wait to go back for dinner. The medium plates are an inspiration--just the right amount with one of the stellar salads, leaving room to share a dessert. The attitude of the servers is excellent: No "Hey guys" or "Are you done yet?" As senior citizens, we like being treated with respect."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We loved Chestnut. The food and service are wonderful."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We drove from Chattanooga to meet my sister, who drove from Greenville , SC, for a weekend in Asheville. Chestnuts had been recommended by a friend. Very glad we tried it. Service was superb and food was fabulous. It is a definite "must eat at" restaurant."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant. The only down side was that I was surprised and disappointed that the lobster risotto cake had been flash fired. Just not an Asheville kind of thing I usually find in such nice place. You all could do much better! The beet salad was great!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We have been here a number of times for lunch and dinner. Lately it seems the quality of food and cooking has been inconsistent I wouldn't recommend lox or salmon here. The ivory salmon was overcooked and was dry and hard. The steak is fine, as well as some other dishes. Overall a disappointment,"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our server was friendly and made recommendations that proved to be helpful and well-founded. Food was light, prepared differently than have ever had it before (trout), and very flavorful. I would not hesitate to recommend Chestnut and will return there each time I travel to Asheville."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Their other restaurant, corner kitchen, was far better. Chestnut has a limited and overpriced menu, overpriced and so-so wine lost, and inexperienced servers- and they ain't giving it away. Food good but there are better places for the money."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I originally made reservations for 4 people and the day before I added two more with no problem at all. The restaurant has a great atmosphere with historic touches of Asheville displayed. Our server was very patient and accommodating as she approached several times and we were busy socializing and were not ready to order. My son wanted a touch of bleu cheese on his steak and that was added as a bonus. I had the mussels and lapped up every drop of the curry sauce. The medium plates were sufficient for the 4 elderly diners. It was a great evening with great service."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Crowded on a Wednesday night, so I think they are popular. I suspect mostly tourists. Overly loud, seemed designed to amplify crowd noise. I guess that helps some people feel like they are out for an exciting evening, but I prefer to hear my server or the people at my table. Food was fair, but nothing remarkable. Would go again to join others, but not likely to choose it myself."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The very best lobster bisque I ever tasted anywhere. It's a "must order" item. After that, the risotto cakes are a dream. Then have whatever else strikes your fancy, but don't skip dessert."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "What a wonderful evening! There were 13 of us celebrating a dear friend's 60th birthday. We were treated to wonderful service and fabulous food. Our waiter, Beau, was just wonderful and took great care of our large group. The cocktails, beer and wine were exceptional. We started with three baskets of Chestnut-made breads and the Chestnut Charcuterie Plate ( local cheeses and housemade meats).All delicious! Favorite Entrees were the ribs, the trout, tuna and petite filet. Everyone loved it! Great food and great service. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Excellent on everything!!! The food was the best I have had in a VERY long time!!! This was definitely a top quality restaurant with excellent food, outstanding people, and an amazing atmosphere. All the wait staff were extremely courteous, knowledgeable and professional. I was able to speak to the manager, and it was a pleasure to meet him. We will definitely be back, and I would greatly encourage others to make this a destination!!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Chestnut! My family of four dined there recently, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The restaurant itself is located in an old downtown building, and the new owners found a nice balance between old and new when designing the place. We were seated immediately, and our service was excellent throughout the meal. We enjoyed appetizers, salads, entrees, and the soufflé for dessert, and all were outstanding. In particular, the grilled watermelon salad was delicious, and my family enjoyed the stuffed chicken, trout, and beef and pork entrees. We would definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I had an opportunity to visit this place. Overall, it made a great impression. Service was great! However, deserts were not all that great..."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I'm sort of a restaurant "snob" and Chestnut is one of my all-time favorites. Consistently excellent food, interesting menu, wonderful ambiance and attentive servers"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The food and service were superb. I had Lamb Merguez and Feta Stuffed Chicken and Tracy had Ricotta cakes and Lobster Ragout. I started off with Rabbit and Wild Rice soup, YUMMY... And our waitress Ely brought us a Chestnut Charcuterie Plate, that was out of this world good. Ely was one of the best waitresses I've had in a good while. She took real good care of us while we were dining at Chestnut."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The brunch at Chestnut is perfect: lots of delicious offerings at a good price. We will be back for more of those donuts!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The donuts are especially good. Had the Farm Burger and it was great."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "A great compliment to downtown Asheville. Food was interesting, dialed, and delicious. Service was helpful, weird (a good thing in Asheville) and timely yet not bothersome."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great food and wonderful service. From the cocktails through the peanut butter soufflé it was a wonderful anniversary dining experience. The lobster bisque had a good amount of lobster in it. Rabbit soup was unique and fine. My steak with accompanying wedge salad was outstanding. I was a little distress that an elegant steak was served with French fries but count me wrong on that. Very thick and flavorful. Wife's tuna was seared perfectly and a generous piece was served. Only criticism is that we we're seated at a table practically adjoining the one next to us as if we we're eating together. Traded a few comments about our respective dishes and although it was pleasant I would have preferred a little more privacy at these prices."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great restaurant, yummy food and really worked with me and my food allergies. Wish I had time to eat another meal there."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "What a great place...good food, good service, and friendly workers. Our little ones were made to feel welcomed and the choices on all menus were many. We had a wide variety of things including wine and everything was delicious. Large portions and quite tasty."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Chestnut, and couldn't have made a better choice. The atmosphere is lively, yet romantic. The server was pleasant and very knowledgeable. And the food was spectacular. (Best ribs I've ever eaten and my wife adored the trout.) The next time we're in Asheville, we'll return to Chestnut."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner at Chestnut! Ate at the bar and was taken care of by Cody(?). Had a salad starter but wish I had gotten the watermelon; everyone was raving about it. Had the trout and ti was excellent. I would highly recommend,"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We loved it---as usual. Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner, it's all great."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Chestnut offers upscale casual dining. The menu does change, but is always very good. The small plates are a real advantage for those who do not want to eat too much. The petite filet is a great size and is absolutely delicious. Desserts are to die for."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We were so pleased with their accomodations for the one individual in our party who has celiac disease. They even had gluten-free bread."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The menu offerings are varied in both content and size providing great choices for sharing by couples!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "If you want some great cocktails with experienced bartenders, this is the place! The food is very good, it's a pretty restaurant, the staff is attentive and it's an overall enjoyable experience every time we go!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "In addition to the normal entrees, Chestnut offers a terrific selection of medium plates if a full meal is not what you crave, or they may be combined for a broad tasting-type meal."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We went for an early dinner prior to a concert at the Biltmore. I had the mussels and my husband had the trout. Both were very fresh and excellent. I only wish the dinners had come to the table a little warmer."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great downtown restaurant near galleries interesting menu. Guaranteed to please all"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I have been here more times than I can count and have yet to be disappointed. They have 1/2 price wine on Wednesday, the ambiance is wonderful, you are always greeted with a smile and the food is AMAZING!! If you want some delicious food in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere you must try out Chestnut!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary in Asheville for the weekend and had dinner at Chestnut. We reserved a table on line for Saturday night. We had a wonderful bottle of wine. The waiter was very knowledgable and patient. Attentive but not overly so. The food presentation was very nice. Portion sizes were adequate, not too big. We took our time with dinner and didn't feel rushed at all. It was a very pleasant dinning experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at Chestnut. The food was fresh and delicious, from the appetizer to the dessert (especially great lobster bisque and yummy bourbon butter pecan pie)! The staff was extremely gracious, even when faced with a very loud and crude group that was disturbing many other tables. The manager handled the situation with a politeness and good grace that are to be applauded. He maintained the excellent reputation for great food in a warm and inviting environment that Chestnut deserves."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "As a new visitor to downtown Asheville, there certainly was a good selection of restaurants to choose from. Fortunately, we selected well. The atmosphere was pleasant and uncomplicated. The menu provided a variety of fresh and creative options. The staff was attentive and humorous. Add Chestnut to the list of experiences that make Asheville as special as it is."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Chestnut offered great variety on menus. We ordered quite a variety of items and enjoyed all. The beet & goat cheese salad was the only dish that disappointed me. Service was very good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It was so noisy from the in tire we arrived until we left. I was a special occasion, birthday, it was reccomened. I would not go back. Ken Rethmeier, came over to out table and was very nice and apoligized"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our table of six all had fabulous meals. Delicious drinks, delicious mussels and beet salads for appetizers, and delicious entrees: Sunburst Trout, Pork Belly, and Ribs. The service was excellent. Desserts were an apple/cranberry pie and a caramel/chocolate torte. All delicious. We chose Chestnut for our out of town guests from Chicago and they were delighted. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is my second visit - this time with just my wife - first time with a large group. Food and service were excellent. Surprised and pleased to find Cold Mountain winter lager on the menu in July - one of my favorite local beers - paired beautifully with the soup of the day. Wife's lobster bisque and seasonal salad with fresh heirloom tomatos was very pleasing. We split the sword fish entree which the server offered to provide on two plates with a full serving of sides for each of us - a nice touch for only $3. Service was prompt but not pushy and the food was delicious. Will absolutely visit again for brunch, dinner, or "appy hour"."
    Dined on 7/24/2014