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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Chestnut reviews from OpenTable diners
359 reviews since June 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 (258)special occasion (166)neighborhood gem (127)romantic (97)great for lunch (87)good for groups (85)notable wine list (63)hot spot (61)great for brunch (57)vibrant bar scene (42)late-night find (20)kid-friendly (17)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great Experience
    lbts
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Dined for our anniversary on 10/19. Food and service was outstanding. I ordered the mahi and my husband has the wahoo/shrimp and we didn't leave a crumb. With so many choices in downtown we were happy to we chose Chestnut!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Asheville Bistro
    AshevilleGourmet
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Local diners here. Fortunate to have so many fine dining establishments from which to choose in our charming town. And, this is one of them! Loved it...as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went here last weekend and experience was great! My wife and I both had cocktails that were great. I would recommend against the house manhattan though. All of our food dishes were awesome. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We made reservations and we were seated promptly even though it was a full house. The drinks and wine were great. My husband and I enjoyed ordering many small and medium plates and sharing, trying new things loved the charcuterie plate, the cheeses and the house cured duck? Wow! But, a few times the food was cold straight out of the kitchen. On the plus side though, our server and the other staff were lightning fast, made great suggestions and corrected the cold food promptly and professionally. Thanks for a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    kingleon
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We ordered soup and shared a bread basket. It was delicious. The service was superb. I love the ambience of this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodlover1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Restaurant was full! Our party arrived about 10 minutes before our reservation and we were taken to our table within 3-4 minutes of the reservation time. Staff was very nice. Everyone at our table loved their dinners. The only minus in my opinion was the small number of main course selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    BrachlVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a terrific meal at Chestnut. We shared the small charcuterie plate (which was plenty for two), which was great; my husband had the trout (apparently their most popular dish), which was very tasty; I had the swordfish, which was wonderful; and we shared the pie of the day (apple with caramel), which was delicious. The service was good but not great. (We were there on a Saturday night during peak leaf season, and they were very busy.) They couldn't find our reservation, but they seated us anyway. Our server had to be reminded to ask if there were nuts in the dessert. However, when we had the server's attention, he was very knowledgeable and engaging. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining before the Symphony
    Violinda
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The four of us had a nice time at the Chestnut this weekend. The meal was served at a leisurely pace. The food beautiful and delicious. No one was disappointed. Our server, Denise, was cordial and with a nice sense of humor. The only disappointment was that I wasn't able to order a soufflé because at that point as it would have taken too long to make as we had a concert to get to. If I had known sooner I would have placed the order ahead of time so that it could have been properly timed. But the dessert we choose (lemon bar with raspberry sauce and lavender ice cream) was wonderful and light. A fine finish to our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful meal
    Sydney
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    There were 7 of us and service was great. Some had salads, some breakfast and some lunch and all were happy with selections. Portobello sandwich got a special rave review.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    famsamos
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our fun group of 8 have had a hard time finding a nice restaurant where we could hear each other talk. This one filled the bill! It was comfortable, fun, had great food and we had an enjoyable evening together. We noticed the sound baffling in the ceiling - thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    LocalMan
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great food, interestingly prepared, good service, bright surroundings, one of the best charcuterie plates anywhere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • QueenieVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I ran late but they still happily found me a table. Server Sean or Shane? was great. As I was traveling alone the manager kindly sent as nice busboy with me to my car. It was a totally wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chestnut - one of our repeat venues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Had a great lunch yesterday - service was great. Kaitlan (sp?) was our server and she is on point, friendly, professional and knowledgeable about the menu. Melissa had the Lobster Pot Pie and I had the Roast Beef sandwich with the au jus - not sure what the proper title was. The biggest thing in Chestnut's corner is that they are consistently good - period. Chesnut is on our short list of Asheville restaurants where we go back repeatedly - wish the list was longer but there is only about four or five that meet these two foodies cut and Chestnut is one of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent choice in Asheville
    GreatGroupdinner
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Chestnut was the perfect choice for our group of eight. We had a very private table with a view of all the activity on the streets of Asheville. The daily menu was perfect for the International group we had for dinner. The choices were loved by all with options for the light to heavy diner. The wine choices were affordable and very good. The service was fantastic and only surpassed by the atmosphere. Truly an exceptional choice if you have a discerning group of customers you are trying to impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good evening
    Chefiedo
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    First of all I am a Retired Chef. I think you have beautiful place and good service, very friendly. The beef stroganoff needs some work. It needs to be old style. I would have used fettuccini noodles and sweet sherry. It did not have the flavors I remember. My strip steak was delicious and cooked to perfection. Only thing was it was not hot. Just a little tweaking and it would have been a great visit. I would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday Brunch!
    food4friends
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a wonderful Sunday Brunch at Chestnut -- a celebration with dear friends. The food at Chestnut is always good, the service was great, and the Prosecco was flowing. Thanks to the Chestnut Team!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    Amocomer
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went for brunch before the early show at the Fine Arts Theater. We had been once before for dinner. We were equally pleased with brunch. Two had traditional eggs Benedict which were delicious and indeed done the traditional way which we like best. Another had chicken and waffle which got rave review, and the last ordered waffle with blueberry compote, and it disappeared very quickly. The brunch menu selections are varied enough to please almost any palate, ambiance is wonderful, service is impeccable. This is a restaurant you will want to go to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent!
    realfoods
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Best dining experience I've had in a very long time. Food and service were impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    TheatergoerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary dinner here. Very attentive waitstaff. Excellent food and drinks. Make a reservation on the weekends for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    Luvasheville
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had heard such great things about Chestnut that we even took a 5:15 reservation (the only time available on a Saturday evening). Chestnut offers a good variety of foods and servings (starters, medium plates, and entrees), and the service was attentive without being overbearing. Unfortunately, the food itself does not live up to its billing. Foodies will be disappointed by the creativity and flavor of the dishes; solid, but nothing spectacular.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • didnt disappoint
    GreatFood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great dinner with some good friends for their recent engagement. Meat and cheese board was fantastic as were the risotto balls. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    First time in Asheville, really enjoyed the atmosphere at Chestnut and it's proximity to our Aloft hotel and other breweries. Would definitely recommend this to a friend!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chestnut lives up to expectations
    Needham
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Chestnut, a chef driven restaurant which usually means a great meal, delivered. The décor is a great reuse of an old downtown store. We were promptly served an amuse de bouche, which did amuse! Our starters, seasonal salad and lobster bisque both outstanding. The bisque was finished with a NC whisky cream sauce. The salad featured smoked cheddar, shaved apples, honey and walnuts. Our mains were the small fillet with mashed potatoes and the Sunburst trout. The fillet cut like butter and simply melted in the mouth. What could be better than NC trout with an apple glaze and herbed potatoes? The chef makes perfect use of local ingredients. The staff is equal to the meal. The wine list is interesting and pairs well to the entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent lunch
    AmazingAsheville
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Three of us had lunch at Chestnut, and everything was excellent. The waitperson was on top of everything. Prices were reasonable, though perhaps a bit more than the average Asheville lunch spot. Two of us had the NC fried catfish and one had the calamari salad. No complaints on anything. This is now a top choice of lunch in downtown Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Everything was wonderful - the food, the service, the ambiance! The staff was delightful - we had a wonderful evening. And it was particularly a pleasure to go out to dinner without a lot of loud music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fish in town
    Barbara
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had a special occasion, a celebration and I couldn't have picked a better place! Most everyone loved their dinners and the staff was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointing
    notopchef
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    First, reserved a table for two and we were seated beside a noisy table of 6, grudgingly changed our table. Server was OK, but just OK, The meal was the same, OK. This restaurant was described as so much more, so maybe we were victims of our own expectations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday brunch w/ family
    Mark
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Enjoyed brunch with my parents from out of town and wife and daughter. Sitting at the quiet, large table in the front window helped my Dad who has trouble hearing participate in the conversation. I am glad we made a reservation and were seated promptly. Service was slower than normal on a busy Sunday morning. Two in our party enjoyed the special. I had the Biltmore Avenue fried chicken with collards and grits. The chicken was not as crisp as I expected. The grits were not hot but very tasty and the collards portion was small and a little overcooked. It was disappointing for this signature dish. The doughnuts we started with were nothing special. This meal is not what I have come to expect from Chestnut.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing all the way around.
    Mary
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Brunch was delicious and the options creative. I had the Central American bowl. It was fantastic- eggs, salsa, avocado, chorizo and cheese in a tortilla bowl. My daughter had the doughnuts- amazing- and the other the chicken and waffles. We loved it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner!
    Moore
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were recommended to Chestnut for our special occasion dinner by our B&B (we were visiting Asheville from out of town). We were pleased with the service, food, and atmosphere. A great dinner in a great location to downtown. We were even treated to champagne to celebrate. Very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you Jamie! Wonderful service.
    BDale
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Always a wonderful dining experience. Had looked forward to the Classic Lobster Bisque since the last visit to Chestnut. Also loved the Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Salad. Thank you for splitting the portion so I could share with my daughter! The medium plate Petite Filet we both ordered allowed us to save room for the recommended Souffle dessert with caramel & vanilla sauce (we shared). Overall a wonderful experience. I think Jamie, our server, made it extra special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch
    np42
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Superb server. Menus varied and lobster bisque unsurpassed. Out of town guests were delighted. Downtown Asheville entertaining as always.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The lobster bisque was outstanding as was whatever that local mustard they used in several of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I cannot believe I waited so long to try Chestnut! A new favorite in Asheville. Delicious food with fair prices. We left full and happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing !
    atlfungroup
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were a party of 6 and each of us thought the food was amazing ! And we have some "picky" people in our group ! Patric was a terrific server, and put up with our fun group. We LOVED the lobster bisque !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always pleased
    Benn
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have eaten here several times and alsays had great results.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is second year in a row that I met a group of friends here for my birthday. Always good food, excellent service and great spot to start your evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovesfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    kale and calamari salad is perfection! The best salad anywhere!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Meal
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We've eaten at Chestnut a number of times and the food is always great, along with really good service. One of our favorites when visiting Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better the second time around
    Doug
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I previously visited about 2 years ago. I felt like the food was glorified chain fare. The decor is still a bit drab for me, but the food has since improved dramatically. There is still room for improvement, but they are moving in the right direction I think. At this point I could recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate