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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This was not our first time here, and is certainly won't be the last. Whatever you do, order the lobster bisque as well as the risotto cakes with the lobster ragout. (The chocolate mousse was also delectable.) Perhaps one evening I will choose only the lobster bisque for dinner and supplement it with about three different desserts. Why not?"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Can't say enough about Chestnut. The only reason the food only got 4 stars was because they ran out of ribs after we ordered. They asked about the substitute of pork shoulder which my husband agreed to. It wasn't great but they offered to bring something else but took it off the bill and gave us a dessert! Our waiter & manager were terrific. My swirdfish dinner was outstanding. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I made reservations for my girls batchelorette night out and the evening started here for dinner. Pete was our server and he was AMAZING. He helped set the night off in the right direction. The food and drinks were perfect. Everything we had was top notch. Not a single complaint, it was perfect."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Chestnut has fantastic food and excellent service. We were there for a birthday and the wait staff were superb. I am a mega agent at Keller Williams and will totally recommend Chestnut to my clients!!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Fried catfish with collards and grits. One of the best dishes we've ever had!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We went here on our visit to Asheville with extended family. We have vegetarians and meat eaters in the group, and everyone enjoyed their lunch. The service was friendly and efficient. Their special gazpacho soup was quite yummy!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Reviewed July 14, 2014 NEW My husband and I chose Chestnut primarily because we were going to the Orange Peel for a show, and Chestnut's offers a 15% discount on the entire meal if you show your tix to them. We were impressed on all levels- the ambience was quiet, classy and elegant. The service was attentive and prompt, without being intrusive or bothersome. The menu was varied, interesting, and used farm-to-table ingredients, always a plus for Asheville restaurants. I had the beet & goat cheese salad and the trout entree, my husband had the seasonal salad and the New York Strip....all four items were excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant for adults, not sure about children"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My friend and I ordered the salmon, it was terrific. Our other dining companion ordered the swordfish, it was very overcooked and he sent it back. He replaced it with the chicken over risotto, he enjoyed that very much. Our server, Colleen was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Having heard and read such good things about Chestnut I was excited about the evening but our experience didn't deliver. The appetizers, salad and entrees were all under-seasoned. Many of the ingredient combinations lacked balance and while the concept of the medium plates offered variety the choices lacked imagination. With so many better restaurant options in Asheville, we won't be going back to Chestnut."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "While visiting Asheville we happened upon Chestnut. The atmosphere was low key yet sophisticated. We enjoyed the lobster bisque and entrees from the regular menu - trout and the egglant tower. Both were very good. Our two young children ordered from the childrens menu and we had an overall lovely time."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our server, Sawyer was terrific! what fun, accomodating service! I had the 1955 cocktail. a perfect Not to Sweet cosmo. Chestnuts offers small plates, which my husband and I love. Their small charcuterie plate was fab. The pork with pistachio terrine made me rethink all those "gooey " looking terrines in France. I'm hooked! My husband had a 3 oz.beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes that was scrumptious. I had 1/2 doz raw oysters. I dine on the coast al lot and these were as good as I've had anywhere. We'll be back!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great restaurant in the heart of downtown Asheville. Server was friendly and helpful. We had a nice Prosecco with the fabulous lobster bisque. They offer a "medium" plate which is perfect for a small appetite. The fresh trout was wonderful, as was the eggplant special."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our first visit to Chestnut was a wonderful surprisingly great experience. My husband ordered the mussels on a medium plate with the bread basket starter for his entrée. Even as a smaller plate, it was a good sized portion for him. I ordered the stuffed chicken with mozzarella and prosciutto. This dish was paired with artichoke, asparagus sauce and the flavor combination was excellent. For dessert we shared a chocolate mousse and were equally pleased with it. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others and will return again in the future. Service and atmosphere were also excellent."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent food, fresh and tasty, excellent service; recommended by local chefs at other restaurants as "my favorite place to eat""
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent menu with great variety. The marinated salmon with sliced potato and cucumber salad in a light dressing was first class. It was matched by a crispy pork belly appetizer. The mussels were spicy and plump with naan bread to soak up the juices. Pan-fried trout with asparagus and greens was perfectly cooked. The offering of small but generous plates should be encouraged. All main course dishes were a perfect serving size and no request for alterations were questioned. The wine list is fairly priced with good selections of all the popular varietals. The service was excellent and knowledgable with owners visible in the dining room. There was a nice bar with hightop tables for more casual dining."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Noise level ("energetic") made it difficult to hear or make conversation. Cannot recommend Chestnut for that reason. Sorry, but I doubt I will return."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great restaurant. The service and food couldn't be better. Management really knows how to run a restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed every bite. The lobster bisque was so good, we were going to split one and the waitress suggested we each get a bowl. Glad she did, I didn't want to share it was so good! My husband had never eaten calimari thinking it would be chewy. It was perfectly done and crisp on top of a kale salad. Enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Excellent food and the best service I have encountered any where! Have paid triple for similar dining experiences in the Wash D.C. area, but must admit that the Chestnut has them all beat."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The homemade bread and mozzarella chicken with orzo was amazingly good!It was a little loud in our section but only because a large and boisterous table was next to us. Can't fault the restaurant for dinners being loud. They were just enjoying themselves, and how could they not?"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I had made a reservation at this restaurant for breakfast, because the day before I had waited an hour and a half at another restaurant just to eat breakfast. Our two meals were absolutely delicious. We started with sharing a homemade doughnut which was outstanding. My mother order the chicken and waffles and I ordered the brisket hash. The waitress was extremely helpful in providing recommendations. Both meals were outstanding and we would return again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Chestnut. It was recommended by a friend and we were not disappointed. We started with the beet salad and it was so balanced and surprisingly tasty. I was undecided on my main and our waiter recommended the creamy vegetarian farro ‘risotto’ with squash noodles and mixed mushrooms. I was hesitant at first, but when he said he was normally a carnivore and that was his favorite thing on their menu I just had to try it. It was delicious! I haven't had a vegetarian dish that good in a very long time. So rich and creamy and 'meaty' from the shrooms that I didn't miss out on anything. My boyfriend got the NC tilefish in a red curry sauce and although it was good, it didn't beat mine by a long shot."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went on a Saturday night but wasn't super busy. Took 20 minutes to get drinks and almost 30 minutes before bread (which was not free, just as an aside) arrived. Entrees arrived cool and needed to be sent back, though the flavors were truly lovely."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went to Chestnut on the basis of several recommendations from friends, for our anniversary dinner. The service was sub-par my $12 cocktails were whisked away when there was still a finger-worth of fluid in the glass. My husband's tea glass sat for nearly 10 minutes without a refill, this with server's assistants and others flitting about the place. The food was hit-or-miss. The mussels were divine, if a little overly-citrus infused. My dinner of stacked fried green tomatoes was fresh and acid-forward which paired well with the pimento cheese between layers of tomato. My husband's risotto was disappointing - the tomato sauce was reminiscent of Chef Boyardee while the risotto cakes were lacking the cheese the menu promised."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Chestnut is absolutely one of the finest restaurants in Asheville. The food is prepared with ingenuity and love, and the results are amazing. Of particular note: the lobster bisque is exquisite and not to be missed; they served a generous portion, but I ate mine as slowly as possible as to savor every mouthful. The other dish I would term amazing were the risotto cakes on lobster ragout; I had these on the recommendation of someone else, and I am delighted I followed their advice. I also had the fried calamari on kale salad; lovely touches were the oregano aioli and the fried lemon slices. We shared the breadbasket—a wonderful selection of homemade breads—and would advise ordering that."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were most impressed by the excellence of the food from flavor to texture to presentation to quality. Service was equally impressive. Just a delightful experience from every angle. We had hear good buzz from folks and the reviews were good, too. This place is not to be missed. It was our first time there and we'll be back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The same group that owns the Corner Kitchen owns this one. The food was very good. Liked their NY strip. Soufflé was really good. Maybe not the greatest ever, but definitely worth ordering. May come back when in Asheville."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The lobster bisque was a great start. In my party we tried the petite filet, the crab cakes and the tile fish. All were wonderful. I exchanged a vegetable for my potatoes without an issue. For desert we had the soufflé. It was great! Sawyer our server was the best ever. Overall. Great restaurant. We plan to return during our next trip to the area."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Well done, Chestnut. From the first bite of our charcuterie plate to the end of our meals, the pork tenderloin and the NY strip, we were delighted. The flavors were unique and each item was well prepared. We will return - soon!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "sat at the bar and was very satisfied with the service and the food. very nice and charming restaurant and scene. I highly recommend this spot. casey consumermarinesupply.com"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Wonderful food, drink and ambience that still allows time for conversation and visiting."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I love Chestnut's option for a 3 oz filet mignon and flexibility in leaving out the potatoes/increasing the vegetables to satisfy my dining needs. The filet was PERFECTLY cooked med rare. This along with a yummy cocktail--a manhattan made with Troy & Sons moonshine-- and dessert--lemon bar topped with ice cream--left me feeling quite satisfied and happy to have found this Asheville gem."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was a great place in a great location. My wife had the New York Strip. Cooked perfectly and the sauce and sides were delicious. I had the trout and it was great too. Lemon curd cheesecake was a perfect ending. Coffee was weak. Get espresso. Great beer list too."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "From the excellent waitress to the refreshing gazpacho; to the unusual and tasty fried risotto cakes on lobster ragu to the sliced NY strip which was as tender and flavorful as any I have ever eaten; to my wife's tender chicken dish that she said was divine, our meal was fabulous from start to finish. We will make Chestnut a priority on our regular trips to Asheville."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Four of us had lunch at Chestnut on a recent Friday...what a great meal! The lunch menu is diverse, original, and offers something for everyone from a standard burger to some really great interesting options. We all had something different to mix/match. Most prices were only $9 - $12 which included the entree and a side. I think the most expensive was $15. Price/value is terrific! Reservations not required, but the place got packed at the noon hour on a Friday!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Outstanding service from the hostess, server and everyone I had contact with. Chestnut has an upscale feel with a comfortable friendly atmosphere. The food was outstanding and all the vegetables were fresh from the farmers market that day. Server suggested a perfect bottle of wine to pair with the meal. There are many seating options to choose from along with great window seating and cafe tables outside. Definitely going back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We cannot recall when we have enjoyed a meal more. Every aspect of our experience at Chestnut was exceptional. The food was superb, and the service was light-hearted and jovial, yet absolutely courteous and professional."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Chestnut outshines her sister restaurant, Corner Kitchen, for several reasons: LOCATION with available parking (Aloft), easy to get reservations, lovely ambiance and fabulous menu. The service is impeccable and, IMHO, a notch above the Corner Kitchen. The beet salad is marvelous...the lobster bisque?...don't miss it."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The decor is lovely, the noise not too bad, and good service, but have had inconsistencies that mar and excellent rating. Salmon was cooked unevenly. Did they let it come to temp before throwing it on the grill? Have had some other missteps there before, but the staff graciously apologized and offered desserts, etc. Last time I had lunch there, the diners next to us had some problems as well. Great place, but you'd think they'd have it working smoothly by now."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed our Chestnut experience, the food was good and the staff was friendly. But our waiter was pretty harried and that made us a little tense. He had to check on us while he was moving quick and that meant we had to keep an eye out for him. I would recommend Chestnut but we have yet to find an outstanding Asheville restaurant."
    Dined on 6/18/2014