Pack's Tavern
Pack's Tavern

Pack's Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.packstavern.com/
  • Phone: (828) 225-6944
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Edwin French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call 828-225-6944 for Catering - large or small!
  • Entertainment: We have live music or a DJ every Thursday through Saturday.
  • Special Events: Our beautiful Century Room is perfect for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate parties and other private functions with a capacity of 50 - 250! Our South Bar is a casual area for large group lunches or dinners that may or may not need to be totally private (maximum capacity 60).

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Marjorie St
  • Public Transit: Bus stop 50 yards from building
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Parking lot next to building after 5PM and all weekend.
A word from Pack's Tavern
Located in the heart of downtown Asheville and housed in the historic Hayes Hopson building, Pack’s Tavern offers outstanding service, the best drinks in town, and a large eclectic menu of over 60 items; everything from signature salads to hand-pattied burgers, from wonderful appetizers to fresh cut steaks and seafood in a friendly, hospitable atmosphere. All to be enjoyed in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Asheville’s newly renovated Pack Square Park.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Pack's Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (41)vibrant bar scene (35)neighborhood gem (30)great for lunch (27)kid-friendly (19)great for outdoor dining (18)hot spot (13)fit for foodies (13)late-night find (11)special occasion (6)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great value in Downtown Asheville
    Avlrealtor
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    It is not a foodie haven but it good, fresh and decently priced for the location. We sat nearly in the bar b/c we had a large party so it was noisy. If booking a large party ask for the back room. My first time so I did not know. Service was excellent and the food all came out at the same time. What more could you ask for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average lunch spot. Slightly over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It was a good lunch spot to watch the game. The food was about average but for what they're charging I would have expected a bit more flavor and quantity. The portions were a little small. The drinks were good. Slightly light on the alcohol content but not too bad.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the place!
    MDay
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a group of 10 visiting Asheville. We were all really happy about our visit to Pack's Tavern. Only negative is parking in that area. Yet I think downtown parking in Asheville as a whole is bad! Food was great. Great draft beer list. Service was great. Overall great times!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great selection
    dmousaVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The menu is diverse but not overwhelming. Service was excellent and good recommendations were given. M Adult milkshakes a great end for a great meal. Shrimp and grits in the mountains are tremendous and on a cold night great comfort food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic place to watch a game
    Brillo
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Was looking for a good place to watch the late afternoon NFL game. They set us up perfectly in front of the big screen projection. Food was very good ... loved the fried pickles and the BBQ burger. We will be back next time we are in Asheville.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent GoTo
    out4thenight
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Good whiskey and local beer selection - music (solo guitar) was awesome, both nice additions to the service and dinner selections.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Packs Tavern is a lively local bar and restaurant. The bar is big and they make a large variety of drinks. The restaurant has a good variety on the menu and our meals were very tasty. Prices are moderate. Good place to unwind and they do have music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff excellent
    Lovetoeat22
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We came around change of shift from lunch to dinner and have a couple of different people but each was Excellent! Jeff, Mariss and Jessie were very attentive, great with our group that changed while we were there and had excellent knowledge of the menu! These three are an asset to the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Gdyufhjjhg
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We ate an excelent dinner and were superbly served by Eric
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sports venue
    OM1979VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great service and food. Excellent venue for watching sports.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorites
    Mamasue
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Good food, great place to take our guests and then roam the streets of Asheville. Good times. Never had a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Lily
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We were visiting from Va. This is an ideal place to relax and have a great dinner. We thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant, ambience was perfect and the waiters were very cordial.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food - For Kids, Too
    FourSeafoodersVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Not often are there bars with good kid food - great place for families visiting Asheville looking for something simple and reliable. Nice neighborhood, too, right next to the police and fire station! :-)
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WAY TOO LOUD
    FarTooLoud
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I love the food and the service at Pack's Tavern but have become more wary of going because of the "far too loud" music playing in the background. We made reservations for a table of 9 prior to a show at Asheville Community Theater, bringing friends together to "catch up" with each other and have a few laughs....none of that happened as after screaming across the table for 15 minutes, everyone ate as fast as possible so we could leave and hear each other. I can TRULY say that I could not hear either person sitting immediately beside me on either side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pack's packs on flavor and service!
    NycdiletantesVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We met a large group of newcomer friends at Pack's on a recent Tuesday night. We could have met even more, as we were set up in a very large room. (We had been told they could accommodate up to 60. I'm not sure what our numbers actually were, but clearly less than that.) Three servers were assigned specifically for our group, and they did a terrific job. Friendly, accurate, personable service. I was a little hesitant to order crab cakes, as we are in a landlocked location, but I wanted to try them. Our server reassured me by saying they're a crowd favorite. They were delicious; I'll have the second one for my lunch today. They were accompanied by a tasty potato salad and brussels sprouts. Yum all around!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Woodbox
    Oldoakshome
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Pack's Tavern is a favorite place of ours to dine. It has reasonable prices for great food, fun staff who make us feel welcome and is in the center of activity in Asheville. We can park, dine and walk to everywhere we wish to go. When people ask where a fun, great place to go is in Asheville, we are the first to say Packs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took a chance - glad we did!
    jkay
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our group of 8 had no personal reference for the tavern; however, we were all delighted with our choice. I had crab cakes, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts and my meal was perfect! Several of us had the crab cakes and all were very pleased with our choice - lots of crabmeat and less of the fillers you often find. Also, the mashed potatoes were very good - a step up from the usual mashed potatoes. When we visit Asheville again, Packs Tavern will be on list of places to visit. Reservations are recommended as this is a busy place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambiance great-food good, bar-great
    justruth
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very cool looking place. Service is excellent. Our food was good but nothing special...we ordered the chicken wings and the salmon dish. We looked at other tables and many people had ordered burgers and they looked fantastic. Parking was easy. Easy walk to town where there is all sorts of things happening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We Love Packs Tavern. We had an exceptional time this visit. Our Server, Stuart, was absolutely fantastic! Stuart really made our experience memorable. If you go anywhere, you MUST visit packs. I'm a local and we go as often as possible. There were 8 of us plus a baby, and Stuart made us all feel right at home! Can't wait to go back for the amazing RIBS! Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good tavern food
    Debster
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had party of 6. We were seated right away, but tried to put us in a booth. Not working. We requested a table and it was not a problem. Service was good. Food is typical pub fare , prepared nicely. Was quite noisy during our visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We ate outside so the noise level was not an issue as it is inside. The waiter was wonderful and the food was delicious, and a good price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love everything about Pack's
    Lorita
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I took my whole family out to lunch (ages ranging 3-70) at Pack's, and everyone LOVED it. It's a gorgeous building with fascinating architecture and history, and a very comfortable, laid-back but still refined vibe. Our server, Jin, was world class. Charming, knowledgeable, and quick, he anticipated our needs and kept us all happy, without ever hovering. Most of us had the burgers -- I'd suggest ordering it medium, as the cooks seemed to lean toward slightly more done. The sweet potato fries are outstanding, as are the pickle chips, the red pepper aioli, and garlic aioli. The fish tacos are a hands-down winner in every way, and the beer selection made me want to hang out all afternoon. Go to Packs. Take your friends/fam. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FlatRockMike
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A great place for relaxing after work with good service and a full plate of food. The only drawback if you're coming from out of town is parking. The restaurant is surrounded by police and fire employee parking. I recommend spending $5 and park in the public garage a block away and right in the middle of the Pack Square activities.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice ambience and good beer
    bwstone
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed a sampler of NC beers. The menu is extensive and the food well prepared. In a city that specializes in specialties, it was good to have a more varied menu. Also, the beer selection was ample, so we were able to sample many different breweries in one stop. Our new waitperson was delightful and worked to please.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great old tavern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food, great old building ambience, excellent service. No complaints at all from our group of 9. The chicken tenders were raved about from everyone who had them. Our server (can't remember her name but it was Sunday night at 7, 8/24) went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First rate all around
    BenjyCompson
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Part of a perfect outdoor Asheville evening. They even arranged for good weather!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better than normal bar food
    JEPEatinoutVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great pre shindig in the green spot. The food was great and our server was fantastic. This is a fun spot in Asheville.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    VikingNC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We arrived a little early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Server was excellent, food excellent, service fast. Noise level is always a bit high here, it was tolerable but Pack's Tavern is not a quiet place! We recommend it for lunch or evenings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Country2Concrete
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great tavern atmosphere in the heart of Asheville. Loved this restaurant, and will definitely be returning. Highly recommend the Carolina Burger & Fried Pickles
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The meatloaf
    DinnerHereB4ACT
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Bison meatloaf is excellent. The service is always efficient and friendly. A convenient place to eat prior to attending the Asheville Community Theater (ACT) as it's a short walk to the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 93 reviews are from the Pack's Tavern reviews archive.
  • easy to walk to
    milkshake
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    It was easy to walk to but nothing spectacular. If you are buying beers, its your place. Family dinner its okay. Buying a milkshake, you have to wait, wait, wait.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place, great food
    FromSwitzerland
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We ate there two times. We loved the place for its ambience. It was very vibrant. Service was great. We were there with our 9 year old daughter and she liked it. Try the red wine and the baby back ribs!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Momicus
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great menu selection; something for everyone. Prices very affordable, food is delicious! Outstanding fish and chips, crab cake appetizers should have been warmer. Great French Dip. Creative burgers. Wonderful old building with rich history tastefully decorated. Beer selection outstanding! Love this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So nice. Had to go twice.
    KeyGripWife
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Visiting for a short time. There were so many great options. Packs was the most amazing. The service and great food kept us coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Color-rific
    lowcountrync
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had reservations after the ColorRun2014 - Group of 14, outdoor dining, kids could go out the gate to play in the water area while waiting for food. Beer was cold, food was hot and tasty. Servers were prompt and nice. Definitely would go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pack's was the ticket
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were looking for a casual place for dinner on our first night in Asheville. Picked Pack's off the Yelp web site and was not dissappointed. Varied menu, very good quality food, great service. Only complaint was noise level. There was a solo artist playing guitar. She was good, but WAY too loud. We should not have to shout over the music just to have a conversation. Would recommend to others and go back ourselves next time in town.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Packerbacker
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our food was tasty. Service not so good. The main dish for one of the eight in our party came out before the salads for everyone else. Then when the rest got our meals they were warm - not hot. Our server was not attentive. It took him 10 minutes to come back to our table to get payment after dropping off the bill. On a side note, we started our dinner outside and rain come out of nowhere. They did a good job or re-seating us inside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large family lunch
    CharlestonBrideVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Good food, great variety on the menu, service for a large group was a little slow
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delighted to have reservations
    Wife2
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was worth waiting for, but because we had made reservations, we were seated right away, walking past many people waiting for a table. Their ribs were wonderful, and friend said the salad was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pack's Tavern packs awesomeness
    Ghostactor
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Since moving to Asheville a fortnight ago, my girlfriend and I have yet to have a negative dining experience in our awesome new town, and Pack's was certainly no exception. Great food, excellent and friendly service, tasty local brews, and a great place to pick up the Trolley Ghost Tour and the Pubcycle! We'll be back...you've been warned. ;)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.