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Posana Cafe
Posana Cafe

Posana Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.posanacafe.com
  • Email: Info@posanacafe.com
  • Phone: (828) 505-3969
  • Hours of Operation: 5pm-9pm (Tuesday - Sunday)
    10am-3pm (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Pollay
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Posana Café’s banquet & event room is a unique downtown venue offering contemporary elegance, fine cuisine and sophisticated technology. The newly-remodeled space will comfortably accommodate 60 diners for a sit-down dinner, and can accommodate a larger group for a presentation or cocktail event.
    If your party is larger, reserving the entire restaurant will accommodate 115 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Crystal Edwards (828) 505-3969
  • Special Events & Promotions: Posana Cafe’s private banquet and special event room is a unique downtown venue offering contemporary elegance. Accommodating 60 for a seated meal and 65-75 for a presentation or cocktail event. Complete with Hi-Def Video & a retractable 119” screen.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Patton
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Meter Parking is available on Broadway/Biltmore Avenue and Around the Vance Monument. Meters run from 8am-6pm Mon-Sat and accept nickles, dimes and quarters.

    Lot Parking is available on Biltmore at Eagle Street; Broadway at College street; and Patton at Lexington Ave.
A word from Posana Cafe
Educated at the Culinary Institute of America, Exec Chef/owner Peter Pollay brings years of restaurant experience to one of Asheville's most beautiful corners. All of Posana Cafe's dishes, desserts and pastries are prepared from scratch featuring premium ingredients. Enjoy lunch, dinner or weekend brunch on the spacious patio, or looking out onto Historic Pack Square from the dining room, lounge or bar.

Posana Cafe utilizes local farmers and purveyors and chooses to serve only hormone/antibiotic-free meats and eggs. Posana's pastry chef & culinary team are constantly evolving the menu to reflect seasonal and local specialties in addition to offering the region's largest selection of gluten-free cuisine.
The bars expansive menu features house-made flavored syrups, mixers, infused liquors & freshly squeezed juices providing an exemplary drink experience when ordering a custom soda, espresso drink or cocktail.

Celiac Friendly: Gluten free menu available.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious scallop and risotto dish, service was perfect and the ambiance was lovely. One of my favorite restaurants in town for brunch, dinner or drinks/appetizers on the patio. The only thing I would change would be that they re-open during the weekdays for lunch. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Posana is not only delicious and healthy, but the service is top notch as well! It has been my pleasure to eat there about 10 times now for dinner and brunch and I can honestly say that I have not had one thing there that was not fabulous! Many thanks to everyone at Posana!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "It was great to go to a restaurant and be able to eat anything! The lamb special was fantastic. We also really enjoyed the tempura mushrooms. The goat cheese made a great combo with it! Our server seemed a little distracted and was a little slow taking out order. Our son really enjoyed the fresh soda they make. It was also great to see healthy creative things on a kids menu. Our son loved the gnocchi! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Posana Cafe is a great restaurant. It demonstrates that good food can be elegantly prepared and presented without gluten lurking in the shadows."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I went to Posana with my friends to celebrate my birthday. I was impressed by the restaurant appearance. The food is delicious (lobster mac&cheese and fries) and everything smells so good. I heard the brunch is also good. I may try that next time."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The kale salad is great! Lobster mac 'n cheese not so great. We were seated toward the back of the restaurant, which is a bit claustrophobic; I would request a seat in the front part of restaurant next time. Outdoor seating is available but the weather didn't cooperate. It's a great location downtown but the four of us thought the food was mediocre."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We dined here on our recent visit to Asheville & came away not at all disappointed. Do not be fooled by a completely gluten free menu as Peter the Exec. Chef/owner has put together a nice list of apps, salads & entrees that do not disappoint. Our server that night was very good & attentive so we have no complaints. The food arrived in good time, the food had good taste, the quality of presentation was nice, the food was even better. If you're in town no doubt make a res & enjoy the night. Suffice it to say should we ever make our way back we would no doubt dine again thanks to this experience. We even had the chance to visit with Peter during our dessert course & he is a great guy to talk with & knows how to run his show."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Posana. We travel to Asheville three to four times a year to take in concerts, etc. Tried to get in a few months ago but faced a two hour wait for table. Got a reservation this time and was not disappointed. Service was fine, but food was "better than expected". My wife proclaimed "this is my new 'favorite' restaurant. Can't wait to get back in two weeks to try another entrée."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • " We were there on our 49th wedding anniversary and the staff made everything really special for us. The place was beautiful on the inside and the food was wonderful. I had the monkfish and my wife had the trout. Both dishes were prepared to perfection and plated beautifully. Our waiter, Arturo, was extremely professional and couldn't have done a better job. We had the apple bread pudding for dessert and it was delicious. Will definitely be returning next time we are in Asheville. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming as if we were visiting long lost relatives but still remained very professional. The hostess was fantastic and really took care of us. Our amiable server Arturo was a big help because he was able to explain the menu to us in Spanish (my wife is from Colombia). The variety of beers and wines were plentiful but not overwhelming as everything was categorized impeccably. The appetizers (soup of the day & kale salad) were exquisite as was the gluten free beer. The main courses, although presented nicely and tasted good, were a little below expectations. The scallops & chicken we had could have easily been prepared at home. We will definitely return for the drinks & apps and split a main course."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "My daughter and I are both gluten sensitive, so finding a restaurant that is both a dining experience fit for a birthday celebration and meeting our dietary needs is a challenge. Posana Cafe is all gluten free in terms of the menu, but the great surprise was the elegance of the decor, the professional yet friendly service, and the magnificent food we were served. The entrees were not only visually lovely, but also delicious - my daughter kept slowing down each biteful of her monkfish with scallops to simply savor the curry sauce. It really made her birthday an even more special occasion. Thank you very much, Posana Cafe; we will be back. We will recommend you to others, as well."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Posana Cafe and we were very pleased with the experience. The service was very good and the wine recommendation was perfect. We both started our meal with a kale salad and ate every bite. Very good combination of kale, cheese fruit and nuts. The entrees sampled (trout and scallops) were both prepared very well and were consumed in their entirety. No dessert was ordered. While I would have enjoyed some bread before the meal, I was eventually glad to not have any since the salad and the entree were sufficient."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The last 6 years, we've looked for a home in NC. We always stayed near Asheville. During our search, Posana was our choice for dinner and lunch a number of times, always excellent. We just moved,and this past Sunday I made reservations. To our surprise the make-over is absolutely beautiful. We moved here from NJ and commented to each other that it was like eating in NYC, with the exception that NYC restaurants do not provide Taylor our server, who was beyond perfect. Another high point, the manager came to our table apologizing for the delay in food delivery, before we even perceived one. Told us my wife's meal was over cooked and they had fired another steak, which was delivered 2-3 minutes later. Very impressive. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Dining at Posana for brunch or dinner is an absolute must when visiting Asheville. The food is prepared by expert chefs who take the time and care to consider not only dietary restrictions, creating plates that taste amazing as well. We were greeted as we arrived by a number of staff members and our waiter, Roberto greeted us with warmth and soon returned with some amazing cappucinos. The house made biscotti served with the coffee was also amazing. Roberto and his coworkers all made sure we were taken care of throughout the whole meal and the kitchen was able to prepare our food in a matter of minutes, though we never felt rushed. The patio is a favorite because of the local musicians and artists that gather nearby."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We always love dining here. Great tasting, healthy food!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was one of my best dining experiences in Asheville. Entrees were delicious, their presentations worthy of a picture. I would highly recommend the scallops and the trout. By the time desert came we were pretty full but we were celebrating a friend's birthday so we ordered two deserts with 4 forks and 4 spoons; that's exactly what we got. Our server was great, answered all of our questions, remembered who ordered what and just seemed to exactly when to see if we needed anything and when to just leave us alone. I can't wait to come back for brunch and sit outside."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the decor/atmosphere is modern, relaxing, and interesting. They accommodated my need for a table with lower noise so that we could talk with old friends easily. The service was good, although a bit slower than I usually find. I saw several couples very much in love enjoying the night. Tables are not jammed together."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants to bring those just moving into Asheville. The food is delicious, changing with what is local and staff is always so welcoming. Really loved the spring salad!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Good options for brunch, comfortable seating, great decor and nice atmosphere for visiting with friends."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was an excellent restaurant in the heart of Asheville. Everything on the menu is gluten free and locally raised. As a fan of Gluten, I did not miss it here!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I try to go to Posana's every time I go to visit my mom and niece in Asheville. First of all everything is gluten free, which is a fantasy for myself and my son, but everything I have ever tasted here was delicious also. Quality, very tasty, fresh food. wonderful ambience. Great service. Brunch is your best deal, reasonable prices but still excellent food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Vibrant downtown restaurant. Their claim to fame is gluten free, but delicious farm to table taking advantage our local farmers and cheeses. The kale salad is a must even if you think you don't like kale and the fried brussel sprouts extra special. Their fish is always fresh and well prepared. Outside dining is a treat so that you can take in all the street sights in Asheville. It is also pet friendly outside."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have eaten many times at Posana and always look forward to great food and excellent presentation and service. Not last weekend. Even though I had a reservation I waited 20 minutes for a table that had to be cleaned by the hostess ( she had a spray bottle and wet rag in her hand as well as the menus- ugh). The eggs I ordered were rubbery-overdone and the grits looked as if they'd been prepared hours before and sat in a congealed mass on the plate. Some presentation! I used the rest room and found that the faucet in the sink was not connected. It had apparently come loose from the sink --so I could not wash my hands. The wastepaper overflowed in the baskets beneath the sink. I will not return."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Love all the sides and I enjoy eating gluten free. My husband, not as much- loves a good burger, but didn't care for the gluten- free bun. Decor and ambience are good. Love to support locally owned and especially farm to table! Nice wine list!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We'd made a reservation but arrived a little early. We were told our table would be ready in just a moment, but we waited for about half an hour at the bar. We saw several other tables sat before us even though we watched them arrive. Once we were seated, it took some time for our server to attend to us. She was pleasant and trying her best, but it was clear they were understaffed. Our meal was terrific. I had the fried chicken over cheesy cheddar grits and topped with sausage gravy. My boyfriend had the meat quiche and home fries. My dish won the day, but his wasn't too bad either."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Had no idea this would be such a gem - my 15 year old daughter found it in reading something about gluten free so we jumped on it. Everything single thing was perfect - 8 gf beer options?!? Love being introduced to things I've yet to have. Lobster Mac n cheese with riccota gnocchi, fried Brussel sprouts, crab cakes. We were three and did 2 salads, 4 appetizers and a side and were full. Too many really freat things we wanted to try. Not to forget the gf bread pudding. All so good"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our table in the back gave us a quiet dining experience that we appreciated. The four diners in our group were pleased with our dinner choices. The kale salad was a hit with everyone. The presentations of the desserts were lovely, but the taste was not quite up to the looks. The staff was most welcoming and attentive. The restaurant is a very visually attractive space."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Posana has a great location in the heart of Asheville. My husband ordered the steak. It was stone cold. I ordered a vegan lentil soup which was good. They also offered vegan side dishes. I ordered fried Brussels sprouts and quinoa salad. The Brussels sprouts were cold and the quinoa was boring. Our quests seemed happy with their food. None of it was bad, it was just not worth going back. There are too many spectacular options available in Asheville."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We eat here every year when my parents visit because we need a gluten free option, and because the food it excellent. We enjoy the new flavors. One person in our party did find the scallops to be bland. But the rest of us really enjoyed it. One person left satisfied, but three of us were still hungry after the meal, including desert. We could not afford to order more food. So we are very happy with the quality and the experience, but were disappointed to be hungry after spending so much money. Still recommended for those with light appetites."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The tuff feel fries are divine. The restaurant needs some more soft textures...when it is full, you cannot have a conversation it is so loud."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was only our second time at Posana's, but we were not disappointed. It was still very good and our out of town guests thought it was very good as well. We will go back again and would definitely recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Everything on the menu is gluten free. It's a great experience to be able to read a menu and not ask the wait staff a million questions to make sure you can eat the meal! Plus, everything was delicious."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "They need to vary their menu. The menu is small, and after you've been there a few times, it gets boring. The place is gorgeous, but I want something new to bring me back. Drinks are awesome: try the Zintini!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My friend misread the menu and said she didn't realize her meal came with tofu. The server asked if she would like a side instead so she said sure. The restaurant then charged her for the side. We spoke to the manager who basically said too bad and brought us back the menu so we could see what it said! He was very patronizing rather than offering some sort of compromise. This bad review isn't about the $4.50 side item. It's about the way he responded. I will not eat there again. Nor will I take any customers there or recommend it to guests that visit a very prominent hotel in the city."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I was very pleased with Posana's food, service, and atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is THE place to go! The new decor is breathtaking and the service impeccable. It's more than wonderful to find a totally gluten-free menu. It's nice not to be out of place or having to ask what can I eat. Run, don't walk, to Posana!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great food in a city with many great restaurants. Very friendly and efficient service in a beautifully renovated setting. Don't miss the kale salad and scallops and lobster with gnocchi. Nice selection of reasonably priced wines. This restaurant is just about totally gluten free but you would never know it....also very attentive to other food allergies."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Recently discovered I am celiac and have had trouble finding good gluten free restaurants that still have quality food. Posana's was a pleasant surprise for me. Not only was the food AMAZING but I was also able to eat without caution here. Great staff, food, and experience. Would recommend to anyone, especially those that have issue with gluten"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Posana is one of my local favorites. Everything is fresh, fresh, fresh. For those wanting a thick steak and a big meal, you may want to check the menu. This is more of a salad and fish menu. Fantastic Sunday Brunch!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Love, love, love this place! Great salad and short ribs! Service was outstanding and love the modern/rustic decor. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014