Posana Cafe
Posana Cafe

Posana Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.posanacafe.com/
  • Phone: 8285053969x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Tuesday – Thursday 5pm-10pm

    Friday & Saturday 5pm-10:30pm

    Brunch
    Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • 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 8285053969x
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Posana Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
258 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (168)great for outdoor dining (128)special occasion (120)romantic (93)neighborhood gem (83)great for brunch (81)hot spot (42)notable wine list (38)great for lunch (35)good for groups (34)vibrant bar scene (22)scenic view (14)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (13)Show More
  • Meh
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We ate at other places in town that were much better. Their lobster macaroni was gnocchi that was almost 2" long and tasted of nothing but flour. The food was good, but they need to step it up to compete with their neighbors. A great view and location, however...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delectable Food and Atmosphere
    Seasa
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Posana serves deliciously prepared, elegantly presented, food with the freshest ingredients. We will definitely return. If you love great food, do not miss the Posana Cafe. Our server was excellent and the restaurant is beautiful as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    Kaurine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Posana's is our favorite Asheville restaurant! Both brunch and dinner are excellent. Love that it is gluten free.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, not great service.
    GlutenfreeAsheville
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Third time eating here. The food is always great, and I love not having to worry about my allergies because everything is gluten free. Showed up on time for our noon reservation, but the hostess gave the last table to the walk-ins in front of us. Luckily, a table opened up within 15 min, so this was not a big deal. Unfortunately the service was atrocious. We waited 20 minutes for coffee and the waiter never came back with cream and sugar. We finally got some when a different server brought out our food, but our coffee was cold by then. We had to ask for coffee refills and the pastry menu three times before getting them. Our waiter seemed to be more concerned with socializing with his coworkers behind the bar than waiting on our table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Just in town for a visit, we were able to easily reserve with Open Table. We noticed great attention to detail - both in decor and food! Great service and non-rushed service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Meal
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ate here for dinner and had an amazing meal. The staff was great, food delicious, and setting well done. My wife is highly sensitive to gluten and she loved the menu (entire restaurant is gluten free). Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gluten free scene
    ilikefood
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Excellent food. Portion size on the smaller end. Very friendly staff but looked like they were understaff. Loved the layout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Katie
    Katie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Absolutely everything we ordered was done with great expertise and was delicious. Never disappointing. The service was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for special occasion
    trish
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It is always a treat to eat at Posana. The food, service, and ambiance is impeccable. Whenever there is a special occasion, Posana is the first choice. I love that nothing, except maybe some beers in bottles, has gluten in it. Wish there were more vegetarian options but any chosen were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    CNB1VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We dine here everytime we are in Asheville and are never disappointed. This trip they had a new menu item that was absolutely divine--a chocolate ganache cake that sat in a pool of carmel and was finished with chopped hazelnuts and sea salt. I hope it becomes a permanent menu item.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adequate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    the server was a very nice young lady who took good care of us. She made recommendations from both the food and wine menu. Unfortunately, the food was just not that good. We had 9 different dishes. Nothing was bad enough to return, but nothing was good enough to recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal, gluten free a bonus
    OTDiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best meal in Asheville. Kale salad and burrata were beyond compare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth checking out
    LadyBug
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service were both above the norm...Excellent scallops and the peach dessert was delicious! Our server, Katie did a superb job and did so with a nice smile! Parking could present a problem...however, no fault of the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Busy place.
    suzanneruggles
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed out meal quite a bit. Unfortunately it was over shadowed by a 30 minute wait for out 9:00pm reservations. It would have been for our bar tab (while we waited) to at least been transferred to our table. Instead, I spent almost 10 minutes paying our tab at the busy bar while my husband and sine finally went to a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Menu was limited, portions small food quality and taste good. Need more dishes with vibrant taste.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was fantastic! The ahi tuna appetizer was some of the best tuna I've had, and the server was very knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nyaams
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had an awesome server and the food was different from what we were used to so he was very helpful in helping us navigate. Love the ambience and the look of the restaurant. One of the best date nights :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • asheville fine cuisine
    hoodriver
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    attentive professional staff match impeccably plated courses. waitstaff/bartenders very enthusiastic and helpful. would recommend a table by a window as location invites fun people watching. very nice wine selections for all price points as well as fun cocktail list. bar small and crowded, adequate for waiting but not a destination. highly recommend as a wonderful dining experience in asheville! parking options can be challenging on weekends....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    sheplaw
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My best friend and I went to Posana Café and will definitely go back. All food on the menu is gluten-free, which is an absolute must for my guest. However, the food was not the traditional, poor-tasting gluten free food. We absolutely loved it !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another home run at Posana Cafe!
    gffoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food at Posana Cafe has always been exceptional, but now the decor matches the amazing cuisine! The (2013) renovation of the space is edgy while still providing a very comfortable feel. Loved everything about the revitalized space! Fave dishes this trip include the indulgent lobster mac-n-cheese, frogmore stew and shrimp and grits - simply prefect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Food4Three
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were there to celebrate a birthday for someone needing gluten-free dining. Such a wonderful experience to be able to eat anything and everything without having to worry about any side effects. Plus the food was delicious! Our waitress, plus all the wait staff, were very attentive to ensure we had everything we needed, from food to drinks. A truly delightful find in downtown Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let the "Secret" out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    What a delight to know I could order anything on the menu and it be gluten free! Food was absolutely delicious and desserts outstanding! The prices were very reasonable and I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. I am looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Gluten Free Gourmet
    DrwoVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. The salads are fresh, fresh, fresh. Interesting dinner menu but especially memorable Sunday brunch. Great interior & you can actually talk to the people at your table and hear what they are saying. Posana is right at the top of the list for downtown dining. There is nice outdoor seating, a decent wine list and a creative menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Very enjoyable patio area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were there on a Sunday evening and were fortunate enough to sit outside towards the back. Lovely area….great food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has become a favorite.
    Ashevillians
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food is always good. The cocktails are creative. The setting, indoors or out, is good Asheville downtown, right on Pack Square. Brunch is great and you can make reservations for it!!! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Location+
    deanbarb
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You can't beat this location right on Pack Square in the heart of Asheville. We had a beautiful window table and enjoyed some entertaining people-watching on a summer Saturday evening. Wait staff and kitchen were very accommodating to my friend's special dietary needs (intolerance for preservatives, sulfites, etc.) A wonderful spot for our mini-reunion of old friends. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We dined outside with our two standard poodles. The waitstaff was most accommodating and provided excellent dinner suggestions. The nearby street-scape was buzzing with musical entertainers and other fun performers. It was a perfect evening although we were under a beautiful awning if the weather turned inclement. Definitely a pleasant and elegant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Destination Dinner
    usetobeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've lost count on the number of times we've eaten at Posana, but we have never been disappointed in the food, service and ambience. We have told anyone who's planning a trip to Asheville to make reservations to Posana, especially those who eat Gluten Free.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deconstructed creme brûlée
    CNB1VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Everything was excellent as always. This visit, a deconstructed tiramisu stood out. I hope that stays on the menu. Definitely hard to resist!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does not meet expectation
    JhoustonVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I found the food is ordinary. I was hoping the food to be above average. I had much better mussels in many restaurants.
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  • So Disappointing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Rude hostesses, lukewarm eggs, dreadful table (we made reservations days in advance), was so hoping for an enjoyable brunch, instead…couldn't wait to get out of the place.
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  • Service was poor
    Ellie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The experience was marred by poor service. We were there for brunch and needed to meet friends at an appointed time. It should not take 15 minutes to get a check.
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  • Pure gluten-free joy.
    MountainLife
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    When my gluten-free friend and her husband came to visit, we knew we had to try Posana. Having never dined there before, we weren't sure what we were getting into, but the online menu looked promising, and we love the middle-of-the-action location downtown. Our gluten-free-friend was ecstatic to indulge in the lobster mac-and-cheese, bread sticks, hamburger complete with bun, and tiramisu. Gluten free fine dining at its best. Thank you, Posana. You have some new faithful followers and brought pure joy to at least one table of four.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great food!
    MySouth
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our first visit, but won't be our last! Great food, great presentation, excellent service.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good spot in downtown Asheville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our second time here for dinner and the food was as good as before! Very friendly and helpful staff! Well worth it!
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  • always best food in asheville.
    judys
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    made it last night and was sorry we didn't get chance for twice during our stay. the tuna appetizer - relish; salmon best he's had. my fish dish special fab. next time it will be first stop
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, Small, and Pricey
    sammen89
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We came here on our 1st anniversary weekend and found this to be a delightful experience. Be willing to spend some money and you'll get some amazing food options. The game plan here is to purchase 4-5 small plates and share it between 2 in order to get the full-experience. Chorizo wrapped in Chips is amazing! And worth ordering twice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time
    PCM1VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    really nice place. price-value was great. food was terrific (good draft beers :)). Service could have been a little better. Only issue was my wife had the burger, and candidly, the gluten free bun was well, gluten free, and not as tasty as a bun made with the stuff that's bad for you. but the rest of the burget and our meals were really good. we would absolutely go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our experience at Posana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I went to Posana for dinner to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. It was such a pretty, romantic place, and we loved that it was 100% gluten free and uses organic and local ingredients. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    Trey
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    All gluten free menu and the food was great. We love Asheville and Posana is now our favorite restaurant ! Our server was personable--ask for Che. We ran late on our reservations and they called us to make sure we were coming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic