Go for the food
Excellent, excellent! We have been coming to Asheville for over 15 years and for some reason have never been to The Market Place. Can't believe we've missed it all these years, but it will now be at the top of my list for a great place to celebrate with wife , for a special occasion or with friends, for a fun time.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an excellent dining experience. The food was yummy. The server prompt and knowledgable. The setting relaxed. We had a great time. I will be recommending it to friend who will soon visit Asheville
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal. Staff very attentive. Standouts on the menu: pasta w/lamb, mushroom, roasted tomato ragu; mixed wild mushroom appetizer; trout w/ lentils, figs w/ local "proscuitto"; great wine and beer selection
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local food, good service
Interesting choices including vegetarian meals. Very good service. Limited menu but enough choices for all. Reasonably priced wine list. Worth the visit.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a very nice meal here. The food was very good with unusual flavors and our waiter was very helpful and pleasant without being over-attentive.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great dining experience
Restaurant is one of a kind. Interesting, unique menu. Our server was fantastic.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even better than expected...
Tremendous! We are so glad that we chose The Market Place for our "special" dinner night in Asheville...it beat our expectations. The interior of the restaurant is lovely and we had a perfect table overlooking the downstairs and bar area. The live music was a nice bonus and our waiter, Charlie, was excellent. A lovely experience overall!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and looking for a restaurant of epicurean pedigree that also celebrated locally grown produce. In Asheville's The Market Place, we found the perfect combination. We were smitten by the 'pickle tray' of delectable appetizers, followed by entrees of the locally farmed trout and rib eye. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and most interested in our visit and connections to the area.. It was a magical evening we will treasure forever.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was great food (I had the red snapper over spring rolls) and good conversation with a friend. A delightful evening.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for a date night
We were delighted by the service by our waiter, Matt, who took the time to explain the intricacies of the dishes my date and I were interested in. It was easy to see the pride the staff took in the establishment- on our way out three different employees thanked us for coming in for dinner.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Server very plesent. Very knowledgable with cuisine and wine. Cuisine was beyond our expectations. Lamb was outstanding. Will return often.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Marketplace!!!
My partner and I have been traveling to Asheville on average three times a year since 2007. We found Marketplace early on and always plan our last evening meal here. We've only missed eating here one trip and that was due to a renovation of the restaurant. No trip would be complete without dining at Marketplace. We appreciate the farm to table philosophy and the fact that everything served is sourced from within 100 miles of the restaurant. We also always request the same server, Charlie, who provides us with consistently exceptional and attentive service. Reservations are required and if you make them, ask for Charlie and tell him the Birmingham boys referred you. You will not be disappointed.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my third visit to
This was my third visit to Marketplace. There are so many terrific restaurants in Asheville, so it's hard to make the decision not to try something new. I decided to stick with what I knew was good, and booked a table at Marketplace for a group of dear friends visiting for the weekend. Everyone was delighted. I'll certainly go back again.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have gone into more detail on TripAdvisor but the food was excellent, our server,Keesha, did a very good job, would and have recommended to friends and plan to return in the near future.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, loved the band that was playing (Brian Fitzgerald, I think).
Conveniently located adjacent to a parking garage which was really nice; it was a short walk.
The menu was a bit limited but the food was great. We will be back.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Long-time favorite--consistently fine dining. Tried the Jack Rudy (small batch) tonic--a great gin and tonic. We had the freshly picked wild mushrooms as an appetizer. They were delicious. The mussels were fresh, well-prepared in a wonderful sauce. The bread dipped in the sauce ignited our taste buds. Red snapper not quite as remarkable but good. Service was friendly, helpful and timely without feeling rushed. The menu is somewhat limited and those looking for very large portions may be disappointed--we found it to be satisfying. Overall, a consistent restaurant for imaginative cuisine in a comfortable setting.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
A good experience!
The food exceeded our expectations and the service was excellent! The solo guitarist in the bar area was very talented and not too loud. You could tell that the chef was great at combining foods and favors to create unique and delicious dishes. My wife and I shared some small plates to enjoy several menu items.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a group of six that arrived at 9:45p and at that time in Asheville service and food quality can be hit or miss. But, not at Marketplace. Our server, Chris, was excellent at reading our table's pace, making suggestions on apps and entrees to share as group, and was quick to accommodate any request. We had all of his suggestions plus a couple of more entrees and everything, except the mussels were top notch. And, they weren't bad, but compared to the other items - tagliatele, mac and cheese, seared tuna, mushroom gratin, etc., the mussels were just average. If the weather is nice they have one of the best outdoor dining areas in town.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice restaurant
My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and went to The Market Place for our first time. We were very happy with everything. The server, Denise, was excellent. We decided to share a number of small plates and then do a shared large plate. The food was extremely flavorful and the presentment was very nice.
We will certainly return soon as there were a few items we just didn't have large enough stomachs to get to sample.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to this restaurant to celebrate a wedding anniversary, and the service was top notch! The waitress congratulated us on our anniversary immediately and treated us to complimentary glasses of champagne. She recommended a special small plate which we took her up on, and it was delicious! The food was great and we would definitely go back!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I celebrated her birthday and our anniversary at this fantastic restaurant and could not have enjoyed our meal more! The housemade paparadelle with lamb was amazing as was the trout with lentils. The service was impeccable as was the atmosphere. Fantastic spot for special occassions & date nights.
We spent 5 days in Asheville & ate several of the most highly rated restaurants (The Admitral, Corner Kitchen, Curate, Tupelo Honey, Fig Bistro, Early Girl Eatery) & this was our favorite for the overall experience! Will definitely go back next time we visit Asheville!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT night out!
It was our first night in Asheville. Thankfully, we picked the Market Place for dinner. We went on a Wednesday evening, thankfully, because it was Half Off Glasses of Wine night! We sampled many of their tapas-style menu items. All were good. The prices were affordable enough to get a couple items each. We also sampled greatly from their wine list- at bargain prices! They even included sparkling and dessert wines in the special. Our waiter was super friendly, taking pictures of us and telling us the history of the restaurant. We ate in the dining room, but it looks like they have a very active bar and outside patio, too. Blink and you'll miss their street, but it is definitely worth searching for. Our favorite night out in Asheville!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative fresh cuisine Mountains
The choice of small plates and large plates let you enjoy a variety of foods and allow lingering while eating. Smoked gnocchi was a surprise and a delight. The Waite staff is friendly without being invasive and the select wine list also let's you visit several styles of wines. We go here for special occasions and are never disappointed.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous, but slow - missed theatre
Our server, Denise, was terrific & did the best she could, but it seemed that she was handling far too many tables. We had to wave vigorously to get her attention. Took almost 40 minutes for our dinners to arrive, despite the assurance that we could make a 7:30 curtain. The two husbands missed half the play, the two wives missed the beginning, but only because we shoveled down our food as fast as possible. We would definitely eat there again, but will arrive extra-early. Traffic delayed us 15 minutes. The food was marvelous. There was a mushroom appetizer special for the evening that was amazing. My pea/spinach ravioli was heaven on a late!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was so fresh and
The food was so fresh and delicious, and we particularly loved that it was all local products. We had the chicken of the woods mushroom au gratin, which was very different from other mushrooms I've ever eaten. The sauce was so delicious. I had the trout for an entree and my cute date had the steak au Loire. Both were excellent. For dessert, we shared the Cremean brûlée, which tasted strongly of local honey. We loved it.
The service was one of the best parts of the meal, however. Our waiter was professional, and knowledgeable, and seemed to really care about making our experience nice.
Also of note: live music was played throughout the evening. A trumpeter who also played the keys was in the bar and added a wonderful touch to the night.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We live in Asheville and had
We live in Asheville and had never been to Market Place (except for a glass of wine). We decided to get 4 appetizers instead of 2 main courses. All were delicious, esp the mac and cheese as well as the seared tuna. I recommend sitting outside, if possible. Great place, will will definitely go back!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date night with the wife. The food was excellent. The wait staff were knowledgeable. Ambience was great. The guy playing the guitar/singing was plus. You must get there earlier on a Friday night though to find parking. Plenty of places to shop or just watch the street musicians till your reservation time.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have been coming to Asheville for 20 years and The Market Place is the one restaurant we never miss. Other restaurants come and go, but they just keep on keepin' on with great, locally sources, delicious food. The crispy sweetbreads were delicious, crispy on the outside and tender inside. The salmon was also delicious. This restaurant never disappoints and I would highly recommend it.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
As almost everyone knows, Asheville is a city for foodies, and you will certainly not be disappointed at Market Place.
We enjoyed our experience from start to finish and were impressed by the presentation. The only criticisms were that the steak that I ordered medium-rare was medium-well in 1/3 of the dish, and that bright streetlight from outside threw off the delightful interior design. Get some real drapes....
Bottom line, try it.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Market Place is an excellent restaurant. The decor is very appealing, as is the low noise level. Everything about this dining experience was pleasurable: excellent food, service and ambiance. We don't go to many restaurants because of their high noise volume, no matter how good the food, but The Market Place is definitely at the top of our list for a return visit because of excellent noise control.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine dinning at it's best
What a special night we had. The food was great the service and atmosphere were exceptional. Not a flaw in the whole operation. I can't wait to go back.The food had a flair not seen in Asheville in a long time.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We met at Market Place in 1998. We were seated across the table at some occasion which I don't remember.
A recipe for Steve McQueen's favorite dessert was written on a business card that I gave her.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful experience.
We had a wonderful experience. The food was excellent, the portions were perfect and the food was delightful. Service was great. We would definitely recommend this place and come back again.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not to miss
I'm not from Asheville so I did a little research on this. Everything about it reminded me of how the restaurants in Miami used to be. With a chef that has passion for the food he delivers , the service was genuine and attentive. The Ambiance was great , with the DJ playing good music that takes you back into a city like Miami or New York. All around A plus !
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I dined here with our 1yr old old daughter. The food, atmosphere and service was amazing. We ordered several different appetizers so we could try several different things. By far the best tuna I have ever had!! My husband was in love with the maple lacquered bacon. The mussels, pickles,charcuterie board and macaroni amd cheese were the other items we got. All were absolutely amazing and worth every penny. This is a restaurant you must visit.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Find in Asheville Downtown.
Celebrated a 60th birthday here, had not been to the restaurant or heard about it before, picked it for the location and what was shown on the Open Table website. Menu was not very large, but enough selection for everyone to find something. Food was very well prepared and very well presented. Service was outstanding. Raspberry Almond torte was an amazing dessert, almost marzipan but not too sweet.
There was live music at the front of the restaurant near the bar, but it was not overpowering for the diners further back in the restaurant.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would definitely come back!
We were vacationing in Asheville and had a reservation here. The food was excellent -- we had the soy edamame appetizer, pumpkin soup, yellowfin tuna and goat cheese ravioli. However, the service was below par. For some reason the hostess stand was vacant for the first few minutes after we arrived. It seemed only one person was working it and she was seating others...it would be be good to have a backup person to greet newcomers on a busy Saturday night. Our server was ok, but he only gave us each one slice of bread (big waste of that delicious olive oil on the plate!) and never offered coffee for dessert. We also voiced a dilemma over the choice between two items and he just shrugged. But overall service was adequate.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative, excellently prepared farm to table food. Great wine list. One of the best restaurants in Asheville.
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Market Place review
The Market Place serves excellent and creatively-prepared food, within a clean, comfortable ambiance. Melissa was our server who thoroughly knew the menu, much more than a simple recitation. Her recommendations were spot on. My only "negative" is that the Market Place is too pricey. My meal was treated (money was no object), but I was still distracted by the high prices. Perhaps this is my ignorance speaking, but I didn't think my salmon-over-fara grain was worth $26, despite the deliciousness of the salmon (fara, not so much). I love supporting local businesses, especially those like The Market Place which serve locally grown foods. However, the best way to fully enjoy The Market Place experience is without a care about cost.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best food in Asheville
The restaurant boasts farm to table and everything we tried was fresh, superbly cooked and presented. We stayed with the small plates side of the menu... yellowfin tuna, cheese plate with local offerings, and a mussel dish that was fixed to perfection. We indulged the chef's special of sautéed local mushrooms in a cream sauce with toast points and no description we write would do it justice. .. simply mouth watering. Our server was a professional and truly made the evening memorable. The ambiance was a mix of modern, classic and rustic that would fit any occasion. We also dined at the Biltmore and other local restaurants, but this was by far the highlight of our dining experiences.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious food, Excellent service!
They have it all! Our server Denise was friendly, knowledgeable, and considerate of our quirky ways. We appreciated tasting the wines before we ordered, PLUS it was Tuesday half-off night! So far, this was our most enjoyable evening in Asheville.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We found the restaurant a
We found the restaurant a wonderful experience in celebrating our wedding anniversary. Food was good, but not exceptional.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Market Place is one of the few downtown "veterans." While the ownership has changed hands, the service, food and atmosphere are excellent. We dined for our anniversary with my parents and our daughter. The staff was attentive and friendly with our daughter. The food portions were just right. Many gourmet restaurants offer very small plates that leave you wanting more. I found the portion to be enough to leave me satisfied, but also leave room for dessert if I wanted to splurge. We had the lamb dish which was unbelievable and rich with complex flavors.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely delicious meals enjoyed by each member of our party of four. From the artisan homemade bread through the farm to table excellent entrees to the incredible desserts, everything was five star.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful until live music started
The scallop and grits special appetizer was amazing, the pumpkin soup delicious although a little too thick and the trout good but a little "boring"; could have used a little zing. The solo singer is fabulous; however, far too loud for comfortable table conversation even though we were all the way in the back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Fine Dining
Visited Asheville to see the Biltmore.. Enjoyed the dinner at Marketplace better than the Stable Inn at the Biltmore...Ordered the Pappadelle with the lamb .....fantastic.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I can honestly say that it was the best meal we have ever had. The atmosphere and service are great. The food is outstanding. A wonderful experience.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
92nd Birthday dinner
OK, it was really two birthdays for twins turning 46 apiece (myself and my brother Randy) -- inquired at the nearby Sante Wine Bar for best choices for dinner in the area, and we chose The Market Place. A party of five, we ordered several things from both the small plate and large plate offerings. My mussels were exceptional! 2 others had the mac and cheese small plate and swore it was the best they've ever had...we insisted on getting the recipe and even took a small portion back to our cabin to do ingredient testing, seriously we did! My homemade raviolis with prosciutto (was not on the online menu but jumped off the menu) were near perfection...could have bit a bit hotter. Overall a great birthday meal and we will be returning!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food - really nice dinner
The menu was varied and everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Even the mac & cheese was innovative and tasty. They use local farms to source everything within 100 miles of Asheville. It is right in downtown Asheville but it's not too crowded.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh local food, outstanding chef, charming decor and top-notch friendly (but not too friendly) service geared to your preferences....what's not to love about the Market Place. And reasonable prices to boot. This is a restaurant where locals (such as husband and self) go on a regular basis, which is also great for special occasions, and that visitors to Asheville seek out....as should you! The menu is not large (and is available online) so great attention has been paid to every dish and each is special.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM