Rhubarb
Rhubarb

Rhubarb

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rhubarbasheville.com/
  • Phone: 8287851503x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:30AM- 9:30PM
    Tuesday - Closed
    Friday 11:30 AM-10:30 PM
    Saturday 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
    Sunday 10:30 AM - 9:30 PM Dinner

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Fleer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Biltmore Ave and Patton Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are 5 parking garages located within close proximity to Rhubarb. Street parking is also available
A word from Rhubarb
Rhubarb, at the heart of Asheville on Pack Square, is a comfortable place for friends, families and strangers to simply lean in and enjoy the company-a place where food and drink is at its uncomplicated best. Chef John Fleer, a three time James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast has created a menu inspired by seasonal, local ingredients and pays homage to the bounty of regional and American cooking. A wood-fired oven and grill complement the rustic creations. Wine selections are entirely ecological and sustainable. The bar pays tribute to the early 20th century cocktail culture.

Sunday Supper, a three-course meal served at the Rhubarb family tables, is served each Sunday at 6:30. The Sunday Supper menu will be different from the regular restaurant menu and will reflect the bounty of the weekend markets presented family style. A local guest farmer will host our weekly convivial community tables. For Sunday Supper Reservations please call at 828-785-1503.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Rhubarb reviews from OpenTable diners
361 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (271)great for outdoor dining (172)special occasion (115)hot spot (113)neighborhood gem (96)romantic (70)notable wine list (67)good for groups (63)great for lunch (57)great for brunch (35)vibrant bar scene (19)kid-friendly (18)scenic view (18)late-night find (16)Show More
  • First visit impressions
    AshevilleResident
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Four of us tried Rhubard. A fine experience was had by all. My only complaint was my dinner (pork) was overcooked and luke warm at best -- but the flavors were outstanding. My three dinner companions had no complaints. The restaurant was packed, all of downtown was packed actually, so one slight miscue with my dinner was understandable. That being said I would definitely return to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rhubarb still a little tart
    Pochen
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Had very high expectations which were mostly met. Three out of five dishes were perfect, the other two were too reliant on salt to get the flavor up. The room was almost too noisy for conversation. The service was excellent. I would go back without hesitation. The menu is creative and invites additional sampling.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noise level
    Finedine
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food terrific. Noise level so loud that I could not communicate with the person sitting next to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Best old fashioned ever. My husband had the duck and it did not disappoint with flavor galore and cooked to perfection. We also had the autumn sharing salad and it was a hit plus we started with their special popcorn, which tastes like an adult version of crackerjack, but with a sweet and salty twist. A MUST GO when in Asheville. The ambiance adds to the warm and hospitable flare. Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. Do yourself a favor and GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS Farm-to-Table food!
    mmd88
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything from the salad, to the wine, to the entrée and dessert was delicious! Everything made to order. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Asheville gem
    carolinaeater
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We sat at the bar and enjoyed a memorable meal with excellent service--by far the best during our Asheville trip. The scene was comfortable and lively but not distracting. Two highlights of the locally-sourced, elegant but unpretentious meal included the wood-roasted hen of the woods and goat-cheese gnudi. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in a long, long time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were seated immediately upon arrival, all of the staff was friendly and efficient and helpful, and the food was simply spectacular (lobster corn dog and gnudi for me). Chef Fleer was active in the kitchen (this was a Sunday night), and our waitress said that he is there 7 days a week. Would be a regular at Rhubarb if I lived in Asheville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Attention to Details
    Hometownguests
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The waiter and hostess took the time and explained the dining process. We ate family style and the food was served in courses. Although the presentation was unusual, for me, having been pre-warned helped. The food was fresh and I felt that the nutrients were still in tact as nothing seemed over cooked. This restaurant is located in an action packed area, convenient to shops, theatres, and tasteful sidewalk entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I found it very noisy but so is everyplace else. Next time I would sit in the bar. The hamburger I had was just OK the salad drowning in dressing very greasy the fries to hard cooked no flavor. Not sure if I would go back for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Menu options sounded great. Actual food was bland, disappointing, and only average in quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Really enjoyed the outdoor dining experience, lots to loo at and see with street band and spectators. The drinks were phenomenal, very inventive and fresh. The appetizers were also very tasty and innovative. Especially like the lobster corn dogs. The meal itself was good, but not great. Both my husband's and my food came out luke warm and there wasn't anything special about either meal. With a little salt (it was a cut of steak), bit was better. All and all I would recommend this place, but set your expectations. Its a good meal and great atmosphere, but its not going to change your life.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    Leesburg
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Table for two at the front. Really like the rustic look. Great menu with a diversity of options and local ingredients. Our server was very knowledgeable. The cheeses were very good. The pork flatiron was just okay. The roasted chicken was good. Feel like we could have ordered better. Would be happy to go back try a few other dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Probably a one time visit
    Nsmartist
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The service was fantastic. The menu was too confusing. We spent more time trying to decipher the menu and our options than actually dining and enjoying the food. We feel like we are fairly sophisticated diners, so I don't know who the demographic is that the restaurant is calling to. It was actually too much "work" to figure out what to eat. We go out to eat to be fed wonderful food, served with grace and hospitality...not to put a puzzle together. We were on our way to the theater. Perhaps if this were our only entertainment and we had enough to drink, we would have enjoyed the game. One more thing, sadly...the underlying hum of the exhaust fan from the kitchen was very annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must try lobster corn dogs
    usafunVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Unless you're allergic to lobster, you really should try the lobster corn dogs. They're amazing, full of flavor with slight kick and the sauce it's served with is quite tasty. The pork meatballs were okay, would prefer more flavor in them. The goat cheese gnudi was plentiful in a delicious sauce and the duck confit was very good as well. Waitress was exceptional and knows the dishes well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The small plates n salads was great
    billreedredVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Been wanting to go here seeing all the magazine articles about the owner chef. So on the recent visit to Asheville had dinner with wife. We started out with the lobster corn dogs n oysters. Oysters were the bests then the fall salad for two and it was great ready enjoyed the large salad $18 but worth it after the salad we was full n did not order a main meal. Total bill with 2 drinks around $60 with tip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lives up to the hype
    JohnDavid
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We are always wary when a restaurant has lots of hype, but I think this one lives up to it. Great menu with lots of unique items. Cocktails were really good. The service was one of the best features - our waiter was incredibly helpful, always available but never hovering, polite and engaging without being over the top. Scallop corn dogs were fantastic. I had whole trout, which I loved, though I substituted mushrooms for the fennel, which I'm glad I did. My wife had the goat cheese gnudi which I can still taste in my mind. Portions were very sufficient except dessert - which was great, but a bit small. I only wish we sat outside - they have great outdoor seating and inside is a bit loud. Get reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite a menu
    foodforthought
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My friend and I shared a lovely local cheese platter and Charcuterie plate with homemade crackers. It was a great starter. We weren't very hungry and had watched plates go by and the servings were pretty large, so we opted for a grilled octopus appetizer which was disappointing. It appeared that the most popular dish being served was some kind of kale salad served on round piece of squash that had been cooked in the large open fire oven. The other dish that looked appealing was the local trout. We would try again but our first visit was a little disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Unique selection of menu items for each course, all wonderfully delicious, plus excellent service from knowledgeable waitstaff. We cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Supper
    Phlipboy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A really nice way to cap off an anniversary vacation to Asheville. With a great staff from bar to table service, the Sunday Supper is a great concept that provided a special and memorable experience for my wife and I. It was great to hear from the head chef that the Sunday Supper has always been his vision.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem of a place on Pack Square
    aodsifun
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The service was top notch. We had the Sunday Supper and it was all delicious.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Garden and Gun
    BourbonBuddy1
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Read about John Fleer's new place, and also had the fortune of having his food at Blackberry a few years back. Really, good, great service on Sunday night. (Luke, I believe, was our waiter.) Already recommended it to a couple the next day,.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    SueFood
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We wanted to lunch at Rhubarb on Sunday while driving through Asheville. We made reservations with Open Table. We were traveling several hundred miles before passing through Asheville. When we realized we would not arrive on time, we called to let them know. They were so nice and told us to come on. The service and food were excellent. We will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in every way.
    TheTimmonsEatOut
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was impeccably designed, crafted and executed. True to most fine dining establishments, portion sizes were on the smaller side. (This is, of course, in comparison to the enormous portions at most American restaurants.) Had the pack square cheese with honey and pickled blackberries, beet salad with pickled rhubarb and pine nuts, and the duck confit with chard and sweet potato cake. House chocolate dessert was delicious, with the goat cheesecake being good but not quite as up-to-par with the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious but....
    JumS
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is yet another restaurant that continues the trend of a loud, boisterous environment, a spartan interior and uncomfortable seating. Despite all of that, our meals were artfully prepared and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot chocolate may be best on Earth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Enjoyed a very tasty Saturday brunch at Rhubarb during a visit to Asheville. But most importantly - bar none, their hot chocolate was the best I've ever had. It included big, amazing homemade marshmallows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robert
    AsheVegas
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Right in the heart of the Asheville Downtown Scene! Food was excellent! Not inexpensive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FinanceGuy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Rhubarb was high on our list from all the reviews, but the food did not live up to our expectations. Our beat salads were good except for the excessive salt on both of them (why oversalt anything - just let the patron decide how much is right!). Our daughter ordered a steak entry which was very tough. Whoever was preparing the food the night we were there (10/3/14) was not up to the comments others have written about. On plus side, great location and good ambience and the menu is very creative.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zeusdog
    Zeusdog
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Probably the best restaurant we have eaten at in a long time. Wish we lived closer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • forrest1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was poor. Chicken and pork tough and extremely salty. Very disappointed will not return.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch treat in Ashville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Traveled 120 mi to try this gem! Server was very knowledgable ....food wonderful! We enjoyed the decor too! Very creative as was the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Place to Be Seen
    Martha
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nice and trendy and yummy food. I loved the creative approach to the menu and items offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Very good!
    SaraMVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I really enjoyed my dinner at Rhubarb! The food was very good as well as the service. I met the Chef and he is so nice! This restaurant is really a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold food and bad service
    southerngal
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I definitely wouldn't recommend a visit to Rhubarb. Our server couldn't answer any questions correctly about the menu and even brought my husband the wrong entree. She didn't even try to offer his correct order and we were charged the full price! My fish entree was served with cold fish and side items. Overall a challenging experience and I wouldn't recommend for anyone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super!
    Goodie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    So good I bought a gift certificate. Loved sitting on "veranda" watching people and listening to love music. Our waitress was SUPERB. Kind friendly helpful but knew when to keep a low profile. Wish I knew her name...she had great big turquoise earrings if that helps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Retiredbookie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Everything from the summer Sangria to lobster corn dogs to octopus salad to duck confit to spicy chocolate dessert was incredible. This is the hottest restaurant in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some great, some ok
    BKtravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Our waiter was wonderful and our seat in the window perfect. We split an 1st course of roasted vegetables and it was fair, a couple of good and favorable vegetables but the eggplant hard and chewy. Our 2nd course of mixed green salad & squash was ok. However, the entrees were spectacular (chicken and fish). Overall I left pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    cindiVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    What a great restaurant! The food and service were outstanding. The five of us had the brevette steak, which We were unfamiliar with. It was delectable. Very innovative menu. The "brick" cake for dessert was remarkable. They deserve to win the title of best new restaurant.
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  • Amazing Food
    jtenVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was excellent all around. Brown sugar-benne popcorn was reminiscent of Cracker Jacks. Seasonal squash salad and goat cheese gnudi were especially wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yoda Strkes Back
    merlin
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    John Fleer is not longer at Blackberry Farm and the public is the beneficiary. Blackberry was so expensive, and faux exclusive. Rhubarb is neither and for common folks to have the opportunity to experience the food of one of the finest chef's working in America is a rare treat. Fresh, inventive, wonderful dining. The father of modern southern cooking, working at a level which is extraordinary and fun. Worth the trip.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Just ok - fab wood fired oven and grill barely used
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    • Noise LevelQuiet