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Rhubarb Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rhubarbasheville.com
  • Email: info@rhubarbasheville.com
  • Phone: (828) 785-1503
  • Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:30AM- 2:30PM
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:30PM - 9:30 PM
    Tuesday - Closed
    Friday 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and 5:30-10:30 PM
    Saturday 10:30 AM - 3 PM Brunch and 5:30-10:30PM Dinner
    Sunday 10:30 AM - 3 PM Brunch and 5:30-9:30 PM Dinner

    Please call 828-785-1503 for additional table availability.
  • 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.

Each weeknight, Rhubarb brings the kitchen family table to the restaurant and invites families and all comers to join in Family Meal. This fixed menu supper is served weeknights at 5:30 at community style tables for a limited number of guests. Family Meal menu is posted weekly on Fridays for the upcoming week.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "We sat at the bar right where the food is being prepared… quite a show…. seeing the pace and intensity of the four cooks… and we got to see all the dishes as they were served… great presentations…ours was perfect…. the owner was very much involved checking on each dish to make sure it was right before it was served… wow and yum yum.."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A relaxed and friendly environment enhanced by thoughtful wait staff personnel. Our party enjoyed sharing a few 'starters' including the scallops dressed up like corn dogs and the tasty kale chips. We also shared bites of each other's entrees and all were really delicious -- lamb, trout and the vegan cauliflower plate. Our little group dines out together frequently and includes a vegan, so we were very happy to see more than one choice on the menu for her. The rhubarb citrus sorbet was the perfect light sweet to end the meal. I'm sure we'll go back soon!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Rhubarb certainly lived up to its billing from an ambiance and food standpoint. Tasty food, great service from the waitstaff, comfortable atmosphere. But….the price tag felt like a bit of a tourist gouge. They've got the location, the great write-ups, the award winning chefs etc. So I understand the why of the pricing and more power to them if they can command and get those prices. But to me it falls in the same Asheville category as Curate and Table - wonderful places with really good food, but a pricing ego that outstrips the high quality of the food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was limited in my selection. Few dairy free, gluten free choices."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal and experience so much that we made a reservation for a return visit. The next time we hope to sit at the counter and observe the cooks/chefs prepare the amazing food."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Who knew there was room for improvement in this town's food scene? Came down from NYC for the weekend and got a table here. Food was inventive, fresh and cooked to perfection. Hoping to incorporate this on all future trips."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "On a cool day, the chestnut apple cream soup with creme fraiche was very welcome and delicious. I also chose a salad with faro, sautéed kale, roasted beets, topped with an herb dressing. The combination of flavors were perfect. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We look forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "This was my second time at Rhubarb; loved it two months (or so) ago, nothing special this time around. Lots of dependable places in town- I'll give it another shot, but cannot recommend from most recent experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "On Pack Square in the old Finkelstein's Pawn Shop with great people watching potential. Interesting roughed out interior was quiet for an early dining time. Nice bar, wine list acceptable and wait service very accommodating. The evening menu was eclectic to say the least. Portions were adequate and entrees were very tastey. Lamb dishes were especially well received. Meats prepared a la plancha (on the grill) were very nice. A little pricey, but you are, after all, dining on Pack Square in the foodie city of Asheville."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "John Fleer's Rhubarb continues to provide excellent food and excellent service at good prices for the quality. Every dish we have tried is a mixture do different flavors and textures that bring a Wow! Factor to each bite."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Our party of three sat at the chef's bar, where we could watch the magic in the kitchen. very enjoyable! We shared a number of small plates and it was all delicious. The gnudi were light and airy, the meats and pickles plate very nice, particularly the light and flavorful liver pate. We also shared the beet salad and the lamb ribs. Cocktails delicious, wine selections by the glass were a bit limited, but each one we selected were very good. would definitely return next time we are in Asheville."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Service was great but the food was just ok. My husband enjoyed it more than I did I felt that the presentation of the food was poor and he ordered a cocktail that tasted like mouthwash. We will come back and try again as it came recommended from a few friends and perhaps is just figuring out its way as a new restaurant in a big foodie town."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "First time visit. This was a great surprise. The food was wonderful. We had lobster corndogs, chicken, lamb, and rhubard & rye for dessert. I look forward to return visit."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have been waiting to try this newer restaurant - it was highly recommended by friends. It did not disappoint. Great service, amazing local cheese plate and the entree (flat iron steak) was cooked perfectly and served with flavorful side dishes-the kale was out of this world. A new favorite in Asheville. If you're local this has got to be a place you take visiting guests."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Can't believe I once again have a new favorite restaurant in Asheville; the restaurant scene just keeps getting better. Food quality amazing. Ambience perfect Asheville style. Service superior. And the best location in town, right in the heart of Asheville on Pack Square. We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a lovely lunch, great service and it was hard to pick which item to have for lunch. The kale chips were outstanding."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Another good dining experience from John Fleer. Will be more interesting when all the fresh farm products come in this Spring and Summer."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We love exploring Asheville's dining scene around Pack Square and Rhubarb has really grown a following, from what we'd heard. Now we understand why. We sat at the kitchen bar and enjoyed one of the best dining experiences we've ever had in Asheville. John Fleer's cuisine and hospitality shine here...Highly-recommended!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Server was gracious. Food was very tasty, creative and delicious!!!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wonderful to sit at the counter watching the food being prepared--speed, enthusiasm, but attention to detail. Friendly and attentive staff. Everyone in the restaurant, young and old, groups and couples, seemed to be enjoying themselves. Plenty for carnivores, vegetarians, pescatarians. Creative yet simple dishes for many tastes with some great snack appetizers and hot sauce made in-house. The tastes of Canyon Kitchen in an urban setting."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding, be sure to try the lobster corn dogs with comeback sauce. We ordered a second serving!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Rhubarb and what a nice surprise. The drinks, food and service are on a par with any fine dining reataurant in Asheville. But what sets them apart is the way they prepare comfort foods in a unique and fun way. A perfect example is the Lobster Corndog, an item I have never seen on any menu, but one that should be on every menu. Fanatastic! The cocktails are also unique and thoughtfully prepared. Team service was spot on and never obtrusive. Try this restaurant and you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "From the lobster corndogs ( no hotdog in it) to the sweetbreads and waffles ,this menu is full of surprises! The Pickles and Meat (pates and pickled veggies) and the lamb entree was delicious!! Didn't have time to check out dessert. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had dinner at Rhubarb my first night in Asheville and nothing that followed came close. Crispy kale chips are so full of flavor we ate every bit along with some delicious rosemary sea salt pecans. The presentation of the lobster corn dogs with "Comeback" sauce is clever but, more importantly, they are divinely delicious! My entrée was goat cheese gnudi with sautéed shallots, local mushrooms and pumpkin seeds for yet another texture. Those delicate little pillows of mostly goat cheese melted in my mouth. Our light lunch a couple of days later consisted of soup and a beautiful salad followed by fried apple pie and a "best ever" peanut butter cookie. Service was attentive and everyone so friendly. Don't miss this place."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Other than the loudness of the place it was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and service marvelous. I have already recommended it to friends."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "They really try hard, but it was just okay. There are other restaurants in the area that are much better. For example Table"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Soon after John Fleer was told we were from his home town, he appeared at our table for some laughs and we made connections to family and friends in other cities. Looking forward to stopping by on our next visit to Asheville!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We went to Rhubarb for a family event - all adults - after hearing all the great press. Rhubarb definitely succeeds in being a relaxing yet fun and sophisticated atmosphere for dining, a farm to table experience and some of the dishes were very good. The lobster corn dogs, the gnudi and the rib appetizers were excellent. Members of our group found the fish, the chicken and the cassoulet to fall under the "okay" category. Two of our diners had a difficult time finding something on the menu that was of a more simple and direct nature so I would suggest a somewhat flexible group. Overall I would have to say that it did not measure up to expectations."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We ate lunch here recently and loved it. Very tasty and clever fresh southern food. I had the Local Lyonaisse salad - grilled romaine, local egg, ham and fingerling potatoes with a really nice light dressing. My husband had the turkey pot pie with an outstanding biscuit crust. We got there at the tail end of the lunch hour and while the staff seemed a little harried covering both the inside and outside dining areas, they were very friendly and helpful in helping us choose from the menu (so many good sounding things!). There is a great outdoor dining area that looks out on the main square in Asheville - great place to people watch, listen to street musicians and enjoy very good and creative cuisine. We will return for dinner."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the flare of the food and great wait staff"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Great service - informative and not obtrusive. A little noisy, but not enough to keep us from coming back - often."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Rhubarb is my new favorite restaurant in Asheville. Fantastic attention to detail and really fantastic food, service and ambience. If you love gourmet small plates you will love this place."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We were really hoping for another gem in our great dining town, but Rhubarb falls short. All 4 of us found ourselves not really knowing what to order. Too many entree meat dishes, and only two "so-so" fish choices. Salad choices too complicated and not one good mixed greens salad. Food was mediocre. Service was good. Menu recipe descriptions are over the top complex...trying to sound fancy and exotic which ends up being confusing. Prices are surprisingly high for Asheville...please, this is not Miami! And charging for bread?! Wow! Restaurant was remodeled nicely but something needs to be corrected with the patio doors being used by people coming in and out thinking it is the main entrance. This disrupted our dining with cold air blowing in."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant. The menu was very creative. We ordered several small plates and a main dish. Although everything was outstanding the beet salad was absolutely amazing. It had perfectly roasted beets, spicy arugula, wild chickweed, and edible flowers. A creative, beautiful, and totally yummy salad. Although prior reviews said that the service was not great, we had no issues with that. Our server was attentive but not annoying, timed our dishes perfectly, and kept the wine and water filled. She was great. Five stars on this one."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The menu had a number of interesting selections, which may be the reason for the prices. Very nicely redone interior but the noise level made it hard to carry on a conversation. Based on the menu selections and prices, there are better values in Asheville, NC."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "......a wonderful restaurant in downtown Asheville!!!! .....tucked away on Pack Square, you will not want to keep this restaurant a secret!!! It is WONDERFUL!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "In this restaurant all the money and effort is put into the food (little into the décor). And it was money and effort well spent. Not only were menu items highly unique but they were wonderfully executed. The open kitchen adds to the enjoyment"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "First and last time.. Service was good, you can't eat presentation !!! It all looked good, I'm not paying for looks on my plate. Not enough food to feed a cat, 2 people 2 appetizers 1 salad 2 entrees $80 and then went next door to eat sushi to get full... Way to expensive for what u get... A lot of other places you can get twice the food, half the price"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Rhubarb is a relatively new restaurant in downtown Asheville, located across from the Vance Monument, Diana Wortham Theatre and the Art Museum. The decor is creative, unique and interesting, as is the food. Four of us, residents of Asheville, and regular restaurant-goers in a town filled with excellent fine-dining venues, shared four different appetizers, three of which were unusual, not to be found elsewhere - all four were tasty. Small plates and entrees are available; two of us had entrees, the others had small plates, the portions of which were quite ample - all were very good. Our waitress was attentive, but too eager to choose a wine for one of us, when no assistance was needed nor solicited, a rather irritating start to the meal.."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "A new take on fresh dining that should please even the most hard to please"
    Dined on 2/24/2014