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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Rhubarb reviews from OpenTable diners
301 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (226)great for outdoor dining (151)special occasion (96)hot spot (85)neighborhood gem (73)notable wine list (62)romantic (61)great for lunch (57)good for groups (49)great for brunch (35)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (16)scenic view (15)vibrant bar scene (14)Show More
  • All around wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were here visiting Asheville and read wonderful reviews about this place. They did not get it wrong. We had a wonderful time eating dinner at this restaurant. The food, service and ambiance were fantastic. Don't skip dessert...we had one given to us for our anniversary and one chocolate ravioli that was to die for! Also try the lobster corn dogs...so so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fit for foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Not only is the food from farm to table, but the unusual paring combinations of vegetables and or sauces with the main course is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a Visit
    JTIIVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food is very good and original. Very, very noisy though. Sit outside if weather permits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Ate here for lunch...great food and awesome people watching! We'll be back next time we're in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TN Food Chaiser
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Chef Fleer's Sunday Supper is a hit out of the park. The food pairings as well as the wine pairings were excellent. The expectations of Chef Fleer for table service is also apparent - attentive to the customer's needs, friendly and exact. Sunday Supper at Rhubarb is certainly a must for anyone visiting or living in Asheville!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent dinner. Loved the chocolate ravioli and lobster corn dogs.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot with wonderful food
    Mimi04VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Creative southern food from the former chef of Blackberry Farm. Food was outstanding! Only wish it was closer to home! (DC). Service and space top notch, casual, comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Think they're doing you a favor
    Dafz
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Booked from Open Table for 8:00 had to wait 30 minutes anyway. Water server came by a couple of times so we finally gave him our order. 30 minutes later we asked for some bread so we wouldn't starve. Finally our appetizer showed up "Frito Verde" Had been under the heat lamp too long. Very tough, crispness long gone. A fellow stopped by our table who admitted to being our waiter. We'd been at our table well over an hour! Eventually our mains arrived. I had the duck confit which was excellent. My poor wife had ordered the Squash "cassoulet". A half cup of half-raw lima beans and rice topped with half a grilled squash ($17.00). Enough. Asked for the check and were double billed for the wine from our snooty waiter. Never again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for local selections
    twjwdining
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    These largely locally sourced foods are very superior in quality, and cooked extremely well in imaginative ways. We selected dishes with local, wild mushrooms since some friends source these for them. Fantastic! The also have locally distilled spirits, and that was a great find for us. Service (our server was Michael) was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We highly recommend this as a "must do" while doing the foodie thing in Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Unexpected Treat
    bettyboop
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was a rainy night in Asheville and we were not in the mood for dining out, but we had made plans with friends from out of town to dine here. The evening surpassed our expectations. From the friendliness of the staff, to the interesting dishes on the menu i.e. a wild mushroom omelet served almost as a crepe, we felt it was an outstanding dining experience. Our friend asked to have her trout filleted since the waiter explained it was served whole, and it was presented beautifully. We were not rushed and the food was well presented. I highly recommend this restaurant. (I would suggest dining outside if a seat is available as it is great for people watching---even on a rainy night after 8:00PM!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative cuisine
    bjjb
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    On our second visit, we found the food as inventive as ever, the service impeccable, and the wines by the glass limited but well chosen. Our only unpleasantness came from being seated in what turned out to be a noise tunnel as a result of the loud, unceasing chatter of a young woman. My back was to her and for a time I thought her voice was being piped in with the music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • geat
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    outstanding service, okay food, need more diversity in menu, more eatables for the boring. Some sandwiches were good as was soup. Very responsive to gluten free customer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice lunch, not spectacular
    Buck
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Group of 4 had a nice lunch. Our waiter was professional and personable. Our food was nicely timed and we were never rushed. This was lunch on a Monday. I had the market plate (excellent), one of us had the Rhuburger ($2 additional for a slice of cheese - a little high), one had the pressed chicken salad sandwich and one had the trout entree. The trout was $15 and was miniscule in size. Our guest ate it in about 60 seconds and was still hungry - that is a lot to pay for less than an appetizer portion. We had the rosemary almonds for an appetizer and they were good but we could have used some extra plates to put them on instead of all of us reaching into a tiny (but cute) little bowl. Too many fingers in such a little bowl! (germs).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A go to restaurant.
    Mikey
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a downtown restaurant in and old building and has been left very rustic and were seated in a narrow store front window. The service was prompt and excellent down to keeping the water glasses filled. We both had fish and my meal was very complex and delicious but my wifes fish was nothing special with some underseasoned sides. We both had excellent appitizers. The wine list was very good with a complete range of price. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip to Asheville
    Lovey
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From the cocktails to dessert, Rhubarb delivers. The heirloom tomato salad was the best ever. We loved the squash and pork entrees and the desserts were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    MikeDeas
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Rhubarb. Instead of each of us getting a dinner entree, we decided to share several dishes from the "sharing" menu. Paired with a lovely riesling, it was a delightful meal! We found ourselves eating as slowly as possible to make the party on our tongues last a bit longer. The ambience at Rhubard was casual chic, and although we ate enjoyed the vibe on the inside, the outdoor dining with a view of the street (sidewalk) scene looked inviting as well. What's more, we had a delightful server. Rhubarb was a wonderful culinary experience and we will definitely return the next time we are in Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Asheville Rhubarb
    Billybites
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    All about the food. We enjoyed excellent cocktails, two different small plates (the "lobster corn dogs" were so delicious that we had to have a second set), three full plates (duck,chicken and my first ever gnudis) and finished with a couple of unique desserts. it was the kind of meal that I will remember for years and it was flawlessly prepared and delivered by an able and professional restaurant staff. I don't often spend over $200 (with tip) for my family of three to have dinner (no wine) but Rhubarb left us talking about the food well into the following day. If you are willing to pay for locally grown, expertly prepared food that is cutting edge creative and served in low key, authentic Asheville style, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new place!
    Bill
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Highly recommend! Not your usual menu which made it very interesting. Must have their lobster corn dogs! Reasonable menu prices but wine menu prices were high. I did not recognize many of the wines. Our bottle of Malbec was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maybe the best meal I've ever had!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you've anywhere near Asheville, be sure to plan a dinner at Rhubarb. My wife and I drove over from Louisville, KY and it was well-worth the trip. The food is inventive and delicious. From appetizer to dessert, each bite was perfection. Well done John!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were the last reservation so maybe that's the reason for the service experience. We were seated promptly and the server was friendly and did allow us to taste a few different white wines before we decided on one. But after the initial contact, our server failed to check on us frequently - we had to get our own wine from the shared ice bucket that was kept a few tables away. Despite the service, we enjoyed the food. I'm a vegetarian and husband is not and he enjoyed my food more than his. I had the LG pack square cheese and the summer vegetable crostata (our favorite). He had the oysters and lamb ribs for snacks. We shared the Gnudi for our entree which was delicious.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    First time there, will go back. The osso bucco with grits was outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stunning
    sheplaw
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Rhubarb is top-notch. When changing my reservation by phone, the hostess was friendly and engaging. When arriving early, we were greeted warmly, and waited at the bar, which was a very pleasant experience. The décor and style of Rhubarb enhances the experience. My partner and I sat outside for dinner, and our server went out of her way to answer our questions about the menu ( my partner is gluten-free, which was not a problem for Rhubarb). We met Chef John Fleer, and were completely impressed with his warm personality, friendliness, and overall helpfulness. The food was unbelievable. Fresh. Tasty. Unbelievably good. The wine was perfect with the meal. We also had the best, most unique dessert ever. I cant wait to go back .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem in Downtown.
    KimberlyWNC
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Rhubarb has a modern American menu that would appeal to any foodie! Their mussels were fabulous as well as their burgers and chicken salad sandwich wrap. Dining on the patio is an enjoyable experience where you can listen to the many talented street musicians and enjoy the view of Pack Square. Service was outstanding and a great way to connect with friends over a relaxing and delish lunch! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best meal I have had in ages. We tried several restaurants in Asheville and this was by far the best! The duck was superb. Our waiter was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Food That Rocks
    CharlotteSusie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We made reservations for dinner on a holiday weekend for a table of four. We were seated within 3 minutes of arrival. Unfortunately, we were seated next to a couple with a screaming infant. The screaming baby made our visit intolerable for about 10 minutes until the couple finished their meal and left. After that, we had a wonderful experience. We could hear ourselves talk, had creatively prepared and delicious dishes , and very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John Fleer is an artist
    JustG
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It is not extremely difficult in a city like Asheville to find a wonderful restaurant. However, it is difficult in almost any city to find a restaurant that manages to be creative without being cliche. Rhubarb is a gem in the restaurant world. The food is excellent without trying too hard. The environment is beautiful in the way that it incorporates the building as it was found and the space that it was intended to become. The idea of a "Sunday dinner," a set menu meant to be shared at a table with friends or strangers, is brilliant. It reminds us that food in Rhubarb is not about showing off, it is about being experienced. Dining at Rhubarb is about creating memories, and memorable it certainly is!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our dining experience started with the hostess rudely looking at us as if she was wondering why we would enter the restaurant in the first place. We even had a reservation and she was still very cold and snobbish. The place was busy so we were patient about the wait but it took upwards of 10 minutes to get our drinks ordered and so we then just ordered food as well. The service did get better once the restaurant started emptying. The drinks were great, especially the manhattans and rhubarb sodas. The food was good... The chicharones were over cooked but the lamb ribs were tasty along with dessert and the scallops. Overall it was ok... Not my favorite place in Asheville.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I can't hear you!
    nandie50
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Maybe it's just me, but I can't quite reconcile the decor and ambiance of Rhubarb with the food and the service, both of which are excellent. The distressed/urban/industrial (Read: ugly) effect of that long wall in the dining room and the deafening clamor throughout the restaurant competed with and in large part defeated the effect of the very delicious and beautifully prepared food. Back to the drawing board at the designer's would be my suggestion.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Would go back for the gundi It was awesome! But the noise level is pretty high! Service was great.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Vernick
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I really enjoyed my meal at Rhubarb. I sat at the chef's counter and was able to get a good view of the kitchen while eating. The service was a little bit on the slow side (although extremely friendly - and genuinely so) but the food came out really quickly once the order went in. There was typically just a couple of minutes between courses. The restaurant was fairly full (it was a Saturday night) and I was really impressed with how easily the kitchen seemed to keep up with the rush. I enjoyed the food quite a bit and thought they had a great selection of wines by the glass. Cocktails were well made also. Overall a very good meal and a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in the food
    BobKVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were there for lunch, so perhaps the dinner is better. The server was less than attentive and the food was disappointing. The Monte Cristo was dry with very little meat and cheese and the frys were over cooked.
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  • Delicious brunch
    lynnedn
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I took my mother-in-law there for her birthday with my husband and sister-in-law. The food and service were excellent and the ambience was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing in Asheville!
    nette5348
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Read a write up about Rhubarb in Southern Living magazine and it caught my interest. We were not disappointed! Rhubarb is in the heart of Asheville's vibrate downtown district. The food, the service and the ambiance were perfect! Recommend, recommend, recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Meal in Asheville in a while
    Libba
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our meal could not have been better - we had the grilled trout, the gnudi (amazing) and lamb ribs. Everything was delicious and we are discriminating. We live in Asheville and it's always a big decision where to go for a special meal, and now Rhubarb is one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • A lunch spot downtown
    LetseatVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful for lunch: great service, fabulous food, a perfect place to celebrate a special day...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Food met all good expectations
    paul
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had heard about the chef and the excellent food he prepared and we were not disappointed. Every bite was delicious and memorable. Try to get a table outside ( weather permitting) instead of in the dinning room as it is TOO LOUD for conversation. I understand the concept of "turning tables" but the wonderful food should be enjoyed , the atmosphere relaxing not endured. This seems to be the Asheville "scene"- good food- loud dining rooms. Ever Onward.......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT
    winedineexplorer64
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Based largely on what we read on their website -- which praised the chef to the hilt as a repeat "James Beard Award Winner" -- we decided to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary at Rhubarb. What a disappointment! Although we enjoyed the appetizer of Lobster Corn Dogs, the remainder of the meal was quite run-of-the-mill. The service was fine, but the meal could best be defined as "small portions of bland food, priced way too high". Wish I could report something more positive, but I'm a big fan of candor.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a great meal at Rhubarb. I enjoyed the gnudi over perfectly sauteed wild mushrooms and baby butter beans, while my husband had the steak, served with green beans and field peas. We shared the lobster corndogs, which were playful and delicious. Definitely a meal worth repeating!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Great for dinner--lunch barely OK
    Glory
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were excited to try this restaurant after having dined numerous times at Chef John Fleer's other restaurant. We had a wonderful dinner and decided to try it for lunch the next day. Dinner was superb, but I cannot say the same for lunch. Lunch service was slow. I asked for the steak which was part of a salad to be well done and it came back rare dripping with blood. After sending the meat portion back, it was returned rare. It also was returned after I had finished the rest of the salad. We will be back for dinner, but not for lunch!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent dining
    Susan
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Enjoyed our evening dining at Rhubarb- appetizers were intriguing-3 cheeses and lamb ribs- main dishes were imaginative and delicious! Very good wine and reasonable too. A delicious share-able desert, we will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.