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Rhubarb Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rhubarbasheville.com
  • Phone: (828) 785-1503
  • 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. Also, a local guest farmer will host our weekly convivial community tables. It’s not just “farm to table”, it’s “Farmer to Table”.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "I like sitting outside and enjoying the activity or in at the chefs bar. Barbecue lamb appetizer is a favorite"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner Thursday night -- so we went back for lunch on Friday! Excellent service both times. Wish we lived nearby so that it could be one of our regular spots."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I always give a restaurant three tries. First, I appreciate the small and imaginative small menu. Second, the simple interior is comfortable. Last, a great location for people watching, and centrally located in downtown. I am very patient, and understanding, and not demanding. Each time I have eaten here, I come in with high hopes, and leave with an "It was OK" attitude. We were once seated promptly, but then forgotten about, and after about ten or more minutes, had to go back to host stand to inquire about service. It was prompt from then on, but no apology given. Another visit provided medium temperature food. Overall it was just good, but it is just another restaurant that hasn't raised the bar for Asheville dining."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Rhubarb and again it did not disappoint! Fantastic!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We got there and the seated us in main dining area overlooking an open kitchen that had this great wood fired oven. But this is in July and it made room too warm and so we sat outside which was nice but not as intimate as indoors. I would go back in cooler times. The appetizer was really nice, mussels, with fennel, not what I used to but very very good, maybe a bit on small size. In fact that is the theme for rest of meal. Food was really good, excellent in fact for my duck confit. But portions small. We shared the appetizer, had a full meal, shared a dessert but as you might guess, almost tiny. Ice cream scooped it seemed with a mellon baller? I did not feel full when leaving and it was over $100 meal. That is my only issue with place."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We ate after 7/4 weekend. Place was quiet and they were out of our selected wine 'due to busy weekend'. Food was good, but not outstanding. Decor is 'industrial' and spartan. Okay if you like that kind of thing, but they should at least repair broken floor tiles. Server was knowledgable and friendly and outside tables were busy. Not a stand out experience for a town renown for good dining opportunities."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Had Sunday brunch here - the restaurant was mostly empty. The cruffin (much touted on their sidewalk board) was not memorable - not bad, but certainly didn't live up to expectations. The omelet was mostly bland except for the caramelized onion. Potato hash-cake desperately needed seasoning - and when I think of "potato hash", I would have thought browned and some texture...neither was present. No issues with our service."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "As an out of town visitor, I enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I visited Asheville this past 4th of July weekend. We dined at Rhubarb on Saturday, and celebrated my boyfriend's birthday. Everything from the food, the cocktails, service, and the ambiance was incredible! Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped guide us through his favorite menu items. We love trying different restaurants every time we visit Asheville, but Rhubarb is definitely our new favorite! Thank you for the great experience! We will be back! :)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "First, the service was excellent. We were waited on by a variety of people, waters always being filled, and our main waitress was just superb and lovely. We started with a cheese plate, which I highly recommend. When we finished the bread it came with our waitress brought us more bread, no questions asked! The gin and tonic my boyfriend got was the best I've ever tasted. He had two appetizers for his dinner; lobster corndogs and a lamb korean-style dish. I have never seen him in such food heaven as when eating the lobster corn dogs. I got chicken, which was juicy and delicious. Overall the atmosphere is quaint, adorable, and romantic, and the service and food is top notch."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great concept especially in the "return to the 70's Asheville ambiance. Had an expensive bottle of wine that was "turning" and the manager agreed and quickly gave option to replace. Inside restaurant is very noisy..so we asked for outside which was much better except for the street guitar/drum and bell duo that set up right outside... I guess you have to expect this sort of "entertainment" in Asheville, but definatly took an edge off enjoying our meal. Would i recommend? Sure but with caveats.... menu is very different, lobster corn dogs with more scallup than lobster, goat cheese knudis that were well prepared but lukewarm ... i would suggest go early rather than later... might be less noise, distractions and faster delivery of food."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Delicious outdoor dining, right in the heart of Asheville! Food was delicious, our waitress was so friendly. Will definitely hit Rhubarb again!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Had Sunday Supper. There were only two of us but we sure were wishing we had friends traveling with us to join in the family-style meal. The food was wonderful and a great deal for the money. This is a great concept, whether you join for the communal Sunday Supper or bring only yourself or a small group, it is what we all love about food-creating memories with family and friends around a great meal, relaxing and talking all the while."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Much of the food is cooked in wood fired brick oven. VEry fresh local produce-- grilled romaine lyonnaise was ace, as was the veggie tempura-- The smoked buttermilk dressing w/ the veggies very tasty Excellent house made salume---- The house made saltines were a real tasty treat-- and appeared again in the chocolate torte crust Flat iron staek also delicious & perfectly coooke- Everything on every plate complemented everything else on the plate. This place is worth the trip, the chefs have great palates"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "French toast was heavy and tasted like it was made from wonder bread. Omelette was greasy and totally uninspiring. We were very disappointed in the food and would not return for this reason. A great pity as service was good and the restaurant quite pleasant."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Outstanding food even for a jaded New Yorker. Beautiful bar. Friendly knowledgable staff."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "On its own and well together. Perfect portion sizes for lunch and enough variety that all were well fed. Vibrant spot on busy corner makes for great people watching on the patio."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The Sunday supper menu was delicious. The meal included several appetizers, several sides for the entree and a variety of desserts. I recommend this choice as a way to sample many of the offerings at Rhubarb."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We recently celebrated our anniversary at Rhubarb and had a great meal. The service was excellent and the food was too, with great New Orleans jazz playing at a perfect volume level. I don't know why this restaurant is not in the top 5 in Asheville on every food-oriented website. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our overall experience at Rhubarb was quite good, although in contextual reference to Asheville's other fine dining restaurants it is seemingly mediocre. The food flavors were quite magnificent, but the food pairings were not well thought out. Also, the portions were rather small, even for fine dining."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Rhubarb seems to be trying very hard to accommodate the foodies. My wife and I being part of that group, found the combination of flavors, flavorless. The lobster corn dogs were okay, but the PEI muscles and the broth they came in, were The worst I have ever had. The salads were overdressed, the duck confit was overcooked, the server was pitifully ill prepared and inexperienced. I would recommend the noodle shop next door (which I'm not fond of) over this place. Aside from the location and the ambience, Rhubarb has missed the mark entirely in the growing world of upscale Asheville restaurants. This surprised me seeing as we waited over six months for them to work out the bugs and kinks. Need more training front and back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great place for folks into creative dishes! The lamb ribs with kimchi, the gnudi, and the berber pie are all inspired. A good range, though a limited number, of wines by the glass."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our Sunday evening at rhubarb! The trout was the best we have ever eaten. CrIssy our server was fantastic. Next time in Asheville, we will return!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent menu and food preparation. Chef Fleer has it nailed. Will definitely come again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went to Rhubarb to celebrate my husband's birthday and it was perfect! Great food that I already knew would be phenomenal because I know John Fleer's food and the restaurant fits him perfectly! Loved it and we will be back!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This nifty spot right on Pack Square serves the best Bloody Mary I have ever had. The food is creative but not weird. Market vegetable plate was amazing! Our server was extremely well informed. If you sit on the patio you can enjoy front row seats to the local street musicians, truly delightful experience."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We like Rhubarb but hate the music. The restaurant plays loud music that is annoying. During Sunday Brunch we chose to eat inside even though it was a beautiful day because there was a street band playing. Turns out they were great and we had terrible music inside competing. Food - Croque Monsieur with bologna? Just trying too hard to be hip. Chicken/bisquit had great chicken but the bisquit was too tender to stay together. Disintegrated making it an ugly mess. Each component of the dishes had top notch ingredients - just bad when put together.The service is outstanding as is the location. There's a reason they weren't packed."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We were expecting better, we were told it was good Six of us and no one was happy with her choice: the baked kale was difficult to chew, like paper and tasteless; my salad had jarring tones like the salty trout; the polenta dish was miserly and pricey; the chicken salad tasteless............."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The beet salad was delicious. The sauce that went along with the trout and latkes was one of the best and most interesting sauces I've eaten ... and this coming from someone who has eaten in some of the best restaurants in the US. WONDERFUL! You can't go wrong!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was absolutely outstanding! Save room for dessert because its well worth it!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The portions are really little...no bread is served with the meal. Also the music was so loud during lunch that I couldn't carry on a decent conversation. The gal turned it down but the music was all wrong for lunch time."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants of all-time. Our dishes were unique and very well-made. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Outstanding in every way!! Exquisite gluten free dessert created on request! Laura was a most delightful server!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We met friends from graduate school days that we had not seen in 40 years, so we didn't know what they like to eat. After checking out the menu on line we decided this would be a good choice and it was. Our service was great, and the food was wonderful, made with local, fresh ingredients. I highly recommend the duck confit and the strawberry rhubarb fried pie! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had a small family dinner there and were looking forward to the menu we had read, especially because we had some dietary restrictions at the table (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, as well as meat eaters). I had the pickle and meat starter which was interesting, followed by the beet salad, and the mahi-mahi. Both the salad and the fish were very over-salted. At first I thought it might have been just my taste, but others at the table also commented on having too much salt. The two who had the cauliflower entree loved it, aside from the salt issue. My fish was over-cooked and was a very small portion (three short tail sections) and again, too salty. The service was very good, however. We will not return, though."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We loved the food and the owner even told us how he makes one of our favorite dishes of the meal. However, our server was horrible, and we didn't even get everything we ordered."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "There were 5 of us and we ALL thought it was really great. We tried almost everything...apps, salad's, mains but passed on desserts. Even the cocktails were unique and tasty. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Asheville is lucky to have John Fleer's restaurant expertise among the many other great chef's in town. Rhubarb is a great dining choice!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Loved this new spot in a strong dining scene. The carrot cake and beet salad were inventive versions of standard menu items. Well done!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The menus selections were wide in scope and our food was excellent."
    Dined on 5/23/2014