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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
  • "Food and service were very good, creative offerings."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "What a wonderful surprise Rhubarb was. The brunch was fantastic -- everything from a lovely omelet for me to the Duck Confit Hash for my husband with perfectly poached eggs. We wish we had eaten dinner there the night before!!!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We ordered small plates to share, all of which were very good- the cheese plate our favorite. Although I really had not expected to order dessert here, we did, and were pleasantly surprised to find this was our favorite course. We chose an outdoor table on a beautiful summer night-- but did not realize that the nearby park had blaring techno-dance music going without stop until 10 pm. I would have chosen an indoor table had we known-- perhaps this is every Saturday? Ask the hostess."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have greatly enjoyed the food twice, but the "scene" is much too loud -- buskers outside and a heavy thrum inside that makes it difficult to hear one's dinner companions. I would advise diners not to sit in the room with the open kitchen in the summertime -- it was uncomfortably warm on a recent Saturday night. We might try again when tourist season is over."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "No wonder this restaurant and its chef, John Fleer, have been written up everywhere. Divine food, great service, pleasant atmosphere. Everything we tried was delicious and beautifully presented. Try the lobster corndogs. Seriously, sounds crazy...but what a treat."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "wonderful creative menu. we enjoyed a dinner from the small plates, great variety and the grilled octopus salad and lobster corn dogs were our favorites along with the peach panacota for dessert. Great wine list and creative bar drinks."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We greatly anticipated our visit as Rhubarb was highly recommended by friends. Service was generally attentive but they may have been a little understaffed on a Thursday night in the summer. We had 4 shareable plates-- 2 were very good- the asparagus and the mushroom omelette. The mussels needed more or different seasonings and the lamb meatballs, while tasty, were so small they were not worth it. The cheese plate for dessert was very nice as were the cocktails. We would give it another try when back in town."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I was in charge of arranging a dining experience for 5 visitors, all VERY well-traveled so I was a bit concerned about my choice but I know John and his staffs work so I went for it. We had a great time, the food was amazing and I have never heard so many compliments at a meal and seen so many clean plates. My group was still talking about the experience the next day?"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Although the food was good it was not what I would expect from an accomplished chef. The service staff were friendly but it appears that they seemed disorganized in the proper processes needed to provide excellent service. The outdoor patio was pleasant however the interior felt like a warehouse and was extremely loud."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Amazing food, phenomenal service! Not sure I would go in a large group and eat inside. It's a bit loud. But what an amazing meal!! Definitely will be back!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The menu and ambiance are outstanding! Have already told many to try most interesting menu that I have seen in a long time!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Recently written up in "Garden and Gun", Rhubarb is one of the best finds in the city! The food, atmosphere, and service are outstanding! Each time we go I try something new and have never been disappointed. We are devoted fans!!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Rhubarb is a neat space in downtown Asheville. There was plenty of space outside for eating outdoors and people watching. The food was pretty good, but not outstanding. Our server was fantastic, which was a pleasant surprise after the lukewarm reception by the host. He helped us pick a delicious wine and made our dinner a fun experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A friend recommended that we try Rhubarb. We aren't really foodies and were out of our element at a trendy place like this. We loved it. We had the Lobster Corndogs for an appetizer. I had the trout and my husband had the pork tenderloin. And yes, my son had a grilled cheese! The waitress was super helpful and even deboned the whole trout for me. She helped us interpret the menu. The prices were reasonable as well. Would definitely return when we get to Asheville again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The restaurant is located in a very convenient central location, attracting a high level of pedestrian traffic. Dining area is decorated in a pretty cool retro style, but the lay out exacerbates the noise level, which at times is excessive. Good vine list, but limited menu, that is promoted as local organic. Pricing is too high for the quantity and quality offered."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We made reservations here for a group of 4 ladies. We tried a little bit of everything. We shared salads, entree's and desserts. The cocktails were great!!! All the way around. The food was amazing. No cons to share - everything was perfect. We were celebrating a special occasion get together that only happens on a rare occasion and it was perfect for our dinner outing. The server was very professional, knowledgeable, prompt and kind. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our first visit to Rhubarb proved it will not be our last. The mid-July day in Asheville cooperated with mild temperatures so we enjoyed sitting at a table on the outdoor patio, listening to a couple of musicians streetside. We started with a cheese plate and Prosecco. The diner may choose the cheeses from a selection or 10 or so and we appreciated that flexibility. Our entree was the double patty cheeseburger made from organic, grass-fed beef with a touch of Benton's bacon for extra flavor. Again there is a choice of cheeses- pimento, cheddar, or gouda, all served with hand-cut skinny fries. It was the best burger I have ever eaten and we were told they hear that from many other patrons. Be warned that parking is tricky downtown."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Took a chance on Rhubarb and was not disappointed. Great location in the middle of downtown and phenomenal food."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Does it again! Enjoyed his food at Blackberry Inn several years. Rhubarb does not disappoint..................."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "the staff and ambience is very cozy and friendly. The menu is very good and the wine selection was also nice."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Rhubarb was a gem! Great ambience! Will be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "My vegetarian wife and I were looking for a place nearby the brewery we were at for some last minute anniversary plans, when we stumbled upon Rhubarb on yelp. She was intrigued by the Gnudi (Ricotta gnochi) so we walked up the street about 9pm for dinner. THe place was quiet as the dinner crowd has mostly left so we had the place to ourselves. She got the gnudi and I got the sea bass and they were both incredible. We are foodies at heart and love creative flavor combos,, but the clever combinations of flavors the chefs created were surprising and perfectly executed. We savored every bite and loved the entire experience. The modern take on the flavors of Smores was a nice, delicate way to end the meal. Thank you! We can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "really loved the cocktails and the lobster corndogs"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "My wife and I ate here a few weeks on a Saturday while on vacation. Located right in the heart of downtown, its a very lively spot, but maybe a little too much with all the street performers right in front on the sidewalk. I usually don't mind the hustle & bustle, but not necessarily the rear ends of tourists crowded on the sidewalk next to the outdoor patio watching the show. We opted to eat indoors & found it to be ver good, if not excellent. Food & service both top drawer. We have also eaten at the chefs other restaurant in Cashiers, and find Rhubarb to be close to the same quality."
    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
  • "This was our second visit to Rhubarb and again it did not disappoint! Fantastic!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As an out of town visitor, I enjoyed the experience."
    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
  • "From the cocktails to the dessert, you will be sure to find something you have never had before. Delicious appetizers & entrees sure to tantalize your taste buds!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This place is foodie paradise -- a creative menu that is well-executed, an excellent wine/beer/cider list (the cider is a standout), and engaged and very knowledgeable servers that can make your meal a real event. The atmosphere is casual and energetic, but don't let that make you think that they don't take the food and the experience very seriously. The only gripe is that their AC has trouble keeping up with the open kitchen's heat in the summer -- 80 degrees (yes, I could see the thermostat) is too hot for me to sit comfortably. That being said, I can't wait to go back when its cooler and dive into that menu again!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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
  • "I made reservations 3 days in advance. Upon arrival at the restaurant we walked by the lovely al fresco seating, a quaint interior room, and were seated in a hot deconstructed back room adjacent to the kitchen that left me feeling as if I was dining in Silent Hill. Service and food were just okay. Their Comeback Sauce tastes the same as Bookbinder's Sriracha sauce. I wouldn't recommend coming here for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Outstanding food even for a jaded New Yorker. Beautiful bar. Friendly knowledgable staff."
    Dined on 6/27/2014