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Stable Cafe - The Biltmore Estate

Stable Cafe - The Biltmore Estate Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.biltmore.com/visit/dining/stable.asp
  • Phone: (828) 225-6370
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Brian Hough
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Thank you for choosing Stable Cafe - The Biltmore Estate. Please remember, estate tickets or a Twelve Month pass are required to visit the estate and dine at The Stable Cafe. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McDowell Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Biltmore House guest parking lots, with shuttle service available.
A word from Stable Cafe - The Biltmore Estate
The convenient location next to Biltmore House, friendly hospitality, and delectable food make the Stable Cafe a popular stop after visits to the house and gardens. And the ambiance of the historic surroundings in the renovated stable complex is unmatched.
Enjoy lunch specials like the Stable Cafe Sampler of spice-rubbed smoked ribs, pulled pork barbeque, and herb-roasted rotisserie chicken - truly a barbecue lover"s delight! Sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and irresistible desserts round out the daily lunch menu.
Biltmore tickets or an annual pass are required to visit all restaurants on the estate.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Beautifully renovated former stables -- tables are within the original stall areas -- very cool. We got the barbecue sampler which was fairly tasty, but a little expensive. Service was very good. A little pricey, but most things at the Biltmore are. We were late for our reservation and they very graciously seated us almost immediately."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Barbecue was very good and cole slaw was delicious!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed lunch in this interesting "stable" atmosphere. The food was great offering a good variety of options. Our server was pleasant and efficient."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It is an interesting and fun place to eat when visiting the Biltmore Estate. Interesting conversion of a beautiful stable to eatery. The staff couldn't be friendlier. However you can't just drop in for lunch unless you have an annual pass to get into the estate. I would make it a point to eat there when visiting!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "On my recentvisit to the Biltmore I dined at the Stable Cafe. I am watching my food intake and found a pleasing spinach and arugala salad. I had thechickenone day and the shrip the next. Go for it and enjoy theproperty and this eatery."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Pleased as usual. We visit here often when going to Biltmore."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We ate at the Stable Cafe when it opened at 11:00AM on a Tuesday. It wasn't real busy initially. They serve very quickly and get you back out to enjoy Biltmore sites quickly. I had to send back the first plate because it had things I was allergic to. After that, I enjoyed my meal."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food was not as good as we've had many times before being Biltmore pass holders for years. Side salad was small and way overpriced. The entree chicken salad had nothing else but chicken and green lettuce that was not that good. For some reason half of the BBQ ribs in the entree were not that great and the other half were very good. The food was too hot on the outside, but not heated on the inside. This makes me think Ii'm getting microwave heated food. On prior visits we have had better food all the way around. It seems that this restaurant is cutting back it's quality to customers."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Good and consistent! Unique atmosphere, friendly and organized service, and good menu variety. Since it was Memorial Day, I order the hamburger which had a big side of fries, garden fresh lettuce and tomato slice, and the martini was perfect. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The service was fabulous! Our server, Whit, went out of his way to make our lunch memorable as we celebrated our 42nd anniversary! The setting was unique, the food excellent for the price and the attention to detail was truly appreciated. The location to the estate allowed us to book additional tours after lunch. We would highly recommend enjoying a meal next to the estate at the Stable Café."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We arrived early but were seated right away. Our server was friendly and earned her tip. The food was delicious and generous. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This restaurant is typical of Biltmore's good quality and service. It seems a bit more informal than some of the other Biltmore restaurants, but is very comfortable and convenient to the mansion and gardens. I especially enjoy the ribs."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The BBQ sampler is a wonderful mix of meats, pickles, slaw and grits and is an even better deal if it is shared. Plenty of good eating to go around,"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Yes, the restaurant is located in a beautifully restored stable, and our booth was in one of the stalls. The location next to the Biltmore mansion, which provided a break in our long day at the historic Biltmore Estate, was welcome. Our two entrees included a spicy pork stew and a sausage reubin. Both were excellent! We finished with a blueberry upside down cake with home made ice cream and a lavendar honey caramel sauce. Everything was great, including our friendly server, and the atmosphere was fun."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We have enjoyed eating at the Stable Cafe when we were at Biltmore. It is a little pricey for lunch, but a very nice getaway from the crowded outside dining area, with much better food. We did have one complaint though, we had a large air-conditioning vent on the floor next to our booth and we had to put our jackets back on because it was so cold. They need to add a "baffle" on these vents to redirect the air AWAY from the table. This might feel great in mid-summer heat, but on a nice spring day it was not pleasant at all, kind of ruined what would have been a very nice lunch. So make sure you get a table away from these large vents unless you don't mind the chill."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Wonderful food, excellent service, special surroundings... This was a most enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our lunch last weekend at the Stable Cafe. They seated us promptly in our "stable" and our server was excellent. We were with some out of town guests and they were so impressed with the ambiance...really cool! Our meals were served quickly and they were delicious. We are season pass holders to the Biltmore and will be sure to try the Stable Cafe dinner as well."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We went to The Stable Cafe on Valentine's Day as a treat. It was fun to see how they changed a stable into a lively restaurant. The food was good and it is always nice to be on the Biltmore Estate. We are season pass holders and so we also received a discount - a nice plus."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food here is a lot of estate grown or locally grown which is awesome. I had the bison burger with pimento cheese spread. Way too much cheese spread, which made it almost impossible to eat without a fork and knife. French Fries were my favorite -- absolutely delicious. Service was not rated as excellent because when they brought refill drinks, empty glasses were left on the table. Also, when I asked for another napkin it took a long time to get one (and I really needed due to messy burger). It was a nice start to our afternoon at Biltmore Estate. Wish that they would add some small bites on their menu, as these are really dinner sized meals, and I would love burger bits, or more luncheon sized meals as an option."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Four of us went their for a quick lunch between Biltmore tours and it was perfect. I had the barbeque and it was outstanding along with the slaw. The service was efficient and courteous. The ambience was unique so all in all it was the perfect lunch solution!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My husband ordered the Stable Cafe Sampler... it was fabulous!!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The southern barbecue was good. Food is a bit pricey but to be expected in a captive setting."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Our family group of 5 made reservations for the Stable Cafe for 1.5 hours before our house tour time. The timing was perfect, as we were seated at our table on time, served in an efficient but unrushed manner, and left with time to explore the Stable shops before the house tour began. We admired the variety of menu items with different ingredients, preparations, and sides from the usual fare at other casual restaurants. Each of us enjoyed the food immensely. The stable atmosphere is fun and authentic. We recommend this restaurant. We will definitely make eating there a part of our next visit to the Biltmore House."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Everything on the menu could best be described as comfort food taken up a notch. My collard greens were the best I ever had. So good we got the recipe. My husbands hand made sausages were delicious. We did have an issue with a bus boy dropping a tray of dishes on me. To their credit they cleaned it up and paid my dry cleaning bill and comped the meal. I have to say that they handled much better than many restaurants would have and therefore we will be back Had a waiter I think we've had before. Excellent service"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We choose The Stable due to its convenient location and proximity to the Biltmore Estate. We had been to The Stable previously for lunch and I would recommend this restaurant for lunch, but not for dinner. Our dinner experieince was not the best. The salad was great but the vegetable dish my friends' had was overcooked. My steak was grilled correctly but it was not the best cut of meat. My friend had to send her steak back, as it was tough. Spoon bread was tasteless. The server was great and very focused on us having a great experieince. She was personable and very interested in us. She represented the Biltmore well. Our dessert was just okay .... The Stable was very convenient and again was better for lunch than for New Year's Eve dinner."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Loved it. Had a family Christmas gathering before "Christmas Candlelight" at the HOUSE. Everything was perfect!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Third time we have eaten at the Stable Cafe. Each time was excellent in every way!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Everything looked so good; we couldn't decide what to order. With that being said, we selected chicken salad (divine), the sampler platter - ribs, pulled pork, and chicken, brunswick stew and the bison burger. Everything was delicious and our server Kevin was fantastic."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "I am a lifelong horse owner, so sitting inside a beautiful stall with a white tablecloth table, just added so much! The food was excellent as well as the service. Such a special and wonderful experience."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We ate in one of the "stalls" which typically go quickly. This was the barn used by the Vanderbilt family for housing its horses, and it is massive. Server was delightful. Food was expensive (3-courses included) but quality was good. Portions were appropriate. I had the ribeye which was very good, along with garlic mashed potatoes (I substituted that for broccoli). I wanted the gnocchi but they wouldn't allow that as a side item (it was one of the main dishes). Again, it's a fun experience, not overly romantic (quite loud, actually) and the food/service was excellent."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We decided to brave Biltmore on their busiest night of the year - Dec 28th - and were happy to get out of the crowds and into the relative quiet of the Stable Cafe. It is the old stable after all, so the vaulted space encourages sound - however the booth set up in one of the stalls was cozy and made conversation possible without raising one's voice. Since we were there during Xmas, the decorations added a lovely glow to the space - but I imagine it would be a nice venue throughout the year based on their attention to detail in the decorations. As for the pre-fix menu: the potato soup, salmon and warm eggnog bread pudding were fabulous - the other meal of beet/goat cheese salade and berry tart was excellent, but the steak was too grissly."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Booked candlelight dinner at The Stable to be close to house for candlelight tour of house. The food was disappointing. We ordered steak and specifically asked in order to get it right. The steaks were not prepared correctly and had to send back. The steak also was very fatty with gristle. Not worth what we paid for the meal."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Food and service was very good. Prompt and efficient. Entire staff seemed customer oriented."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Enjoyed our lunch immensely. Food was great - each of us ordering something different. Would love to eat there again."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The bacon creamed corn was out of this world! My daughter and I don't enjoy collard greens so they honored our request for buttermilk mashed potatoes which were really yummy. We were undecided about what to eat so we had the sample plate for two all the meats were good but for the ribs, baked chicken and pulled pork , the pulled pork was the best. Great tangy BBQ sauce on the side. Can't speak to dessert as we were too stuffed with lunch to try any."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "My husband had never been to Biltmore Estates. I had recently visited with friends. We had dined in the Stables and I thought that the atmosphere was great. We used to own a farm and have helped to run a farm all of our 28 years as a couple. I knew that my husband would enjoy the atmosphere of this dining experience so I made reservations. He did love the workmanship that was involved in the building of the barn and he also loved the food. We had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We have been to the Biltmore House many times and we always try to eat lunch at the Stable. The servers are well trained in people skills and the food is great. We like the open, high ceiling, horse stable atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Great place for lunch while touring The Biltmore Estate. We had reservations, and we were glad as it was very busy since it was only 2 days before Christmas. It is right next to the main house. Food and service were very good. Would recommend to anyone touring the estate."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "This is the fifth time I have dined here and it has always been outstanding. The food is outstanding and the service was exceptional. I highly recommend stopping here for lunch during your Biltmore visit."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Great wait staff, were quick polite and friendly. Food is great but comes with matching price."
    Dined on 12/21/2013