The Admiral
The Admiral

The Admiral

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theadmiralnc.com/
  • Phone: 8282522541
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner service from 5pm - 9:45pm Monday -Sunday.
    Late night Friday and Saturday until 2
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ivan Candido
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
  • Entertainment: After dinner on Friday and Saturday we clear out our dining tables and transform the dining room into a unique dance floor. Voted best place place to dance by Mountain Express.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There are a limited number of spaces on the property. Street parking is available. It is permitted to park in Builders First Source's parking lot half a block up on Haywood Road.
A word from The Admiral
Relying on timeless décor, gentle service, and inventive cuisine the Admiral serves delicious food without the restraints of convention. The menu changes daily to utilize seasonal flavors, locally produced foods, and new ideas. Reservations are strongly suggested, although bar seating is available on a first come first serve basis.
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The Admiral reviews from OpenTable diners
327 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (268)neighborhood gem (205)special occasion (177)romantic (94)hot spot (68)late-night find (41)notable wine list (41)vibrant bar scene (29)good for groups (13)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Was my birthday, and thought it was way up to the task of being special and fun for that. LOVED everything, great food, funky decor (I have an interior design company in Asheville, designed Carmel's years ago, so more critical than most). Even drove back into Asheville from Hendersonville (had just gotten home from work in Asheville). WELL worth the drive. Will be back. Jean Greeson
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nancy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Every single dish on the table was tasty and excellent. The food is so good it distracts you from normal conversation. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again -- impressive!
    PageLewis
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place consistently appears in Asheville's top 3-5 restaurants, and although it lacks drive-up curb appeal, it redeems itself "admirably" with food, service and overall excitement in the experience. The menu is imaginative and everything done to perfection. Pairings of ingredients, sauces and sides are remarkable. Make your reservations at least 3 weeks ahead for a prime time slot. We save The Admiral for special occasions -- anticipating the experience of the food and happy service as a bonus prelude to the celebration. Space makes seating a large group not so easy. Best to go with another couple and keep it an intimate sharing of something very special in the dining world that's Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a high class "dive"
    supersweet
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    the admiral has retained all the charm of it's former life as a neighborhood dive bar (and a cozy one at that), but with a small kitchen (open for all to see) it serves up some truly excellent fair. the oysters & beef tartare were standouts amongst dishes that were all-around excellent. the cocktails (cucumbersome & front porch) were also really, really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing experience
    mojo33VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    you wouldn't know it from the outside of the building, but this restaurant is certainly one of the best dining experience my wife and I enjoyed over our extended weekend in Asheville. The ceviche and quail eggs for apps were perfectly made. For entrees scallops and lamb were incredible. For dessert we had the chocolate cake. Overall, I look forward to coming here everytime we visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Fantastic
    FX14VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    One of the best restaurants. Been here many times and it's always right on. If you are looking for a down to earth relaxed ambiance with incredibly prepared and great tasting food you go here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    Brianna
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have been hearing about The Admiral from a foodie friend for several years. Now we live in Atlanta a good four hours away from The Admiral, but he would always claim the drive was worth it. He called it a "pilgrimage" of sorts. When my boyfriend and I arrived our table was not quite ready yet, but they immediately seated us at the bar for cocktails while we waited. The "cucumbersome" was delicious and refreshing--a must-try for gin enthusiasts. Waitstaff was amazing; they were very honest and knowledgeable about the food. The menu changes daily so I will not make recommendations, but we tried almost everything on the menu, spending ~$200 after tip. It was worth every penny. Be sure to have at least 2 hours to fully enjoy this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down at my birthday dinner.
    avlfoodie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    1. We had to wait 20 mins for our table to be ready for our reservation. Drinks: The dark and stormys were amazing! Appetizers. my date's app did not arrive until 10 mins after I finished my oyster app. The oysters were fresh and clean but were the worst tasting oysters I've ever had. I love oysters and these literally made me cringe after every one. The cheese plate on the other hand was great. The raisin chutney was a new and exciting flavor. The menu said that my scallops came with Risotto yet they arrived on a bed of mashed cauliflower and were overly salty. The pork chop was over cooked and extremely tough. The Mac and cheese it was served on was much better. This was our 2nd visit and it was a let down.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had heard good things about the Admiral, but we were blown away by just how good it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SVJ66
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    A "dive" bar with superb cuisine - what a great combo; and our meals were excellent. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great/ Server Dull
    Iworkinakitchentoo
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    If you want great food but boring servers, this is the place for you. Chefs rock it out, but the servers look like they hate their jobs, and act like they were never taught how to smile or be personable with strangers. Hmmm, maybe they spend so much time on texting and twitter, that they forgot how to communicate. When asked about the food, they acted just as bored and disinterested. Would go back to eat the amazing food, if there was a chefs table and they served it...this way I know at least the people serving it to me would act like they love the food, and have a smile on their face as they watched us devour their incredible creations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time at Admiral -- impressed!
    troutjock
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I'll add my review to the long list of accolades for this neighborhood "dive." The thoughtful menu included items to satisfy any foodie: vegetarian, beef and seafood selections. The service was polished, yet friendly. I especially enjoyed the servers immediate realization that my partner and I wished to "graze" from many selections from the appetizer and small plate menu and brought the dishes out accordingly, as we finished and at a very relaxed pace. I found it noteworthy that although Asheville is a 7 hours from the coast, that the seafood was as fresh and impressively prepared. I enjoyed watching the chefs work-- a busy night, but never frenetic, a testament to the thought and care that has gone into this West Asheville jewel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpectedly Amazing
    rcm87
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    After driving past The Admiral two times, and realizing they don't have a parking lot, well one that holds more then 3 cars and being told this is a fine dining restaurant but the building is nothing to look at, but once you walk in, everything changes. We ordered a couple drinks which were very good, and then ordered 4 small plates, and the two of us could have gotten away with 3 small plates. The beef tartar came on a large cutting board with many extras. Very good, probably the best I have had. Shortbreads were rich and delicious. Flat Iron steak was seasoned and cooked to perfection. Next time in Ashville we will be back for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HoneyB
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This place is truly nothing to look at (a cinder block building) but the food is fantastic. Love that they have several different "sizes" to choose from because I can very rarely eat a full size dinner. My husband and I both had seafood even though we live on the coast of South Carolina and both items were out of this world. The waitstaff was very helpful, friendly and attentive without hovering. We will definitely be back the next time we visit the mountains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dont Judge a Book By It's Cover!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Just as others have commented, this is a place you would not just stop in! We found the service from out waitress was superb with complete knowledge of the menu. Very accommodating when asked to split a meal for the ladies. The food was exceptional from the salads to the entrees! Do not pass up the short rib! The best ever. Advance reservations are a must. Do not miss this one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected More
    Admiral
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I was anxious to try the Admiral and although I wasn't wowed the food was good. The fried green tomatoes were more cheese taste than tomatoes and the pork chop was not tender. The ceviche' was good and server was knowledgeable but would not rank the overall experience as more than good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Admiral
    wmvafoodguy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've been to Asheville several times - this is clearly one of the best restaurants the city has to offer. It's off the beaten path and known as a gem by the locals. I will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    eateateat
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The service was amazing as well as the food. Every dish was incredible and the staff was helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend you try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I am a chef and rarely totally enjoy a meal but this was great.....only drawback dessert....got choclate cake and it wa at best so so...otherwize perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    OL2HVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Visiting Asheville (from San Francisco) and enjoying the W NC mountains hiking and biking, we were told that Admiral was one of the best places to eat in town. We were certainly impressed. Everything, repeat everything was superb. I had the pork chop and it was the best I ever tasted, perfectly done. The accompanying collard greens were sensational. Service was great, and the prices very reasonable. We give Admiral Five big stars !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    MsJayne
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Don't be put off by its exterior appearance - lovely gem that stands our in character and it's food! We found The Admiral while searching for someplace to eat that was within a few minutes drive from our hotel. Small and intimate so make reservations so you will have a table. Service was pleasant and fast. Portions were just right too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Redfox
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place was recommended to us and we were not disappointed. The entrée menu is limited, but we both enjoyed our entrees very much. The Heritage pork chop was excellent and my wife loved the braised short rib. We chose the fried pickle appetizer and it was the best, very different from what you'll usually find. Our server was attentive, yet not annoying, he did a great job. Taking all into consideration, worth the trip from Hendersonville and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Never disappoints, great food, great service and well made drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appearances are deceiving
    Oldguitar
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Admiral is a world class restaurant masquerading as a dive bar. Service is attentive, and the food is uniformly excellent. Our group started with the best fried green tomatoes ever, and followed with beef short ribs, fresh trout, scallops, and a plump, juicy,pork chop. All were outstanding, and quite reasonably priced as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Pfoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food has continued to be outstanding. Our favorite place in Asheville. The service and the energy of the Admiral is really fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Admiral is a gem
    JimmyMac
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Only my second time there and it was outstanding again. A great kitchen, innovative sauces and the server made a great red wine pairing for the entree. We lingered until late and the staff were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    Robert
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Dinner and dessert was great. It was the best meal I've had in a while. I wish I had the recipe for the rack of lamb. I would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • moftir
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I enjoyed it very much. My husband thought it was too pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met expectations
    Ronb
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Very good food except for a little too much salt in the lobster tagliatelli. Server seemed tired and non-inspiring. Still overall a very good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    Giancarlo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food & service were great, as was true when we were there a month and a half ago for the first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dance night
    mur67
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    great meal, great service, fell completely apart when the DJ walked in, starting removing tables while we were still eating. Totally get the after hours vibe, but then don't take reservations at 9. Asked if we should move to another part to let them clear, waiter said no. When we left , the only table still standing was ours, while people waited for us to get up.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, vibrant clientele
    busyguyinGreensboroVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food was great. I really like the ability to order small portions so I can have salad or appetizer and not feel overly full at the end of my meal. The atmosphere is very "active", indicating that the Admiral is a very popular place in Asheville and attracts groups of people over and over again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Admiral Experience
    Nancy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was yummy and the service was great! I can't wait for our next chance to visit The Admiral!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beyond expectations
    Lojo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My boyfriend and I were in Asheville for the night celebrating his birthday and someone we met at a wedding suggested The Admiral. The food was beyond expectations as well as the service. All of our dishes were timed perfectly.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    Rena
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Wonderful food. Pen joyed coming with folks who had not been before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • as always
    feast4theeast
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    again and again the admiral delivers. wonderful food, service and overall experience. my go-to place to bring out of town visitors. this week was family from florida. next week is family from hawaii.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Special Event
    ashvillelovebirds
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We came to the Admiral to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and eat some outstanding food. We had high expectations and we were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We arrived for our reservation and found parking difficult ( the only real downside ) We waited approximately 10 minutes for reservation ( we did not consider this a issue ) The wait staff was extremely friendly The food was excellent
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good food, o.k. atmosphere. I think I would have rated it higher if there had not been so much hype about how fabulous it was. It was very tasty but I guess I was expecting spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    gilge
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    As usual the food was fantastic. There were five of us and we ordered three entrees and four small plates. Everyone enjoyed their food. I always expect and get some unusual food. The leek mash I had with my steak was great and something I had never heard of. The horse radish aioli was perfect with the steak. The wait staff was very attentive. We had two people taking care of us and they were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic