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The Admiral
The Admiral

The Admiral Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theadmiralnc.com
  • Phone: (828) 252-2541
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner service from 5pm - 9:45pm Monday -Sunday.
    Late night Friday and Saturday until 2
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American, 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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
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Diner Reviews
  • "Another wonderful food experience. My son had the pork chop, I had the halibut each was excellent in its own way. I've dined at the Admiral quite a few times and it has never disappointed. Is it pricey, a bit, but so are other places in town where the experience is much more uneven and unpredictable. Here you know you'll always dine well."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great food, great service. I love the dive bar atomosphere. The cheese plate was fantastic. Also, don't miss the Friday and Saturday night late night dance party."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "After trying numerous times to get a table we finally found out what all the fuss is about. The food is excellent and the service is off the chart. The Admiral has a romantic atmosphere and great ambience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I heard about the Admiral for years and finally made it there for dinner. It lives up to it's excellent reputation. I was very impressed by the service and food. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Dive area, dive building, devine experience. Not the area one would usually want to stop. The building would make a great biker bar. But very enjoyable experience in this eclectic jewel."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Online, OpenTable refused to expand number of persons beyond 5 for reservations. The restaurant was unaware of this , while 3 tables and other seating sat empty the entire time of our meal. This did not improve our experience and it was not the the restaurant's fault. "Lose, lose" We lost, the restaurant lost."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This is a must-go for any foodie that finds themselves in the Asheville area. Make reservations, as there is limited seating available and the place is always packed, even on what would seem like off-peak days and times."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We went to the Admiral on a trip to Asheville due to the fact that it was recommended. When we arrived we weren't sure if we were in the right place because there were no cars outside and the place was quite small. However, when we got inside we found the place packed. The food was very good, as was the wine."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Don't be put off by the parking situation (pretty nightmarish) or the appearance of the building (pretty run-down) -- arrive a bit early to find your parking spot (I parked on Michigan, south of the restaurant), and simply go in. You will not be disappointed in your meal. In fact, our meal was fantastic! We had appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts, and we were heartily impressed all the way around. The service was terrific as well. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but I've had worse meals that cost a lot more! We would definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We loved the neighborhood ambiance. Service was only average. Our food was excellent. The wine list lacked an "oakey' Chardonney. Our wait person was happy for us to try the "house wine" as it was the most buttery, oakey. It was not what we were looking for. We finally decided on the French Rose, the closest to a decent bottle of full bodied white that we could find on the list. We enjoyed it, but an addition of a buttery Chardonnay would be a great addition. Food was amazing."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The Admiral is not for those seeking the familiar, but is great for those interested in trying creative, imaginative variations on old themes. Menu offering both small and large plates makes it easy for members of a group to try many options."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We have tried for years to make a reservation on a weekend when we were visiting Asheville. Of course, we were worried it might not live up to the hype and a little nervous we'd disappoint out of town friends we had invited. All the five starreviews we read, were spot on. Everyone agreed it was a fabulous meal and worth a special night in Asheville. Reserve months in advance if you want a weekend reservation. We plan to return with more friends!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Anyone with any appreciation for food and/or the culinary arts must visit The Admiral. The food (and cocktails) are absolutely phenomenal. Every dish is so delicately prepared with the utmost attention to the detail of every ingredient - and it shows. I visited The Admiral for the first time 2 years ago and haven't stopped thinking about it since. It IS that memorable. I was in Asheville last week and was pleased to see that the establishment was able to provide, once again, an above-average dining experience. I can't even highlight any one dish on the menu because everything we ate was spot-on fabulous from small plates to entrees to dessert. And we ate a LOT."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I had been to "The Admiral" once before, but it was more of a group party crash thing. This time I booked my own reservations, and my date is of Korean heritage and lived in NYC for a bit as well, so I wanted to impress her with some international cuisine: this restaurant did not disappoint! The waitress was extremely nice and read my request per the online reservation and had our food ready in time for us to make it across town for a movie. Well done, excellent international food and great quality, and it is a definite "win"!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "No kidding, The Admiral was the best dinner I've ever eaten out. Every part of the meal was just spectacular."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Second visit to the Admiral in W. Asheville. It was just as good as the first visit. My partner and I shared the tomato and peach salad which was divine. He had the broiled scallops and I, the halibut. The flavors for both dishes were amazing and although neither looked like much food, we agreed that the course was plenty filling. That said, we squeezed in an incredible piece of the chocolate cake for dessert. The emphasis was on the dark chocolate, not on the sugar. Very edible and the perfect finish to a fabulous meal. Don't let the exterior of the place, nor the location put you off. This is a must when in Asheville. Reservations are necessary, as the place is very small. Book well in advance for a weekend night."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "As usually the food was delicious. My wife had steak and I had the pork chop. My only complaint is a minor one. With the pork chop one time I had a mushroom stuffing that was to die for. I wish it was a side all the time with the pork chop. Service was good and the beer list was also generous."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Food was unmatched. Admiral expects guests to linger for 2 hours without being rushed"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "From the tomato/peach salad to the ceviche, scallops, and then ridiculous custard with basil ice cream and peaches - everything was terrific. We also left so obsessed with the Felsina Van Sento dessert wine that we bought several bottles at the wine shop afterward. Scrumptious!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "You'd never think this cinder block building had such a nice restaurant inside. Glad to know talented restauranteurs don't have to put on airs to show good quality. Really enjoyed this gem in the neighborhood and will return."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The Admiral restaurant's staff and food was a true culinary experience! Do not miss this adventure!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Would never have stopped due to location and outside appearance unless recommended. Once food arrived, glad we did."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Fantastic meal. I had mussels and steak, and both were great. It took quite a while to get our initial drink order, but everything else went off perfectly."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food was AMAZING! Best food is Asheville by far. Completely blown away by the quality of our meal. Unforgettable!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This local gem is worthy of our daughter's recommendation. The menu is not extensive, but whatever we chose was perfectly prepared, and went well together: the sauce, the condiments, the presentation, the service. Our reservation was a little earlier in the evening than we like. However, it was probably the perfect time as the establishment would be a little too cozy and too noisy when it gets full and would dull the experience (in our view, a good meal deserves its enjoyment with a tiny bit of silence). All in all, it's worthy to make the effort to stop and find the parking place. We will be happy to repeat the experience and do wish that the chefs would add more choices and more vegetarian fare."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Very limited menu with no hives for sides. For the adventurous it is great"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We really enjoy this restaurant. It has been reviewed so many times there is nothing creative that we can say. Great cocktails, food, service are all up to expectations. We like the new-wave location. That does not seem to deter anyone. You still have to reserve your table."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This is my 4 Th. time here. Consistent quality and educated service. The atmosphere is unique and reservations a must... In advance. An all around gem."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The Admiral was recommended by a friend from Boston who had heard of it from others. I took an NYC visitor there for a special occasion, and we both agreed that it was one of our best dining experiences ever: interesting menu, delicious and beautifully presented foods, professional and courteous wait staff, and a comfortable (but not loud!) ambiance. We had tempura quail eggs, arugula salad, ribeye steak, seared scallops, peanut butter semifreddo, and panna cotta. I had the scallops and they were very flavorful and so tender they almost melted in my mouth. I probably would not order the semifreddo again after a large meal; it was delicious, but very rich. They don't mention it on the menu, but they can accommodate gluten-free requests."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was an amazing dining experience! The food was fantastic and the atmosphere quaint and charming. The peach/tomato salad is a must! The scallops were perfectly cooked and yummy. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Suggestion, as cool and ambient as the place was...do not bring people who are not adventurous restaurant goers. The menu obviously changes daily, and can be VERY limited in food choices to some."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We hadn't been to the Admiral in some time, but enjoyed our meal here last week. The pork chop was humongous, although prepared sous vide we later found out, which we aren't terribly fond of. Still it was flavorful. The salads are my favorite. The Kale salad was perfect and our Tomato -Peach salad was even better! All fresh ingredients and not over dressed. Both a winner! The squash blossoms were beautiful to look at but the cheese inside wasn't quite soft enough. More like little hunks of mozz inside. Chocolate cake at dessert was store bought and nothing special. Service was good. There was a little confusion surrounding our reservation which was resolved."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Best food in Asheville. Loved it! Tried lots of small plates with my dining group. Excellent service."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I'd gone to this restaurant with friends a couple of years ago and all three of us were very disappointed. Because The Admiral continued to get good reviews we decided to give it another try. It was wonderful! Delicious! Creative... yum! J"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "If you can get a reservation, this is a Must. The food is innovative, downright delicious. The portios are perfect, just the right amount."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "When we finally found this restaurant we almost left without going in. Don't let the outside appearance impact your decision to dine here. It "ain't" formal but boy is it great. Service was outstanding, it seemed like everyone on the staff helped each other constantly. Menu was limited but food was great, presentation was on on par with a very upscale restaurant. Don't miss this one!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My husband and I frequent this restaurant at least once every summer. Great cheese platter. I had the pork chop which was probably the best one I've ever had. My husband had the halibut and loved it. Recommend this place to everyone!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My husband and I went to the Admiral last July for our anniversary and decided to go back this year for our 40th wedding anniversary!! I made reservations several weeks in advance and was a little skeptical they would be ready for us. As soon as we walked in, they took us to our table. The hostess could tell I wouldn't fit at the booth because I am short and she immediately moved us to a better table without us asking! You don't get that kind of service at most places. The food is always outstanding. The Admiral is a must go to spot for dinner whenever we visit Asheville."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful birthday meal at the Admiral. We went early and were surprised to see several empty tables at 6 and 6:30. The waitress was especially accomodating, replacing my wine when she saw I was not enthusiastic about it. The flat iron steak was delicious. I ordered a salad and regretted that this did not allow the culinary talent of the artists to be displayed with their sauces, etc."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I went to The Admiral on a recent trip from NYC. It had come highly recommended by friends in the area so I thoroughly expected to enjoy it. I did not expect one of the best meals I've ever had! All 3 of my small plates were so perfectly seasoned and prepared. The lamb tortellini, in particular, was phenomenal! The bold flavor of the lamb was perfectly balanced with the acidity of the lemon. The pumpkin seeds not only added a lovely nuttiness but also a delicate crunch to round out the texture. Perfection!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014