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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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We stayed in downtown Asheville but The Admiral was recommended by a local friend of ours & the bartender at a bar near our hotel. Always listen to the locals! About a 10 min drive but worth the cab fare. Mussels were FANTASTIC! Tortellini was a little different but good & so was the Ribeye. Would absolutely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I continue to be amazed at the inventive and unique presentations of the restaurants in Asheville and this place is no exception. My girlfriend and I dine out regularly at fairly nice restaurants and just really enjoyed the food, ambience and the eclectic feel of it. It may be a challenge to get a table here, but it is certainly worth the effort."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I am continually impressed by the creativity and quality of the menu. While the mussels are a "go to" item, the ribeye steak I had this weekend may have been the best steak I've ever eaten. Can't wait to return very soon!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is special because from the moment you walk in to the time you leave, you are treated with professionalism. The flavors in our small plates were unique and were taste sensations(especially the Ceviche with watermelon). Little things like perfectly baked bread for the mussels were just another part of the care that is taken. Thanks to the chefs and serving staff for another lovely dining evening."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This hidden gem is ticked away in trendy West Asheville and is well worth the effort to locate."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Fantastic as always. Wine and cheese options were only above average but everything else was 5 star."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We recently dined at the Admiral. My sister from Rochester,NY joined us. It was a delightful evening. The service was excellent, the food was exceptional and the wine was very good. We would return and recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We drive iver from Maggie Valley at least a few times each season. The food is always amazing. I usually get the huge sea scallops and they always melt in your mouth! Loved the presentation with roasted corn bisque."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our food was eclectic and good and our waitress was outstanding. This is a very popular restaurant as the only time we could get reservations for was 5 PM. There is absolutely no parking except on dark side streets that were frightening to walk based on the area of the city. The place is dark and uninviting from the exterior but if you can get by those negatives, you will have an unusual, pleasant experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I read about The Admiral a couple years ago but was in Asheville with my two small children and decided it wasn't the place for kids. Went in July 2014 (2 years later) and it's rated just as well, and still not the place for kids. It's not meant to be. That said, the food, the service, the drinks, the atmosphere, all absolutely fantastic. We were seated before our reservation time. A little confusion with our drinks from the bar, but the waitress sorted it out as soon as she was aware we hadn't received our drinks. We were 2 people and ordered a salad and 4 small plates to share, and we were stuffed at the end. Every dish that came out was better than the last. The place is exceptionally exceptional and you must go but leave kids home."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My daughter made reservations for my. Wife and I and I must say a memorable dining experience. Our waitress was attentive, the food first class and presentation creative. A must do if in Asheville."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food was truly outstanding, inventive and delicious. The appetizers looked so good that my husband decided to try three of them instead of ordering an entrée and they were equally good. I had the cauliflower mousse and it was outstanding, then the halibut that was the silkiest fish I've even eaten. Can't wait to go back there and try something else."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "So happy with our date night at The Admiral! Service was attentive and laid back. Food was incredible - creative, delicious and fun to eat. Great variety on the menu and inspiring for us to cook at home. Atmosphere was relaxed - everything you'd expect from West Asheville. We will definitely go back and have already recommended to our friends."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "At first sight you may say why did I have to make reservations 2 weeks in advance for this place but just wait till you get inside. This places main focuse is the food and they nailed it. Abby was waitress and she was a wonderful guide to our dining experience. We decided to order slowly, like you do a a tapas resturant and that was fine with Abby. My wife's favorite was the lamb tortollini. The lamb was shredded with perfect sweetness. I was really look forward to the steak tart tart and it did not disappoint, you have to try it! My favorite was the scallops dish that evening. The scollops where cooked perfect, but the best part was the smoked corn bisque that was the base of the dish. If you are anywhere in the USA it worth the drive!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everyone must try the lamb tortellini. Out of this world!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I have been meaning to try the Admiral for a while and we finally managed to get reservations the last time we were in town... this has to be one of the best experiences we have had in a long time!! The beef tartar was mind blowing and the mussels were even better! The ambience was great too! We haven't stopped raving about it and will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "don't let the building's appearances fool you - gourmet food and good service! I had the mussels small plate, and my husband had the duck confit small plate, and the scallops entre - all were very good! A great find!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My son and I went to the Admiral for his 18th birthday. It was quite possibly the best meal we've ever eaten -- definitely the most memorable. I am not an adventurous eater, but I decided to try whatever he wanted. We had four small plates: steak tartare, lamb tortellini, flat iron steak and duck. We also had a yummy cheese plate and cauliflower mousse -- unusual and delicious -- for our appetizers. For dessert, we chose the chocolate truffle cups -- oh my gracious, it was beyond good! It was a wonderful evening and a fabulous way to celebrate. We look forward to visiting again the next time we are in Asheville. The wait staff was attentive, yet unobtrusive. All around just an outstanding experience. Thanks to your entire staff!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This place was recommended to us by a chef friend, and we would have never found it just driving by--it's in such an unassuming building! But it was sublime!!! The cauliflower mousse was out of this world. And I appreciated the small plate-style menu. It allowed my husband and I to try 4 dishes without feeling too full. It was a great experience, and we highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our experience at The Admiral was wonderful!!! Our food was expertly prepared, and our server was thourghly knowledgeable with the menu and wine list. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Visit on July 9 was great; we ordered the scallops and flat iron steak. Had ordered scallops once before and enjoyed that dish the most; however, the food here is delicious and unique. Taste buds are definitely pleased; flavors and seasonings are distinct. Wine list is nice and house wines are very good. Nathan is enthusiastic and very helpful. French press coffee and dessert really topped things off with a tour of even more unique combination of flavors. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The only thing I can say about The Admiral; when you are in Asheville... Don't miss this place. You won't be disappointed!!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Prior to making a reservation I had been informed by others not to let the surroundings fool me. Admittedly I was still skeptical after seeing the neighboring gas station covered in grafiti art. My mind was quickly put at ease when I entered this hidden gem. The staff was well spoken and charming. The real highlight was the food. The cavatelli dish was out of this world. This will be our new spot....."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This is an old neighborhood bar converted into a restaurant. My son and I had dinner (mussels in a tomato sauce, watermelon gazpacho, BBQ pork chop, scallops in cream sauce and a fruit tort. We greatly enjoyed all of it. I am gluten intolerant and our server was very knowledgeable and suggested various alternatives and modifications. We were totally pleased with our evening. Parking is a bit difficult."
    Dined on 7/8/2014