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The Bistro - Biltmore Estate
The Bistro - Biltmore Estate

The Bistro - Biltmore Estate Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.biltmore.com/visit/dining/bistro.asp
  • Phone: (828) 225-6230
  • Hours of Operation: Open Seven Days a Week.
    Lunch11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary European, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Paul Klaassen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Bistro caters private events in the Champagne Cellar at the Biltmore Winery next door. This unique venue seats up to 30 guests for dinner, and is also available for intimate wedding ceremonies.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Biltmore Estate is host to many special events throughout the year. We celebrate spring at Biltmore with Festival of Flowers; concerts are held on the grounds and a huge flower "carpet" is on display in summer; and Christmas at Biltmore is not be missed.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Biltmore Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Extensive guest parking is available in the Antler Hill Village area of Biltmore Estate.
A word from The Bistro - Biltmore Estate
The Bistro is located on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, right next door to Biltmore's award-winning winery. Please be aware that you must have a valid paid estate admission ticket, be a guest of Inn on Biltmore Estate, or be a Biltmore Annual Passholder to dine on property.

The Bistro features contemporary American fare, served with gracious hospitality. Fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients are the focus on the dinner menu, which features premium steaks, impeccable mountain trout and seafood, poultry and lamb. Chef Paul Klaassen creates French bistro-inspired recipes featuring estate–raised products and locally grown produce. Gardens on the estate produce a wide array of vegetables and fruits throughout the seasons, and our extensive pasture lands provide all-natural, hormone-free Black Angus beef and lamb. Our Field–to–Table Program extends to include many local farmers as well as artisan producers of everything from farmstead cheeses to trout caviar. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was good. The lobster roll was fantastic!! Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Very expensive, but food and service were exquisite. We were celebrating a special occasion, so we were ok with the extra expense."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The brie appetizer and the dessert (peach melba) were wonderful. Was not impressed with the duck or swordfish. Did not seem to have much flavor. We dined at several restaurants from july 3rd-6th (sunset terrace, the dining room at the inn at biltmore, etc.) and this was my least favorite."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Good bread, fresh ingredients, great setting...but with all the great dining in Asheville now, just seems to be a little tired and dated to be a special place to come dine, as it once was when we first moved to Asheville in 2000. Perhaps larger windows opening to take advantage of the view. Anyway, sadly this may have been my last visit to the Bistro until something new invites me back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food is always good at the Bistro. I had scallops served over creamed corn, roasted peppers and bacon. Very flavorful. Other members of the party had trout which they said was very good. An appetizer of baked Brie was delicious but more toast points would have been appreciated."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food and service were both great. Our group had 5 people and everyone's meal was served together, perfectly done and tasted delicious. We ordered trout, lamb chops, scallops and rib eye. We eat here about every other month and have never had a bad meal."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner but an appetizer was overlooked during dinner service. Didn't need it anyway since the dessert menu was excellent. The other reason I would recommend The Bistro is the fact you can have a conversation with your guests. This is a rarity in the Asheville restaurant scene. Thank you for a lovely evening."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I can't say enough good things about the Biltmore! They FOH and BOH staff work hand in hand in providing guests with the best quality and service you could ask for. Our server was able to answer our questions about the menu as if we were talking directly to the executive chef himself! We were celebrating a good friend's birthday and our experience was fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We did not know what to expect having been our first visit to the Bistro. We were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary and The fillet mignon was tops. Great decor!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was a little noisy. I thought there was a good variety on menu."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We ate at the Bistro during an anniversary trip to the Inn on Biltmore. We really enjoyed eating there. We had ribeye steaks that were excellent, although the portions were a little big for a travel meal where you can't keep leftovers."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We came to Bistro on 6/13/14. I mentioned it was our birthdays on my reservation special request.We ordered some wine and an app then I got the ribeye my husband got the pork special. He said it was good but not over the top. She came to check on us and I hadn't even tasted mine yet and told her that as well. 2 minutes later as I was cutting it a gentleman came by but i had just taken a bite.We also told her it was our birthdays when she brought our steak knives out. She came back to clear plates and i still had basically the whole steak left. Now sure I could have said it wasn't very good and a little fatty then most ribeyes but she really couldn't ask? Both tables by us were wished happy anniversary and brought truffles for them!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "From the name, menu and location, I figured this would be somewhat similar to The Dining Room at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, but maybe a little less romantic and a general step "down" in quality. Overall, I think this is true, but strangely a few items were more expensive--like the lamb. Perhaps it had to do with the sides, but I was a little surprised to pay even more at a restaurant that is much noisier and not particularly romantic. The kitchen is within view of many (all?) of the tables, which has something to do with it. Now, it was not bad, but a little jarring based on my expectations. Had trouble speaking with my wife across the table. If you're looking for a quiet dinner for two, choose The Dining Room, but this is fine for kids."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We selected this restaurant to celebrate our 45th anniversary. Our waiter was extremely helpful with the selection of the cheese plate (2 cheeses, date preserves, and honey). Yum. He also helped with the selection of wine. Next, the main courses were wonderful. Trout with greens and couscous and a steak dish for my husband. Imagine my surprise when before our dessert we were presented with a plate with 3 truffles and the words "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. We also enjoyed a trio of sorbet with my favorite being a coconut lime sorbet. A wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The flowers were at the table when we arrived and the special desert was outstanding. The service and the food was impressive."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My wife and I went for our Anniversary. Nice place which probably appeals to the older folk but also draws the younger on romantic occasions. My steak was under cooked, but was rapidly corrected to the perfect medium rare and it was a wonderful cut of meat, melting in your mouth. The grilled asparagus was outstanding. My wife had mussels and they were excellent also. An absolute must - get the Brie appetizer. They also provided us a very nice dessert for our anniversary that was scrumptious. Overall, the atmosphere is very nice, though I am not a fan of the current trend of the open kitchen with all its associated noise."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Took my wife, 3 year old and my great aunt. Wife had the lobster Risotto with shrimp and clams, I had the Filet Mignon, my Aunt had the scallops, and the even had a pb&j for my 3 year old. Everything was delightful. Our waiter Russel was very attentive. finished off a wonderful dinner with a fantastic Creme Brule."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Fine food exquisitely served, very attentive service, lovely atmosphere. A wonderful spot on the Biltmore Estate."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Although the food was a little better than mediocre, the service all around was lacking. From the server to the food runner to the manager, I expected staff to be a little more charming but found them to be cocky and somewhat rude. The waiter literally came to table and said, "what do u wanna drink?" I guess I just expected impeccable service and food, but I was disappointed. Save your money and go eat at Cedric's Tavern. The menu is more casual, but delicious, and the service is great and not as stuffy and stuck up as The Bistro."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "While we enjoyed our dinner, it was no where near as good as our 1st visit about 6 years ago. The 1st time we went the food was the best thing we had ever put in our mouths! This time was quite a let down. Certainly not worth the high $$$ price. This time we went as a special splurge for our 20th anniversary, but the $ would have been better spent elsewhere for sure! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We recently visited the Biltmore and had a wonderful meal at the Winery Bistro. Food was fantastic. Our waiter was attentive and fun. A great part of the Biltmore experience."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Went for lunch one day on a trip to Biltmore and had a fantastic flatbread, great service, and overall good experience. Then we decided to try it for dinner since we are pass holders. Not the same experience. Service was terrible. Never got our appitizer and the waiter was going to bring it out after our food!! We cancelled it. Everyone ran out of drinks and we had to ask for refills. Not what I expect at $40 a plate. Food was just okay at dinner too. Not $40 a plate worthy meal for sure, but the duck flatbread I had for lunch there was amazing! May go back for lunch but not dinner, there are simply better options. I never give bad reviews but all the stars given were for lunch and so far I'm 50/50 on the service."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "What an incredible dining experience! Every aspect of this restaurant is outstanding!!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Our experience was perfect from beginning to end. The menu offered an array of choices to please any appetite. The food was not only delicious, but also had a nice presentation. Our server was Julie and she was absolutely delightful!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food was not very good quality given the price. The chicken was dry and over-cooked. Disappointed with my first experience at this restaurant and do not play on going back."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Spinach Gnocchi was to die for as an appetizer. I had the Pork Tenderloin and my partner had scallops. Both meals were great. It was a Wednesday night that we dined at Bistro, and it was not too crowded. It took some time to received our meals; however the chef sent his regards to apologize for the timing. We were fine on the wait as we enjoyed drinks and the spinach gnocchi."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My fiance and I were at the Biltmore Estate to take our engagement photos and we decided on eating at The Bistro in the Antler Village and we are SO glad we did! The food was great, and even though it was a little higher priced, the food was worth it and the portions were a good size. We got the baked brie appetizer because we always order that if we see it on a menu as a favorite of ours and it was one of the best we've ever had. My fiance had the risotto and I had the lobster roll. I am from New England and I'm picky about my lobster rolls and this was one of the best I've had! Very delicious and fresh tasting! The strawberry and rhubarb shortcake was great as well! Great ambiance and view! I will definitely eat there again!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food. Had a very nice table and will be back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had dinner at The Bistro on the recommendation of the staff at the Estate. Wonderful, friendly service; relaxed atmosphere with welcoming Southern hospitality. The food was delicious and the steaks were exactly as requested. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This restaurant was amazing. Delicious food, some of the best food my husband and I have had in a long time. The service was wonderful, and the Biltmore wines were great too. Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The Bistro on the Biltmore Estate provides an excellent interpretation of the farm-to-table menu concept. Food was very fresh and presented immediately upon preparation. While not an overly inventive and somewhat limited menu, nevertheless the food was excellent. The Bistro is a great choice for lunch or if you want a lighter dinner. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Food marginal and noise level was annoying. More like a frat party."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We have been to the Bistro twice. The first was for our 44th anniversary. My wife had the seared scallops and for the next year she waxed ecstatic over the quality of the scallops and the masterful presentation. A year later, with a friend visiting, we returned to the Bistro. My wife still remembered ths scallops and feared ordering them as "things are never as good as you remember them". She took a chance and both my wife and her friend both exclaimed "the best scallops I every had!" I remember that I had the pork chop and it, too was outstanding. On both visits, the service was impeccable. If you want a great meal in a great setting, the Bistro is your place."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "From the moment we were seated, we received excellent service. Drinks, appetizer, main dishes, and desserts were superb. Waiter was friendly and accommodating. Beautiful presentation for main entrees. We were a group of four and all agreed it was the best restaurant experience during our 4 days in Asheville."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We were told when we arrived on a busy Biltmore Blooms evening at 6:15 that there was a 2.5 hour wait. We went to the parking lot and pulled up Open Table to look for openings in the area. We had a reservation for this same restaurant for 20 minutes later. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We ate lunch & dinner at the Bistro. Both meals were very good. Meat was delicious & tender, risotto was very good, & enjoyed the threesome of fruit sorbets. Also….a very cozy atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Pricey, but well done. Ceasar Salads were only average. Main courses (rack of lamb and trout) very good. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Outstanding filet and rack of lamb. Nice staff. Off night for some of the side dishes."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed The Bistro at the Biltmore Estates. Menu offered an array of favorites and a variety of local fare. Great food. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "They offered a variety of menu choices. Our food was plated well, and was delicious. The service was excellent. We have eaten here before and will be back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014