The Junction
The Junction

The Junction

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thejunctionasheville.com/
  • Phone: 8282253497x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - close.
    Weekend Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chad Kelly
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Junction's dining room (which seats 35-40) and bar, which seats up to 15; provide an intimate and unique setting for your private event. Whether its a baby shower, corporate luncheon, rehearsal dinner or family reunion, we would be happy to work with you to create a menu that suits your needs and meets your budget. We also do cocktail parties!
  • Special Events: We gladly host private parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate luncheons, weddings, etc. Please reach out to Charles regarding your special event!

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free on street parking available along Depot Street and additional free parking at the public dirt/gravel lot across from the Pink Dog Creative building.
A word from The Junction
The Junction is the first full service restaurant in Asheville's River Arts District. We feature Southern-inspired farm to table fare and seasonal craft cocktails with fresh ingredients. We brine our fried chicken, smoke our pears, handcraft our soups and visit tailgate markets weekly. We make our own bacon and ketchup, squeeze cases of citrus each week for cocktails and work with other local, small businesses whenever possible. We invite you to join us after work for a casual beer and a burger at the bar, or to bring your beloved or whole family for a unique dining experience. Our menu features a combination of soups, salads and sharing plates as well as hearty entree options so that every dining experience is unique. Please visit our website to preview menus, as they change weekly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Junction reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (84)neighborhood gem (74)special occasion (40)great for outdoor dining (30)romantic (30)great for brunch (27)hot spot (26)vibrant bar scene (22)good for groups (14)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • LynneVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Ask for Courtney! She's wonderful. The fried chicken and burger are both incredible. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    Will
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was my wife and I's second time eating at the Junction and it was just as good as the first. The service was great from being greeted when we walked in to when we headed out. The meat and cheese plate is a must! The pressed pork belly with frozen cayenne pepper custard was amazing - best bites of food our whole trip to Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    preggo
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I have two young children, and finally got a date night to go out. We found the junction on OpenTable, and it was absolutely a gem. We had a great time, and the owners actually served us personally and gave us insight into their exquisite meals. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I would be happy to recommend it to anybody.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Brunch In Asheville
    HeyItsMaggie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I love the constantly changing menu. Each time is like a new brunch adventure. The creativity behind the food is just amazing and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Junction never disappoints
    chrissy12345678
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This place provides a low key atmosphere with food that is to die for. Take some time and go relax and they will not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit
    Writerandria
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I live in Atlanta. This was our third trip to Asheville and our third trip to The Junction! We have to eat there every time we go. The food is so good. The menu is always creative. The sweet-tea brined chicken is a delicious menu staple, and so is the chocolate torte, but otherwise it seems like most of the stuff is new each time we go. The place itself is pretty small, but that adds to the ambience. I love going to the River Arts District area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jewel of a find in asheville
    hoodriver
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    jewel of a restaurant off the beaten path that prides itself on innovation and presentation. cocktails well crafted, food expertly plated, and waitstaff very professional. vibe is low key funk. al fresco dining is for the adventurous who do not mind contending with an occasional train passing and the random flying insect. not much else in the area yet but worth the search!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not good
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Disappointed in food...flavors not good, dried out. Would not recommend
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luvit
    luvavl
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    food was delicious- seating not so great (by kitchen) would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simple food done well
    xmikex
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food is very thoughtful and flavorful. Every bite is a treat. Price point isn't bad either, favorite 1 on 1 dinner spot in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining and flavorful
    ecsleeper
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    When I go out to eat for a date night, I'm hoping for food that is adventurous and entertaining, not something that will just satisfy my appetite. Our visit to The Junction was right on target. From our first course of pan seared peaches which were a very flavorful tease, through our small plates of arugula salad, then pork bellies and the finale of pork rinds that were closer to a dessert than a main dish, everything was creative, full of different but well combined flavors, and something you love to share so others at the table can enjoy, as well as understand the reaction on your face. The Junction is located away from the main stream of downtown restaurant traffic and well worth the detour to the River Arts District.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • normally great
    foodfinder
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food as always was home run. Some art show going on so people constantly hovering over table to view art? Had food left, waiter asked to pack it up. Never brought it back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding on all accounts!
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Do not miss this jewel in the River Arts District. Everything is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food in a hip setting
    aliglack
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Junction is located in Asheville's up and coming River Arts District. It attracts an in-the-know foodie crowd and is enough off the beaten path to avoid being tourist-dominated. The menu includes amazing cocktail concoctions and an array of creative and delicious dishes. This was our first visit and I am guessing that the menu changes frequently given that ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced so I won't even tempt you with what we ate. I expect we will be back many times and can't wait to see what awaits us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    One of the first fine dining establishments in the river district of Asheville, The Junction maintains it's rustic look enhanced with an ever-chaning local art displays as well as first rate local foods in a small (five entrees on our last visit) menu. Small lively bar area with a few dining tables, plus inside and outside dining. Affable knowledgable service. Excellent takes on favorites such as melt in your mouth brisket or sweet tea brined fried chicken, and always a fresh and interesting vegetable dinner. It is a do not miss if you spend any time (or live) in Asheville.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brunch Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Went to The Junction for brunch for a special occasion with the family. Had heard great reviews. The Junction did not disappoint. Outstanding food and service. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    Janet
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    From the minute you enter until you leave...you are acknowledged and well taken care of. Food was stellar. Small menu with attention to detail. Everything we had was stellar. Farm to table delicious! Courtney took great care of us!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but great people
    Liveitup
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was defiantly good, but the people were sooooo nice and attentive. The person that seated us was named Charles and he was genuinely happy to have us there as his guests. It's a little "foo foo" and pricey like a lot of places in Asheville but I would defiantly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently tasty
    EricHVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food and drink never disappoint. Seasonal menu changes hit the right notes with fresh ingredients that are combined in unexpected ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LynneVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Most incredible burger EVER! Fried chicken was incredible as well. Definitely worth going!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very impressive ,will recommend to friends and we will be returning at every opportunity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    LC15
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I've never had a bad meal here. The food is excellent and the staff are incredibly friendly. The menu always has a very interesting mix of flavors, but they somehow make it all work together to create a delicious dish!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is always great!
    Luci
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food is fantastic and unique. The service is even better. I am always greeted with a smile and servers are very knowledgeable. This really makes your dining experience pleasurable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never had a bad experience here
    NCFoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I love the Junction. I always enjoy their ever changing drink list and their food is always fabulous. This place is a do not miss!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, friendly service
    AshVegasite
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We sat outside and started with a glass of wine and shared the Fried Barcat Oysters, which were delicious and enough for two. For supper, my wife had the Brisket with collards and horseradish risotto, while I had the Bouillabaisse. The risotto was served cold, which we initially found to be a bit odd, but the flavor was excellent. My Bouillabaisse was also very tasty, particularly the oysters. The shrimp were "tails on" which required me to work a bit for my meal. Two trains puttered past while we were eating, providing an additional point of interest. A neighboring table had a Charcuterie Board - the house smoked meats, cheese selection, and sauces all looked wonderful and we will enjoy that on our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will come back again!
    Wendylee
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I haven't been to the Junction in a while and I was reminded of what a wonderful dining experience it can be when we met friends there for Sunday brunch. Unique offerings. Attentive service. A wining combination in my book! Thanks Charles and Tanya
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy surprise!
    Goodheart
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food, narrow menu but all interesting and inventive. The fried oyster starter was fantastic! We had table for two on the terrace, great staff of real foodie people, attentive service. Excellent choices on the wine list, both by glass and bottles. Definitely a come back spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River arts district warm, friendly
    Chrisinnc
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was our first time going out of downtown ashville for dinner. It was a nice surprise. Charles and the staff were warm and inviting. It was long going to a long lost friends home. Each item we order brought a new taste to a typical food. We started with two appetizers peaches and fried oysters both I would highly recommend. For our main course we had brisket and fried chicken. My son had the fried chicken and he said he would not eat fried chicken again because it was the best he'd ever tasted. The brisket was served with a horseradish purée and collard greens that balanced the flavor of the meat perfectly. For desert we had the chocolate torte and key lime pie which were both incredible. The entire experience was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Brunch!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Everything was amazing! Excellent art work. Server was professional and knowledgeable. Barley cake was a bit too crunchy. Would eat here regularly if my bank account would allow. ~John
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavors explode on the palate...
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A gem of a restaurant in the still evolving River Arts District. The restaurant is funky (befitting its location), something of a "joint" with a small bar, inside and outside seating. Quite casual in style and decor the food is innovative and on a par with any "fine dining" establishment. Menu selections are limited, small plates are available and the food is excellent. Staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We had a radish appetizer followed by bouillabaisse (shrimp, redfish, mussels, etc.) for my wife and the hamburger for me. The burger was exquisite with pork belly layered over the meat patty and covered by jalapeños and a red sauce--flavors exploded on the palate! Leave room for the Mexican cinnamon chocolate torte for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    XOXOXO
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food with genuinely nice and friendly staff. One of my top food places in Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tony
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had dinner on July 4, 2014--their special pig pickin'. Great food all round, wonderful variations on the pit-cooked hog, pickled watermelon salad, black eyed peas, baked beans, banana pudding for desert, and great bread all for $25 per person.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    Xcntryfudi
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Cool little place with a fun atmosphere and cool art on it's walls. Had the pork rind, succotash and fried chicken. All of it was great. Good server. I guess the only thing I can complain about was the music... Not the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    dinersworld
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It all starts at the front of the house they are very attentive, they make sure everyone has a great time. the menu changes frequently however if you get the chance, have Buffalo bites, they were amazing. The drinks that they develop in house are fun yet elegant. I had the liberation redemption, which had the subtle taste of thyme. Overall a great time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid and adventurous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Junction's take on Southern food is spot on. Playful, adventurous and remarkably detailed in presentation, the kitchen takes great pains to do what they do well. The iced tea brined fried chicken is a marvel, but everything I've tasted on the menu is equally well done. The staff is professional, accommodating and engaging. The bar handles their business well. The only complaint would be that the dining room is on the small side and it gets a bit loud in there. Otherwise, just comfort food for foodies done right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must in Asheville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Do not miss this spot. Ask no questions, just try the pork rind small plate and the fried chicken. Silent weeping in the throes of culinary joy is allowed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    From the moment we walked in, we were welcomed. Our waitress was wonderful as was the bartender. The food was innovative.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent choice for dinner
    EODgypsy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was my second time eating at The Junction and I left just as impressed as the first. I love the small plate options, the eclectic drinks, and the friendly and attentive staff. I couldn't have wished for a more enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Unequaled service
    fynfreak
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We'd been wanting to try brunch at the Junction for months and finally had the chance. A relative from out of town flew in on his birthday and we brought him directly to the restaurant, where the staff seated him facing away from the door and phoned the rest of the surprise birthday party to tell them he had arrived. He was shocked and thrilled when family and friends started to file in and sit as his table. Many restaurants will comp you with a piece of bday cake. Nowhere else I know would become coconspirators. AND altho though the brunch menu is s little limited, everything was carefully prepared and very tasty. We will definitely return often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    WonderWoman
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our second time at The Junction and we loved it just as much this time. We were in town celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary and had brunch reservations at The Junction during Studio Stroll. The food was fabulous and the staff was incredibly attentive and kind - even accomodating our special request for outdoor seating so my sister's dog could join us (they even had water set up for him outside by our table). The atmosphere inside is cool, funky and intimate - great music and fabulous eclectic food. Even my two young daughters loved the pulled pork on southern biscuit topped with a cheese/bacon sauce and pineapple salsa - YUM! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate