348 Depot St, Ste 190
Asheville, NC 28801Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.thejunctionasheville.com/
- Phone: (828) 225-3497
- 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!
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
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The Junction reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (102)neighborhood gem (78)special occasion (42)hot spot (35)vibrant bar scene (30)great for outdoor dining (30)great for brunch (28)romantic (27)good for groups (19)notable wine list (14)late-night find (10)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
- Great food!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/21/2014Great food. Kid friendly staff, but the not a lot of space. No kids menu. Great for hipsters & foodies!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great RestaurantHungrymanDined on 11/15/2014Have been to The Junction multiple times. While some menu items change, food is consistently creative and delicious, and service has been consistently excellent. The key lime pie, which is a consistent menu item, is the absolute best I have ever eaten.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tim2Dined on 11/14/2014Our waiter was fun and full of great information about the menu and drinks. The food was amazing, as always.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday dinnerxmikexDined on 11/13/2014This is the fourth time I've eaten at The junction and it never disappoints. The food is always spot on, unique and delicious! Price points are a little high so I don't get to eat there as often as I would like but it's definitely my go to spot for a special occasion. Can't talk this place up enough! Oh and the mock tails the bartender made for me... Mind = blown! Not the run of the mill cranberry and sprite I'm so accustomed to getting. She made serious thought out drinks for this t totaler!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We will be backlovegoodfoodDined on 11/9/2014It was a very busy day, during the weekend of the open studio tour. We had 4 adults and a child in a stroller they accommodated us very quickly, and everyone was very nice. Not to mention the food was some of the best I've ever had.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of Ashville's Best..GTaylorDined on 11/8/2014Great food and excellent staff. Really enjoyed it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great dining experienceporkrindsDined on 11/7/2014Awesome food. Love to try new things and the pork rinds with sauces for dessert were a treat to the palletI would recommend this to a friend.
- Sunday brunchNortonDined on 10/26/2014The only disappointment was no bar service before noon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, cool spot!arpiebDined on 10/25/2014Being one of the few restaurants in the relatively new River Arts District in Asheville, there's not a lot of nightlife in the area but Junction is definitely a gem! Minutes from downtown, easy parking, there is no reason to not check them out. The food was more adventurous than run-of-the-mill American cuisine ("Tongue-in-Cheek" with beef tongue and cheek and the "Biscuit Dough with Bleu Cheese and Walnut Sauce" were delish) and the location more intimate (no mega-dining rooms for tourists, just a handful of tables). Service was prompt and the staff was extremely helpful. It does get a tad noisy with a full house, but that's par for the course in venues that are converted warehouses in historic districts. Go with the flow. :)Special Features:
- Did not disappoint!islandsoleDined on 10/25/2014I had a reservation for 9 people, most of them foodies. They were ready on time and the waiter was a hoot! Very eclectic menu and it was explained in a most unusual way. ALL 9 people RAVED that it was amazing! We pooled anything left over (which wasn't much) and we gave it to the birthday boy to take home. The only thing which I wasn't expecting was that it was a bit more expensive than I thought. Small dishes were in the $15 range and larger entree' s were in the $23 range. Luckily, we didn't drink too much so we could afford it. Also, it was really nice that they didn't automatically put a tip on the tab. I'm sure we gave a much bigger tip than would have been put there and we also got better service as a result. I recommend!Special Features:
- Way too loudVicksPicksDined on 10/24/2014We had a table of 6 and the owner was there to greet us and he was very cordial. The staff was good, not great. When we asked for suggestions, he said "everything's good". Food was good, not great. We started with the biscuit appetizer and no one liked it much. The meat and cheese board was more appealing and everyone enjoyed this. Two had the fried chicken, two the burgers, one the brisket and one the catfish. The best raves were from the catfish. The dessert was a chocolate tart which was very tasty. Overall the noise level was almost unbearable, which detracted from the enjoyment. I want to say I loved this place as the owners are working diligently, but it just didn't make the mark with any of our group.Special Features:
- Excellent food and serviceStrickstarsDined on 10/24/2014We had a table for 6 Friday night; 5 of our 6 ordered different entrees, all were very fresh with great flavors. I had the fried chicken which is as good as fried chicken can be and not greasy. If I had one suggestion at all, it would be to have an extra veggie side on the plate to add to and complement the meal. I give this a 4 of 5 stars rating on food, and 4.5 of 5 on service/friendly vibe. Note re ambiance, this is Asheville cool casual, not fancy.Special Features:
- What a terrific find...nmwhitebirdDined on 10/24/2014Our first time at The Junction was last night. Superb service, excellent mixed cocktails, and the menu is so unusual and creative. We had an outstanding dining experience in this fun restaurant.Special Features:
- Just so soTWC2VIPDined on 10/23/2014It is very crowded. Tables are very close together so the servers have to squeeze around. Very loud also. I was not crazy about the food. It was fair but nothing to write home about. Ordered the buffalo bites and got oysters by mistake. One of our guests is allergic to oysters and we only found out that we were served the wrong thing after he had eaten one (preparation prevented knowing that there were oysters in the dish). Luckily he did not have a reaction. My husband had the fried chicken and is was still very pink in the center. Waiter told us that was normal. (May be normal in his world, but pink chicken is not normal in my world!) My brisket was more like beef stew. Service was ok, but a little slow and a little cocky.Special Features:
- Trendy and good foodkdublejDined on 10/18/2014The junction is a garage converted into a restaurant, and is relatively small. The atmosphere was cool, very hip and intimate. Although I will mention it was weird to have our silverware wrapped in thin cheap napkins at a fine dining restaurant. The wine selection was pretty good and so were there cocktails--I ordered a Manhattan, it seemed to be a little weak but was still good. The food had some minor issues (hence not giving them 5 stars), because the brisket was a little dry and the fried chicken was clearly underseasoned (the skin tasted only of buttermilk and flour). Also the oysters were heavily fried and covered in Buffalo sauce--which was a pretty big disappointment. Overall, I may be a little critical but I guess I expected more.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enertaining foodfoodieDined on 10/18/2014It is a small space with crowded tables and a high noise level. The food is good with a lot of innovative combinations. (The fried pork rind with caramel and pecans was really good for dessert!). The kitchen is very accommodating on substitutions of one item for another or leaving off a sauce. The wait staff was very solicitous. That being said - the food was good; not over the top.Special Features:
- A favorite pleases againdelischsearcher1Dined on 10/18/2014Important to know: Small, crowded and kind of noisy on weekends; off on a not - so - traveled street, and kind of inconspicuous, BUT the food preparation and presentation is great, the service is efficient, management is dedicated and personable. Out of all the super restaurants in Asheville, we chose to take a friend from Atlanta to The Junction for dinner on a Saturday night. She loved it! Across from a train depot and active tracks. Parking easy on street or free lot by depot.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious and UniqueLeahJVIPDined on 10/18/2014We decided to give it a try after reading reviews and we're so glad we did! The best fried chicken (brined in sweet tea, no less) I've had in a restaurant. My husband had the crepinette briquette (combination of pork and lamb) and our daughter had the brisket. For dessert we shared the pork rind with pecan pie, which is on the small plate section of the menu but have it for dessert instead. Sweet and salty at its best! They did an excellent job with the cocktails as well. We'll be back!Special Features:
- 1 of Asheville's Foodie RestuarantsOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 10/18/2014Yes, you can go downtown and search for parking and be in the hub bub of the action, fight for space in Washeville or you can enjoy the ambiance of the RAD. The Junction was an excellent find in the River Arts District. I hate to give it a glowing review because the little cozy contemporary restaurant will become overrun. But it deserves your attention. Great food quality. Interesting preparations. Inventive combinations. Well prepared. Is that not what we look for in a restaurant? I am sure you will find all these and more at The Junction!Special Features:
- River Arts at its FinestclarkncDined on 10/17/2014This is a great little spot nestled in the River Arts. It's nice to get away from the craziness of downtown while still having the cool vibe of River Arts. Junction has a great atmosphere and when the weather is nice, they open a main door for indoor/outdoor seating. Start off with some craft cocktails before diving into the creative and eclectic menu. There's always a good neighborhood scene of regulars who live in the hood, so the bar is inviting and approachable.Special Features:
- Extremely NoisyBotillDined on 10/17/2014The restaurant is extremely noisy. There is a large glass wall that rolls up like a garage door so that the dining room opens to the patio - and the train tracks across the street. Three long trains went past during our dinner. The interior is all hard surfaces so that doesn't help either. Not a place to go if you want a quiet conversation. That said, the food was very good - I especially enjoyed the salad with goat cheese and roasted vegetables. Good wine list. The service was excellent and the staff very friendly. I would go back again if we lived in the area, but since we're from out of town we will probably try someplace else on our next visit to Asheville.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unexpected Gem!Shelby3Dined on 10/17/2014Great, Urban setting. Warm welcome from experienced, well-trained staff. Waiter extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Food was delicious with interesting and artful presentation. Very good value. Can't wait to go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice placeregulardinerVIPDined on 10/14/2014In Ashville for a conference and booked the Junction through OT because of the ranking. Nice small space. Small but interesting menu and food was enjoyed by all.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Vibrant Local GemOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/10/2014The food was creative and amazing. Smoked tomato grits were heavenly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Junction Asheville, NCJaxJohnDined on 10/4/2014A very nice eclectic restaurant featuring locally grown goods. The menu varies daily. It was a little to chilly to sit outside, but had a nice area to enjoy in appropriate weather.Special Features:
- Great new combinationsAndsoshesaysDined on 10/2/2014I had Mussels in a charred Zucchini sauce with roasted tomatoe jam That's what I'm talking about when I say unique combinations of flavors Now let's talk about Cocktails I had Vodka with basil tamarind and lychee with a splash of soda Yummy very refreshing and light Again a wonderful new combination and it all works wonderfullySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Yum!BeginningFoodieDined on 9/28/2014Delicious food and cocktails! Try the pork skin. It is out of this world!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very GoodMbe34Dined on 9/27/2014Menu was varied and had a little of everything. Seemed very original in their preparation. We tried two "snacks" - entrees were beef brisket, fried chicken, amberjack and gnocchi. Everything was good to excellent. Wine was also very good and they offered a dailey cocktail. I would highly recommend.Special Features:
- Among Asheville's BestJackVIPDined on 9/26/2014As always, our meal at the Junction was excellent -- creative menu, excellent food, and wonderful service. This small and out of the way restaurant is among Asheville's best.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great restaurant for foodiesCarolinasrDined on 9/25/2014We picked this restaurant based on their online menu: it was not overly done. We were very impressed with the food, although the selection is small. We ordered all dishes to share: oysters, chicken livers and fried chicken. Both the oysters and the livers were an interesting comparison of fired to pickled to salty to fresh. The chicken was the best I have ever eaten. It was brined in sweet tea and was exceptionally juicy with a very thin crisp crust. The tomatoes in grits was the only part i did not care for ... this is a personal taste. We both look forward to revisiting Asheville so we can come to this restaurant.Special Features:
- A real gemFieldGoalDined on 9/25/2014Went with a group of four and everything on the menu was outstanding. The presentation and quality of the food wowed us with every bite of every course. So glad to see a menu on one page where everything is perfectly executed instead of five pages of average food. We had chicken liver appetizer, the best burger you will ever eat, melt in your mouth brisket and fried chicken, desserts, craft cocktails, and a most memorable evening with friends.Special Features:
- FantasticLMRBKLYNDined on 9/21/2014We were visiting from Brooklyn and were pleasantly surprised they were able to accommodate a large group that morning. We were warmly greeted and immediately seated. The location, in an old Nabisco factory in a revitalized part of town (the art district) is a welcome relief from the traffic of central Asheville. The ambience is well-thought out, with a mix of aged brick and wood and fresh, bright paint. Everything we ordered was exceptional, fresh and seasonal, and they were able to meet the needs of a range of dietary restrictions. After, we explored some of the lovely galleries nearby. We highly recommend this restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LynneVIPDined on 9/20/2014Ask for Courtney! She's wonderful. The fried chicken and burger are both incredible. Will definitely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Another great mealWillDined on 9/19/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FabulouspreggoDined on 9/19/2014My 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:
- Best Brunch In AshevilleHeyItsMaggieDined on 9/7/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Junction never disappointschrissy12345678Dined on 9/6/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth a visitWriterandriaDined on 9/6/2014My 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:
- jewel of a find in ashevillehoodriverDined on 8/30/2014jewel 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food not goodLuv2eatoutDined on 8/30/2014Disappointed in food...flavors not good, dried out. Would not recommend