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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Junction reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)neighborhood gem (78)special occasion (41)great for outdoor dining (36)romantic (31)great for brunch (27)hot spot (25)vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (15)notable wine list (13)late-night find (9)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Trendy and good food
    kdublej
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enertaining food
    foodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A favorite pleases again
    delischsearcher1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Important 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Unique
    LeahJVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1 of Asheville's Foodie Restuarants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Yes, 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • River Arts at its Finest
    clarknc
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely Noisy
    Botill
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Gem!
    Shelby3
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great, 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    regulardinerVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    In 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant Local Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was creative and amazing. Smoked tomato grits were heavenly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Junction Asheville, NC
    JaxJohn
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A 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 for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new combinations
    Andsoshesays
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I 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 wonderfully
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    BeginningFoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Delicious food and cocktails! Try the pork skin. It is out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    Mbe34
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Menu 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:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Among Asheville's Best
    JackVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant for foodies
    Carolinasr
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real gem
    FieldGoal
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Went 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    LMRBKLYN
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • normally great
    foodfinderVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.