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About Ambrozia Bar and Bistro

Ambrozia Bar and Bistro is a neighborhood café located in North Asheville next to scenic Beaver Lake. It features modern American cuisine with a twist. The ever changing menu specializes in farm fresh local ingredients. The quaint atmosphere is modern and comfortable. The Bar is wine focused with local and craft beers, specialty cocktails and a full service bar. Professional and knowledgeable service can be expected from the friendly Ambrozia staff. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch with ample parking in the Beaver Lake Shopping Center. Reservations are recommended.

1020 Merrimon Ave.
Asheville, NC 28804
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southern, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Friday 11-2
Tuesday-Thursday5-CL
Friday-Saturday 5-CL
Sunday Brunch 10:30-2

Cross Street:
Beaver Lake Shopping Center

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 350-3033

Website:
http://www.ambrozia-avl.com/

Catering:
Full service catering company that can accommodate any type of event or cuisine needed.

Parking Details:
Large parking lot located right in front of the restaurant in the Beaver lake Shopping Center.

Executive Chef:
Sam Etheridge

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Ambrozia Bar and Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Fit for Foodies (17)
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Good for a Date (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Casual (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Good for Groups (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Healthy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Fun (5)
Romantic (5)
Authentic (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tapas (4)
Business Meals (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

An unexpectedly wonderful brunch! I liked having the different courses, which slowed down the eating process and made for a much more enjoyable meal. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The service was wonderful, efficient and non invasive.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

Girls night out and we had a blast. Fun, laid back environment and great friendly service. Food was very creative and fantastic. Lots of choices from burgers to upscale. Also great for brunch. We love this place. Recommend lobster pot pie, Bison short ribs, oysters, deviled eggs, and all the desserts.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined 5 days ago

Lately the menu and the food have been so-so. Really enjoyed this restaurant when we would come often about 2 years ago. Food taste might have just been off night tonight, but I really don't care for the menu anymore.

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

First time, loved it! Great butter salad with flavorful tomatoes even in January. Great bison Bourgogne (so?)!! We will be back. Our server, Parker, was fantastic!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had dinner here on NYE and it was a last minute trip to Asheville. I needed to find a place quickly for dinner and we are very glad we found Ambrozia. It was a pre fixed menu, 5 courses, and I can honestly say we truly enjoyed every single course. We are very picky since we are fortunate enough to eat at a lot of great places throughout the country, but rarely do we not have a negative thing to say about any of the courses.

We also had one vegiterian in our group, two of the courses didn’t have a vegiterian option. Emailed them, they said no problem. Often you find places kind of just throwing something together for that one person but they had two amazing subsitition our daughter truly enjoyed.

Thanks for a great NYE meal!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Such a great dining experience for us during our weekend getaway to Asheville. With so many restaurants to choose from, we got lucky with this one. Great service, cocktails, flavors and options! We tried the beets/goat cheese risotto, deviled eggs, butter lettuce salad, Bar burger, Veggie burger and Cod fish. PLUS the rolls were amazing (salty) but just add the butter! Ginger beer, Rosè & Pinot Grigio rounded out our palates. We didn’t have great cell service but managed to get a enough to order a ride back to the hotel. Locals & visitors should check this gem out!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

They just couldn’t execute the special Christmas Eve menu. Food was just eh, and the mains were both cold.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food is amazing and the staff wonderful. Will go back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner was perfect.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We began our meals with a bottle of Tempernillo, it was good. We shared an appetizer of mussels, they were okay and too salty. I had the stuffed chili rileno with sides and it was okay and once again too salty but very pricey at 24.00 bucks. I felt it was worthy of 12.00 bucks. My husband had the chicken and dumplings and enjoyed it very much but again very pricey at 24.00. Honestly I would not go back. Overall it was just ok and too expensive for such dishes. I am not opposed to spending money on good food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful food and service!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great small plates, which easily make a meal, along with full entrees and a bar menu available at tables. Smart friendly service. Innovative food - with rifts on the everyday such as deconstructed Chicken and Dumplings - a whole leg and thigh - more chicken with gnocchi and whole baby grilled carrots - wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was delicious, service outstanding! We enjoyed our meal very much

Tags: Cozy, Disabled Access, Casual, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Truly enjoyable experience with great service and good food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Fantastic meal! Excellent service. Quiet with really nice ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The menu was quite interesting and the food did not disappoint. Atmosphere was lacking on the night we dined but the food quality more than made up for it. Kudos to the chef and the kitchen team. Great waitstaff, too.

Close to Grove Park Inn.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The Brussels sprout appetizer was very good and the salmon and lamb main entrees were excellent! This is a neighborhood gem...quality food creatively prepared. Had a very enjoyable meal. Would recommend Ambrozia and plan to be back soon.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food & service in the neighborhood. We leave nearby.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The folks at Ambrozia were so kind and accom

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Everything was excellent from the service to the incredible handcrafted bar area to the Chef Sam Etheridge! We were treated like we were his only customers when the restaurant was full!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great for all tastes except vegetarians. Many meat and seafood choices. There isn't much to choose from if you love veggies. Salad and brussel sprouts are about it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 17, 2017

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the chef is fantastic. The menu has such creative and flavorful choices! We ordered a number of small plates, and every bite was an experience. Will return the next time I'm in town!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful Neighborhood Bistro in North Asheville! Great food. Great service. Love the grilled whole branzino and butter lettuce salad.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

$62 + tip for two small plates, one "supper" plate and two beers. Food is delicious, well prepared and presented, but that's a bit pricy for a casual meal with minimal beverages & no desserts.

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tapas
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Love Ambrozia. I eat there regularly. Deviled eggs to die for!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had a great time! Wednesday half price bottles of wine so we had a lot of fun!
We just ordered off the bar menu, which was very good. The restaurant menu looked great though. Overall we had a great time and we will go again. Good to have something on the North side of town that isn't pizza or mexican!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Consistently delightful! So glad Ambrozia is five minutes from home.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Went for a birthday lunch. Our server was attentive and charming. We were delighted with our meal. The brownie cake w a candle was a lovely surprise.

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

A great restaurant to have so close to home. Food is really terrific and diverse, service is wonderful, great wine list.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A study in blandness. I had noticed that Ambrosia changed its dinner menu. I had never been too excited about its previous menu, so I had high expectations.

I really wanted to like it. For me, it's one of our few neighborhood restaurants. Unfortunately, my expectations were dashed.

The chile relleno was beautifully fried, but it had no taste. Worse, the accompanying sauce was more like a marinara sauce which is completely inappropriate for a Mexican relleno. One dining companion ordered fried chicken and found the sauce to be strange and, of course, bland. My first course was grilled octopus and fingerling potatoes. The octopus tasted exactly the same as smoked oysters in a tin. All of the entrees were in the $25 range (cheap in NYC, but expensive for Asheville).

Sadly, I cannot recommend this restaurant.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great casual dining with some creative dishes and good beer.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Sunday Brunch. Food was excellent and unique. Will return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We will be making the drive from south to north Asheville frequently in the future. Excellent food, with extra little touches to make it remarkable (fried clams atop the already clam rich chowder; tender shiitakes with the Bison Short Ribs; crispy bacon and a perfect poached egg on the sautéed brussel sprouts.) Good sized dining rooms, plenty of free parking, and knowledgeable friendly service made for a perfect evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Our second visit. Enjoyed the flat iron steak with a great sauce. The smoked fries were excellent. Will return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2017

So glad they expanded — not as crowded & noisy. But, as always, great service (thanks Amber!) & delicious food

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful brunch spot. Great service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Burger and Beer night for $12. Except they only give you a half pint of beer. So if you want a full pint, it’s basically no deal. Seems to be a little chintzy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

In a city that has many fine restaurants, this is a friendly neighborhood gem with good food and a competent staff. Recommend it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was ok. I had my dog and ate in their outside dining area. It’s a small area in front of the restaurant. We could hear the cars as the restaurant sits right off the road. Overall experience was ok.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Celebrated a joint birthday with a dear friend. Great service. Thoughtful wine selection assistance. Let us talk and talk long after we should have left. Will become a regular.

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