Artisanal Restaurant

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786 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List
Contemporary American Fine Dining in a rustic yet elegant environment. Innovative and progressive thinking in a farm to table approach, only working with the highest quality ingredients. This warm environment offers the best food and wine with excellent service. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Private dining room adjacent to the wine cellar available for events.
Artisanal Restaurant is closed seasonally from November - April.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(828) 898-5395
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bill Greene
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room is located adjacent to the wine cellar. For events, 32 or less, the cellar is the best option. For larger parties, a restaurant buy-out is an option. Minimums are required for events. Fixed menus are planned with the chef to accommodate guest preferences.
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Private party contact
Anita Greene: (828) 898-5395
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy 184
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Parking details
Valet Parking
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Entertainment
Entertainment may be available on occasions
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined a day ago

Wonderful! A real treat.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It all starts with the approach up the long driveway through the lush green grass and you know it’s going to be an amazing dining experience.
Eye catching lines, architecture stunning reclaimed wood everywhere huge ceilings. Incredible craft cocktails and immense wine list. we had the wine pairings dinner. Everything is organic locally sourced and all that good stuff and presentations were amazing.
Great conversations with Mr. Greene and fantastic service from Britt.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Artisanal is a real gem in the mountains! Wonderful service and a very unique cuisine make it a very special outing

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great decor and quiet. Interesting menu, ample servings, special deserts.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great spot to celebrate our anniversary! Food and service was amazing!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent service and creative dishes. We did the summer fixed price menu with the wine pairings and thoroughly enjoyed the different choices it provided.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We have been enjoying Artisanal since it has opened. The entire experience will wow the most discerning of tastes and palates! A true gem beautifully nestled in the heart of the mountains in the majestic Banner Elk, NC. Their scone appetizer is to die for!!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

This place was a delicious surprise in the High Country of North Carolina with a bit of rustic sophistication .

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Everything was amazing. The best meal we have shared. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Service was impeccable - wonderful cuisine

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Outstanding dining experience, as usual. Food is always outstanding, the staff is very attentive, the owners make sure to engage the patrons during dinner, the specialty drinks were a great surprise. A great value!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Food was excellent as usual. The cap steak was superb! We will Always return to this restaurant each time we are in the area!
My only recommendation would be to serve French press coffee. I love HOT coffee & my coffee cooled way before I was finished w dessert!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Delicious and creative food served in a beautiful setting by a professional and kind team. Wow!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The lobster and shrimp Bloody Mary appetizer was delicious! We ordered some pimento cheese scones for the table and everyone loved them. They melt in your mouth. I had the duck which was excellent. Others had the fish (sorry I can’t remember what kind) that was perfectly cooked, and the seafood curry. Everyone lives what they ordered. I was disappointed we didn’t get to sit outside, but the ambience inside was lovely also.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Best meal of our lives! First visit was two years ago, we sa

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Always a treat. This time we took 2 guests who had never been and they swore they would come back. Make sure to insist on proper attire because it makes for better behavior among the guests.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Still our favorite restaurant and a treasure if your in the high country.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We have been going to the Artisanal for many years and it has never disappointed us. It is our favorite restaurant. The food is exceptional and the staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. If you want a great dining experience visit the Artisanal.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Wonderful food and service!!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Just excellent in every way. Dinner on the deck over a creek. Amazing flavors. Perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

As usual, the meal was outstanding. The service was impeccable. Sitting outside on a lovely June evening is the best!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We *love* Artisanal. The food, service, and ambiance are always perfect. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Excellent food and wonderful service!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Hard to believe such a quality culinary operation seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Bill & Anita have created a one of a kind quality culinary experience. For those of you used to finding the hot spots in Charlotte, etc., you will find an almost eerie quietness in the entire operation. The display kitchen is even very quiet.

The culinary brigade reminds me of those New York City Restaurants where you had as many culinarians in the kitchen as guests in the dining room. The uniqueness of their mini rolls baked on parchment paper in a private skillet holding six (6) of them was great to see the attention to detail.

Albiet the finest meal I have had in years, the prices, for the portions served are on the high end of the spectrum. No doubt quality in every sense of the word, I am sure they must average more than $ 80 pp in check average.

The Front of the House staff are like mini robots tending to every single detail, and making sure that every single tablecloth is to the exact length on the booth set-ups. Such a young a vibrant staff, in such a far away Restaurant. The training they go through has to be some of the best
in the industry, as one never sees a service staff member not being busy, taking care of every single guest need.

Bill is his entrepreneurial spirit spent time visiting the tables of patrons saying hello, and genuinely seeking input on their meal, which of course with a rating of 5-stars on every
single social media platform, speaks for itself.

This is a must try restaurant in the area. You will not find any finer experience anywhere in the world, they have created quite a following.

Can't wait till their new venture in Charlotte opens up in November of this year. No doubt it will be an aware winner. Kudos to Bill & Anita for bringing such culinary quality to the High Country.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Food and service were outstanding; hostess greeting and seating our party was cold, unfriendly and rude - not the first time this has happened.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Artisanal is fantastic! I like everything about it, the staff is well trained, the ambiance and food- impeccable. We love living rurally but crave this level of eating experience, so happy to have found this marvelous gem of a place.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

What a treat! From the moment your car door is opened, you know it is going to be an outstanding dinner. Our family celebrates a birthday, anniversary, and Father's Day within seven days, and I cannot think of a better place. We ordered steak, pork, and halibut along with the yummy pimento cheese scones. The yeast rolls are off the charts! The wine list is extensive and the staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and made sure you evening was memorable.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Artisanal is an exceptional dining experience.. Our server Adrian was very helpful and provide excellent but unobtrusive service...All the servers we have had there have been excellent as well.. the food is absolutely creative and delicious... we have eaten there several times and it has always been excellent... we live in Johnson City so it is an hour drive for us, but we’ll worth it...

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Probably my all-time favorite restaurant...from the setting to the service to the cuisine. Each meal becomes my next “favorite memorable experience. “. It is no wonder reservations must be made well in advance. I can’t say enough about this fabulous dining destination.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent! We look forward to going again!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The experience was over the top! Best food in WNC located in a scenic, beautifully unique building. Includes lots of options from a casual bar to open restaurant / kitchen to outdoor seating along a melodious rock filled stream! Every morsel of food was wonderfully prepared and delicious. Couldn't ask for a better evening. We've already booked our next dinner!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Another great meal at Artisanal. This time we tried the wagyu beef which was to die for...an amazing preparation with crab and gourmet mushrooms. Gives new meaning to melt in your mouth. Service was excellent and we enjoyed two half-bottles of wine from their well-selected list. We can't wait to return

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. One of the waitresses was a bit strange, but everything was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Sitting outside next to the creek was amazing! Our server, Chloe was perfect! Very attentive! Ambiance was just amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This was our first visit to Atisanal after several recommendations...it was worth the wait. By far the best restaurant we’ve been to in years. The ambiance is great both inside and out, but sitting on the porch is just perfect. The whole experience was first class all the way. Thanks for a great evening!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

If you want a place for a special occasion the Artisanal is it. My wife and sister had the duck, I had the rib eye and my brother-in-law had the halibut. Everything was cooked exactly the way we asked and all was excellent. Since we were celebrating 2 birthdays and an anniversary they treated us to a glass of champagne and a tasty dessert each. The service was excellent. Our water glasses always filled, clean silver-ware after every dish, and they made sure we were happy with each course. Our main waitress, Lara(Sp?), who took our orders and answered all of our questions (and we did have quite a few questions reference the various names to the dishes/food) was so knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful that she made the dinning even more enjoyable. She was honestly friendly and we were able to kid and laugh with her without feeling out of place. She even took several pictures for us. All the other staff, which were many, also did an out standing job to keep us happy. Highly recommend the Artisanal for a special dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Once again, Artisinal does not dissappoint. This year's highlights included tempura soft shell crab, peking duck, red snapper and many other delicious dishes. This is my top restaurant for service quality, food quality and overall experience. You should go at least once... you will return!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We were with another couple and decided to have a nice meal on our last night here. We are so glad we did! This restaurant was everything we hoped it would be. Every dish was prepared artistically and perfectly. We had the scallops, duck and Seafood Stew and all of it was delicious. Our server Page outdid herself in providing attentive service but not overbearing. Excellent evening all the way around!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This place is fabulous for a fine dinning experience! Food was absolutely fantastic, from first course to last! Drinks were handcrafted with the finest ingredients as was the food. The food is farm to table, with the freshest ingredients. Our experience was absolutely wonderful. Expect to pay for this experience, but for a special occasion it was so worth it. It’s an experience to remember. The wait staff are flawless and more attentive than any other place I’ve ever been. Everyone was friendly and the food was indeed worth the money you will pay for it.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We had just dropped the kids off at camp and were spending some quality time together sans offspring. So, my wife had the splendid idea for the two of us to try Artisinal. We were not disappointed. The food, service, ambiance, quietness, and overall atmosphere were perfect for our rare time alone. Thank you and we will be back. Even if we have to drag the kids along!

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