Chestnut

4.5
2167 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chestnut is an American restaurant. We are in a 1920s era building in downtown Asheville, right across for the Aloft hotel and the double decker coffee bus (Double D's Coffee and Desserts). Parking is plentiful (and cheap) at the public deck under the Aloft Hotel.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 11:30 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday 11:30 am - 10 pm
Sunday 9 am - 9 pm
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Phone number
(828) 575-2667
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Mike Cash
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Parking details
You may park on the street (metered parking until 6 pm Monday-Saturday) or at the public parking beneath the Aloft Hotel directly across the street from us. Fees are $1 for the first two hours and $1 for each additional hour.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found Chestnut by chance, looking on Google. We had eaten at sister restaurant Corner Cafe a number of times but didn't know about Chestnut. It was a pleasant surprise. Retro decor, top notch wait staff, and tasty food. For lunch, we split the kale salad with calamari followed by the bread pudding. Both dishes were excellent. Highly recommend Chestnut.

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Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We've been to Chestnut 2 times before and LOVED it! But the menu has changed and it's less-wonderful than it was before. The Chestnut Salad was changed and ordinary (it used the be so great), and our whole fish was blah. Appetiser was good and we might have it again. (Sorry but don't remember what it was; a lot has happened since the end of Dec'16). Other couple was pleased but not wow'd as we told they they would be. We didn't have dessert since we hadn't been quite as pleased with the dinner.
FYI, because it was just good, I wondered if they'd changed chefs or ownership in the past 2 years, but they have not.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a last minute dinner plan with the husband since we were on vacation for our one year anniversary. This place was amazing. The steaks were cooked perfectly and we shared a vanilla bourbon creme brulee and I'm pretty sure my husband ate more of it than I did and I am the dessert person.

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Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a very good restaurant some dishes better than others. Service was very good. The food choices were not really my style or taste. I would recommend.

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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Chestnut is my favorite restaurant in Asheville. Staff is wonderful, ambience is great for anything between a romantic meal and a company dinner. They have a nice bar area. Portions are moderate (don't expect a trough of food like you get at a chain restaurant) , but I will take quality over quantity any day. For the quality you get, the prices are fairly moderate and worth it. Probably only costs about $30 more than dinner for 2 at Olive Garden. The menu changes regularly. Make SURE to save room for their desserts. The souffle is divine! I walk out of their feeling satisfied every time.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was impeccable. Love that they serve house made charcuterie. Great place for a date or late night bite. Will definitely return.

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, attention to detail, superb food. The charcuterie plate is a must have - all the tastes of Asheville!!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was outstanding but service left something to be desired - waitress clearly wanted us out of there (I guess 845 is last reservation?) and we felt very rushed and as if we were an inconvenience... kitchen had mystery 'problems with the souflee pans' (aka didn't feel like making any more despite us ordering as our main came out). Brought our dessert out before we even finished taking a breath after finishing main course. (Again, clearly wanted us gone)
Worth going for the outstanding food, just don't be the last reservation...

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a really great meal here with friends the other night. Our waitress was extremely helpful and friendly. We ordered the mussels, fried green tomatoes and pork belly to start. Dinner 3 of us did the pork chop ( amazing) and one did the salmon. Everything was cooked perfectly we will definitely return

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although we are local to Asheville, this was our first visit to Chestnut. But, I'm pleased to say this won't be our last!! Our dishes, the ambiance, and the service were all outstanding. We can see why Chestnut is such a hit with locals and visitors alike.

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Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a good meal and experience at Chesnut.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice! Accommodating of dietary restrictions.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch. Lobster bisque was wonderful! So was the outdoorsman cocktail. So glad we went!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Kitchen was backed up, we were there an hour before our entrees arrived. The salad dressing had a strange taste. The fried catfish was overdone and everything on the plate was drizzled with a super sweet molasses which was overpowering. None of the four of us enjoyed the experience.

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Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our Christmas trip to Asheville this week and it was all about food and fun. Chestnut did not disappoint at all. Excellent drinks and apps. Everyone greatly our entrees as well. Very pleased with Chestnut.

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Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this restaurant! Our meals were perfect and the service and atmosphere outstanding.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our evening out at Chestnut. I found the atmosphere to be friendly and relaxing. The food was fabulous. I will dine here again.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

None of us had been to Chestnut before, but the lunch menu looked good and varied, so I selected it for a family gathering to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday. We had a bit of trouble with the kitchen (my Mom didn't get the bacon she had asked to have added to her sandwich, and my niece didn't get the side order of grilled chicken she had requested), but they made things right before we left. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food very much. I know I did! Service was very friendly, and we had a lovely table where we could see out into the street and watch the folks passing by. Also, the restaurant gave my Mom a complimentary dessert for her birthday, which she very much enjoyed! A great experience all around.

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Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A bit busy at lunch, But that allowed us to look at their fantastic menu and chat with the bartender. Outstanding food with terrific presentation. Would go there every time we are in Nashville. A great spin off from the corner kitchen efforts.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lobster bisque - amazing
Soup of the day - amazing
Turkey sandwich - amazing
Grilled Cheese - a little onion heavy

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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

One of my favorite restaurants in Asheville. The food is always exceptional. The seating is good for small groups or date. During the last visit our service was basic at best. Usually the staff will make recommendations or substitutions as needed.

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Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the evening. The restaurant is a good one with a great location. Food, service and atmosphere were fine.

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Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very average and somewhat weird combinations. Example: potato chips and honey mustard dressing, shrimp and grits (tails left on) in tomatoe sauce, mashed potatoes mixed with corn meal.

Sound delicious? It wasn't.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved Chestnut! Nice ambiance as you move toward back of restaurant. Excellent bar selections and quality cuisine at reasonable prices. Service from Brianna was also excellent. We were able to have quiet conversation with our guests. Would definitely recommend!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Visiting with wife we stopped by on Monday December 26th for lunch. Lots of tourist so the place was crowded.
So glad we had a reservation with open table.
They sat us right away. The bar tender was our waiter and he never showed up. Manager eventually came over & apologized for the waiting. He took care of our orders from that point on. Lobster bisque was very good. The soup of the day was just okay (coconut squash cream soup). Had to ask for silverware to another waiter. Grilled chicken salad was good, greens were fresh. The flat iron steak my wife ordered was okay. They added A1 sauce to it which we don't like. The A1 sauce should be optional. That was disappointing. Interestingly the steak came with fries. I would have liked another side with it.
With so many good other restaurants in Asheville, we would definitely explore other places next time. Our experience was good but not the greatest.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was very good. I had the kale calamari salad (very fresh), and it was excelent.
The one thing they should be working on it, its the service. Its is unsophiticaded.

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Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation in Asheville. I Read about it online and it sounded good. The waitress was so kind and attentive and fun. The food was outstanding and the idea of the medium plates is a great one. One of our best meals ever and with 2 cocktails and 2 glasses of wine total bill was $107!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Great flavors and yextures- lots of love in the food!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I was very disappointed in our experience at Chestnut. It was my birthday and chose this place because of the excellent reviews. Our table was right by the host stand and bar- not quite what I was thinking for a romantic birthday dinner, but someone has to get sat at that table. Our server was never around and saw the food runners more than her, not ideal when you want to order drinks. I ordered 3 courses and were brought out back to back- we were served all 3 courses within 30 minutes... we weren't even done with our previous course before the next one was at our table. At one point my husband was still eating (chewing) and someone asked if they could take his plate. It made the dinner feel rushed and wasn't enjoyable. The food was ok, but was not impressed by the overall experience of dining here.

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific evening, great food service and a superb wine list!

Environment much nicer then pictures.

A very popular place with good reason.

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OM
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My daughter was visiting for the Christmas holidays and we wanted to eat dinner out before going to the Fine Arts Theater. Chestnut is one of my favorite restaurants as I love the kale and calamari appetizer and several of the usual dinners. I ordered trout and my daughter ordered salmon. I can't say the salmon was up to the usual standards but everything else was absolutely delicious!

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M
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It has been a few months since we ate at Chesnut.
We waited until there were fewer tourists in town and luckily could get a reservation on the same day that we requested one.
The service was excellent.
Since there were many holiday parties , the time between when we ordered and received our entrees was quite long.
It was worth the wait...food was excellent, especially the beet salad. The dressing on the lettuce that came with the beets was superb. Nice NOT to have salad that looks like it had been in a bag for weeks! My husband liked the french dip as well.

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Western NC
57 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seasonal salad has interesting bits and pieces and a light dressing that keeps it simple. The small plate steak is tender and perfect. I love this restaurant.

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DD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely holiday lunch with an old friend. I had a reservation and they took me promptly. Service was excellent, I am just sorry I do not remember his name, I think it was Taylor. He did not hover or rush us. But seem to check on us at just the right time. Food is consistently good. I really do love this restaurant.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Wine was delicious. Service was wonderful. Definitely recommend this place and we will be going back.

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Charleston
59 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We ate here prior to Candlelight tour at Biltmore. Due to an accident stopping traffic on I-26, we were 20 minutes late. I called ahead and they were very accommodating. Upon arrival, I informed the waitress that we had 8:00 tickets for Biltmore and needed to rush. She took GREAT care of us. Got our food in about 20 minutes and it was fabulous. Three of us had the salmon; one had the ribeye. The waitress was attentive and very conscientious. Though the seating is VERY close together and the noise level brisk, we very much enjoyed our "quick" dinner and will definitely be back. KUDOS to Chestnut.
Side note- there is a nearby parking garage that made life much easier- didn't have to "hunt" for a parking spot.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch. Lobster Bisque is terrific! Excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

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FF
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good time at Chestnut, packed on a Sunday night! Came early so sat at the bar. Sirloin and filet were perfection. Sirloin a little pricey at $38, but filet responsible. Trout tender and just caught. Potatoes amazing. I always recommend Chestnut.

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Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is truly one of Asheville's best restaurant. We recommend it to tourists and locals as well.
From the welcome as you enter, to the thank you for dining with us and all in between, the service
is always great! Always a variety of choices to suit anyone's palette.

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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My only complaint was our table was right at the front door....small round table for 2. I wish I had asked for a better table but that was my fault, I will know next time. Food delicious but waiter acted a little rushed....really busy night. I would definitely go back.

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