Cucina 24

4.6
2802 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Chef & owner Brian Canipelli opened Cucina 24 in 2008 on Wall Street in the center of downtown Asheville, NC.

Our kitchen is focused on melding the traditions and philosophies of Italian cookery with ingredients found in the mountains of the American South.

We work closely with a number of area farms and our menus reflect produce that they bring to us.

We offer a nightly family-style menu for dine in.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2802 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.4
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPittsburgh
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular! Cuisine was creative and delicious! Service was top notch, and wine list was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not there in awhile so went for my birthday. We were all very pleased & impressed when the table (at which we were to be seated) was in a very noisy area and the hostess immediately recognised it was not right for us without us even saying so. She took us to a more private and quiet section. Our servers were very nice, knowledgable, attentive & patient! The food was excellent. It was a perfect evening. Kudos to all!

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Amanda
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful meal at Cucina 24! My husband is vegetarian, and the chef prepared some of the best dishes we’ve had. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was top notch. This was a meal we’ll be talking about for a long while!

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PatC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had such a nice experience at Cucina 24. We enjoyed just about everything that was brought to our table. There was such a variety of flavors to try and enjoy.

Although there were so many good tastes, we felt the pasta and the lamb were over the top in yumminess. The only thing we didn't care for was the cake dessert. Cake in general is not my thing, but also the lemon as part of dessert really isn't my thing. Other than the cake, everything else was yum yum yum.

And, we really liked the staff we interacted with. Kudos to the management and our servers. Although we didn't interact with the kitchen, they did an amazing job with the food.

I will surely be back for more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
42 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I continue to be surprised at the creativity of dishes, as well as the amount of delicious little plates that come to the table. It is such a great format to have the menu set. It allows you to just sit back and talk, and eat and laugh and drink. And isn't that what going out to eat is all about!?!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice job once again Cucina!

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RobW
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Utterly perfect Italian food. Prima materia. Exquisitely prepared and served. The wait staff are extraordinary too. Just go and savor the whole experience.

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CParrisnAsheville
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! The food, service, and atmosphere can't be beat!

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Christian
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit and blown away. Amazing food, knowledgeable and attentive staff. Can't wait to come back!

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lesterh
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't put how great they in words just go see for yourself worth every penny you will spend

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Cathiy
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

I love this restaurant and I understand that with Covid it’s been a challenge for restaurants. Cucina 24 did not do anything to make the overall appearance of the restaurant look good. They had a menu that was fixed. I was looking forward to enjoying one of my favorite dishes. The food was good and they snd did their best to accommodate my dietary needs but I was absolutely shocked to get the check to see the price of this meal. It was way overpriced. To finalize my disappointments.......I laid down cash to pay for the meal and they informed me that they can’t give me change for the cash. We are well into the pandemic I was disappointed to see that they couldn’t navigate through at this point in the pandemic to accommodate cash. I am a business owner I had to learn to accommodate cash back into my business as a method of payment to accommodate my clients. I hate to give poor reviews especially with one of my favorite restaurants they really could have done better to make it a more comfortable environment along with offering more dishes from their original menu. Not everyone wants to eat the same thing. Thank God the service was good our waitress was amazing....... very sweet.

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Jeff
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!! Casual atmosphere surrounds wonderful tasting menu!

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vipBrianD
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Cucina 24 for Valentine's Day and could not be happier. The food and the service were amazing! Thank you.

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AmiP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've ever had. And, this is the third time I can say the same.

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avlbhb
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Appetizers were great. Entree choices of oxtail or tile fish with tomatoes, celery and tarragon were very disappointing. My husband enjoyed his ox tail well enough but I could eat my fish entree (my husband ate some). Was pretty disappointed with our $200 dinner based on the entree choices and flavors.

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AngelaA
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cucina 24 for Valentines Day. It was an incredible, 5-course family style menu. We hope to make this our annual tradition. Below is the menu and the meal was phenomenal!

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Derek
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the 5 course meal for Valentine’s Day. It was delicious. Would go back to try their regular menu

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Peter
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we entered the staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was perfectly prepared, absolutely delicious and served at just the right pace. Would go back again anytime.

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DrewW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas style multiple course pre-set meal. Attention to COVID precautions include: all staff members masked and wearing gloves when handling dishes; temperatures and screening of guests at the door; restroom is open for one guest at a time; tables separated with adequate space to allow for social distancing.

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JohnG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best culinary experiences in Asheville.

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LauraK
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining here, and the food was just as delicious as the first time!! Cozy, romantic atmosphere, and amazing food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a five course set menu that didn’t disappoint. The space between tables went above and beyond the mandated spacing... too empty 😁 Erroring on the side of caution is the worst thing in the world. thank you for a wonderful dinner!

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Freese6
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was so singular, the evening felt especially catered to what we had hoped to experience. Starting with walking through the door, service was comfortable and inviting. We truly felt like we tasted the culinary uniqueness of Asheville with our visit to Cucina24. Cheers to the new year!

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lov2din
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I had in a long time. Enjoyed it and really can recommend it.

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vipKatherineS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef’s tasting menu was fabulous- each course so creative and thoughtful. I also did the wine pairing, and I thought the unique choices were wonderful. I tried things I never thought I would (the tongue with salsa verde amazing!) and interesting combinations of familiar flavors. The food is so smart and so delicious. Worth the splurge!

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AndrewM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wowowowow an amazing experience.

We had a 15 course meal or something and everything was fantastic.

11/10

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JeffreyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon Cucina 24 at the last minute on Open Table and wow, what a find! The food was amazing and unique, with several items bearing unfamiliar but tasty ingredients. The service was impeccable; our waitress was very knowledgeable and appropriately enthusiastic about sharing info with us. The lighting was perfect: dim enough for a romantic evening without risking not being able to see one's food! And the music was perfect too: not overpowering but loud enough to hear and feel the good vibes that were just right for such a dinner. Well done on all accounts!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience!

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suga865
E. Tennessee
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

their family style dining tasting menu is absolutely amazing and paired well with delicious wines. our service was as outstanding as the food.

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KenyaH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was HORRIBLE. The food wasn't Italian. The pasta that was served tasted like Rivoli meat. The vegan pasta was thrown together black eyed peas with noodles and pesto. The bread was cold. The other dish was drenched in olive oil. The dessert was a cold pastry. This was not worth $150 compared to Cork & Flame we had a few days prior in another town. Same concept except with Lamb, Filet Mignon, bomb dessert etc. The server was very nice but food was CRAP!

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CParrisnAsheville
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn't have been more pleased with our meal, service, and overall experience. Things are weird with Covid regulations, but the staff manages the regulations with a cool professionalism that seems safe and unobtrusive... walking in, the place has kind of a speak-easy feel. They accommodated food allergies with the same casual grace. Absolutely wonderful!

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vipRobbins
Memphis/West TN
44 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience wS amazing. Br use of Covid precautions in Asheville, the restaurant only had six tables spaced 20 feet apart. They are working off a fixed menu that was amazing. Lots of small bites—maybe 10 before we got to the entree. Each plate was unique, complex and tasty. I was full before we got to the entrees so we took it all home and had enough for another dinner.

I’m sorry to say that post-covid, we not be able to have the same quiet experience, but we were thrilled with what we had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
43 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always our meal was fantastic. I love that the menu is set and the food just comes. It gives you more time to spend with the people you are there with rather than everyones face being in a menu.

The variety and amount of food is incredible. It's like a journey or an adventure to work you way through the plethora of little dishes of delights. We did the wine pairing too which was also wonderful. We got glasses of very expensive wine and learned about new varietals and regions we would otherwise not ever have known.

Because the menu changes frequently, we try and make it back several times a year and Cucina 24 is always at the top of our list of places to take our out of town guests.

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Andy
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food despite COVID! Love the vegetables and pasta. Great wine selection.

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vipRonb
Western NC
37 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Brian, his staff and especially his FOOD.. .he is a culinary genius.
I have been dining at Cucina24 since it opened 15 years ago and it only get Better.
see you next week !
ron

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Did not have great like of gnocchi . So happy we came here. Friend David Ladic of Naples Fl highly recommended your restaurant and I am very pleased and thankful. Wonderful experience. The very best to you. Jennifer Rector

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vipTodd
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience.

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vipMadcap1
Western NC
67 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful prix fixe meal! Each offering was thoughtfully prepared (used locally sourced and seasonal selections) and delicious. The pace was perfect, not hurried. My husband also added the wine pairings and each one enhanced the foods they accompanied. From the first bite to the last, it was a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I read great reviews before booking a reservation here. I’ll be honest, it was just very mediocre. It felt like it was just trying too hard. We ate off of a tasting menu (that’s what they’re offering due to covid, totally understandable) and it just was not worth what we paid for it. Not sure if our experience would be the same if we were just ordering off of a regular menu—some things were good! Others were just a miss. We are visiting from out of town and we would not be back at a return visit.

FAQs

Cucina 24 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 254-6170.

Cucina 24 is rated 4.6 stars by 2802 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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