Cucina 24

4.8
2874 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 $60per-person 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
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vipCathyB
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The prix fixe menu and wine pairing were fabulous. The beef agnolotti dish was paired with a Sardinian red and were amazing.

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AnthonyP
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

the menu was difficult to read, food came out too fast

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Lisa
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fixed menu was absolutely wonderful: delicious and creative. It made a memorable meal for a special occasion. Truly exceptional and interesting food in a lovely space. We had even enough to enjoy for lunch the next day. (We’re local so easy to di).

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vipjohnnyboy
Cincinnati
71 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We came to Cucina 24 without any notions about it as we’re from out of town. We’re on vacation and wanted a nice dinner after being on the road.
Not disappointed! Lots of small plates well prepared so we didn’t leave stuffed.

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vipDavid
Western NC
68 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

C24 remains the most creative restaurant we know. How does Brian keep coming up with foods and preparations we never heard of ?!? The tasting menu format is simultaneously relaxing and exciting. Keep it up.

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting menu with expertly paired wines. Would highly recommend.

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TimD
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very curtailed menu (still?) but the Chef's Daily Offering of 5 courses was excellent. The Tuna Crudo course was "only" good", but the other 4 courses were top-notch. Wine list excellent as well with detailed, knowledgable, all-Italian list. All in all an excellent experience and we will certainly return and recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great restaurant with authentic Italian dishes and great menu. It’s a set menu that’s different every time. A definite recommendation!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this experience. You sit, they come, and serve 5 delicious courses. Nothing to decide or chose from. They just bring food. Finished every delectable crumb. A great evening

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Andi
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. The best food we’ve had in a long time.

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PaulH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here for mother's day. It wasn't the normal a la carte menu. It was a prix fixe menu with lots of fancy foods and several courses.

There were things I wouldn't have normally chosen off a menu but was happy to try them and overall, it was a great experience. If you want a sophisticated meal, this is your place.

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JayP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like fresh vegetables and subtlety wonderful high end Italian this is the best place in Asheville and frankly maybe on the east coast.
I’d personally rank it with French Laundry but at a fraction of the price.
Every detail of the food has been carefully thought out but not by a technician, by an artist.
Not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful display of unique and delicious foods! We had a wonderful time and were honored to have partaken in such a wonderfully unique experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. The food was the focus of a huge portion of our conversation, all in positive tones and commentary, even guessing who liked what the most. Great for dates & friends/family who like to share food. (And if you don’t like to then learn to, sorry.) They even made us custom mocktails for $3 per drink. It was super nice of them.

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vipStephanie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal we had here was truly extraordinary. We were served five courses. This seemed daunting when we read about it, but each course was appropriately small. The snacks, appetizers and desserts were the best part of the meal. On the day we went, the snacks included a dish made of shiitake mushrooms and nettles. This might be the best one-bite dish I've ever eaten. The staff was informed, attentive and warm. At $65 for food alone, this is not an inexpensive meal. But if you want an exceptional dining experience and can afford it, go.

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vipkrog1
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know if the new (covid) "tapas" menu is permanent or not, but it was truly wonderful! Try it!

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EmSafAdventures
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Cucina24 for the first time to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary. We tried the chef's tasting menu and enjoyed the visual and textural variety accompanying with the delicious flavors. There were local and fresh ingredients, paired in creative ways that made the meal fresh and interesting throughout. The service was great! Both servers that we interacted with made sure that we understood the menu and each dish as it came out and highlighted noteworthy features. The cocktails were well balanced and delicious and they brought us glasses of prosecco to celebrate our anniversary. Overall, definitely recommend and would go again.

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PatD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly and the food was amazing! Highly recommend!

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JeremyW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and phenomenal drinks. The bartender was our server and he made our anniversary awesome. Definitely will be returning next time I’m in Asheville.

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Ricky
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often feel that high prices for a dinner out are almost never worth it but this 5 course dinner was worth every penny. The menu was thoughtfully curated with fresh and creative combinations and the customer service was excellent. Would definitely return!

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vipAudreyD
Western NC
55 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, fantastic and downright delicious! Becky took amazing care of us. She knows the food and wine list like the back of her hand. She amazes me with her knowledge. And then there is Chef Brian who continues to wow us each time we visit. Love Cucina 24!

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DonnaQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasting menu was stellar, every course was beyond our expectations and expertly explained by our server, Becky.

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EricB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuchina 24 is a must stop for us when we are in the Asheville. We normally have order off of the menu but they are only offering fixed meals due to COVID. It was excellent. They served several courses that I really enjoyed but were items I never would have ordered. I recommend C24 to all of my friends and coworkers spending any days in Asheville.

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Joyce
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and well prepared food. Five courses with great variety of flavors and textures. Attentive professional service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal!!! Superb service; quiet and serene setting. Enjoyed a five course shared plate meal, and every course was fantastic. Celebrated our 30th anniversary there and couldn’t have been happier with the experience. Excellent all around!!!

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vipDavid
Western NC
69 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

You are #1 on our special night out list. Thank you for many inventive, delicious meals.
P.S. Our server seemed inexperienced compared to others in the past. Just give her time!

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vipfanew
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Just weird food. My husband could barely eat any of it. Would not recommend.

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WillyG
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and knowledgable staff explaining the excellent foods

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vipSara
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so impressed by Cucina 24! It was a 6 course pre-fixe and offered so much variety. There was such attention to detail, from the starters to the salad and vegetables to the pasta and the fish. Dessert was excellent as well. The service was impeccable and each dish was explained to us in detail. They also really paid attention to our food restrictions (1 person was gluten-free, another was a pescatarian) and it really made us feel special. I would go back here again if I lived in the Asheville area, but I will definitely recommend it to anyone visiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly memorable dining experience. The six courses were beautifully prepared and delicious. We added the wine pairing and really enjoyed the selections. Service was impeccable. Cucina 24 was a highlight of our Asheville visit.

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vipKsinging
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are big fans of tasting menus. I say that so readers know we have a solid base for comparison. This meal was among the best we have had in years! And it was priced at an incredibly reasonable $60 for five courses! The first course consisted of various small bits of appetizers, second were three “salads” constructed with fresh and local ingredients, third was gnocchi in brown butter served with fried soft shell crab pieces. (The contrast between the pillow soft gnocchi and the crunchy crab was fantastic!) Fourth course we had our choice of either mackerel or beef cheeks and for dessert, there was panna cotta topped with balsamic sorbet.

It has been our recent experience (last few years) with tasting menus that there may be one or two fantastic courses, but seldom have we enjoyed a meal when EVERY.SINGLE.COURSE was a home run. This restaurant scored on every course.

If you live in Asheville, lucky you—go to this restaurant. If you are visiting, like we were, be sure to make your reservations and enjoy. Service was superlative, timing excellent and we will be sure to return if ever in the area again.

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MarcelParcel
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall this was a lovely dinner with lots of tastes. I like the tasting menu concepts and wish that more restaurants had it.

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EmmaA
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner and its only a fixed menu for dining in at the moment. I’m not allowed to eat gluten which is super annoying. They were so accommodating and amazing - made every dish, even pasta, gluten free. Was really kind and unexpected, and I appreciate it so much. Food and service was amazing.

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JRTtheone
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricy but really worth it. Very creative food, excellent service and interesting wines.

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Jason
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 5 course meal was great - and was able to modify to our dietary needs.

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Apollo
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I enjoyed my meal with 3 other people. The tasting course was excellent. I loved the salad course. The vegetables were very fresh, as if they were just picked from a garden. The serving sizes were appropriate. For the protein course, my pork chop was tender and tasty. I had a taste of my wife's monkfish which I thought was too acidic but she thought it was fine. The restaurant was very strict on Covid precautions which is very good. Our waiter was helpful and very knowledgable. We will dine here again when we visit Asheville.

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vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants, and is always great. But this visit was outstanding. Maybe the best meal we have had here over the past 7 or so years.

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MichaelH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Fixed course dinner was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing - the food was perfect and the wine pairings were spot on!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing meal. 5 course with wine paring. Excellent food and wine and with great covid rules and seating. Much better than many of the other places we ate while in Asheville.

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

Cucina 24 is rated 4.8 stars by 2874 OpenTable diners.

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