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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Asheville / Western North Carolina

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Asheville / Western North Carolina? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Appalachia at The Lodge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (348)
$31 to $50
American
Lake Lure
About the restaurant
Appalachia Restaurant brings an upscale-casual experience to an intimate setting. With stunning views and a cuisine that offers an Appalachian flair, you will be immersed with the true spirit of Lake Lure.
Dinner at the restaurant begins at 4:30pm.
We bring the Appalachian heritage from the outdoors in while dining in front of the stunning 525 million year old mountains. Inside, outside, or bar room dining, you will have a gorgeous view of Lake Lure and the Appalachian mountains. Boats Slips are first come, first serve. Due to the small volume of tables, we cannot accept preferred table/view requests.
Dress Code: No swimwear or coverups, must have shoes.

Top review
LCMCon
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Great food and excellent service. We will highly recommend it to others!
A photo of Mehfil restaurant
4.9
4.9 (538)
$30 and under
Indian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of downtown Asheville, decorated with carvings, and statues imported from India. Mëhfil brings you authentic Indian food in a beautifully relaxed atmosphere.
Come enjoy a casual meal with friends or a celebration with your loved ones. Either way, you'll be taken care of by our knowledgeable and friendly team. We take pride in what we serve and how we serve it - Good Food and Great Service. We also offer takeout, delivery, catering and in Jul 2023 we have added Mow, Mehfil on Wheels, a food truck serving Mehfil food. Mow is a regular at the local breweries and can even come in to your neighborhood. Our signature dishes include the lamb chops, goat curry, deluxe mixed grill-an assortment of lamb and chicken seekh kebab, tandoori shrimp and lamb chops. No one does the tandoor as good us and our awards are testimony to that.

*FOR PARTIES OF 9 OR MORE, PLEASE CONTACT THE RESTAURANT DIRECTLY, HAVE A CREDIT CARD READY WHEN CALLING TO SET THE DEPOSIT*

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
My favorite restaurant in Asheville. Delicious food, delightful and friendly service.
A photo of The Gamekeeper restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3344)
$50 and over
American
Boone
About the restaurant
You haven't fully experienced the Blowing Rock, NC region until you've dined at The Gamekeeper. It's a true gourmet restaurant with an engaging blend of upscale elegance and mountain charm.


Famous for an evolving menu that blends the traditional with the exotic, The Gamekeeper features a selection of perfectly prepared game plus a range of continental and American entrees.

Acclaimed chef and owner Ken Gordon brings tremendous warmth and skill to the table treating you more as friends than guests. You'll experience a meal to remember that includes fine wines, decadent desserts, and a generous serving of personal attention. You'll leave happy and impressed with a desire to return soon!

Top review
MikeE
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful experience, great dinner with exceptional service! For starters, we split the Korean Meatballs with Antelope, main meal I had Pekin Duck & my wife had Bison Short Rib. Finished with chocolate mousse! Highly recommend & can’t wait to return!
A photo of Andaaz - Asheville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1373)
$31 to $50
Indian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Reservations are for available for dinner. Lunch buffet is available 7 days a week on a walk in basis (no reservations needed for Lunch). Andaaz is a fine dining restaurant with a variety of vegetarian, non-vegetarian signature dishes and fresh breads. The ambience showcases glimpses of Indian culture. Located in Biltmore Village right across the entrance to the Historic Biltmore Estate.
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localdinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Service was gracious and attentive. Food was perfectly prepared. Recommend the briyani. Reasonable prices w large portions.
A photo of Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1675)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Highlands / Sapphire
About the restaurant
Internationally recognized Chef Wolfgang invites you to dine in his garden pavilion or by the fireside in a historic home. Recipient of the Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" for the past years, our wine list features over 1000 wines. Eclectic Contemporary American Cuisine with a New Orleans flair, Seafood and Steaks. Nestled amongst the rhododendrons on the historic main street of Highlands. Southern Living : “Best Place for Dinner in Highlands.
”Our State” magazine named Wolfgang’s Restaurant &
Wine Bistro the place you must eat in Macon County,.
Featured in Southern Living, Southern Accents, WNC Magazine, and Outside Magazine.
Elected Member of Academy of Chefs
Certified Executive Chef
Member Texas Culinary Olympic Team
Voted Jamaican and Texas Chef of the Year
Chaine des Rotisseurs

Top review
PopsandMImi
Dined 6 days ago
Outstanding in every way. We had a nice table on the covered deck. Service was excellent but not overbearing. We had the shrimp and lobster bisque. Very tasty. Garden salad. Short ribs entre and Bavarian mixed grill. Huge portions and all high quality and perfectly done. Nice bottle of wine at reasonable price (for a restaurant). Lots of other good choices on the menu we can't wait to try.
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4.9
4.9 (1681)
$50 and over
American
Banner Elk
About the restaurant
Artisanal Restaurant is open seasonally from May-October end. 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. The only available menu is a pre-fix style, with 5-6 choices per course, $105/ guest plus a service fee. We do not offer a kids menu however kids prepared to order off our pre-fix menu are welcome. Our Dress Code is Business Casual. Collared shirts are required, jackets are preferred but not required for men. No shorts, distressed jeans, hoodies, hats, or sandals/flip flops. Please dress comfortably for the weather for outside seating. For our Allergy policy and menu choices, please go to artisanalnc.com
Top review
TrevorI
Dined 4 days ago
Phenomenal experience would do it again. Food and service was out of this world.
A photo of The Ascot Club Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (41)
$30 and under
American
Waynesville
About the restaurant
Located inside the clubhouse, The Ascot Club Restaurant is a boutique restaurant and bar featuring seasonal menus from Chef Paul Young, weekly specials, and of course delicious food! Guests can enjoy their meal inside the clubhouse or sitting outside on the terrace during beautiful mountain view sunset.
Top review
Davidvip
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely restaurant, gorgeous patio view of the mountains! Waynesville’s hidden gem! Excellent! We were a large party who were graciously and cheerfully accommodated. We were all (ages 11-78) delighted with the range of options on the menu. We were even more delighted by the delicious and interesting preparation of our dishes, especially as we had many different selections. Also best rolls in Waynesville hands down! Desserts also great! We will be back very soon and promise to give heads up on our party’s size. Thank you for a lovely meal and evening.
A photo of The Silo Cookhouse at The Horse Shoe Farm restaurant
4.8
4.8 (337)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Hendersonville
About the restaurant
The Silo Cookhouse offers a culinary farm to table journey set amidst the tranquility of the Farm’s eclectic dining room and the splendor of sweeping sunset views of Mt. Pisgah. We offer an a la carte menu, communal seating dinner service Wednesday-Saturday evenings. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, at 5:00 when our bar opens up! Please make your reservation time at the time you would like to be seated for dinner.

Our experience is a great chance to meet new people and make new friends! Our menu changes in accordance with the freshest, seasonal local ingredients.

Thursday’s Are For LOCALS!
Henderson, Transylvania, & Buncombe County residents will receive 20% off at The Silo Cookhouse and The Stable Spa EVERY Thursday. That's right. We love our locals and want to see you at least once a week!

GF/V/Kids Menu Options available upon request**
Our kitchen is not 100% allergen / nut free, so please take this in to consideration or call before booking if you have allergen concerns.

Top review
LAB1vip
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious, fresh and unique. The restaurant exemplifies farm to table. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The property is stunning.
A photo of Americano Steak House & Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (758)
$30 and under
Steak
Banner Elk
About the restaurant
The best award-winning steakhouse in the area! Worth the drive from Banner Elk (13 miles), Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain (30 minute drive) , Johnson City or wherever you are. Americano Steak House is a local, veteran-owned restaurant featuring hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, amazing salads, 1/2 pound steak-burgers, decadent desserts and the only full liquor bar in the East Tennessee mountains will over 100 wines by the bottle and glass.

We kindly ask that you do not show up early for your reservation, but simply on time. We are a small, boutique steakhouse that focuses on exceptional food and incredible service in the mountains of East Tennessee and typically cannot seat guests earlier than their reserved time.

While we have always discouraged them, our policy towards no shows/same day cancelations MUST be firm. No shows and same day cancellations are the plague of the industry and we ask of you to uphold your end of this commitment as we are thrilled to provide on our end.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
3rd trip to Americano- Fantastic restaurant, excellent food and service.
A photo of Little D's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (355)
$30 and under
American
Asheville
About the restaurant

Executive Chef Owen McGlynn
Chef de Cuisine Faith Hall

COOK WITH INTENTION
We’re all about cooking with intention and purposeful ingredients to deliver a depth of flavor. Slowing down to do something well makes the enjoyment of great food and good conversation that much better.
EAT WITH THE SEASONS
Our food is straightforward and authentic. Our sharable plates change seasonally as we celebrate locally‐sourced produce at its prime. Seasonal eating is a delicious and sustainable way to support your local food purveyors and enjoy both recognizable flavors, as well as the unexpected.
YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS
We hope to be that third place for you to gather and catch up over a delicious meal and craft cocktails.
Owned and operated by the friendly and energetic couple, Owen and Mindi McGlynn of Asheville Proper, they wanted to create an inviting and easygoing space just for locals, located in North Asheville, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown life.

Top review
TommiC
Dined 5 days ago
Great variety of small plates and entrees. We had several different selections and they were all excellent. Very inventive menu. Fresh and local. And the staff was very friendly and accommodating. This is a great little neighborhood bistro.
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