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The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Asheville

Nestled in the southern Appalachian mountains, Asheville, North Carolina stands out as one of America's fastest-growing hot spots, combining rich history and thriving economy with an off-beat cultural and culinary scene. The best breakfast in Asheville boosts the culinary scene, combining hearty Southern tastes with a creative flair inspired by the unconventional population. But where do the city's most in-the-know diners head to when looking for the right way to start off the day? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we've gathered opinions from the city's top diners to put together a list of the greatest breakfast spots in the city of Asheville. From down-home country diners serving classic Southern favorites to cutting-edge downtown spots concocting fusion fare, the best restaurants in Asheville have something interesting for everyone. Grab a table for the most important meal of the day!

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15 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Benne on Eagle, Hemingway's Cuba, Tupelo Honey - South Asheville
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Cuban, Contemporary Southern
Neighborhoods:Asheville
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Benne on Eagle

$$$$
American
Asheville
4.3
1728 reviews
This restaurant is in the upscale Foundry Hotel of Asheville. Benne on Eagle is a perfect place to enjoy a stylish Southern breakfast and fine people watching. Right in the heart of downtown Asheville, Benne's menu is full of true Southern classics. It's the place to go to try steel-cut oatmeal, Cateto yellow grits, and Benne benedict with kitchen pepper hollandaise. The Benne breakfast also features pancakes with maple-sorghum syrup and brioche french toast. For a unique local treat try the seared sunburst trout and cateto grits with ginger-braised Tuscan kale.

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Hemingway's Cuba

$$$$
Cuban
Asheville
4.1
2215 reviews
Hemingway's Cuba delivers some of the best views in the city alongside some of the best breakfast in Asheville. This rooftop eatery at the Cambria hotel is the place to go to relax, take in a view of the city, and enjoy some of the finest Cuban cuisine in the Carolinas. The breakfast menu contains a full selection of Cuban classics. Try the bistec a Caballo, marinated and seared flank steak with a sunny-side-up egg and breakfast potatoes. The pressed Cuban breakfast sandwich features black forest ham, swiss, pulled pork, scrambled eggs, a pickle, and mustard. There's also a full menu of traditional favorites, like a western omelet, buttermilk pancakes, and an egg-white omelet.

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Tupelo Honey - South Asheville

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Asheville
4.5
2916 reviews
For a classic Southern-style breakfast, Tupelo Honey is the spot to go. This charming downtown spot offers a "breakfast all day" menu with creative South Carolina classics. Go for the pecan pie French toast with blueberries, whipped cream, and brioche bread. There is also the "Eggs Betty" with poached eggs, potato cracklins, and hollandaise. The "Shoo Mercy" sweet potato pancakes come with buttermilk fried "forever free" chicken and apple cider bacon. Fried chicken and biscuits include country ham, milk gravy, and basil. There's also a "Southern Shakshuka" with eggs, goat cheese grits, avocado, and creole sauce.

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Village Social-Biltmore Estate

$$$$
Seafood
Asheville
4.5
1969 reviews
Biltmore's other best breakfast in Asheville jewel is the relaxed Southern restaurant Village Social. Located on Winery Road in the Biltmore property, it's an excellent spot for a meal before or after a tour of the grounds. Stop in for one of the Village Social's classic sausage and egg biscuit sandwiches, with melted cheddar, a fried egg, and a savory sausage patty. The baked French toast comes with bourbon maple syrup, berries, and vanilla whipped cream. For a taste of the Chesapeake, go for the crab and pesto egg scramble with jumbo lump crab, parmesan, onions, and heirloom potatoes.

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Limones Restaurant

$$$$
Mexican
Asheville
4.7
5353 reviews
Limones delivers Mexican cuisine and some of the best breakfast in Asheville. A colorful, creative brunch menu features classics with a Mexican twist. These include lobster nachos with crema, guacamole, and serrano. Menu highlights also include three-cheese Chile Relleno and or grilled scallops. Other favorites are the slow-braised short ribs with goat cheese potato puree and tomato confit. There is also black Angus beef tenderloin with lobster macaroni and cheese.

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Isa's Bistro

$$$$
Contemporary French
Asheville
4.5
1671 reviews
This modern, upscale bistro is the spot to go to for a relaxing meal in the heart of Asheville. Stop in on the weekend to choose from the special Isa's Bistro brunch menu. This creative selection includes North Carolina chicken and french toast. Brunch patrons can also enjoy an "Appalachian bagel." This includes with cedar-smoked salmon spread, smoked North Carolina trout caviar, and shaved red onion. This is also an exceptional spot for vegans and vegetarians. The vegan breakfast bowl features beyond sausage, baby kale, sliced cherry peppers, and crispy potatoes.

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Blue Ridge

$$$$
Southern
Asheville
4.6
3890 reviews
Blue Ridge elevates the traditional buffet concept, delivering some of the best views of the city alongside some of the best breakfast in Asheville. An elegant restaurant with incredible vistas of North Carolina, the Blue Ridge breakfast and brunch buffet features early-day classics. The buffet features sticky cinnamon buns, stone-ground grits, applewood bacon, barbecue brisket and egg, a daily breakfast sandwich special, and Croque madame (among many others). Brunch specials include citrus-poached shrimp and oysters on the half shell.

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Red Stag Grill-Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

$$$$
American
Asheville
4.5
4987 reviews
Head out to the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville for a stylish and rustic dining experience. This old-school home to some of the best breakfast in Asheville takes the form of a classic hunting lodge. It comes complete with plenty of bucks' heads on the walls. Grab a seat in the richly-decorated dining room for breakfast favorites in the middle of a real country feel. Go for the "Southern Breakfast." This hearty classic includes two eggs, sausage, bacon, and stone-ground grits. It also boasts a buttermilk biscuit and Tennessee honey. For a sweet treat, try the mini malted Belgian waffles with fruit compote and powdered sugar.

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The Market Place Restaurant

$$$$
American
Asheville
4.5
3537 reviews
Right in the heart of downtown, The Market Place is the spot to go for some of the best breakfast in Asheville. This renowned brunch spot has a menu of creative Southern-style favorites with a modern flair. Favorites include seared scallops with jalapeno cheddar grits. There is also banana bread French toast with Mascarpone and bourbon-macerated raspberries. For a seafood treat, go for the cold-smoked sunburst trout with goat cheese and chive scrambled eggs, confit tomato relish, and capers.

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The Blackbird

$$$$
Contemporary American
Asheville
4.3
3501 reviews
An elegant upscale Southern dining destination, The Blackbird serves up some of the best breakfast in Asheville. Head in during the weekend brunch hours for morning cocktails, and some classic Southern brunch dishes. Go for the Creole shrimp and grits with sauteed shrimp, creole cream sauce, peppers and onions, and stone-ground grits. Another highlight? The steak and shrimp Caesar salad, with tenderloin steak tips, grilled shrimp, and chopped house greens.

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Rhubarb

$$$$
American
Asheville
4.5
4264 reviews
"Contemporary Appalachian" is the style for this buzzworthy downtown Asheville hotspot. In a welcoming and contemporary dining room, the tastes of the Southern United States come out in vivid flavor. Stop in for prime selections from the Rhubarb brunch menu. These include berries and cream French toast with house brioche. There's also a full list of brunch snacks, including rosemary sea salt pecans, a house pickle plate, and herb-baked ricotta. Another menu highlight is the Quan's chicken biscuit. This includes a buttermilk fried chicken thigh, pimento cheese, spiced green tomatoes, and hot honey.

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Table Asheville

$$$$
Contemporary American
Asheville
4.7
2754 reviews
Head into this intimate downtown restaurant for some of the best brunch in Asheville. Table features a creative Southern-style brunch with plenty of local favorites to enjoy. These include "devils on horseback," pimento cheese with house crackers, and chicken liver pate with peach butter and toast. A brunch burger features house bacon and onion jam. The Southern-classic fried green tomato BLT comes on milk bread with tomatillo aioli. The special-treat brunch cocktails include the Gran Fondo with bonded rye, bitter orange, and grapefruit, and the "Matador" with Blanco tequila, mezcal, agave, and orange.

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The Dining Room - Biltmore Estate

$$$$
Contemporary American
Asheville
4.7
2628 reviews
The opulent and naturally beautiful Biltmore Estate is one of Asheville's greatest tourist highlights. The Dining Room is a "best breakfast in Asheville" jewel on the Estate grounds, with a full menu of Southern favorites for locals and visitors. Stop in to enjoy the scenery and some of the restaurant's menu delights. Go for the creamed, chipped beef with sawmill gravy, sherry, brioche, and poached egg, or the Southern Classic with any-style eggs, sausage, country ham or smoked bacon. Red Flannel Hash includes house-cured beef, sweet potato, beets, and poached eggs. For the sweet tooth, try the malted vanilla waffle with dark chocolate sauce, Boston cream, and strawberry jam.

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Fork Lore - Storied Food & Spirits

$$$$
American
Asheville
4.3
279 reviews
The "Southern Comfort" restaurant Roux features some of the best breakfast in Asheville at its Biltmore Park location. A welcoming restaurant filled with authentic Southern flair, Roux is known for its fabled weekend brunch. Head in after a long work week to select from a wide array of classics and favorites. Highlights include made-to-order eggs, omelets, and waffles. Those are alongside bananas Foster French toast, biscuits and gravy, and potatoes. For a real Southern flair, try the smoked gouda shrimp and grits station or buttermilk fried chicken.

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The Restaurant at The Greystone

$$$$
American
Highlands / Sapphire
4.6
380 reviews
For a relaxing breakfast meal with a great view, The Restaurant at the Greystone is the spot to go to. Right on Lake Toxaway, The Restaurant at the Greystone delivers excellent breakfast classics with superb waterfront vistas. The Sunday brunch is a must-get at The Restaurant at the Greystone. Try the shrimp and grits. This dish features large Gulf shrimp and yellow stone-ground cheddar grits. There is also smoked salmon with hard-boiled egg, new potatoes, and white balsamic vinaigrette.

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