The Best Cheap Eats in Asheville

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Over the last few decades, Asheville has grown into a cultural hotspot in the Appalachian mountains and a popular destination for art lovers who come there to enjoy the vibrant music and art gallery scene. Recently, the town has also become a dining hotspot, with a slew of restaurants in a range of cuisines and price points, from local Southern styles to dim sum, tapas, and beyond. Asheville really shines when it comes to cheap eats. Diners can find tons of options here that offer excellent food at a price that won’t break the bank. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List of the best cheap eats in Asheville. Book a table at one of these top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners.

Restaurants:The Scarlet Bee, Village Social-Biltmore Estate, Red Ginger Dim Sum and Tapas
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Seafood, Chinese
Neighborhoods:Asheville

The Scarlet Bee

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Asheville
98 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
The Scarlett Bee is a casual Mediterranean eatery that serves up some of the best cheap eats in Asheville. The restaurant is distinctly casual inside, so come here after a long dayRead more
95% recommended
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Village Social-Biltmore Estate

$$$$·Seafood·
Asheville
1,220 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
The Biltmore Estate is a tourist draw for people all over the U.S. When they visit, they can dine at the Village Social, another one of the best spots for the best cheap eats in AsRead more
90% recommended
Romantic in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Red Ginger Dim Sum and Tapas

$$$$·Chinese·
Asheville
568 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Creative Cuisine
Red Ginger is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Asheville, and it is also a great spot for an affordable meal. As its name suggests, Red Ginger focuses on dim sum, so enjoy a Read more
100% recommended
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Edison - Omni Grove Park Inn

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Asheville
1,856 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
At the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville is Edison, a gastropub that features hearty fare and fresh crated brews. The vibe at Edison is like a sports bar, so come here to catch a gaRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Stable Cafe -Biltmore Estate

$$$$·American·
Asheville
2,945 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
Another restaurant at the Biltmore Estate that offers some of the best cheap eats in Asheville is Stable Café. This restaurant features a menu of Appalachian comfort food, so it’s Read more
93% recommended
Great for Lunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Fork Lore - Storied Food & Spirits

$$$$·American·
Asheville
250 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Happy Hour
  • Local Ingredients
Roux is at the Hilton Asheville, and because it is a hotel restaurant, it serves up some of the best cheap eats in Asheville all day long. The menu at Roux features a variety of AmRead more
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Tupelo Honey - South Asheville Location

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Asheville
1,569 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Tupelo Honey is a popular chain restaurant across America for delicious Southern cuisine. The menu here features authentic Southern comfort bites, which is fitting for its locationRead more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Tupelo Honey - Downtown Asheville

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Asheville
2,757 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
One of the best spots for southern comfort food in downtown Asheville is Tupelo Honey, another outpost of the popular chain. This location does not disappoint with a large menu of Read more
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Brio Italian Grille - Cherokee - Cherokee Casino

$$$$·Italian·
Cherokee
992 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Lunch
For Italian food that won’t break the bank in Asheville, diners should head to BRIO Tuscan Grille. Brio features salads, soups, pasta, chef specials, and a huge selection of flatbrRead more
92% recommended
Best Food in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Benne on Eagle

$$$$·American·
Asheville
763 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
For visitors spending time on the historic stretch of downtown Asheville called “the Block,” there’s Benne on Eagle. Located on Eagle Street, Benne is a neighborhood joint that welRead more
84% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Haywood Common

$$$$·American·
Asheville
84 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Haywood Common is in West Asheville, and it is one of the best spots for cheap eats in the area. The menu at Haywood Common is constantly changing since the chefs only include locaRead more
90% recommended
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Cedric's Tavern - Biltmore Estate

$$$$·American·
Asheville
2,576 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Looking for a warm and cozy pub to dine in Asheville? Look no further than Cedric’s Tavern. Aptly named, this bar that serves food has a distinctly British pub menu: fish and chipsRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Hemingway's Cuba

$$$$·Cuban·
Asheville
1,152 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Dine on the best Cuban food in the area at Hemingway’s Cuba, another restaurant for some of the best cheap eats in Asheville. The founders of the restaurant try to offer diners somRead more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Vivian

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
890 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
For upscale and sophisticated food in Asheville that is also affordable, check out Vivian. This French restaurant serves up a host of French delights, including foie gras pate withRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Milton's Black Mountain

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Black Mountain
439 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Milton’s Black Mountain is one of the most popular Asheville restaurants for cocktails and fresh seasonal fare. Located just outside of Nashville in Black Mountain, NC, Milton’s biRead more
91% recommended
Romantic in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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