The Best Restaurants in Asheville, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

At the best restaurants in Asheville, world-class chefs turn to the unique culinary roots of Appalachian cuisine. These are inextricable from the remarkable homegrown ingredients of the region. In the hands of masterful Asheville chefs, treats such as mountain trout, quail, country ham, Carolina Gold rice, and sorghum transcend their humble roots to become fine cuisine acclaimed by foodies and critics nationwide. But where do the smartest, most seasoned diners eat out in Asheville? This is our Tastemaker List. We pulled data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the top spots among OpenTable's savviest expert diners. Some of these restaurants boast glorious views of the Blue Ridge Mountains; others occupy historical buildings imbued with Asheville's rich cultural heritage. We suggest dining at every single one of these wonderful restaurants. If that's out of the question, then pick any one of these, book a table today and prepare for an unforgettable dining experience.

Restaurants:Golden Fleece, Isa's Bistro, Benne on Eagle
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Contemporary French, American
Neighborhoods:Asheville

Golden Fleece

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Asheville
821 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Golden Fleece presents Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a rustic-chic cottage setting in Grovewood. Menus of mezzes, small plates and full-sized entrees lean heavily toward Greek Read more
88% recommended
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Isa's Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Asheville
868 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Isa’s Bistro entices diners with its bright, modern space and pet-friendly patio. But it’s the regularly changing lineup of French bistro-inspired cuisine that keeps them coming baRead more
87% recommended
Hot Spot in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Benne on Eagle

$$$$·American·
Asheville
659 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Having opened in late 2018, Benne on Eagle is a relative newcomer to the local dining scene. It was quick to gain a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Asheville. Chef-ownRead more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Cucina 24

$$$$·Italian·
Asheville
2,763 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Inventive and sophisticated farm-to-table Italian cuisine is the signature of Cucina 24. At the downtown Asheville restaurant, acclaimed chef and owner Brian Canipelli brings togetRead more
91% recommended
Best Food in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Vivian

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
835 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Josiah and Shannon McGaughey opened Vivian in the River Arts District in 2018 to immediate critical acclaim. In previous incarnations, their restaurant was a pop-up inside a craft Read more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Limones Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Asheville
4,139 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Limones Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Asheville for Mexican cuisine. More specifically, it presents traditional Mexican dishes with a contemporary Californian spin. Read more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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The Admiral

$$$$·American·
Asheville
3,655 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
A nondescript, dive-bar-like appearance from the outside belies The Admiral’s solid ranking among the best restaurants in Asheville. Creative small plates dominate its new AmericanRead more
87% recommended
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Modesto Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Asheville
1,131 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Modesto Trattoria is best known for its pizzas, although its lunch and dinner menus are both comprehensive. They additionally feature many tempting pasta dishes, salads, entrees anRead more
94% recommended
Hot Spot in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Aux Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
181 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Aux Bar in downtown Asheville presents lunch, brunch, dinner and late-night menus of creative American cuisine. The venue hosts nightly DJ dance parties until late and maintains a Read more
87% recommended
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The Bull and Beggar

$$$$·European·
Asheville
1,436 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The Bull and Beggar claims a lofty, industrial-chic warehouse space lined with raw brick and steel beams in the River Arts District. The restaurant presents upscale-casual EuropeanRead more
89% recommended
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Table Asheville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
2,376 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
Table Asheville is a critically acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant celebrating southern culinary tradition. Award-winning chef Jacob Sessoms demonstrates remarkable skill and creatRead more
94% recommended
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Hemingway's Cuba

$$$$·Cuban·
Asheville
1,057 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Hemingway’s Cuba is one of the best restaurants in Asheville for authentic Cuban cuisine. It also boasts some of the city’s best views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the top of tRead more
85% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Fork Lore - Storied Food & Spirits

$$$$·American·
Asheville
246 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
Roux, the signature restaurant of Hilton Biltmore Park, puts a sophisticated spin on classic southern comfort food. Chef Randy Dunn takes inspiration in equal parts from his grandmRead more

The Market Place Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Asheville
2,526 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
The Market Place Restaurant has embraced the farm-to-table ethos since its 1979 opening, long before it was trendy to do so. The establishment works with local farmers, ranchers, bRead more
90% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro

$$$$·American·
Asheville
853 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Cozy
Rum-based cocktails are of course the specialty of Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro. But its top-notch cuisine and hip-yet-inviting indoor-outdoor venue are major draws as well. Diners enRead more
88% recommended
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Sunset Terrace - Omni Grove Park Inn

$$$$·American·
Asheville
3,930 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Sunset Terrace, an upscale steak and seafood restaurant at the Omni Grove Park Inn, is a seasonal treasure. Its glorious open-air terrace is open (weather permitting) during springRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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The Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
2,399 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Modern American cuisine with a southern accent is the signature of The Blackbird, one of the best restaurants in Asheville. The downtown restaurant presents local micro-brews, handRead more
84% recommended
Healthy in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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The Scarlet Bee

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Asheville
97 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
The Scarlet Bee in Asheville specializes in Mediterranean small plates and imaginative herb-infused cocktails. Owner Matthew Sawaya has incorporated recipes passed down through genRead more
94% recommended
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Red Stag Grill-Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

$$$$·American·
Asheville
3,695 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
The Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel is styled to resemble a stately hunting lodge complete with taxidermy and handcrafted tables. The upscale restaurant ranks highly amoRead more
86% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Chiesa

$$$$·Italian·
Asheville
1,932 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Chiesa, which means “church” in Italian, occupies a historic venue in Montford. It was in fact a church before becoming a remarkable restaurant. House-made pastas are the focus of Read more
92% recommended
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