The Most Fun Restaurants in Asheville

The OpenTable Team

The "Land of the Sky" - Asheville, North Carolina - rises amid the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The vibrant arts scene here has made it one of the most exciting and fastest-growing American cities, attracting a young, professional crowd with its mixture of Southern Charm and modern amenities. The most fun restaurants in Asheville combine the best of traditional Southern cuisine alongside new styles to create a mixture all their own. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Asheville heading out to when they're looking for a top-notch restaurant meal? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know Asheville diners to put together a list of the most fun restaurants in Asheville. From the down-home, country-fried neighborhood joints to the upscale downtown fusion places, the most fun restaurants in Asheville make a trip to this blossoming city well worth it. Grab a table and dine out tonight!

Restaurants:Frogs Leap Public House, Vivian, Benne on Eagle
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Waynesville, Asheville

Frogs Leap Public House

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Waynesville
1,253 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Frogs Leap is one of the most unique and the most fun restaurants in Asheville. Go ahead and “hop” into Frogs Leap to enjoy the restaurant's trademark farm-to-table cuisine. A consRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Vivian

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
889 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
This acclaimed eatery is one of the most stylish spots in all Asheville. The Vivian menu is full of “Honest American food” for locals and visitors. Stop into this upscale bistro foRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Benne on Eagle

$$$$·American·
Asheville
763 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Diners will find this upscale Asheville hot spot in the celebrated Foundry Hotel. Stop in for breakfast or dinner at this fun local favorite for a menu full of Southern charm. For Read more
84% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina

The Scarlet Bee

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Asheville
98 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
In the heart of Asheville's Veda Studios, The Scarlet Bee is a local favorite. This intimate but welcoming restaurant features a creative menu of Mediterranean small plates. Try thRead more
95% recommended
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Milton's Black Mountain

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Black Mountain
439 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Right in one of Asheville's most lively suburbs, Milton's is an upscale Southern favorite. Start on the “nibble” menu for deviled farm eggs, fried pimento cheese, or blue crab salaRead more
91% recommended
Romantic in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Red Ginger Dim Sum and Tapas

$$$$·Chinese·
Asheville
568 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Creative Cuisine
Chinese-style tapas make up the intriguing menu at this celebrated Asheville spot. One of the most fun restaurants in Asheville, Red Ginger boasts a creative menu of favorites. TapRead more
100% recommended
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Hemingway's Cuba

$$$$·Cuban·
Asheville
1,151 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Hemingway's Cuba is a restaurant “Papa” himself would enjoy. One of the most fun restaurants in Asheville, Hemingway's offers a stunning view of the city. The Cuban-styled menu is Read more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Chiesa

$$$$·Italian·
Asheville
1,932 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
This charming and upscale Italian restaurant is one of the most fun restaurants in Asheville. Grab a seat in the rustic and engaging dining room for a selection from the ever-changRead more
94% recommended
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Limones Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Asheville
4,169 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Californian and Mexican cuisines collide in this celebrated downtown Asheville favorite. One of the most fun restaurants in Asheville, Limones is a hot spot for locals, college stuRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Cucina 24

$$$$·Italian·
Asheville
2,796 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
At the heart of downtown Asheville, Cucina 24 is one of the most fun restaurants in town. It's a stylish place to visit after going through the very cool Asheville Pinball Museum. Read more
95% recommended
Best Service in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Asheville
1,222 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
One of the most fun restaurants in Asheville, Brasilia is the place to go with friends and family. This exciting and lively Brazilian steakhouse boasts 14 types of grilled meats foRead more
92% recommended
Good for Groups in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Modesto Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Asheville
1,174 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Head out to the Grove Arcade for some of the best Italian food in the city. Modesto Trattoria is one of the most fun restaurants in Asheville. It's a lovely classic Italian restaurRead more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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The Admiral

$$$$·American·
Asheville
3,656 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Authentic
The Admiral is one of the most “seaworthy” restaurants in Asheville. This spot - mentioned as one of the most fun restaurants in Asheville - is a modern-styled, hip restaurant in aRead more
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Aux Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
181 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
One of the most fun restaurants in Asheville, this stylish downtown spot is the place to go for a great Southern meal and excellent cocktail. Grab a seat in the dining room or on tRead more
85% recommended
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Rhubarb

$$$$·American·
Asheville
2,927 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
A downtown favorite from celebrated chef John Fleer, Rhubarb is one of the most fun restaurants in Asheville. Farm-to-table cuisine is the trademark of Rhubarb. Menus change with tRead more
89% recommended
Healthy in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Table Asheville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
2,376 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
In the heart of Asheville's College Street downtown, Table is a welcoming and lively spot for modern Southern cuisine. It's an intimate spot with a fun bar scene. Stop in for one oRead more
83% recommended
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The Bull and Beggar

$$$$·European·
Asheville
1,436 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
The New American hot spot The Bull and Beggar is one of the most fun restaurants in Asheville. In the middle of the city's rising Riverside Industrial district, The Bull & Beggar fRead more
100% recommended
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Golden Fleece

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Asheville
821 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
Golden Fleece is one of the finest locations in all of Asheville. Head out to the beautiful hills of Grovewood to find this acclaimed Mediterranean/Greek eatery full of internationRead more
100% recommended
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Vidl at Cultura

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
86 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Cultura is one of the most fun restaurants in Asheville. Diners will find this unique spot next to the “Funkatorium” from the acclaimed Wicked Weed brewery. Cultura is an exciting Read more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Glass Onion - Weaverville, NC

$$$$·Italian·
Asheville
1,175 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Waterville is the location for one of the most fun restaurants in Asheville. Glass Onion is a bright, airy Italian restaurant with a fun neighborhood vibe. The “global Italian” menRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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