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Avenue M, Asheville, NC

Avenue M

4.5
4.5
515 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Avenue M is a community-focused neighborhood restaurant located in Uptown Asheville (on the north side of town). Our menu offers unique takes on classic comfort foods, as well as seasonal dishes made from scratch using local ingredients, where possible.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 350-8181
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you're hosting a graduation party or a wedding reception, the food and drink you serve can make or break your event. When you book our renovated back room, you can rest easy knowing your guests will be delighted with delicious dishes and curated beverages. -Our private dining room will accommodate up to 36 guests for seated dinner, and up to 60 for standing “cocktail” style events. -Restaurant buy-outs are available for groups. -There is no charge for the rental of the space, but we do have a minimum spend depending on time of year. -We offer family style dining at its best and can certainly accommodate all dietary restrictions for guests. -We offer custom wine-themed events with our in house sommelier.
  • Neighborhood
    Asheville
  • Cross street
    Gracelyn Road
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in our side lot, next to the building, across Merrimon Ave @ Wells Fargo, or across Gracelyn Road at the church.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 515 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for groups

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Neighborhood gem

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Great for fine wines

  • Asheville

    Good for groups

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Asheville

    Great for fine wines

  • Asheville

    American

515 Reviews
  1. BC750

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My Italian Beef sandwich was not good. First, the bun was gigantic, wasn't toasted, and had no flavor. Second, the amount of meat was puny, and it was tough, unflavorful, and had no juice. Third, there was no au jus. Fourth, the giardiniera wasn't pickled, was too crunchy, and there was an overpowering amount that dwarfed the amount of meat on the sandwich (and it shouldn't contain jalapeno peppers). Fifth, the cheese wasn't melted. All in all, a gigantic fail. The fries, however, were good. My companion's meal of fish and chips was much better, but to not offer tartar sauce is just stupid. And, yes, I realize your take on these two classics allows you to make changes, the changes you made weren't good at all.

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  2. Paul

    Western NC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service. The bartender Erin is awesome

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  3. DebbieS

    Coastal Georgia

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We dined at Avenue M several times before Covid and enjoyed the experience. We decided to return there and meet some friends for dinner. We were seated in the front area, which has zero atmosphere. Our waitress was nice and helpful, but the menu was odd and the food was mediocre. Probably won’t return.

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  4. robotdiner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The friendliest and most-underrated restaurant in Asheville. Bartenders are the best around, and food, drinks, wine, and service are so thoughtful and great.

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  5. TylerR

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best restaurant in Asheville. The staff is beyond knowledgeable about the entire menu. Read that again. The staff is beyond knowledgeable about the ENTIRE menu. The food is always great. The servers are second to none. Ralph and Tony are engaged and a testament to a time gone by in regard to how owners interact and are among their patrons. Ralph has forgotten more about wines than most of us will ever know. I cannot stress enough how great this place is. Whenever someone comes to visit- I tell them to go to Avenue M.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for amazing food and drinks. Went for a romantic birthday dinner and it was perfect. Definitely recommend a cosmo or espresso martini! Staff is wonderful !

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  7. Madcap1

    Western NC

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal at Avenue M. We tried a couple of new items on the menu and a couple we’d loved before. All were great. We love how they updated the menu with new and interesting selections. They always have the best wine selection and wonderful seasonal cocktails.

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  8. LoriM

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinners at Avenue M have been delicious and creative! The staff is incredibly friendly and make a point to remember who we are when we return. We have been choosing Avenue M as our to go place for dinner because it is hard to beat in all aspects of a dining experience.

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  9. LoriW

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I’ve had in my life. Everything we ordered was spot on and fresh. The drink and wine selections were excellent. I plan to go back very soon.

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  10. Lavinia

    Western NC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We've eaten here many times, but hands down, this was the best meal I've had there. Everything was perfectly cooked, my martini was excellent and the service was excellent.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really love this neighborhood restaurant on marijuana. Service is always excellent and it's got a casual, easy-going vibe. I would only wish some more yummy meals to enjoy that do not contain meat, dairy, or gluten. Food is so yummy and flavorful and creative, just a few more choices without meat or dairy would take it so far!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cozy dinner on an otherwise cold And rainy night. Food was creative and satisfying , wine list was fun and diverse. Staff was warm and extremely accommodating. Just a wonderful experience start to finish.

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  13. WBTG

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic, unique food beautifully prepared from an ever-changing menu. Great wine list put together by certified sommelier & it shows. Consistently one of the best restaurants in Asheville. 

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  14. EdwardB

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Wednesday night hospitality, with great wine and food recommendations. Our server, Jason, was knowledgeable and helpful. A great place to dine in North Asheville!

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  15. DavidA

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We are Asheville locals who have been dining at Avenue M since is was previously operating as Usual Suspects. Throughout the past 15+ years, the food has always been great and the service very friendly. Our recent January 2024 experience was solid on the service side but the food was rather disappointing. Our party of 8 had a broad variety of cocktails, appetizers and entrees. While the appetizers were good, the entrees were consistently very, very salty. So much so that they tasted almost brined. Even the salad was over salted. The menu itself was smaller and more limited than all previous visits. Not sure if there have have been recent management or back of the house changes, but something seems to have shifted. Hopefully it was just an off night.

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  16. Rachel

    Western NC

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We just ordered off of the appetizer menu. Meat board, fish board, salad and bread. And then some delicious sorbet for dessert. All was tasty and enjoyable. Service, Mary was pleasant and good. Fun to meet a friend and chat.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Started with an old fashioned and the shrimp appetizer and bread plate ! So delicious you have to get the two together. For my main I had the squid ink ravioli with scallops and it was amazing!! My boyfriend got the Italian beef and he loved it as well. We met the owner and he is very nice, friendly and you can tell he cares about the place and it shows!!

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  18. TagRobertson

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The new cocktails were unique and a delicious ways to start. The inchiostrato and campfire trout were amazing.

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  19. JeffC

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Avenue M is one of our favorite spots in Asheville. The dishes never disappoint. Last night's clams and linguine dish was outstanding! On top of that, we had fantastic service (Sky was great!)

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  20. RudyZ

    Western NC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ralph and Tony are very welcoming and are building a team of creative culinary professionals. Jesse is a knowledgeable and attentive server. The ambiance is comforting and inviting. The food preparation and presentation just keep getting better. Highlights tonight were the warm radish Caesar salad with anchovies, trout with rutabaga, calm linguine, rigatoni with ragu, and house made almond-rosemary ice cream.

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  21. Randy

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative cocktail menu and the entrees were also creative and well prepared. Service by Jesse was just right- attentive, but not overbearing. Avenue M has really stepped up their game from a few years ago. We had a good time.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was decent. Service was great! We have dined years ago and the food WAS incredible!! Little disappointed

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  23. Marlaw

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food but menu could use expansion, great wine list. Good for meeting friends

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  24. Sundaynight

    Western NC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is amazing! Food is delicious and inventive! Expertly curated wine list! Ralph and Tony and their team do an amazing job!!

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  25. REW4

    Atlanta Metro

    93 reviews

    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Interesting place. No curb appeal to the physical location so that was worrisome. Inside decor is very basic, very bright and pretty noisy. But the food was 100%! Wine list is extensive and potentially interesting but many uncommon vineyards (and we are pretty well versed in wines) so selections without googling every wine was complicated. There was one vineyard we knew and the price point/markup was acceptable. We will make a return visit and re-comment. Overall a pleasant experience.

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  26. RudyZ

    Western NC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Happy to be back at Avenue M! Jesse is an excellent server. Ralph and Tony are attentive owners and maintain an excellent wine selection. Additional menu tweaks and we’ve enjoyed our best meal yet. Keep it up, guys.

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  27. Tess

    Western NC

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ave M - great local restaurant, excellent service provided by Jesse, wonderful smash burger, bolognese and pork chop. Compliments to chef and kitchen.

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  28. BudC

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food very average. Waiter non -attentive -rarely came by and never offered alternative options for condiments, cider etc. Many, many, many superior options in such a foodie town.

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  29. RobC

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    In the past, we've had servers who were arrogant and stuffy. Last night's server, Rachel, was a refreshing change. She was warm and friendly, attentive, and was able to answer our questions regarding the menu. The food was a bit disappointing, however. We are vegan, and there were no vegan entrees, so we chose the mushroom ragout. It was good, but too cheesy and there was too much of it. The side salad had way too much pepper, and this is from someone who loves pepper! The bread appetizer was very good. The expresso martini was excellent. $22 for the mushroom dish was too much! Luckily we used our AIR coupon. We would come more often if you offered vegan entrees.

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  30. crystalregulars

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time dining at Avenue M but we will certainly be back! Ralph, a co-owner greeted us as we arrived, wished us a Happy Anniversary (so did the maître d' and server), and comped us two glasses of Champagne. It was nice to be recognized. Rachel G was our server and she did an excellent job! She was prompt, engaging, and readily willing to offer suggestions. My wife had the Agnollotti and I had the Pork Chop. Both were superb. Of course we switched halfway through. At Ralph's suggestion, we had a Sicilian Red Blend (half price on Wednesdays!) and it was very good. At Rachel's suggestion, we had Buttermilk Pie for desert and it was quite good as well, and ample for two. All in all, the service, food, and ambiance was superb and we will definitely be back next year.

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  31. Madcap1

    Western NC

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal at Avenue M last night. The starters and entrees we selected were delicious. The wine list is excellent and the service is always wonderful!

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  32. rcollins1951

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aaron is a super server. We had been to M several years ago & have recently moved here. We had a good experience back then & wanted to give it another go. Glad we did. Aaron was very patient with all our questions & gave us good insight on what she thought might meet our expectations. She was spot on. We will be back & hope Aaron will be our server. She made us feel right at home!👏🤗👍

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  33. KGAsheville

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very delicious! We are locals and had stopped going to Ave M with the last owner or two. It had gotten way overpriced. The current owners are doing an amazing job! Excellent food, wine list, service and very fairly priced. We’ve now eaten here 3x in the last couple of weeks and it’s been stellar every time. Definitely go back, if you’d given up on it earlier, like we did. Hope this lasts a long time!! (highly recommend the pork chop. It’s really wonderful.)

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  34. DanF

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    outstanding menu & food great wine list friendly service

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  35. MartyG

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! Just delicious. This place has been on our list for a while. Well we finally got the chance and we’re glad we did. The restaurant is beautiful. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. The food was awesome. We look forward to returning soon.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    lovely balance of delicious food, great service, and welcoming attitude towards children

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Skylar was the most attentive I have had in years! One dish was slightly over cooked, and the manager went above and beyond to make it right. The food was excellent, the ambience sublime, and we really loved our evening back at Avenue M - thank you!

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  38. RudyZ

    Western NC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ralph and Tony added some nice touches since our last visit earlier this year. Enhanced the former outdoor seating to incorporate it into the restaurant. Very welcoming and comfortable. Nice menu revamp with a good variety of well prepared dishes. Wednesday 50% off their extensive wine list (wines over $60 receive $10 off). We’re going to put this back on our list of regular dining spots.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tony and Ralph have done some very nice renovations recently and really opened the space to allow private conversation even in an airy setting. The food, of course was fabulous. Their chef always finds interesting ingredients and even more interesting ways to prepare and present them. Ralph is one of the best sommeliers in town and always has a great wine to pair with any dish, and at any price. We also like that Tony and Ralph come around table to table to make everyone feel welcome whether old time locals like us or one-time visitors on a day trip. Just a couple miles north of downtown, you should put Avenue M on your itinerary for cocktails, fine wine and dinner. You'll be glad you did!

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  40. CynthiaV

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I'm changing my review of this restaurant as the owner called me yesterday and was so gracious and considerate. We discussed the issue I had and he offered to treat me to a meal on his dime, and expressed his desire to make things right. This was commendable (and unheard of), and I would definitely recommend Avenue M to a friend now!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Avenue M is rated 4.5 stars by 515 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Avenue M

791 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Gracelyn Road
  • Neighborhood
    Asheville
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in our side lot, next to the building, across Merrimon Ave @ Wells Fargo, or across Gracelyn Road at the church.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (828) 350-8181
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you're hosting a graduation party or a wedding reception, the food and drink you serve can make or break your event. When you book our renovated back room, you can rest easy knowing your guests will be delighted with delicious dishes and curated beverages. -Our private dining room will accommodate up to 36 guests for seated dinner, and up to 60 for standing “cocktail” style events. -Restaurant buy-outs are available for groups. -There is no charge for the rental of the space, but we do have a minimum spend depending on time of year. -We offer family style dining at its best and can certainly accommodate all dietary restrictions for guests. -We offer custom wine-themed events with our in house sommelier.
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