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Azalea Bistro, Saluda, NC

Azalea Bistro

4.7
4.7
39 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Nestled in the heart of beautiful Western North Carolina, rich with scenic waterfalls, wildlife, and hiking trails is Historic Saluda and at its center on Main St the elegant and cozy James Beard nominated gem that is Azalea Bistro. We offer guests a lengthy program of old & new world wines, an ever changing weekly menu, artisanal set menu items, creative renditions of both French and Lowcountry staples, nouvelle cuisine from an award winning executive chef, exceptional and friendly service, daily gratis amuse, and a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere. Here you’ll enjoy a truly unique and wonderful dining experience with a new twist on upscale casual fine dining. We highlight farm to table ingredients using only the best in season from over 200 sustainable small farms within the region and provide a professional and health conscious environment for employees to ensure you receive caring and attentive service from engaged and loyal team members dedicated to perfecting hospitality

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern, French

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 769-9022

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Hendersonville

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Special Occasion

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    American

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  1. BB

    BethB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was fantastic! I moved from CA to the area last year and this was one of the best meals I’ve had. The service was great also. I would highly recommend giving it a try!
  2. JT

    JT44

    Western NC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely space, fantastic vegan options, nice people. Our new local favorite!
  3. SM

    SusanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem! We have lived in the area for a couple years and have always talked about stopping in. Last night we did and it was *amazing*. Beautiful setting, impeccable service, great food selections with wonderful flavor combinations. We will definitive be back frequently.
  4. CH

    ClaireH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This blew us away! This sweet restaurant accommodated our party of 15 when they probably didn’t have the staff to do so. It was my sisters bachelorette weekend and they brought her champagne from the chef and free dessert. The service was fast, excellent, and luxury.
  5. JK

    JudieK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Given the staff shortage service was not great. We were presented with the “appetizer” (cracker with melon. The cracker overpowered the subtle taste of the melon as did the raspberry confits) as soon as we sat down. Then waited for quite some time for the waitress to ask if we cared for a cocktail or wine. In my opinion beverage should be served before the “appetizer.” Our entrees were good. Unfortunately a bit cold. You were also out of seafood bouillabaisse-our reservation was 7:15p. A bit too early to out of this entree. I offer these as comments with kindness. It will not deter us from dining with you again. We appreciate your obvious passion for delivering good, creative food to the residents of the area which lacks these culinary elements. Look forward to dining with at Azalea in the near future.
  6. A

    Aileen

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and unique with a beautiful presentation. A very relaxed atmosphere. Dinner was slow paced European style. Our four course meal took the two of us two hours from being seated to leaving the restaurant. It was a very romantic date night!
  7. F

    Friar

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding all the way around.
  8. M

    Micky

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance. The waitress was prompt, helpful and gave excellent ideas on menu choices. The food was amazing. I would definitely return and recommend to friends.
  9. LH

    LisaH

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time dining here, we came because of rave reviews from close friends. We were not disappointed! Everything was perfect, food, ambiance, service…… We will be coming back!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely experience! Delicious food too.
  11. SL

    SheilaL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Variety of food and quality of preparation generally excellent with the exception of the macadamia nuts (with the foie gras) which were past their prime. Restaurant was understaffed and we felt like we (a party of 6) were not given the attention we needed; had to ask the same question twice (where was the salmon from) because they had to go back to the kitchen to ask and then forgot. Once dinner was under way it was good. My friend especially praised the heritage pork chop. This was the second time I had been there, the first was on a weekday evening when only two parties were there and it was much more pleasant.

    Azalea BistroResponded on July 28, 2022Sheila, Thank you for your feedback. The Macadamia atop our foie gras are served raw & kept chilled. By this method, one can keep them fresh for up to 12mo, we have to reorder due to the popularity of the dish monthly but always fresh. The raw nut is meant to complement a dish which, overall, is raw. Perhaps you were expecting toasted, this would have been communicated had we more time that evening, we are a small staff & it was busy as July always is for us. We look forward to serving you again

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal with friends. The food, service and ambiance were A+! We will visit Azalea Bistro again!
  13. CG

    CharlesG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Realty enjoyed the wine-paired tasting menu at Azalea, we were trying a new restaurant with a local friend. Everything was very good, definitely recommend. The a la carte menu looked great too if you are looking for a more buffet conscious option. Should have taken more photos. Service was also excellent, thanks Alex.
  14. SC

    SandrineC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mean at Azalea was very tasty. It could clearly get one michelin star. The chef is fantastic and inventive in addition to be an extremely nice person. The foie gras was cooked perfectly, the crab and lobster cake was the best I had in my life (and I love my crab cakes). It was for our anniversary and the setting is nice, romantic and not noisy. It was the perfect date! Thanks chef for an incredible mean and thanks to the personnel for being so nice and friendly.
  15. BE

    BENC

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    This was our third visit. Number 1 was very good, number 2 was superb!, and this one was disappointing. Mostly because of the entree options and the presentation. They did seem respective to accommodate a negotiated vegetarian plate but when the asparagus risotto dish was served, it had one half of an asparagus spear accenting the risotto. Upon our expressing our surprise at the smallness of this presentation they did bring a side of asparagus ( and charged us for it ). While the shrimp dish was noted as having some spice to it, 5 jalapeño peppers in a small plate is a little overkill! I might recommend Azalea Bistro to a friend based on the previous experiences but I would also add this caveat.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some friends referred this as a “Must Do”! And it truly is! Loved it and will definitely go again!
  17. AM

    AnnaM

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had brunch at this delightful French restaurant. Excellent, creative menu. Beautiful food presentation, and atmosphere.
  18. TW

    Thyme4Wine

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food & service!!!
  19. TC

    TimC

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little French restaurant off the Saluda sidewalk. We went for a late lunch. The She Crab soup was better than most chowders I’ve experienced. The lobster roll was fresh and delicious. Courses are based on quality and not quantity. The service was outstanding, very attentive, never felt rushed or ignored! Courses were brought out with perfect timing. We had an appetizer, main, and dessert … we felt satisfied without the bloating. Very quaint restaurant with nice artwork and settings. We definitely will return for a dinner, that menu looks amazing.
  20. B

    Brugun

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, great service, and an outstanding chef. We can’t wait to go back!
  21. SL

    SheilaL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and interesting, we will go again for sure.
  22. TS

    TerryS

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great little spot in Saluda Nc . Great menu options and artful food presentations. We had the cake and caviar app and then the lobster tail Everything was Delicious.
  23. DC

    DennisC

    Charleston

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice dinner spot in Saluda. Definitely fine dining type establishment. They have a unique prix fixe menu. We had the 2 mains plus 4 for $110 which gave us a nice selection of options to sample the menu. Food was very good but not overwhelming. Entrees are decent size but are not typical American style that would feed 2 people. Would recommend giving it a shot if you enjoy this type of dining.
  24. CS

    ChrisS

    Charleston

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service was superb, nice charming restaurant. Food presentation was great, the soup and salad were wonderful. Sorry to say my Squab was inedible, and the crème brûlée had no taste. The Kangaroo for the meat choice was disappointing, not only to me but I heard other tables Making the same comments, I wanted just good ol beef as a choice some where. We just felt its a Big stretch for this town. Chef seems very well trained, and we have eaten as some of the restaurants he has served at..we love good food and are adventurous.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of four got 2 two course pairings for the women and two 6 course pairings for the men. Everyone had so much delicious food. The wine pairings were great. This is a destination level restaurant, like a true French countryside feeling. It was great. This was our second time eating here but the first since the establishment joined OpenTable.
  26. R

    Rick

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal , great service, with light and enjoyable music
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were amazing. We’ll be back again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very creative, chef driven menu with quality ingredients.
  29. LC

    LizC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I came to Saluda for a date night last weekend. We made a reservation for Azalea Bistro and I was thrilled with our experience. From the start, we were offered a small plate that the chef prepared to sample his amazing skill, and oh my goodness. From there on the service, and meal was exceptional. Definitely recommend to go here for a meal to impress.
  30. AB

    AnneB

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Azalea Bistro. We moved to Polk County half a year ago from Boston and are used to fine dining experiences - Azalea has never disappointed. Every meal comes with a delicious amuse bouche, such a nice special touch we haven’t experienced anywhere else around here. Although the menu is a bit intimidating/confusing at first, once you get the hang of it, the options are amazing. The She-Crab soup is phenomenal, but you really can’t go wrong with anything. The staff is very knowledgeable about the food and also quite entertaining and friendly. When we want a nice dinner out with quality food and service, this is one of our favorites.
  31. DM

    DonaldM

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Servicer was excellent. Food quality and presentation was very good.
  32. AS

    ASmith

    Charleston

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Some items were really tasty and good. Steak and crab bisque were very good. The fried chicken was very dry. For Mother's day, they added an additional $15 / person to their pre-fix cost. No reason for adding the additional pricing.
  33. AS

    AnneS

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I really wanted to support the locals while in Saluda. This was a mistake here. Good concept. Poor execution overall on the food. Fish was dry and overcooked. Orzo was clumped up. Duck breast was really a half breast. Bread pudding was gummy. Only positive was she crab soup. I was disappointed.
  34. DL

    DavidL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very attentive and professional service in a charming dining room.
  35. TC

    ThomasC

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful Easter brunch tasting menu; superbly presented and always the most pleasant atmosphere. Needed one more server to make things timely, but the wait staff delivers with grace and a smile (even when extraordinarily busy).
  36. C

    Carm

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We went to Sunday Brunch for our first visit to this restaurant. We enjoyed our experience. We would have given them 5 stars if the eggs for both of us were cooked correctly. They were overdone so next time we will specify. The other reason is that we had reservations which we were on time for and someone coming after us received service before us. Be aware that portions are small and it took 3 chives on the all you can eat menu to fill us. Otherwise it was great food. Pricey for dinners but reasonable for a lively brunch or lunch.
  37. NM

    NancyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Beautiful atmosphere . I loved having the half-glass wine flight of chef’s chosen wines to go with the meal. It made for a memorable experience of dining out- not just “eating out”.
  38. EO

    EatOut

    Western NC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unexpected little gem in Saluda - wonderful food and personal service. Lovely evening overall & looking forward to visiting again.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful in every way!

FAQs

Azalea Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 769-9022.

Azalea Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 39 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 10 times today
Google Map for Azalea Bistro

40 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Hendersonville

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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