Daphne at Twisted Laurel

4.4
47 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Twisted Laurel has been recently re-imagined into Daphne at Twisted Laurel, focusing on farm to table New American cuisine. With a modern industrial chic atmosphere and a knowledgeable waitstaff with a genuine desire to give their best, Daphne at Twisted Laurel offers a unique dining experience. Offering a full craft cocktail bar, local taps and an always changing seasonal menu, Daphne is the perfect blend of exceptional food, great service and a welcoming environment.
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EB
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Group of us from work had a nice meal. Food was served pretty quickly and service was appropriate (there when we needed but not interrupting every 5 minutes). We each had something different from salads to burgers to sandwiches and everyone enjoyed it. Especially like outdoor seating option under canopies or indoor air-conditioned options!

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RL
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed the atmosphere and food. We had several small players which were great (including the pierogies) and the roast chicken entree was very well done.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and attentive service!

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R
Western NC
74 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here before a play at ACT. Love the new menu.. small plates and larger meals. The sweet potato ravioli small plate was superb and was a shared appetizer . I got the tempeh and grits and it was very rich. Delicious but I couldn’t finish all of mine. The other person ate all of hers. My only complaint was that we needed a dictionary to figure out what some of the ingredients were and the dishes were not labeled V or G as is the norm now in Asheville for Vegan or Gluten free food. Service was very good. Would definitely return.

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CC
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Was in town for class & a new find
Enjoyed the meal & service was good
I went early so they weren’t busy
Big negative was the very skimpy drinks
I had a cocktail that was barely a sip
Glass of wine for $12 & so little in the glass
I’d probably go back but would skip the bar
Which means I probably wouldn’t go back

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A
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

After reviewing photos on their web site and reading reviews touting the new chef, we made reservations for four. The food didn't look anything like the photos but rather the way my mother plopped food on a plate all running together in an unattractive palate. My sandwich description included caramelized onions but there wasn't a single onion in the bun and the fries were old and cold. A second person had the chicken which not only was difficult to cut and the plating unattractive, the meat was tough. The other two diners had similar experiences. Will never return!

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T
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Got seated right away at a beautiful table overlooking the Asheville atmosphere outside. Waitresses were very attentive and personable. Explained the food well and gave recommendations on drinks and food. The food was absolutely amazing. Fresh and delicious and presented beautifully. Highly recommended.

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MV
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, a great location, and friendly and professional staff. This place is a true "do not miss" spot in downtown Asheville.

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Western NC
1 review
Reviewed on December 14, 2017
Overall 1food service ambience

First of all, the service was VERY slow, our waitress came about 2 times in the whole hour that we were there, it wasn't at all busy. It took like 30 minutes before we actually got our food and it wasn't very good. It was about ten dollars for 6 onion rings , we had 4 people. We got a kids pizza, 2 subs, 1 salad, and 2 apps, our total bill was $70. It was completely not worth it at all. We could have gone somewhere else and gotten the same stuff for half the price. All of our food was cold when we got it, when we ordered drinks, they didn't come until we were almost done with our food. It was really bad and I would not recommend it to anyone.

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D
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent gyro platter and the price was very reasonable. Our server was prompt, efficient and the atmosphere was casual and friendly.

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P
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice little place - very friendly staff - good value dining - highly recommend!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience at Twisted Laurel. Experienced great service, great drinks, and great music. Food was also very good and was brought out promtly after it was ordered. Would definitely recommend to all.

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s
Western NC
27 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Twisted Laurel is a beautiful restaurant in a prime location in downtown Asheville. We have eaten there many times, and as locals we spent Christmas Eve there with our family this year. The food is good...although I wish they had more variety on the menu. We love the ambiance and the amount of seating for large groups.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready and waiting when we arrived, the server was attentive and friendly . We had a party of 16 and she handled it professionally. As usual the food was delicious. I think we all ordered something different and all were pleased!

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K
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a late dinner after arriving into town. Food met expectations and the server was excellent. Because we were eating late, a musician was performing that was acoustic and at a comfortable sound level. We enjoyed the music. The noise seems to be due to the physical aspects of the building. High ceilings, concrete, glass and steel for an industrial feel that does work.

Bottom-line, we will come again, but maybe for lunch or an early evening. Worth the visit. I agree with the $$ rating for prices.

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j
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dined here twice while in Asheville. Good food and great drinks both times.

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SR
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner here. He ordered the eggplant stack and it was amazing! Fun cocktails too. We highly recommend.

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J
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food, decent pricing, and mediocre service. The apps are really good and we all were impressed by the entrees. This could be a staple go to place for dinner if the service was not so horrific. Our server, who I also believe may have been a manager, seemed more occupied with talking to the host and hanging out at the end of the bar chatting with staff than offering prompt and timely service. I ended up having to give a member of my group my beverage because she never refilled his drink. The food was the shinning star, but waitstaff needs some work.

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KM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was just OK. Not particularly disappointing, but also nothing special.

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LB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The pork was over salted

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time for me!
Brought six friends for dinner who had never been there before.
They will all be repeat customers!

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r
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Stopped buy while in Asheville. It was a top rated restaurant near our location. We ate outside on the porch and it was a delightful atmosphere. The Greek style menu was good and the food was well prepared.

Service lacked a little, it was slow and they had problems with their computer adding to the problem. The couple next to us were there 2 hours. Ours wasn't that bad but I imagine that if it was very crowded it would be worse. It wasn't that busy when we were there.

But we were there to relax and eat some good food, so we enjoyed our dinner.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Not impressed. The food wasn't seasoned well and I can't eat cheese so there were very few options on the menu for me to choose from. Not going back for the food but the atmosphere was cool.

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Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorites! Amazing food with a reasonable price. Always had good service here.

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Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience in all ways. Food was prepared perfectly and our waitress, Cheryl, was outstanding. We will be back soon!

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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu, has good food and service and a convenient location

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S
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service very good and friendly. Food mediocre at best. Convenient location.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had just arrived in Asheville to start our vacation. We used Open Table App to book our dinner. We arrived ahead of scheduled time but they seated us right away. Our waitress was Katie. Katie was very knowledgeable about the food and local craft beers. She said please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. She expected us to have questions and she was ready with the answers.
We ordered the twisted laurel. Three different kinds of hummus served with big logs of feta cheese with pita triangles. It was delicious. We ordered the lasagna. It was served hot and was delicious. We will definitely return to this restaurant again and tell all our friends.

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was extremely noisy. We were seated at a high table on uncomfortable bar stools with no backs. This was especially difficult for my 5 year old and also forced us to place jackets and purses on the floor. The food was good but service seemed to be a chore for the several folks who waited on us. I don't know that I would visit again.

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NJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Based on Trip Advisor research thought it may be good place for meeting friends. Was too loud. Food was ok. Did like the tag team wait staff, not on top of us, but someone was always there for new drink, bus table, bring water etc

Seemed more of a bar crowd in a restaurant type setting

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MG
Western NC
29 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I had heard that Twisted Laurel was great and my favorite food is Greek food, so when friends suggested meeting up here, I jumped at the chance. They easily accommodated our rather unconventional group and were very patient with us. The service was more than we could have asked for or expected.
The food is fabulous and a great value for the price. Anyone can easily find something to fit their palate and price range.
If you want a suggestion, you MUST try the Trout Dip appetizer! Mmmmmmmm

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L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Casual dinning ...relaxed atmosphere ..nicely decorated. Food average.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful, the sweet waitress named Kai did a wonderful job. Food was great.

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Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent once it arrived. The timing of the meal was quite off. It took about 10-15 mins for a server to come. Once they did, they were very nice. The first round of entrees came out and two of us were missing our entrees until the first people were completely finished. The food was great!! Just wanted it to come at the same time.

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CF
Wilmington
37 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

What a great find! When we arrived we were seated at a table in the middle of the restaurant, but the manager asked if we wanted to move to a table by the window which was a little bit more intimate. And what a suggestion because the chairs were far more comfortable too! The folks seated outside had a great view as well and seemed to be quite comfortable. The food was so great we ended up ordering too much and had to bring the rest home...which was still good the next day! With a Greek flavor, any of the pasta dishes are killer, but my favorite part was the starters. Do yourself a favor and don't miss out on the nachos. I can't wait to go back to try more from the amazing menu.

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SQ
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The greeter/hostess was great, the floor manager was great, the server was horrible. We had viewed the menu online before arriving so we could order all when we sat down with our drinks, our server actually refused to take our order and said she had to take the order of the table that sat before us before we could order, unbelievable. She was all over the place not a dedicated section as we watched her go outside several times so we were really confused if the server had this big of a section. I think had we had another server our experience would have been more positive. The server we had just seemed out of place, we noticed the other staff had more of a uniform and our was wearing lace pants, not really server attire.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

There was a menu in trip advisor which wasn't the same as offered. Very little vegetarian so ordered the lentil soup. It was cold and thin...could have been a watered down version of a can of Amy's...my friend ordered the mushroom burger. It was still cold in the middle like it had been frozen. It was sent back and the next one wasn't terrible but not exceptional. At least it was hot. The waiter was very apologetic ..but since we had to wait for two orders, we asked for some discount which was given at $5.00. Not exactly a invitation to go back. We won't. Sorry, it just didn't work for us... Especially since it was a birthday celebration
Which was also not acknowledged in any way by the service

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AG
Western NC
67 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Decided to try this bistro prior to a performance at the Asheville Community Theatre (ACT). Dinner began well with terrific salads. Things went downhill from there...mostly due to service (or more correctly, lack thereof). After waiting nearly 2 hours while diners around us came and left, we were presented with cold food and nearly missed the performance. Management comped our "dinners", which was fair...given the circumstances. However, this conveniently located eatery will need to "step up" markedly to keep Asheville's regular diners coming back.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were sat rather quickly as was a large party right after us, right behind us - same size party. It took the server more than 7 minutes to come to us to ask for drinks, meanwhile another server said "ill get you guys some waters!" - well, it was another 11 minutes until our actual drinks came, and we still had no gotten waters - but the table behind us, who came after us, had. The server said "we ran out of glasses."

Our drinks came, our food came - it was ok, nothing amazing. Our appetizer came after our entire meal was done. The manager said "don't worry, those are on me." - really? When we got these rice balls after our pizza and after we had completely finished our meal? You think you were doing us a favor?

We should have walked out after the server took so long to get to us. The place is not that big and I thought the service was poor and the food was ok. Would not recommend.

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B
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

First waked in was greeted by a gentleman, who I think was the owner. Very good first impression. He was very nice and seated us right away. But service went down from there. Waitress brought us water than disappeared. I believe to wait on another group that came in after us. Then a second waitress came over and explained she was busy and were we ready to order. We had been waiting 10 minutes. I explained we hadn't even put in a drink order. She took that, but took a while to come back. Then took our dinner order. It was a party of two. I ordered a salad and entree and other person just had an entree. My salad came out, but I had only taken about 3 bites when the entrees came out. Now I was feeling rushed. I had waited for them and now they wanted to turn the table. So by the time I got to my entree it had gotten cold. The food was very good tasting and presentation was good. Service ruined it. If the service was better I would recommend this place. Bad service ruins the meal for you.

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