Golden Fleece

4.4
553 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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Golden Fleece is a fairytale, born of a community rich in history and filled with a love of food & culture. Tucked away in the rolling mountains of Grovewood in Asheville North Carolina, Golden Fleece is a whimsical ode to the earth and the bounty of quality ingredients it provides. It is a celebration of slow cooked wild game, crackling fires, rustic recipes, and the beauty of naked produce.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Greek, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(828) 424-7655
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
George Delidimos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Club View Road
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Special events & promotions
We proudly host rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, and even wedding ceremonies and receptions!
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 553 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Great restaurant! Great service, wonderful food. We will go back for sure!

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2.0Dined on August 9, 2018

We had high expectations and we're somewhat let down. The dip and snapper special were good but the Bolognese special was extremely underwhelming and disappointing. Tell of the most disappointing things were the extremely loud noise level and the chef not coming creme brulee even though it was on the online menu. Expect to pay high for your experience.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Lovely atmosphere and we enjoyed our dinner very much and the service was EXCELLENT!

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Good very good. Service very poor. Big disappointment.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Birthday lunch for my husband, on a perfect day for outdoor garden dining! A gem of a discovery on our part, and we will return for dinner and on occasions where we would dine inside. Very comfortable and well appointed inside. Service was friendly and attentive in a professional way—not slap on the back overbearing. Right next to the Grovewood Gallery, making for a pleasant next stop, leisurely afternoon. This restaurant perhaps needs more marketing for lunch, but we enjoyed that we were the only diners in the garden.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I was in Asheville for the evening, just a little overnight treat to myself after ending a stressful contract. I snagged an Air B&B and went online to look at dinner options. Google brought them up, I called an Uber and set off on the quiet date with myself. Even the drive there was lovely and proved to be a prelude to a great evening. First off, I was surprised the restaurant was a small, almost fairy tale like house. I walked in and the hostess was expecting me. There were two dining rooms (also outdoor too). The front included the bar with smaller tables and the one in the rear with larger tables. There were only a handful of tables occupied when I arrived. I was grateful for that.

I was led to a two top. I sat in what was like a small loveseat for one person. A bit wider than a standard chair that has a plush throw over it. I was still settling in when my wine came. The decor was a bit rustic with mostly wood but there was an elegance to it. Great lighting and fabrics. My waitress knew the menu well, had great suggestions and was present but not pushy.

My salad was delivered by the chef himself. I knew that because his picture was on the website I checked out earlier. He too was all smiles and when I asked if I could have bread as well, he soon returned with some that he grilled for me. Nice touch.

Dinner didn't disappoint. I even ordered dessert which I rarely do. I just didn't want the evening to end.

I thought several times what a perfect date/anniversary place this place was, but again, was also perfect to reinvest just in myself.

I was looking for an extravagance, and I received one. I'm already planning another trip back to Asheville and this lovely spot, next time with my partner too.

Elegance without all the fuss. Great food and a truly lovely environment. Whether alone or someone special, you'll be glad you passed the hours here.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Delicious food in an intimate atmosphere. The restaurant was short staffed the night we dined but the bartender took it upon himself to leave the bar and take care of us as he would have any table seated for dinner. A nice break away from downtown Asheville in a beautiful area.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Even though I made a reservation for a birthday dinner we were seated in the bar area which was very noisy.

Several wine selections were not available, neither was the trout mousse appetizer (on a Saturday evening?!).

The lamb fricasse was passable at best and the desserts were disappointing.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I'm so happy to have found the Golden Fleece. It's convenient to everyone in the group. There is parking available. The food so far has been delicious and reasonably priced for lunch. The staff is attentive and allows us to sit and talk as long as we wish. The waiters and waitresses are well trained and go the extra mile to make sure our experience is an excellent one. We'll be back with, as one of our group says, our bells on.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Whenever we go the the Golden Fleece, we are never disappointed. We look forward to our visits there.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We had undy brunch...fabulous! Lovely, relaxing atmosphere. Our waitress George could not have been more pleasant or helpful. Each dish was beautifully prepared and delicious. I highly recommend this enchanting hidden gem!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Loved everything the atmosphere, the setting, the service and mostly the food, best lamb shank I have ever had

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

A friend told me this was her favorite lunch spot, and now I agree. Really delicious, fresh food done in interesting way. Great to eat on the patio when the weather is nice..

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I WANT to LOVE this place. The food is great, the atmosphere is interesting and lovely, but something never clicks for us. We never feel welcome. It feels like a “job” for the staff, and the spark is just missing. Too bad, because they have the potential to be a great restaurant. Maybe it’s just the Grove Park tourist “effect”.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

great service, creative food, wonderful outdoor dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Hidden gem. Located next to the Grovewood Gallery. Excellent food and service.

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1.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We had a reservation at Golden Fleece for dinner. We were seated in a walkway that was very uncomfortable; staff and patrons were constantly bumping my chair and tromping behind me...It was like eating with a herd of elephants passing behind you. One patron even spilled wine on me when passing by with his drink. We asked twice for another seating arrangement but were denied by a very unappealing and unaccommodating hostess. I am not sure why we couldn't move because many, many tables were empty and remained empty throughout our entire dinner. Our main server was very good and pleasant but overworked. We had at least three people bring our food and drinks, so service seemed disjointed and one server didn't know what the other was doing. The first server left us our appetizers with no plates or silverware, so we had to track someone down and wait for them. That being said, the Greek salad was delicious, and the appetizers and dessert were very good, but our steak was a cheap cut and tough. Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant and will not return.

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Off night for a normally spectacular dining experience. Will go back in a few weeks in hopes that normal service has returned.

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

It’s a very pretty restaurant but they put us in the back room which did not have as much atmosphere. The service was on the slow side and the waiters not too attentive. Octopus appetizer was small, black bean soup tasty.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Amazing family style Greek. Can not say enough about this quaint rightvoff property jewel. We loved it and the suggestions from our waiter.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I've always enjoyed Golden Fleece--and it just seems to get better and better!

The food was spectacular (have those wonderful roasted Brussels sprouts---best ever!)

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Golden Fleece continues to be a real 'find' in Asheville. Sited next door to the Grove Park Inn, it is better than any of their restaurants - we have tried them all. The kitchen is thoughtful, innovative, and always outstanding. The front of the house is excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

My parents came to visit. We went to The Golden Fleece on their last day. It was a beautiful ending to our time together. We loved the food, service and outdoor table in the flower garden. Scrumptious desserts!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We had a great Sunday brunch at Golden Fleece. I ordered the smoked trout Benedict, and my dining companion had the lamb gyros, and both were delicious. We had cocktails, which were pricy but very good. Our waiter was excellent. Golden Fleece is housed in an antique "cottage" in Grovewood Village--once used for linen and fabric production about a hundred years ago, and the ambience is lovely. Visit the antique car exhibit, the little textile history museum, and a great arts and crafts gallery in the same small complex while you are there.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Wonderful Food with Mediterranean flare. Wood fire gives a great flavor. Nice craft cocktails. Lamb wrapped in filo dough appetizer was awesome! Cool vibe in the front room.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Just okay food; not fantastic or well presented. Server nice but understaffed.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Awesome restaurant

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

It was good. Might like it to have even more Mediterranean items. And a lamb gyro

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

It’s a very petty space, and the food was okay, but somewhat overpriced. The young waitstaff was eager, but very poorly trained. They kept dropping silverware on the way back to the kitchen and tromped

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

At reservation, I advised that our party of six was celebrating a birthday and had hired a singing telegram service during the meal. The daytime hostess called me to ask a few questions and then passed along the info to the evening hostess. The telegram singer went off without a hitch! Our server was very attentive, but seemed thwarted by a slow back of the house. Although the venue was neither full nor especially busy, our first round of drinks took 20 minutes. Time from check-in/reservation to paying the bill was 2 hours and 40 minutes - a little TOO casual for our taste.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This was the first visit for us, although we had heard very positive reviews from our friends. Unusual selection of drinks, appetizers and entrees, everything prepared was deliciously prepared and served. House bread, Brussels sprouts, fish, vegetable cacciatore, and scallops all beautiful and tasty. Shared dessert of filo and creme was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Golden Fleece is charming! Beautiful, thoughtful, relaxing decor. Delicious food - perfectly prepared and presented. Outstanding chef and staff. I highly recommend this outstanding restaurant.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

My husband and I ordered the steak and ordered it rare. The cut of meat was extremely disappointing! Especially for the price!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

I met a friend for lunch. I loved the salad. It was $12 which was high for the amount they served.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Outstanding, compound flavors and textures. Good portion size. Wonderful outdoor dining option. Try the fresh trout and the octopus.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We have only lived in Asheville two years and discovered Golden Fleece early. It's a great destination for good friends from out of town. We just entertained friends from San Francisco. They loved the setting, the facility, the food, the service, everything. We're hooked.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We were looking forward to dining here because we had heard positive reviews but unfortunately for us we felt the whole experience was awkward...from the hostess to the service...the experience didn't present to the level of what the price-tag suggested.
I will start with the positives: the building, decor and ambience were lovely. However the front entry way is awkward with a 2 door entry and then sort of crowded, not sure where to stand so you dont block the door, situation. The hostess was friendly but seemed scattered and spoke in a very loud voice, even yelling as she walked away to seat other guests saying ahe qould be back.
The server had horrendous body odor. It was over powering every time he came to the table. His manner was not quite professional nor was his timing. We had to flag down another server on a couple of occasions to order starters, drinks etc. Overall, service was inattentive and lack-luster.
The food was okay, nothing really wowed us. But the octopus was cooked well and had nice texture. I enjoyed the brussel sprouts as well as both cocktails I ordered.
Our meal came to $173 and our server barely acknowledged us ...no one said thank you or goodbye or anything as we paid and left.
Highly unlikely we will return.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Do not miss this place.
Eating outdoors under the stars is very romantic.
Food is phenomenal

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We loved everything about it. Beautiful ambiance. Rustic but elegant, but not in a stuffy way. Lamb shanks were to die for. I had the whole seabass. Delicious, but a bit of a chore to eat. I would have liked more veggies. The best chocolate mousse I've ever had. Great and different cocktails made from scratch. What's not to like?

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

My husband and I visited the Golden Fleece for our anniversary on a Wednesday night. We had made a reservation and were seated promptly. Our waiter was very gracious and had a good sense of humor (which we personally enjoy!). We sipped on a cocktail while we waited for our food; the drink was good and the wait was reasonable. Our meals were fantastic! My husband rarely finds nicer restaurants worth the cost, but he did that night. Our meats were tender and well seasoned, vegetables cooked to perfection, and our glasses were always full. They even gave us a complimentary dessert, which was also delicious.

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