Golden Fleece

4.7
606 reviews
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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.
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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, cozy spot nestled up on the hill with Grove Park Inn. A small menu done well, delicious desserts, great cocktails. A warm, inviting destination on a winter night.

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OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, locally sourced (where ever possible) authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Possibly the best restaurant in Asheville.

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m
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

I guess I should know better by now. New Years Eve dinners invariably disappoint. The only one who comes out well on this evening is the proprietor. I received an invitation via email for a fixed price dinner, pre-paid, at 160.00 for two, before drinks. I read the invitation several times and as always, the restaurant spoke of the event only in superlatives. Nowhere within this invitation did it say we would be sitting communal style on both sides of one long but narrow U shaped table. It felt more like a meeting venue than a high-class restaurant but I guess this allowed the restaurant to pack more in. It killed the buzz.

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JS
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Local grown beef was not that great.
Only 3 Scollops on that dish, pricy for just 3

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BG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife brought me there for a birthday dinner. We didn't tell anyone it was my birthday, so nothing out of the ordinary happened, just great food and a friendly atmosphere. I had a lamb shank that fell off the bone and tasted so good! I would recommend this place to anyone who wanted to be able to have good conversation and food.

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TH
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Been here several times, decided to bring friends. Be idea... Lousy background music. Food was not good. Had a gristle lamb shank impossible to eat. Buddy had chicken, it also was very tough. Expensive place, expect better food.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Ordered gyros for lunch for $16, which is quite expensive for a gyro served without any sides. The gyro was plain, very little sauce and meat on an over cooked pita bread

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server
Came for a 90 year young celebration

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

What a huge disappointment. We have dined at Golden Fleece before with friends for dinner and it was so good that we decided to bring our visiting family for Brunch on December 23rd. The restaurant had most tables filled but to our disbelief there was one waiter/barman and one server. Both were trying their best but it is impossible to even think that they could manage all the guests in a busy two roomed restaurant. Cappuccinos were cold and sent back, scrambled eggs and eggs Benedict were too but didn’t bother as it was just obvious that the workload was too much for our servers. The slow service and lack of attention was not their fault ~ where was a manager who saw the turnout and planned for it? There was a gentleman in a jacket who we took to be the manager on arrival but he disappeared never to be seen again. This is a high caliber restaurant and one would expect more attention, you get it at far simpler restaurants than this. I had requested a high chair in advance. On arrival there was not one, only one booster seat. This could not strap to the chair. We decided to just go with it and watch out for the baby. Another family arrived with year old twins and were told that there is only one booster ( ours ) and so they simply had to put them on the chairs and hope for the best. We ended up holding our 9 month old and giving them ours. There is also no changing table/ shelf in the restroom. I know this is a lovely restaurant with great ambiance and potential from past experience but it was a dismal disappointing experience on Sunday.

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B
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Ambience was nice, and service was good, but food was a little saucy and pricey for what you got.

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OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Christmas ambiance, very personal service, and creative menu. The apps and entrees were of highest quality. We had the grilled octopus and literally moaned. Scallops with beet risotto was a beautiful combination. First time there and will definitely be back. Thanks to all!

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JB
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We brought our daughter and two grand children from Richmond and had a great experience. We shared appetizers and entrees. Our server made us feel welcome and handled with grace and good humor the mess we made. We enjoyed this time as much as all the romantic dinners we’ve had there.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a bit apprehensive about trying Golden Fleece because we don’t care for seafood and are unfamiliar with Greek cuisine. Our reservation was for brunch, and we truly enjoyed the experience! My husband chose the rib eye and I had the quiche. Both were delicious! Desserts were chocolate mousse for him and a phyllo tower for me. We loved this unique place and would definitely go back.

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JK
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Friendly wait staff and bartender. Eclectic menu offering unique Greek fare.

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NA
Western NC
67 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of friends meet here for brunch frequently. We always feel "at home" here. Wonderful, welcoming atmosphere. Delicious food. Professional waitstaff. This is a true "hidden gem" right next to the Grove Park Inn.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The Golden Fleece did not disappoint! Excellent food, service and ambiance. We were staying at Grove Park and decided to have dinner offsite but I had no idea how close the restaurant was to the hotel. We were able to walk right out of the parking garage, crossed the street and there was the Golden Fleece. Great atmosphere and the food was wonderful!

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TJ
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had been coming to this area for years. We had never visited this restaurant before and wanted to give it a go. Are we glad we did! We both love Mediterranean cuisine and were not disappointed. The food was creative and very tasty. The Greek salad came with an imaginatively created feta mousse with eased the bite that a good feta can have. (Ask for extra). We had the lamb burger, which was amazing but just a teenie bit over cooked. And we had a chicken gyro wrap, also very good but needed a tad more moisture (ask for a little extra tzatziki on the side). Overall, the place was an amazing find. We are very glad we had lunch there.

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OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food!

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DH
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience. We will definitely return!

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S
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great, we really enjoyed the grilled octopus. The restaurant was not very crowded and offered a great, intimate dining experience.

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PR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traditional family trip for long weekend at Grove Park Inn.

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AA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Between us we had all three courses plus wine and cocktails, and everything was spectacular. One of our favourite dinners so far.

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JP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend the Golden Fleece! Everything was awesome from the time we walked in until the time we walked out.

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B
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find behind Grove Park and such a cute venue! Food and wine were great.

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M
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant with outstanding food. And the service was just great.

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NA
Western NC
67 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of friends regularly meets for brunch at the Golden Fleece and we always have the best service and most delicious meals. We all enjoy the warm hospitality of this lovely restaurant and encourage you to try some of their thoughtfully prepared and presented outstanding meals.

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RE
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great find in Asheville adjoining the Grove Park Inn. Perfect winter spot for quiet relaxing dinner.

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfectly sized portions, terrific ambiance, great drink selection.

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TN
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem -- charming setting for a delicious dinner of fresh, innovative dishes. The service is warm and friendly and the wine list offers a wide range of choice and affordable options.

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was so friendly and attentive. Great service and the food and ambiance was perfect for our anniversary dinner.

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JR
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time dining here and we were not disappointed. Great food, wine and service!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stumbled upon Golden Fleece and were so glad we did. Everything we had was Amazing! Matthew was out waiter, he was friendly and very knowledgeable of everything on the menu. Do yourselves a favor and eat here. We’ll be back the next time we’re in Asheville!

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DG
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious every bite had such flavors touch by herbs and original sauces.
Our server was Matthew he could describe everything on the menu with such knowledge. You knew you could order your food would be delicious!
Can’t wait to return!

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AC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. Located across the driveway from Grove Park Inn. This place is soooo good...a MUST if you're in the area.

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MC
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Wow. Wow. Exquisite and authentic Greek meal! Save the trip to Crete :)

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AA
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Upon arrival we were told that there was a wait; we waited for 2 stools to open at the bar. Bar service was very slow. After roughly 20 minutes we seated. Our server appeared about 10 minutes later. The food we ordered Ribeye and Lamb were very good (but also slow). And the wine selection was great but I wouldn't recommend this place if you have after dinner plans.

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CA
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Too noisy, service chaotic, understaffed. Food very good.

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B
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Asheville. A hidden treasure!!!!!

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m
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As per previous reviews, I love this restaurant. Creative cuisine and cocktails, cozy inside and has outside seating. I had the trout with saffron sauce again (see previous review). My friends enjoyed the lamb and the steak. We got the octopus as an appetizer and the bread an cheese board. The feta pimento cheese was one of the best pimento cheeses I have had: light not heavy. And the octopus is one of the best things they do here; tender and delicious. They are about to change the menu for fall and I can hardly wait until our next visit!
If you are visiting Asheville, this restaurant is away from downtown so it is easy to park. It is worth leaving downtown to eat here. It is on the grounds of the Grove Park Inn but not affiliated with them. Lovely spot.

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NW
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! It never disappoints!

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