Golden Fleece

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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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Charleston
208 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we loved it in every way. It's adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn and some great shopping. Highly-recommended!

R
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Refined dining experiences , perfect for catching up with old friends over a leisurely evening.

Golden Fleece
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the feedback Riesenschnauzer!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I’m not sure what went wrong last night but we waited for far too long for our side dishes and when we finally received them, they weren’t at all what they’ve been in the past.
We brought someone with us and raved about how wonderful the food was but last night was not at all what we’ve had in the past.

Golden Fleece
Responded 2 days ago

Dear guest, We appreciate the feedback and we feel extremely sad that your experience did not meet with your expectations, especially since you have dined with us before. We would love to make it up to you so please feel free to contact us at info@goldenfleeceasheville.co Thank you! Golden Fleece Management team

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food So Good It Will Make You Cry
This eccentric little restaurant is a perfect place to take a break from the grind of daily life (and parenthood). My beautiful daughter has been such a hardworking mom for the past 3 years I thought the best gift I could give her for her birthday was a respite from the ordinary and a reminder that all things are still possible. The atmosphere, the attentive service and the lovingly prepared food at the Golden Fleece created just the right vehicle for escape.
A trio of Savory spreads (yellow pea hummus, tzitziki and one other I don’t have a name for) served with warm, freshly made pita complemented artisan cocktails and started the meal off on the right foot. We followed with their unique interpretation of a Caesar salad - lighter and brighter than the traditional, yum! When my daughter’s octopus entree and my lamb phyllo envelopes arrived - both beautifully presented - the delicious aromas had our mouths watering before our first bite.
For a culinary academy graduate and foodie (my daughter) who has been making Mac n’ cheese more than mornay for the last few baby years, the first bite of savory, melt-in-your-mouth octopus (yes! Octopus that tender!) did her in. Quiet tears of joy slid down her cheeks. Transportation to a little world outside the ordinary was complete, Birthday gift delivered.

Golden Fleece
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Sally, You could have easily won Best Review Award 2020 with this one! WoW! We are extremely pleased you and your daughter enjoyed your experience with us! I would love to personally meet you if you visit us again! George D. Exec. Chef Golden Fleece

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LI
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite place for lunch!

CR
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not up to its usual standard. Service and main courses were impersonal, somewhat rushed and nothing like we have experienced at Golden Fleece in the past. It was like we had stepped into an "alter version" of the restaurant.

BW
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

There are better culinary options in Asheville but it was convenient to the Grove Park Inn and less expensive than the VUE. We only ate there one time. The staff was very helpful and the service was good.

Golden Fleece
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Brice, Thank you for your feedback even if you dont think we are the best! Hope to see you again for a second time in the future! Thank you The Golden Fleece team

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Have had dinner here several times. Took friends who were visiting from Manhattan for NYE. Everything was great for the most part, but the service was super rushed and frenzied (understandably because of NYE — we know this is not the norm), and the olive oil cake was essentially a brick. Nobody ate it, but we had a good laugh. Everyone was full at that point anyway. The other courses were wonderful, and our friends had a positive experience overall.

Golden Fleece
Responded 2 days ago

Dear guest, Thank you for your feedback! we are glad you enjoyed most of your experience with us and we are terribly sorry for your Olive oil Cake. It does get better with time! Thank you The Golden Fleece Team

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D
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We’ve dined on New Years Eve two years back- found it disappointing. Decided with fix menu to give it another chance - with another couple, It was worse. Lobster bisque- room temperature- odd courses: ice cream cone with rabbit stuffed inside served with a separate dish of tuna carpaccio- no taste - all served at the same time- it was ridiculous- two plates per person shoved on at once - come on! Our server (Lori) was incredibly surly and unprofessional. Bad food can be salvaged by a good server- but with both encounters leaves me very unlikely to go back anytime- and you’re my neighbors!

SH
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was amazing and atmosphere was delightful!! Will definitely add this stop as a not miss for all future Asheville visits.

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 27, 2019

We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed it! Can't wait to see you on your next visit to Asheville!

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BL
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Fixed price limited menu items were very disappointing. All of it.

MM
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We had a fixed menu for Christmas Eve and honestly it just wasn’t impressive. When an entire menu is pre-planned and the kitchen is making the same thing for everyone, the quality should really be excellent. This was mediocre flavor, low presentation value, and my prime rib was cold. The dessert was a bland, dry bread with ice cream. And the dishes were brought out before we’d finished what we already had. It just felt like they wanted us out as quickly as possible. It was $55/person and really I feel like they were just taking advantage of the holiday and not delivering quality that justified the price point.
The atmosphere is lovely though, and the cocktails were delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

One of the gyros ordered was full of fat and when we brought it to the servers attention he said, oh sorry to hear that. And walked away. We did not see him again until he brought us the check. He did not remove the plate or offer to get her anything else. The Brussels sprouts were amazing and the GF burger were very good though.
When we got the check the bad gyro was still listed. I brought it to his attention and his response was, I told the hostess to gather the plates and see how much of it you ate. Since you ate less than half I guess I can remove it from your check.
So he admitted that he did nothing to help the situation and instead kept the gross gyro there to test us to see if it really was too bad to eat.
He never tried to make the situation better. Honestly don’t see myself going back there again. And definitely not going to recommend it to friends anymore when they come to visit.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! Service and food !

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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S
Milwaukee
40 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in Asheville. I know they had problems with service in the past but we have had no issues. Everyone is prompt without being pushy and very polite. The food is excellent. My Greek neighbor says they have the best tzatziki and I would agree. If you like Greek, this is the place in Asheville.

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to your next visit!

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OD
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical place with very fine cuisine!! The front room is especially comfortable and with live music on Saturday is a certain winner! Run don’t walk! My Asheville favorite.

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for the kind words!

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B
Tulsa
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this cozy venue! The staff was inviting and attentive. The food was creative and delicious. Our evening was perfect!!!

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 27, 2019

We're thrilled that you enjoyed it! Come back again soon!

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BD
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the delightful music is the perfect stage for an evening meal with an old friend.

JR
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We entertained friends for Christmas. We had a table for four in a cozy nook in the bar area. It was great for conversation. The lamb shanks never disappoint. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Love this restaurant.

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for the review! We're glad that it was the perfect spot to bring your friends. We look forward to your next visit!

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AV
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Golden Fleece is a quaint, cozy, and inviting restaurant that my sisters and I were very eager to try for some time. We finally made a point to go for my birthday. To start, we ordered the Horiatiki Salad and the Ancient Grains & Arugula salad. Both were good, but not exceptional. Being that it is December, the tomatoes in the Horiatiki salad were flavor-less. The olive oil dressing on the arugula salad was not at all complimentary- the olive oil flavor over-powered the flavors of the other ingredients.

For our entrees, we had the Australian rack of lamb, wood-fired octopus, and the risotto. My sister asked for the lamb to be prepared 'medium' but it was completely pink and still bloody when she cut into it. Not to mention, we had to persistently try to get our waitress's attention to get a proper knife for the meat. We had the chef cook the lamb a little longer, but upon the second time her dish was set before her, and as she cut into the second piece, it was still just as bloody. My sister was almost too embarrassed to send her food back to the kitchen a second time, but I insisted. The third time she got her lamb it was cooked to "well done." She nibbled on it some but did not enjoy it. The restaurant was kind enough to take that dish off of our tab.

Another thing to note for future customers is that the entres and other dishes are a la carte, so sides have to be ordered separately. In my opinion, I think that the restaurant would do well with at least listing "recommended sides" for a particular dish.

All in all, we had very high hopes for Golden Fleece. We enjoyed the ambiance and the Greek wine but were not satisfied or impressed by the food. We wanted very much to like it and to have found a great spot for upscale Mediterranean food, but will not very likely be returning.

SM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and food was delicious!!! The menu is all about Greek/Mediterranean food.
Worth to try!

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 27, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Golden Fleece! Come back again soon.

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LH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sax player was excellent but VERY loud. Could not hear the server at first and had to move my chair closer to the other member in my party to converse.

C
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Golden Fleece. We discovered it last year when we visited Asheville and the Grove Park Inn. The independently owned restaurant is located next to the hotel and we have eaten there on each of our visits to the Grove Park. They seem to have a large local following as well as hotel guest who have discovered them. The restaurant is cheerful with comfortable bistro seating, artwork and a friendly atmosphere. Our food and drink on both of our visits to the Golden Fleece has been excellent. It's our favorite place to dine and I'm sure we will return on our next visit to that area.

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 11, 2019

We love our returning guests! We're glad you were able to enjoy your dining experience at our cottage, and look forward to your third visit.

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OT
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service, matched with a rustic, charming ambiance made our evening special. The olives are a must!

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 11, 2019

We're so glad we were able to provide an exceptional dining experience for you. We hope you'll visit again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Highly recommend this lovely restaurant.

Golden Fleece
Responded on December 11, 2019

Thank you for the kind words!

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BR
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

This place has truly wonderful food and a lovely feel. Tonight, unfortunately, the service was pretty poor. It was clear that no one really cared that we were there — or maybe they just wanted us to leave. We asked for a wine menu and didn’t get it, we had food taken away before we were done with it, and our check was wrong (they did fix it, but in a pretty arbitrary way). I hate that this happened because I really like this place. Maybe they thought we were just some Omni people who don’t expect better? Anyway, it was a bummer.

BC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Food was so so. Service was mediocre. Interesting to try something new but I would it go again.

JT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took wife here for her birthday dinner along with two boys (10&7). Our waitress, Lori, was phenomenal and made all the right recommendations. The food and atmosphere was perfect and we will definitely be back next time we’re in town!

FR
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food atmosphere and service. It was great night out. Will look forward to coming back

o
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Extremely mediocre food and lackluster, borderline incompetent service. We are Asheville residents, we will not be back.

A
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh food in a glamorous dining room...Staff is very sweet and authentic

Golden Fleece
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you for the kind words. Come back again soon!

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AL
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was nothing short of amazing! The service was excellent and we had excellent recommendations from our server. We took a shot on this place and are still dreaming about the wonderful food that we had!

Golden Fleece
Responded on November 22, 2019

We love to hear this! We hope you'll visit again soon and try more of our slow earth cooking.

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NR
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I have eaten! So fresh, perfectly prepared, and served elegantly!

Golden Fleece
Responded on November 22, 2019

We're thrilled to hear this! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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MP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing!!!

Golden Fleece
Responded on November 22, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed it, Maegan!

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TB
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Really wanted to love this experience but sadly the service was really lacking. The food was tasty and of good quality. However we waited almost 10 minutes for water. Then they forgot one of our apps and the bread we asked for (which we were also charged $1 for) came late, in addition to one of our entrees. All in all, disappointing for a $100+ meal. Maybe they were short staffed tonight?

AH
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

It took way too long to get our entrees. Everything started out fine with our appetizers and salad but than it just sort of went sideways. Even getting our wine took forever.

CC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delicious food in an atmosphere that makes you feel like you've been transported somewhere far away. Beautiful decor and lovely drink selection, we will be back!

Golden Fleece
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for your kind words, Clare. We can't wait until your next visit!

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OT
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was not the best. The food was pretty good overall. If ordering the ribeye I would suggest asking for the temp to be cooked one level higher than your normal preference (orders medium rare, came out closer to rare). The ambiance is unique; there was great live music in one room, however our room was out of ear shot of the music and it was very loud. Overall not terribly priced.

r
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice atmosphere and good food. We started with the Brussels Sprouts, perfectly charred. Then we had the lamb gyro, lamb was delicious, huge serving. And the chicken souvlaki, very flavorful and large portion for lunch. Had to ask for more water but otherwise an enjoyable lunch and the location is convenient to the Grove Park Inn and the shops and car museum of Grove Wood.

Golden Fleece
Responded on November 13, 2019

We're glad you enjoyed yourself at Golden Fleece! We look forward to your next visit.

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