Permanently Closed - Golden Fleece

4.4
821 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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Tosha
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! How have we lived in Asheville and not experienced Golden Fleece until now? Go for the pimento cheese, sweet potato bourbon mash, steak, and the chocolate mousse!

We went right as the Coronavirus concerns were ramping up so business was extremely slow. The staff was attentive, kind, funny and very responsible with their cleaning schedule. 10/10 - would recommend!

Golden Fleece - Permanently Closed
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! We are so glad you found us, and look forward to serving you again.

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PiaS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my new favorites for lunch and dinner. The trio dip appetizer was delicious and perfect for two as was the Caesar Salad with fresh white anchovies on bib lettuce. The salmon was light and perfectly cooked. I’ve also had their flatbread pizza (enough for 2). Crispy crust and light. Nice cocktail and wine selection. I’m a fan.

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Responded on March 17, 2020

We are so happy to have you as a fan!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little restaurant.

Golden Fleece - Permanently Closed
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you for the kind words!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delightful!

Golden Fleece - Permanently Closed
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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JanG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch for two was delightful! The friendly server knew the menu well, and explained items and made suggestions, when asked. We ordered entrees, but I noticed people at another table ordered and shared several menu items, which I would enjoy trying on my next visit. The charming and sun-lit room enhanced our overall positive experience!

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Responded on March 17, 2020

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at Golden Fleece!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!! We had the octopus, lamb chops, mushroom risotto, brussels sprouts, and olive oil chocolate mousse. Also ordered a bottle of wine. Everything was absolutely wonderful! Service was great and the restaurant is beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!

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Responded on March 17, 2020

We are thrilled you enjoyed it!

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vipAshevilleGourmet
Western NC
69 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant for intimate chat or business discussion.

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vipTeriA
Western NC
57 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went twice in one week. Great food. Have only been there for dinner. Some day we'll try another meal. Probably my favorite in town.

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AnneT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Golden Fleece has a beautiful pub/winery feel surrounded by the Auto Museum, art sculptures, and fiber arts studio. The ambiance was romantic. We opted for Tapas which are lighter fare and were spectacular. Lamb in phyllo, grilled shrimp in olive oils and spices and tatziki sauce and pitas grilled for dipping were more than enough for 2 of us. Wonderful Ashville brewed beer started the evening and then a huge dessert followed- which we had room for since we went with Tapas! It has a Greek feel with the modern artistry of a world class chef. Bon Appetite!

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katltodd
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is super cute and cozy and the food is divine. I’ve never had shrimp cooked that perfectly! Find a reason to go and make sure you get one of their delicious cocktails and the braised lamb.

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vipTeriA
Western NC
57 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently delicious, excellent service. Brussel sprouts, octopus, lamb, ribeye, salmon, olive oil mousse, to name a few of our favorite items. Charming and romantic. You can't go wrong here. Avoid downtown crazy. Plenty of parking.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely decor, and a nice touch of quaintness. We enjoyed the overall experience very much!

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Shell
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the spot in Asheville! Very quaint and intimate setting. Great food and service. I ALWAYS recommend this place to friends traveling to the AVL area.

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John
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

our major complaint was the entree. the rib eye steaks were tough and full of grizzle...not good as we are steak eaters and this quality of meat should not be served at a restaurant of this level.

Golden Fleece - Permanently Closed
Responded on February 16, 2020

Good day John, I personally apologise for the poor experience you had while dining with us. This is a first for us as we have never received a complaint about our Ribeyes. The quality of meat is Prime, approved and stamped by the USDA. Now, having ordered a medium steak and receiving a rare can definately set the mood for failure. Again i apologise for the poor execution and i take full responsibility as the chef. Please feel free to contact us at info@goldenfleeceasheville.c o m

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very relaxing, enjoyable dinner at The Golden Fleece.
Ambiance is amazing; seating comfortable, service wonderful, and food delicious.

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Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you so much for your review!

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vipDebbi
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience

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Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you Debbi!

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vipDanielleT
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint little place near grove park. Food was fantastic. Service amazing and ambiance inviting.

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ThomasM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance, very unique, quiet and an awesome place for dinner.

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Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you for your 5 star review Thomas!

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SusanH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a cute place, very relaxed, service was excellent & food was good too for the value. I would try again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Our fave in AVL now

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Will definitely eat here again!

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Meeker
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday. Everything was great!

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Will not allow me to upload my review so I will upload the screen shot of what I originally had stated along with the picture of my ribeye that I received when I ordered lamb! O of course how convenient that it won’t upload anything again! I

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JimetteC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Service was five-star! Not that the restaurant has any control over this, but it is very hard to find. My GPS maps led me to a private home.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement party

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GenevaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely charming!!! The rack of lamb and charred octopus were exquisite.

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viplynnseldon
Charleston
214 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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!

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Riesenschnauzer
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you for the feedback Riesenschnauzer!

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vipOpenTable Diner
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 - Permanently Closed
Responded on January 19, 2020

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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SallyF
Richmond
2 reviews
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.

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Responded on January 19, 2020

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

Our new favorite place for lunch!

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ChrisR
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.

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BriceW
E. Tennessee
7 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.

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Responded on January 19, 2020

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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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
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.

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Responded on January 19, 2020

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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Darladear
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!

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vipStephanieH
Naples
27 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.

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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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BillL
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

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

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vipMeghanM
San Diego
17 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
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.

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