Newman's Restaurant

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We are a farm to table fine dining restaurant in an elegant setting with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. The 4-course price fixed dinner menu ($64.00) and 3 course brunch menu ($29.95) that changes weekly and focuses on regional seasonal ingredients many of which come from our organic garden. Aaron Edwards is extraordinarily gifted in the culinary arts. Each item on every plate is uniquely prepared in an innovative way to deliver maximum sensual pleasure in both taste and appearance. With our friendly professional servers, incredibly beautiful setting and amazing food this is way more than fine dining. It's a true dining experience!
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very special place. The inn is a step back in time with great views, warm and knowledgeable service and thoughtfully and exceptionally executed food.

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JN
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant in every respect. We had the fixed price Valentine weekend dinner. The choices for each course were difficult because they all sounded so good. My wife and I made different selections for each course and all were excellent. The presentation of the food was superb. The wine suggestions for individual courses was very well done. Overall a great experience.

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F
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gem of a place ! Absolutely fantastic !!!
Highly recommend, worth the drive

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GP
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dinner was amazing...from the appetizer right on through dessert. The restaurant is part of the main lodge, and has windows all around that look over the property. While it was already dark before we arrived for dinner, the ambience of the space is very nice and relaxed for the evening meal. They serve some amazing wines and also some craft beers. This is also the same space that is used for the breakfast included with accommodations, and the breakfast is also wonderful. These folks know food! At breakfast, we were able to sit and and enjoy looking at the mountains and watch the birds flock to the bird feeders outside the restaurant...again, very relaxing.

In regards to the service, the Inn owners are engaged with the guests, and the staff are all very friendly and attentive.

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PJ
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. Weren’t crazy about the 2nd course choices tonight. But overall still a great place. My beef ribs were on the fatty side.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s date with my bride. Wonderful meal and wine. Service was so cordial and friendly. Such a wonderful experience. Will return to enjoy dinner and to stay at the Inn too.

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting - My husband and I had the lump crab for Sunday brunch - absolutely fabulous! But,
that's not to say the first and last courses were also 5-Star choices.
The Sunday we went was a quiet day which was nice and relaxing; the staff was not as busy and
spent some friendly time with the patrons. We enjoyed that and felt we got to know them on a
personal basis.
Hope to be back more often. We enjoy fine dining and Newman's certainly offers that.
The chefs are the best in the area.

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JV
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food at an awesome place. Totally enjoyed our dinner and the whole weekend with you guys.

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Charleston
122 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Newman's and it was for Sunday brunch. The food, service,view were all fantastic. And we had a lovely chat with the owner, Marianne. There certainly be many future visits.

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m
Western NC
46 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a relaxing atmosphere. From the hors d’oeuvres to the dessert, the food was perfectly prepared and plated. The prix fixe menu provided several equally appealing options and the chef was accommodating on minor substitutions. Service was friendly and professional. We are glad we found this restaurant.

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SL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in the area by far. Not only was the food outstanding, our waitress took care of us and made us feel at home. If our wine or water glasses were empty, they would be filled. The chef even came out as requested so we could thank him for the amazing meal. Saluda is a bit out of the way for most, but it is definitely worth it to make the drive for the farm-to-table cuisine.

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always 5 star in every way . A special place with great food and great people.

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P
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Orchard Inn is a hidden gem in Saluda, NC. You'll be greeted like family and impressed while you are there. Your Hosts are the proprietors, Marc and Marianne, they and their staff are hands-on, professional, knowledgeable and very personable. The panoramic views are phenomenal, the grounds are neat and well tended with private hiking trails. The menu selection changes day-to-day, are always unique and never disappoint! My wife and I have stayed with them on multiple occasions and have always been impressed with their menu creativity, wine selections and locally sourced ingredients.

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W
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come from New Orleans where the food is wonderful and restaurants endless. Newman’s at the Orchard Inn was, hands down, perhaps the best meal my husband and I have had ever, period.
The service and ambiance were exquisite, perhaps near perfect.
Thank you, Mark and Maryann

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Price fix dinner. Pork belly, trout, butternut squash soup and apple cinnamon creme brûlée. Well prepared and presented.

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GF
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service.

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AS
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two things. Our 30th Anniversary and our Lovely friend Jaine highly recommended you. Kathy our waitress was D-lightful! We were greeted and given appetisers while we waited for our table. Which by the way was the best table in the house. We sat in front of the fireplace with wine and looked through the very interesting book collection. Once seated our table had a elegant and lovely flower arrangement with a Happy Anniversary balloon in the middle of it. The meal was superb. Every course that came out was prepared not only for eye popping view but also extreme pleasing to our pallets. The desserts were amazing. Even as full as we were we could not stop at this point. The staff A+ , the ambiance A+ and the ending bonus we’re the two boxers who came out to see us out.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing- I wanted more of each course but left feeling satisfied !

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RG
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newman's is the fine cuisine dining room restaurant at the wonderful Orchard Inn, a select cozy gem nestled near Saluda in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina about 30 minutes down I-26 south of Asheville. The inn has a spectacular perch overlooking the hilly countryside. The dining room sweeps along two perimeters of the inn which affords magnificent vistas for every table. Dinner is a 4-course tasting menu that changes from time to time so check their website. The food is first-rate in quality, preparation, and presentation. The only dish that disappointed was the roasted duck confit, which was dry, overcooked and cried out for a sauce, but everything else we had on two nights at the inn was superb. It is well worth staying overnight to take advantage of their wonderful breakfasts in the same dining room. Newman's also serves an awesome 3-course Sunday brunch which features a fabulous house specialty: Austrian Palatshinken, a crepe prepared with peach ricotta, almonds, fresh peaches, sausage links, whipped cream and a poached egg!

Although I highly recommend staying with the menu, my wife is a fussy eater and the kitchen was willing to make reasonable allowances for her. That was very much appreciated.

Marianne and Marc Blazar, the very devoted and personable owners of the inn, take exceptional care to make staying at the inn and dining here a great memorable experience. Their presence along with the carefully chosen staff adds much to the excellent spirit of the inn. This is now going to be a favorite countryside get-away for us from our home in Atlanta and we look forward to many future visits and great dining here. This is a magical place!

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DA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, great view and service. A real gem in the mountains. We will return the next time we are in town.

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R
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newman's is my wife's and my first choice for special occasions and to treat family and friends. We have eaten there at Sunday brunch and dinner. Brunch is a good value with a choice between breakfast choices and small versions of dinners. Choices are limited, but varied, for each course. Everything is perfectly prepared. Servers are friendly and helpful. We have thoroughly enjoyed each visit. It is small enough so that we were recognized and welcomed after a couple of visits.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. You need to go

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Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Hendersonville and have done all the restaurants numerous times. With the traffic there’s no way we wanted to head to Asheville.
I went to Open Table and the Orchard Inn popped up. Ilene looked at the menu and decided to give it a try,
WOW,
We walked into the door and were met by 2 friendly people. They offered us appetizers in the lobby. We ordered a bottle of wine and it was served in the lobby with the appetizers.
We were taken to our table with an incredible view of the mountains and finches frequenting the feeders.
We started with the most unusual, but delicious gazpacho.
The next course was perfectly cooked scallops and octopus.
The lamb chops were tender and well seasoned.
The Branzino was perfect with crispy skin.
Fortunately the desserts of creme brûlée and chocolate mousse/ pudding was so light we were able to finish all of it.
What a find. Definitely be back. Especially in October.

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JT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! It’s perfect for special occasions.

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j
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food presentation was excellent. Wait staff were excellent. Most of the food served was very good. There were two of us for dinner. One ordered the duck - and felt it was not up to par: the duck was slightly overcooked. I commend the chef for experimenting, but the pairing of the duck with tapioca was brave, but it didn't work. That was disappointing.
The octopus was excellent.
The home-made bread is not very good, and there was not enough butter served with it.
The wine selection for single glass purchase is disappointing. I enjoy a good dry red wine and the selection was a bit minimal. For a restaurant of this standing, the wine selection was a bit cheesy.
The setting is beautiful - both in the architecture and in the scenery.
I liked the fact that the web site seemed to strongly suggest the wearing of jackets for men, but was disappointed that other men did not wear such.
But overall we enjoyed our time there. We recommend the establishment. We expect to go back again at some point.

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k
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a delightful afternoon. Thank you for making it so nice.

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l
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

wonderful evening, delicious food, excellent service

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 6 (4 adults and 2 older teenagers). The food was wonderful and the service was exceptional.

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k
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat! Ashley helped us and made everything so special. Everything was perfection. Thank you for a lovely afternoon.

Food was FAB

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! A jewel located in Saluda, NC.

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G
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and a great experience.

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LJ
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was special from beginning to end and server Lynn was delightful!

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RL
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressed by the service and quality of food. A little pricey but can look beyond that, Would be nice to have live music or a crooner on the piano, but price will go up.

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R
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at Newman’s at The Orchard Inn.

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P
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding restaurant with a beautiful atmosphere and view. It is pricey and the menu is limited. A price fixed menu.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding experience -top notch in every aspect. Elegant while relaxed, excellent service, and food presented beautifully and wonderfully prepared. A little pricey, but very much worth it. Topped off by a beautiful view.

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JM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An outstanding Mother's Day Brunch!
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Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ambitious but basically ordinary, in spite of fancy names of dishes. It was just an old-fashioned kind of place, both in terms of service and food. The Orchard Inn was charming and the views from the dining room lovely.

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Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newman's Restaurant was a great find. The restaurant faces several mountain ridges, and the mist rising out of the mountain valleys at sunset was beautiful. The restaurant has only about 10 tables, and is very quiet. In addition, the service and food were excellent. Would highly recommend as a good choice for celebrating any special occasion.

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SC
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal in an amazing setting- small space but every table has a stunning view of the mountains. Service was excellent and the food was perfect.

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