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Rye Knot, Asheville, NC

Rye Knot

4.2
4.2
40 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Rye Knot is the first restaurant in North Carolina to brew its own beer and distill its own spirits. We serve outstanding plated pub fare. Our top sellers are Dry Aged steaks, fish and chips, burgers, smoked meatloaf, Reubens and Shaved Ribeye Sammies. Chef Ben Dunbar is a master cook whom delivers exquisite cuisine in both variety and presentation. Our bar has a dozen large screen televisions. We have plenty of outdoor seating. We also offer several gluten free and vegetarian options. Rye Knot is a neighborhood joint. Come join us...Rye Knot?

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Cocktail Bar, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 575-2226
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran

What 40 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for groups

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Neighborhood gem

  • Asheville

    Good for groups

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood gem

40 Reviews
  1. Birt

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been here before and really enjoy the overall experience. My wife had the 1/2 Reuben and soup, which she said was”just right”. My burger and fries were prepared to perfection. I really enjoyed the Smokey old fashion. Owner makes his rounds making sure all was just right! Being a vet myself, I love seeing another vet doing so well with his endeavor. We will be back!!
    Rye KnotResponded on February 9, 2024
    Many thanks for your review. Look fwd to serving you again.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Even better during restaurant week!

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  3. rcollins1951

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for lunch during Restaurant Week. The atmosphere was great. Not loud in the forward part of the dining area. Not sure what it was like in the bar area. I had the shaved ribeye and was beyond my expectations. My all time favorite sandwich. Had an opportunity to visit with the owner which made it an even better experience.
    Rye KnotResponded on February 9, 2024
    Many thanks for your review!

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  4. Will1962

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Four people in our party and four different entrees. All were delicious! Highly recommend.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were very good. Staff and owner were very friendly and engaged. The only thing we would have changed, was the location we were sat. We were sat in a booth in the bar, next to the shuffleboard table. This wasnt a good area for an expensive meal. We would definitely go back for another visit.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food, great and interesting variety, solid service. Highly recommend!

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  7. RudyZ

    Western NC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an obviously new server who should have been observed or followed by a more experienced team member. He tried, but no menu or beverage knowledge. As always, the food was very good. First time eating the salmon and it was very good. This is one of our “go to” places.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Rye Knot doesn’t know what it wants to be. Kind of like if Applebee’s started offering $20 artisanal cocktails. The food was very hit or miss (some good, some awful).
    Rye KnotResponded on November 21, 2023
    Review with no value. Thanks for coming.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my new favorite restaurants. I’ve been here a few times already. The rye knots and cheese are amazing. The tomato soup is one of the best soups I’ve ever had. The staff are so welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting.
    Rye KnotResponded on November 6, 2023
    Thanks for the great review!

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  10. blips

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointing food preparation and spotty service for lunch 2 weeks ago, meeting a friend here for the first time to celebrate her birthday. Fried Green Tomato BLT W/Goat cheese had potential from it's description on the menu. The toasted bread was soggy on the bottom- likely d/t the sandwich sitting too long on the plate in the kitchen, and making it impossible to contain the contents when trying to eat it as a sandwich.. The fried tomato was greasy with the crust coming off. The only saving grace were the accompanying French Fries that were amazingly crisp throughout the meal! Getting a box for leftovers produced a box too small, although server was happy to get me a larger one when I asked. Will have to think twice about returning to this restaurant.
    Rye KnotResponded on November 21, 2023
    Thanks for your review. Fried Green Tomato BLT is one of our most popular dishes. Sorry we missed with you.

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  11. Cole

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The rye knot pretzels and sausage appetizer was fabulous! The tallow fries are so light and crispy. Definitely top off meal with slice is chocolate peanut butter pie, it is decadent! Service was top notch!

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  12. KathyC

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have never written a restaurant review before, but just had to write one for Rye Knot. Both my husband and I thought all the food was outstanding! Because we enjoyed our soup and sandwiches so much, we decided to order dessert. Something we rarely do. The peanut butter pie was the best we have ever had. We live in Charlotte but my husband said he would be willing to drive up to Asheville for the day just to eat at Rye Knot!

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  13. Julie

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our first experience at Rye Knot. There is plenty of seating, our server was helpful and friendly, and the fried green tomatoes were outstanding!

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  14. Rachel28715

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved the unique food options and ate every bite. The drinks were delicious and we bought a bottle from the distillery to enjoy at home.

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  15. DavidM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Suprised by the quality of the food. I sampled the salmon, meatloaf and had the prime rib. All were delicious.
    Rye KnotResponded on September 1, 2023
    Many thanks for your review! See you next time.

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  16. SandyW

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food and service was amazing. Love the atmosphere and neighborhood feel
    Rye KnotResponded on September 1, 2023
    Thanks for your review!

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  17. Leek

    Orange County

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had a great Reuben sandwich. My guests ball enjoyed their meals. We like the lunch menu!
    Rye KnotResponded on September 1, 2023
    Thanks for your review!

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  18. ChipI

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for sports, a drink or a nice meal. Definitely will return.

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  19. foodadventurer

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place with really good food. Found it sort of strange that the waiter informed us they were out of the Rye Knots....which is the item that the place is named after.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed a wonderful meal with friends, their steak was cooked perfectly and our meals were excellent. My favorite part was the Rye knots and sausage, delicious! I look forward to going again.
    Rye KnotResponded on August 1, 2023
    Thank you for your great review!

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  21. MichaelT

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food good, but not as good as it should have been. Service friendly and helpful, but kitchen vey slow.
    Rye KnotResponded on July 24, 2023
    Thanks for your review.

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  22. NancyW

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Rye Knot has become my husband’s favorite steak place. We go often. I love the filet, However, I’ve tried multiple items on the menu. Never had anything I didn’t like.
    Rye KnotResponded on August 1, 2023
    Many thanks for your great review!

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  23. RogerE

    Western NC

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    No atmosphere..........there were two of us and only ordered three items and server forgot to bring one of them.........food was ok.

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  24. PiaS

    New York City

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Rye Knot was highly recommended but we were disappointed. The cocktails were expensive and tasteless. Not sure if there was any alcohol in them. Nice selection of wine and the server was knowledgeable and helpful with pairings. I love a good Reuben and was not impressed. The sandwich was greasy and the meat was too fatty. I spent more time using my napkin than eating. Fries were delicious. My friend had the summer risotto. Portion was massive and tasteless. The smoked tempeh on top was delicious and smoked in-house. The amount of chopped tomatoes on top was overwhelming and didn’t make sense. Sadly, we probably won’t return.
    Rye KnotResponded on July 9, 2023
    Sorry you were disappointed.

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  25. Tess

    Western NC

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good Reubens, excellent fried chicken sandwiches, killer fries. Excellent service.
    Rye KnotResponded on July 9, 2023
    Many thanks for your review!

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  26. kimv

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eye Knot has become one of our favorite restaurants in North Asheville. The food is delicious and the service is great. Would love to see them bring back the Sunday brunch someday.
    Rye KnotResponded on June 21, 2023
    Many thanks for the great review Kim. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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  27. MitchT

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had the Reuben. It tasted good but had to be one of the greasiest sandwiches I've ever eaten. I would never order it again.
    Rye KnotResponded on June 13, 2023
    The Reuben is typically a big hit. Sorry you had a poor experience.

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  28. Bartacus

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate lunch. Eric served us. So kind!! Ordered a smoked old fashioned with house bourbon & the painkiller. Both were OUTSTANDING. Smoked wings were amazing. Tallow fries... how did I not know about this?! What a welcome introduction!!! The tomato soup is the BEST, yes... the BEST. The lamb & beef Doner kebab... WHAT WHAT?? So many good flavors. All sauces housemade.. ranch, BBQ & Buffalo. All delicious. Looking forward to going back for the larger dinner menu. Especially that smoked mac-n-cheese. I can only imagine the deliciousness!! Met the owners. So lovely!! Thank you for your service, Bob!! He made the bar out of bowling alley wood. Beautiful. Took a bottle of the house Bourbon home.
    Rye KnotResponded on June 11, 2023
    Great review Barticus. we look forward to serving you again soon...

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  29. PHeller

    Naples

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love eating at Rye Knot! The food is delish! We especially enjoy the salmon entree , the tomato soup and the grilled cheese. The service is always good and we like eating outdoors when the weather permits.
    Rye KnotResponded on June 11, 2023
    Wonderful review Phyllis. We look forward so seeing you again soon.

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  30. EricF

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Eclectic menu and delicious! Interesting that they distill their own spirits and brew their own beers! The owners are delightful people and engaging, with obvious commitments to providing a wonderful dining experience. Highly recommend!
    Rye KnotResponded on May 25, 2023
    Many thanks for your review!

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  31. PHeller

    Naples

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place! We love the salmon entree, and the soup with grilled cheese is wonderful!
    Rye KnotResponded on May 24, 2023
    Thanks for yur review!

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  32. NCMamaCat

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a tucked away gem! In what appears to be a sports bar sits a kitchen that belongs in an up scale dining establishment! Add to it they distill their own spirits and brew their own beers makes this restaurant a “must-do.” We all left wow’ed! Staff is top par! Kudos!
    Rye KnotResponded on May 20, 2023
    Many thanks for your great review! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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  33. Weekender

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, but expensive for what it was. They forgot to put my husbands order in and his food was soaked in grease. Our server disappeared for a while.
    Rye KnotResponded on May 17, 2023
    Noted. Sorry you had a disappointing experience.

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  34. Alicia

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, everything was nice. We made a reservation at 2:45 through Open Table. However, the restaurant should not take reservations after 2:30pm. We learned upon our arrival that the kitchen closes at 3pm. This made everything seem rushed as the server was trying to get our orders in before then.
    Rye KnotResponded on May 9, 2023
    Thanks for your review. Open Table is set up to take lunch reservations 11:30 to 2:30pm and dinner reservations 4-9:30pm. Not sure why it let you make one for 2:45. I'm sure you were well fed.

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  35. mthealthymom

    Cincinnati

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it. Great food. Best steak I ever ate. Interesting beer choices.

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  36. kempwool

    Charlotte

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were outstanding. Very comfortable space.
    Rye KnotResponded on April 10, 2023
    Many thanks for your review!

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  37. Fadingrockstar

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed the food and the service. Cool place to enjoy some tasty food and cocktails. I even bought a bottle of Rye whiskey to enjoy. Highly recommended!
    Rye KnotResponded on April 13, 2023
    Many thanks for your review!

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  38. Brad

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place! Welcoming feel. This is a restaurant that I could (& will) go to frequently.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible service, my salad set in the window for 15 minutes!
    Rye KnotResponded on April 13, 2023
    And you showed your displeasure with a $0.00 tip. and this horrible review You saw we were completely slammed and was trying to make it work completely understaffed. Nice job fella.

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  40. Paul

    Western NC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service. A wonderful local restaurant in North Asheville.

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FAQs

Rye Knot is rated 4.2 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Rye Knot

868 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804-2405

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Osborne Street and Merrimon Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Asheville
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Cocktail Bar, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    Merrimon Avenue
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran
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