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About The Admiral
Relying on timeless décor, gentle service, and inventive cuisine the Admiral serves delicious food without the restraints of convention. The menu changes daily to utilize seasonal flavors, locally produced foods, and new ideas. Reservations are strongly suggested, although bar seating is available on a first come first serve basis.
Asheville, NC 28806
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner service from 5pm - 9:30pm Monday -Thursday & Sunday. 5pm-10pm Friday & Saturday.
$31 to $50
We offer a handicapped spot and two other parking spaces, which tend to fill up quickly. We primarily recommend off street parking, which is always available (and meter free!) on Haywood Road and Michigan Avenue.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
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The Admiral Ratings and Reviews
This was my second time eating at The Admiral. The food was excellent, however the service was sub par. Our waitress was not very friendly and half way through the meal she seemed to disappear and another waitress started coming by our table. We asked questions about certain things and were given unhelpful answers with a "don't bother me" tone. I am not someone who reviews frequently, but I think such an amazing culinary experience should come with excellent service. A little disappointed this trip.
This particular time, when we ordered the broccoli and blue cheese 'fondue,' it was a huge disappointment, a disappointment I have never had in my endless dining experiences at The Admiral. I mentioned to our server the overcooked broccoli, and asked about the fondue in the title. Oooops...she explained there was supposed to be a side of blue cheese. OK, she had stopped by or walked past us numerous times, and never noticed we were shorted the main feature of the broccoli dish? Not good oversight, and truthfully, even though I have waited tables, I cannot say whether this was the kitchen or the server. So I'll just lay it on management.
Fantastic! Arugala salad delicious-light dressing/Granny Smith apples. Warm beer salad-pomegranate reduction/baby bok choy-yummy. Cheese board-very good! Scallop small Plate with Lion Mane mushrooms and polenta-really beautiful dish. Bouillabaisse-spot on! Drinks-Dark and Stormy's -best around!! Always a great experience!
We we're in Asheville for a long weekend to experience the food and beauty of the city...the Admiral was on everyones list of must experience restaurants and they did not disappoint. From the cheese and meat tray with a great mix of jams and crunchy bread to the amazing quail and sweetbreads small plates everything was perfectly cooked and full of complex flavors. Or service was attentive but not intrusive..I would highly recommend a visit to this West Asheville gem!
We have been going to The Admiral for years. It has been consistent in food quality and service. We frequently share several small plates and the arugula salad. We usually have the same server who is friendly and helpful without being intrusive. I wish there were more non-alcoholic drink options
( interesting virgin cocktails) but have no complaints. It’s our go-to for special occasions in spite of the many restaurants that have come and gone in the last 10 years.
My son and I went to your restaurant because I asked him to pick a restaurant to have a special holiday meal at and he picked yours. I've been to your restaurant several times and I had enjoyed it. However, the last two times and this time, I noticed that your menu is very limited. There was not much on it that appealed to me. I used to enjoy your small plate flat iron steak but that is no longer on the menu. On the positive side, I enjoyed the Admiral Manhatton drink. I also enjoyed the salad that I ordered, though not much was in it. I like arugula and it was very fresh and plentiful. The chicken liver pate was not what I thought it would be. I thought the jam would be separate. By putting the chicken liver with the jam it made it too sweet. I did not enjoy it. My son ordered the mussels and he loved it. The rabbit he felt was just ok. For dessert, we shared the bread pudding. I expected a generous portion as it cost $10, but with my two bites it was gone. Apples and bread are rather inexpensive items so I didn't feel any justification for the cost. Also, if there were any krispy creme donuts in there, I didn't taste it. It was just ok, nothing special and way too skimpy. I don't eat out at expensive restaurants very often, but when I do I expect a lot, as I happen to be a very good cook myself. You do make some creative dishes and I appreciate that. However, I felt disappointed in this meal. I wanted it to be special and it was not. I know that you are very popular in Asheville, but most of my friends and I prefer other restaurants. My favorites have been Bouchons, Rezaz, Vinnies, Avenue M and Curate. I wish you all well, but I won't be back unless you make positive changes, such as offering more choices and being exceptional. Try watching Drive-Ins, Diners and Dives, the Iron Chef or Beat Bobby Flay. These are people who make ordinary food extraordinary. I want you to wow me.
Our first night in Ashville, we deserved an excellent dinner at a special restaurant. Holly,
a bubbly, smart and personable, young lady took care of us. Her rccomendations hit it on the spot: the charcuttery, cheeses, sirloin and pork chop were out of this World. and then dessert: a dark chocolate pie and an apple pie with buttermilk ice cream that were delicious.
the red wine was incredibly good, a 2012 French Malbec that was perfect for the meal we had.
My wife, daughter and me were very happy and full.
It was the perfect birthday date night setting for us! We chose a few different dishes and enjoyed them all but nothing tops the beef tartare--It is Phenomenal. The service we received was top notch. So basically, we have absolutely nothing to complain about and absolutely everything to rave about. A great experience!
My husband picked this restaurant to celebrate his birthday. Boy am I glad he did ! We just moved to Asheville 6 months ago and this meal was by far the best we have had so far. From start to finish the entire meal was fabulous ! We will definitely go back again.
I felt that the Admiral was overly expensive for the atmosphere and the type of food. The waiter was very knowledgeable, but the menu was quite limited. I was disappointed based on all the hype I'd heard. I think there are a lot better options for fine dining, atmosphere and creativity in Asheville.
A very special evening. We were a bit early for our reservation so sat at the bar. Great bartender, Mark, made us delicious hand-crafted cocktails. We were seated right on time. Service was excellent, food outstanding and we loved the cozy ambiance. The chef created a delicious vegetarian plate for me with fresh, innovative vegetables seasoned well. Asheville has lots of great restaurants. This is one of them!
The Admiral is no longer what it used to be. The prices have gone way up and the food is not as inventive as it was in its days of glory. Drinks are also expensive. It is living on it's former reputation when it was a fantastic restaurant that was very reasonably priced in a dive bar. It is part of the collateral damage of the gentrification of Asheville.
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