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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.

400 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner service from 5pm - 9:30pm Monday -Thursday & Sunday. 5pm-10pm Friday & Saturday.

Cross Street:
Michigan Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 252-2541

Website:
http://www.theadmiralasheville.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Justin Burdett

Additional:
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

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (101)
Creative Cuisine (96)
Good for a Date (80)
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Neighborhood Gem (76)
Special Occasion (76)
Good for Anniversaries (66)
Local Ingredients (64)
Handcrafted Cocktails (51)
Romantic (48)
Worth the Drive (48)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Cozy (44)
Bar Seating (43)
Authentic (41)
Casual (34)
Fun (27)
Notable Wine List (25)
Hot Spot (23)
Tapas (22)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Seasonal (19)
Comfort Food (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Business Meals (13)
Healthy (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Late-night Find (8)
Organic (8)
People Watching (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Western NC)·Dined 3 days ago

Have heard good recommendations for The Admiral for years. Visiting friends who had been taken there by locals a few months ago were eager to go again. Very happy to get to try this wonderful restaurant. Food was good and unique. Service was friendly and well timed. Enjoyed the experience and look forward to return trips.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined 3 days ago

The expectations were exceed. It was an amazing bday dinner for my wife. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding. Don’t let the exterior fool you. This is fine dining. The small plates are an ample size meal if you split an appetizer.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Overrated, overpriced

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing creative food. Great service. Highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 5 days ago

We are locals & this was our first visit, but will return based on a very positive experience. Menu has options incl. small plates. We started with a very good cheese board followed by two different small plates and finished with a Krispy Kreme bread pudding that was great. Good wine list with a range of prices. Service was done in a "team" manner and they were readily accessible and quite responsive. Would definately recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Beautifully well thought out and divinely executed meal. This place is wonderful, warm and a great place to really enjoy masterfully crafted cocktail and locally sourced food. The waitress was so well informed about the food and prep and was so helpful in suggesting pairings. I will return very soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined 6 days ago

The Admiral is one of our all-time favorite restaurants. Always excellent food and consistently great service.

Tags: Romantic, Great Beer, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

It was my 70th birthday and one of the partners saw to it that we had a wonderful evening with great selections.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

As always The Admiral was perfect! A friend from Ohio was visiting and I was so happy to be able to show her this special place!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The GO-To place in Asheville. Food is foodie worthy and the menu has something to please everyone. Great cocktails, wine list as well.m

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

The ribeye steak I ordered was tough, comparable to something I could get at Golden Corral. I could have purchased a filet mignon at Outback for much less than $38 and it would have been far better. The accompanying roasted cauliflower was so tough that I had trouble cutting it with a steak knife. I ordered two glasses of wine myself. The first glass was served at room temperature (about 72 degrees) and according to the server, was the last glass out of an open bottle. The scallops that my wife ordered had a funny taste - not sure they were actually scallops. For a fairly expensive night out ($138 including tip for two), I just did not see why this place is so well spoken of. Very ordinary, very limited menu.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 4, 2017

A Ribeye 1/2 inch thick costing $6 at Food Lion and served over cooked and been sitting, the steak did not even melt the butter on top. The staff did nothing and charge me for everything. I should have justed walked out. No idea how this place it revered so high.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great atmosphere and vibe for a nice quiet evening!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our first visit here was overall enjoyable. The food was very good, but a bit overpriced for what you get. The main issue was our server who seemed to have a "chip on his shoulder" and didn't want to engage in any conversation and he seemed like he didn't want to be there. We actually felt bad asking him questions. Sadly, I probably won't go again due to the server but if you get a good one give this place a try!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our favorite place in asheville for creative and delicious food !

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We had the arugala salad, a bib salad and short ribs. We enjoyed both salads and loved the short ribs. The service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. We will return in the future.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Farm to Table cuisine gone Lazy. Our Bibb Salad with buttermilk dressing was tasteless and watery - the server admitted that she had had previous complaints on that dish. Thanks a lot ! Companion ordered a broccoli side dish and was brought brussels sprouts. Staff overall seemed aloof. Will not return

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Venison was very good but the oysters were over breaded and over cooked, hard as rocks

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We had been given gift certificates as a Christmas present, but realized about 1/2-mile before getting to The Admiral, that the certificates were still at home! It was our anniversary, the reservation was 12-minutes from the missing certificates revelation, so . . . there was no going back!

Lucky us! The Admiral was a delight. Our server was certainly one of the highlights of the evening: a warm, welcoming, friendly person, well versed in the offerings of the restaurant. The food was creatively conceived, gourmet tasty, and the menu featured so many tempting options, that living there and eating three meals a day in the restaurant would be perfect! The outside of the restaurant belies the cozy ambiance inside, where it is easy to have quiet, pleasant conversation, without being overwhelmed by someone's idea of "music." The experience was thoroughly enjoyable, and, coupons or not, we will return many more times. After all, they don't accommodate diners as permanent residents!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was flavorful, but for the price, the ribeye was a bit gristly and had no spinalis dorsi (the most flavorful part), and I know brussel sprouts are popular, as is cauliflower, but please have other choices. Service was attentive and genial, and ambiance was pleasant. We were actually able to have a conversation as, at least the night we were there, the noise level was low.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Service was impeccable! Atmosphere nice ! Just Wasn’t happy with the menu myself ! Not into organ meat or other unusual animal parts ! Think they need to diversify a little with a few basics items for the not so weak appetite !

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The Admiral is dependable for a splendid meal and excellent service. The menu changes from night to night, but there are always appealing choices. It is always in demand so reservations far in advance of your intended visit are a virtual must, though you can walk in a sit that bar, ordering from the menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A cozy unassuming setting belies the range,preparation, and presentation of the menu selections. Plenty of items for casual comfort food lovers and a special treat for more adventurous foodies. Although there is a bar, a look at the other diners spoke of a date night atmosphere...quiet conversations, mostly parties of two and four. Lovely experience. Not our first visit, and the quality is consistent over several dinners.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Interesting and eclectic coices on the menu, but a bit overpriced, given the venue.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was just OK. Nothing was bad, but, nothing was really good either. It was just an OK experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

As always we had a fantastic dinner, great service, and a wonderful evening. It's our favorite restaurant in Asheville!!!! AND that's saying a lot!

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

WHILE MOST EVERYONE IN THE PARTY THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS, ONE MEMBER THOUGHT HER PORK CHOP WAS VERY SALTY. ATMOSPHERE AND SERVICE WERE EXCELLENT

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Was great the first time and even better the second - we will be back for sure.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Unfortunately, The Admiral did not meet our expectations. We ordered one of the local cheeses, Bibb lettuce salad, scallops, lamb and pork belly. Of all the dishes, the cheese with apricot spread, pecans and crostini was the most remarkable. Salad was a bust - rather plain. Scallops, though good, were nothing special. Pork belly was average. The lamb was extremely disappointing. All in all, a decent experience; however, would not return for a second visit.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great atmosphere . Love how they bring out one plate at a time . All of the small plates we ordered were great ! The drinks were unique and delicious

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Incredible service and food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Admiral was a nice surprise! Not much to look at from the outside, but nice and cozy ambience on the inside. Nice mix of diners. Service was attentive. Interesting dining options. The food was nicely presented. My only negative was that the scallops I had for dinner were slightly gritty, which happens sometimes. I'm sure the restaurant would have offered me another meal option, but I chose not to comment to the server. All in all, a nice evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Went to The Admiral based on the recommendation of a friend, and he didn’t steer us wrong. Food was excellent, creatively prepared and presented. Charcuterie was a wonderful mix of meats, cheeses, grilled bread and preserves. Grilling the bread for charcuterie makes such a difference. We shared several items from the appetizers and small plates and nothing disappointed. Short ribs were especially delicious

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Tartar is to die for! Unbelievable menu - EVERYTHING was fantastic!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The service at The Admiral is absolutely the BEST! The food is outstanding, too!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were not expecting an A+ experience on a Sunday night but that was what we got. Food, service, table, advice, attitude make the Admiral a gem. Consistently excellent, this restaurant is what we would call a "sure thing"

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Never fails to impress and intrigue. I dreamt about the Krispy Kreme bread pudding. Love the atmosphere and the fact that it still feels like a local vibe in a town of tourism.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lovely evening. Spirits and food were delicious. Anxious to go back, soon.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Husband and I made the trip for our anniversary. The Admiral is of our favorite places. So good.

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