The Admiral

4.6
3378 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Comfort Food
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 we offer the full menu at the bar for walk ins.
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Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d been once before , but tonight came for an anniversary dinner while in town visiting Asheville and Biltmore. Food was great... unique , funky small plates, Salads,
Cheese plates and a really great pork chop. The house cocktails were magnificent and they have a wide selection to choose from , and it seems to change frequently. The space is small but that adds to the experience. Staff and servers were very attentive , but not overbearing. As long as the Admiral exists, it will be a destination when we are in town.

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MD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

My friends and I always make a trip to the Admiral when we visit Asheville. It is usually fantastic. This visit, however, the food was not great. We were disappointed. Ordered the artichoke, duck leg, and beef tartare. The cocktails were spectacular so the evening out was not a waste.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely worth it, everything was great. This is definitely a must go to restaurant experience. Cocktails, food and service we're on point.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic in every respect. best asheville dining experience.

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

This was not our first trip to The Admiral. As usual, the food choices were excellent and the service fantastic.

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OT
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food quality inferior. Service was ok. Extremely pricey for what we received.

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j
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual gourmet dining! Can't wait to return on the next trip to Asheville.

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EH
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. Can’t wait to go back.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The small plates were delicious and nicely plated.

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ST
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food combinations had odd mixture of ingredients. For example, use of feta in gnocchi. Food portions were very small and overpriced even for an upscale restaurant.

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TK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was outstanding and the service was exceptional. Would highly recommend this place.

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TW
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been there in seven or more years, and it was just as good if not better than I remember.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place will be back next time in Asheville. The service was spectacular, the room was just what I was thinking it might I'll be back.

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AW
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son and I greatly enjoyed our meal at the Admiral. The service and the food were excellent. The restaurant has a nice offbeat vibe.

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JL
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Unique tastes,well cooked

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Would pick inside rather than patio next time, we got bug bites. Food was awesome though.

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JC
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had from menu and bar was wonderful. Weakest item was dessert; chocolate pudding disappointed. Choose the pound cake

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food as always...our longtime favorite restaurant in Asheville...probably the best restaurant in town IMHO

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat on the covered patio and loved the atmosphere. It was totally relaxing and a cool vibe. The service was excellent. Our favorite dishes were the arugula salad and the chicken. The tuna crudo was excellent as well: simple, elegant, and balanced. The fresh-baked bread was delicious too. The presentation of the duck liver pate was chunky. It was a huge mound of liver pate sandwiched in two thick pieces of bread that was reminiscent of pound cake. The layers of sweet and rich was a bit overwhelming. The plate could have benefited from some acid, perhaps some cornichons. All things considered, I would definitely return and order the arugula again and try some other dishes. It’s a perfect venue for date night.

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P
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our every trip to Asheville requires a stop at the Admiral. This time we had the roast chicken and mussels. The chicken was wonderful, although it was a pretty small bird. We ordered a side of the bread, and we didn't need to since the moules came with crunchy slices of buttered baguettes. The only disappointment was the dessert, pound cake (dry) with a fruit compote. The pound cake was no better than what you buy at the grocery store, and the compote wasn't particularly flavorful. We won't order that again. We have been going to the Admiral for several years, and we always enjoy it. Our one overall complaint is the price of wine. Very simply it is outrageous, and we just don't buy it. Paying twice what you pay for a bottle at a wine store is expected, but 5X? We found just two bottles on the wine list under $40. That's just trying to squeeze too many bucks out of us.

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k
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

While the food was excellent, $19 for a grilled zucchini was exorbitant

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CP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had not been in several years. Glad we tried it again. Excellent service . Had small plates.
Mussels fresh and tender
Tuna crudo delicate
Back on our lust of top AVL places to dine.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best trout I've ever had! My husband's pork chop was delectable and juicy. The gnocchi appetizer was to die for, and the pound cake and ice cream were just right! Loved the presentation of all, and the cool setting. Cheers to the chef!

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Knowledgeable staff. Playful menu that leaves you wanting to come back again.

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had great meal with excellent service

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Fantastic food!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, we tried several different dishes and each of them were delightful.

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h
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of those Asheville hidden gems. It doesn't look like anything special from the outside, and inside its very relaxed and comfortable, but you don't expect anything great. The menu gives you a hint of what's ahead, but then the food arrives and WOW! Portions are fairly small, but that's good because you will have room for an appetizer or salad as well as an entree and dessert. Everything is beautifully presented, and every bite is special.
We'll be back!

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EW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely birthday dinner (for me!). Cozy atmosphere, nice bar area which has great viewing of the kitchen (which I like). I had a bourbon cocktail to start-delicious, can't remember which one. Little gem salad to start w/ a bacon vinaigrette-tasted very liquid-smokey, but the lettuce and goat cheese were very fresh and delicious. My husband had the pork chop-yum! My meal (more of a tapas) of tuna crudo, mushrooms, potatoes and the grilled peach with housemade ricotta were all very good.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an excellent meal at The Admiral. Food was delicious and the service was exceptional.

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TS
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife’s retirement

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EI
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing from start to finish. My husband and I both got their house-made ginger ale, which actually has a ginger flavor and is very good. I've always thought the Admiral has the best salads in Asheville and that hasn't changed with the new chef -- salad dressing has just a hint of bite, fresh arugula, skinny strands of full-flavored granny Smith apples, nuts and bleu cheese. The rib-eye steak was quite tender and seared in a wonderful sauce. Came with maybe the best potatoes I've ever eaten. Zucchini fresh and tasty. Topped off with pound cake soused with some yummy syrup for me and chocolate pudding for my hubby.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything was great. The carrots the bread, cheese, Delmonico, but the main course grass fed ribeye was under Wheeling to say the least

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SW
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have tried for some time to get a reservation at the Admiral when we were in Asheville. We were not disappointed in the quality of the food and the excellent service. I liked that I could get small plates as I never can eat a large portion and do not want take out while we are traveling. The food was well prepared and excellent quality, but the preparation could have been more inventive. It was not over salted which is a problem at many places for those who try to decrease their salt intake. My only real criticism is that the restaurant is small and the tables and bar all very close together. The servers bumped into my husband's chair almost everytime they passed which became a little irritating.

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S
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special treat to dine at the Admiral! Great recommendations from our server and presentation / taste never disappoints! The duck liver, roasted peach, potato gnocchi, roasted duck leg were a few of our choices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined at the Admiral with two friends from Charlotte and my husband last Wednesday evening. Our waitress was exceptional! I had the arugula salad and the duck leg and it was excellent. I do like the idea of smaller pairings and the ability to choose from a salad and a protein and the menu reflected that option. Cant wait to go again!

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R
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully delicious and beautiful food, so creative. Service was superb, friendly and on point, never intrusive. Delightful dining!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We may have had a slight advantage with the staff in that our friend's son is a Sous Chef ...
Our experience was awesome. We enjoyed everything we ordered.

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CM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative.

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F
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food with unexpected combinations and presentation. Service was also very good: helpful with recommendations, attentive, and not intrusive.

I found the prices somewhat high.

What was truly surprising/disappointing was that there were no beers on tap. In Asheville? How is this possible?

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