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Tupelo Honey - Downtown Asheville

4.7
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2442 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
At Tupelo Honey, we create breakfasts, lunches and suppers that invite you to put on your Sunday’s best and gather around the table for gracious and delicious Southern food. This original, flagship location boasts almost 20 years of delighting diners and providing a high energy environment that is synonymous the Asheville community.
Reservations recommended.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2442 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AdamD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant for amazing southern cuisine and drinks. The fried chicken was by far the best I have ever had, I highly recommend it. The house rye ale was also incredibly good.

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JBPA23
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was very good! We were seated outside on the patio. The only downside was a bunch of bees were flying around our table at the end, which was not very pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice dinner - enjoyed the outdoor seating. Was disappointed the meatloaf wasn’t available but had the amazing shrimp and grits instead. Highly recommend - they did a great job with the Covid measures

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great as was the food and for a very good price point. Very happy we made reservations! Would definitely go back!

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April
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was delicious from the pork and meatloaf to the salt and pepper brussels, potatoes, and collards.

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TraciV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Stopped here on our way back to Florida, gets pretty busy so had to take the 4pm dinner slot. Sat at the bar and Sarah was great! Had fried green tomatoes-nice touch with the grits, honey dusted chicken was moist (got the white meat), and the Mac n cheese was fantastic! I highly recommend if you are into southern comfort food!

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TarvorshaeJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was average, cold, and overpriced

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NicholleB
Columbus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The biscuits were amazing

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vipDonO
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food selection and quality along with great service. This restaurant will be added to our list of regular Asheville stops.

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karah
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sweet & spicy fried chicken was extraordinary. I added baked Mac $ cheese for a truly southern experience and tried the Wildflower Mule which was so light and refreshing. My reservation for 1 was at the bar and the 2 female bartenders that served me were so friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The hostesses were also very kind too, especially when I rushed in a few min late due to a blocked road. The ambience, cleanliness and incredible food was unforgettable and something I will try to repeat as soon as possible!

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AlexisG
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tori was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining here and it was just as good as the first time. Every single item we ordered was outstanding.

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DickD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable and fun. The food is delicious. Cheers!

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AmyP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were good. We sat outside and the nearby construction noise was very unpleasant.

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vipTomH
Memphis/West TN
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Walking up would have been faster than reservations.
They hold more tables for walk-in than reservations.
At 8:30 the only reservation available was 12:30. No one after 10:30 waited more than 45 minutes .

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PennyA
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

815 reservation, seated at 830. had to wait outside. then seated outside and it was uncomfortably cool out, we werent prepared for outdoor seating. we had reserved "bar seating" Jessica, the waitress was friendly. the biscuits were dry, the butter was too cold to spread. the brussel sprouts were burnt and the fried okra was old where the breading had hardened and tasted stale. Jessica offered to replace them but I lost my confidence in their skills. The pork shoulder was ok. My husband had fried chicken with gravy, with mashed potatoes and green beans. The gravy was not even warm. The green beans were parcooked. Nothing here was worth the price. Coffee and sodas were never refilled or offered to be refilled. Declined dessert b/c I didnt want to be more disappointed.

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Joey
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and service was excellent! Our cauliflower appetizer was delicious and spicy as promised. We both had the shrimp and grits. Wow, best we ever had!!

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Badgergirl88
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tupelo Honey was recommended to us and our dinner exceeded our expectations. Best friend chicken ever and the banana pudding was off the charts. Great food, great value and our waitress was warm, friendly and efficient!

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RachelL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Social distancing in the restaurant was not very well done at all. But the food and service were great! If it weren’t in the middle of a pandemic I would definitely return.

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JamesS
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good, so was service! We all enjoyed everything.

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vipAdrie
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal while visiting Asheville

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AmandaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tupelo Honey lived up to the hype! So glad we made reservations! It was fun & delish!!

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KatV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

This is my very first review of anything publicly. My husband and two teenagers went for breakfast on a Tuesday around 11:00 a.m. It was our first time at the establishment. We used OpenTable to reserve in advance (otherwise it's often a 1-2 hour wait). My order was received and was incorrect. No big deal. Waited and waited and waited for server to reappear, but she did not. Approached who appeared to be a manager overseeing the food coming out of the kitchen, and he was clearly irritated at me for bothering him. When I stated my order was incorrect, he snidely remarked that I ordered the french toast plain. I did not and tried to tell him so. He proceeded to show irritation with huffing and puffing, and when the food was returned, it was without butter or powdered sugar, which was asked for again, and those were delivered with another negative comment or sound (I don't remember other than it wasn't nice). When food returned, the french toast was cold; not lukewarm, not cool - cold. I was in no way going to re-approach anyone. On top of it, I do believe the french toast was $15. It was two slices of thin bread, not the thick brioche you'd expect. My husband's omelet was "fair" in his opinion, and both teenagers had fries and fried chicken, which they said was good. $64 not including tip.

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Carla
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is AMAZING! The menu is extensive and there is something for everyone. Be ready to eat, the portions are good! Only negative is that we were brought 2 tea cups that were dirty. Our waiter did not apologize or seem concerned, he just replaced them. I would still highly recommend this place, it so worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience all around. Little pricey but for downtown you have to expect that

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JessicaZ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We got the brussel sprouts appetizer, and I loved the shrimp and grits!!

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DonnaS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Did not disappoint! Exactly what I thought it would be!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We went for brunch and we had a reservation and were seated immediately. We sat for about 10 minutes before the waitress came to get our drink and food order. We ended up receiving our entree before we got our iced teas and we did not receive our appetizer until we reminded the waitress. The food was not up to par as it usually is at this establishment (we love Tupelo Honey, and have eaten there around 5 times and have always had a pleasant experience). We would still try this restaurant again but we were unimpressed of our latest experience.

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HunterG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Set up a reservation online during peak brunch time just 30 minutes before the reservation time. Was seated within 10 minutes of arriving 15 minutes early and was greeted with amazing service! Oh and the food was absolutely amazing. Couldn't have been better! Tupelo Honey is a little on the expensive side but is a treat well worth it.

And the location in Downtown Asheville is a great spot. Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle if you're into that sort of thing!

10/10

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KarenL
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.. we made a reservation ahead of time as we went on a Sunday morning. It was mostly booked but was able to get seats at the bar. When we arrived our seats were waiting for us! Brunch was wonderful! Eggs Benedict with avocado & fried green tomatoes was fantastic, great home fries, crisp & yummy too! We thoroughly joyed our visit there but would recommend making a reservation to avoid long lines getting in!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal and our waitress made wonderful food recommendations. Must try the sweet potato pancakes! They were delicious!

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Sujikay
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend Tupelo Honey! I’ve been to several of the locations and they’re all fantastic! Management is doing a great job of maintaining consistency and quality.

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KristenW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Even though we had a reservation for an indoor table, they placed us outdoors in the windy 50 degree weather and would not sit us inside and insisted I made an outdoor reservation even after I showed them that I did not.

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AllieR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

This is definitely a tourist restaurants with mediocre food and poor service. I’ve been to Tupelo Honey in another city and it was the same thing. I would recommend trying out another restaurant in Asheville because you can get some amazing food and not feel like another tourist.

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BeckyS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group ate there for lunch - reservations are needed.
Waffles/fried chicken, shrimp and grits and chicken sandwich meals were delicious. Bloody Marys were on point! Service excellent. Would dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and drinks

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vipFOODIE
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat at the bar and took the recommendations from the bartenders - everything was amazing! This was our favorite restaurant on the trip.

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vipJonH
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Sat outside in temporary seating. Had the chicken and some sides. Food was cold when arrived. Server was no where to be found to fix the issue. Ended up with gastrointestinal issues about 4 hours after eating here. Wouldn't suggest, and seems over-hyped.

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Erica
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall, experience was good. Just very disappointed with making a reservation and having to wait an additional 30 minutes because the table before us was in no hurry and nothing could be said to them. Perhaps do a better job preparing for this with those who place reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We had reservations for a party of five for an early Friday night dinner. Tupelo was booming. It was nearly too loud to have a conversation. The food was good, at least what was ordered and served timely. Our server failed to order the fifth meal, but blamed the error on the kitchen staff despite us watching him enter the order after bringing it to his attention. Double check your bills because he split the checks incorrectly. Honestly, the food was tasty, but support a mom and pop business with better service.

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You can order delivery directly from Tupelo Honey - Downtown Asheville using the Order Online button. Tupelo Honey - Downtown Asheville also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 255-4863.

Tupelo Honey - Downtown Asheville is rated 4.7 stars by 2442 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.