Vivian

4.8
838 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Honest American food with big flavors that utilizes the bountiful products of the region and the rich history of European cuisine.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 838 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice atmosphere, great service!

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mlbs
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a chance on this restaurant and are so glad we did! The food was outstanding. It was flavorful and imaginative. I would definitely return. We are happy we took a chance on this one! I hope they are able to make through Covid.

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vipJimB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff was so friendly and accommodating. We had our dog with us and they treated her like a special guest. Our meals were amazing and our cocktails and wine paired perfectly with the entire experience. Will definitely be back on our next trip to Asheville!

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vipSeabrooksumrbum
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch on the patio! Every bite and sip was delicious! Hope to return soon!

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vipKrashtest
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure going here to eat! The food is amazing and the service is perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday brunch; lamb Benedict, eggs Florentine, quiche, shrimp kedgree, and the pan pancake for an appetizer. Each of us raved about our selections. The mimosas were large (not flutes) and only $6 each.
Ambiance, food, service, and cost equal a great brunch. My only regret was that, since we were visiting from Atlanta, we couldn't enjoy a dinner there.

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vipScribbles
Western NC
90 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love Vivian and dinner this past Thursday night was fantastic as always!

Shannon has revised the wine list - I thought it was great before and now there are several new wines I'm excited to try!

We generally do the small or shared plates; this time we were both enticed by entrees and went in that direction - I had the Fruits de Mer - oh my Gosh! It really was so delicious - lots of shrimp, clams and mussels along with grouper 'meatballs' - served with wonderful crispy baguette and aioli - the broth was amazing! My partner had the grouper - beautifully done and served with veggie - he really enjoyed it. We shared a bread pudding - chocolate and so very good! I'm very partial to my mother's bread pudding and few come anywhere near matching hers - this one was right there!

Thanks as always for a great time!

JM
JamesM
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience4

everything was great, atmosphere, drinks, service etc. and it may have been just an off day for the chef because the dishes probably would have tasted great as they were original and thought out but all dishes, not just one were way to heavy on the salt. I mean loaded with salt which ruined any chance of the dishes tasting great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The staff was very friendly. Food was good but didn’t warrant 4.5 stars.

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vipGina
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!!

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vipTomnallison
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my 50th birthday with friends this weekend. Began our meal with the deviled eggs (win the prize for best item!), farmer’s cheese dip and oysters. Continued to be dazzled by the Fruits de Mer and Grouper for entrees - delicious! Even though we were stuffed - had to celebrate with banana cream pie with a candle. Each dish was prepared to perfection. Definitely a treat for my taste buds!!

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Aaron
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Love this place, Deviled eggs are so good for a starter!!

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foodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Food was excellent. Didn’t feel rushed.

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CAROLEM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday dinner turned out wonderful . I would highly recommend. In a cool area as well.
It was one of the best meals, from start to finish. The drinks were unique and refreshing. The wait staff, friendly & attentive. When back in Asheville I am sure to visit again .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food, cocktails, and wine. Glad we went off the beaten path to try this place. Heaters made outdoor dining cozy!

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vipSteveS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was great. We felt like we were dining pre-Covid. We sat outside under large heaters and were quite comfortable. The food was great. I had their fried chicken dinner and my wife had a rack of venison. The service was superb. We will definitely go back. Next time we might try to eat inside. Apparently they have a very effective air cleaning system, so it should be safe to eat inside. We have avoided eating out for months, so this was a real treat.

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TeriL
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, flavorful servings...
Delightful cocktails
Safe ambiance
Highly recommended

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Kurt
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Vivian aways provides an amazing experience from start to finish!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this French dinner! Excellent food, wine, service and Covid precautions. Highly recommend.

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Fredisouttonight
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good table separation and space heater use. All was great!

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vipTamaraB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town to visit my son and chose this spot for brunch. It was excellent!

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vipKrashtest
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, perfect! The food is exciting and everything tastes excellent.

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vipLBB1
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch.
Food is delicious and huge portions!!
Bloody Mary was great too, spicy but good!

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Henry
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivian is a gem in an artist's neighborhood in Asheville. The food was superb and eating outside was very comfortable due to propane heaters. I would highly recommend it. The grouper was wonderful!! Interesting wine list.

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anotherShakeel
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Very limited menu. The fish was chewy.

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Heather
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my parents here while they were in town. It was new for all of us. The food and service were outstanding! Can’t recommend the beef tartare highly enough. We will definitely be back!

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knear
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time and the cocktails and food were stellar. Preparation of the dishes from grouper and chicken through to dessert was perfect. We so appreciate having this restaurant in our area doing what they do so well.

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vipGBHatl
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice overall, but over-salting of all proteins distracted. Rib-eye was rather thin, so could not deliver both crust and "medium" interior and thus it was served med-well and not seared as in a steak house. Sides were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as always and spectacular service.

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vipLePetitHenri
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipKatieN
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivian is one of our favorite restaurants because the food and service is consistently outstanding.

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CandiceK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town for the weekend and easily got a last minute reservation. I had a delicious meal of the beef tartare, the Wreck fish entree and the pumpkin cheesecake. I sat outside on the patio with heaters because it happened to be a cold evening. I was very comfortable with great, attentive service. Will definitely try again when I’m back in town.

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Samuel
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative food and wine list. Fun place!

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vipBobby
Western NC
31 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 41st Anniversary and we were treated so very well. From complimentary champagne starters to an excellent dinner (unexpectedly paid for by good friends) the evening was a delight!

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maxmax
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in Asheville! Menu is constantly changing (good thing!) and we had the best venison we've ever had. Thursday Fried Chicken is a must. New air filtration system makes it safe! These guys are working really hard.

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vipKrashtest
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantasitc, yet again! We keep returning here for brunch and other meals because the service, the entire restaurant team, and the food are beyond compare! Simply the best!!

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Eolson
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a true been...creative and delicious platings and warm friendly atmosphere. Our asheville fav!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, and while all the food was so tasty, the steak and apple almond tart was special. The owners were lovely, and we really enjoyed our whole meal!

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vipMarcB
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The kitchen was backed up and took awhile before we got our food. However it was worth the wait. The food was outstanding!!!

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vipDaniel
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous innovative cooking coupled with great service. Terrific restaurant!

FAQs

Vivian offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 225-3497.

Vivian is rated 4.8 stars by 838 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.