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Vivian, Asheville, NC

Vivian

4.8
4.8
1269 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, European

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 225-3497

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Josiah McGaughey

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Cross street

    Bartlett Street

  • Parking details

    Our parking lot is the Pink Dog Creative lot across the street where you'll see the shipping container murals. Free parking is also available on the street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,269 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. AM

    AntonioM

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vivian was absolutely the best breakfast I've had in AVL. Epic menu selection, service, and execution!! I can't recommend this spot enough!
  2. M

    Metro

    Western NC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want to eat where the other Asheville chefs eat, go to Vivian. Innovative yet approachable cuisine simply but meticulously prepared. Great service: attentive but not hovering; friendly but not too friendly. This will always remain on my short list of Asheville's best restaurants.
  3. o

    obrej

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place for brunch. I’ve only been twice, and both visits were excellent. Great atmosphere, good service, and really good food at reasonable prices. Definitely one of my go to places to take visiting friends and family.
  4. RB

    RobertB

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday Brunch is a delight! Ready to go again already!
  5. SM

    SusanM

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We're return customers, always enjoy eating at Vivian. Only one issue this time...the Open Table reservation form asked if it was a special occasion and I answered yes, it was my daughter's birthday. Certainly different restaurants acknowledge special occasions in their own way, but no one even said "Happy Birthday" to my daughter.
  6. TG

    TomG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly delicious; thoroughly professional; totally enjoyable -- except for one small item... no handicap access. Bannister on the front stairs? We shall return!
  7. DS

    DrSyence

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I can always rely on Vivian for an excellent meal and this was no exception. Our brunch was delicious, as were our drinks. If you're looking for creative, locally sourced food with a twist, this is the place.
  8. DW

    DavidW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, drink atmosphere and service. try the eggs florentine and a the bloody mary
  9. S

    Savannah

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and had good portion sizes for the price. Our service was amazing as well, she was incredibly attentive. We had a lovely time and will definitely be back!
  10. MD

    MaryD

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vivian never disappoints. Food was flawless. Cozy, romantic vibe and excellent service!
  11. DA

    DinoA

    Western NC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. The outdoor seating with heaters was great. The seasonal cocktails, appetizer, entrees and dessert were outstanding as was the service. We've dined here several times and it is always elevated dining.
  12. AF

    AustinFoodie24

    Western NC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vivian never disappoints and is one of the best restaurants in Asheville!
  13. F

    Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is highly layered If you prefer just fresh seasonal menu perhaps another option Pleasant server, nice laid back ambiance
  14. GS

    GaryS

    Naples

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional service and interesting flavorful well presented food
  15. B

    Brady

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Would highly recommend!
  16. S

    Scribbles

    Western NC

    115 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We are so happy to have Vivian in Asheville - 4 years now! Time flies, even during Covid. Great evening! We shared the seasonal salad - so good with the parsnip chips and some yum cheese - I was not crazy with the smoked croutons (I'm not a crouton person anyway and these were a bit strong). Just didn't eat them and it was great. I had the Wreck Fish - perfectly cooked, flaky and delish; the veg was good and the sauce was terrific - thoroughly enjoyed my main. My partner had the lamb shank - oh my! It was so so very tender and unctuous - wish we had a dog to bring that bone home to. Shared tiramisu for dessert - one of the best I've had. Garry also had some butter pecan ice cream on the side ...he said it was the best butter pecan ice cream he has ever had and this is his knew favorite!
  17. s

    shortpumpdiner

    Richmond

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came upon this little gem on our one overnight stay in Asheville on the way to Nashville and were VERY pleased. Great service and excellent meal. Order the Nordic Deviled eggs - some of the best deviled eggs ever! We also got the clams - delish! And the grilled cabbage, all appetizers...and all excellent choices. We split the lamb shank which was truly enough for 2 people - very yummy in its molasses glaze and collard greens. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a gem off the beaten track.
  18. BD

    BrittanyD

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience every time we've been. Consistently wonderful.
  19. KW

    KimW

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again outstanding food and service. This is my go to place for dinner, relaxing atmosphere and overall great food.
  20. s

    stanphoto

    New England

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Simply outstanding food, drink and service. Sat on the outside deck. Very warm and the sound of the rain on the tin roof was great!
  21. P

    Porter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An overall wonderful experience from all angles. The drinks were top notch - reasonably priced considering the liquors and liqueurs that we used in the cocktails. The variety of food was astounding - lamb shanks and steaks alongside several appealing appetizers. On top of it, the staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I would go back in a heartbeat, and can't think of a better date spot in town!
  22. M

    Michael

    Nashville

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found Vivian through OpenTable and it did not disappoint. The service was excellent and the food was on point. We throughly enjoyed the charred cabbage and rutabaga , the ribeye was absolutely perfect when paired with the onions, house steak sauce, and select mushrooms. Even my, not a steak lover, wife enjoyed our “shared” dish. Be sure to include their locally baked bread and we finished with the pineapple upside down, and a little over baked, cake. The butter pecan ice cream sealed our experience. Most importantly, though, the cocktail menu was creative, well balanced and delicious. The bartender executed superbly and even creatively, when invited. Thanks, Vivian, for a great evening.
  23. K

    Kathy

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great first time experience at Vivian's in Asheville. It is off the beaten path and has a neighborhood feel of warmth and coziness! The steak and the scallop dish were both amazing and generous portions!
  24. TF

    TonyF

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome, service was even better. Will definitely go back. Made our anniversary brunch a big deal.
  25. B

    Bobby

    Western NC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our guests were treated wonderfully and the Brunch was delicious as always.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Experience was great, wonderful quaint restaurant downtown. All of the food was spot on but the fish was a little undercooked for my taste so the texture clashed with the rest of the dish.
  27. EL

    EricL

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Vivian is an oustanding dining experience. Easily one of our favorite restaurants in the US.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Start to finish, fantastic. My wife and I have high standards; they were met and then some.
  29. CH

    ChristineH

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Elevated, imaginative cuisine, gorgeously presented. Their Sunday brunch is the best I’ve ever seen.
  30. PA

    PamA

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are true foodies. This was our 3rd time at Vivian and will not be our last. We enjoy the unique creations with locally sourced ingredients.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Cool place with really good food. A couple of small rooms inside - we ate on patio - closed walls with plenty of heat. Small menu but dishes done extremely well and great helpful staff.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed! The food was delicious and plentiful and the environment was warm and cozy. We sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed the evening! Highly recommend!
  33. AM

    AmyM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The service and pacing of our courses was excellent. Highly recommend.
  34. S

    Sarah

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always! We love coming here. Such a great spot.
  35. N

    Nola

    Wilmington

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate on the heated patio, our second visit in a month. Food is excellent, food options are limited but exquisitely prepared! Service is attentive and professional, we will be back soon!
  36. s

    susan

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our brunch experience at Vivian was outstanding. We started with a house made Bloody Mary. Delicious. We each ordered different menu choices for our brunch. Everything was absolutely wonderful. Our server was professional and looked after us without hovering. The hostess was friendly when we came in and made us feel welcome. It was just a delightful Sunday brunch and we can't wait to return! We have already recommended Vivian to others.
  37. W

    Wvvisitor

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Fantastic food and setting. Service was not as good as it was last time we were there. We will continue to eat there —- hopefully many times.
  38. LA

    LizA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great spot to check out foe a delicious meal BUT only inside or at the bar. Outside may have a heater but it’s beside a door. The bartender was great and knew his wine. choose the bar and the coconut cake :)
  39. t

    thediner49er

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!
  40. CR

    ChadR

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Moms birthday

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

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

Vivian is rated 4.8 stars by 1269 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bartlett Street

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Our parking lot is the Pink Dog Creative lot across the street where you'll see the shipping container murals. Free parking is also available on the street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Josiah McGaughey

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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