Vivian

4.8
982 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 982 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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vipEolson
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss this terrific restaurant. There are flashy places downtown, but this place has excellent menu, great drinks, a happy and accommodating staff and an easy vibe. Plus the owners are on site to make sure you enjoy yourself. Its gotten a little pricier thru Covid, but still great value. Visit the Rivers Arts District and stay for dinner. Perfect evening.

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vipSaulB
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been there in a year due to the pandemic. Not only haven't they missed a beat, but even better than I remembered. The smoked oysters and the beef tartare were the best I have had anywhere.

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vipFlyingchicken
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. We tried the pastry board, the deviled eggs, the salmon tarte, the steak and eggs and the fisherman's breakfast and like them all. We sat outside on the patio and felt comfortable as far as covid goes with our seating arrangement. The only thing I probably wouldn't order again was the pork belly confit bun as we felt it was just a little too bready and not flavorful enough. I definitely will be going back for brunch and to try the dinner

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Matt
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each food element stands on its own, and the combinations are fantastic. Very attentive staff. 10/10 would dine at Vivian again.

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AlexS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every bite! Inventive yet old-school at the same time. Friendly staff. It was our best meal in Asheville.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing, every time!!

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Becky
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Vivian is excellent - creatively designed and perfectly cooked. Portions are satisfying. Service was friendly and attentive. Atmosphere was pleasant and surprisingly intimate. Decor is simple and pleasing.

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CaminoKen
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short but excellent menu that gives all options (except vegetarian, call ahead). Deviled eggs with smoked fish to die for. Very good wine list. Just an outstanding find in Asheville.

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MarthaB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single morsel was amazing. Friendly service. Delicious mocktail — consider mentioning them on your menus.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our eighth or ninth times to Vivian’s and the experience was very enjoyable as always. It is a warm family atmosphere, super attentive service, creative menu and the quality of the food is the finest in Asheville.
Looking forward to being back next week!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve traveled the world. And this is my favorite spot.. wine selection, cocktails.. and the food taste as beautiful as it looks.. this place is pure art, and so cosy.. the owners have poured they’re hearts and souls, in this gem❤️ it is indeed a must visit!

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Janice
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. A superb kitchen and high grade operation.

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vipamanda
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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Evan
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, service, and ambiance. I had the fisherman's breakfast and was really impressed.

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vipKDCincy
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely patio service, excellent menu (brunch choices) included homemade donuts and the smoked salmon tart of my dreams. The staff were efficient and very gracious with our dogs who accompanied us, to boot. Will definitely return when in Asheville!

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LouW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a relaxed atmosphere. We especially enjoyed the outstanding service we received. We will definitely visit Vivian again!

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TayB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best restaurant in Asheville. A perfect experience every time! The steak is sublime and the appetizers have made me step out of my comfort zone and try new things, I’ve been floored by it every time. Love a family owned restaurant and you can tell how much love and thought has been put into it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sal the bartender took excellent care of me.
Great service, cocktails, wine, and nibbles!
My new Favorite restaurant in Asheville.
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Molly
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went into this meal with no real expectations one way or the other. We were having trouble booking a last minute Friday night dinner reservation and found a table in the time frame we needed and it and just went for it.

This is how amazing nights are made. We were blown away by how delicious everything was. Literally not one thing I would've changes. Sautéed ramps, smoked fish deviled eggs, PERFECT steak tartare, rhubarb/campari/mint pavlova. I was in heaven. Our server was great. The patio was private and cozy. The portions and prices were appropriate given the exceptional quality of the whole experience. We will be back.

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Monis
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Always make it a point to visit when in town.

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GabyT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Positively wonderful meal from unique cocktails to fantastic starters, dinner entree was sizeable and delicious. And for dessert we had the ice cream cookie and it might as well been sex on a plate. Will easily be back again on our next trip to Asheville.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Meh food was ok and waitress was nice but way overpriced. Like it should be 1/3 the cost in a NYC.

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Will
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Past the interior, service, “vibe”, etc which are all up to par, the actual food is amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply awesome. Vivian always serves me some of the best food I’ve ever had. Interesting, creative. Love this place.

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STkyCrk
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended for those desiring relaxed atmosphere, creative fresh food choices, all food is original. Reservations a must.

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matthewm
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our reserved table was not ready when we arrived. We ordered cocktails and my cocktail was watery. They quickly replaced it with another, which was very nice. But they kept pushing us to order our meal and proceed through dinner. I felt rushed the entire time. The menu was very limited and everything we ordered tended to be on the bland side nothing special.

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Pattik
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. One of the best by-the-glass wines lists and the service was terrific! Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful!

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JasonJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, food and ambiance are so terrific. So great for a snack and a drink, dinner or brunch!

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TonyF
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience at Vivian...I would recommend it without hesitation!

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vipTraceyJ
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food as always. You cannot beat that ribeye anywhere in this town. The duck and lamb kabobs were also delicious and the soft shell crab appetizer was utterly perfect! This is quintessential Asheville dining in my opinion. Great food. Great people. Great place.

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vipalanh
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb on all counts

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PofC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very disappointing. Staff is friendly but needs management upgrade. Service is very slow, food is undistinguished, atmosphere is non existent.

Vivian
Responded on April 26, 2021

Heyo! See my response to your second scathing review on TripAdvisor. I the owner, and general manager, was your server. We don't need a manager upgrade, we need assistance like all restaurants in the US getting through this job crisis and being able to find more help.....that way the owner isn't scrambling to take tables and do her best to keep everything afloat. Cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall we had a pleasant meal. Service was fabulous and the space is avoidable. We started with the smoked oysters and ramps, followed by the salmon and pork belly and the ice cream sandwich for dessert. The starters and salmon were great but the pork was kind of bland and uninteresting. The dessert was definitely the most disappointing part of the meal. We would go back, though.

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DakotaC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Vivian was spectacular. everything was perfect. The food was beautifully presented and always came out to the table quickly. Our servers were phenomenal as well.

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StephW
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The smoked oysters and ribeye were perfect. The demi glace with the steak was the best I have ever had! The service was attentive and wine recommendations were spot on. The energy and ambience was warm and welcoming. One of the owners, Shannon, came by our table and was genuinely personable. That was truly appreciated. It was great to see the enthusiastic involvement by the owners during service. Highly recommend.

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CharlotteM
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, best ambiance in Asheville.

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Morgan
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience at Vivian! New favorite spot in town.

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Martinique
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivian est le meilleur absolu à tous égards. Merci!

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FrankS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fried chicken was perfect!

FAQs

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

Vivian is rated 4.8 stars by 982 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.