- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Nordic Deviled Eggs
three deviled egg halves stuffed with smoked fish, potato, and cornichon, topped with caviar
Fried Chicken Dinner
three cuts of freshly fried chicken (chef's choice!) mashed potatoes n' bacon gravy, coleslaw, and a big, buttery biscuit
Steak & Eggs
NC shrimp, creamy farm & sparrow grits, stewed tomato - lobster sauce
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.
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.
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
Each food element stands on its own, and the combinations are fantastic. Very attentive staff. 10/10 would dine at Vivian again.
We loved every bite! Inventive yet old-school at the same time. Friendly staff. It was our best meal in Asheville.
So amazing, every time!!
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.
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.
Every single morsel was amazing. Friendly service. Delicious mocktail — consider mentioning them on your menus.
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!
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!
Absolutely wonderful. A superb kitchen and high grade operation.
Amazing food and service!
Great food, service, and ambiance. I had the fisherman's breakfast and was really impressed.
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!
Fabulous food in a relaxed atmosphere. We especially enjoyed the outstanding service we received. We will definitely visit Vivian again!
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.
Sal the bartender took excellent care of me.
Great service, cocktails, wine, and nibbles!
My new Favorite restaurant in Asheville.
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.
This place is amazing. Always make it a point to visit when in town.
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.
Meh food was ok and waitress was nice but way overpriced. Like it should be 1/3 the cost in a NYC.
Past the interior, service, “vibe”, etc which are all up to par, the actual food is amazing.
Simply awesome. Vivian always serves me some of the best food I’ve ever had. Interesting, creative. Love this place.
Highly recommended for those desiring relaxed atmosphere, creative fresh food choices, all food is original. Reservations a must.
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.
Food was amazing. One of the best by-the-glass wines lists and the service was terrific! Can’t wait to go back.
The staff, food and ambiance are so terrific. So great for a snack and a drink, dinner or brunch!
We had a great dining experience at Vivian...I would recommend it without hesitation!
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.
Superb on all counts
Very disappointing. Staff is friendly but needs management upgrade. Service is very slow, food is undistinguished, atmosphere is non existent.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Best food, best ambiance in Asheville.
Excellent experience at Vivian! New favorite spot in town.
Vivian est le meilleur absolu à tous égards. Merci!
The fried chicken was perfect!
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.