Vivian

4.7
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590 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Honest American food with big flavors that utilizes the bountiful products of the region and the rich history of European cuisine.

Specials

Half Off All Wine Bottles!

Enjoy half price on all our wine bottles every Wednesday at the restaurant!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 13, 2019

Ends: July 14, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-10:00PM

Viv Nibs!

Enjoy half off popular menu items and daily food specials at a low cost Tues - Sat from 5-6 in the entire restaurant and Tues - Thursday all night at the bar!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 9, 2019

Ends: July 10, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-6:00PM
Tue-Thu 5:00PM-10:00PM
Fri-Sat 5:00PM-6:00PM

What 590 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Planned a trip up to Asheville that included brunch at Vivian. While we enjoyed our day, the one thing we could not stop talking about was our experience there. The food was outstanding, charcuterie and cheese to start and the steak and eggs as well as the Irish breakfast for our main, were savored and appreciated for the preparation and the unusual approach to items that can be monotonous. The quail and pork pate was delicious, enough salt, fat and a touch of sweetness with great texture that we all but cleaned the plate. The mains were incredible as well. The steak and eggs were rich, but in the most comforting sense, and prepared with a twist that took it to the next level and the Irish breakfast was simple in its approach but rustic and flavored to perfection. Our server and assistant were thorough but non intrusive and we were never in need or want. I’m sure we will talk fondly of this experience for days and are already planning a weekend based around dinner at this quaint and intimate establishment. Thank you to all who were involved in making this one our favorite brunch dates as of late.

BS
Western NC
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch for two. Always a pleasure to see Vivian new creations. Loved the chicken pot pie and salad. If you like Vivian for dinner, do NOT hesitate for Sunday brunch. Also noted is convenient parking and an opportunity for a digestive walk thru the artist studios after your meal, many of which are open on Sunday. Enjoy, enjoy....

D
Western NC
58 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

After one lovely meal at Vivien, we have been disappointed for two successive visits to the extent we will not bring guests to dinner there again. On two occasions, most recently 2 nights ago, we have made reservations only to find the restaurant was overbooked and could not honor our reservation without a lengthy wait. A specific request for the outside entailed a wait of well over an hour, despite a confirmed and reconfirmed reservation. Unacceptable. The interior table we were offered instead, after a wait, was so noisy we could not hear our guests, and an hour later when our reserved table became available and we moved to it, although it was much quieter and nicer, by then we were exhausted by the strain of the noise and the disruption. Not what one wants when entertaining out of town guests. I guess the food was okay, but the waitstaff was confused about which wine our guest had ordered, and seemed confused about what she had brought. Our guest said nevermind, just leave what she had brought, though I noticed he did not drink the wine. And he does know wine. Honestly, the experience was disappointing and somewhat embarrassing. The hostess was apologetic, and comped us one dessert we did not order, but that does not change the overall dining experience.

A similar inability to honor reservation, entailing a lengthy wait, and service indoors rather than out as we had requested, occurred at our previous dinner at Vivien.

We hope the restaurant can manage its own system better in the future. We have been cheerleaders for Vivien, but no longer. We might try it again for ourselves sometime, but won't bring guests again.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal!

RD
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a superior dinner at Vivian. Excellent professional staff.

MB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food, and service!

g
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place I have been meaning to get to for some time. Visiting relatives allowed me the excuse. Every aspect of the food was beautifully executed. The deviled eggs rocked my world. Desserts were made in house and brilliant. Tho far from my hood, it is a place I will make a point to visit often. Thank you Shannon et al!

B
Western NC
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous and relaxed but attentive service.

SO
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit there, menu was a wonderful surprise of choices.
Food was excellent. Great wine list.
Service very good.
We will be back .

CM
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant food presented in a relaxing setting. Best wine list in Asheville. Best service ever.

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at Vivian is divine. Don't pass up the delicate richness of Omelette Souffle, the smoldering awesomeness of the Smoked Oysters or the traditional inventiveness of Vivian's Steak Dinner.

OT
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Halibut, a chef who knows how to season their food, amazing and attentive service....we will 100% be back.

b
Western NC
49 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to try Thursday night Fried Chicken. Was wonderful.

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. Really good waiter.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best dining experiences that I’ve had in Asheville in the past 5 years. Excellent!

DN
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and staff. Everyone really takes care of you at this local gem. Great dog friendly patio as well.

BS
Western NC
27 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure.....we loved Vivian when it first opened, and with all new places, there is a risk the quality will fall off over time. Happy to report that Vivain has maintained high standards...with excellent friendly service and a combo menu of old favorites and new entries. Do not hesitate to go and enjoy one of Asheville's finest.

C
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had Sunday brunch here during our 4 days in Asheville. Vivian is in the Riverfront Arts district, which is quite spread out. The district was quiet on a Sunday morning. The inside of the restaurant is old and artsy. We sat on the patio, which was pleasantly shaded as the day heated up. The menu is a good brunch menu, with some familiar dishes, many with a twist. There is a Dutch influence, with sweet breads. Staff were pleasant and made everyone feel welcome. Nice place to eat.

RC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

INSIDE THE DINNING ROOM THE NOISE LEVEL WAS SO LOUD AND IRRITATING, IT WAS HARD TO HEAR THE PERSON ACROSS FROM YOU AT A 2 PERSON TABLE. iT TOOK A LONG TIME FOR US TO GET OUR FOOD. I ASKED OUR SERVER ABOUT IT AND HER REPLY WAS "EVERTHING IS MADE FRESH." THE SCAMBLED EGGS WERE TOO SALTY AS WERE THE POTATOES. THERE WAS A LITTLE FLAVOR IN THE SAUGAGE BUT THE PORTION WAS TOO SMALL.

KB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and the service! I don't usually care for dessert but the Peach Charlotte was so good that we HAD to order two!

b
Western NC
49 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate on the patio which was delightful. Highlight of the meal (all small plates) was the fall squash and farmers cheese plate.

OT
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious.

DH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!!! Can’t wait to go again. The food was so creative and delicious. Clean plates all around!

MF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing.

OB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. What a gem of a restaurant? The sausage and peppers app was delicious. The filet and the pork chop were amazing. Josiah and Shannon are to of the best restaurant owner and there attention to detail is amazing. Anticipation is the name of the game and the service staff here knows the game.

MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We love Vivian’s. This time service was slow. Took too long to get our drinks, almost an hour for salads. With that said, our waitress was very pleasant. Salads and entrees were excellent.

BW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Can't emphasize enough the quality, feel, smell, and most importantly the taste we experienced!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent in every way!

JS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food delicious, wine list excellent, service a little slow

j
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our first experience at Vivian. A bit expensive, but the food was great.

b
Western NC
32 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were a bit disappointed in Vivian. My Quenelle was pretty much just a lump of doughy I-don't-know-what, though the broth was delicious. I had never had one before, so wasn't certain what to expect. Maybe that was the problem. My husband had the halibut and said it was delicious. We split the Peach Charlotte - another disappointment. The "custard" inside was clammy and the cake was bland. Perhaps a scoop of ice cream would have helped. Not much of a presentation. The wines we selected were very nice and Bernadette did a wonderful job with the service. One last thing: $2 for a small piece of baguette? It was very good, but why on earth charge for before-dinner bread?!? Seems a bit miserly - especially for a gourmet restaurant.

BB
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The brunch at Vivian is too heavy overall, even though some dishes are not. It's just not the best place for brunch.

AD
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Place smelled like old fish and wet dog hair.....food was just not good. Service was fine, but the food really poor.

f
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef is a genius. And service was great
In the main dining room it gets a bit noisy after patrons had. A few
Cocktail selection is great
Best resto in asheville

f
Western NC
63 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

creative combinations of ingredients. beautiful presentations. not a lot for vegetarians, but my friend did fine. lovely fish and shellfish.

L
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

One dish was way over cooked - even was burned around the edges of the little casserole plate. It was an appetizer that was supposed to be served as an entree'. I suspect they took it back and put it in the oven to keep it warm till others in our party were ready for the entree' but by then it was over cooked but they served it anyway. They gave us a free dessert as an apology but I really think they should have taken the charge off the bill as it was twice what the dessert costed.

DM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding!!! Table of 4 entrees - Halibut, Scallops, 2 bacon wrapped Filets. Halibut was best I've ever had...perfectly cooked! Bacon wrapped filet also cooked to perfect medium rare...delicious! First time visit for us, surely to be a regular favorite spot from now on. Keep up the good work chef, great presentation, plated beautifully!

b
Western NC
49 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went on a Wed for 1/2 price bottles of wine. Great food and nice bottle of red

T
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

INCREDIBLE FOOD! EXCELLENT SERVICE! IT’S A SMALL SPACE WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR THE NOISE LEVEL, BUT WE WILL RETURN FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL FOOD! DO MAKE A RESERVATION, OTHERWISE YOU’LL EAT AT THE BAR, IF THERE’S ROOM. HI

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the absolute best restaurants in Asheville. Every meal (at least 10 so far) that I’ve eaten here has been outstanding. Plus they are very sweet and accommodating of my food allergies. Great food, great service, great ambience, great cocktails and wine.

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