Vivian

4.7
478 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.
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OT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time at Vivian and it is only getting better! The service was amazing, everything we ordered to eat was perfectly cooked and the drinks were great! We will be back again for a date night or a special occasion. Highly recommended.

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p
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

What an amazing meal! A smoked quail with serviceberry sauce and country ham dressing, bone marrow with beef tartare served with a cognac to pour down the marrow bone as a luge, polenta with roasted zucchini and crispy duck skin, and rabbit three ways (saddle, confit leg and dumplings) with peas, and the BEST FILET EVER! bacon wrapped with foie gras and sherry demi glace. Seriously though, that demi with a baguette would be a treat on its own.

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A
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at Vivian, loved it. Half price wine night, delicious food and interesting choices. Great service and bread from The Owl. We will be back!

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KC
Western NC
95 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Noisy, Semi-Disappointing Meal
So many people have raved about Vivian, and we couldn’t wait to go. We went early on a Wednesday evening. The restaurant is small, and was crowded, and the sound level made it difficult for the four of us to hold a conversation. Seriously: Even with incredible food, one wants to comfortably converse—which was impossible.

Now, for the food… Everything is presented extremely attractively—which is a plus, especially for photos. Sadly, all the food didn’t taste as good as it looked. Four of shared the Nordic deviled eggs: excellent; the spinach and artichoke dip: also excellent but only served with four small slices of toasted baguette for the entire container. The chicken liver mousse: wonderful. The Blue Ridge rabbit: mediocre. The flounder: okay. The steamed mussels: above average. The seasonal salad: excellent—with an incredible dressing. Baby zucchini: wonderful. The quenelle: delicious. The wine: excellent.

Service was prompt and professional. There is plenty of nearby parking.

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M
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating our 37th anniversary and Vivian was the perfect spot for this. We arrived promptly at 6:15 and were seated immediately. Our waiter told us that most of the wines on the menu were 1/2 price per bottle on Wednesdays so we ordered a nice bottle of Montrachet. The appetizers and the main entree we ordered were perfect We shared the main course of flounder and none was left. We had a great anniversary dinner and enjoyed the complimentary glasses of champagne.

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CC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I wasn't sure what to expect for dinner, but I was so pleasantly surprised! The food was an experience on it's own, but our server was amazing. We asked for recommendations and he delivered! It was a little expensive, so maybe will have to wait for a special occasion to go back, but I will definitely remember my experience there!

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k
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary!! This was our first visit, party of 3 at 6:30 on a Saturday night. Quickly seated; excellent bartender, exquisite food, and delightful service. We had cocktails and wine (excellent offerings); two of us had salads, and starters as our entrees, and one of us had a salad and a choice from the entree offerings. So full, we had to pass on dessert. Sauces are incredible... wonderfully concentrated reductions which must take hours, if not days. My husband is still raving about his Manhattan. Cost-wise, not a bargain, but you get what you pay for. My only negative: we found it extremely loud... hard to converse. Yes... we're seniors, but... really... it's really loud. Vivian's brand line is "Honest American Food with Big Flavors...." They're not kidding! This was stellar food and drink! I'm local and Vivian is in my Asheville Top 5. Can't wait to go back!

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JO
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our 22nd anniversary dinner very much. The food was VERY tasty and the server was personable and informative. We felt as if they truly cared to make it a special experience. Took a bit longer than we would have liked to get the main course, but they were ramping-up and every table was full by that time. For an eclectic experience we would recommend.

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KA
Atlanta
88 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience all around at Vivian! The menu and the wine list offer delicious options and are reasonably priced. It is a feel good place from the funky and fun atmosphere, the kind service and the quality food. The deviled eggs and whole flounder are fantastic! This is a neighborhood gem in the River Arts District.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, we enjoyed our dinner at Vivian. The service and cocktails were fantastic. The restaurant itself feels very casual. The food was good. Would have given it a 5 but the smoked oysters were not great. The founder was fantastic.

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LS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were a a bit wary when we arrived at the front of the building. It's got a funky vibe and being unfamiliar with Asheville, we weren't really sure about the neighborhood. As soon as we stepped through the door that all changed. Everyone was cordial, professional, and accommodating Vivian's is a real gem, and we had a delicious dinner, loved the variety offered on the wine list, and appreciated the prompt and friendly service. All in all, it was a completely enjoyable evening. I would (and have) recommend this spot to anyone.

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B
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, fabulous service. Definitely a favorite.

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JS
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the oysters which were very delicate and small and not very flavorful. Had the special whole tile fish in caper, EVOO pan sauce with ... (can't recall) and shared with my wife. It was VERY bony and maybe the waiter should have advised a bit more on that issue. We would have likely gone with another entree. We both had the Albarino by the glass (don't recall the vintner or vineyard) which was a good choice with the fish. Ordered the foie gras pate' (would have preferred just pan seared foie) and it was good. Also the carrots with the parsley pesto which my wife loved.
All in all a good dining experience. We'll be back.

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SP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate space, reminiscent south of France, hardscape environment so would be challenge for someone hard of hearing. That said, FABULOUS! Smoked oysters with fennel oil glide down , fois grais with picked strawberries taste like butter and the flounder prepared that night was wonderful. Finished with decadent chocolate bread pudding and digestive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great small plates dinner at Vivian. It was delicious. We weren’t real fond of the smoked oysters(we are oyster snobs) bc the oysters themselves didn’t have any taste to them. They are out of season so I guess that is understandable. The artichoke/spinach dip was very rich but sooooo good. The remoulade sauce is the star of the shrimp Louie. 6 peels shrimp served w lettuce leaves mixed in a vinaigrette and a spoonful of English peas. Great presentation. The beat dish of the evening was the omelette. They whip up the eggs in a way to make a frothy inside of the omelette. It is topped with fresh crab and i have no idea what else but we thought it was to die for. There were some edible flowers in top for presentation. I highly recommend everything we tried w the exception of the oysters until some saltier ones come in. The service was fantastic and our server gave us a lot of information about each dish and the wine we chose. The ambiance is typical Asheville small restaurant look. It is in the river art district so it has its own cute quirky look. If you visit Asheville - go to Vivian.

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OF
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had brunch today. Each of us had a different dish (two egg breakfast, deep-fried pork loin, shrimp and grits, and corned beef hash) and each was delicious. On top of that, we sat on the patio and enjoyed a beautiful Asheville day. You don't want to miss this, if you're in Asheville.

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GT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Awesome wine list and very knowledgeable staff. A must in Asheville.

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CE
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the excellence of the food and particularly, the service. We will return.

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MF
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Expensive. Flavorless. Pretentious. Disappointing.

We ordered four appetizers. Only one had any flavor.

Why go back?

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JB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow stellar service. A fantastic choice for me and my guests. We got to see amazing food choices passing by and the whole fish was so delicious. The noice level has improved to completely doable and I just received my order of killer Roland cherries referred by the fabulous servers. Yay Live Viv!

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MA
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Portions large. Service attentive. Interesting menu. Loud.

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c
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yuen was the best! More greens with breakfast items would be good. More GF please... :) AND, loved everything about...super well done!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Really loved the space, our server was excellent. Very happy with cocktails.
Food pros: breakfast nibble plate and smoked fish deviled eggs were delicious.
Food not so pros: lots of shells in my crab newberg. Hanger steak very much under seasoned.
Would definitely go again next time I’m in Asheville.

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J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Disappointing. 5 choices of entrees-2 beef, 2 fish and rabbit.
Mussel app was fishy and tasteless

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was the best I have ever seen. Food was well prepared and interesting - nice wine selection

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OT
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bernadette was the greatest waitress. The meal was great!!

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AB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful meal

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OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely spectacular food.

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AB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful inventive meal and great service. Lovely night out.

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MP
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food was excellent. First time trying the Quenelle and man that is delicious and really unique! Jake was a great server. We'll be back!

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JA
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a wonderful meal at Vivian, one of the best we've had in Asheville for ever so long! Everything was very high quality and prepared beautifully.

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BS
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful celebration dinner for a party of 6 friends. We all ordered something different....and we were all happy.

It is a pleasure to have Vivian in Asheville.

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DN
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff. We had been for dinner before but this was our first time trying brunch, which was fantastic.

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CM
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivian’s has the best brunch in Asheville. Maybe in the Southeast!

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M
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had read about Vivian and the amazing culinary expertise of the chef and it did not disappoint! The area is a little out of the way and quirky, but it is the arts district and we had no problem finding it or parking in the street. Our only mistake was not eating inside...it was such a lovely day that we chose the little patio which was marred by extreme train noise (four trains to be exact with a switch track nearby which creates lots of unusual screeching and rumbling) plus loud motorcycles. Next time we will choose inside which is attractive with two sections. We did receive complimentary glasses of champagne for our anniversary that was so good that I had a bigger glass with my dinner. Apparently the menu changes and the foie gras, Crab Newburg soufflé plus the fabulous grouper were truly top notch. We forgot about the noise because the dinner was so spectacular!

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is beautifully plated. The taste matched the appearance—works of art!! The hospitality crew (server, bartender, greeted) are all lovely and very knowledgeable.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Mom, daughter and I had a fabulous Mother’s Day brunch at Vivian. I have been meaning to go for months now—we were thrilled to get reservations. The service could not have been better—especially as we were seated on the patio and it began to rain. They reorganized our seating arrangements incredibly quickly and efficiently. Food/menu was outstanding!

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NA
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and came out in a decent time frame considering it was mothers day. Loved the ambiance, and our server was good. Not quite as attentive as I would have liked, but they were busy.

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SJ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the Brunch! Cant wait to try dinner! Im sure its just as good

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A
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a quaint, romantic spot for a special occasion. Dun & different (delicious) food, and a staff that knows their stuff. Highly recommend!!!

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