Vivian

4.8
1071 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 1071 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJEAC
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivians was as good as ever. They serve a wonderful brunch. Food was delicious and service very good. They even accommodated us by making something we like that is not on the menu at the moment. They were out of several things but our reservation was late and there was still plenty to choose from. Because they were out of some items they sent us home with a free box of wonderful bakery items.

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vipmememe
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we had in Asheville

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duckfat
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with wonderfully attentive and personable service.

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lauraR
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Tile fish entree was delicious!

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FredericP
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best fine dining restaurant in Asheville by far.

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vipDoloresH
Miami
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was exceptional. Service was terrific too

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Indianchic
Tallahassee
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good cocktails, minimalist ambiance. Descriptions of food did not match actual dish. Deviled eggs, roasted Duck and fried chicken were excellent. Savory tart was not a tart but a muffin, dry and not cheesy as described. Scallop Quenelle did not taste like scallops. Same with chocolate tart which was not a pastry but a dry brownie with ice cream although it was chocolaty. Overall food and service were good.

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Wayne
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal last night. Food was perfect and staff was very attentive! We will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is without a doubt a magical cosy hideaway place.. the food creations are absolutely top notch, and delicious! The cocktails are dreamy.. They have an Impressive wine list.. if you’re in Asheville.. you must pop into this dreamy spot!

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ChelseaC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivían has unique dishes that are always delicious, plus happy and knowledgeable staff.

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JoshE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The grouper was stupendous, the chanterelles were tasty and the burata was just so so.

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Martinique
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five star everything. Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great brunch date!

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vipKchapman
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent as always! Music choice does not really fit the ambiance and I missed the cute table that is usually decorated in the middle of the dining room, which added charm. But still one of my Asheville favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistently one of Asheville's best restaurants. I crave the souffle and quenelle in-between visits. Thank you, Chef Josiah and Shannon, for always making a lovely meal.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great. Will definitely go back when in Ashville.

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lorispot
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great meal. There was absolutely nothing left on our plates, for all 3 courses. I was stuffed when I left but didn't feel bad about anything I ate, it was ALL good. We all ordered something completely different. I have never eaten anywhere where all of the food was so consistently good.

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vipLeslieV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner. Love the look of the restaurant and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the staff and food

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KeithO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at this restaurant. It is a gem. Made reservations while we were there to come back. Food was really nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My mother and I split each dish we ordered, ribeye steak, savory tart, heirloom salad, Nordic deviled eggs and sorbet. Everything was delicious, just not a lot of it for the money, except for the the steak and sorbet; plenty of both of those.

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JudyA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and service. We had a belated anniversary dinner with friends which I mentioned when booking. Bought each of us a complimentary glass of bubbly! Very thoughtful and nice touch. Hope to get in for brunch soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Asheville

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Rach
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved our dinner here. Our server was very friendly and did a great job. I don’t drink alcohol and they have two mocktail drinks on the menu. I really appreciate that.

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Fredisouttonight
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A favorite place that had an off night. Their famous fried chicken and biscuit were both left unattended too long in the oven last night. Having had it four other times this time was off. Nevertheless a terrific menu for both food and drinks so we’ll be back for another go.

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JenAlt
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fantastic, start to finish. Scallop quenelle was unreal. My partner said it was one of the best things he’s ever eaten. Curried trout also a winner. Service was awesome. We left stuffed and happy. Wish we could give more stars.

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gastrogooch
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Vivian again! Never disappoints. We love the inventive use of regional foods and great local items. The cocktails are also super creative and delicious. We will see you again.

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vipIRP26
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Great food recommendations and food! 10/10 recommend, especially the steak.

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Bodie
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and good service. The starter menu is a particular standout.

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LizF
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere and food was excellent

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vipDoug
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had been to Vivians two years ago. The menu was very red meat oriented and did not appeal to our overall group. It wasn't bad at all, just simply not our tastes. We decided to give it another try and we were not disappointed. Much more varied menu, fish options, ceviche appetizer, etc. Food was very good and our service was attentive and friendly. Definitely would go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks and service. Can’t wait to return.

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vipFrankC
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience from the food to the awesome service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Have been twice for brunch, looking forward to eating there in the evening.
Didn’t think I would finish the chicken biscuit but it was so delicious I’m embarrassed to say I did!

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vipBobby
Western NC
34 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great drink!

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delischsearcher1
Western NC
30 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went to Vivian for a Sunday brunch, looking forward to our first time dining there since the the space became Vivian under new owners a while ago. My dining partner and I both ordered Eggs Benedict Florentine on a split, hearty, biscuit quite unlike the usual, white ones that "mom used to make" and potatoes, which come as an ample, chunky, deep fried portion with a bit of cheese. It all looked sooo good we immediately dove in with great expectation only to find the Eggs Benedicts on both our plates to be cold, not even luke warm! The potatoes were crispy outside and perfectly done inside, though - quite good. I wish I could assign five stars to the whole meal because the eggs were perfectly cooked and the spinach/sauce was tasty, but whoever oversees the kitchen needs to temp-check the food before it is delivered to patrons.

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cath
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot. Our server, Sal, was excellent. Food was delicious and we loved the ambience. Highly recommend Vivian.

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vipMichaelK
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit to Vivian as I came when they first opened 3-1/2 years ago. The owners were still on site and made you feel at home. It was then incredible in all regards from food, service, drinks and creativity. It is also a value for one of if not the best restaurant in Asheville. It did not disappoint once more. The standout Scallop Quenelle is creative rich and luxurious with a scallop pate choux in a velvety creamy lobster sauce and chunks of lobster. The beef tartare was one of the best ever albeit a bit salty maybe due to the capers. The burrata was melt in your mouth. The Steak Vivian was decadent and perfectly executed and the duck fat potatoes a perfect accompaniment. The pork schnitzel stole the show as it was simply sublime crispy tender and flavorful. A creative cocktail menu still abounds. The only disappointment was the chocolate tart dessert. The rye crust a bit too thick and hard as was the chocolate cremeux interior like hard ganache. It was hard to eat. A thinner crackly crust with softer creamer chocolate would have worked better. The cherry swirl ice cream side was delicious. Still 5 stars and one of my favorite restaurants in the country.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service delightful.

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vipjdteeth
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food…great flavors…very unique. You’ll find creations here that you will not find anywhere else. Loved it!

FAQs

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

Vivian is rated 4.8 stars by 1071 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.