Vivian

4.8
898 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 898 people are saying
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Tastebuds
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and unique dishes.
Awesome staff, safe environment..
in my top 3

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Mira
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food, sweet humans, and a really genuine vibe. This is the place to go if you are looking to treat yourself. The experience is so, so worth it. Also fried chicken take out is unreal and I highly recommend!!!

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vipScribbles
Western NC
95 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Vivian! Our favorite brunch spot and I always feel lucky when I’m able to snag a reservation - very popular for brunch with good reason(s)!

We started with mimosas and the sticky bun - OH My Gosh! My partner said he would have just a bite - fortunately he ate almost half cause I would have eaten the entire thing an been so full I wouldn’t have been able to eat my delicious crab omelet soufflé - seriously! It is so so very good! Loads of crab, tender and amazing. My partner had the biscuits and gravy with eggs - he loved it.

Great place, amazing people and I’m so so happy they are surviving ‘‘tis crazy pandemic.

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vipFoodie
Tampa
71 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate brunch last Sunday at Vivian’s. We sat outside under their awning and it was very nice. There were many items on the menu that looked appealing and we saw various menu items passing us by. We both had the chicken and biscuit with sausage gravy. It was yummy as were their special potatoes. One of us had a delicious Bloody Mary, while the other had a nice rose. The wines that they have are very reasonable; many that we were familiar with. The staff are very nice as well. They are following COVID guidelines; they have a bottle of hand sanitizer on the table as well. Parking was easy too.

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KatherineP
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant around. Food is always outstanding. Staff are incredibly kind and attentive. Probably my favorite restaurant.

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vipBethG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, sophisticated food, great cocktail and wine choices, superb service, fun setting. A perfect night out!

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DavidA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 4 had such a great experience at Vivian. The beef tartar was so good, that you won’t want to share it. Good portion for two people but you will want more because it’s so good. We had the steak, veal and scallops and each dish was simply amazing. If I had to rank them based on my personal preference, I would say steak, veal and then scallops but all of them were seriously incredible. The server was very helpful and attentive and laughed our stupid jokes. Overall it was a great night out and I would highly recommend it.

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MaryD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night restaurant. Cozy ambiance, delicious food and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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1hiawassee
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best fried chicken ever!

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JenniferS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here many times and it’s one of the best run small restaurants in Asheville!

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great experience at Vivian. It was almost enough to make us forget Covid. We dined outdoors on the heated patio. It was nice and warm on a very cold night. The staff were so sweet, friendly, and on top of all our needs. We brought our dog (our Airbnb required that we not leave her behind) and they doted on her. Our dinners were fantastic. The salad had the most flavorful greens I’ve had in the off season, which leads me to believe they have an amazing veggie supplier. The steak dinner was fantastic. Rutabaga soup was so creamy and perfect. Would go back without question.

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ChrisS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! We'll be back for sure and I've thought about the deviled eggs multiple times since we visited.

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vipHdish
Western NC
24 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivian provides an innovative cuisine in a fun atmosphere in the River Arts. We chose seating in the bar area, which we always enjoy. The servers are always extremely knowledgeable of the food and drink. The menu and drink specials never dissappoint. While you could enjoy a lovely meal with only the small plates, the entrees are exceptional. I have Celiac Disease. Upon arrival, a menu was marked and ready for me to have a variety of safe and delicious choices. We love Vivian and will visit often.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Scallops were perfectly done and served in the most unique way. Husbands steak was the best I’ve ever tasted. Will absolutely be back next time we are in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly timed meal! Great food but it comes out too quick or too slow, it’s taken down a few notches. Not here, our server ensured the dishes spaced just right.

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Chuchi
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative appetizers, french onion soup dip with the grilled country bread was outstanding and the veal chop with all the veggies and creamy sauce was delicious. Staff was so kind and very pleasant talking with them.

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TanyaD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we went to Vivian and we will definitely go back the next time we are in Asheville. The food was excellent and the service was great. I was impressed with how well they followed the Covid safety guidelines.

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AVLIA
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was edible, nothing outstanding: Canalones needed acid and salt, fish was cooked well but the crispy skin tasted of rancid fry oil, steak was over salted and bathing in vinegar but temp was good.

The staff was outstanding. Welcoming an gracious without any pretense. You pay for the service, not the food.

Based on our experience we are willing to try Vivian again in the future.

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vipdennisd
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints, word of warning the portions are big, usually that means not good, but a big portion of great food. Plan a nap post meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentine’s Day brunch! Loved the lobster parfait.

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DomP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service! And right in downtown Asheville.

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vipSandraN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine, great service. Lovely ambiance. Highly recommend.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! Great atmosphere, amazing food and wonderful service. Definitely will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivian provided a lovely dinner and the service was great. The chicken croquettes were delicious and the filet was cooked a perfect medium rare. The sauce was strongly flavored and paired well. I forgot to write down her name, but I was on the patio and she was really great especially after the rest of my party couldn’t come. Thank you for the service and recommendations on the wine!

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VeronicaB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience. Love the cocktail list, service and every single dish. Vivian is my local favorite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dinner experience! Cudos to Molly, Shannon, the chef and all the staff.
Our food was absolutely divino:
Smoked oysters, a scallop quenelle,
Veal chop and filet mignon. Service was amazing as well. Great wine list and interesting cocktail menu too. 😋 Can't wait to return for another fabulous meal ❣❣

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AllisonT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I was very impressed with the COVID measures and friendliness of the service. The food was good but not great.

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AnneH
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening! All aspects of the night were excellent. Our server was very pleasant, the food - my scallop dish and my spouse's stripped bass -were each delicious. I do hope the pandemic doesn't cause any more problems for one of our favorite restaurants!

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vipAnnM
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The people, the food, the vibe...absolute perfection! We always enjoy sharing a few appetizers (the soufflé and the quenelle are favorites) and then move on to their excellent mains. I highly recommend Vivian!

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vipTraceyJ
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent safety measures in place, wonderful service, and incredible food and cocktails. Phenomenal all around.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a unique experience .. would say the dishes are innovative but not pretentious with an authentic farm to table approach .. The restaurant feels intimate and welcoming .. Each dish from our salad to dessert were unusual and delicious ..the orange tart memorable and my trout was perfectly prepared , the server also recommended a delicious wine that went with both our chosen entrees ..staff made you feel comfortable .. overall a wonderful meal

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always- Vivian never disappoints!

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vipGrant
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Desserts! Everything was well cooked. Wish there had been a few more options for mains.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb! Food was delectable...and the drink menu was incredibly creative. Highly recommend.

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vipKrashtest
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect fried chicken! Holy cow the best I have ever had

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have been to Vivian once before, so my expectations were pretty high based on my previous experience. This dining experience left so very much to be desired. The oysters were cold when they should’ve been hot, the desserts were mediocre at best, one of my companions ordered the scallops and they were just not good.

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SergioA
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hubby and I love to go I dates when ever we are visiting and this was the perfect place

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vipgreatwith3
Western NC
36 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Loved the smoked oysters which were different than any I’ve had before. Trout was delicious and steak good but will get sauce on side next time. Great wine pairing from hostess who did a great job explaining the glass choices - new wine I will enjoy again in the future!

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vipJoanna
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I will definitely be back. What a wonderful restaurant in all aspects. Even though I chose the wine, I was not thrilled with it but that's on me. Our cocktails and the food was top notch.

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MarenS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, it's always a fantastic treat to visit Vivian. You can taste the love that the owners have for this place and it makes for a truly exceptional experience. Anytime I think of a restaurant that speaks to the Asheville culinary scene, my first thought is Vivian. The restaurant itself is unpretentious but quaint with a super cute and cozy interior. We appreciated the safety protocols and the wonderful service too! Make sure to come hungry and leave room for appetizers and desserts (or two!)

FAQs

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

Vivian is rated 4.8 stars by 898 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.