Vivian

4.8
298 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary European, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(828) 225-3497
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Josiah McGaughey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bartlett Street
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Parking details
Our parking lot is the Pink Dog Creative lot across the street where you'll see the shipping container murals. Free parking is also available on the street.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t wait to come back to Vivian. The service was amazing, from the person who greeted us behind the bar to our wonderfully attentive but unobtrusive and friendly server. The attention to small details, like changing our silverware between courses and swiftly removing our table of crumbs was done efficiently and unpretentiously.
Upon being seated we were invited to peruse the beverage program which was well curated and creative. My partner had a dirty gin martini hat was honestly one of the most balanced we’ve had dining out.
While we were intrigued by the small plates, (and will come back to try them!) the entrees were more compelling this particular night.
I had the seared scallops, which came with cowpeas, a cauliflower and red pepper giardiniera, Crete fraîche and caviar. The scallops were perfectly seared, and the bretonne sauce was a perfect compliment to the giardiniera. Even he garnish was delicious.
My partner had the tournedos rossini, which festered bacon wrapped filet mignon, cooked just on the medium side of rare 😏, seared foie gras, truffles, and a piece of toast that soaked up every last drop of the sherry demi-glacé that was honestly practically drinkable.
The restaurant itself is cozy without feeling cramped, and we really appreciated the 80s playlist that was loud enough to give us a few laughs but not at all intrusive.
A good excuse to get over to the river arts district, Vivian is definitely going on our list for go to great food, atmosphere and service.

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OF
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivian has some of the most innovative and delicious food in Asheville. If you are looking for creative meals in a friendly casual environment, this is your place.

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OH
Western NC
67 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our recent Wednesday evening visit to Vivian's was thoroughly enjoyable with great food and superb service. Our waiter, Jordan, was pleasant, prompt and helpful. Sarah (the bartender?) was also very friendly and accomodating and chilled our slightly too warm red wine for us quickly.

The Smoked Oysters with Pickled Shrimp are wonderful; lightly smoked and just a bit warm. The Grilled Cauliflower with Pickled Golden Raisins and the Grilled Tradivo with Warm Polenta, Blue Cheese and Pine Nuts salads were delicious and unusual but delightful combinations. The Steelhead Trout was cooked to perfection and the Braised Red Cabbage and Confit Celery were wonderful accompaniments. The filet in the Tournedos Rossini was super tender and cooked exactly to order and the Sherry Demi Glace was sumptous and rich, but I thought the bacon wrap on the filet was to smoky and overpowered the steak flavor a little too much. I recommended and unsmoked bacon or Pancetta as a substitute.

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

We had an excellent dinner at Vivian last week. The food was very well prepared and the service was great. It was not too crowded when we were there, so we were able to carry on a normal conversation too.

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t
Denver
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and the food delicious. We’d definitely go back to Vivian.

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RK
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious- thanks!

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m
Western NC
45 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious cocktails, fantastic food and a great dessert to finish a perfect dinner out. Especially enjoyed the oysters and highly recommend the stew!

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i
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fine cocktails, dazzlingly rich and extraordinary food, top notch bar service. Highly recommended!

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best new restaurants in Asheville. Very creative, distinctive menu that fit the fall season. Good, friendly, knowledgeable service. All dishes—appetizers, entrees and deserts—were impressive. Great place.

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HP
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our meal. The deviled eggs were wonderful and the steelhead trout dish and scallops dish were very tasty.

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The scallops were wonderful. The only problem is there are no sides with the dish. Only scallops. $25 for 3 scallops is a bit much no matter how good they are.

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KW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

2nd visit and just as happy as the first time. Continue to be impressed by the service and the food. Highly recommend!

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S
Western NC
60 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time there and I drive from Sylva, NC. The foood is never disappointing. The staff is very tentative but not over bearing and knowledgeable.

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MM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Brunch was out of this world! Can’t wait to try dinner!

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b
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smoked oysters! Not quite cooked not quite raw - superb.

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P
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our first visit and we enjoyed the experience.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun vibe, great food, great service, love this place

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for an awesome evening; delicious, imaginative food, perfect cocktails, delightful staff and a great overall vibe.

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O
Western NC
39 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and will return. Very creative menu with unusual dishes. Really enjoyed the sorrel soup and duck confit stew. Nice wine list by the glass.

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JP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the food to the atmosphere to the service, a fantastic experience!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has a wonderful time at Vivian!

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BB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten dinner at Vivian's twice--and on both occasions I thought it was outstanding. The small plate options are distinctive, attractively presented, and well worth the price; and the entrees, while somewhat limited, were praised by those in my party on both occasions. I plan to return.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding without being pretentious. Food excellent. Cocktails delicious and fun. Great atmosphere!

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T
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Haut cuisine, with some unusual takes on some traditional dishes. Great, friendly service and atmosphere. Easy access and parking, unlike downtown Asheville dining spots.

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J
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. Off the main road but a really neat place. Different items on the menu. The best waitress we have ever had. She knew the menu, had great recommendations that were spot on and w a welcoming personality.

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KG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our second visit after an excellent meal there one week earlier. The second visit/meal was equally outstanding.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed as we got only 3 scallops for a hefty price.

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AS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and my dining companion was a very accomplished French woman with superb skills and she enjoyed every bite. Our waitress was so energetic and the service was as good as the food. The salad was of particular note having interesting greens with the tiniest little croutons which had been toasted over hickory for an amazing smokey flavor. The foie gras came on a bed of chestnut "toast" and the mussels in curry cream were delicious as was the crusty bread. I almost don't want to write this and make reservations harder to get but they deserve the praise.

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c
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our 4th visit and as always the food and sevice was great

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LT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New asheville favorite! Little annoyances (pricey deviled eggs only give you 3 1/2s (what are they doing with the 4th half?!) but the food is outstanding, as are the cocktails.

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AH
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time we've been here. It has never disappointed! They easily took reservations for 6 and seated us even though we arrived early and didn't make us wait for the whole party. Their online notification process, as well as a human call, was good. And the food? BRING IT ON -- EXCELLENT!

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SF
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was really different! Lovely flavors. Beautiful presentation. Food was not temperature hot however. We had: foraged mushrooms, mussels with curry sauce, an excellent sea bass and the squash.
All not hot enough. Good service though.

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KG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We loved it and will now be there frequently.

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TH
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great. Our new favorite restaurant in Asheville.

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S
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. We had so many apps and small plates that there was no room for an entree. We did manage to get dessert in, though. You can't go wrong with anything. The quenelle was particularly special.

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h
Western NC
41 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivian is a Hidden gem!!! Welcome to the foodie network!! Everything was fantastic! Compliments to the chef and staff!!!
Great cocktails- amazing wine list! The French ‘orange’ wine a true surprise! Service... A++++
We will be back!

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been meaning to come to Vivian for some time. Our anniversary was the perfect occasion. They immediately brought us some complementary champagne noting the anniversary note on our online reservation. Food was fantastic with the freshest ingredients. Unique twists on some older, lesser know dishes (garbure, quenelle, etc.). Wife is vegetarian and had some great options. Will go back soon.

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FL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were early to Vivian for Sunday Brunch. Finding many things on the menu we wanted to eat we were extremely impressed with the quality and originality of the offerings. Service was swift, perhaps too swift at times, but the sense of being a bit rushed was overbalanced by the delight in the food with unusual ingredients, the second french press coffee with no additional cost. The value for the price was very high. The minimalist decor put highlights on the food; by the time we finished, the tables were filled, and so were we. No dessert at brunch, though.

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RA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a time when many restaurants think if they “aren’t loud, people won’t think it is fun”, it was great to have dinner at a place that is more sophisticated than that. The staff were cordial, friendly, helpful, funny, and just could not have done a better job.

Vivian-you get it!

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B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

These guys have it going on! We went for Saturday night supper and it was so good we rearranged our plans and came for Sunday brunch. The cooking is novel, inventive twists on old standards, or brand new dishes from they chef. His wife runs the front of the house with wit, charm, and exuberance. You can’t go wrong!

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