Vivian

4.7
323 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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying our special vintage themed pre-fixe menu! The full menu will be up soon, but expect multiple courses at $65/head (not including tax, booze, or gratuity). We’ll also have some special wine pairings available. Keep an eye on vivianavl.com for updates!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 323 People Are Saying
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KB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative, delicious cuisine. Mussels, souffle, french onion dip, and apple tart were outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the food to the cocktails to the service incredible!!!

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was just opening after their holiday break, but they pick up like nothing. The food was amazing in both flavor and presentation. They were very accommodating about my party having two wheelchairs. Would recommend and go back again.

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J
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate New Year's Day morning with a special purpose for the six of us being together. Vivian was JUST what we needed. First time for four of us, but for me it's starting to feel like home. The service is what one would hope for, as in, "Welcome home, again." Such fun. We were not rushed; we felt loved. And the food...oh, my goodness. We left, grateful and joyful. Thank you, Vivian staff, you're doing something special there.

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T
Western NC
52 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual Vivian sets the bar even higher for other AVL
restaurants. Delightful service, amazingly wonderful food and a good time is always had there because all the folks who work there are great. There at least once a month and they never fail to draw raves from not only us but every person we’ve introduced to Vivian.

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a
Nashville
33 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic place to eat. We came in for Sunday brunch and we ordered the deviled eggs, the land of the sea and the corned beef hash. All were great, however, our favorite was the deviled eggs. Would highly recommend and come back for dinner.

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OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive. Food was very good and plated beautifully. Fun!

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OF
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime I go here I am amazed by the creativity of the meals, presentation and quality of the meals, and the appropriately attentive staff. If you haven't been here, you need to go.

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HH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Vivian was wonderful. Steak and eggs, just so delicious, bloody mary spicy and tasty. Great service and fabulous food. Excellent brunch.

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OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delightful. Tonight was more of the same. Go. You won’t regret it.

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f
Raleigh
53 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from the service to the food and atmosphere. Nice selection of interesting items some off the beaten path a bit. Wish I could have tried more... excuse to come back. The flounder and beef were great.

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P
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding and the food was wonderful. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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SD
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food ever. The staff is incredible.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time for birthday night. Delicious french inspired cuisine. Extensive wine selection. Staff was very knowledgeable and made the night truly memorable. We will be back.

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B
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food and -beverages all combined to create a special evening for a 40-yr reunion with two of my college roommates. Everyone at the restaurant went out of their way to make it a wonderful night.

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u
Kansas City
145 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding! Super great friendly owners!!! We tried many of the menu items: Foie Gras Pate with rustic sourdough, candied chestnuts, bee charmer blackberry honey, smoked oysters with pickled shrimp, souffle omelette with crab newburg and herbs were some top favorites. Had the spiced panna cotta with red wine poached pear and speculoos crumble for dessert; it's nice and thick - delicious. Every plate we saw looked fantastic! Photos wouldn't attach - see google instead!

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MV
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not quite as expected. Some of the plates are good though others not quite. People are friendly but there is experience missing in the kitchen... some plates are just not where they should be for the money. Too plain and not creative, daring enough. If you charge what Vivian charges, you expect more. The restaurant is also VERY loud and small so little privacy. 'Fine dinning is not only about the food...it's also about the right music, atmosphere and vibe...

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AH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Ugh. Over priced. Sterile ambience. Five of us ate there and inspite of the variety of dishes, the entire palette of the food was Brady bunch brown. Over complicated and salty. And the prices? High end New York, which is inexplicable in this burgeoning but not so worldly place.

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R
Western NC
32 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome AGAIN...Josiah is a very inventive chef,he always amazes with his combinations. Service is wonderful
Happy Happy

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H
Western NC
30 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our anniversary and when we sat down we were presented with a complimentary glass of champagne! Nice touch! Nicole was our server and she was excellent! We shared everything, in order to taste several things. The fillet was incredible, as was the foie gras. Never had baby turnips...they were really yummy. This was our second visit. The first time, the restaurant was new and it was painfully loud. Sound panels have been hung and the noise level was fine. We could talk quietly with each other. A very different kind of restaurant for the arts district, but love the creativity and excellent food and service. Great job!

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M
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

5-star food, 2 star service = 3 star rating.

First: the food is supreme, but was tarnished by poor service: it took about 30 mins to get waited on (and by four diff't servers) between most courses, and servers gave very little eye-contact or human connection (something I enjoy since dining is not just about getting served quickly by robots). Its also hard to connect with four different servers, so that part was totally confusing.

We were seated quickly, but then waited about 20 mins for drinks - always a bad sign, then about 30 mins each between apps, small & large plates. This was easily the longest delay I've ever seen at a high end AVL restaurant (esp on a not-busy night). We skipped w/ dessert after waiting 10 mins for that menu, then realized it'd be another 20 min wait (not counting the check).

Again - great food, textures, flavors, presentation (etc) but when that is delivered by a fleet of vacant servers who can't arrive on time, connect, or make us feel welcome in our hometown at $200, its a wash. Clearly other reviewers here had better service than we did, but for as long as Vivian has been open, I expect blips like this to be long ironed out - esp simple human recognition.

Wish I could say I'd return, but w/ service this bad, I dont' see much reason to return. Its way overpriced for such bad vibe on service.

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ET
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
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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R
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went with two couples on a Friday evening, were seated right away, and all the service was very attentive and friendly. I did not like the menu selections for large plates, too heavy, too much red meat. The $9 salad I ordered was rather pathetic, very small and greens were tough. The watercress soup was very good. The $12 glass of cabernet sauvignon tasted like something that should be $12 per bottle. The omelette souffle I ordered was ok, very impressive looking. Overall, we spent $128 including tip, for 2 people, and I don't feel we got our money's worth. Nonetheless, the service and the facility are very good.

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OF
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
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 on December 5, 2018
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 on December 5, 2018
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
48 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
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
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious- thanks!

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i
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our third dining experience here confirms that Vivian is among the top 2-3 best restaurants in this foodie town. Stellar bar service, impeccable food, hospitality at its finest! And now the best brunch in town!

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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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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cute/modern restaurant. Loved everything we had. Chocolate layered mousse is a must have! The whole restaurant runs as a team to deliver the best service in Asheville,NC

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i
Raleigh
25 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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f
Italy
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Terrible wine list and unimpressive food. No ambiance and very dark for dining.

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

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

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