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Rhubarb

4.5
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2760 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Rhubarb serves seasonal, regional American fare, sourced from nearby farms and dairies. Acclaimed chef John Fleer, formerly of Blackberry Farm, and his team craft a daily-changing menu including wood-fired dishes, plates made for sharing, house-baked breads, and other rustic creations. A thoughtful wine list showcasing natural and biodynamic wines and a full bar round out the offerings. Rhubarb asks that parties of 7 or more please contact the restaurant directly. We are currently open for both outdoor and indoor seating, so please note the table types when booking.

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
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2760 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeffN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall1food1service4ambience2

I don't know how this place gets good reviews. They are clueless in the kitchen. My wife and I had 5 plates, 1 large and 4 small. Everything was way overseasoned and salty. Like literally so salty we couldn't finish our food. My steak was ordered medium rare but came medium. The toast in the shrimp and tasso toast dish was not toasted in the middle. The shrimp had so much salt and creole seasoning you couldn't taste any other aspect of the dish. And, to literally top the dish off, it was topped with salt cured pork belly chunks. My steak had been salted, which would normally be OK if you paired it with something a bit wet, like a puree, but instead came with dry breakfast potatoes and a giant grilled leek. The meatballs were OK, but the bed of grits were so salty to be inedible. The pork pappardelle was adequate, however quite bland, and we had a better pappardelle dish the night before at another restaurant in Asheville. The fried duck wings were, like the other dishes, devoid of sauce and dumped in salt. Overall they need more sauces in their dishes to add flavoring, but instead seemed to have opted for dumping salt on everything. We spent $130 and left hungry. No need to go here with all the other options in Asheville. Between the place we ate the night before and here, the difference in food quality was like night and day.

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Jim3
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always spot on. Incredibly tasty and healthy culinary options and a great place to people watch. Don't miss Rhubarb....one of the best in town.

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Pammyz
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we decided to make a reservation in advance so we were able to dine here. The food and service were wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food wonderful service!

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Whitney
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn’t talk after I ate because it was so good. I wish this food was in my mouth every day.

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TammyR
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience1

2 people in the party ordered the pork loin which was very chewy and rubbery. The absolute worst part of the meal was the horrendous busker singing and playing guitar in front of the restaurant and facing the restaurant! Everyone eating outside had to yell over the his god awful performance. From what I understand these street performers are to move the show every hour. He was there when we arrived at 6 and still there at 830. We spent almost $600 to endure that nonsense. Our waitress, Melissa, finally had enough of him and went and spoke to him. That gave everyone about a 10 minute reprieve from the nonsense. I wanted to hug her! If we do return we will definitely sit inside.

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Confettigirl77
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner very much. We were happy to be seated inside- as the corner where the restaurant is located is very busy. Our server was very kind and gave excellent service. Our meals were tasty. I would dine here again.

BC
BrunchCoupleSaturda
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch on the patio! Service was good, and there was a banjo busker on the corner that aided to the experience.

JM
vipJenniferM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Drinks were wonderful too!

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RachelC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, delicious food and drinks. Great customer service! A must visit :)

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Mitch
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside so noise not an issue. Staff very friendly and great suggestions about food and drinks. We would absolutely go again and highly recommend this establishment. We did a forage walk early in the day with an expert and brought edible food we picked to the restaurant. The chef prepared an appetizer for us from this food we picked. It was amazing.

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vipMaryJ
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely outdoor dinner on a short vacation during COVID, so happy that the staff wearing masks. The chef modified the pork dish so that it was low FODMAP to avoid my food intolerances. The pork was excellent. Great job taking care of me! My friends also had good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food wasn’t great

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ShannonB
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were so many great starters on the menu that we shared several and skipped the entrees. The duck wing confit was amazing! It’s a tad loud on the patio since it’s right downtown but it made for great people watching. We will definitely be back next time we are in Asheville. Excellent!

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SusanH
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, eclectic food

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viptylka5
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and our server was outstanding.

KM
vipKellyM
Miami
53 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great
Service was great
Loved sitting on the patio

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vipDavidD
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great meal at Rhubarb

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vipiddoc
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tomato peach gazpacho was a refreshing treat on a summer eve and the flavors melded well. Trout filet over hoppin' John served up delicious local fare. The brownie pie with bacon brown butter ice cream was the favorite dessert at the table. The wine list by the glass is somewhat limited. Due to COVID, the dining was al fresco and the street noise was sometimes very noticeable. We have dined here before and will definitely continue to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing, we had gone forging and brought back our finds. They created a fabulous dish. The hamburger was one of the best I have ever had. Great food and great, friendly service.
Not to mention the price was great for all the food and quality you get.

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vipSC33
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and can’t wait to go back!

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LisaM
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you only have 1 night in Asheville, dine at Rhubarb!!

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outwiththefamily
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great outdoor dining experience with good food and excellent service. The staff wore masks and the tables had some distancing between them.

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vipDrMatt
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Dang! We have eaten here in the past and enjoyed it. Alas not so much tonight (especially in comparison to an amazing and similarly priced meal in west Asheville the night before). Starting at the beginning - despite the obnoxiously loud street performers, appetizers were fine. The gazpacho was good (not great) and the heirloom tomato salad was fresh but crying out for salt - not to be found at the table nor was the server checking in on us. Part two - the entrees - $24 chicken Provençal was ONLY a chicken leg with some polenta. Not only overpriced but it was luke warm - bummer. The tile fish was flat out cold and the flavors were meh at best. Desert was the real stinker (which to their credit, they comped after some discussion). The tiramisu was dry, flavorless, and heavy as a rock. The coconut cream tart had a burned crust. We really do appreciate efforts made to attempt food service in these very trying circumstances, but even so, this meal was disappointing.

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Milads
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had read rave reviews about this place and made dinner reservations. The eggplant dish had very few, thin slices of eggplant, and was mostly green (shishito?) peppers. The burger was a standard burger, and I had very few toppings to add to it (not possible to add a fried egg, for example). Overall the food was good but I wouldn't say I would go back there.

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ValerieM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was fun and informative.

Had the Blue Ridge Fog cocktail and am still thinking about it.
Had the cheese ball on red onion jam for an app and it was really delicious.

Being outside was more comfortable than I had anticipated with the awning and the fans.

Lovely experience

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SuzanneD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The entire staff ... from our greeter to our server to our runners were awesome!!!!! Food was a party in our mouth!!! Every bite delish!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipMorrie
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They did a great job keeping things feeling safe with pandemic requirements. The server was friendly and the food was delicious. My husband’s only complaint was that his martini seemed smaller than normal.

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Travels2eat
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Small plates came out a little fast, we had to tell the wait staff to slow the pace.
The southern style tiramisu was outstanding!
Ate outside due to the Covid, but it was a really nice atmosphere. Would highly recommend the outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came as part of our elopement/honeymoon. The two of us have been dying to come to Rhubarb for a couple of years now and we are so grateful to share the occasion with them. My now husband is an executive chef and I am a part time pastry cook so we always go big when we go out to eat. The seven plates and the three desserts we had lived up to the amount of hype we’ve been building. The cocktails were superb. I follow their pastry chef on IG and I’ve constantly been inspired by her work and to finally eat it made my entire trip (they did not leave any room for disappointment!) We are so thankful to have gone to Rhubarb, experience both their amazing and kind service AND indulge in some of the best food the Blue Ridge has to offer. Thank you thank you thank you for a truly memorable experience! :) <3

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StephanieM
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant features farm to table fare done creatively and beautifully. My husband and I enjoyed three starters and 1 entree and this was more than enough to fill us up. We were encouraged to try the dishes with the most seasonal produce so we got the heirloom tomato salad, the goat cheese Buratta, the special Wreckfish starter and the Wreckfish main course. All were fabulous with interesting flavors that we had a great time trying to guess. The jams, chutneys, pickles and little extras made the dishes. We absolutely loved our experience. The only thing we didn't love was our proximity to passersby on the sidewalk, which included some people hanging out smoking and vaping right into the dining area.

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Salamander
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Just ok, I was so excited to finally go but wasn't overly impressed. Not bad by any stretch, just ok. I would go back but not as my first choice

SL
vipSusanL
London
27 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Didn’t meet my expectations. Food mediocre, chairs uncomfortable, noise level loud. And we were celebrating our wedding anniversary which made it even more disappointing.

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RosalindZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is a solid restaurant choice on the main street of Asheville. It clearly caters to tourists, so the entire menu felt fairly safe and uninspired. My family and I went here for brunch when our reservations somewhere else were messed up and I really appreciated how quickly they had us seated in a nice, outside spot.

We ordered the chicken & biscuits, omelette with herbs, and the french toast. The french toast was probably the tastiest thing of the entire bunch, while the omelette was the second favorite. The fried chicken was unremarkable and the biscuit was luke warm and dense.

The service was great and the atmosphere was calm and relaxing despite being the main square. If you're in town and need a good option for any meal, I think this is a solid choice.

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vipScottK
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

With the limitations on the seating, we had a table that was not the best, but somewhat understandable. The noise from a local "busker" (who was NOT good) was a huge distraction - not much the restaurant could do about this, but it did make for the negative aspect of my review.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Made reservation for birthday dinner for husband over a week in advance for covered outdoor seating. We were seated in uncovered non dinning seating—garden type table and chairs. It was sprinkling, so we asked to be reseated to covered seating; we were told we needed reservations for covered. We explained we did reserve, and we were still told by extremely rude hostess the open tables for two were for other patrons who has yet to arrive. I explained it was my husband’s birthday and that I reserved a table days before; she said there was nothing she could do. I asked to speak to a manager, and suddenly a covered table for two opened up. The wait staff was kind, but the hostess was so rude that I would never go back there again. The service we received at other restaurants in Asheville was exemplary, and we tipped the kitchen and the wait staff well. The treatment was unnecessary; we still don’t understand the logic behind the hostess’s treatment. Disappointing way to start our weekend getaway.

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RWY3
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, unexpected combinations that go very well together. Mellon salad was surprisingly outstanding. Goat cheese burrata was very good also.

Skip the cured plate extremely salty, even for a cured meat plate.

Nice red wine selections.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor accommodations

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Jetwoman
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was good but for me the menus just did not make sense. I had a hard time figuring out want to eat. We had the squash fritters which we light and nicely cooked but lacked seasoning and flavor. I did not this the accompanying sauce complemented the fritters. The shrimp over Tasso toast was very good. We also had a lettuce salad and the lettuce did not seem as fresh as it should be.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review