Rhubarb

4.5
2268 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 6 or more please contact the restaurant directly. We are closed every Tuesday.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

While our server was very nice and attentive, I did not think they food was that great. We did tapas style and had the oysters Benton, burrata and another item I cannot recall. The oysters were so small - smallest I’d ever been served at any restaurant. I just found the found to be bland overall. It was all fresh and I liked the concept but the dishes were lacking for savory taste - in my opinion. I’m glad we went but I wouldn’t return. The noise level was also very loud. We were at a small table for 2 and I had a hard time hearing my husband most of the dinner...

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PB
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was so excited to have been seated at the chef's table. The chefs were very personable and willing to answer any and all questions in a considerate manner. Very memorable experience!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 4

I had high hopes, but as someone with health related dietary restrictions, this restaurant is not flexible in it’s substitution options. I need to cut carbs and making it so you can only sub a carb for a carb is in no way accommodating. Now that I know, I won’t be coming back. The purpose of this review is for others with similar dietary restrictions knew before choosing to eat here. On the positive side, it is a great location.

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MO
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the Burrata appetizer to the cassoulet I had for an entire, the meal was amazing.

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WM
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Get the burrata!!

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the advice of more than a few old and new friends, we made dinner reservations at Rhubarb as part of our week in Asheville. The service was exceptional as was the meal. Really enjoyed ourselves. Our server told us the plates were designed to give layered flavors based on complementary individual tastes of everything on the plate. Conscious fork full's of as many of the different components of the plate delivered really wonderful bites! A very bitter green complemented a perfectly cooked bite of steak along with it's flavorful rub. Glad we didn't miss it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

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s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The table was ready for a requested reservation time
We’ve eaten at this restaurant any number of times
Service was a bit slow this time but they were very busy
The menu changes daily and that’s one of the things we like about it so much and most of the product is from local purveyors

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and beverages were beautifully prepared. Excellent service by Rachel. She deboned my trout tableside very professionally. Great wine recommendations and she just made the experience fun!

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RC
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently inventive and delicious. Never disappointed when I come to dine at Rhubarb.

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KC
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cheese plate and the local quail and chicken were out of this world!

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KK
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited on the 4th of July as a family. The food was really good, especially the cheese plate, French toast, and sweet potato skillet. We did not anticipate a brunch menu, so one of the kids in our group was bummed to be limited to it. It's a gorgeous spot, inside and outside. I would visit again if staying in Asheville.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent

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JC
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food very good, but waiting 50 minutes after appetizers for main course dulled my enthusiasm for place

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T
Orlando
44 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty and creative, but some of the potions, like the nudi, were really too tiny. The shrimp was excellent, and I really enjoyed the grits. The fried hominy needed a dipping sauce.

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K
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best cheeses and raw oysters I’ve had in years! An amazing dining experience.

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MM
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food is innovative, but can be hit or miss. Very nice restaurant aesthetically. Our waiter was perfunctory at best. She did just enough. I realize that they serve a lot of tourists, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. We are local, but it shouldn’t matter either way. It’s a shame really. Niceness is something you can dole out free of charge to anyone.

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WB
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

While eating on the patio is usually quite pleasant when the drunken locals on the street Start cursing each other & try to start a fight beside your table, it takes a little something away from your dinner.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Everything was so delicious. I wish I could have eaten more!

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1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time dining at Rhubarb. Food was beyond our expectations!! Everything was super tasty and we enjoyed spending our anniversary dinner there! Especially with the street performer outside playing songs we enjoy.

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B
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the ambiance was laid back.

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R
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lamb chop appetizer was good, but should have gotten two orders for a lady's entree. Pork shank also very good. The squash casserole was okay, hard to tell all the ingredients. Wine pour was downright stingy for $14 a glass.Still, it's a good restaurant cooking over a wood fire. Sitting outside is an option as well, which diners get on a first in line basis. Parking in downtown Asheville, especially in the summer, is a fight. Take an Uber.

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W
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Part of our Anniversary Getaway, Rhubarb came highly recommended by the proprietor of our B&B. The street noise was a little conversationally disturbing at times, but we had desired the patio seating st the front of the restaurant. Our server graciously walked us through the menu. The food was very creative and amazing — really amazing — but don’t ask me to repeat the details. The fancy wine was a bit above my pay grade, as typically a single glass at $8 is just fine for me, and I must have missed that detail in the server’s recommendation. All said, we would love to return upon another trip to Asheville.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The appetizers were just ok. We had shrimp and the oysters. Both were uninspired. Plus it was slow to get them.

The mains - trout and grouper were very good but it took a long time between appetizer and main.

As a ‘sort of compensation for the slowness’ we got a dish of green beans which were very good but really didn’t make up for the lack of service.

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B
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food & drink were great. The only negative was the server bringing the dessert menus before we finished our entree. Made you feel very rushed. Not sure why this was done but it made an otherwise great experience less so.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!...seriously...great service...fantastic food done with actual authenticity...in a time when farm to table is becoming an over marketed cliche this place is still the real deal.

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LT
Raleigh
54 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In a city filled with Chef driven, farm to table restaurants, Rhubarb stands out for its inventive cuisine that beautifully presented. Knowledgeable and attentive staff.

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R
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative food, great service, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

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C
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This restaurant has a couple of policies that make it less than a perfect experience. They charge a penalty for any cancellation on a reservation of 6 or more within 24 hours, although they did waive this for us as two people in our party had an emergency. They also have a policy of not splitting checks which seems unreasonable in a place like Asheville. No other restaurant I am aware of has this policy. Also, my poached egg was so over cooked it was completely hard. Our waitress seemed a little testy, so not the best experience all round.

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JS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was OK but not memorable. Service was adequate but our server had no personality. We sat inside and the room was very smokey from the kitchen fire. Our clothing smelled of smoke when we got home. We would not return.

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W
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Menu and service, highly recommend for all occasions

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P
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and a good place to watch people. Outside seating is a must weather permitting.

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CK
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Wait staff excellent. Restaurant smoky from the grill. We left smelling like a campfire. Oyster Benton was bland. Royal Red shrimp were too salty to eat—literally inedible. Restaurant took shrimp off the bill, although we did not ask them to. That was considerate. Almost every dish on the menu seemed to be cooked with collards, kale or other cooked greens that I dislike. I like southern food and I am an adventurous eater, but Rhubarb gave me no reason to return. Sorry.

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AA
Indiana
42 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We made the reservation based on their menu online. Unfortunately, the online menu isn't kept up to date. We were told at the restaurant their menu changes often, so u need to call for an update menu. It would be nice to list the items that are always available and state additional items added daily.The food was tasty, but the serving size was on the small side lessening the value of the meal. The lamb ribs were delicious as was the baked 1/2 chicken.There is a charge for bread! No qualms with the taste of the food.

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Raleigh
87 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We went for dinner and were seated promptly with a reservation. They have no parking, therefore you have to find a spot on the street or parking in a deck.
We had a very nice waiter, Luke. We started with a 3 cheese plate that came with bread, jam, pickles the others were bland. We then shared a salad which they charge $14 for; it was good, but kind of dry as the dressing was sparse. The waiter said the Roasted Trout was large so we shared it, but I felt it was over-cooked, my husband was ok with it. For dessert, we had the Ultimate Brownie Bash; it was plenty of chocolate, but the brownie ice cream in it was the only good part so I would not recommend it. I was unimpressed by their food and not worth the $90 for the meal before gratuity.

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CE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was delicious, service great!

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B
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food loved the small plates. Exciting and tasty menu. Will go back

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KF
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Waiter wasn’t attentive at all. Had to ask if she went home for the night. Ordered mussels as an appetizer and was shocked that there were only 5 mussels. Three of the mussels weren’t open. Never come back to many other quality restaurants in town with great service

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

First visit to Asheville and wanted a special local food scene to match the quality food reputation of the city. Even told our waiter we were here to enjoy the evening. No hurry. Wanted a pleasant evening. Not here. Restaurant partially full yet sat near a table of kids and in a runway aisle. Ordered drinks and 3 courses and food brought out so quick the server said here's your entree, make room on the table. We had them hold the plates in the kitchen till we were ready. The trout deboning was a nightmare and left about 50% of the fish edible, but delicious. Apologies and some amends, but we presume many better choices are out there for a couple looking for a nice evening out in Asheville. Did not feel welcome.

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