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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Asheville

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Asheville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Rocky Face Tavern - Springdale Resort restaurant
4.8
4.8 (290)
$30 and under
American
Canton
About the restaurant
The Rocky Face Tavern at Springdale Resort has become one of Western North Carolina's favorite destinations. In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, under the shadow of Cold Mountain with sweeping views of the Rocky Face Mountain, our upscale casual dining experience will soon become your favorite choice for a night out! Under the direction of Page and Sid Truesdale, Haywood County natives, they have created a menu of Southern favorites and serve them in an ambiance that is both inviting and captivating. When you visit the Smoky Mountains, be sure to make your reservation!
Top review
Lovemygirlkkvip
Dined 3 days ago
Best around definitely a place to visit all year long
A photo of Limones Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6171)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Asheville
About the restaurant
Around the corner from the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville, Limones Restaurant provides an inspirational mix of Mexican and Californian cuisine along with inventive bar selections served by a warm, professional staff. Long before working and training under some of San Francisco’s most talented chefs, Hugo Ramirez was raised on the intense and varied flavors native to his hometown of Mexico City. In fact, he still calls on his mother for the secrets of traditional Mexican dishes, which he reinvents in innovative and surprising ways. At Limones, Hugo’s love of Mexican food is combined with his training in french-influenced California cuisine.
Top review
Diner1
Dined 4 days ago
The lobster nachos were spectacular and the ceviche sampler was some of the best I’ve ever had. Service was friendly and attentive. Highly recommended!
A photo of Ukiah restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1552)
$31 to $50
Asian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Welcome to Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse, where Japanese Soul Food meets American BBQ by James Beard Nominated Michael Lewis. “Japanese Smokehouse” is defined as merging Japanese ingredients and flavors with American BBQ techniques, and everything in between.

Menu highlights include light and refreshing dishes such as Wagyu Tataki with house kimchee, yuzu kosho and savory soy or Tuna Takaki with fire roasted peppers + ponzu, to bolder flavors such as Smoked Pastrami Short Rib with toasted rye, fire roasted kimchi + yuzu pickles We are open 7 days a week, for Dinner and Sunday Brunch!

Please note, our dining room consists of booths, regular tables and high-tops. We will try our best to accommodate you at your prefer location, but sometimes it is not possible due to party size. Our outdoor tables can be requested but not guaranteed when booking on open table.

Arrived Early? Visit our casual, seasonal concept next door, HOTBOX. Perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail, or post show snack!
Top review
cookyvip
Dined 4 days ago
Our waiter, Jonathan was excellent. Every item we ordered was outstanding. ONly disappointment was the Chocolate S'mores dessert collapsed and they wouldn't serve it to us.
A photo of Luminosa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (66)
$30 and under
Italian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Luminosa offers an immersive Italian dining experience, passionately embracing hyperlocal elements in its cuisine. Our culinary approach involves collaborating with regional purveyors and tapping into the expertise of our local team members to craft a dynamic, seasonally inspired menu. Nestled within The Flat Iron Hotel, a historic boutique hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, Luminosa's carefully designed space radiates a welcoming tavern ambiance. Rich wood-centric elements complement the rustic Italian menu, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Our culinary heart is a wood-burning oven, infusing a "touch of fire" into handmade pizzas, house-made pastas, and locally sourced vegetables. In homage to Asheville's renowned brewery scene, Luminosa's beverage program features local brews, including an exclusive collaboration, alongside a diverse selection of cocktails and wines. Come, savor the essence of Italian cuisine in a setting that captures the spirit of Asheville's culinary and historic charm.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and atmosphere wonderful, attentive service at our table
A photo of Edison - Omni Grove Park Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3938)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
Asheville
About the restaurant
EDISON, craft ales + kitchen is an inventive bar and restaurant that brings together the food culture and local flavors of downtown, with expansive indoor and outdoor seating and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Named for frequent historical visits from Thomas Edison and his "Vagabonds" (Edison, Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford), EDISON serves NC craft beers, small batch bourbons, handcrafted cocktails, and regionally inspired food in a contemporary, fun, and artistic setting.

Several renowned artists who celebrate the creativity of the area and call this community home are showcased in the indoor dining room, offering our patrons a true Asheville experience. The jalapeno bacon wrapped bison meatloaf crafted by Chef Michael Pupillo is a must try !
Top review
HolleyN
Dined 3 days ago
We had a lovely dinner. The food was delicious and selection was good. We had different tastes in our party and everyone found something they liked. The service was wonderful. Kat was attentive and so personable. We were celebrating with my parents their anniversary and my father's retirement and it was a great setting! Definitely a spot we will visit when in town for years to come.
A photo of Avenue M restaurant
4.5
4.5 (536)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Avenue M is a community-focused neighborhood restaurant located in Uptown Asheville (on the north side of town). Our menu offers unique takes on classic comfort foods, as well as seasonal dishes made from scratch using local ingredients, where possible.
Top review
LarrySvip
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
These gentlemen have now been in business for 14 years. In the restaurant business that is termed a success, because 80% of restaurants fail within 5 years. Give them a try, tasty food, great cocktails, high standard wine list, and excellent service.
A photo of Rye Knot restaurant
4.5
4.5 (53)
$30 and under
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Rye Knot is the first restaurant in North Carolina to brew its own beer and distill its own spirits. We serve outstanding plated pub fare. Our top sellers are Dry Aged steaks, fish and chips, burgers, smoked meatloaf, Reubens and Shaved Ribeye Sammies. Chef Ben Dunbar is a master cook whom delivers exquisite cuisine in both variety and presentation. Our bar has a dozen large screen televisions. We have plenty of outdoor seating. We also offer several gluten free and vegetarian options. Rye Knot is a neighborhood joint. Come join us...Rye Knot?
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
The best meal (thus far) on our Asheville trip. The bourbon wasn’t bad either!
A photo of Bold Rock – Downtown Asheville restaurant
4.4
4.4 (77)
$30 and under
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Explore what Bold Rock has to offer at our Downtown Asheville taproom. Join us for world-class cider, cocktails, beer, and a from-scratch food menu perfect for lunch, dinner, or happy hour! Plus, we offer a southern-style brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
Top review
ToddMvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Fantastic Brunch! The atmosphere is always great. The bluegrass band was fun! Service was excellent. 4 of us had brunch and we loved our meals- a classic burger added bacon which was awesome, the burrito was enormous, the fried egg/bacon sandwich which had a basil aioli and also was huge. But… what put the meal over the top was that we shared the banana chocolate pancakes (cinnamon whipped butter and peanut butter & bourbon maple syrup) which I can honestly say were the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten. We will absolutely be back.
A photo of Hemingway's Cuba restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2686)
$30 and under
Cuban
Asheville
About the restaurant
Recognized as the best Cuban food in the state of North Carolina by Big 7 Travel, come savor our savory Cuban dinner menu in Asheville, North Carolina. We pair traditional Cuban cuisine with Asheville flair to deliver an experience that keeps you coming back for more. Paired with the stunning panoramic views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Hemingway's Cuba is a favorite Asheville restaurant and rooftop bar for visitors and locals alike.

Thank you for booking your reservation at Hemingway’s Cuba! We look forward to having you. If you’d like to sit on our rooftop terrace, please put your request in the notes. Please note that terrace seating is not guaranteed due to high demand and weather restrictions.
Book Hemingway's Winter Cabanas here: https://bit.ly/47gYW1m
Top review
StanPvip
Dined 2 days ago
Server friendly…attentive….helpful….Service very prompt….just one note…if you’re looking for a quiet low key dinner…. not here…outside rooftop very much a lively “club”vibe.. not a complaint …gust an helpful fyi..Food very good and substantial portions…
A photo of Wicked Weed Brewpub - Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort restaurant
4.0
4 (667)
$31 to $50
American
Cherokee
About the restaurant
An Asheville favorite since 2012, Wicked Weed can now be enjoyed at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort - via the Wicked Weed Brewpub.

Located on the second floor of the casino next to the events center, our Brewpub offers 18 beers on tap and 14 bottled beers. Chef Kayla Snipes creates beer-inspired delicacies like Wicked Nachos with Pernicious Beer cheese sauce, cheese curds, and smoked bacon; house-made Pimento Cheese Dip with jumbo Pretzel; or you can pair the West Coast IPA with our Double Smash Burger.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Service was on point, food was very well prepared and was served in a timely manor, will for sure eat again here.
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