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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Asheville / Western North Carolina

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Asheville / Western North Carolina? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Appalachia at The Lodge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (353)
$31 to $50
American
Lake Lure
About the restaurant
Appalachia Restaurant brings an upscale-casual experience to an intimate setting. With stunning views and a cuisine that offers an Appalachian flair, you will be immersed with the true spirit of Lake Lure.
Dinner at the restaurant begins at 4:30pm.
We bring the Appalachian heritage from the outdoors in while dining in front of the stunning 525 million year old mountains. Inside, outside, or bar room dining, you will have a gorgeous view of Lake Lure and the Appalachian mountains. Boats Slips are first come, first serve. Due to the small volume of tables, we cannot accept preferred table/view requests.
Dress Code: No swimwear or coverups, must have shoes.

Top review
DexterAvip
Dined 7 days ago
This is our first time at this restaurant. They have a great menu and the chef did an excellent job with the food preparation. Our service was excellent and overall we were pleased with every aspect of this restaurant.
A photo of The Gamekeeper restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3345)
$50 and over
American
Boone
About the restaurant
You haven't fully experienced the Blowing Rock, NC region until you've dined at The Gamekeeper. It's a true gourmet restaurant with an engaging blend of upscale elegance and mountain charm.


Famous for an evolving menu that blends the traditional with the exotic, The Gamekeeper features a selection of perfectly prepared game plus a range of continental and American entrees.

Acclaimed chef and owner Ken Gordon brings tremendous warmth and skill to the table treating you more as friends than guests. You'll experience a meal to remember that includes fine wines, decadent desserts, and a generous serving of personal attention. You'll leave happy and impressed with a desire to return soon!

Top review
MikeE
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Wonderful experience, great dinner with exceptional service! For starters, we split the Korean Meatballs with Antelope, main meal I had Pekin Duck & my wife had Bison Short Rib. Finished with chocolate mousse! Highly recommend & can’t wait to return!
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4.9
4.9 (1687)
$50 and over
American
Banner Elk
About the restaurant
Artisanal Restaurant is open seasonally from May-October end. Contemporary American Fine Dining in a rustic yet elegant environment. Innovative and progressive thinking in a farm to table approach, only working with the highest quality ingredients. This warm environment offers the best food and wine with excellent service. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Private dining room adjacent to the wine cellar available for events. The only available menu is a pre-fix style, with 5-6 choices per course, $105/ guest plus a service fee. We do not offer a kids menu however kids prepared to order off our pre-fix menu are welcome. Our Dress Code is Business Casual. Collared shirts are required, jackets are preferred but not required for men. No shorts, distressed jeans, hoodies, hats, or sandals/flip flops. Please dress comfortably for the weather for outside seating. For our Allergy policy and menu choices, please go to artisanalnc.com
Top review
ConnyR
Dined 4 days ago
As always, our meal at Artisanal was extremely delicious and enjoyable. The food was cooked/prepared perfectly (we had the Beef Wellington and halibut), and staff were attentive, friendly and personable. Artisanal is certainly tops in our book!
A photo of The Ascot Club Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (43)
$30 and under
American
Waynesville
About the restaurant
Located inside the clubhouse, The Ascot Club Restaurant is a boutique restaurant and bar featuring seasonal menus from Chef Paul Young, weekly specials, and of course delicious food! Guests can enjoy their meal inside the clubhouse or sitting outside on the terrace during beautiful mountain view sunset.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The ambience, food,service, view are all spectacular….i highly recommend The ASCOTCLUB…..
A photo of Little D's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (359)
$30 and under
American
Asheville
About the restaurant

Executive Chef Owen McGlynn
Chef de Cuisine Faith Hall

COOK WITH INTENTION
We’re all about cooking with intention and purposeful ingredients to deliver a depth of flavor. Slowing down to do something well makes the enjoyment of great food and good conversation that much better.
EAT WITH THE SEASONS
Our food is straightforward and authentic. Our sharable plates change seasonally as we celebrate locally‐sourced produce at its prime. Seasonal eating is a delicious and sustainable way to support your local food purveyors and enjoy both recognizable flavors, as well as the unexpected.
YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS
We hope to be that third place for you to gather and catch up over a delicious meal and craft cocktails.
Owned and operated by the friendly and energetic couple, Owen and Mindi McGlynn of Asheville Proper, they wanted to create an inviting and easygoing space just for locals, located in North Asheville, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown life.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Little D’s was recommended by a friend who has a home on Reynold’s mountain and dines there regularly. We had a great meal from the shareable menu and it was all very good! I would highly recommend Little D’s!
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4.8
4.8 (3624)
$31 to $50
American
Hendersonville
About the restaurant
Fine food, wine & drinks, delivered with uncommon hospitality. Broad base of classic French Culinary Technique is the cornerstone for New American Cuisine, which is a true melting pot of cultures, ingredients, & techniques. We love the idea of applying modern day sensibilities to traditional recipes. We use great ingredients & treat them with respect for where they are from, how they are handled & who they are going to.

We have 2 levels at our restaurant, please indicate in the notes section if you are not able to navigate the stairs & need to be seated downstairs. Please note any dietary restrictions or let your server know upon arrival.

For parties of 7+, a credit card is required to hold the table & a cancellation policy will be discussed when you make your reservation.

We do not offer a private dining area, outside seating, or catering. We are happy to make suggestions if that is what you are looking for!

Corkage Fee is $20/bottle & Non-Postero Food Fee is $4/person

Top review
StephenC
Dined 5 days ago
Loved everything we ordered, all the food was outstanding. Shrimp ceviche with peach and The Steak were standouts.
A photo of Rocky Face Tavern - Springdale Resort restaurant
4.8
4.8 (305)
$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
DonnaSvip
Dined 5 days ago
Love this place!!!! Food great! Atmosphere great!!! Waitress was so sweet and amazing!!!
A photo of The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle Shop restaurant
4.7
4.7 (718)
$30 and under
American
Blowing Rock
About the restaurant
In the 1950s, The Speckled Trout was a place to stop and fill up your gas tank. Now, you can fill up on fresh mountain trout, soup beans, and hoecakes and wash it down with local farm beer or fresh rosé. We explore the roots of Appalachian food and beverage culture and re-create it in our kitchen by preserving and reviving ingredients of our local heritage.

Join us at The Speckled Trout for a taste of locally sourced regional fare by Chef Michael Foreman and warm hospitality that will keep y'all coming back!

Top review
GwynnSvip
Dined 3 days ago
The staff is always friendly and kind! And greets everyone with a smile. The food and drinks never disappoint!
A photo of Newman's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (529)
$50 and over
American
Hendersonville
About the restaurant
We are a farm to table fine dining restaurant in an elegant setting with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. The 4-course price fixed dinner menu ($95.00 per person, tax and gratuity not included) and 3 course brunch menu ($45.00 per person, tax and gratuity not included ) that changes monthly and focuses on regional seasonal ingredients many of which come from our organic garden. Aaron Edwards is extraordinarily gifted in the culinary arts. Each item on every plate is uniquely prepared in an innovative way to deliver maximum sensual pleasure in both taste and appearance. With our friendly professional servers, incredibly beautiful setting and amazing food this is way more than fine dining. It's a true dining experience! Our Menu changes monthly based on what is available and in season at the time. Feel free to call us anytime and we can tell you exactly what is on the menu for that week.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
A most unusual dining experience. The view of the Blue Ridge Mountains is spectacular, but so is the four-course gourmet meal.
A photo of The Restaurant at The Greystone restaurant
4.7
4.7 (650)
$31 to $50
American
Highlands / Sapphire
About the restaurant
Our peaceful Lakeside Dining Room, with its fireplace and breathtaking views, is guaranteed to lower your blood pressure. The floor to ceiling windows allow for unobstructed views of the lake and mountains, giving guests the feel of being on an Alpine retreat.
We also offer a bar menu which is a more casual setting in our mansion bar. The mansion bar bar snacks from 2:00pm - 10:00pm Monday through Sunday

Guests are as comfortable in a jacket as they are a collared shirt to enjoy award-winning Chef's seasonal menus, inspired by the surrounding forests and mountains, lakes and streams.

Open year round to the public, The Restaurant at the Greystone is committed to reducing our environmental impact and increasing our use of sustainable resources, while providing the finest and freshest foods for our guests.

Top review
Aquamanvip
Dined 2 days ago
Beautiful setting, great food and excellent service
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