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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Asheville / Western North Carolina

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Asheville / Western North Carolina? 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 Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1675)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Highlands / Sapphire
About the restaurant
Internationally recognized Chef Wolfgang invites you to dine in his garden pavilion or by the fireside in a historic home. Recipient of the Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" for the past years, our wine list features over 1000 wines. Eclectic Contemporary American Cuisine with a New Orleans flair, Seafood and Steaks. Nestled amongst the rhododendrons on the historic main street of Highlands. Southern Living : “Best Place for Dinner in Highlands.
”Our State” magazine named Wolfgang’s Restaurant &
Wine Bistro the place you must eat in Macon County,.
Featured in Southern Living, Southern Accents, WNC Magazine, and Outside Magazine.
Elected Member of Academy of Chefs
Certified Executive Chef
Member Texas Culinary Olympic Team
Voted Jamaican and Texas Chef of the Year
Chaine des Rotisseurs

Top review
PopsandMImi
Dined 3 days ago
Outstanding in every way. We had a nice table on the covered deck. Service was excellent but not overbearing. We had the shrimp and lobster bisque. Very tasty. Garden salad. Short ribs entre and Bavarian mixed grill. Huge portions and all high quality and perfectly done. Nice bottle of wine at reasonable price (for a restaurant). Lots of other good choices on the menu we can't wait to try.
A photo of Glass Onion - Weaverville, NC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2499)
$31 to $50
Italian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Located in Quaint Downtown Weaverville, a Short Drive North of Asheville.
Glass Onion Serves Northern Italian Fare Simply Prepared Using Mostly Local, Organic & Sustainable Products From Area Farmers & Vendors.
Open for Dine-in Wed-Sun 5-8pm Last Seating is 8pm

Top review
JoAmes
Dined 3 days ago
We love Glass Onion and are always happy with the food and service. Everyone we bring loves it, too.
A photo of The Purple Onion restaurant
4.8
4.8 (318)
$30 and under
American
Flat Rock
About the restaurant
**To purchase tickets, reserve one of our experiences, please see the options listed below.** Established in 1998 by Susan and her husband Stoney Lamar, The Purple Onion was conceived as a 'third place' in Saluda, a neutral spot for friends and family to enjoy great food, engaging conversation, and live music. This vision flourished with a dedicated staff and supportive community. In 2020 the legacy was passed to Chambli Stuber and Emily Lamar, who continue to honor its tradition and role in the community, celebrating over two decades of service. Situated in historic Saluda, The Purple Onion boasts outdoor dining and live music on Thursday and Saturday nights. The Purple Onion features a variety of ethnically inspired dishes with an emphasis on the Mediterranean’s simple and healthy cuisine. We offer a selection of pizzas, pastas, seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes. Specialties include locally sourced trout and organic produce, along with antibiotic and hormone-free meats and poultry.
Top review
Stachvip
Dined 3 days ago
another delightful meal at PO. Staff always friendly and efficient. Food always fresh.
A photo of Little D's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (355)
$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
TommiC
Dined 2 days ago
Great variety of small plates and entrees. We had several different selections and they were all excellent. Very inventive menu. Fresh and local. And the staff was very friendly and accommodating. This is a great little neighborhood bistro.
A photo of Mela Indian Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (225)
$31 to $50
Indian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Mela Indian Restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina offers authentic Indian food made fresh daily from local and organic ingredients. It has been voted the Best Indian Restaurant every year since 2007 by the Mountain Xpress Readers� Poll and even received a very favorable review in the New York Times. If you like Indian breads, you�ll appreciate the many options available at Mela. There is naan, garlic naan, peshwari naan, pudine naan, poori and paratha available. While Mela offers many traditional vegetarian menu items, there are plenty with meat in them, too. You can order the tandoori chicken salad, Mela chicken curry or the chicken pakoras, just to name a few.
Top review
Molly
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Food as good as ever. Congenial wait staff. We would go back!
A photo of Casa Rustica Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2157)
$30 and under
Italian
Boone
About the restaurant
Casa Rustica is Boone"s authentic Italian restaurant since 1981. We offer a wide selection of entrees including fresh pastas, chicken, veal, seafood and steaks. Our nightly specials complement our menu and our homemade desserts are not to be missed. Visit the La Bouca Lounge where the menu offers original sandwiches and flat-bread pizzas. Casa Rustica provides a cozy atmosphere in a log cabin setting. Come for romantic fireside dining or bring the whole family and enjoy our friendly and prompt service.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Casa Rustica is our go to restaurant when we visit the High Country. Our server was very attentive. The food was excellent. I definitely recommend trying it. The best staff ever.
A photo of Avenue M restaurant
4.5
4.5 (539)
$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
DavidNvip
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Food was great! Calabacitas and flank steak were fabulous
A photo of Rye Knot restaurant
4.5
4.5 (54)
$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
PHeller
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Rye Knot offers a wonderful variety of delicious dishes! The salmon is outstanding, the grilled chicken Sammy is yummy, beet salad with shrimp is a favorite of mine too. I could go on and on. Servers are welcoming, ambiance is artful . We love dining at Rye Knot !
A photo of Benne on Eagle restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2001)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Located on Eagle Street, hub of the historic area of downtown Asheville known as The Block. Meant to honor the African-American influence on Appalachian cuisine, Benne on Eagle serves up modern soul food that embraces the roots of the North Carolina using local ingredients. We also offer complimentary valet parking for all dining guests. Parking is located at 51 S Market Street via the entrance to The Foundry Hotel.
Top review
ChristaSvip
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
Great location and food. We really enjoyed our breakfast.
A photo of Gauchinho Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.3
4.3 (29)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Asheville
About the restaurant
We welcome you to come experience the essence of Brazil! Gauchinho is an authentic, classy, Brazilian Churrascaria style steakhouse. We offer an all you can eat buffet, featuring a full salad bar, Brazilian hot dishes, and a rodizio of 15 different types of high quality, flavor bursting, mouth-watering meats; sliced directly at your table by our highly skilled Gauchos. Along with a full bar, including the world famous Caipirinha; we also offer a beautiful wine wall to browse, with a fine selection of wines from Argentina, Chile, and California. Come experience the Brazilian way of steakhouses at Gauchinho! We promise, you won't leave hungry.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Overall the food was great, the service impeccable. Wine was outrageously overpriced so opted for a good domestic beer. The deserts were good and awesome presentation. Salad bar was okay good but not great.
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