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Permanently Closed - The Junction

687 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Junction is the first full service restaurant in Asheville's River Arts District. We feature Southern-inspired farm to table fare and seasonal craft cocktails with fresh ingredients. We brine our fried chicken, smoke our pears, handcraft our soups and visit tailgate markets weekly. We make our own bacon and ketchup, squeeze cases of citrus each week for cocktails and work with other local, small businesses whenever possible. We invite you to join us after work for a casual beer and a burger at the bar, or to bring your beloved or whole family for a unique dining experience. Our menu features a combination of soups, salads and sharing plates as well as hearty entree options so that every dining experience is unique. Please visit our website to preview menus, as they change weekly.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - close.
Weekend Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm.
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Phone number
(828) 225-3497
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Van Tassel
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Private party facilities
The Junction's dining room (which seats 35-40) and bar, which seats up to 15; provide an intimate and unique setting for your private event. Whether its a baby shower, corporate luncheon, rehearsal dinner or family reunion, we would be happy to work with you to create a menu that suits your needs and meets your budget. We also do cocktail parties!
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Parking details
Free on street parking available along Depot Street and additional free parking at the dirt/gravel lot across from the restaurant and the Pink Dog Creative building.
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Special events & promotions
We gladly host private parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate luncheons, weddings, etc. Please reach out to Charles regarding your special event!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.5  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
1.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

My reservation was accepted, and a reminder received by me, but then an hour before the time of my reservation, I was informed the restaurant had closed. This was a Friday evening, and one of the busiest times of year in this city. Horrible way to go out!!!! No respect for owners of this establishment.

vipClosed (Tampa)
1.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

Restaurant was closed - after OpenTable allowed us to make a reservation (the name with -Permanently closed didn't show up until three days later).

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Our bartender was awesome, made our cocktails exactly how we like them. Service was great, the cornbread is awesome, and our entrees were very good. The sampler dessert tray was the perfect finish. You need to try this place out!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

We visit Asheville NC once a year and The Junction is a MUST place to dine. The food, atmosphere and services are fantastic!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service and a great meal.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

the junction never fails to impress. inventive cuisine- pirogies and fried chicken livers, fresh fish, great service. the bar did an inventive job on two "mocktails" we ordered. always a fun place.

vipExactMike (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

The Junction outperformed again at our latest visit. Solid cocktails, a variety of interesting and locally sourced entree options (the pan roasted fish was the biggest hit on this visit), really good appetizers (we had the cornbread and the poached pears this time). A little quieter and easier to access for parking than downtown restaurants if you aren't already walking around downtown). Have never been disappointed here, highly recommended.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

The Junction did not disappoint. They were warm and friendly from the time we walked in until we left. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. It was delicious and my daughter and I had a wonderful time.

LindseyLiving (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

We live in Asheville and have dined at many of the restaurants that get all of the press. The Junction is most definitely an unsung hero that deserves more attention. I was told by a foodie friend that they had the best meat and cheese plate in town, and it did not disappoint. What made it all the more special was Chef David's attention to detail and personal service. We wowed out-of-town friends with a meal one called the best he ever had anywhere. We'll definitely return for cocktails and small plates on a regular date night or with friends, and a larger full-out meal for a special occasion.

vipJack (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

I live in Asheville and dine out often. We are blessed with many fine restaurants, and I rate the Junction among the best -- Creative food, excellent service, very good value and free and convenient parking.

ncfoodie (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

The Junction never disappoints, but this meal was memorable. Our cocktails were spot on, just the way we like an old fashioned. Then we moved on to fried chicken livers on apple chutney (divine and perfectly cooked, which isn't easy) and pierogis with a delicious sour cream sauce. Then came red grouper, cooked just right, and tempeh-stuffed squash, both wonderful, as were the sides of braised cabbage and warm kale salad. The Junction truly lived up to its reputation as one of the best restaurants in Asheville -- where the competition is, to put it mildly, fierce.

vipSteve (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food and the staff could not have been more welcoming or friendlier. I would highly recommend a night at the Junction.

vipRestaurantrick (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

We have been here several times and always have a wonderful experience. The food is creative, perfectly prepared, seasonal, fresh and you can't find a more friendly restaurant in Asheville from when you walk in until you leave. The lamb crepinette is fantastic , fish special which was grouper , was moist and expertly done. Save room for dessert! We did the sampler, all were good but the Pumpkin Roll was intensely flavored and imaginative, it was the best dessert I have had in years

In season the grilled peaches are to die for and a must order

OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
3.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Overall we had a nice meal here but there were some highs and lows. The fois gras corn dogs were great, the seafood bowl was fresh and tasty but the broth was not hot. The ny strip was unevenly cooked and a bit salty. The lamb crepinette was delicious and decadent. The ribs were also not served hot enough so seemed a bit lackluster but the corn pudding and corn nut garnish were really good . We were there later in the evening so maybe that is why some of the food was closer to room temp? Overall a cool spot that we would try again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food and easy and free parking. Sat at a table in the bar as it is quieter than the dining room. Charles the owner is very solicitous and the bartender who served us was excellent. Good value too.