The Market Place Restaurant

4.6
2055 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, The Market Place Restaurant specializes in handcrafted cuisine from seasonal, local ingredients, many of which come from within a 100 mile radius of Asheville. Bringing you the local harvest since 1979. Serving Dinner from 5:00pm, 7 days a week, and brunch every Saturday & Sunday from 10:30am - 2:30pm. Our classic American lounge serves local brews & handmade cocktails, features live music, and is open until.
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VB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I try to leave only good reviews, but the experience with this restaurant was so disappointing, that i just can't not to express it. I made a reservation for a party of 4 for 7:15pm for Saturday night. We arrived at 7:15pm sharp, but 3 of us, since our 4th person was driving from far and was running late. The hostess was not able to find our reservation and she asked me to find my confirmation, which i did and it was for 7:15pm that day, however, apparently in their system my reservation appeared at 8:15pm. The hostess though said that we were lucky and they had a table for us... Which makes me feel - Why should i feel lucky, if i made a correct reservation and arrived on time?
Anyway, we were seated, still 3 of us. We ordered drinks and appetizers and waited for our 4th fried to arrive. She took some time, since her drive was 6h and she came at app 8:15pm, which is 1 h later and i completely realize that. But once again, we were ordering drinks and snacks and thought that this is fine. However couple minutes before her arrival, our waiter approached us with the question when our friend is coming and if she is not coming soon they would need to ask us to leave or to order entrees. To say that i considered this being rude is to say nothing. The start with the reservation was not good already and now we got this... But fine, our friend came, we ordered more drinks and entrees. 2 of us ordered ravioli and 2 of us ordered risotto. I was excited to try risotto.. but oh well, it seemed, that that day was not our day at all. When risotto arrived it definitely didn't look like your regular Italian risotto. It was some sort of grits looking rice hot cereal... the taste was also more gritsy than anything else, i would say not any flavour at all... another part to it was that the piri piri spicy sauce was all over the risotto! not on a side, but in each and every corner! i am not a big fan of extra spicy food and nothing on the menu indicated that this dish is super spicy.

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SW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was prompt and friendly and the food was excellent!! Would definitely book a table again when in the area!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and ambiance !

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Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive service, inventive drinks from the bar, good music - couldn’t ask for more. One of my continuing favorites in Asheville!

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JH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never eaten here before while in Asheville, but read some good reviews so we decided to give it a try. We had a lovely meal and a great server. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed the whole evening. We will be back next time we are in Asheville!

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely everything we ordered was delicious!

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PL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch. Food, service, drinks and atmosphere

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L
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed the restaurant overall but wasn't super impressed with the food. The cinnamon sugar doughnuts were not quite sweet enough to balance well with the tartness of the raspberry sauce and my BLT was good but there was just so much biscuit that it was hard to enjoy. The drinks were tasty and we enjoyed the service.

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W
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Given the number of excellent food options in Asheville, I wasn't blown away by The Market Place, unfortunately. Our starters were good, but the risotto was awful...don't know if the kitchen was having a bad night, but it was disappointing. I think because the expectation was so high it was a letdown when the food wasn't on par.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was not a good experience this time - all food came out room temperature - fries not hot and soggy. Scallops room temp. Ate separately from date because they did replace the scallops - this time scallops seared - hot on the outside and raw on the inside! The restaurant was not crowded, so no excuse.

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d
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! We had lamb/pasta...and snapper...fantastic! Waiter was really helpful. Wall Street in Asheville is a cool area. Would definitely recommend this spot.

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

While an intriguing idea, the BLT on a cathead biscuit was just too dry to eat comfortably. I kept wishing for something to relieve the parched feeling of the sandwich. Service was very good.

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

My wife and were there for our anniversary. I had the scallops and my wife had the ravioli. After my first bite of the scallops I put my fork down and almost went into a food coma. Scallops, creamy grits, bacon and tomato gravy. My wife raved about her ravioli and both agreed that this was the best food we had ever gotten anywhere. If in Asheville this is a must destination!!!

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

I haven’t been to Marketplace in a long time as i have moved away. I felt just like home again as soon as i walked in the door. The charcuterie was PERFECT. i love that they are using Allen Bentons 10 yr ham and also Sequatchie cove creamery Cumberland as i am now living in Tennessee.

We then had the locally foraged golden Chantrelle mushroom gratin, and also the PEI mussels. Both were items that i would normally or order because they would typically be laden with cream and butter. They did not disappoint! While they had their share of butter and cream, they were amazingly satisfying and exactly what i was looking for an a vacation.

I then had the fresh pappardelle with braised lamb. I am so used to restaurants over seasoning and a lot of times that is due to chef insecurities or also customer preference, however everything spoke for itself. I really enjoy seeing these locally sourced ingredients sing for themselves instead of salt having to help them along. My friend had their play on steak frites. A BEAUTIFULLY cooked NY strip with truffle and herb fries.

Personally, as a chef i have to pack my own lunches and try not to eat restaurant food as it is purposefully overly salted or cloyingly sweet, or deep fried and marketplace is not afraid to purchase great food, and let it just be itself.

A jazz band was playing during our meal. They had a few Grateful Dead covers and some good calm experimental stuff. A lot of fun.

I am sad that i forgot our servers name... he was fantastic and a lot of fun, but he kept recommending fantastic drinks so... yeah. Overall AMAZING food in a very approachable, and comfortable atmosphere. The food is a 10! I can’t wait to go back.

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R
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in downtown Asheville ! This was our second dinner there and it was great on both occasions. Very interesting menu and the chef is top notch as are the table waiters. Highly recommend this one and we’ll be back again soon !

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

Amazing all around!

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SS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent inventive dishes. Pork was out of this world, mussels very tender, and peach n ham appetizer wonderful!! Waiter was in formative and attentive. Thank you.

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CS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food great. Service too rushed. We were in and out in 45 minutes. Would have appreciated time to enjoy the ambiance and food.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around! By far one of my favorite restaurants in Asheville!

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

Amazing food! We shared starters and loved it all. Really great location and pretty inside.

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LR
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and fresh ingredients served creatively. The heirloom tomato salad is wonderful!!

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

The pork dish was excellent but the other two entrees, the ravioli and the pan-fried fish were mediocre. I have come many times to this restaurant and always get the pan-sauteed fish. In the past in has been juicy and delicious and hot. This night it was barely warm and very dry.

The desert was the stone fruit crisp. The server said it was peach but it was mostly nectarine and instead of a golden color it was pink. Lots of juice and not much crisp.

This has always been one of my favorite restaurants and I am sure I will come again. I just hope to see consistantly good food coming out of the kitchen.

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DD
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sunday brunch menu has good selection. Venue is nice. Service is good.

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EA
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Market Place. We've been having special dinners there since they first opened on Market Place. Still one of our favorites. Great place to celebrate our 45th anniversary.

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y
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dear friends who were visiting told us they wanted to take us out for dinner..totally unnecessary, so I wanted this to be especially good. And it was. Our server was charming and knowledgeable and knew that certain dishes had gluten (gluten intolerant member) and no mistakes were made, except for a very slight error that apparently hadn’t been passed on to the waiter regarding an appetizer.
Food was fresh, served with lovely garnishes, and a perfect size....not enough to feed a family and not so sparse that you leave hungry..
We will return!

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B
Western NC
102 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really enjoyable lunch. We shared the Wood Grilled Burger that had the right amount of smoke, pickled onions,cheddar on a brioche bun and oh that tomato jam really put it over the top. It is served with crunchy potato nuggets that have been well seasoned. We split an heirloom tomato salas with house made pesto and mozzarella. It tastes of summer!

Our server was professional and personable.

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SK
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh, creative and delicious! Enjoyed the quiet atmosphere so we could all talk and catch up.

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, this was a very enjoyable dining experience. The waiter was excellent. The food was quite good; however, the risotto was slightly undercooked, and not remarkably flavorable. The fish, although tasty, smelled dreadfully. We enjoyed listening to the guitarist who had an extensive repertoire in a variety of styles.

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f
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Food was amazing! We care about knowing where our food comes from so this place was perfect. Love that they support local farms and know their ingredients. Service was wonderful as well. Would definitely go again if we visit Asheville again.

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EC
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with very tasty food served by knowledgeable waiter. Worth coming back to.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was underwhelmed by the food, the waitstaff was stuffy, & the total bill was WAY too expensive for what we ate. I would not recommend going here. The highlight was the rose wine & the company of my Mom & daughter.

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GJ
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal (we were celebrating our 40th anniversary). We shared an order of mussels for an appetizer and the broth and cook were delicious, seasoned perfectly. I had the wood-grilled pork shoulder -strawberry bourbon glaze, farm & sparrow farro, spring vegetables, asparagus butter. My spouse had pan roasted sea scallops - farm & sparrow jalapeno smoked cheddar grits, bentons country ham (left the ham off as he is vegetarian), tomato gravy. Our only complaint (and it was minor, but we did mention it) is that the accompaniments for both our dishes were a bit on the cool side. And the waiter informed us that the pork shoulder dish is changing slightly to take advantage of summer items such as corn and peas. The noise level was quiet in today's terms meaning we were able to have a conversation without yelling or fighting music - and it was live that evening and another welcome factor - it was actually background, pleasant and not disturbing the meal.(Open table uses "average" for low to moderate noise, which I find amusing. I find the average these days is screaming at each other, so this was a very welcome and refreshing change). I would say they did everything right for creating atmosphere, excellent dishes, fine service for upscale pricing.

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B
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had dinner here twice. Service and food were very good both times.

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JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside on the patio. Food was delicious and inventive. Service was congenial and efficient. We will be back.

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L
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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DB
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently excellent for food and drink, and the service is stellar. You pay a little more for some things, but the value is totally there. Highly recommended.

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AH
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Market Place never disappoints, or at least it has not disappointed us over more than 5 years of dining. The food is consistently outstanding--this time, the roasted quail and the pork shoulder, and always the lamb pappardelle--fresh, beautifully presented, and delicious. (There are fine vegan options.) Servers are experienced, welcoming, and attentive without hovering. The ambience is both sleek and relaxed, so you can go a little elegant or casual as you like. There is a handsome bar area but this is not a "bar scene," never overcrowded or loud (in our experience), so you can actually enjoy both a drink and a conversation.

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KC
Western NC
96 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful
We had a wonderful experience at The Market Place. First: the charcuterie board was wonderful, most especially the pork bellies; I say that because I’ve never before found eating them enjoyable because they’re usually three-quarters fat—and remind me of eating half-cooked slab bacon. Instead, these were mainly meat—and were seasoned and cooked perfectly.

The dinner menu is small, but there is enough of a variety to please every palate. Our meals were wonderful: the wild mushroom ravioli and the mussels.

Our service was exceedingly professional. Though the wine by the glass selection is limited, our server gladly brought us a sample of what seemed interesting, and we were very pleased.

The noise level was not at all annoying, making it easy to hold a conversation.

There is plenty of nearby parking in the Wall Street Garage.

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place on all fronts. Loved the location, food, and staff. Prices very reasonable.

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Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octopus appetizer was wonderful. Tender and perfect. Lamb dish was excellent. Pork which is a signature dish I would not recommend - dry and tasteless. Despite the pork dish we were very pleased. Also they take reservations which some restaurants would not. This is very nice. Highly recommend.

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