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About Writer's Bistro at the Renaissance
Farm to Table dining with a variety of local flavor and ingredients. Inspired by North Carolina's rich literary history. Our restaurant offers a casual chic environment to enjoy a meal with the freshest ingredients.
Asheville, NC 28801
Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic, Dessert
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am.
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 1:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
The Private Dining Room at the Writer's Bistro is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner with friends, a wedding rehearsal dinner or a celebration of any kind. Reserve our Private Dining Room for your special event and we'll make it a meal to remember!
Private Party Contact:
Silvio: (828) 219-3022
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Writer's Bistro at the Renaissance Ratings and Reviews
What a hidden gem! There are so many Asheville based restaurants on OpenTable and I rely on OpenTable for everything. This restaurant was awesome. Great food and service. No one was there! Two tables and that was it. Sure its not on the main strip on Broadway, but I recommend making the stop.
It was a disappointing meal for a number of reasons. First we were told that there would be a 45 minute wait for food from the kitchen because they had a large table that was overwhelming the kitchen. Since we didn't think we could get last minute reservations elsewhere, we decided to stay. We ordered salads which it was thought might be simpler for the staff to handle. They came in a reasonable time and we were told we could safely order entrees - so we did. They came immediately- we were still eating our salads. The food got cold.... when were asked if we were pleased with our meal, we expressed our disappointment. After a while a young man asked us again. He walked away while we were still talking. We later were told he was the manager. The food was fine, I imagine, if it was warm. The staff was polite but they seemed very ill prepared to run a fine food establishment.
The true high point of this restaurant is the staff, friendly and attentive. If you were staying in the hotel and were looking for a quick place to eat, I could recommend the Writer's Bistro. The food was plated nicely but was just average in taste and a little over priced.
We made a late decision to go to Asheville for Valentine's Day weekend and were unable to get reservations at our favorite restaurants. It was a happy mistake because we had a wonderful time at Writer's Bistro. It was a quiet, romantic setting. The food and service were both perfect. We were pleasantly surprised and Writer's Bistro will now definitely be one of those "favorite restaurants."
My husband and I were going to be in Asheville for Christmas so we made our 5:00 dinner reservations through OpenTable the week before. When we got there at 5:00, we were told they didn't have any reservations available until 7:00. I told them I had reservations and they were made through OT. The host said "Oh, well we can't get into our OpenTable reservation site." But, they did go ahead and seat us, even though we felt a little like they didn't believe us. I had called several days before to find out what would be on the menu and was told they would be serving from the regular menu. After looking at it online, we decided we would go ahead make our reservations. When we were seated, the waitress said "Go ahead to the buffet when you are ready." Buffet? We weren't told of a buffet but we thought "a Christmas buffet might be nice so we proceeded up there. Much to our great shock and disappointment, there was a bowl of mixed greens and salad toppings, a pan of mixed vegetables, a pan of mashed potatoes and our choice of salmon and roast beef that looked like it was leftover from the day before and was sliced about 1 mm thick. It was dry and tough. There was a selection of 3 different pies for dessert. Then, to top it off, it was $28 apiece! We were both extremely disappointed in our Christmas "dinner" We would have made reservations elsewhere if we had known this was what we were going to be served. We could have even gone to Bob Evans for a turkey and dressing dinner which would have been a lot tastier and a lot cheaper. Needless to say, we will not be going back to The Writer's Bistro nor will we be recommending it to anyone else.
Arriving at the Renaissance Marriott after the main dining period, we were hungry but too tired to venture far so we decided to try this in-hotel spot for a light dinner. Service was attentive (which I guess one would expect since only a few tables were occupied), and our server was very helpful in recommending a pleasing glass of wine. We chose a combination of appetizers and everything was excellent! The grilled asparagus with balsamic glaze was exceptional, as was the bread and flavored butter. We would definitely return.
Staff made sure our orders were taken and dinner was served in a timely fashion. So we didn't feel rushed to make a show at Asheville Community Theater. Loved the convenience of being able to park, eat and do theater all in the same area! We'll do this again!!
We showed up for dinner on time for our reservation and were promptly seated. They were not busy or rushed at all. After 20 minutes waiting for a waitress to stop by our table for an initial introduction and contact, I finally asked another waitress to see if she could find out who was assigned to our table. Shortly thereafter, a manager came out from the back, spoke to another waitress, and pointed to our table. The waitress shrugged and the manager returned to the kitchen. After seven more minutes, 27 minutes after being seated, we left the restaurant. We never were greeted nor spoken to nor ever met our waitress. I am easy-going, not a complainer, and not high-maintenance, but this is unacceptable and we will not return to this restaurant.
We ordered the porterhouse pork chop and I'm quite certain it was pre-grilled and frozen and all they did was reheat it. It had the most peculiar texture and the color was a bit off-putting. The tomato purée that was along side it may as well have been canned tomato sauce - but I think I've tasted better canned tomato sauce. The kale was yellow! And tasted too vinegary. The chicken dish came a top what I believe was supposed to be risotto, but I'm still not sure what that was. It had a gravy sloppily poured over the top of everything with bits of what I thought were mushrooms but had more of meat-like texture. It all tasted a bit like black licorice. I was very happy that the hotel comped our meal without any hassle.
The menu is limited, but was varied. The food quality and quantity was good and fair value for money. Our server was chatty and efficient.
The wine list was limited and they had run out of the wine we wanted, but the substitute wine was OK.
Overall, we had a good experience, especially as we were hotel residents at the time and it was cold, snowy and windy outside!
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