Published by Christina Riley. Last Updated on February 26, 2024.
Whenever we think about all the restaurants in Asheville, it’s impossible to focus on one dish, chef, or even type of cuisine. That’s a testament to this city in Western North Carolina‘s chefs and restauranteurs who have a knack for cultivating unique experiences.
Sure, barbecue and other North Carolina staples (and famous foods) can easily be found here, but huge varieties of farm-to-table, vegan, and global inspirations are also scattered throughout these amazing Asheville restaurants.
That is what this guide to locally-owned Asheville restaurants is all about—our shared love for the city and its food, and why we’ll all keep coming back for more.
We’ve organized this guide to Asheville restaurants by neighborhood. Here are the sections that await:
- List of Asheville Restaurants in this Guide
- Asheville NC Restaurant Map (+ More Attractions)
- Downtown Asheville Restaurants (+ South Slope)
- Restaurants in Asheville’s River Arts District
- North Asheville Restaurants
- West Asheville Restaurants
- South Asheville Restaurants
For each of these restaurants, we’ll indicate whether or not they offer gluten-free options by adding a (GF) after each that qualifies.
Whether you’re a new resident, a frequent visitor, or a local, we’re leaving no detail behind. If you live in the Asheville area and are wondering, “What are the best things to do near me?” we think this NC travel guide will help you out!
List of Restaurants in Asheville
Our food guides are always expanding, so if we left something off, it’s because our stomachs are only so big! Kindly let us know if there is a place we missed and we will try it out for our next meal out.
- Downtown and South Slope
- Benne on Eagle
- Capella on 9
- Chai Pani
- Cúrate (Gluten-Free Options)
- Early Girl Eatery (GF)
- Farm Burger (GF)
- French Broad Chocolate (GF)
- Jerusalem Garden Cafe
- Red Ginger Dimsum and Tapas
- Rhubarb (GF)
- S&W Market
- Tupelo Honey
- Vortex Doughnuts
- The Blackbird Restaurant
- River Arts District
- 12 Bones Smokehouse
- All Souls Pizza
- White Duck Taco
- North Asheville Restaurants
- Jettie Rae’s Oyster Bar
- Luella’s Bar-B-Que
- The Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn
- West Asheville Restaurants
- Asheville Sandwich Company (GF)
- Biscuit Head (GF)
- Haywood Common
- Hole Doughnuts
- Sunny Point Cafe
- Tastee Diner
- TacoBilly (GF)
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Downtown Asheville NC Restaurants (+ South Slope)
Many of these restaurants in downtown Asheville NC have multiple locations. Our guide features them in the neighborhood where they originated.
For example, Biscuit Head has locations in Downtown and South Asheville. Its first Asheville store opened in West Asheville, which is why we feature it in the “West Asheville” section.
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Address: 7 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC
You won’t find a finer brunch in Downtown Asheville than Bargello. At night, Bargello turns into a casual fine dining Mediterranean restaurant with delicious dishes like lamb pizza, housemaid pasta, and paella for a foodie adventure.
But in the mornings and weekends, Bargello whips up a delicious brunch. With an in-house pastry team, all of the bread and muffins are made fresh.
So are all of the sauces and jellies. Located inside of the Kimpton Arras, enjoy a fantastic meal, day or night, at Bargello.
Benne on Eagle
Address: 35 Eagle St, Asheville, NC
From the Asheville restauranteur that gave us, Rhubarb, Chef John Fleer’s Benne on Eagle is focused on revitalization. Located in a neighborhood known as The Block on Eagle Street, this place is headed by Chef De Cuisine Ashleigh Shanti, and it’s one. of the best breakfast restaurants Asheville NC
Breakfast meals consist of seared Sunburst Trout and Cateto Grits or an appetizer of Potlikker Braised Wings served with Chow-Chow.
Must-eat entrees include Benne on Eagle’s Oxtail and Cream Peas served over West African Spiced Carolina Gold Rice, and Onion-Braised Rabbit with an apple fritter and roasted carrots.
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The Blackbird Restaurant
Address: 47 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC
Trust us when we say you’ll want to make a dinner reservation for The Blackbird Restaurant. Serving up modern Southern fare with an emphasis on local, expect to be blown away by the portion sizes and the choices.
The menu changes seasonally and the wine and cocktail selections pair perfectly. If you choose to do the chef’s tasting menu, make sure to come hungry! And leave room for dessert- this Asheville restaurant doesn’t hold back!
Capella on 9
Address: 10 Broadway, Asheville, NC
Located at the top of the AC Hotel, Capella on 9 is one of the best rooftop views in all of Asheville. Stare off at the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains and savor each bite. The menu at Capella on 9 reflects locally sourced and chef-driven choices in a tapas-style menu.
Start with one of their expertly crafted cocktails and wait for a magical sunset to peek out from the mountaintops. Can’t make it for sunset? Capella on 9 also serves a delicious breakfast and brunch fit for the ultimate foodie.
Address: 22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC
Looking for tasty street food in a brick-and-mortar shop? That’s one of many things that makes Chai Pani unique among these Asheville places to eat.
From four-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Meherwan Irani, Chai Pani is whimsical yet affordable.
You won’t find your standard butter chicken and tikka masala at Chai Pani. Instead, feast your eyes and bellies on delightful little snacks. Featuring a variety of chaat, sandwiches, uttapam, and thali, Chai Pani shows eaters a different side of Indian Street Food cuisine not usually found.
What’s just as impressive as their incredible food are the ecological and sustainable food practices.
At Chai Pani, you’ll not only find fresh local ingredients, but spices roasted and ground in-house as well as compostable and eco-friendly to-go containers that make it one of the best Indian restaurants in Asheville NC
Address: 13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC
“Cure yourself” with Spanish-style tapas, small plates, and gluten-free options at Cúrate (pronounced COO-rah-tay). Renowned scientist-turned chef Katie Button is the mastermind behind Cúrate, creating amazing dishes like jamón Ibérico, vermuterías, and more.
Chef Button is a six-time James Beard nominee who works with nearby growers to produce ingredients typically found in Spain.
Don’t forget to grab Katie Button’s cookbook, one of our favorites!
Early Girl Eatery (GF)
Downtown Address: 8 Wall St, Asheville, NC
West Asheville Address: 444 Haywood Rd #101, Asheville, NC
South Asheville Address: 1020 Merrimon Ave #106, Asheville, NC
Early Girl Eatery has also grown beyond its original Wall St location, and after eating there, we can see why.
Amazing Southern comfort food and a screen door are the first markers that make this one of the top Vegan restaurants Asheville NC offers.
All-day breakfast favorites include their Porky Breakfast Bowl and Vegan Tofu Scramble. But honestly, I’m just dreaming of those shrimp and grits and when I will see it arrive on a plate in front of me again.
Farm Burger (GF)
Downtown Asheville Address: 10 Patton Square, Asheville, NC
South Asheville Address: 1831 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC
Steps away from Pack Square, Farm Burger is one the most popular dining in Asheville. While its footprint is spread between four states, we think it’s worthy of this guide.
Using only organic and locally purveyed ingredients, the burgers are cooked in beef tallow to maintain their juicy flavor.
And if you’re not downtown, check out their South Asheville location!
French Broad Chocolate Lounge (GF)
Lounge Address: 10 S Pack Square, Asheville, NC
Factory Address: 821 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC
French Broad Chocolate is now what I consider the gold standard of chocolate. Whether it’s a slice of their decadent chocolate cake, truffle, or drinking chocolate, the level of commitment to highlighting the cocoa bean comes first.
From bean to bar, and back into the community, French Broad Chocolate is deeply committed to sustainability and minimizing its environmental footprint while still producing the best chocolate and desserts in the world.
Jerusalem Garden Cafe
Address: 78 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC
Jerusalem Garden Cafe is one of the first restaurants in Asheville that we visited. We happened upon it when searching for a place to eat downtown and came away thankful for the discovery.
The colorful and well-decorated interior drew us in and the rest is history.
And beyond the decor, Jerusalem Garden’s menu and dishes will take your tastebuds far away from the mountains of North Carolina. Their hummus and Babaganoush excellently pair with lunch favorites Eggplant Moussaka and dinner delights like Lamb Shwarma.
But for me, I could eat that hummus all day long.
Address: 46 Millard Ave, Asheville, NC
There’s just something about a giant slice of pizza after a couple of brews that hits just right. PIE.ZAA is a late-night South Slope Asheville restaurant that serves ginormous slices of za. Made fresh, the menu is small but offers some of the best NY-style pizza in Asheville!
Every slice is served with the most delicious drinkable homemade ranch too- which is something worthy of noting at our favorite of tall the pizza/Italian Restaurants in Asheville NC!
Red Ginger Dimsum and Tapas
Address: 82 Patton Ave Suite, Asheville, NC
Located in the heart of Downtown Asheville, Red Ginger Dimsum and Tapas is foodies delight! Servings up authentic Chinese dim sum, expect delicate and flavorful dumplings and flavorful noodle dishes. As a tapas restaurant, expect to order 2-3 plates per person for a hearty meal.
In true Asheville restaurant fashion, Red Ginger sources many of its ingredients from local farmers- ensuring freshness and quality. We recommend the Szechuan Wonton, Shanghai Pork Dumplings, and the Dan Dan Noodles- but we’re always coming back to try the ever-expanding menu of options!
Address: 7 SW Pack Square, Asheville, NC
Rhubarb straddles the line between fancy and familiar. Chef John Fleer kicks his Southern dishes up a notch by braising them in peanuts alongside pork bottarga, kimchi, and topped with a peanut chili crumble.
The James Beard-nominated chef serves Appalachian classics such as Roasted Trout and Hoppin’ John and of course the namesake vegetable, Rhubarb, makes a frequent appearance on the menu.
Rhubarb is not a place where you want to pass on dessert! Pastry Chef Kaley Laird is an accomplished and award-winning pastry chef whose flavor-forward approach will have you begging for more!
Address: 56 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC
The S&W Market is one of the most photographed places in Downtown Asheville. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1920s architecture is just part of it.
As it did in its beginnings, the S&W Market offers local counter service with causal bites. Not only that, but one of our favorite Asheville breweries (Highland Brewing Company) has both a first-floor bar space and a mezzanine tasting room.
There are five food stalls located inside of this Asheville restaurant space. We highly recommend trying a little bit from each one!
Address: 12 College Street, Asheville, NC
Brunch all day long at Tupelo Honey! Tupelo Honey is one of Asheville’s most popular restaurants. Serving up traditional Southern fare including huge buttery biscuits, freshly fried chicken sandwiches, and to-die-for sweet tea, many visitors to Asheville come to Tupelo Honey for that quintessential Southern experience.
While Tupelo Honey now has locations all across America, including Raleigh, the original restaurant started in 2000 in Downtown Asheville. Dine on Mac-n-cheese waffles, sweet potato pancakes, and smothered chicken, and enjoy a taste of the South!
Address: 32 Banks Ave, Asheville, NC
Carefully crafted doughnuts with local ingredients at play, Vortex Doughnuts is a funky donut shop that is tucked away with photogenic murals all around.
Offering vegan donuts as well as the delicious cake vs. yeast debate that I often start. Get one of each because it’s not uncommon for Vortex Doughnuts to sell out!
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12 Bones Smokehouse
Address: 5 Foundy Street, Suite 10, Asheville, NC
12 Bones is legendary when it comes to Asheville restaurants. Everything is made from scratch with the meats smoked long and slow. They are known for their delicious racks of ribs- but I can’t pass up sliced brisket when it’s on special!
Serving up all styles of barbecue from Kansas City, Memphis, and even some good ole North Carolina barbecue.
12 Bones also has an in-house brewery that should be noted. We tried the peanut butter porter and really enjoyed it!
All Souls Pizza
Address: 175 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NC
The first of our restaurants in Asheville is where you go for a fancy yet delicious slice of pizza. The geniuses at All Souls Pizza keep things locally focused, highlighting local growers and makers.
They use self-milled flour and polenta in all of their pizzas, too.
But the vibe at All Souls is very chill. Sit inside or on the beautifully green patio and enjoy the best pizza in Asheville!
White Duck Taco
RAD Address: 388 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC
Downtown Asheville Address: 12 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC
They’ve expanded as well to include two more Asheville spots and across state lines in Tennessee and South Carolina.
We’ve bounced around the menu a bit at White Duck Taco, but know their Pork Belly Taco and Fish Taco are worth it for first-timers. And if you’re partial to the exotic and creative, order a Korean Beef Bulgogi or Bangkok Shrimp.
No matter what you choose, just take your number and prepare for the most deliciously crafted tacos to come out and greet you.
North Asheville Restaurants
Spanning above downtown Asheville to the Grove Park district, these are some of our favorite North Asheville restaurants!
Jettie Rae’s Oyster Bar
Address: 143 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC
While Asheville might be a bit of a drive away from the coast, it is totally possible to find delicious, fresh, and incredible seafood in the mountains! At Jettie Rae’s Oyster Bar, diners enjoy coastal dishes from Maine to New Orleans- with flavors bursting at every bite.
Start with fresh oysters and progress to the salty briney tin fish appetizer. The menu represents and celebrates Gullah Geechee, French, Native American, and Spanish flavors.
Address: 501 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC
North Carolina is known for its barbecue, but thankfully, Luella’s Bar-B-Que gives us a delicious smoked meal every time. Start with a Cheerwine, order the Eastern style pulled pork for a traditional experience, and set out of NC with a plate of brisket!
Luella’s uses pitmaster, Jeff Miller’s, Grandma Lue’s recipes- a well-kept secret. Taste the love and tradition in every bite and enjoy the smoke at this iconic Asheville restaurant.
The Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn
Address: 290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC
We admit that this is definitely a boujee choice- and we aren’t sorry for recommending it! The Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of our most memorable Asheville restaurants. Not only do you have spectacular views of downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge mountains, but the menu is over the top incredible.
Known for their steaks, we highly recommend splurging for the porterhouse. This 24 oz bone-in steak is of the highest quality and cooked to perfection. Paired with whipped potatoes and creamed greens, we guarantee this is a meal you’ll never forget!
Reservations are required as The Sunset Terrace is in high demand for both guests staying at The Omni Grove Park Inn, visitors to Asheville, and residents alike.
Typically open from March to November and weather-permitting in the winter, the Sunset Terrace mixes beautiful views with some of the most delicious plates you’ll ever encounter.
West Asheville Restaurants
Along with these great West Asheville restaurants, there are also Early Girl Eatery and Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack locations in this fun part of town.
Asheville Sandwich Company (GF)
Address: 794 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
Asheville is filled with so many incredible outdoor activities, especially hikes. But, if you’re like us, you get a hankering on the trails for something beyond jerky and trail mix.
Enter Asheville Sandwich Company! This Asheville restaurant features Trail Box Lunches which are perfectly packed to survive even the toughest hike.
The menu is packed with gourmet sandwiches that are bursting with flavor. That’s why there really is no wrong order at Asheville Sandwich Company!
Oh, and did we mention that they have drool-worthy milkshakes too?
Biscuit Head (GF)
Downtown Asheville Address: 417 Biltmore Ave, 4F, Asheville, NC
West Asheville Address: 733 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
South Asheville Address: 1994 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC
Biscuit Head is an Asheville favorite that’s stayed busy from day one and grown beyond its roots in West Asheville. Today, you can find three locations in town, one in Greenville, South Carolina, too.
Before you stop by any of their shops, just be prepared to wait in line, especially if you’re around during breakfast time. You won’t hear grumbling in the line but really eager anticipation for what’s coming—a cathead biscuit-powered southern food adventure.
Order your biscuit with meat to stuff inside or don’t. Just remember that you’ve got a variety of delicious jams and butter waiting at the bar for you after ordering.
Address: 507 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
Haywood Common is a vibrant gathering spot in the heart of west Asheville, North Carolina. There is a spacious outdoor courtyard with ample seating, fire pits, and lush greenery, making it a perfect spot for outdoor events and gatherings.
The menu at Haywood Common showcases locally sourced ingredients and offers a range of delicious dishes and craft cocktails. We enjoyed a delicious pork belly bowl and a spirit-free hydration drink during our first visit to this Asheville restaurant.
The space is designed to be a hub for creativity and community, hosting a variety of events such as live music, art shows, and pop-up markets.
Whether looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy a drink with friends or a lively atmosphere to catch some live music, Haywood Common is a must-visit restaurant in Asheville.
Address: 168 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
At Hole, dig into fresh made-to-order yeasty doughnuts as you’ve never had them before! This place serves up four flavors of donuts, but we guarantee that there is always a line for them.
These pillows of heaven on crispy on the outside but warm and buttery on the inside.
Make sure to grab a cup of coffee, roasted by their neighbor PennyCup Coffee and snap a photo with their baby blue bus!
Sunny Point Cafe
Address: 626 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
There aren’t very many places left where you can order a meal any time of the day- but Sunny Point Cafe changes that. Doing the best at Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, expect elevated comfort food with plenty of outdoor seating at Sunny Point Cafe.
And if you are ready to brunch hard, Sunny Point Cafe has an award-winning Bloody Mary mix and a Mega Mimosa!
Address: 575 Haywood Rd
Tastee Diner is a beloved West Asheville restaurant known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere and hearty comfort food. Tastee Diner exudes a nostalgic and retro vibe, with its classic diner decor, complete with cozy booths, vintage counter stools, and neon signs.
The menu at Tastee Diner is a delightful blend of traditional American diner fare, featuring a range of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Patrons can savor delicious breakfast staples like French Broad Chocolate French Toast or a delicious smoked pork congee (photographed above). For lunch and dinner, the diner offers an array of mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, and daily specials that cater to diverse tastes.
Whether you’re a local resident or a tourist exploring the vibrant city of Asheville, Tastee Diner is a must-visit spot where you can indulge in a taste of classic American comfort food in a warm and welcoming setting.
Address: 201 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
What’s more Asheville than street tacos and margaritas?
At TacoBilly, the recipes are collected from the owners’ previous life in Mexico. Hunter and Beth Berry have made TacoBilly a place where you can taste adventure.
Using local produce and sustainable meat sources, the tacos from this Asheville restaurant are sure to please!
South Asheville Restaurants
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack is the only South Asheville eatery we’ll feature, but many of the best restaurants in Asheville have locations here. They include Farm Burger, Biscuit Head, White Duck Taco, and Early Girl Eatery.
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack
South Asheville Address: 3749 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville, NC
West Asheville Address: 1455 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC
When Nashville-style hot chicken is involved, you know we’ll be talking about one of the spiciest restaurants in Asheville! In the case of Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack, this place delivers that spice.
Dare I say that the hot chicken at Rocky’s is better than some of the best that I’ve had in Nashville? This Asheville restaurant isn’t just a place for vacationers.
No, Rocky’s is also where the locals line up!
The queue to order food is always moving as more and more people discover Rocky’s awesome hot chicken. We suggest you stop by, choose your spice level, grab a cold pint, and get ready to chow down!
Hungry for More Restaurants in Asheville?
Putting this guide together has made me hungry. We hope our guide helps you find a new eating spot in Asheville.
If you’re familiar with the area, what do you think are the best restaurants Asheville NC has to offer?
Also, if there are any that we need to add, please let us know here in the comments or by email.
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