Fine Dining and Local Fare in Asheville, North Carolina

downtown Asheville at sunset

Dig into Asheville’s Dynamic Fine Dining Scene.

Asheville is one of North Carolina’s biggest dining draws. After years of getting attention for its craft beer culture, Asheville’s restaurants and chefs have begun to garner national praise. And for good reason. From local farm-to-table fare to whole-hog barbecue, you’ll find it all right here in Asheville. Bouchon, Cúrate, and 12 Bones are just a few of Asheville’s favorites you may have read about in the pages of GQ, The New York Times, and Bon Appétit.

Breakfast and Brunch in Asheville

From Southern comfort food with a twist to upscale brunches perfect for morning gatherings, the Asheville area has plenty to offer.

  • The Blackbird

    An award-winning restaurant located under the Aloft hotel featuring seasonal southern food from ingredients sourced from local farms and Carolina seafood.

  • Blue Ridge Restaurant

    Farm-to-table artisan fare, from fresh salads to prime rib and salmon en croute

  • Sunny Point Cafe

    One of the best breakfasts in the country! Lounge on their (heated) patio with a mimosa and a plate of their famous huevos rancheros.

  • The Early Girl Eatery

    Enjoy breakfast all day from chicken and biscuits to buttermilk multigrain pancakes crafted from local, seasonal, organic ingredients.

Lunch in Asheville

Experience everything from delicious fried chicken and BBQ pork to vegetarian cuisine. Asheville's dining options don't slow down throughout the day.

  • Homegrown

    If you have a taste for classic southern comfort food crafted from fresh, local ingredients, this is the place to go. Enjoy classics like buttermilk fried chicken with gravy, BBQ, and garden salads and fresh soups.

  • Laughing Seed Cafe

    This continental cafe will delight vegetarians and omnivores alike with their internationally inspired curry, grain bowls, salads, soups, pastas, sandwiches, and more.

  • Bruxton Hall BBQ

    Enjoy the aromas and creamy, tangy flavors of Carolina whole-hog pork BBQ roasted over a hardwood fire.

  • Asheville Pizza & Brewing

    Sometimes, you just want a slice of quality pizza. When that time comes, drop by this local favorite voted best in Asheville for a slice and a brew.

Dinner in Asheville

Dine in style in the Asheville area’s finest restaurants.

  • The Sunset Terrace

    Enjoy hand-cut steaks or fresh seafood on the terrace overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains at sunset.

  • Strada Italiano

    Satisfy your craving for Italian at this downtown Asheville trattoria. We recommend their Amanti pizza: a squid ink crust with prosciutto, smoked clam crema, spinach, paprika, and tomato.

  • Bouchon

    Indulge in French cuisine at this famous Asheville restaurant, from rich, juicy boeuf bourguignon to creamy, tangy Saumon Dijonnaise.

  • Cúrate

    Experience authentic Spanish cuisine in downtown Asheville, from tapas to rossejat and pincho moruno.

Beer in Asheville

Welcome to Beer City, USA! How exactly does a city win this coveted designation? Combine several annual beer festivals with more craft breweries per capita than any city in the nation, and Asheville is tough to beat.

  • Hi-Wire Brewing

    Sample award-winning beers such as their Dry-Hopped Brett Pale, Zirkusfest Octoberfest Lager, or Hazy Juicy Hoppy Fresh IPA.

  • Wedge Brewing Company

    Take in the local art scene with a Wedge ale at this popular Asheville brewery.

  • Burial Beer

    Enjoy innovative beers flavored with locally-grown herbs, flowers, and other ingredients. Try their earthy Graveflower, brewed with microgreens and oolong tea.

  • Wicked Weed Brewing

    Sip an IPA, sour, hazy, or ale at one of three Asheville locations from this national and international award-winning brewery.

  • Highland Brewing

    Sip their signature Gaelic Ale, a Black Mocha Stout, or AVL IPA at the first brewery in Asheville to be founded after prohibition.

  • New Belgium Brewing

    Visit New Belgium's Asheville location to have their classic Fat Tire Amber, Voodoo Ranger IPA, or Trippel Belgian Style Ale. 

Coffee in Asheville

Can’t live without coffee? Neither can we. Fortunately, Asheville’s local roasters are there to fulfill your needs.

  • Bean Werks Coffee & Tea

    This small-batch artisanal coffee roaster uses the most environmentally friendly, ecologically sourced beans available.

  • PennyCup Coffee Co.

    This local favorite produces excellent coffee by roasting its fine, sustainable, green beans to exacting standards.

  • Mountain City Coffee Roasters

    Purchase specialty coffee roasted in small batches for wholesale prices from this local business.

  • Round Earth Roasters

    Retreat to this coffee shop to enjoy organic pastries and fresh, house-roasted coffee made in small batches.

Dessert in Asheville

From local chocolatiers to gourmet ice cream and éclairs, consider your sweet tooth satisfied.

  • The Chocolate Fetish

    This nationally-recognized chocolatier crafts handmade, artisan chocolates decadently spiced with herbs, spices, nuts, and other natural flavors. Be sure to try their truffles.

  • The Hop Ice Cream Café

    Sample dairy or vegan ice cream, from classics like salted caramel to culinary experiments like fresh ginger or sweet beet at this Asheville fixture.

  • Well-bred Bakery & Café

    Savor a cup of locally-sourced coffee and an éclair at the bakery that has been repeatedly voted best in WNC.

  • Á La Mode Macaron

    Bite into a freshly made macaron or ice cream sandwich at this specialty bakery in Asheville. Vegan treats are available.

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