Asheville, NC Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Asheville, NC

Asheville has emerged as a one of the Best Foodie Destinations in the USA. Chefs are flocking from all over the country (and the world) to stake their claim in the mountain town. While you'll still find Southern staples like Carolina-style barbecue at places like Buxton Hall, the culinary inspiration in a city with more than 100 independent restaurants spreads far and wide. Whether it's Spanish tapas at Cúrate, Italian at Cucina 24 or Asian-inspired noodle dishes at Gan Shan Station, you'll likely find locally sourced ingredients and menus that frequently change. If you're looking for more budget-friendly (but no less delicious) eats, check out places like Pack's Tavern, Ben's Tune Up (which brews its own sake) or one of two 12 Bones Smokehouse locations (the Obamas have eaten here!).

While there's no shortage of gastronomic offerings, Asheville is first and foremost a beer lover's paradise. Asheville is proud of its Beer City USA reputation, which is fairly new. Highland Brewing Company became the first city brewery to open its doors back in 1994. Since then, the number of local microbreweries has skyrocketed, and even attracted some big name brands like Sierra Nevada. Most recently, New Belgium opened its East Coast brewing headquarters across the river from the River Arts District in southeast Asheville. Now, many people come to the area just to experience the breweries

Find the Best Restaurants in Asheville, NC

  • #1
    Jargon
    #1 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 344 reviewsTripAdvisor (344)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    715 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-3111
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  • #2
    Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian
    #2 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2444 reviewsTripAdvisor (2444)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    641 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804-3541
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  • #3
    The Chocolate Fetish
    #3 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1284 reviewsTripAdvisor (1284)
    $ - $$ |
    36 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2832
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  • #4
    Curate
    #4 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4680 reviewsTripAdvisor (4680)
    $ - $$ | Spanish, Catalan
    13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-3603
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  • #5
    Karen Donatelli Bakery and Cafe
    #5 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 261 reviewsTripAdvisor (261)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    57 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2834
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  • #6
    Sunny Point Cafe
    #6 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2744 reviewsTripAdvisor (2744)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    626 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-3258
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  • #7
    Hole Doughnuts
    #7 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 270 reviewsTripAdvisor (270)
    $ | Cafe, Armenian
    168 Haywood Ave, Asheville, NC 28806-4524
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  • #8
    Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe
    #8 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 733 reviewsTripAdvisor (733)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    6 Boston Way Suite 20, Asheville, NC 28803-2629
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  • #9
    Nine Mile
    #9 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2080 reviewsTripAdvisor (2080)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Jamaican
    233 Montford Ave 751 Haywood Rd. Asheville, North Carolina. 28806, Asheville, NC 28801-1659
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  • #10
    The Corner Kitchen
    #10 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4493 reviewsTripAdvisor (4493)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, American
    3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803-2653
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  • #11
    Biscuit Head Biltmore
    #11 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 717 reviewsTripAdvisor (717)
    $ | American, Cafe
    417 Biltmore Ave Suite 4F, Asheville, NC 28801-4501
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  • #12
    Chestnut
    #12 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3047 reviewsTripAdvisor (3047)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, American
    48 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-3625
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  • #13
    Limones
    #13 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1650 reviewsTripAdvisor (1650)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    13 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801-3727
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  • #14
    Red Ginger DimSum & Tapas
    #14 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 540 reviewsTripAdvisor (540)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Sushi, Asian
    82 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-3319
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  • #15
    Dobra Tea
    #15 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 203 reviewsTripAdvisor (203)
    $ - $$ |
    78 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
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  • #16
    Chai Pani
    #16 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1054 reviewsTripAdvisor (1054)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
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  • #17
    Urban Orchard Cider Co
    #17 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    210 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-4550
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  • #18
    Plant Vegan Restaurant
    #18 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 751 reviewsTripAdvisor (751)
    $ - $$ | American
    165 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-1827
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  • #19
    Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
    #19 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 457 reviewsTripAdvisor (457)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-3131
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  • #20
    Roman's
    #20 of 755 Places to Eat in Asheville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 396 reviewsTripAdvisor (396)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Deli
    75 Haywood St Suite a, Asheville, NC 28801-2846
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