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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

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  • #1
    Jargon
    #1 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 475 reviewsTripadvisor (475)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    715 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-3111
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  • #2
    Jettie Rae's Oyster House
    #2 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 128 reviewsTripadvisor (128)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
    143 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801-1917
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  • #3
    Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian
    #3 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2596 reviewsTripadvisor (2596)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    641 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804-3541
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  • #4
    The Chocolate Fetish
    #4 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1293 reviewsTripadvisor (1293)
    $ - $$ |
    36 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2832
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  • #5
    Karen Donatelli Bakery and Cafe
    #5 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 261 reviewsTripadvisor (261)
    $ - $$ | International
    57 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2834
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  • #6
    Curate
    #6 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4746 reviewsTripadvisor (4746)
    $ - $$ | Spanish, Catalan
    13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-3603
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  • #7
    Hole Doughnuts
    #7 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 290 reviewsTripadvisor (290)
    $ | Cafe, Armenian
    168 Haywood Ave, Asheville, NC 28806-4524
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  • #8
    Sunny Point Cafe
    #8 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2775 reviewsTripadvisor (2775)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    626 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-3258
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  • #9
    Chestnut
    #9 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3100 reviewsTripadvisor (3100)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, American
    48 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-3625
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  • #10
    Roman's
    #10 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 417 reviewsTripadvisor (417)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Deli, Soups
    75 Haywood St Suite a, Asheville, NC 28801-2846
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  • #11
    Biscuit Head Biltmore
    #11 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 739 reviewsTripadvisor (739)
    $ | American, Cafe
    417 Biltmore Ave Suite 4F, Asheville, NC 28801-4501
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  • #12
    Red Ginger DimSum & Tapas
    #12 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 568 reviewsTripadvisor (568)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Sushi, Asian
    82 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-3319
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  • #13
    The Corner Kitchen
    #13 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4547 reviewsTripadvisor (4547)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, American
    3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803-2653
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  • #14
    Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe
    #14 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 743 reviewsTripadvisor (743)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    6 Boston Way Suite 20, Asheville, NC 28803-2629
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  • #15
    Nine Mile
    #15 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2108 reviewsTripadvisor (2108)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Healthy, Jamaican
    233 Montford Ave 751 Haywood Rd. Asheville, North Carolina. 28806, Asheville, NC 28801-1659
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  • #16
    Urban Orchard Cider Co
    #16 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 229 reviewsTripadvisor (229)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    210 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-4550
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  • #17
    Chai Pani
    #17 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1060 reviewsTripadvisor (1060)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
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  • #18
    Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
    #18 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 464 reviewsTripadvisor (464)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-3131
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  • #19
    Plant Vegan Restaurant
    #19 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 758 reviewsTripadvisor (758)
    $ - $$ | American
    165 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-1827
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  • #20
    Limones
    #20 of 737 Places to Eat in Asheville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1672 reviewsTripadvisor (1672)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    13 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801-3727
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