Favorite & Best Downtown Asheville Restaurants

Tupelo Honey

Best Asheville Restaurants

The downtown Asheville restaurant scene is getting even bigger and better with more delicious choices opening soon! Here are some of our reader’s favorite restaurants:

  • Tupelo Honey Cafe is one of Asheville’s most beloved restaurants. It’s considered a must-do, as much for its color and personality as its iconic New South cooking. Be sure you try the famous sweet potato pancakes with peach butter. 12 College Street
  • The Market Place is a world-class favorite located on charming Wall Street. Their inventive farm-to-table menu features seasonal and organic ingredients from area farms plus an extensive wine list and live music every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday in the bar. 20 Wall Street
  • Sazerac is inspired by old New Orleans, with classic and contemporary cocktails, a full menu of sumptuous small plates, lounge seating and cool rooftop dining. 29 Broadway Avenue
  • STORM Rhum Bar & Bistro features a warm, cozy atmosphere where the food and service will delight your senses. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, ample wine offerings, a selection of local draft beer, an extensive rhum list, and of course, delicious food prepared by Chef Owen McGlynn. 125 S. Lexington Avenue
  • At Pack’s Tavern, located by Pack Square in downtown Asheville, drink and dine in an historic building with exposed brick walls and 17-foot high ceilings. Impressive menu features everything from salads and burgers to steaks, seafood and pastas – and don’t forget their expansive draft beer offering. 20 South Spruce Street
  • Strada is filled with the aromas of fresh baked artisan bread from their bakehouse and mouth-watering Italian cuisine cooked to order. Strada focuses on local ingredients, biodynamic and organically produced wine selections with traditional recipes from Italy, using local ingredients featuring hand tossed pizzas, savory pastas, house made desserts, gluten-free and vegetarian options.  27 Broadway
  • Curate is getting a lot of buzz right now with their authentic Spanish tapas with traditional cuisine, unrivaled hospitality and festive, energetic atmosphere. Be transported to Spain in one of the lively tapas bars beloved throughout the country, one plate at a time. 11 Biltmore Avenue
  • Limones  has an inspirational upscale mix of Mexican and Californian cuisine along with inventive bar selections served by a warm, professional staff. 13 Eagle Street
  • Chestnut just opened a few months ago, featuring American cuisine with local and seasonal flavors. 48 Biltmore Avenue
  • The Blackbird also recently opened on the ground floor of the new Aloft Hotel. Their cooking is grounded in the traditions and ingredients of the Carolinas creating an affordable and vibrant modern Southern menu with a “nod” to tradition, with seasonal best from local farmers, fresh catches from the coast of the Carolinas as well as the many micro-brews and wines. 47 Biltmore Avenue
  • Laughing Seed Vegetarian Restaurant is a long-time favorite with an eclectic international approach to vegetarian dining and this has led to their popularity with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. 40 Wall Street
  • Salsa’s delivers authentic and creative Caribbean food with a Mexican flair in a tiny restaurant. The food is prepared with locally grown organic produce and health conscious products. 6 Patton Avenue

Downtown Asheville Restaurants Opening Soon:

  • Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder, arrives with very creative flavors of the “New South” using local and heirloom products with many seasonal vegetables, heirloom varieties of Southern beans, Bentons Smokehouse products and a wide array of bourbon. 77 Biltmore Avenue
  • Farm Burger will feature 100% grass-fed, all-natural beef that is dry-aged and ground fresh. Seasonal menu is sourced from local farms. 10 Patton Avenue

Click here to see more Asheville restaurants.

Beer City USA
The beer scene continues to grow also with 10 breweries in and near downtown Asheville.

  • Wicked Weed is the newest downtown brewery, opening two months ago. This 15-barrel brewhouse has a bar in the basement and another bar and restaurant upstairs with 20 beers on tap. 91 Biltmore Avenue
  • Thirsty Monk has the most beers on tap with more than 1,000 each year, dedicated to keeping their beer menu fresh. 92 Patton Avenue
  • Lexington Avenue Brewery, also known as the LAB, is expanding their brewery pub and restaurant. 39 N. Lexington Avenue
  • Opening later this year: Burial Beer, Twin Leaf Brewery, Catawba Valley Brewing and One World Brewing.

For more places to enjoy local beer, go to our Asheville Beer Guide.


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