Nestled in the backdrop of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville provides visitors and residents with a vibrant community, art and culture scene and historic artwork and architecture. Be sure to visit the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence, walk through the galleries and museums of the Downtown Art District and River Arts District as well as indulge in a local meal or two, along your way. The gastronomic scene has taken off in Asheville, with options for casual dining in cafes or more sophisticated restaurant meals spoiling you for choice. Catering to a variety of cuisines isn’t hard when Asheville is home to some of the best artisans and farmers in the country. Those looking for a number of quality options to get the very best of North Carolina’s farms directly onto their plates can rejoice as we have put together this list of the best farm-to-table restaurants in Asheville for you. Indulge in local and seasonal fresh produce, supporting the bakers, cheese makers and local artisans of Asheville when you visit any of these restaurants.
1. The Blackbird Restaurant
In the heart of the city, Blackbird shines through the choices you have for meals, with its modern take on Southern cooking. Using seasonal ingredients from local farmers and fisherman, Blackbird has impressed guests over the years with their take on traditional Southern food, creative desserts and an award-winning wine list. A great atmosphere all round, the vibrant cuisine is one not to miss here.
The Blackbird Restaurant
Address: 47 Biltmore Avenue, Downtown Asheville
Website: The Blackbird Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 11pm; Sat: 9am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 11pm; Sun: 9am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm
2. Posana Restaurant
With a regularly changing menu and meals that accommodate a variety of needs, Posana will keep you coming back for multiple visits and celebrations. Posana’s aesthetic of fresh, vibrant and modern cooking runs throughout the different elements of the restaurant, from the contemporary take on traditional American cuisine in the form of premium ingredients to the design of the green and inviting dining room. Sunday brunch on Posana’s outdoor patio is an occasion we wouldn’t miss during our time in Asheville.
Address: 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville
Website: Posana Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 9pm; Fri: 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 10am -3pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm
3. Corner Kitchen
The Corner Kitchen holds a special place in the history of Biltmore Village, as its part of an original building within the village which was designed by a famed landscape architect, Frederic Law Olmstead, designer of New York’s Central Park. The Corner Kitchen has created a community through its food, its support of local farmers and the warmth and hospitality diners receive on any visit. Be part of the community even as a first-time visitor and join the list of supporters of this restaurant which include previous diners President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Address: 3 Boston Way, Historic Biltmore Village, Asheville
Website: Corner Kitchen
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 10.30am, 11.30am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm
With two outlets in North Asheville and West Asheville, HomeGrown is a staple of Asheville locals, serving up hearty meals with the ‘Slow Food’ philosophy. The restaurant promotes eating local, supporting local vendors and making their space accessible, convenient and affordable to the community which they serve. Be sure to drop by HomeGrown to enjoy a tasty meal which comes packaged as a healthy meal, guilt-free!
Address: 371 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Opening hours: 8am - 9pm (daily)
With a menu that changes weekly, visitors to Rhubarb are always treated to seasonal surprises and delights. The stylish and welcoming setting for your meal permeates through to the menu and you can feel the ethos of Chef and owner John Fleer throughout your visit and meal. With a focus on family-style sharing plates which are uplifting and delicious, Rhubarb mixes classical and traditional techniques and flavours to give you a meal over which families and friends can come together.
Address: 7 SW, N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu: 5pm - 9.30pm; Fri: 11.30am - 10.30pm; Sat: 10.30am - 10.30pm; Sun: 10.30am - 9.30pm (closed on Tue)
Grab yourself a craft cocktail with the after-work crowd at Chestnut, a bar and restaurant with an inviting atmosphere and a laid-back vibe. It is the ideal pre or post-show meal since Chestnut is located a few minutes from the Fine Arts Theater, Diana Wortham Theatre, and the Orange Peel. The sister restaurant to Corner Kitchen (already on our list), Chestnut keeps true to a philosophy of using local ingredients, sustainable and environment-friendly processes and above all, a delicious serving for their hungry clientele.
Address: 48 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11.30am - 3pm, 5pm - 9:30pm; Sat: 10am - 3pm, 5pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 10am - 3pm, 5pm - 9:30pm
7. All Souls Pizza
Pizza’s can be the ultimate comfort food and the distinctive combinations served up at All Souls Pizza has us lining up for more. All Souls Pizza takes their art very seriously when crafting their dough, milling their flour and polenta from organic grains to give themselves a tasty base for those pizza toppings, all sourced from as close to home as possible. Come with friends and family for celebrations and take advantage of the outdoor bar and in field service at All Souls Pizza for your next special occasion.
All Souls Pizza
Address: 175 Clingman Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Website: All Souls Pizza
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri - Sun: 11.30am - 10pm (closed on Mon)
8. Early Girl Eatery
With a space in downtown Asheville and another in West Asheville, Early Girl Eatery serves local southern cuisine to those you want a traditional, authentic experience. Delight in some homemade biscuits, shrimp & grits or a 12-hour roasted pulled pork sandwich that will serve even the hungriest appetites. Early Girl Eatery supports the local produce from the nearby Imladris Farm and continuously serves fresh, seasonal produce at their restaurant.
Early Girl Eatery
Address: 8 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Website: Early Girl Eatery
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 8am - 3pm; Thu - Sun: 8am - 9pm
A fine-dining establishment in Asheville, Table is a trendsetter within the dining space with its modern take on Southern cuisine. The menu changes daily and aims to showcase and celebrate agriculture from across North Carolina. Chef Jacob Sessoms values developing long-term relationships with the food community, and this shines through in not only his supplier relationships but with the welcoming atmosphere and intimate dining space for guests. Try Table to experience creative cooking in Asheville for yourself.
Address: 48 College Street, Downtown, Asheville
Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 5.30pm - 9:30pm; Wed - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 10:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
10. The Market Place
The menu that awaits you at The Market Place is healthy and delicious, an all-American cuisine which embraces the farm-to-table philosophy. The Market Place uses local ingredients to create seasonal menus, based on fresh produce, creatives concepts and unique flavours. Be sure to try one of their cocktails which hold the same zest, creativity and punch as their food options.
The Market Place
Address: 20 Wall Street, Asheville
Website: The Market Place
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 9.30pm; Fri: 5pm - 10.30pm; Sat: 10.30am - 2pm, 5pm - 10.30pm; Sun: 10.30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm
Outstanding meals in Asheville
The farm-to-table concept is highlighted by a myriad of restaurants and cafes in Asheville’s buzzing dining scene. Bringing together seasonal ingredients from local North Carolina farmers, with minimal intervention to create delicious dishes, award-winning chef’s and neighbourhood cafes alike are embracing the ethos behind going local without any compromise to their end results. Choose from fine dining options to more casual eateries to taste the best of Asheville as you work your way through our recommended best farm-to-table restaurants in the city.
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