While Asheville may be known for its abundance of breweries and relaxed, yet scrumptious, eateries such as Chai Pani, there are several restaurants that are perfect for a special night out.
These are the restaurants that should be top of mind when you have something to celebrate, whether it’s a special birthday or anniversary, a life milestone like graduating from UNCA, a long-awaited promotion, or maybe you are overdue for a night on the town.
All of the restaurants mentioned in our guide to fine dining in Asheville have excellent food, ambiance and service.
And all are very different from one another. There are so many nice restaurants in Asheville and you really can’t go wrong with any on this list.
A Quick Note…
One thing we want to point out is that ‘fine dining’ and ‘high-end’ don’t carry quite as much weight in Asheville compared to bigger, more metropolitan cities. Save for a few restaurants on the Biltmore Estate, there aren’t any dress codes or even expectations at our nicer eateries. It’s ‘Asheville formal‘, which can include anything from a suit to hiking boots.
MAP OF ASHEVILLE’S RESTAURANTS For Fine Dining
A GUIDE TO THE BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANTS IN ASHEVILLE, NC
Classic American steakhouse featuring a live-fire dining experience
Asheville Proper is an exceptional steakhouse in downtown Asheville. Their specialty is steak cooked over an open flame, which not only creates such a wonderful flavor experience but a full sensory one, too. It’s the perfect restaurant for a date night.
Asheville Proper’s menu showcases an array of culinary delights. From delicious small plates and refreshing salads to enticing non-beef options like duck, fish, and a tofu ‘steak,’ there is something to please every palate.
The star of the show, however, remains their selection of fire-flamed steaks, with the ribeye standing out as an excellent choice. Each steak comes with the option to choose a sauce, while the sides, served à la carte, consistently impress with their quality and flavor.
The location is absolutely stunning, with marble floors, high ceilings and gorgeous light fixtures over the bar. Combining elements of trendiness, sophistication, and historical charm, it sets the stage for a remarkable dining experience.
For those seeking the ultimate culinary adventure, try the chef’s tasting menu. It’s available Sunday through Thursday (closed on Tuesday.)
Be sure to make reservations at Asheville Proper in advance.
Upscale Indian restaurant in Biltmore Village
Andaaz is an Indian fine dining restaurant located just a few miles south of downtown. It’s one of the most gorgeous restaurants in Asheville and has what we think is the best service of all. Everything at Andaaz, from the atmosphere to the service, presentation and flavors are what you’d expect of a fancy restaurant in Asheville.
The menu features a wide variety of traditional Indian dishes, including Tandoori Chicken, Biryani, Vindaloo, and more. We particularly love their Shrimp Tikka Masala and their Saag Paneer. Andaaz also has a Thali platter option, which is a great way to try a little bit of everything. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the goat meat curry!
Reservations at Andaaz are recommended, as Andaaz can get quite busy, especially on weekends. Another way to enjoy Andaaz is to stop by for their daily lunch buffet. It’s a great way to enjoy several of their wonderful dishes.
Bull and Beggar
French-inspired restaurant in the River Arts District
The Bull and Beggar is such an unexpected gem in the River Arts District. It’s tucked between artist studios near Wedge Brewing and doesn’t look like much from the outside. But the charm and ambiance inside will blow you away.
The French-inspired menu at Bull and Beggar is small but delightful. Crowd favorites include their oysters, bread with charred onion butter and steak frites. If you are looking for a memorable night out, order the 34oz bone-in ribeye. It is dry-aged for 30 days and served with butter, roast potatoes and salad.
The inside has tall ceilings, two levels and an overall rustic yet elevated feel. There’s patio seating when it’s nice out that is covered during winter.
There is limited walk-in availability, so plan to make reservations in advance.
Elevated small plates at an award-winning spot
Cúrate, often hailed as Asheville’s crown jewel, is a culinary gem that has earned its reputation as a James Beard Award-winning restaurant. Adding to its prestige, the talented Chef Katie Button, who spearheads the brand, even has her own show on Magnolia Network.
The menu at Cúrate is a delightful fusion of Spanish tapas, curated wine selections, and indulgent desserts. We recommend starting with the chistorra & chips while you peruse the other offerings. The sautéed mushrooms and the piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese are also standout choices.
Given its well-deserved popularity, securing a table at Cúrate is best done by making a reservation in advance.
Charming restaurant in the River Arts District
Vivian is an exquisite upscale European-influenced restaurant in the River Arts District. Their menu is thoughtfully crafted, with dishes such as beef tartare and Nordic deviled eggs with smoked fish, potato, and cornichon. They also have a surprising yet delicious combination of smoked oysters and miso shrimp butter.
When it comes to the entrees, their steak dinner is a true standout. The 14oz ribeye loin, served with creamy mashed potatoes and their renowned steak sauce, is a sublime choice. For a shared experience, we suggest starting with a few appetizers and then splitting the mouthwatering steak entrée.
Be sure to make a reservation at Vivian in advance! And if you’re looking for a delightful weekend treat, their Sunday brunch is an absolute must-try.
Looking for something else to do before dinner? Head to Anoche for pre-dinner drinks! It’s an agave spirits and espresso bar located just a few minutes from Vivian in the River Arts District.
The Dining Room at the Biltmore Estate
Dine like a Vanderbilt at a Four Star restaurant
Please note: Only overnight guests (year-round) and annual pass holders + day passes (Jan-Oct only) have the privilege to dine at The Dining Room.
Immerse yourself in a luxurious dining experience at The Dining Room, a distinguished four-star restaurant adorned with elegant white tablecloths, fine china, and sparkling crystal. You’ll also be treated to breathtaking views, making it the ultimate dining destination at the Biltmore.
The menu at The Dining Room features seafood, handmade pasta, and seasonal meat options such as a succulent sage-crusted lamb rack and perfectly seared duck breast. Not only do they have exceptional dinner offerings but their selection of desserts is also unforgettable.
In addition to dinner, The Dining Room offers a breakfast and brunch buffet.
For dinner, resort elegant attire is required. Resort casual is recommended for breakfast, allowing for a more relaxed dining experience.
Be sure to make reservations in advance. All reservations for November 1 through January 7 can only be made by calling (828) 225-1699.
An exceptional dining experience with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains
On the other side of town at an equally impressive luxury hotel in Asheville, you’ll find another exquisite dining experience. Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn offers a truly magical outdoor dining experience.
The locally-driven menu includes perfectly cooked steaks and fresh seafood to innovative vegetarian creations. Each plate is a masterpiece of flavor, presentation, and culinary craftsmanship.
Reservations at Sunset Terrace are recommended. The restaurant attire is resort casual. Be sure to dress for the weather.
Red Stag Grill
Upscale hunting lodge with a focus on wild game
Red Stag Grill is the on-site restaurant at The Grand Bohemian Hotel, a top boutique hotel in Biltmore Village. The menu is heavy on wild game and chophouse cuisine. You’ll find options such as a rack of lamb, elk loin, and bison sirloin.
But it’s not just about the meat—the restaurant also features a selection of delightful salads, soups, and small bites that cater to every palate.
Stepping into Red Stag Grill is like entering an upscale hunting lodge, where elegance and warmth seamlessly blend. The ambiance is refined yet welcoming, with tasteful decor that pays homage to the rustic charm of the great outdoors.
Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner or a memorable gathering with friends, Red Stag Grill provides the perfect fine dining setting. The attentive staff ensures a top-notch dining experience, where every detail is taken care of with finesse.
Upscale gluten-free kitchen in downtown Asheville
Posana is an upscale restaurant known for its chic ambiance and delectable menu that highlights local meats and vegetables. However, what truly sets Posana apart is its distinction as a fully gluten-free establishment.
As a haven for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities, Posana takes pleasure in reimagining traditional gluten-laden dishes into mouthwatering gluten-free alternatives. Prepare to be amazed by their innovative carrot tagliatelle carbonara and other inspired creations.
Their seasonal menu evolves to showcase the best flavors of the region, but we love to recommend trout or scallops when available.
Regardless of your relationship with gluten, Posana is the perfect fine dining restaurant in Asheville to enjoy thoughtfully crafted dishes. It is highly recommended to make reservations at Posana in advance.
Intimate space for French comfort food and a special night out
Let us introduce you to a true fine dining gem in downtown Asheville: Bouchon. This delightful restaurant exudes charm with its exposed brick walls, cozy dining room, and a warm ambiance that sets the stage for an extraordinary dining experience.
If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, such as an anniversary, Bouchon is the ideal choice.
Prepare to be transported to the heart of France as you indulge in escargot, savor the rich flavors of steak frites, or delight in the exquisite moules frites. Each dish is a culinary masterpiece, inviting you to savor every moment and indulge in the art of slow dining.
To ensure a seamless experience at Bouchon, we recommend making reservations in advance. You have the option to choose from the inviting dining room, the vibrant bar area, or even the charming patio nestled in the alleyway.
Upscale Italian food at a cozy downtown Asheville eatery
Cucina24 is a charming Italian-inspired eatery in downtown Asheville. Their menu includes handcrafted pasta, wood-fired pizza, and exquisite entrees. The restaurant itself has a cozy and intimate atmosphere, with low lighting, hardwood floors, and exposed brick walls.
To start your meal at Cucina24, we highly recommend indulging in their focaccia with olive oil, paired perfectly with a side of olives. As for the entrees, the tagliatelle al ragù never fails to impress. And they always have excellent specials on the menu.
For a really fun evening out, opt for the tasting menu! This allows you to sample a variety of appetizers, a pasta dish, an entree, and a mouthwatering dessert. Speaking of dessert, don’t miss out on their ricotta zeppole— it comes paired with six sauces! And if you’re in the mood for something cool and refreshing, their gelato and sorbet are sure to delight.
Reservations at Cucina24 are recommended.
Mediterranean and Italian fare in an elegant setting
Situated within the Kimpton Hotel Arras, Bargello is a culinary haven specializing in Mediterranean and Italian cuisine.
Their dinner menu includes housemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, and several entrees like Moroccan duck and seared scallops. Appetizers include PEI mussels, grilled octopus and a Mediterranean board that is perfect for sharing.
One of the highlights of Bargello is the open kitchen view, allowing guests to enjoy the culinary artistry in action. The centerpiece of the space is the open-fire pizza hearth. For those who prefer al fresco dining, a charming patio awaits at the corner of College Ave and Biltmore Ave.
Whether you’re seeking a delightful breakfast, a leisurely weekend brunch, or an upscale dinner, Bargello has you covered.
Full-service vegan restaurant with high praise and delightful cuisine
Plant is an exceptional vegan restaurant that has earned high praise from Zagat, being recognized as “one of the best vegan restaurants in the country.” While the ambiance doesn’t have quite a fine dining feel, the presentation and care put into the food have earned Plant a spot on this list.
Plant places a strong emphasis on local and sustainable products. Their menu is entirely plant-based and over 90% of their ingredients are sourced organically.
While Plant’s menu changes frequently, you can always expect something extraordinary. We still reminisce about the delectable mushroom ravioli we had during our last visit. The cheese plate is also a delightful surprise, as it’s hard to believe it’s entirely vegan!
Most of the menu items at Plant are gluten-free, and they provide clear indications of which dishes can be prepared gluten-free. And don’t forget to indulge in their desserts! Every option on Plant’s dessert menu is a delightful treat.
Plant has indoor seating with an open kitchen and bar, as well as a covered seasonal patio. Due to its intimate size, we highly recommend that you make a reservation at Plant to secure your table. While walk-in guests are welcome, there is often a waitlist.
Cozy ambiance, impeccable decor, and delectable cuisine
Indulge in a remarkable fine dining experience in West Asheville at Jargon. With its cozy ambiance, enchanting decor, and delectable cuisine, Jargon promises an unforgettable evening.
Whether you choose to bask in the inviting indoor setting or enjoy the pleasant weather outside at their courtyard adorned with twinkling bistro lights, the atmosphere sets the stage for an exquisite culinary adventure.
Jargon’s menu changed daily, ensuring a delightful and new experience with each visit. While the offerings may evolve, you can always expect exceptional food and impeccable presentation.
Jargon’s cocktail menu features an impressive selection of libations. For a fun experience, try their “Ice Breaker” cocktail– Knob Creek Bonded Bourbon and Tawny Port harmonize with demerara sweetness and a touch of orange bitters, all elegantly encased within a captivating smoked ice ball.
To enhance your dining experience, be sure to plan ahead and reserve a coveted spot at the “Chef’s Counter.” Here, you can witness the culinary mastery unfold before your eyes, immersing yourself in the captivating theater of Jargon’s kitchen.
Farm-to-table cuisine and a culinary adventure
Rhubarb is an incredible farm-to-table restaurant right in the heart of downtown Asheville. The menu at Rhubarb is constantly changing, offering a dynamic dining experience every time you visit.
The atmosphere at Rhubarb is a perfect blend of rustic charm and refined elegance. You’ll find small two-top tables for a cozy dining experience or larger group tables if you’re planning a gathering with friends or family.
Whether it’s the inventive flavor combinations, the exquisite presentation, or the incredible freshness of the ingredients, each plate is truly a masterpiece.
We recommend making reservations for Rhubarb before your next special night out. It’s the perfect place to indulge in exceptional cuisine and enjoy the delightful ambiance they have to offer.
Benne on Eagle
Authentic Appalachian soul food in an upscale space
Benne on Eagle is a unique restaurant in downtown Asheville that beautifully blends heritage and amazing food. It’s actually on-site at the Foundry Hotel, which happens to be an outstanding hotel in downtown Asheville.
Benne on Eagle specializes in Appalachian Soul Food. Although the menu changes, you can always look forward to creative dishes like their elevated fried chicken served with mac & cheese and yam puree, drizzled with a hot honey sauce. Oh, and their Catfish Florentine? Absolutely divine!
Benne on Eagle is situated in the historically vibrant African-American community of Asheville called “the Block.” The restaurant was specifically created to celebrate the area’s rich history and honor Black cuisine.
If you’re up for an exceptional dining experience in Asheville, we highly recommend making a reservation at Benne on Eagle.
Bone & Broth
Steak dinner in the less crowded North Asheville
Looking for a fantastic option for a nice night out without the hassle of going downtown? Look no further than Bone and Broth! Nestled just north of downtown on Charlotte Street, this hidden gem offers an incredible dining experience.
With a menu inspired by Southern cuisine, Bone and Broth is renowned for its premium dry-aged steaks. Prepare your taste buds for an adventure as you choose from their selection of six delectable steak sauces, ranging from tallow butter to chimichurri.
Bone and Broth is firm in their commitment to sourcing local ingredients. Their baked goods are procured from beloved Asheville bakeries, while the meat comes from their neighboring butcher shop, Chop Shop, and renowned local farmer Joyce Farms. Vegetarian diners will also be pleased to find a Beyond Meats veggie burger on the menu.
When it comes to appetizers, you’re in for a treat! Indulge in their crispy Brussels sprouts, mouthwatering beef and blue frites, or the flavorful 5 pepper pimento cheese. And of course, the steaks themselves are everything you could hope for and more.
We recommend making reservations in advance to avoid any potential wait times.
Upscale Mexican spot with a delightful menu
When it comes to exceptional fine dining experiences in downtown Asheville, Limones is a definite must-visit. From the delectable food to the innovative menu, the superb location, and the delightful drinks and desserts, Limones has it all.
For a truly satisfying meal, we suggest sharing a selection of small plates such as the delicious lobster nachos, the flavorsome street corn, the indulgent three cheese relleno, and the mouthwatering short ribs barbacoa gordita. While their larger dishes are equally enticing, the appetizers at Limones are simply irresistible.
No visit to Limones would be complete without treating yourself to their heavenly churros, paired with a delightful sipping hot chocolate. It’s the perfect finale to your dining experience and is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to indulge in extraordinary cuisine, be sure to add Limones to the top of your list. To ensure a seamless dining experience, we recommend making reservations in advance to secure a table. Alternatively, you can try your luck and grab a seat at the vibrant bar area.
Fairytale cottage with delicious fare near the Omni Grove Park Inn
Just north of downtown Asheville, nestled in the picturesque Grovewood Village area near the Grove Park Inn, awaits a delightful culinary destination called ELDR. This charming establishment is a recent addition to Asheville’s vibrant dining scene, having opened its doors in 2022.
The exterior has a whimsical Snow White and the Seven Dwarves-like charm, while the interior welcomes you with a modern and inviting atmosphere. Don’t forget to take a moment to admire their wood-fired oven, which adds a touch of rustic charm to the space.
ELDR’s menu offers a blend of new American cuisine, accompanied by an impressive selection of natural wines, craft coffee, and artisanal cocktails. Start your night out with their mouthwatering focaccia, lovingly crafted by the local bakery Mother AVL, and served with delectable strawberry butter.
The entrees include delectable pasta dishes, succulent fish and duck creations, and their signature ELDR burger featuring 24-day aged beef.
ELDR offers lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch. You can make a reservation in advance here.