Restaurant Information

The SCSECS Food Lover's Guide to Eating in Asheville

Asheville Brewing Company
77 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone 828-255-4077

Fresh sourdough pizza, lasagna and sandwiches are served up daily. Live jazz music two nights a week with no cover charge. The downstairs bar has 27 taps and an additional 28 taps are upstairs - best beer selection in Asheville. Upstairs, open late night, features regulation pool tables and dart lanes.

Bistro 1896
7 Pack Square SW, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-251-1300

Located on Pack Square, with plenty of patio seating overlooking the neo-gothic Jackson Building and I.M. Pei's resplendently ultra-modern Akzona Building, Bistro 1896 is the perfect spot to linger over that second bottle of wine. Known for its broadly-appealing menu, Bistro chefs offer creative takes on contemporary American cuisine. Menus change seasonally. Bistro 1896 is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. A Yearly Wine Spectator Award Winner!

62 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-350-1140

There's a little slice of France… in downtown Asheville. Your visit to Bouchon will acquaint you with "French Comfort Food"- honest ingredients, in season, simply prepared and unpretentiously presented in a convivial atmosphere. Distinctive dishes for the vegetarian as well as the most dedicated carnivore can be found at Bouchon. A full bar with local craft beers on tap welcomes you, along with an all-French wine list reflecting value and variety. Desserts are, in a word: merveilleux! Bon Appetit, y'all!

Early Girl Eatery
8 Wall Street, Asheville NC, 28801  Phone: 828-259-9292

Centrally located in downtown Asheville on historic Wall Street, the critically-acclaimed and locally beloved eatery offers delicious southern food in a casual, charming atmosphere. The Early Girl serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday night with a well crafted beer and wine menu and offers breakfast and lunch 7 days a week

Izzy's Coffee Den
74 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-258-2004

Located on hip, funky Lexington Avenue, and offers a light breakfast and lunch menu to recharge your batteries after a few hours of shopping

Kathmandu Cafe
90 Patton Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

From the sea shore of India to the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest, Kathmandu Cafe is committed to bring you the best and most traditional recipe from the Himalayas. Taste the best combination of our highest altitude's herbs and spices combined with the oldest mountain's natural style produce.

The Laughing Seed
40 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-252-3445

Organic, Seasonal, farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine with an international flair. Locally sourced ingredients from area farms including their own Laughing Seed Farm. Enjoy the outdoor patio during the summer months. Specialty cocktails, wine or locally brewed beer available. Amazing!

Loretta's Café
109 Broadway Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-253-3747

Loretta's takes pride in serving soups, salads and sandwiches with a variety of fillings including chicken, tuna, pimento and olives. Serving downtown Asheville for over seven years

Jack of the Wood
95 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-252-5445

A cozy Celtic pub in downtown Asheville featuring the best in live music, handcrafted English-style Green Man Ales and friendly conversation. Menu includes traditional pub fare and daily specials

Magnolia's Oyster Bar & Grille
26 Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-251-5211

Upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. Specializing in fresh seafood and plenty of other good choices. Fun, friendly and organized staff. Convenient location in downtown Asheville.

Malaprops Books
55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-254-6734

A book lover's favorite in downtown Asheville for 30 years, loved locally as well as nationally! Great books, great food, great coffee, with author events held almost daily throughout the year!

Mamacita's Mexican Grill
77 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-255-8080

Mamacita's serves up fresh, made from scratch Mexican cuisine in a casual downtown location. Specializes in hand-crafted burritos, fresh salads, quesadillas, Baja-style fish tacos and a number of vegetarian options. Located between The Orange Peel and Mo' Daddys on Biltmore Ave. Eat where the locals eat and find out why it is consistently voted Best $5 Lunch, Best Mexican, and Best Burrito in WNC by our community voters. Come to Mama!

Mellow Mushroom
50 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-236-9800

Located in an old gas station and featuring an ecletic ambiance, Mellow Mushroom serves up pizzas and calzones made with spring water dough and baked on stone.

Rosetta's Kitchen
116 North Lexington, Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-232-0738

Eclectic vegetarian and vegan made-from-scratch menu featuring local, organic fare. Wholesome global comfort food for the entire family.

Thai Basil – Asheville
Grove Arcade Market, One Page Avenue, Suite 151, Asheville, NC 28801   Phone: 828-258-0036

Authentic Thai cuisine by native Thai chefs. Enjoy fabulous food surrounded by authentic handmade Thai art. Outside dining in season. Pets allowed in outdoor seating area. Located in historic Grove Arcade Market

Tupelo Honey Café
12 College St., Asheville, NC 28801  Phone: 828-255-4863

One of Asheville's iconic restaurants, Tupelo Honey Cafe offers new South flavor paired with scratch-made fun at both the downtown and south locations. Taking Southern cuisine to the next creative level, Tupelo serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are available at the south location and call-ahead seating is offered downtown. Come experience an Ashe-thentic taste of the town!

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