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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Asheville / Western North Carolina

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems in Asheville / Western North Carolina? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1662)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Highlands / Sapphire
About the restaurant
Internationally recognized Chef Wolfgang invites you to dine in his garden pavilion or by the fireside in a historic home. Recipient of the Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" for the past years, our wine list features over 1000 wines. Eclectic Contemporary American Cuisine with a New Orleans flair, Seafood and Steaks. Nestled amongst the rhododendrons on the historic main street of Highlands. Southern Living : “Best Place for Dinner in Highlands.
”Our State” magazine named Wolfgang’s Restaurant &
Wine Bistro the place you must eat in Macon County,.
Featured in Southern Living, Southern Accents, WNC Magazine, and Outside Magazine.
Elected Member of Academy of Chefs
Certified Executive Chef
Member Texas Culinary Olympic Team
Voted Jamaican and Texas Chef of the Year
Chaine des Rotisseurs
Top review
RichardD
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful dining experience with delicious upscale cuisine. Highly recommend!
A photo of Claywood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (140)
$31 to $50
French / American
Hendersonville
About the restaurant
Claywood is a popular wine and whiskey bar in downtown Hendersonville, where owner Carly Buntin has created a large welcoming space that encourages people to engage with one another—as in, talk and laugh and share, and not stare at a phone. Whether that involves a couple, a family, a group of friends or even complete strangers who are open to chance encounters, Claywood invites connection.

Claywood’s food menu features a variety of artisan charcuterie boards, which include hearty selections of meats and cheeses.

The whiskey menu is similarly impressive and the wine menu includes a brilliant offering of old world wines.
If you’re free for Sunday brunch, check out Claywood’s exotic meat carving station, which could include elk, antelope, wild boar, venison or pheasant, which pair well with its mimosa and “mary” beverage boards.

And if that doesn’t give you something to talk about, we don’t know what will!
Top review
RyanO
Dined 1 day ago
Absolutely fabulous exquisite palate! Overlook the town construction happening on 7th Avenue and MAKE YOUR WAY to this outstanding experience! I took my husband here for Fathers Day! Our waitress was “Gen Eric” aka Taylor! She was absolutely outstanding. The food is FRESH, full of flavor and the ones who prepare your TAPAS or charcuterie will make you grin ear to ear! Whatever the staff recommend I highly encourage. The espresso martini will be unlike anything you ever had. This establishment is quite unique when it comes to “taste” What you consume is a work of art—to the eye, the nares, and your palate! The price is exquisite I am sure for some. However, what you get is unique, divine and absolutely fresh! I cannot wait to come back! I have visitors coming in the summer but I can assure the reader I will not wait for that! Good Show Claywood! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A photo of Glass Onion - Weaverville, NC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2472)
$31 to $50
Italian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Located in Quaint Downtown Weaverville, a Short Drive North of Asheville.
Glass Onion Serves Northern Italian Fare Simply Prepared Using Mostly Local, Organic & Sustainable Products From Area Farmers & Vendors.
Open for Dine-in Wed-Sun 5-8pm Last Seating is 8pm
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Always delicious! A favorite restaurant for special days and guests.
A photo of Little D's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (346)
$30 and under
American
Asheville
About the restaurant

Executive Chef Owen McGlynn
Chef de Cuisine Faith Hall

COOK WITH INTENTION
We’re all about cooking with intention and purposeful ingredients to deliver a depth of flavor. Slowing down to do something well makes the enjoyment of great food and good conversation that much better.
EAT WITH THE SEASONS
Our food is straightforward and authentic. Our sharable plates change seasonally as we celebrate locally‐sourced produce at its prime. Seasonal eating is a delicious and sustainable way to support your local food purveyors and enjoy both recognizable flavors, as well as the unexpected.
YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS
We hope to be that third place for you to gather and catch up over a delicious meal and craft cocktails.
Owned and operated by the friendly and energetic couple, Owen and Mindi McGlynn of Asheville Proper, they wanted to create an inviting and easygoing space just for locals, located in North Asheville, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown life.
Top review
Molly
Dined 4 days ago
Love this neighborhood spot. I like that there is variety in the menu. Wait staff is friendly and helpful. It's pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Nice list of non-alcoholic drinks.
A photo of Reid's Cafe and Catering restaurant
4.7
4.7 (569)
$31 to $50
American
Banner Elk
About the restaurant

Reid’s Cafe is located in beautiful Sugar Mountain, NC. We love the intentional, the specific, and the well-cared-for. We work closely with our local farms and purveyors to curate fresh, seasonal menus that feature regionally sourced meats, a rotation of fresh oysters and select seafood. All of our breads, pastas, and pastries are prepared in-house daily. Our Bar offers local beers, seasonal craft cocktails, and a well chosen wine selection. We are currently operating under all Covid-19 restrictions and following all CDC and local guidelines. The health and safety of our guests and our staff is our #1 priority. Outdoor reservations are by phone only. We look forward to seeing you.
Top review
Bella01vip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Lunch was delicious! Just had the best chicken wings! Our favorite so far. Wish they had regular iced tea!!!
A photo of Mela Indian Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (222)
$31 to $50
Indian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Mela Indian Restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina offers authentic Indian food made fresh daily from local and organic ingredients. It has been voted the Best Indian Restaurant every year since 2007 by the Mountain Xpress Readers� Poll and even received a very favorable review in the New York Times. If you like Indian breads, you�ll appreciate the many options available at Mela. There is naan, garlic naan, peshwari naan, pudine naan, poori and paratha available. While Mela offers many traditional vegetarian menu items, there are plenty with meat in them, too. You can order the tandoori chicken salad, Mela chicken curry or the chicken pakoras, just to name a few.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The food is delicious! We tried a variety of dishes and enjoyed all of them.
A photo of The Purple Onion restaurant
4.6
4.6 (300)
$30 and under
American
Flat Rock
About the restaurant
**To purchase tickets, reserve one of our experiences, please see the options listed below.** Established in 1998 by Susan and her husband Stoney Lamar, The Purple Onion was conceived as a 'third place' in Saluda, a neutral spot for friends and family to enjoy great food, engaging conversation, and live music. This vision flourished with a dedicated staff and supportive community. In 2020 the legacy was passed to Chambli Stuber and Emily Lamar, who continue to honor its tradition and role in the community, celebrating over two decades of service. Situated in historic Saluda, The Purple Onion boasts outdoor dining and live music on Thursday and Saturday nights. The Purple Onion features a variety of ethnically inspired dishes with an emphasis on the Mediterranean’s simple and healthy cuisine. We offer a selection of pizzas, pastas, seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes. Specialties include locally sourced trout and organic produce, along with antibiotic and hormone-free meats and poultry.
Top review
Michelel
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
We had company and they loved the Great ambience, food and service!
A photo of Avenue M restaurant
4.5
4.5 (536)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Avenue M is a community-focused neighborhood restaurant located in Uptown Asheville (on the north side of town). Our menu offers unique takes on classic comfort foods, as well as seasonal dishes made from scratch using local ingredients, where possible.
Top review
LarrySvip
Dined 5 days ago
These gentlemen have now been in business for 14 years. In the restaurant business that is termed a success, because 80% of restaurants fail within 5 years. Give them a try, tasty food, great cocktails, high standard wine list, and excellent service.
A photo of Benne on Eagle restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1996)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Located on Eagle Street, hub of the historic area of downtown Asheville known as The Block. Meant to honor the African-American influence on Appalachian cuisine, Benne on Eagle serves up modern soul food that embraces the roots of the North Carolina using local ingredients. We also offer complimentary valet parking for all dining guests. Parking is located at 51 S Market Street via the entrance to The Foundry Hotel.
Top review
Auroradawn
Dined 2 days ago
Benne is not to be missed. Although I did miss Fried Green Tomatoes on the menu - otherwise - excellent
A photo of Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro restaurant
4.1
4.1 (1086)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro is a unique dining and bar experience offering an exciting approach to food and drink. Inspired by classic southern dishes and multi-cultural influences, Chef Jay Medford sources from local farms to provide delicious fare. With one of the largest rum selections in NC, Storm has a flavor and style for everyone! We feature creative craft cocktails, pre-prohibition classics, local beers and delectable wines. At Storm, we believe that the most interesting places can inspire creativity, imagination and ideas. Places with an authentic style draw the most intriguing people, stimulate lively conversation and become a backdrop for the unexpected.
Top review
Ashleyvip
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Really enjoyed our meal and prompt service. Super cool decor and menu items. Excited to come back again. Thank you!
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