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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Asheville / Western North Carolina

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 The Ascot Club Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (34)
$30 and under
American
Waynesville
About the restaurant
Located inside the clubhouse, The Ascot Club Restaurant is a boutique restaurant and bar featuring seasonal menus from Chef Paul Young, weekly specials, and of course delicious food! Guests can enjoy their meal inside the clubhouse or sitting outside on the terrace during beautiful mountain view sunset.
Top review
Likegoodfoodvip
Dined 7 days ago
Our favorite place to dine in Waynesville. Food is always good, service is outstanding and atmosphere perfect.
A photo of Newman's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (516)
$50 and over
American
Hendersonville
About the restaurant
We are a farm to table fine dining restaurant in an elegant setting with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. The 4-course price fixed dinner menu ($95.00 per person, tax and gratuity not included) and 3 course brunch menu ($45.00 per person, tax and gratuity not included ) that changes monthly and focuses on regional seasonal ingredients many of which come from our organic garden. Aaron Edwards is extraordinarily gifted in the culinary arts. Each item on every plate is uniquely prepared in an innovative way to deliver maximum sensual pleasure in both taste and appearance. With our friendly professional servers, incredibly beautiful setting and amazing food this is way more than fine dining. It's a true dining experience! Our Menu changes monthly based on what is available and in season at the time. Feel free to call us anytime and we can tell you exactly what is on the menu for that week.
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RobertK
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Food and service on par with any upscale restaurant. Reminds us of several of our favorite Buckhead restaurants. The setting is quaint, clean, quiet and quite romantic with beautiful views overlooking the mountains near Saluda. One of the best "special occasions" restaurants we have had the pleasure to visit and revisit. If you love fine dining you will enjoy your visit to Newman's.
A photo of Rocky Face Tavern - Springdale Resort restaurant
4.8
4.8 (290)
$30 and under
American
Canton
About the restaurant
The Rocky Face Tavern at Springdale Resort has become one of Western North Carolina's favorite destinations. In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, under the shadow of Cold Mountain with sweeping views of the Rocky Face Mountain, our upscale casual dining experience will soon become your favorite choice for a night out! Under the direction of Page and Sid Truesdale, Haywood County natives, they have created a menu of Southern favorites and serve them in an ambiance that is both inviting and captivating. When you visit the Smoky Mountains, be sure to make your reservation!
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LoriB
Dined 2 days ago
It was an absolutely delightful dinner from start to finish. Beautiful mountain setting, rustic charm, and Chef quality gourmet dishes. Great place to go for special occasions or when you want to experience very nice dinner, lunch, or brunch for a change. Voted Haywood’s “Best” in many categories and well deserved!
A photo of The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle Shop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (678)
$30 and under
American
Blowing Rock
About the restaurant
In the 1950s, The Speckled Trout was a place to stop and fill up your gas tank. Now, you can fill up on fresh mountain trout, soup beans, and hoecakes and wash it down with local farm beer or fresh rosé. We explore the roots of Appalachian food and beverage culture and re-create it in our kitchen by preserving and reviving ingredients of our local heritage.

Join us at The Speckled Trout for a taste of locally sourced regional fare by Chef Michael Foreman and warm hospitality that will keep y'all coming back!
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fanofdisney
Dined 4 days ago
This our go to visit while visiting Blowing Rock. Food is delicious and wait staff is always attentive. Will definitely visit again!
A photo of Sunset Terrace - Omni Grove Park Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6062)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Sunset Terrace is our iconic upscale classic restaurant featuring traditional American cuisine with an emphasis on hand cut steaks, seafood and regional favorites and an award winning wine list. Taste signature cocktails paired with popular dishes from the lobster cobb salad to the chilled seafood platter. Located on the outdoor terrace of the 100 year old Main Inn, enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Executive Chef, Arthnell Barrett and Chef de Cuisine Michael Pupillo craft delectable dishes to be enjoyed with a setting and experience that you will always remember.

The Sunset Terrace is an eleven-time recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, most recently in 2022.

Reservations are strongly recommended.

Dress accordingly to the weather.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely spectacular view, excellent service and amazing food. Just be prepared to pay a premium price! But the experience is well worth it.
A photo of The Purple Onion restaurant
4.7
4.7 (303)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food is always great. Very nice dinning out on the patio. Kathy is always polite, friendly, informative and very professional. Thank you Kathryn for making our lunch outing pleasant. Martin
A photo of Carmel's Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (19)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Dine under the umbrellas in Asheville’s Historic Grove Arcade! Featuring downtown Asheville’s largest outdoor dining patio, the iconic Carmel’s Kitchen & Bar has something for everyone with fresh, seasonal menus, curated wine list, local craft brews, and full bar with signature cocktails and drink specials.
Top review
ScottC
Dined on May 29, 2024
We tried the pizza, meatloaf, and catfish Reuben. All were delicious!
A photo of Tupelo Honey - South Asheville restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3153)
$30 and under
Regional American (Contemporary Southern)
Asheville
About the restaurant
Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern Comfort Food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains we call home. We craft brunches, lunches and suppers that bring family and friends around the table and allow for conversations and cocktails to linger longer than usual. Always scratch-made, always responsibly-sourced, and always Southern.
Although our patio is available for dining year round, please note we do not have heaters.

**THIS IS OUR SOUTH ASHEVILLE LOCATION. TO MAKE A RESERVATION DOWNTOWN, PLEASE VISIT THAT LOCATION. THANK YOU.**
Top review
CandyE
Dined 5 days ago
We sat outside and the service and food was great!!
A photo of ELDR Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (281)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Chef Eric, a Spruce Pine, NC, native and a fixture on Asheville’s local food scene for over 15 years, brings his signature culinary talents as well as his love of seasonal, Appalachian, and heritage-raised ingredients to every dish on the menu.

Our light-filled & airy North Asheville restaurant features new American cuisine that focuses on an ingredients-driven menu, natural wine, craft coffee & cocktails.

Lunch: Wednesday-Friday 11am-4pm
Dinner: Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-9pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday ONLY 9am-2:30pm
Pizza Night: Monday 3pm-the dough runs out!

We can’t wait to serve you!
Top review
JeremyG
Dined 6 days ago
A true hidden gem in Asheville the atmosphere was fantastic and the food was even better. Highly recommend. 
A photo of Hemingway's Cuba restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2686)
$30 and under
Cuban
Asheville
About the restaurant
Recognized as the best Cuban food in the state of North Carolina by Big 7 Travel, come savor our savory Cuban dinner menu in Asheville, North Carolina. We pair traditional Cuban cuisine with Asheville flair to deliver an experience that keeps you coming back for more. Paired with the stunning panoramic views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Hemingway's Cuba is a favorite Asheville restaurant and rooftop bar for visitors and locals alike.

Thank you for booking your reservation at Hemingway’s Cuba! We look forward to having you. If you’d like to sit on our rooftop terrace, please put your request in the notes. Please note that terrace seating is not guaranteed due to high demand and weather restrictions.
Book Hemingway's Winter Cabanas here: https://bit.ly/47gYW1m
Top review
StanPvip
Dined 2 days ago
Server friendly…attentive….helpful….Service very prompt….just one note…if you’re looking for a quiet low key dinner…. not here…outside rooftop very much a lively “club”vibe.. not a complaint …gust an helpful fyi..Food very good and substantial portions…
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