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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Asheville / Western North Carolina

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Gamekeeper restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3345)
$50 and over
American
Boone
About the restaurant
You haven't fully experienced the Blowing Rock, NC region until you've dined at The Gamekeeper. It's a true gourmet restaurant with an engaging blend of upscale elegance and mountain charm.


Famous for an evolving menu that blends the traditional with the exotic, The Gamekeeper features a selection of perfectly prepared game plus a range of continental and American entrees.

Acclaimed chef and owner Ken Gordon brings tremendous warmth and skill to the table treating you more as friends than guests. You'll experience a meal to remember that includes fine wines, decadent desserts, and a generous serving of personal attention. You'll leave happy and impressed with a desire to return soon!

Top review
KF1986
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Tremendous experience at Gamekeeper. The game-heavy menu was both extremely unique and delicious. You won’t find many restaurants that can boast this type of menu paired with incredible service.
A photo of Artisanal Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1688)
$50 and over
American
Banner Elk
About the restaurant
Artisanal Restaurant is open seasonally from May-October end. Contemporary American Fine Dining in a rustic yet elegant environment. Innovative and progressive thinking in a farm to table approach, only working with the highest quality ingredients. This warm environment offers the best food and wine with excellent service. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Private dining room adjacent to the wine cellar available for events. The only available menu is a pre-fix style, with 5-6 choices per course, $105/ guest plus a service fee. We do not offer a kids menu however kids prepared to order off our pre-fix menu are welcome. Our Dress Code is Business Casual. Collared shirts are required, jackets are preferred but not required for men. No shorts, distressed jeans, hoodies, hats, or sandals/flip flops. Please dress comfortably for the weather for outside seating. For our Allergy policy and menu choices, please go to artisanalnc.com
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WinGvip
Dined 7 days ago
The food is always incredible here and the service tonight was amazing! Always a restaurant we look forward to going to when we are in the mountains. It’s an experience that should not be missed!
A photo of Appalachia at The Lodge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (355)
$31 to $50
American
Lake Lure
About the restaurant
Appalachia Restaurant brings an upscale-casual experience to an intimate setting. With stunning views and a cuisine that offers an Appalachian flair, you will be immersed with the true spirit of Lake Lure.
Dinner at the restaurant begins at 4:30pm.
We bring the Appalachian heritage from the outdoors in while dining in front of the stunning 525 million year old mountains. Inside, outside, or bar room dining, you will have a gorgeous view of Lake Lure and the Appalachian mountains. Boats Slips are first come, first serve. Due to the small volume of tables, we cannot accept preferred table/view requests.
Dress Code: No swimwear or coverups, must have shoes.

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JenniferM
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful experience and meal. Lamb Chops were fantastic.
A photo of The Dining Room - Biltmore Estate restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3123)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Asheville
About the restaurant
A valid Biltmore admission ticket, Biltmore Annual Pass, or current overnight stay at The Inn, Village Hotel, or Cottages on Biltmore Estate is required to dine on the estate. Please inquire at Biltmore’s Reception and Ticketing Sales Center for evening access to the estate. All reservations for November 1 through January 7 can only be made by calling (828) 225-1699.

Located at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, indulge in elegant dining specializing in regional cuisine. Our culinary team invites you to enjoy our seasonal menus with beautiful views, and gracious service. We strive to support the local community through the use of sustainable agriculture.



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BradVvip
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Hands down the best food and service we have ever had - anywhere!The staff was courteous, and on top of everything. Order the filet! It is amazing!
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Asheville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3691)
$30 and under
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House specializes in serving USDA Prime steaks, each seared to perfection, finished with butter and freshly chopped parsley, and served sizzling on a 500-degree plate. We invite you to join us in Asheville, NC!
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Great dining experience… food and service outstanding!
A photo of Madison's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2239)
$31 to $50
Regional American (Southern)
Highlands / Sapphire
About the restaurant
A Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant since 2005 with “Best of“ awards since 2008, Madison's wine list features an extensive wine cellar. Madison’s sommeliers help with selections. Please contact madisonsreservations@oldedwardsinn.com with any inquiries.

All reservations are for inside Madison's only. Seating outdoors in the Wine Garden or Rooftop Terrace is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Custom celebration cakes may be ordered for the table. 24 hours notice is required. Outside cakes may be served for a $35 cakeage fee.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
This was top shelf from every perspective. Delicious food, great service and a comforting ambiance. A wonderful evening for our group. Thank you Madison’s!
A photo of Vue 1913 - Omni Grove Park Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2847)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Vue 1913 offers guests a comfortable and stylish setting for a leisurely meal designed only with the love of food in mind. The brasserie style format allows our chef the flexibility to truly showcase the best local rustic ingredients of each season which can be paired with a broad selection of wine from an abundant wine cellar cultivated over the years. Vue 1913 offers signature dishes including deviled eggs and caviar and elk tenderloin, carefully crafted. All dressed up with an art deco decor and panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Vue 1913 is the perfect fit for your everyday dinner plans and your special occasions.

Vue 1913 is honored to have consistently received The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and to be one of only two AAA Four Diamond Restaurants in Western North Carolina.

Reservations recommended.

Top review
Sjdouglasvip
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing views! The food and service were equally as impressive. Nice wine selections as well.
A photo of Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1902)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Asheville
About the restaurant
Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse is a unique, all you can eat “Churrascaria” Featuring a full Salad Bar with over 25 items, 5 Brazilian Hot Dishes and a “parade” of 12 different types of Grilled Meats sliced at your table by our Gauchos.

Along with a full bar, we have a beautiful walk-in wine cellar with fine selection of wines from Argentina, Chile, California and of course, our famous Caipirinha Cart

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Fast service, food was on point. Friendly staff everything fresh
A photo of Burntshirt Vineyards restaurant
4.4
4.4 (65)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Hendersonville
About the restaurant
Burntshirt Vineyards presents its new Vintner's Table Restaurant and Tasting Room Wine Bar at our Hendersonville, NC winery and vineyard. Featuring one of Hendersonville’s largest kitchens, the on-site restaurant offers fresh and exciting farm to table style dishes emphasizing local ingredients with a fine dining flare to accompany our award-winning vine-to-bottle wines. We have a beautiful outdoor patio; we are family and pet friendly! We offer wine + dine pairings monthly, wine flights and slushies! We can accommodate parties of all sizes and encourage larger groups to visit us for all your celebrations to come! We offer table service and bar service depending on the choice of your reserved seating area! Please contact us directly at 828-230-3455 or vintnerstable@burntshirtvineyards.com. Groups of 30 or more must contact events@burntshirtvineyards.com for reservations. Come dine on Cloud Wine with us!
Top review
FredinFernandinavip
Dined 7 days ago
This was our first visit to Burntshirt Vineyards and will definitely not be our last. Our lunch, although a limited menu, was great. Food ingredients were fresh, perfectly prepared and very tasty. Our overall experience was greatly enhanced by the efforts of our server, Zeane’, who did a great job in helping with our food and wine pairing.
A photo of Gauchinho Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.2
4.2 (29)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Asheville
About the restaurant
We welcome you to come experience the essence of Brazil! Gauchinho is an authentic, classy, Brazilian Churrascaria style steakhouse. We offer an all you can eat buffet, featuring a full salad bar, Brazilian hot dishes, and a rodizio of 15 different types of high quality, flavor bursting, mouth-watering meats; sliced directly at your table by our highly skilled Gauchos. Along with a full bar, including the world famous Caipirinha; we also offer a beautiful wine wall to browse, with a fine selection of wines from Argentina, Chile, and California. Come experience the Brazilian way of steakhouses at Gauchinho! We promise, you won't leave hungry.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Overall the food was great, the service impeccable. Wine was outrageously overpriced so opted for a good domestic beer. The deserts were good and awesome presentation. Salad bar was okay good but not great.
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