Where to Eat


Asheville has really stepped into the southern spotlight as being an emerging “foodie” town. We couldn’t be prouder of the delicious food coming out of some of our favorite restaurants here in town. Whether you are looking for a fine-dining experience, killer BBQ, finger-lickin’ fried chicken, artful vegan cuisine or the world’s best burger… we know where to send you!

Asheville has several different Food Tours that are an excellent way to spend an afternoon eating through town, and beer drinkers will love the city’s variety of (over 42) breweries! Take the self-guided Asheville Ale Trail or enjoy Emilie & Arturo’s self guided beer tour that they have put together with walking instructions (and their favorite eats along the way).

There are many fabulous restaurants which are all walking distance from the Chestnut Street Inn. 

Some of our favorite restaurants

Cucina 24

Local, farm-to-table, seasonal cooking at its finest. We love their homemade pastas, house cured meats and delectable vegetable dishes. This is our favorite meal in town. Currently featuring an incredible 5-course tasting menu! 

S&W Market

Think gorgeous food hall in downtown with a curated “best of Asheville” including Buxton Hall’s famous fried chicken sandwich, steamed buns, fancy hot dogs, The Hop ice cream, tacos for days and Highland brewing. Not to be missed.


One of the best Spanish tapas restaurants in the US. Their chef, Katie Button has won a James Beard award and continues to be one of our favorites in town. We love their Iberico “steak” with sherry mushrooms, Spanish tortilla and pan con tomate. Definitely get your reservations in advance for this one… they book out fast!


A staple of downtown dining, Chestnut is our favorite “New American” spot in town. Try their reuben or fried green tomatoes and don’t forget to taste Joe’s incredible veggie chips! Also check out their sister restaurant Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village for amazing brunch and lunch!

Buxton Hall BBQ

Don’t be deceived by the word BBQ; Buxton Hall is putting out some of the best food in Asheville. Voted in the top 10 new restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine in 2016, we love everything they do. Try a BBQ plate with hash & rice, America’s #1 chicken sandwich with an extra side of white BBQ sauce (it is actually that good), a bourbon Cheer Wine slushie and their banana pudding pie and you’ll never want to go home.

Bull & Beggar

Killer shellfish “happy hour” from 5-6pm with half-off all oysters, clams and shrimp. If you happen to be lucky enough to be in They are putting out some beautiful, high-end food totally off the beaten-path. Their sister restaurant The Admiral is in West Asheville, their new natural wine bar Leo’s House of Thirst is an awesome casual date-night spot and Emilie’s favorite burger from B&B is now featured in their new spot Baby Bull, where the burger is just as good as the epic fish sandwich.


Phenomenal vegan food two blocks from the inn. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy their insane take on local vegetables. We love their lasagna crudo, maitake mushrooms and their delicious cocktails


High end Mexican meets Southern cooking. Tasty cocktails and innovative cuisine makes this one of our favorites. Try their “shrimp & grits,” lobster nachos and daily ceviches!