Where to Eat
A Taste of Asheville
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. Try Cucina's incredible tasting menu!
Cúrate- 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!
The Admiral- Incredible and un-assuming, this restaurant continues to impress us every time we visit. Reservations are a must, but you'll be happy you made the trip to West Asheville. We love their small plates and you should try their steak tartar- it will rock your world!
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 Asheville on a Monday, their $10 burger is Emilie's favorite burger on the planet. Otherwise, they are putting out some beautiful, high-end food totally off the beaten-path.
Rezaz- Fantastic Mediterranean food with a Persian twist. We love their braised lamb shank and Chef Laura's amazing chocolate ganache torte.
Table- One of the first farm-to-table Asheville restaurants, Jacob and his team are some of the best. Whether you go for lunch or dinner you will not be disappointed. Head upstairs before your reservation for a cocktail and charcuterie at their Imperial Life cocktail lounge.
Limones- 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!
An Asheville, North Carolina vacation offers an astonishing variety of activities and attractions—see what The Wall Street Journal has to say about the area. stay at the Chestnut Street Inn will put you in an ideal location to experience them all!
From the inn, you can walk to downtown, where you can enjoy shopping, dining, and the Asheville Urban Trail. This historic walking tour makes a 1.7 mile loop of downtown and tells the fascinating story of Asheville, interpreted through art.
Chestnut Street Inn is just 3 miles from the famous Biltmore Estate, an 8,000-acre estate featuring 250 rooms filled with art and antiques, beautiful gardens, a winery, and much more.
LaZoom Comedy Tours offer a 90-minute comedy tour of Asheville featuring a zany tour guide, live music and bizarre comedy skits. You have never taken a tour like this before. Grab your friends and family and hop on the iconic purple bus and find the funny side of Asheville. Beer and wine are allowed on board to guests 21 years of age or older. Advance reservations required.
Learn more about Asheville attractions:
Gray Line Trolley (historic trolley tours)
Grove Arcade (shopping)
The Asheville Tourists baseball team (ask us about tickets!)
Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site
North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville provides outdoor activities of all kinds including: fishing, white water rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, climbing and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, DuPont National Forest, The Smoky Mountain National Park and Pisgah National Forest.
Let us help you plan your daily hikes! As avid hikers, Emilie & Arturo have dozens of pre-planned hiking adventures for hikers of all levels. Whether you are looking for 360 degree vistas or magical waterfalls, Asheville has it all. Depending on the weather forecast they will help you choose a new hike every day!
Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures
Music, theater, and fine arts
Enjoy Asheville's numerous art galleries, or take in a live musical or theatrical performance.