Dining & Nightlife
Menu of “Local” Restaurants
Asheville is known as one of the premier “Foodie” towns in the country. Our guests staying at the Wright Inn Asheville Bed and Breakfast, tell us constantly of the superb dining experiences had in these establishments.
Our B&B guests ask constantly which is our favorite so we have compiled the below list which is based on food type. Click on their name below and you will be redirected to their website. Here you will be able to view their individual offerings which change on a daily basis.
Bouchon French Bistro – Enjoy an authentic French bistro experience at Bouchon. You’ll savor the food and delight in the wine and be very glad you did. 62 N Lexington Ave.
Carmels – This restaurant and bar is already known as a destination in downtown Asheville with its alfresco dining, romantic and intimate dining room and jazzy-chic bar. Serving continental cuisine. 1 Page Ave.
Chai Pani – Chai Pani stands for innovative, fun and delicious Indian Street Food. From chaat (crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks) to daily thali specials (home-style cooked meals), mango lassi and nimbu pani, Chai Pani serves genuine Indian cuisine 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. 22 Battery Park Ave.
Chestnut – The Chestnut consistently features local and seasonal flavors. Enjoy a salad, appetizer and tasty seafood, vegetables and deserts as well as your liquid refreshment. Kevin, Chef Joe and Chef Matt invite you to try the fresh taste of The Chestnut’s uniquely American cuisine. 48 Biltmore Avenue.
Cucina 24 – Classic Italian cooking. They specialize in handmade pasta, wood-fired pizzas and extensive seafood and local meats. 24 Wall Street.
Laughing Seed Cafe’ – An eclectic international approach to vegetarian dining. This has led to their popularity with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Local products, organic ingredients and a flair for global fusion combine to give the dishes a unique and satisfying character. 40 Wall St.
Lobster Trap – Famous for flying in fresh seafood and using fresh produce from local farmers, and featuring music from local musicians. 35 Patton Ave.
Nine Mile – A casual full-service vegetarian-friendly restaurant and bar nestled in the heart of Historic Montford. The cuisine consists of Caribbean inspired pasta dishes, rice dishes, a handful of traditional pasta dishes, daily specials, and an array of locally made desserts. 233 Montford Ave. (Note–Nine mile is the closest restaurant to the Inn.)
Posana – Enjoy a made-from-scratch dinner or weekend brunch on the spacious patio, or looking out onto Historic Pack Square from the dining room, lounge or bar. Posana Cafe utilizes local farmers and purveyors for items such as organic milk, goat cheese, fruits, vegetables, trout, lamb, pork and chooses to serve only hormone and antibiotic free meats and eggs. Posana’s pastry chef and culinary team are constantly evolving the menu to reflect seasonal and local specialties in addition to offering the region’s largest selection of gluten-free cuisine. 1 Biltmore Ave.
Tupelo Honey – Southern Home Cooking with an Asheville Twist. A pleasant dining experience begins with utterly delicious food and is heightened by great ambiance. Tupelo Honey Cafe has an upscale, yet casual environment with touches of an authentic Charleston/New Orleans style. 12 College St.
The Marketplace – Has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what they do. 20 Wall St.
Zambra – This Tapas restaurant has one of Asheville’s most beautiful dining rooms, most daring menu and one of the area’s most extensive wine list. They subscribe to the ‘Farm to Table’ philosophy and use all-natural local products when available. Upscale dining in an unpretentious, fun and relaxed atmosphere 85 W. Walnut Street.
Short (5 -10 minutes) Drive:
Fig – Set in historic Biltmore Village, Fig is a cozy bistro serving Chef William Klein’s modern interpretation of classic, pure, and market-driven French cuisine. 18 Brook St # 101.
Rezaz – The sophisticated menu emphasizes eclectic and traditional flavors of all Mediterranean countries. 28 Hendersonville Rd.
Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant – Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian features authentic Chicken Parmesan, Sausage and Peppers, Veal Marsala, Linguini and Clams. 641 Merrimon Avenue.
Club and Brew Atmosphere
Asheville has always been famous for its amazing scenery, mountain music and world renowned attractions such as Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It has recently become the craft-brewing center of the Southeast. Asheville’s brewing scene has generated so much excitement that it was recently named the east coast winner of the Examiner’s “Beer City, USA”
On any given day, about 50 local beers can be enjoyed in Asheville, served on draft and in bottles. Tourists regularly travel here to sample and savor Asheville’s beer flavors, ranging from creamy, mild golden ales to robust Belgian-style brews.
Barley Tap Room – At Barley’s one can sample over 40 beers on tap. After dinner and a beer, stay and listen to the bluegrass, country, jazz, and Americana music performed most nights. 42 Biltmore Ave. Asheville, NC 28801-3625
Jack of the Wood – A cozy, Celtic style pub located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Handcrafted English style ales are brewed at our nearby brewing facility and served fresh daily. 95 patton Ave. Asheville NC 28801
Pack Tavern – Pack’s Tavern is a fresh, local take on classic tavern cuisine in the heart of Pack Square Park. Located in the beautifully renovated Hayes & Hopson building, Pack’s offers outstanding service and a large eclectic menu with everything from signature salads to burgers, wonderful appetizers, fresh cut steaks, and seafood all in a friendly, hospitable atmosphere. Offers full bar with over 30 beers on tap! 20 South Spruce Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Sante’s’ Wine Bar – A European-style wine bar featuring wines by the glass and by the bottle with flights and light fare including cheese boards, dips, salads and sweets.. One Page Ave. Asheville NC 28801
Battery Park Book Exchange–Our store offers you the marriage of two of earth’s finest pleasures, books and wine, side by side. Peruse thousands of books in dozens of categories while sipping a fine wine, sparkling wine, or Champagne. 1 Page Avenue #101, Asheville, NC 28801
Asheville's Craft Brew Scene
Asheville Brews Cruise — For a behind-the-scenes tour of what’s happening in Beer City USA, The Brews Cruise is your all-access pass and comes with your very own designated driver!
Bruisin’ Ales — Looking for some expert guidance or micro-brew souvenirs? Check out this specialty shop on Broadway, which was named the number three beer retailer worldwide! Plan to visit during one of their popular tasting events.
Weekly Beer Tasting — Aside from the tasting rooms at each brewery, you can also visit Hops & Vines every Friday from 5-7 PM. Each week they feature a different brewery or style of beer, or even homebrew!
Beer Flights — Is there any reason to simply settle for one when you can have all the beers? Many breweries, such as Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB for short) and French Broad Brewing Company, offer beer flights so you can pinpoint your favorite.
Farm-to-Glass — The secrets behind Asheville’s tasty brew can be found in the fresh mountain water plus locally sourced ingredients such as North Carolina malts and fresh hops from mountain-based farms. Schedule a hops tour with Hop N Blueberry or Echoview farms to learn more about the beer making process.
Mountain Boogie — Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain jams all summer long with their outdoor concert series. Grab a Frisbee and enjoy a pint of their popular Pisgah Pale Ale under the open sky. Just be sure to leave Fido at home.
Picnic by the River — The Bywater is a local’s favorite with grills for cooking out, outdoor games and plenty of local beer on tap. You’ll have to purchase a membership at the door, but it’s worth it. Get there early to avoid the waiting list.
Go Nano — And you thought micro-brews were all the rage. Check out the nano-brews served up at Thirsty Monk. Brewing smaller batches allows more flexibility to create unique concoctions like Coconut Porter, Cherry Chocolate Stout and their Scotland TrainWreck IPA. This menu changes constantly so you never know what they’ll come up with next.
Mountains to Sea — Bringing the ocean a little closer to the mountains, Oyster House Brewing Company creates quality craft beer in various styles, including their award winning “Moonstone Stout”, which is a special brew where oysters (shell and all) are included as an ingredient. You won’t get the actual taste of oysters from the beer, but it does provide hints of sea salt, calcium and other minerals that become part of the overall flavor. Oyster House Brewing Company (which also offers a full food menu) recently relocated to 625 Haywood Rd in West Asheville and upgraded to a 5 bbl brewhouse, 12 taps and 2 cask beer engines. Their beers are also available exclusively downtown at The Lobster Trap, which is where the brewery was originally founded.
Feel the Burn — Visit Asheville Brewing Company in downtown Asheville for their unique Fire Escape Ale. Brewed with smoked jalapenos, this brew has offers a bit of a bite and a particularly piquant finish. Can’t stand the heat? Check out their Rocket Girl Lager, a local favorite.
Movie Night — Sip on an Iron Rail IPA while watching a flick at Wedge Brewery in the River Arts District. Enjoy their outdoor theater experience right by the train tracks. Or, go indoors and catch a movie at the Asheville Pizza and Brewing in north Asheville. Try their Rocket Girl Ale!
Filtered Flavor — Shake it up a bit. French Broad Brewing creates unique batches of brew using a Randall filter. This gives them the ability to add roasted almonds to their brown ale or lavender to their porter.
Get Dirty — If you love a good dive bar, you should check out Dirty Jacks. Serving up Green Man brews like the super hoppy IPA and signature ESB, this downtown Asheville brewery produces some of Asheville’s most iconic ales.
Keeping it Classy — If dive bars aren’t your scene, take it up a notch, or at least up a mountain. The Grove Park Inn serves up their very own brew, The Great Gatsby Abbey. Created by Highland Brewing, you can enjoy a pint while taking in the sunset view from the Great Hall Bar.
Biltmore Beer — Biltmore is well-known for their wines, but they also serve up their own signature beers. While visiting the estate, head over to Cedric’s Tavern in Antler Hill Village for the Cedric’s Brown Ale with hints of toasted caramel or their Pale Ale.