Delicious entrees like pecan-ginger crusted chicken and mountain trout with romesco sauce are on the menu at Sourwood Inn and always bring rave reviews from our guests!  But with over 250 local restaurants in Asheville, we know you want to experience the gourmet fare that all the foodies are talking about.  Farm to table dining has been a slowly growing trend in the US, but in Asheville, that practice is the foundation of culinary excellence and has been for years.  Chefs purchase local agriculture in order to offer the freshest organic cuisine possible.  With this in mind, we’re recommending our picks for the top five best Asheville restaurants..

Tupelo Honey Cafe

Tupelo Honey Cafe AshevilleAn Asheville tradition, brimming with the ambience of dark hardwood floors, pale mustard walls and fresh flowers on bistro table tops, Tupelo Honey Cafe is a local favorite.  Southern cooking with a creative spin is the trademark of this restaurant icon!   Made from scratch, farm fresh recipes put this restaurant on your not to be missed list.

12 Bones Smokehouse

There is good reason that President Obama has eaten at 12 Bones Smokehouse both times he was in Asheville!  This barbeque hotspot has been a local favorite for years.  Only open for lunch and early dinner ( closes at 4:00 PM), their menu features a range of tasty smoked meats (baby back ribs, chicken, pulled pork, turkey, and beef brisket) as well as vegetarian items.  In a very casual laid back atmosphere, this is the place to go for great barbeque.


Having been nominated twice for the prestigious culinary James Beard Award, Curate offers authentic Spanish tapas.  Before choosing Asheville to debut her outstanding restaurant, chef Katie Button studied at the El Bulli in Spain and with Jean-Georges in New York.  With the menu filled with dozens of lovely small tapas and a warm dining atmosphere, you may feel you’ve slipped away to the tapas bars of San Sebastian,Spain.  It’s one of our favorite picks from the five best Asheville restaurants.

Posana Cafe

Voted by Wine Spectator magazine as one of the best places to have wine in Asheville, Posana Cafe, serving contemporary cuisine, is owned by executive chef, Peter Pollay.  Having worked with Wolfgang Puck for many years Pollay’s philosophy is simple- combine local premium ingredients and pair them with a winning menu and exceptional hospitality.   A nice surprise is the flavorful gluten free menu offerings-a real treat for those who suffer from food allergies.  Savor Heritage Farms smoked tenderloin or seared duck breast as you enjoy the view of historic Pack Square. This lovely restaurant is one of our favorites!

Sunny Point Cafe AshevilleSunny Point Cafe

This charming small cafe values fresh produce so much they have their own garden!  Family owned, Sunny Point serves upscale comfort food from dusk til dawn and is particularly known for its breakfasts served anytime.  Huevos rancheros are fabulous, but you can just close your eyes and point to any item on the menu. You can’t go wrong. You might have a wait, but it’s well worth it! With great hospitality, organic foods, and reasonable prices this restaurant easily makes our list of five best Asheville restaurants.