Asheville Local Dining Guide

One of Asheville's greatest attractions is our endless supply of amazing restaurants! Asheville has a thriving independent restaurant scene with many establishments focusing on local farm-fresh ingredients, and specialized twists on traditional dishes. You haven't experienced Asheville until you've eaten Asheville. While you're in town, may we suggest the following fine dining establishments that are our local favorite places; enjoy a real "Taste of Asheville"!

Fun fact: did you know that Asheville, NC is the first city in America to be designated as a Green Dining Destination? Carolina Mornings is proudly designated as a Green Travel Partner as well! Certified Green Restaurants are noted below.

Lunch & Dinner

The Cantina ~ (Certified Green Restaurant)

The Cantina in Historic Biltmore Village is a locally owned Fresh Mex and Tequila Bar committed to serving delicious, responsibly sourced food to its patrons. Whenever possible, The Cantina sources from local Western North Carolina Farms - a commitment that both supports the community and provides guests with tasty, healthy meals. Located within walking distance to the entrance of the Biltmore Estate and just 2 miles from Downtown Asheville, The Cantina is a fantastic choice for a romantic night on the town or a large family get together. 

10 Biltmore Plaza * Open Sun - Thurs 11am - 9pm, Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm * (828) 505.7682


Strada Italiano ~ (Certified Green Restaurant)

The premier Italian experience in Asheville, Strada is a new local favorite and has recently been named "Best New Restaurant in Asheville." Chef Anthony was the creator of "Fiore's Ristorante" on College Street, and has since moved on to a new concept and location in the heart of downtown. Come savor the flavor you've come to know and trust in the new comfort and elegance of Strada Italiano. Brunch specials offered on Saturday and Sunday.
27 Broadway St. * Open for Lunch & Dinner Tues - Sun * (828) 348.8448


Corner Kitchen ~ (Certified Green Restaurant)

The Corner Kitchen is housed in a lovely turn of the century Victorian home in the historic Biltmore Village. The owners, Kevin Westmoreland and Joe Scully put their personal best into their efforts for every guest. The entire service staff at the Corner Kitchen is committed to make each guest's experience the very best in ambiance, service, food and value. The kitchen is wide open, so that you can visit with the cooks and experience with all your senses the excitement and care that goes into every meal! Saturday and Sunday brunch served till 3pm.
3 Boston Way * Open for Lunch Mon - Fri 7:30am - 3pm, Dinner at 5pm * (828) 274.2439

Cocktails/Small Plates

The Social ~

The Social has been named the "Best Upscale Bar" and "Best Cocktails" in Asheville 3 years running! Enjoy an after dinner drink on the roof-top seating area, or take in ambiance downstairs that has become a hallmark of this business. The Social also provides delectable desserts and small plates in between (or after!) other meals. Make sure to enjoy the best handmade cocktails in Asheville!

29 Broadway St. * Open at 5pm Mon - Thurs & Sun, and 3pm Fri - Sat * (828) 376.0031

Carolina Mornings is proud to be a part of A.I.R. (Asheville Independent Restaurant Association).