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Feb 21, 2011 10:28 AM

Fine Dining in Asheville, NC?

Want to take my mother to a really high end fine dining experience in Asheville for Mother's Day. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Fine Dining
Lynn's Cafe, Columbus, GA 31904

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  1. The Admiral is getting all the good reviews now days. Don't be shocked when you drive up. It get's a lot better inside.

    Korner Kitchen is very nice also. Table is also a good choice.

        1. re: gevn

          We'll see what others here think, but I'd probably take Admiral off of the short list then. Unless she's an adventurous 86, the Admiral is pretty dark, and can get noisy. GREAT place, just not conducive to all age groups. I think Corner Kitchen would work, as Littleman suggested. Perhaps Rezaz?

          1. re: JKidd

            I've got to agree with JKidd--I'd take the Admiral off your short list. My 89 year old mother visited us in Asheville last summer--she's a very youthful, open-minded 89 year old. We had a long wait for our meal at the Admiral--and the restaurant was dark, noisy, and very hot that evening. The food was great, but she would have preferred a more mainstream meal in a quieter setting. Table and Fig fit the bill--and If your mother likes Italian food, we just had a great meal at Cucina 24.

            Cucina 24
            24 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

            1. re: Zeisel

              agree with the above. The Admiral has great food, but wouldn't be what I'd call a "fine dining" atmosphere (although the service is usually excellent). And some of the menu items might be a bit adventurous. I think she'd love Corner Kitchen (it's in an old house). Plus, Biltmore Village is very pretty with lights in the trees, etc. Table has a nice atmosphere too, although I wasn't blown away by the food the one time we ate there (admittedly several years ago). Rezaz can be noisy, but we like it a lot. Check their menu to see if it looks good. Corner Kitchen should have a menu online as well. Fig is very small, sort of an intimate bistro feel, food was very good when we went.

      1. If you are visiting the Biltmore Estate, I'd seriously consider the Dining Room at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate. Excellent food, perfect service, very expensive.

        Or....if you're visiting the Estate, consider Afternoon Tea in the Library at the Inn. Beautiful views, bubby (slightly extra) and yummy pastries. My mother (same age bracket) absolutely loved doing this every time she visited.

        You do need to purchase tickets to the estate, be a guest at the inn or be a passholder (passholders can take guests to the restaurants after 5pm, so that wouldn't work for tea).

        If noise level is a factor in the restaurant, let us know your choices and we can let you know how noisy it is. Also mobility - Corner Kitchen has several steps up to the front porch.

        Admiral is fantastic, but I don't think it's what you're looking for on this visit.

        Also consider ~ Market Place, Cucina 24, Table, Fig, or Rezaz.

        Corner Kitchen
        3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

        Cucina 24
        24 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

        Biltmore Estate
        1 Approach Rd, Asheville, NC 28803

        Market Place
        20 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

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        1. re: NANCY

          She's a spry energizer bunny but does have hearing loss so the only negative factor would be noise. Thanks for all these suggestions. She's lived in Hendersonville for 25 years and we've done every local restaurant there. Read in Bon Appetit that Asheville was like number 1 or 2 for small city foodie heaven...can;t imagine why in all these years we didn't head up there.

          1. re: gevn

            have you looked at Vue in Hendersonville? It's under new ownership now (as of maybe six months ago?) and the atmosphere is very warm and cozy. I would imagine it would be quiet in there. here is their website, you can check out their menu. I haven't tried it yet myself (other than for wine), but have heard good things.

            but, otherwise, Asheville is a great option and not far at all. Lots of choices up there!