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Jul 7, 2011 09:14 AM

Asheville Outdoor Dining?

My husband and I are planning to celebrate our anniversary on Satuday night in Asheville and we LOVE outdoor dining. Any suggestions or ideas? We would also be open to any good suggestions for chefs' tables / tastings. Our favorite places in the area are The Blackbird, Rezaz, Bouchon, Corner Kitchen and The Admiral but were thinkning we might step out of the box this weekend! Thanks in advance for ideas.

62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Corner Kitchen
3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

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  1. I am going to against the usual suggestions here and say to try the Grove Park Inn's Sunset Terrace. The food at GPI has not been great over the years, but they claim to be working on that. My husband and I went for his birthday in June and ate on the terrace (we went for the view, not the food) and we were VERY pleasantly surprised by our food. Mine, especially, was excellent. And boy oh boy, that view cannot be beat. My only gripe was that the steaks were a la carte (my husband got that) which seemed ridiculous for the price, but all the other entrees come with sides.

    It's not cheap, but is in line with that type of restaurant and like you, ours was a special occasion and we were very very pleased. Please note though if you go that they include an 18% gratuity on ALL checks so don't double tip (like I almost did!!).

    1. I'd try Curras - they have a nicely decorated patio and the food is awesome.

      1. I would suggest either Boca or Storm, both of which have lovely patios (weather permitting).

        5 Replies
        1. re: Jeff C.

          Both beautiful patios. And by weather permitting, at Storm that would mean not only "not raining" but "after sundown" ;-) I didn't notice any shade there.

          1. re: danna

            Isn't the patio area near the front door in the shade in the afternoon? I couldn't tell if they set up that area for dining too or just in the back. It looked like they were setting up tables when we were there. ??

            1. re: Scirocco

              perhaps. I've only been there a little before and after noon. I just noticed that with all the concrete the patio was just baking. Beautiful, and a great place to sit if you could find some shade or after sundown...or just some cooler temps. I look forward to eating out there as we move into fall!

              1. re: danna

                we were there around 3 - 4pm and that part by the front door was shady. I just didn't know if it stayed in the shade (I would think so? sun seemed to be around back at that point) and if that area was actually set up for dining or maybe just drinks?

                1. re: danna

                  The original post does specify Saturday night. Also, many of the tables now have umbrellas.

          2. The courtyard at Creperie Bouchon is the best restaurant for outdoor seating in town. The food is great and inexpensive. Beer selection is limited but they offer some good wines at affordable prices. The courtyard is beautiful.

            62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

            1. I'll second Storm, they look to be doing some good things there, like fresh ground burgers. The Southern has a nice patio in the center of things and decent food. It can get quite packed though.