The Admiral

4.6
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3655 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Relying on timeless décor, gentle service, and inventive cuisine the Admiral serves delicious food without the restraints of convention. The menu changes daily to utilize seasonal flavors, locally produced foods, and new ideas. Reservations are strongly suggested, although we offer the full menu at the bar for walk ins.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooo good! Came from NY and loved it.

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vipPrestonR
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

I have been to The Admiral several times. Last night the short ribs flavor overall dish was awesome yet my girlfriends chicken was tough and difficult to cut. We left most of it on the place. They were busy and service was scattered. Normally the Admiral is special and you don't have to ask for water.

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Avlfood
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to gather friends around great food in casual surrounding. Great cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, and the atmosphere were excellent. I spoke to our waiter and he assured us that The Admiral is taking patron safety very seriously.. Thank you!!!

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JackieL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I continue to be delighted by the service, ambiance, and (most importantly), the food! The Admiral is a lovely, small venue, where you are treated like a neighbor.

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Celticpots375
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal and great service. The seating was great beside the fire. Great place.

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TraceyJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

So sad to say this, but I can’t imagine going back any time soon. The waitstaff did their best but were overwhelmed with the growth of the customer base. Initial drinks took well over a half hour to arrive. Food was slow in coming and delivered to the wrong diner. For example, a waiter who hadn’t taken our orders brought two ribeyes, didn’t know who they were for (delivering one initially to the vegetarian) and couldn’t say which was the medium and which was the medium rare. None of the dishes made any of us say “wow.” The Admiral used to be amazing, and I wish them luck in building up the capacity to take care of the additional customers they’ve taken on.

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possum
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday. Gratis goodies before and after dinner. 🤗

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4Foodies
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The server came over and asked who at our table had an allergy to bell peppers and I indicated it was me. Then they proceeded to bring a dish to the table that had peppers in it and didn’t warn me. Fortunately I asked and found out it indeed was in the dish. My husband ordered sweetbreads and was served rabbit. We had to flag down others servers because ours disappeared until the end of the evening. The food was not as good as it had been in the past. All in all a disappointing meal for a good deal of money.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, interesting locally sourced food with good service and a cozy vibe.

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vipKatherine
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience2

We had not been to the Admiral in years but had guests from NYC and wanted to show them something typically Asheville but with delicious food.
Two of us dined on the "tilefish" which was bland and overcooked at best. Another guest had beef that was "OK".

The salads were very good but not good enough to save the evening. Our server was attentive.

For the prices and the reputation that this restaurant has enjoyed, it was a big disappointment for us.

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Taxman1977
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We visit Asheville occasionally and have been to The Admiral on every visit since 2016. It has been one of our favorite restaurants. This visit was very disappointing. Our server was very unattentive and became defensive when we asked about our order. We waited an extremely long time for our food, while other tables around us were being served much more quickly. When the food finally arrived, we did not think it was anywhere close to The Admiral's usual standards. All in all, the entire experience was very disappointing, and we will most likely not go back.

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Joel
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience I’ve had in the last year. Unassuming on the outside (it’s a cinder block building after all), but definitely delivers on the inside!

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Benn
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of friends to celebrate a birthday. The size of the group changed two times the day of the reservation. They adapted easily.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I loved our date night at the Admiral! We had cocktails, an hors d'oeuvre, a few small plates and then shared an entree. We also splurged on a dessert. We couldn't get enough. Each dish was better than the last. We left well fed and ready to go back for more!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Celebrating my wife’a birthday. Table was ready when we arrived for our reservation and ambiance was amazing. Server didn’t seem too lively but gave good service. We ordered some cocktails which were really good, as well as the smoked almonds and ham with marmalade apps. Both were tasty. My wife ordered the snapper entree and I got the short rib. The snapper was bland and dry. We sent it back, which we rarely do. The short rib was good, so she ordered that as a replacement for her fish. They did take the fish off our bill, which was nice. Overall, our experience didn’t match the expectations based on high reviews of this place. Not sure we’ll be back.

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QuelSauvage
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Admiral. For years they have produced the finest dishes in an intimate setting that is perfect for an anniversary, birthday or just a nice night out.
The Admiral is one of a kind- the staff are attentive and courteous, the food is exceptional. Always.

The location and outside of the building belie the extraordinary dining experience. Don't be fooled by the cement block building on a run down corner of Haywood Road and Michigan Avenue. The Admiral always delivers!

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rudieb
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I HAD A RIBEYE STEAK DONE MEDIUM RARE AND IT WAS SOMEWHAT GRISSLY AND HARD TO CUT . tHE STEAK WAS RATHER HARD TO CHEW BECAUSE OF ALL THE GRISSLE. MY WIFE HAD SHORT RIBS AND THEY WERE VERY GOOD. I WILL HAVE TO REMEMBER NOT TO ORDER THE RIBEYE ANY MORE.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious, interesting offerings as always

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great meal and drinks.

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vipHedybell
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love The Admiral

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond delicious. Food so good it makes you want to cry with joy. Also the bartenders are top notch and the drinks are amazing. A must visit on the list for anyone coming to Asheville.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food, drinks, and service were great!

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TaylorS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent our 5th wedding anniversary here. This is our 4th anniversary dinner in a row and they have all been perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night restaurant! Service, food and atmosphere outstanding.

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vipFoureys
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a must when we visit Asheville. Outstanding service and food. And the heat was on which seems rather rare in Asheville these days. Glad the arugula salad has stayed on the menu. We'll be back. Thanks.

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vipAndyLisa
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

We stopped in for our first visit on a snow night Only 2 tables were seated including us. So it was quiet -food was good. Drinks good. Service good

Will return

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Artgroup
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A woman in the Grove Park Galleries recommended this place to us and we decided to take her up on it as it was more of a local spot. We are so glad we listened to her, amazing meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal!

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AshevilleFoodie
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice in appetizers, small plates and large plates. Our favorite was the cauliflower. Great place to order plates and share.

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vipRudyZ
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming place with great food. Small plates of interesting food to share. Innovative entrees. Compact menu of exciting and well prepared food.

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Fish
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Such a disappointment. We no longer live in Asheville but remembered the Admiral as one of our favorite restaurants there. No longer. What happened. Four of us shared several dishes from a less imaginative menu than we’d been used to, none of which were better than mediocre.

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Wonderful
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our Valentine dinner - a few days late. It was a quiet, rainy night, but warm and intimate inside. The service was wonderful and my pan fried snapper was delicious. A new to cheese on the arugula salad made it very special - Humboldt Fog. All in all a very nice evening

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Perfect to bring the in-laws that where visiting Asheville.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Date vacation weekend- my partners birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Always look forward to returning to the admiral. The food is stellar with a laid back vibe.

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vipwhycook
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in North Carolina.

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BrianD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Valentine’s ever!

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StevenH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely amazing in every sense and aspect. cannot wait to go back

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luv2eat
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cozy place with an open kitchen and a very creative menu. I would definitely go back!

FAQs

The Admiral offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 252-2541.

The Admiral is rated 4.6 stars by 3655 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.