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Avenue M, Asheville, NC

Avenue M

4.6
4.6
198 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Nestled down-mountain from the Grove Park Inn, Avenue M is a place where locals and visitors mix. And while we have one of Asheville's best wine lists and a creative food menu that changes frequently, we also have WiFi for your kid's Nintendo Switch and a bowl of fresh water for your canine companion.

Avenue M is a community-focused neighborhood restaurant located in Uptown Asheville (on the north side of town). Our menu offers unique takes on classic comfort foods, as well as seasonal dishes made from scratch using local ingredients, where possible.

Since 2010, Avenue M has been a place for people of all walks of life to eat, drink, and gather. We look forward to serving you in Uptown Asheville.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 350-8181

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andrew McLeod

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you're hosting a graduation party or a wedding reception, the food and drink you serve can make or break your event. When you book our renovated back room, you can rest easy knowing your guests will be delighted with delicious dishes and curated beverages. -Our private dining room will accommodate up to 36 guests for seated dinner, and up to 60 for standing “cocktail” style events. -Restaurant buy-outs are available for groups. -There is no charge for the rental of the space, but we do have a minimum spend depending on time of year. -We offer family style dining at its best and can certainly accommodate all dietary restrictions for guests. -We offer custom wine-themed events with our in house sommelier.

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Cross street

    Gracelyn Road

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in our side lot, next to the building, across Merrimon Ave @ Wells Fargo, or across Gracelyn Road at the church.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 198 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Service

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for Groups

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville

    Best Service

  • Asheville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville

    Good for Groups

  • Asheville

    Healthy

  • Asheville

    Hot Spot

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville

    Notable Wine List

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service !

  2. R

    704Reviewer

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    For a Saturday at 6pm it was dead, gave us a off putting feeling, especially after driving through downtown and seeing lines out the doors at restaurants. However the Food was good, and service was attentive. But portions size of the pasta dish we ordered vs cost were way off.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Just terrific! Highly recommend this restaurant.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent!

  5. KB

    KarenB

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    What a wonderful evening with incredibly delicious dinner in a casual environment. The staff was wonderful and really knew the menu and wine/beer selections. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the ambiance. I highly recommend!

  6. CK

    CKRMGR

    Western NC

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was very good and service was professional. We were seated on the covered patio at our request and the street noise was loud but manageable. The four of us enjoyed our meals

  7. M

    Madcap1

    Western NC

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service! We always have wonderful food at Avenue M. Their house made pastas are always amazing. Tonight was no exception!

  8. C

    Casual

    Houston

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The drinks and food were great. We were a party of 7 who enjoyed the trout, catfish & chicken - delicious.

  9. RB

    RBandTJ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ralph and Tony do an amazing job! Among our top 3 favorite restaurants in Asheville!

  10. d

    drdwphillips

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was great. Ralph picked a wine for us that was wonderful and all four of our party were very pleased with the food (one even asked for modification of the sides that came with a dish, not usually possible as preplanning of quantities for a night will not allow it, but it was done anyway). A neighborhood gem and we'll be back soon and often.

  11. JS

    JudyS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and everyone was thoughtful and wanting to help us make it a special night.

  12. S

    Sperbalicious

    Western NC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The craft cocktails were amazing. Try the Jamaican Dusk. They do the best smash burger in town. And the seafood options are amazing. I had a delicious flounder dish. Desserts are nice small portions and very tasty.

  13. s

    sfoldfoodie

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    This is a neighborhood restaurant and a good find for tourists. The menu has been upgraded and we found the new food attractions most enjoyable.

  14. M

    Madcap1

    Western NC

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another awesome meal at Avenue M. There were four of us; three had a different pasta…all amazing and I had two appetizers. In a foodie city with lots of amazing choices Avenue M has become one of our favorites!

  15. M

    Madcap1

    Western NC

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous meal! One of the best meals we’ve had in Asheville in a long time. I had a flounder dish and my husband had a new pasta dish…Amazing. We’ve been coming here for years and it keeps getting better. Tim provided excellent service!

  16. RT

    RTC722

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Top tier. An outstanding dinning experience top to bottom! Beautiful space. Service was beyond outstanding. Personable, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable, Food was excellent. Desserts were amazing. This is an absolute MUST if you are in or near Asheville

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Solid experience at avenue M - will be back

  18. d

    drdwphillips

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good everything. We'll be back in a month or thereabouts, and that's saying something in Asheville where we have so many outstanding dining options.

  19. JK

    JoanneK

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    A little disappointed in our most recent meal. The pimento cheese was mostly the baked cheese snack topping and little pimento cheese. The cornbread was very salty. We have been there 3 times in the last couple of months and have been extremely happy every time. Hopefully it was just an "off" night. We will be back.

  20. LL

    LindsayL

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Wonderful as usual. First time on the patio. It is perfect for eating out with a 4 year old.

  21. l

    leannaw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was EXCELLENT. Service was top notch as well. Will return!

  22. T

    Tess

    Western NC

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Avenue M gets better every time we have dinner there. Imaginative food, very interesting wine list. Great service. what else could you ask for.

  23. m

    michaelb

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Avenue M is a neighborhood gem! Let's support them so that they are always there for us!

  24. BB

    BarrieB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Always love the easy-going ambience in Ave. M. The owners are friendly, the wait staff is efficient and helpful. My meal was delicious. We will be back.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Our server was outstanding. The food was delicious.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Service was perfect - friendly and quick, knowledgeable and easily accommodated special requests. Some of the food was too spicy that's why only 4 stars but otherwise delicious.

  27. L

    Lynne

    Western NC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mike was an excellent server with great recommendations! We will be back!

  28. M

    Madcap1

    Western NC

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Avenue M! Great food and service. Avenue M never disappoints!

  29. M

    Meghanlovesbeer

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Neighborhood gem! Excellent food and service and fantastic wine list. A great spot for a nice meal or just drinks and snacks. Some of the best service in Asheville! Will be back for sure!

  30. l

    lkwnc

    Western NC

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    Avenue M is a lovely venue, spacious with high ceilings. It has been a favorite restaurant of ours in the past. Under new ownership, our meals were fine, but expensive for what we got (very small portions of house-made pasta; a salad of nothing much more than lettuce with salmon for me). Both dishes were OK, but nothing special. My hubbie's stale beer (which he questioned) was received by the bartender with comments about he'd just had that beer on tap the day before. Well, we're locals, so my hubbie had had this particular beer and really enjoyed on previous occasions, both at the brewery and elsewhere, so he knew it wasn't up to snuff. Our server was lovely. She's continued through change of ownership, so we recognized her and chatted. Certainly, Avenue M is a decent option if downtown restaurants are booked.

  31. AV

    AVLNana

    Western NC

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    We hadn’t dine here for awhile. We miss the regular menus items. A bit pricey and a limited menu if you’re looking for drinks & appetizers. Great service!

  32. D

    Dave

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our overall experience was outstanding! The bartender prepared excellent cocktails for us and consulted with the sommelier for an excellent choice for a glass of wine with our very flavorful dinner.

  33. D

    David

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Attentive wait staff, excellent food and perfect portion sizes

  34. OD

    OmnivoresDelight

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of Asheville's finest establishments. Top notch food, including house-made charcuterie, great vegetables and sides, hand made pastas, and some great fish and meat entrees as well as vegetarian options. And they've got a glorious wine list (Wine Spectator approved), including some really fun & tasty options from all over the world. Service was fantastic, with knowledgeable & personable wait staff (shout out to Tim, who's awesome!), a great sommelier, and excellent bussers/team members to make it all smooth. We greatly enjoyed our date here, and look forward to coming back soon (and sending friends and family here too, when they're in town.)

  35. AM

    AnnMarie

    Western NC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We will be back!

  36. MS

    MaryS

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent culinary adventure. Fully enjoyed every bite and every morsel. Don't miss desert!

  37. s

    supportlocalbusinesses

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    My pear vodka and lemonade was very good, great wine selection. The rigatoni was terrible, way over spiced, too hot to eat. My 4-meat ravioli was hard around the edges, taste was ok, no sauce but finished with butter and garlic. Small salads were good, house made champagne vinaigrette was good. This was our second time here and I had high hopes but won’t be back, there are just too many other restaurants that prepare much better food. Service was timely and very good.

  38. LJ

    LydiaJ

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4

    A limited menu with prices high for what you get made our experience less than it could have been. The quality of the food was good but small portions and limited choices left us feeling that we had not gotten good value.

  39. JK

    JohnK

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had two fantastic house made pastas with a wonderful bottle of Italian wine from the extensive and affordable wine list. As always, service was great: knowledgeable, friendly and observant. We will be going back again and again!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Food and service were very nice, but extremely overpriced for the neighborhood location and weeknight feel.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Avenue M is rated 4.6 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Avenue M

791 Merrimon Ave Asheville, NC 28804-2448

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gracelyn Road

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in our side lot, next to the building, across Merrimon Ave @ Wells Fargo, or across Gracelyn Road at the church.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew McLeod

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (828) 350-8181

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you're hosting a graduation party or a wedding reception, the food and drink you serve can make or break your event. When you book our renovated back room, you can rest easy knowing your guests will be delighted with delicious dishes and curated beverages. -Our private dining room will accommodate up to 36 guests for seated dinner, and up to 60 for standing “cocktail” style events. -Restaurant buy-outs are available for groups. -There is no charge for the rental of the space, but we do have a minimum spend depending on time of year. -We offer family style dining at its best and can certainly accommodate all dietary restrictions for guests. -We offer custom wine-themed events with our in house sommelier.

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