#23 of 22 Asheville Restaurants

Corner Kitchen

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Corner Kitchen: Seek Romantic Dining in Biltmore Village
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

A sophisticated establishment in the heart of Biltmore Village, Corner Kitchen brings elegance to Asheville's award-winning food scene. To ensure your place at the table, advanced reservations are recommended.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Situated in historic Biltmore Village, Corner Kitchen is an upscale farm-to-table restaurant delivering New American cuisine infused with global influences. The renovated Victorian cottage sits on the corner of All Souls Crescent and Boston Way, lined by the red-brick sidewalk that meanders through Asheville’s fashionable shopping district. The establishment offers three distinct mealtimes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you won’t find a bad time to visit.

If you plan on visiting the Biltmore Estate, have breakfast at Corner Kitchen first. Biltmore Village is close to the estate’s gatehouse entrance, making it a convenient option when you want to fill up before touring Vanderbilt’s mansion. Breakfast favorites include the seasonal summer breakfast bowl with quinoa and heirloom tomatoes, a griddled bagel and lox, and authentic biscuits and gravy made in the Southern tradition.

Corner Kitchen’s lunch menu also draws on Southern influences with its corn and crab chowder, beef brisket sandwich, and sesame fried catfish. To sample some of the area’s best flavors, try the Ploughman’s Lunch, which consists of a cup of soup, a side salad, cured meats from Hickory Nut Gap Farm, and local artisan cheeses.

In the evening when the rest of Biltmore Village quiets down, Corner Kitchen keeps on cooking, making it the perfect venue for a romantic night out. The restaurant’s warm interior creates a welcoming ambience, but you’ll also find an outdoor patio with its view of the surrounding mountains. If you can’t decide what to choose on the dinner menu, we’ve collected below a few entrees worth considering:

Pecan-Crusted Mountain Trout – Few foods in the Blue Ridge are as fresh as the local mountain trout, and Corner Kitchen takes advantage of the trout’s presence with its take on a neighborhood favorite. The pecan-crusted trout is the star of the show over ginger sweet potatoes and green bean salad, topped with a bourbon sauce that kicks this entree up several notches.

Herb Grilled Pork Chop – If you thought pork chops must be fried to enjoy them, think again. Corner Kitchen serves its herb grilled chops over a white bean and tomato ragout with garlic broccolini, carrot ribbons, and delicious pork jus for an outstanding flavor profile. You’ll forget you’re in the American South and swear you’ve wound up in a French bistro.

Local Mushroom “Pot Pie” – As with most restaurants in Asheville, Corner Kitchen won’t disappoint vegetarians. The Local Mushroom “Pot Pie” isn’t your typical offering — in fact, it’s better than typical. Crispy lobster mushrooms and puff pastry pair with wilted kale and roasted baby carrots to offer all the tastes of the season in a single bite.

Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the food at Biltmore Village’s premier restaurant will not disappoint.

Depending on when you arrive, however, service can be slow. Most of the time, staff are eager to please and will keep your drinks filled, but given the restaurant’s popularity, peak times can lead to distractions. Corner Kitchen is also pricey, so don’t expect a bargain meal. As with most restaurants in Biltmore Village, this one is best reserved for a special outing or anniversary dinner.

Insider Tips:

  • Make reservations. Biltmore Village is a popular district for out-of-town guests and those on their way to Biltmore Estate. Reserve your place ahead of time to skip the lines, even if you’re only popping in for breakfast.
  • Corner Kitchen’s dinner menu can change daily: View the current offerings on the restaurant’s website. Even if you ate dinner here last season, you’ll find something new to discover again during each season.
  • Street parking is available, but since Biltmore Village is also a residential area, finding a parking spot can be difficult. Come well before your reservation to secure a space. If you prefer to stay close to Biltmore Village and the estate entrance, book a room at the Grand Bohemian Hotel.