#8 of 105 Asheville Restaurants

Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen

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Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen in Asheville - Craft Beer and Casual Southern Comfort Food with Blue Ridge Views
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Huge stone fireplaces and patios with Blue Ridge views make Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen a favorite of tourists as well as locals. The restaurant, which is part of the Omni Grove Park Inn, serves craft beers, cocktails and Southern comfort classics with an inventive twist. The bar area includes televisions tuned to the biggest games. Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen offers vegetarian and gluten-friendly options.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen, which originally opened in 2013, is named for Thomas Edison and his crew of vagabonds, which included automotive industry leaders Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford. These men frequented the Asheville area, drawn by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Today, you’ll take in views of these mountains from the restaurant’s terrace seating while you sip on small batch cocktails named for Edison, Ford, Firestone, and others. The stunning setting, variety of craft brews, and inventive well-done Southern favorites make this a 4 star restaurant worthy of a visit.

Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen is part of the Omni Grove Park Inn. You’ll find several other bars and restaurants there in addition to impressive large stone fireplaces in the hotel lobby and bar area. If you haven’t made a reservation, which we recommend, you’ll find plenty of incredible places to sit and wait for your table to be ready.

Seating areas at Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen include the bar, which is front and center for sports television, the outdoor terrace, and the main dining area right off the bar. The terrace is heated for comfort on chilly nights. The dining room showcases works of art from Asheville area locals. The decor and atmosphere in Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen combined industrial accents — think exposed beams, piping, and bare bulb fixtures — with luxury modern materials, as seen in the chairs and tables.

Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen is open for lunch, dinner, and late-night seven days a week. You’ll find lunch, dinner, and modern pub fare snacks along with a rotating selection of draft beers, small-batch bourbon, and other spirits culled from the Asheville area. All the food and beverages are carefully chosen to show off the contemporary food culture of Asheville while honoring Southern culinary history.

While the menu changes seasonally, here are a few things we have tried and enjoyed:

  • Shrimp and grits
    A Southern classic done right with creamy grits and fresh, flavorful shrimp.
  • Hushpuppies
    Spiced hush puppies are served with a tangy pimiento cheese dip for a creamy, salty, addictive snack.
  • Bison meatballs
    Served with braised greens and stone-milled grits, these bison meatballs deliver hearty flavor and a satisfying crunch from the breadcrumb topping.
  • Pretzel bread
    The salty pretzel bread dipped into a hoppy IPA cheese fondue or slathered with honey butter is the perfect started or happy hour snack.
  • Bourbon pecan pie
    If you’ve got a sweet tooth, save room for this dessert. The bourbon pecan pie features bourbon, candied pecans and milk cream for a grownup take on a favorite sweet treat.

Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen has a rotating selection of Asheville area craft brews and special cocktails. These are not to be missed; however, they do change frequently so it’s not feasible to recommend just one beverage. Ask the server for their current favorites, or go with a beer flight to sample several brews.

Insider Tips:

  • Reservations are recommended
  • High definition televisions along the bar area make this a favorite spot for game day get togethers
  • Arrive before sunset and snag a seat on the terrace to watch the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains