#29 of 22 Asheville Restaurants

Plant Vegan Restaurant

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Plant Vegan Restaurant—Exceptional plant-based food in Asheville, NC
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Forget all of the preconceived notions you have about vegan food, and head to Plant Vegan Restaurant in Asheville as soon as you have the opportunity. Their commitment to creating delicious food made from plant-based sources with a focus on organic and local produce makes this one of the most unique and distinctive dining destinations in the city.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

You may hear the phrase, “vegan restaurant” and be skeptical, and we get it to a certain extent. There are some vegan restaurants out there that basically seem to exist as a consolation to people following plant-based diets who don’t have many options at other restaurants. But that is definitely not the case at Plant. They are serving up some of the most creative and tasty food anywhere in Asheville, and they just happen to be doing so without using any animal products in the restaurant.

Plant Vegan Restaurant opened its doors in 2011, and in just a few short years it has become one of the most notable destinations in a city that is in the midst of a booming food scene. The chef and owners are passionate about giving their guests a dining experience to remember, and their goal is to consistently serve creative plant-based dishes that delight guests through their innovative flavors and textures. We are here to tell you that they succeed wildly in their mission.

Take, for instance, the stunning mistake mushroom dish that is delicious enough to make a believer out of any mushroom skeptic. Or consider the gorgeous vegan cheese plate, with a stunning array of nut cheeses, fruits, and pickled vegetables that will have you wondering why you ever needed dairy in the first place.

In addition to being completely plant-based, Plant Vegan Restaurant also uses organic ingredients whenever possible, and they try to source most of their produce from local farms. For this reason some aspects of their menu change depending on what is available, but there are some popular mainstays, including:

  • Plantains—fried to perfection and tender on the inside, served with an unctuous vegan sour cream and kicky hot sauce
  • Seitan chile con queso—Chile and cheese without animal products? They make it happen with this delightful dish full of bold flavors
  • Tofu bibimbap—Perfectly cooked rice is combined with a variety of different Korean and Japanese flavors to make this dish which teems with unique textures
  • Blackout pie—An dessert that looks elegant, but explodes with rich chocolate and peanut butter flavor

Plant may serve some of the most unique vegan dishes in the country, but it’s not all about the food. The atmosphere in the dining room is relaxed yet enticing, and the open kitchen gives you a great view of the chefs working their magic without any meat. The restaurant is somewhat small, as it only contains 13 tables (along with some kitchen-side seats and a seasonal patio), so reservations are strongly recommended. As of now Plant has no option for making reservations online, so you should definitely call in advance to ask about availability.

If you’re in the mood for a drink with your meal, Plant offers several different options that adhere to their mission of serving plant-based and organic products. Their drink list consists of a variety of craft beers, sustainable, organic, and vegan wines, and a curated selection of handmade cocktails.

Overall, we know you’ll love dining at Plant whether you’re a committed vegan or you’ve never eaten a meal without meat before. The diverse selection of tasty dishes, approachable, refined atmosphere, and great service make it a more than worthy addition to your Asheville to-do list.

Insider Tip:

There are no animal products served at Plant, but they do use plenty of wheat and soy. If someone in your dining party is allergic to one of these, it’s probably best to call the restaurant ahead of time and inform them. The chefs and staff are very accommodating to food allergies, but the more notice they have the better prepared they’ll be.