#136 of 109 Asheville Restaurants

Posana Restaurant

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Posana Restaurant: Gluten-Free, Locally-Sourced Dining in Asheville
Written by: David Angotti
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Enjoy the best of farm-to-table cuisine while exploring the seasonal menu at Posana Restaurant. Featuring elevated recipes with ingredients from local farms, the restaurant specializes in gluten-free cuisine.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Making the most of Asheville’s farm-to-table trend, Posana Restaurant brings a contemporary vibe to the Historic Pack Square neighborhood. Chef Peter Pollay is passionate about green dining, and it shows in every bite at Posana. When possible, he serves local fare, often from such standouts as Joyce Farms and Hickory Nut Gap Farm.

Posana Restaurant is an absolute must for your culinary bucket list if you are gluten-intolerant. The restaurant boasts a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. Virtually every meal on the menu is safe for those with celiac disease or otherwise unable to consume gluten.

While the Posana menu isn’t quite as accommodating of vegetarianism as it is of gluten-free diets, there are still plenty of options for those who prefer to avoid meat. Vegans may struggle a bit, but at least one entree is typically free of animal products.

While many of Asheville’s contemporary restaurants appeal to young professionals and retirees alike, most don’t cater to parties with small children. Fortunately, the staff at Posana Restaurant understand that the elevated dishes that appeal to parents may not make young children happy. Hence, the inclusion of a well-rounded kids menu including not only chicken from Ashley Farms and trout from Seared Sunburst Farms, but also mac ‘n’ cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches.

If dinner feels incomplete without a glass of wine, you’re in luck: Posana Restaurant has a huge wine cellar chock full of impressive labels. Several international varieties are represented, including exceptional wines from France, Spain, Italy, and even New Zealand.

During brunch, the drinks are just as addicting as the food. Order a bourbon mimosa with your meal, or, if you’re in desperate need of caffeine, a cup of Posana’s trademark cold brew coffee.

A few of our favorite menu items include:

Fried Local Cauliflower
This delightful appetizer features two forms of cauliflower: tri-color and shaved. It also comes with chicken fat aioli and fried chicken skin. Even avowed vegetable haters will adore this recipe.

Joyce Farms Chicken
Winston-Salem’s Joyce Farms supplies the chicken for this satisfying dish, which is served alongside cherry-smoked ham, parmesan-roasted broccolini, stone-ground lemon grits, and toasted herb jus.

Tostada Breakfast Bowl
Fairview’s Hickory Nut Gap Farm provides the chorizo for this protein-packed recipe. In addition to flavorful chorizo, this popular breakfast bowl includes all of the essentials: salsa, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and tortilla.

Lemon Cheesecake Tart
It’s tough to save room for dessert, but if you visit Posana, you should make the effort; the restaurant’s sweet treats are just as satisfying as its entrees. This memorable recipe brings the perfect amount of zing to your cheesecake.

Because Posana Restaurant emphasizes local ingredients, its menus tend to be seasonal. The items highlighted above may not always be available or may not look exactly as they are currently listed.

Insider Tips:
-Reservations are by no means required at Posana, but they’re recommended for busy evenings. Feel free to call the restaurant directly to make a reservation on short notice. You can also reserve your table for up to six visitors on the Posana website. The website’s Reserve reservation system allows you to enter your availability and sign up for reminder texts.
-The patio is arguably the restaurant’s most pleasant seating area, but it’s also the most in-demand when the weather is beautiful. If you intend to eat there, arrive early; the first-come, first-serve patio does not accept reservations.
-If you eat on the patio, feel free to bring your canine pal; Posana Restaurant is a dog-friendly establishment! Your pooch will be treated to a personal dish of water and a full dog menu — notably mentioned in People Magazine.