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5 Best Outdoor Dining Options

One of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to experience Asheville’s outdoors is to dine outside at these 5 best outdoor dining options in Asheville, NC. As of May 14, 2021, North Carolina’s statewide social distancing requirements, capacity limits, and mask mandates in most settings have been lifted. So what are you waiting for? We are on the verge of the summer season, and we have the most beautiful mountain scenery around!

*Please note that private businesses may still require face coverings for employees and guests. Unvaccinated individuals are recommended to continue to wear face coverings. Wildberry Lodge continues to follow all CDC, state and local health recommendations.

Asheville is no stranger to al fresco dining, as we have been long recognized as “the Paris of the South” due to our many restaurants and cafes with outdoor and sidewalk dining options. And, in an unusual positive benefit due to COVID-19, our outdoor dining experience is better than ever!

Dining Downtown Asheville

1. AVL Tacos and Taps

Asheville’s only drive-thru for tacos, burritos and beer! You can drive up, grab some craft beer to-go, fresh, handmade tacos and burritos, and enjoy at home. Or you can enjoy your meal on their patio – your choice!
Location: 705 Merrimon Ave.
Contact: (828) 232-7377 or tacocat@avltaco.com

2. Asheville Proper

A live-fire dining experience where traditional service and modern comforts are taken to new heights. Asheville Proper prepares locally-sourced food over a custom hardwood-fueled grill where wood crackles and sparks fly through smoke. The food is fantastic, and there are vegan and gluten-free options as well. By virtue of its location at street-level in the historic Grove Arcade, you not only experience outstanding dining – you can also participate in people-watching too!

3. The Corner Kitchen

Located in a circa 1895 original Biltmore Village house, The Corner Kitchen is a well-established eatery that has been feted many times in various culinary publications, and was named by Birmingham Magazine as one of the top places to visit when you need a romantic getaway in Asheville. The menu is “to die for,” and Corner Kitchen offers indoor and outdoor dining, take out and delivery!
Location: 3 Boston Way, Biltmore Village
Contact: (828) 274-2439 or talktous@thecornerkitchen.com

Dining Around Asheville

4. Juicy Lucy’s Burgers

Sometimes you just gotta have a burger! Whether you dine in, out, or grab it and go, you won’t soon forget your Juicy Lucy meal! They specialize in cheese-stuffed Juicy Lucy burgers, craft beer (24 on tap), full bar, and local, grass-fed Carolina Bison burgers. And they’re not just burgers – you can get smoked, in-house pork specialties, salads, and Vegan Black Bean burgers served on gluten-free buns.
Location: 620 Hendersonville Rd.
Contact: (828) 277-0355 or lucy@juicylucysburgerbarandgrill.com

5. The Local Joint

This little gem in Fairview features comfort food with a kick, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. And breakfast is served till 3! Dine in or out on the patio, and there are vegan and gluten-free options. And if you’re hankering for some music with your meal, The Local Joint features live music nightly at their “cocktail bar,” aptly titled, “The Joint Next Door.”
Location: 1185-B Charlotte Highway, Fairview, NC
Contact: (828) 338-0469

Save $$ with Wildberry Lodge’s Special Mid-Week Deal

Stay with us for 3 nights Sunday through Thursday and get 50% off your third night! Use promo code Getaway when making your reservation. Only available through June 30, 2021, so schedule your getaway now. Be sure to check out Asheville’s outdoor dining spots!

After you enjoy a night on the town, return to your cozy, comfortable space at Wildberry Lodge. Our guest rooms are spacious and well-appointed, all with beautiful private baths, and most with your own deck from which you can enjoy our spectacular mountain scenery. Book now.

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