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Clingman Cafe

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Organic, Café, Coffee Shop
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242 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-2177
Today
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
An expensive salad

We tried Clingman based on reviews. It was okay - an artsy cafe with an eclectic mix of art decorating the walls and available for purchase. We ordered two salads for $18. That's a bit much for salads even though they were good. I'm not sure I'd dine here again, not if there's a Panera or another... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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63 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We tried Clingman based on reviews. It was okay - an artsy cafe with an eclectic mix of art decorating the walls and available for purchase. We ordered two salads for $18. That's a bit much for salads even though they were good. I'm not sure I'd dine here again, not if there's a Panera or another local place nearby.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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67 reviews 67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Great selection of sandwiches and soups with side items. Salads are outstanding and very fresh. Good location in the River Art District.

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Asheville, NC
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233 reviews 233 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Clingman Café in the RAD is popular and usually a good choice for sandwiches, coffee and such, but this time we were disappointed. We ordered the muffuletta and the rueben, both prepared panini style, and both were average at best. The muffuletta was particularly bad. I doubt anyone at the café has ever been to New Orleans or has enjoyed... More 

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judyb_ATL
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83 reviews 83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This is an easy stop in, get fed, feel good about it type of place. Normally I steer away from gluten (not allergic, just noticed a difference in my system when I take a break from it). However, the bagels are totally worth it. Yummy goodness in their sandwiches, coffee is good - not overly strong. Great location and people... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Definitely a popular place - it was a little tricky finding room for lunch on a Friday, but there still wasn't a long wait to order or for the food to be prepared. Really tasty sandwiches! Another place I would come back to if I lived in Asheville.

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I often surprise myself when I happen to be passing by this little gem tucked away in the River Arts District of Asheville, and stop in for either a cup of some of the best coffee in Asheville or a delicious, hand made "from the board" sandwich. Clingman has the best foam if you are a fan of fancy coffee... More 

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Tilghman, Maryland
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164 reviews 164 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Located in the River Arts area, we found this to be the best coffee we had in Asheville. We did not have food, but they have breakfast and lunch along with specialty coffee drinks.

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Dublin, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Dropped in not expecting to eat a meal, but instead solely because we were exploring the RAD and were entranced by the atmosphere. The prices seemed a bit high for the quality of the items, but the chocolate chip cookie my sister nibbled on was stupendous.

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

Delicious! Loved the art on the walls and the atmosphere. The bagel sandwich I had was delicious and the bagel itself was one of the best I've ever had.

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New Jersey
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198 reviews 198 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

With limited time in the River Arts District, we were delighted to find such good food right across from the trolley stop. Sat outside on the covered terrace on a warm, sunny day and savored Curve Salads (fresh greens, walnuts, berries, a little bleu cheese). The cafe added to the memorable time we spent here. Many folks made a beeline... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 242 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: 828-253-2177

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Organic, Café, Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?