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Cafe Azalea

1011 Tunnel Rd, Suite 100, Asheville, NC 28805-2059
828-299-3753
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Ranked #120 of 628 restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $30
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Cafe Azalea has been bringing casual farm-to-table dining to East Asheville since 2007. We support local agriculture and sustainable husbandry and fisheries while providing our guests with innovative culinary creations, warm, gracious service and affordable wines, microbrews and cocktails in an intimate, inviting setting. Come try the fresh local difference.
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English first
Asheville, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

So, if you blink, you will miss it! Azalea is tucked away on Tunnel Road far from the maddening crowd, but well worth the extra mile or so drive to dine here. The specials are inspired. Local trout with lump crab or duck or pork chops. It is all delish. Service personal, but not cloying. This is a favorite spot... More

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tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

It may be in a strip mall out of the way, but don't be fooled. We were glad to get a table for a last minute meal and even happier at the incredible food and service. We had trout and duck, both well prepared and fresh. The wine list was small but varied, good and well-priced. Then we treated ourselves... More

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Central Valley, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Unfortunately, we only found this little gem of a restaurant on our last night in Asheville NC. We stayed 4 nights so would have been there everyday, had ee known, it was that good!!! Nice, warm, inviting little place, with the sweetest most accomdating server. The chef loves what he does and that is evident in the cooking, preparation and... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My husband and I ate there last night with our Asheville cousin who had eaten there under the prior owner. She now recommended as she had heard great things about the "new" owner/chef. We were not disappointed. My husband ordered the trout special and Judy the salmon on the menu. I ordered pasta, something I rarely do, their Ragatoni Pasta.... More

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Asheville
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We have been to Azalea three times and the food has been good-to-excellent each visit. The mushroom soup is exquisite. Unfortunately the management forgot to train the staff. The servers are slow and fail to work as a team when customers are marooned for extended periods. The sodas had a strong taste of soap. It's a shame to spoil a... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Just saying that is a fabulous neighborhood restaurant is not enough....The food and presentation are excellent...Service very attentive and proffessional...We have eaten at cafe Azalea several times and they never dissappoint us....They deserve an A+ for the plating and the pricing being so reasonable...We highly reccomend anything on the menu depending on your mood....Chef owned and operated is a plus... More

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

My wife and I have enjoyed several excellent meals over the past few months at Café Azelea in east Asheville. This is a peaceful little restaurant with charming décor and a wonderful selection of delicious, reasonably priced offerings on the menu. We especially likesthe apple and walnut salad and the mushroom soup. Service is good and food portions did not... More

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Asheville, N.C.
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

In search of a tranquil environment coupled with excellent service and careful, inspired culinary you need look no further than Cafe Azalea. One of my biggest challenges in the downtown scene, other than the parking, is the noise level in many of the restaurants. Cafe Azalea, off the beaten path and totally worth beating a track to their door. My... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I had brunch with my mom Sunday and truely enjoyed the atmosphere and friendly wait staff. I had the mushroom omlette. It was the best looking and tasting plate of food I've had in quite a while. Usually you get slapped with a HUGE omlette with parsley sprinkled on top at other places. This was thoughtfully created with a normal... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I was glad to "rediscover" this restaurant under the new ownership and able leadership of chef Kris Dietrich. The food and service is worlds above its former incarnation. Every meal I have had here has been excellent. Special kudos the mushroom soup--and I am not really a "soup guy." The wine list is well chosen and has some excellent values.... More

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