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Karen Donatelli Cake Designs

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57 Haywood St., Asheville, NC
828.225.5751
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Today
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert

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  • 7
    Very good
  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    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
Must do!

If you are visiting the Asheville area and you appreciate a good bakery then you owe it to yourself to visit this place. I was lucky enough to walk in as they were taking croissants out of the oven. I had a chocolate croissant and it was wonderful! I shared it with my sweetie and it was enough... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2014
nank59
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alabama
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alabama
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

If you are visiting the Asheville area and you appreciate a good bakery then you owe it to yourself to visit this place. I was lucky enough to walk in as they were taking croissants out of the oven. I had a chocolate croissant and it was wonderful! I shared it with my sweetie and it was enough for two... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We stopped in after a concert last night, 9/21/14. It was like walking into a pastry shop in Paris. Everything was beautiful, which made it hard to decide what to choose. We ordered a berry tart that was to die for. Not only is Karen's pastries wonderful, but the wait staff is too, including Karen. They make sure that you... More 

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Summerfield nc
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Yes, the chocolate and almond croissants are better than most found in France. We had brunch of quiche, very good, and had the croissants for dessert, I know, weird but they looked too good to pass up. Their coffee could use some improvement. Owner and wait staff charming.

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Oh my! I ordered a birthday cake for my friend, it was gorgeous and delicious. I went to pick up very early and the final decorating was not finished, Karen sat me down and treated me to the best cinnamon bun I've ever had! Go, enjoy.

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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

I spoke with Karen by phone to order a special cake for my daughters 16th birthday. I was out of town on a business trip, and wanted to send something special to my daughter. I could sense that Karen was in tune with the message I wanted to send, but the actual results blew me away. My daughter was THRILLED,... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We've been getting Karen Donatelli's cakes for our family's birthdays for the past few years since we discovered her shop, and every cake is outstanding - decorated with beautiful fresh flowers and berries, adorned with gorgeous scrolled designs and chocolate shavings and gold-dusted sugars! Our current favorites are the chocolate raspberry and the lemon, but we've also loved the coconut,... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Come here for some birthday cake !! it was delicious cake, and the staff very friendly !!! I will be back soon !

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Asheville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

It's easy to miss this small bakery and cafe in Haywood St. in the heart of the bustling downtown-- but don't! The pastry display case is filled with beautiful, absolutely delectable sweets, fresh every day after owner/chef Karen Donatelli has arisen in the wee hours of that morning to work her culinary magic. Limited but wonderful lunch offerings include fresh,... More 

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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The key lime tart was excellent. The service was great. We asked for water and we were served water in vine glasses. The atmosphere there was inviting and extremely friendly. They welcomed you the minute you walked in the door.

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Edgefield, South Carolina
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80 reviews 80 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Had the ham and cheese croissant, FANTASTIC!!! Wanted the almond one but they sell out fast. Will go early to get almond, hear they are great. Had a small fruit tart that was excellent. Clean place, nice people.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 57 Haywood St., Asheville, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: 828.225.5751

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 10
  • Cuisine: European
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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