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Clingman Cafe

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242 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Zirconia, North Carolina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While in the River Arts District of Asheville visiting the Odyssey Coop Gallery (must visit!), I stopped by for lunch at the Clingman Cafe and chose the El Cubano sandwich to enjoy outside. Great food and coffees and lots of art surrounds you if you choose to sit inside. My order took a bit of time to be ready but... More 

Thank davidaeeee
Grayslake, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had coffee and breakfast sandwiches here. It is conveniently located near several of the art studios.

Thank sandic62
Singapore, Singapore
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

We visit Clingman Cafe a few times each summer and things are definitely different this summer. The wonderful brownies are gone and, instead, I received an undercooked cookie. The menu is shorter and less creative than a year ago. We waited 20 minutes for our food though the cafe was not crowded. The iced tea, which I paid for, was... More 

Thank William S
Hope, Maine
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293 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Stopped in for a tea and bagel and will go back for more! Friendly, welcoming staff, excellent bagels and pastries, muffins, etc.

Thank Sonia T
Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

We stopped in for lunch while walking around the RAD. After receiving our food, my husband wanted to keep the menu to look over what else he may want order. He was told, "we have a ton of people waiting" and with that, snapped up the menu and walked away. I looked over and saw 2 people were waiting. I... More 

Thank AnDnN
Berlin, Germany
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Go here for excellent coffee in calm setting away from packed 'downtown' Asheville. In River Arts district, next to cool glass studios, etc. good breakfasts, muffins. Buy a coffee mug or jewelry to support local artists!

Thank JaneONewman
Asheville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Clingman Cafe has counter peeps that seem a bit indifferent about their customers and the food is just not worth the bother - coffee tastes like cheap brand and the sandwich appeared to be literally thrown together. They have been there for a long time and I keep stopping because I want to support them but not gonna do it... More 

2 Thank TrishAnnWard
Long Beach, California
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

This place has been here since RAD started. Now unfortunately they don't carry local coffee, they sell a standard national brand "Counter Culture Coffee". They also used to have Wedge Beer on tap, again local, again gone. In a town that is famous for local goods this is sad.

1 Thank 526mike
Seabrook Island, South Carolina
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

My wife and I stopped here for lunch during a brief visit to the RAD. The place is small and the ambiance unremarkable. A few pieces of art hang on the walls. The menu is limited primarily to sandwiches and salads. There is a case with baked goods at the ordering counter; those looked good but we didn't partake. Our... More 

1 Thank DPLowcountry
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202 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

We visited this little cafe after walking the Arts district. We were pleased with what we ordered ...... we got sandwiches and tea. Prices are reasonable. Good selection.

Thank Ragerdy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 242 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: 18282532177
Coffee, Breakfast, Lunch, Pastries and more

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