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Karen Donatelli Bakery and Cafe

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57 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2834
828.225.5751
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Asheville, North Carolina
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Love stopping by this wonderful Cafe in downtown Asheville! Not only is this place booked for wedding cakes and other custom orders, but their dessert display is a work of art and will not let you leave without a taste.

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Salt Lake City
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

I have some mobility issues from time to time. I was struggling my way up a hill in Asheville, perspiring a bit, when a woman walked up beside me. She introduced herself as Karen Donatelli and invited me to her bakery, where she had a server bring me a cup of ice water with a lemon slice floating in it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Yes, it's expensive. If you are on a budget, spend your money wisely and get a croissant! OMG DELICIOUS!!!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We visit here almost weekly. Karen Donatelli makes some of the most beautiful pastries I have ever seen. Sumptuous, elegant, flavored to perfection. What a treat. Her team makes excellent cappuccinos and other coffee drinks too. The décor is lovely. Enter and wonder where in the world you are: Rome, Vienna, Paris? No, but it is perfectly Asheville, what a... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We picked this business specifically because it was supposed to be a bakery. When we arrived we found that it was really just specialty desserts. If you're looking for baked goods, do not go here. If you're looking for really expensive hoity toity desserts, then this is your place. The dessert selections were beautiful to look at but there was... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Simply awful and overpriced tasteless concoctions. Really there are so many good spots in town, skip this one.

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Appalachia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is the best bakery in Asheville for croissants and made to order cakes for special occasions. It's a good idea to order croissants ahead because they run out quickly; they have two sizes. The cakes are amazingly beautiful and delicious. It's also a nice place to get a light lunch, coffee, and then---a magnificent dessert.

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Thank Amateuse
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

The baked goods are among the best I have tasted anywhere in the US. Very helpful staff in explaining ingredients and helping you discover new pastries. Everything was simply amazing. I took a boxful to a dinner party and everyone was delighted in the desserts.

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Thank Terie D
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

I visited this place las month with my friend and we tried some deserts, it's a good place to talk and have some sugar but the coffee it wasn't good at all. Nice presentation on desserts and they are really fresh so that's a plus if you are looking for a dessert for special occasion.

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Marion, North Carolina, United States
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

THIS is the best bakery in Asheville. Stop looking....this is it. A rare find in that the sweets look every bit as tasty as they actually are. The chocolate mocha dome with chocolate mousse and caramel mouse may be one of the best desserts I've ever had in my life. Can't wait for our next walk through downtown Asheville to... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$8 - $10
Cuisine
French, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2834
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: 828.225.5751

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