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“Gastronomic Adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Admiral

The Admiral
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Ranked #5 of 781 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Michigan Avenue
Weston, Florida
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131 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
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“Gastronomic Adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

This place might not be in Asheville's best neighborhood but it is worth a trip to The admiral. Let me start with the selection of cocktails which are made with some very interesting ingredients. The Moscow Mule was my libation of choice this night and it is made with their ginger to add a real explosion of taste to the drink. Enough of the drinks let's talk food. The Green tea steamed buns were my favorite and should not be missed. The mussels were also very good as was the House special duck. Needless we enjoyed The admiral very much and recommend a visit to this dive bar hiding a fantastic restaurant cranking out great dishes from their exposed small kichen.

  • Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Some Good Food; Service Was Unpleasant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

We made a point to get the Admiral after reading reviews. It was the least impressive meal of our 4 days in Asheville. The mussels were absolutely delicious, the scallops were not - bitter and unappealing. We would have liked the restaurant more if the server had been pleasant. He was not. We sat at the bar and the bartender could barely muster the interest in serving us or answering a question. Overall - the food was a mixed bag. The service was unpleasant and made us uncomfortable.

  • Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“So Hard to Find But Worth It”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

So many great places to eat in Asheville but The Admiral is definitely at the top. We were very lucky to get a last minute reservation because it was our anniversary and they fit us in. It is difficult to find and drove past three times before we finally located the "dive". Loved the small plates that gave us a chance to taste more dishes. Only negative was the PEI mussels which were very small but the sauce is to die for. We asked for extra bread so we could soak up every last bit.

  • Visited July 2013
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Longwood, Florida
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“Recommend this spot for dinner first; deserves its fine word-of-mouth reputation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Went to this hole-in-the-wall spot in West Asheville based on a strong recommendation. The food and service exceeded expectations. Entrees were perfectly prepared and presented plate-style. Eight to ten widely varying menu items. Very good bartender with fresh ingredients(fizzy tonic water). Plain jane exterior quickly trumped by a warm staff inside. A place eager to please, and worthy of mention as Asheville's best food. Period.

Visited July 2013
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Birmingham, AL
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“There's only one reason the Admiral doesn't rank higher”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

I love Asheville the food is great. So many good places to eat. The only reason the Admiral doesn't rank higher is its not on the typical tourist path.
This West Asheville dive (its in an old gas station with an AMC bowling bench in the waiting area) has a great funky atmosphere, an attentive and friendly staff, a very interesting menue and absolutely delicious food. By all means put it on your must do in Asheville.

  • Visited July 2013
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