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“Glad we gave them another try!”

131 MAIN Restaurant
Ranked #70 of 804 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed October 5, 2013

We eat out often (as you can see from our reviews). When 131 opened over 3 years ago we had a terrible experience and had not planned to return. This week while cleaning out a drawer we found the manager's card on which he had written a free meal offer as an apology to get us back. After over 3 years we assumed the card would be invalid and that the manager would be long gone.

With extra time before our movie started we decided last minute to give the card a try and see what response would be given. If they said yes tot eh card we would order, if no then we wold go next door and eat.

The server without hesitation said "of course!" and thanked us for returning. The next 90 minutes went pretty much the same way. By the end of the meal we felt like we had made friends with staff Member and now had another dinner option in the area.

Michael (female) handled our table professionally and was able to find that fine line between interrupting/hovering and still always being aware/available. The food was very good. My pasta was tasty and the trout was properly prepared. The smoked salmon they have a house specialty is very good. I do not care for smoked fish but enjoyed it, my wife enjoyed it even more. The manager on duty made two proper stops by the table while walking the floor, always a good sign.

The experience was so good, that wen the movie ended we went back for a glass of wine and desert near the outdoor fireplace. This turned out to be an enjoyable date night If you have never been here or have not been here for a long time, it's time for a visit.

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Thank David K
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Loved the atmosphere and service of this lovely restaurant. They accomodated our group with ease and my crabcake was wonderful. Great choice in Asheville!

Thank Xann
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This was our second trip to this lovely restaurant. The ribs I had literally fell off the bone and were yummy. The slaw had a wonderful taste and the fries were shoestrings cut in the restaurant and cooked perfectly. My husband's bacon cheeseburger was cooked to his liking. Service was excellent.

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Thank gypsyred
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This was my second visit to this restaurant. I was rather non-plused the first time. This visit was with a group on a Tuesday night. We found the staff to be superficially accommodating, but unorganized, distracted by personal socializing, and inefficient. The group was split on their satisfaction with the entrees. Mine was mediocre. On balance, the meal experience was unsatisfactory, and overpriced.
The ambience of the restaurant was pleasant and not too noisy. It was clean and well lighted.

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Thank Gary W
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We stumbled upon this restaurant as we were traveling from Knoxville to Isle of Palms. Yelp does find some of the best places. Anyway we stopped in and were greeted warmly and were immediately sat on the patio. Service was quick and it appeared we had a team of servers. Each one helpful and quick to respond.

We ordered the Meatloaf with Stroganoff Gravy, mashed potato's and curried corn. We split this and the accompanying ceasar salad. There was more than enough for 2 from one order :) The meal was split for us in the kitchen and presented beautifully. The entire meal was delicious. So delicious we might stop on our way home to eat there again.

The atmosphere was really nice, this restaurant has an upscale feel, it would be a nice date spot and we were in and out in a jiffy; Back on the road without a hitch. Please note we were not rushed at all and I did notice a chairs to relax by the fireplace outside and couples lingering at their tables. We were happy to have such a delicious meal and then get back on the road.

I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank JBN63
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