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“Yummmm”
Review of Curate

Curate
Ranked #3 of 793 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $45
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Cross street: Patton Avenue
Transit: Asheville Transit provides bus service throughout the City of Asheville and other local areas with 24 bus routes running from 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday. Routes originate at Transit Center, located 49 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville (next to the U.S. Post Office). On-duty information assistant provides assistance with maps & schedules.
Description: THE BEST OF SPAIN, conveniently located downtown Asheville! Curate is pleased to bring the best Spain has to offer through our traditional cuisine, unrivaled hospitality and festive, energetic atmosphere. In Spanish, Curate, means 'cure yourself.' Whether you're looking for a fun-filled evening out with friends or a quick bite before or after one of Asheville's many art or music productions, Curate is the place you go to take care of yourself, by letting us take care of you. Please join us for some fun...Just say "una cana!"
San Francisco Bay Area
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Yummmm”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

While in Asheville at a business conference, three of us decided to try Curate for dinner since it was rated so highly by TripAdvisor reviewers -- and we were not disappointed. One of us is from New York, another from Austin, and the third from San Francisco, so we are used to great food at restaurants, but even the New Yorker called the food "memorable."

All three of us enjoyed a cocktail before dinner, two of us the Curate Manhattan since Curate makes it with Knob Creek bourbon; the drink was strong and tasty. Two of us started with the butternut squash soup with Spanish paprika: we exchanged glances after the first spoonful, and I remarked, "Silken!" The flavor was full-bodied yet light at the same time, a fine way to start the food portion of the meal. The three of us split the brandada de bacalao ("cod and potato puree served hot with crisp bread"), which was tasty and smooth, perfect for dipping the crispy slices of bread into. The tortilla espanola ("Spanish potato and onion omelet) was quite yummy, too, although with the other items ordered, we couldn't finish that (it made for a nice plane snack for one of us the next day). My bocadillo serrano ("tomato bread with olive oil, jamon serrano, [and] manchego cheese") was a terrific sandwich, the bread crusty and warm (and I'm spoiled by San Francisco sourdough), the slices of Spanish ham tasty, the cheese melted and oozing. It was a big sandwich, too, so half of it made a terrific snack on the plane ride home the next day. I had a few of the fried calamari from my colleague's bocata de calamares ("fried squid and housemade arbequina olive oil mayonnaise"), and all three of us agreed that the calamari were fried perfectly -- not oily, not heavy, just tasty tasty tasty.

The server was helpful and attentive, the ambiance is such that you can talk with your fellow diners readily, but the star is truly the food. At the end of our meal, we were thankful that on a Friday night we were able to get a table (so long as we were done by 7:30 pm when a reservation had been made for that table -- but that gave us an hour and a half, more than enough time to have dinner!) and enjoy one of Asheville's fine restaurants before heading back to our hotel and packing for our flights the next day. And the food is indeed yummy and plentiful. Curate is a restaurant to make time to go to when one is in Asheville -- there will be no regrets.

Visited November 2012
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Morehead, Kentucky
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“Excellent”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Great food loved it!!! The atmosphere was great. Everthing that we tried was so tasty.You can not go wrong!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Ask for Brian - let him order - don't question.”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

We were not Spanish Tapas novices, but saw so much that we wanted that we ultimately decided to let our waiter, Brian, choose for us. Every plate was a new experience. Amazing dinner that took 2 hours to eat 7 courses. The Spanish do it right.

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Hiawassee, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Curate - many choices”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Curate was a great place to go for an entertaining dinner. Unfortunately we had lunch at 12 bones the same day and ended up still full at our reservation time. We enjoyed what we had, but I think we would have liked it a lot more if we were hungry! Loved sitting at the bar watching them create their dishes. Enjoyed the wine suggested by our server.

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Bedford, NY
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent Tapas”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

By all means, order the fried eggplant with honey, it is amazing. Or order anything that appeals to you. You can't possibly go wrong.

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