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“Ethnic Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Curate

Curate
Ranked #3 of 781 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $45
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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!"
Knoxville, Tennessee
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Ethnic Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

For our 40th anniversary, a business acquaintance of mine recommended that we dine here and we are so glad we did! Cúrate has now been added to the list of the top 20 all-around BEST places I've ever dined!

This ethnic gem is situated in downtown Asheville with ample parking nearby at ALOFT Hotel. We arrived 45 minutes early to explore the area on foot, but unfortunately were caught in a downpour. We called to see if we could get in earlier and they obliged without hesitation.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were immediately enveloped in the warm, earthy tones and smells of Iberia -- pork -- mushrooms -- fresh vegetables -- aromatic bread --- you get the drift.

The scene is both romantic and energetic with wonderful selections of music playing at a level which is not distracting at all, but rather reins one into the total ambience of this unique tapas bar.

From the front door, there is a large bar, adjacent to the final food prep area, that seats perhaps 15 persons. This arrangement even more engages the diner with the preparation of the food. It is perhaps the most highly energetic area of the house where patrons interact with the chef, sous chef and prep cooks.

The walls are all warm earthy colors with splashes of art here and there and candles everywhere. Very inviting!

The menu was a bit overwhelming so our knowledgeable and friendly server, Eric, offered to take us on a tour of Spain by selecting our tapas for us. He was so engaging and convincing, that we agreed. He asked for food allergies and for anything we absolutely did not like and anything we wanted and then he went to work for us, almost like our own personal foodie concierge!

From start to finish, he served all in all seven different dishes, all of which were remarkable in their own way, cooked and plated to perfection, each being a specific work of art in form and function.

Our favorite meat dish was the pincho moruno which consisted of lamb skewers marinated in moorish spices served with homemade pickles. I literally could have eaten six skewers worth. The most interesting of dishes was the brandada de bacalao which is a traditional cod and potato puree served hot with crisp bread. The taste of cod was evident, but it was so mild, that blended with the potatoes, served almost as a palate cleanser.

All meats and breads are imported directly from Spain. The menu is also friendly to patrons with specific food allergies or preferences. Many of the dishes can be served Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Vegan and Nut Free. The wine list is impressive and consists primarily of Spanish wines.

At the end of our meal, Eric brought in the house specialty dessert reserved for birthdays and anniversaries called Servilleta Chocolate which was literally a napkin made from chocolate, hazelnuts and dried cherries, served straight up about 8" tall. Decadent cannot begin to describe this luscious dessert.

Whenever we visit Asheville, NC in the future, Cúrate will definitely be one of our stops! Thank you Cúrate and thank you Eric!

  • Visited June 2014
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“E x c e l le n t ! ! !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014

We sat at the bar early evening. We got an extensive explanation about the menu from a very professional and nice waitress. Whatever we took was just wonderful, both delicious and beautifully designed.
The restaurant is beautifully designed inviting atmosphere, staff is nice and patient.
Don't have a lot to add, only that we had a great experience there by all means.
This place definitely deserves it's compliments on TripAdvisor.
A great experience!!!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Giovanni17
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Georgia
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“Adventurous Menu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

My husband and I visited Curate's last Thursday with a couple of friends. We ordered several different tapas and shared all of them. The lamb skewers were tender and moist. The crab soup was delightful, with cold cream poured over the crab meat and the seasonings. The shrimp was also an excellent choice.

It was a little pricey, and the menu is designed for those who are willing to step out of their comfort zone and experience some surprising culinary combinations.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank levida
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Atlanta
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Spanish Tapas in the Blue Ridge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

We've enjoyed this restaurant for years and had another very good meal. Attentive staff. Interesting food. Highly recommend.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank wwtraveler_10
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Atlanta
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“Excellent tapas in Asheville!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

You will not find tapas in good outside of Spain. Acorn fed ham will melt in your mouth. The wine list is above average and the staff is knowledgable.

Visited October 2013
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