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Writer's Bistro @ The Renaissance
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Ranked #308 of 804 Restaurants in Asheville
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Farm to Table dining with a variety of local flavor and ingredients. Inspired by North Carolina's rich literary history. Our restaurant offers a casual chic environment to enjoy a meal with the freshest ingredients.
Reviewed April 23, 2013

I'm new in Asheville, I've been exploring all the amazing food of the restaurants and bars this town has to offer. I love to hang out and dine @ hotel's bars and restaurants, (makes me feel I am on vacation) and I found my new favorite place, is The Writes Bistro, @ The Renaissance Hotel in downtown (which luckily for me, is in walking distance from my apt.) Without a doubt is a hidden GEM. Well, my friend and I were in downtown last Saturday, for Downtown after 5, and we decide to have a drink @ their bar, because he had told me, the bartender there mixed him an awesome slightly dirty martini (my favorite drink, before dinner), he was right, it was perfect. Since we were there, hanging out in their lobby, we went to check out the restaurant. The hostess was very sweet, nice smile and asked us if we would like to enjoy them for dinner. I said, can I take a look @ your restaurant and menu, she said sure. We walked in, I was very impressed by the decor (beautiful, very contemporary, chique, but not opulent). So we decide to stay and have dinner, and it was excellent. I was very pleased with their wine list with a great variety of wines, malbec, tempranillo, blends, and the best thing of all, they offer great values. Since on our entrees before the wine and I was going to have seafood and my friend steak, we asked our server for help, he recommended a Spanish blend the he thought would be complementary to our dishes, and he was right. So for starters I had the Pimento Cheese app, and it was a treat. They do their Pimento with warm smoked Gouda cheese, rich and creamy, my friend had the Mountain Chowder soup, I remember tasting some sweet potato, corn and bacon, it was delicious, and you know, that is how you find out with one can cook, have them make a soup. So after the soup (and my app), I was really excited to see what still to come. For entrees, my friend chose the Ribeye, he requested the steak to be cooked medium, and medium it was. He also ordered a side of braised greens, very well braised, right on point. I chose Bacon and Scallops, because to me, it was an original way to serve them, with cocoa encrusted pork belly and bacon demi-glace, I have to say, I truly loved it. Wish @ least one of us had room for desert so I could've tried their Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Cake. I will do it next time, but I did have their coffee, real roasted coffee beans, very good, rich and bold. One more thing, the prices are right, it was worth it. I am really looking forward to go back and bring other friends with me.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We did not stay at the hotel, which looked very nice- the decor was absolutely stunning. However, we ate at The Writer's Bistro, the hotel's restaurant and it left a lot to be desired. Although the decor was elegant, the service was very poor, and we are not picky people. Our server did not ask us how our meal was and did not check on us very much at all. His attitude was very disinterested. We got a cheese plate appetizer, which was delicious. However, our dinner, which was their special of the night tomato bisque, and W.B.'s Salad, were not as good. The bisque tasted like Campbell's tomato soup with some extra spices thrown in, and was not like a bisque at all- very disappointing as we'd come to the Bistro after reading they were all about farm fresh food. The salad wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything spectacular either. We decided to skip dessert and leave with most of our food still left. Again, our server did not ask how it was or if we had any problems upon seeing our full plates. Overall it was a disappointing experience.

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