Plant

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165 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, North Carolina, USA, 28801

Vegan restaurant in Asheville featuring local, seasonal, and organic scratch-made food from the earth. The multi-cultural menu includes raw, gluten-free, and house-made infused soda, bread, dessert, non-dairy ice cream and cheese. All beer and wine are vegan. Open Mon-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Organic, Beer/Wine

Reviews (85)

First Review by Ann Leitgeb

Plant rocks! - Edit

Stopped on our way through Asheville and glad we did.

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Delicious, High Quality Food with a Beautiful Presentation - Edit

This is a favorite stop of mine when in Asheville. The food is always delicious and presented beautifully. The wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. I have Celiac disease and ask questions and they always happily (and truthfully) answer questions about ingredients. I always feel safe dining with them. They make a homemade gluten free bread that is the best bread that I have ever tasted, hands down. I even bought a loaf during my last visit.

I am always amazed by their creativity and presentation of food. The cheese plate is a favorite of mine and is presented beautifully, almost too beautifully to eat...almost. The cheese is made in-house and paired with peaches, bread, greens, and zucchini.

The list of appetizers, entrees, and desserts is enough to satisfy any foodie or foodie at heart. If you live in Asheville, you are lucky to have this place at your disposal any time you are in the mood for amazing food. If you are visiting, make sure you visit and go hungry because you will want to order one of everything!

Pros: Excellent food and ingredients, Friendly staff, Wonderful atmosphere

Cons: It is pricey, but worth it! The food is great!

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delicious - Edit

We had the cheese plate and also the masala pancake. Both were incredibly delicious.

Pros: outdoor seating , good service , creative menu

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excellent food and staff - Edit

Highly highly recommend!

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GREAT...but be sure to check the wait times! - Edit

This place is awesome...just make sure you call ahead to check wait times...or to make a reservation. We've been here several times and the food is consistently GREAT. You won't be disappointed, just make sure you place that call before you head their way!

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A real gem - Edit

The food was some of the best vegan food I have had (anywhere, not just in Asheville) and I count Plant among my favorite restaurants now. I had the fried seitan and highly recommend it. I also tried a bunch of other small plates on the menu and they were all great. The service is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and quick. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed (not too fancy).

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Relaxed atmosphere

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Perfect vegan meal - Edit

To start I had the fried plantain with soured cream, hot sauce, spring onions and Maldon seasalt. My main was a sensational seitan chile con queso with a tamale gordo, grilled farm squash, coriander mojo and pickled pink onions. Dessert was peanut butter and chocolate ice cream. All of this was sensational. Good value and professional service. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!

Pros: Stunning food, Lovely patio, Fresh ingredients

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Amazing Food - Edit

I went to Asheville and I had a great dinner at Plant, everything was delicious, the entrees and the desserts.
Favors are incredible and so tasty and the service very helpful and nice. Looking for come back when I'm in the area.

Pros: everything

Cons: none

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New Favorite - Edit

Oh. My. Goodness!!!! This place has the most amazing food! Seriously... The best food I've ever eaten!

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Incredible! - Edit

Stopped here while visiting Asheville and was so impressed! Outstanding menu options, excellent service. Everything on the menu looked amazing. Their seitan was obviously house made and it was excellent. We had the cheese platter and brussels sprouts as appetizers also, and both were divine. Their strawberry ice cream was hands down the best non-dairy ice cream I've experienced.

I would recommend making a reservation if planning to go on a Saturday evening. We did not make one, and were able to get a seat at a bar-like area, which was perfectly fine, but if we'd been there any later there would have been a wait.

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Oh My Goodness. - Edit

So I haven't eaten at a "Fine Dining" restaurant since before going vegan years ago. This place was incredible. It's amazing what you can do with plants. I ordered the Seitan dish, which was fried and served on top of fluffy corn cakes and drizzled in vegan queso and a cilantro sauce. There was roasted zucchini and squash accompanying the dish. It was INCREDIBLE. We really wanted to try the cheese platter as an app because we had heard so many good things about it, but they had sold out for the night (we went late, our fault) so we'll have to get it next time. My husband ordered an Indian inspired dish, we honestly don't know what it was, but it was delicious as well. The service was quick and unintrusive. I definitely recommend!
Updated from previous review on Monday April 11, 2016

Pros: Everything vegan, Good atmosphere, Large portions

Cons: A lil pricey for the main dishes, But worth it!

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Great Food!!! - Edit

Went here with my husband and his parents today. The food was great. My husband and I are vegans and his parents are meat-eaters... so we were looking for a place to show off how good vegan food can be. :D Plant did just that. :D We all loved the food. The wait staff was very nice and very helpful. We cannot wait to go there again. We are so happy to find a great vegan place. :D

Pros: Excellent Food, Friendly Staff

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Great Food - Edit

The food was wonderful and the staff were very friendly and helpful. My wife and I brought my non-vegan parents. It was their first visit to a vegan restaurant and they raved about how delicious the food was!

Pros: Great Food, Great Knowledgable Staff

Cons: None

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Terrific place for a celebration. - Edit

I went her to celebrate my anniversary, and it was the perfect place to have a nice dinner. Yes, it is an expensive restaurant, but worth it for what you get. My boyfriend is not vegan, so we are always trying several types of places. He was so impressed with both the vegan cheese and the gluten free bread. It was incredible. I just wanted to order three more cheese plates and call it a date. Both of our entrees were also excellent. Along with the drinks. By the way, they have a beet cocktail and it is the bees knees.

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super overrated. - Edit

Food was fine. Nothing tasted bad. The service was unwelcoming and rushed. Left disappointed with the meal because of bad service.

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This Food is Magic - Edit

My husband and I ate dinner at Plant, tonight, on New Years Eve and this meal was so incredible it made up for all of the horrors of 2015, which was a year that tried to kill us. The man who owns/creates the meals is a magical artist genius food creator. Go there. You will smile.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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Delicious and fun - Edit

The wait staff were friendly and welcoming. The menu was a little confusing; it's not divided into appetizers and entrees, and the dish descriptions are a little vague, but we figured it out with some help from our server. Everything was delicious and the whole family cleared their plates! We even found room for dessert-- the ice creams and cakes are some of the best we've had. We're so glad we found this lovely restaurant!

Pros: Friendly, Flavors and varieties, Desserts!

Cons: Small dining room

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The Best Food for Everybody - Edit

Creative Chef Jason and his team always put together colorful, artistic and extremely delicious. Don't even hesitate coming here and bring all your omni friends. Cheese plate is crazy good, and he is a masterful dessert chef!

Pros: Convenient and Friendly, Great Service, Awesome Flavors

Cons: Sparse decor

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My Favorite Asheville Restaurant - Edit

I have eaten at Plant many times and it never disappoints. Delicious and creative menu and lovely presentation. Great service too. Don't miss it.

Pros: Creative Cuisine, All Vegan, Wonderful Desserts

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Absolutely incredible!! - Edit

LOVE this restaurant!! The food was out of this world. Presentation was perfect. Really liked the feel of this place. Stopped here while on a road trip and so glad we did.

Here's what we had: [Plant] Cheese (aged cashew, farmer's involtini, rosemary amber & fruit, pickled vegetables, black garlic oil, focaccia). Really enjoyed this dish.
Smashed Avocado Caesar Salad (local lettuces, roasted carrots, red onion, royal bacon, pine nuts, dill caesar dressing). I felt a little let down with this dish because I was expecting more of a true Caesar taste, but it was still very tasty.
Mushroom & Noodle (mixed mushrooms, delicata squash, eggplant, bok choy, ponzu broth, cucumber and celery, herbs). WOW!! This was my favorite!
Blackout Pie (cookie crust, chocolate peanut butter fudge, berry sauce, pecan ice cream). SO decadent!
Pumpkin Crème Brûlée (almond horchata, butter wafer, scuppernong). Yum!!

The only thing negative I have to say is they were pretty skimpy on the wine and we were charged $9 for a very small glass. We noticed a couple other diners had their glasses topped off more than ours were. Definitely not a deal breaker though. We would certainly go back.

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amazing - Edit

The restaurant didn't look quite inviting from the outside but once inside I enjoined the whole flair as well as the original and tasty food options

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Delicious gourmet vegan food! - Edit

The food was very tasty and the presentation of the food was beautiful. Restaurant had a very nice, cozy, classy ambiance. Would definitely go back!

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yummy adults night out - Edit

My brief review is Yes! Went out for an adult night with local friends and loved the decor that was a little more upscale than the crunchy vegan cafes you might know. Food was really good! Thai broccoli and beet app were awesome. Go. Enjoy!

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Great experience, fantastic! - Edit

We had an absolutely wonderful dining experience here! The food was fantastic, great presentation, very flavorful and just plain delicious! My meal was the most well balanced dish that I've ever had at any vegan restaurant, period! No single ingredient overpowered the dish but the combined ingredients were excellently and exquisitely executed. My wife's meal was equally as great and a real treat as a truly great gluten free and vegan dish. We highly recommend and we'll be back the next time we're in the Asheville area!

Pros: great flavor, presentation , fantastic service , well executed top quality food

Cons: none, well maybe one....too far from Florida!

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Vegan Gourmet Heaven - Edit

This was just absolutely amazing. I have never been to such a high end vegan restaurant in terms of beautifu food preparation, menu originality and especially taste. Every bite was an explosion for my senses.

My boyfriend and I shared a starter, two entrees and a dessert and were more than full and extremely happy. I cannot possibly excribe the experience your taste buds will have.
Updated from previous review on Thursday June 11, 2015

Pros: unusual and creative menu, friendly staff, extreeeemely good food

Cons: you pay what you get: it's very pricy..., The food is on the saltier side

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Such a treat! - Edit

As a vegan living in Virginia, I have really no dining options, so it was such a treat to be able to eat at an all vegan, gourmet restaurant such as Plant. The raw lasagna was amazing-- fresh veggies and a creamy macadamia nut cheese. The smashed avocado salad was also delicious. The desserts are out of this world. The ice cream is amazing (especially the mocha) and the blackout pie has a very rich chocolate flavor. Perhaps the carrot cake is my favorite of all! Fabulously fresh and little with a little slice of candied ginger. Obviously, I ate there more than once during my visit.

Pros: perfect portions, organic ingredients , made from scratch

Cons: none

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Plant in Asheville, NC is amazing vegan fine food - Edit

I had heard about this restaurant from friends and had to make the 2 hour trip to give it a try. OMG it was soooo totally worth it. I have never had food explode with flavor like this, and the fact that it is completely vegan allowed me to order and dine without worrying about cross contamination. Loved it and I will revisit.

Pros: all vegan, large menu, amazing tastes

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