Plant

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

Vegan restaurant featuring scratch-made, modern plant-based cuisine. The multi-cultural menu includes raw and gluten-free options, vegan cheeses and handmade desserts. All beer and wine are vegan. Sources local, seasonal, and organic ingredients. Open Mon-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Fusion

94 Reviews

First Review by Ann Leitgeb

Awesome food!!! - Edit

I’ve read all the great reviews about this place and had very high expectations. It wasn’t just outstanding vegan dining, it was outstanding food dining. Period. Service was excellent. I’ll be back.

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Worth the hype - Edit

I had high expectations for Plant, and they met them! The broccolini blew my MIND and the raw lasagna was INCREDIBLE. The house-made ice cream was wonderful as well!

Pros: all vegan, formal setting

Cons: pricey, not a huge variety of options

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vegan heaven - Edit

The cheese plate... omg get the cheese plate! We also had the roasted beets which were divine. The bi bim bap was phenomenal. We ended with the cannoli. Everything was amazing. The service and ambiance were delightful. I’ve heard people say it’s too pricey or pretentious and I disagree. It’s fine dining and the portions are fair. The cocktails were wonderful. We left full.

Pros: menu and variety, ambiance and service, desserts

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The Best! - Edit

This is honestly the best vegan food I have ever had. It is a little pricey but don’t let that stop you. It is worth every cent. I had a mushroom app that was amazing, I didn’t know you could make mushrooms like that. And the seitan steak with charred romaine and polenta was beyond words. If I am ever back in town I will definitely go again.

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Excellent preparation, some flaws - Edit

Every dish and cocktail we had at Plant was prepared expertly. Get ready for flavor and textures on familiar veggies that will make you drool.. Just a couple things hold this place back - first is the patio ambiance. Leaves a lot wanting compared to the awesome feeling of sitting inside. Crappy tables and chairs make you think you're at a cheap coffee shop, lack of decor, etc. Second is the entree choices - excessively simple, don't feel unique to Plant (despite excellent preparation), lasagna being the exception. Dessert shouldn't be missed. Prices weren't egregious.

Pros: Excellent kitchen craft, Cocktails and desserts

Cons: Uninspired entrees, Weak patio ambiance - sit inside

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great atmosphere & great food - Edit

The atmosphere was amazing, The food was delicious. As a long time vegan I was impressed, and as my husband being turned over to veganism was very impressed.

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Pretty good food, pretty poor service - Edit

So I had a very conflicting experience here. Lets start with the menu it does appear to be diverse which is great but also the names and description were very confusing and not direct at all. Now if you had the waiter that checked up on you and explained things to you then you will probably be fine but considering our waiter barely tended to us that proved to be difficult.I had one of their spicier dishes and I at one point I had to literally stop eating because I ran out of water and my waiter was no wear to be found for 10 plus minutes. Now I understand this is a popular place but between our waiter and the EXTREMELY long wait in between foods we spent 2 plus hours there we missed out on opportunity to explore Asheville since we were just stopping through which I was very sad about.Overall the deserts and appetizer we ordered were very good but due to poor service, timing,and menu descriptions I had to give it three stars

Pros: Nice atmosphere , good flavor

Cons: Poor Service , Over Priced , SLOW

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Culinary Masterpiece - Edit

Love the all vegan menu. Prices in line with any decent sit down restaurant. The restaurant doesn't look very fancy on the outside and the wood seating is hard, but the presentation and flavors of the food is five star all the way!

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the best. - Edit

Definitely one of my all time favorite places I've ever eaten. I was in Asheville for only two nights and went to Plant for both of them.

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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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