Plant

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 88 reviews )
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165 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, North Carolina, USA, 28801

Vegan restaurant sourcing local, seasonal, and organic ingredients. The multi-cultural menu includes raw, gluten-free, and 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 (88)

First Review by Ann Leitgeb

Dinner at Plant - 5/18/2014 - Edit

Dinner at Plant – The restaurant is not far from the downtown area so easy to get to. Located in a pretty nondescript building (mostly gray) with a simple sign: PLANT. There is limited outdoor seating and not an over abundance inside. Make reservations!

We were greeted pleasantly and the service was excellent. As I love plantains, I really was looking forward to their Fried Plantains. We also wanted to try some other appetizers so also ordered the Iron Skillet Olives and the Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes. Well the olives in a hot skillet were interesting, nothing to get worked up about; just olives. The Artichokes were good but not spectacular. Now the Plantains, Those WERE Spectacular. I could have just done a few orders of those for dinner but held off. While the main menu was lovely and the presentations on neighboring tables looked great, we both decided on the Applewood Smoked Porto'House for our main course. That was DELICIOUS!

For desert, I had the Blackout Pie of peanut butter fudge! YUM. Nancy had the Blondie which was also very good.
After this we were pretty stuffed and left with a quick goodbye and compliments to Jason Sellers the chef!

Pros: Delicious, Great Service, Nice Location

Cons: Little Pricey, Limited Reservations, No Walk-Ins

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This a a fancy but amazing vegan restaurant! - Edit

It reminds me of "Millennium" in san francisco. At Plant I got the raw enchilada, wow it was so good. Their whole menu looked fantastic! But it is more pricey and fancy, which is fine by me! :)

Pros: Super quality, Menu, Taste, specialty

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Plant rocks!!! - Edit

This is my second time dining at plant. It's so amazing and some of the best vegan food I've had. Tonight tried the risotto-amazing!!! So creamy and the mushroom and carrots are to dream about. Started with the cheese platter-a must and ended with the blackout pie-delicious!! Highly recommend plant!!!

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Fantastic Food - Edit

We were in town visiting the Biltmore Estate and saw Plant on Happy Cow and decided to give it a try. The food was wonderful. We started with the iron skillet olives then had the risotto and applewood smoked porto house. This was some of the best vegan food we have ever had. We also indulged in the Meyer lemon cheesecake and lemongrass ginger ice cream. It was truly delicious. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the servers didn't rush your meal. If you are planning to go on a weekend, reservations are recommended. We look forward to our next visit to Asheville and Plant.

Pros: Excellent food, Great service

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Deliciousness! - Edit

My husband and I ate at plant tonight and enjoyed every bite. We started off with the fried plantains and cheese plate. The plantains were so delicious and topped with an awesome dried shiitake bacon. We even heard others in the restaurant raving about how good the bacon was.

The cheese plate was to die for. The rest of the food was incredible as well. We ordered the farro risotto and hazelnut crusted seitan. The risotto was perfect and came with delicious mushrooms and other veggies. The seitan was decadent and the cauliflower purée and broccolini it was served with complemented it perfectly. For desert we ordered the brownie. It came with hazelnuts and ice cream. I am such a hazelnut fan so this made my day.

We were also lucky enough to try the artichoke appetizer and ordered their house-made ginger soda and they were great as well. Yes, the food is a bit pricey but it's worth it and less expensive than other comparable, non-vegan restaurants.

The staff are so friendly and our waitress knew every ingredient in the dishes we asked her about. The kitchen is open to the dining room which makes for a really cool atmosphere too.

So when you get tired of eating vegan nachos and buffalo seitan go to plant. FIVE STARS!

Pros: Creative menu & Gluten free options, Friendly and knowledgable staff, Amazing food & cool environment.

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FABULOUS! - Edit

Intimate vegan restaurant in eclectic Asheville! Everything I have tried here has been delicious. Vegan cheese plate, fried plantains, portobello steak with polenta, adobo, seitan, cannoli and brownie will not disappoint. Beautiful presentation and cozy environment. Awesome for special occasion or just a night out. Must try if you are visiting Asheville or live in the area.

Pros: Superb cuisine, Excellent flavors, Intimate environment

Cons: None!

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Even My Omnivore Husband Liked It! - Edit

Plant offers a healthy yet delicious menu. I tasted 4 different dishes and was delighted by all of them. They were very accommodating to my daughter as she has a nut allergy AND is very picky about her veggies (despite being vegan). The fact that my hubby loved the food was an added bonus. I want to try everything!

Pros: Delicious, Unique, Friendly

Cons: Pricey, Small Menu

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Worth the Drive - Edit

My husband and I have been eating a plant-based diet for a year and a half—ever since he underwent double bypass surgery. We felt either deprived or compromised whenever we ate out until we discovered Plant. The food is fabulous: it's beautiful and delicious. The soups and hummus are divine, but be warned. If you eat an appetizer and an entree, you probably won't have room for one of their decadent desserts. The service is great, and the ambience inside is lovely and friendly. (Their patio outside facing the parking lot doesn't hold much appeal, however.) We spend lots of weekends in western NC, but driving 30 miles to have dinner at Plant is always high on our agenda.

Pros: Delicious, creative, beautiful cuisine, Moderately priced, Charming staff

Cons: No more brunch!, patio on the parking lot

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best vegan food ever - Edit

Eating at plant had to be one of the best meals we have ever had. The dining room set up is unique because its an open kitchen where you can see the chefs cooking. The presentation was beautiful and the food was fresh. The flavors were excellent along with service. We got a cheese plate and cauliflower soup as an app, wild bbq and farrotto as the main dishes and the brownie with ice cream for dessert. Everything was spectacular, i would highly recommend it. if going on a weekend night, calling ahead for reservations would be a good idea as it fills up fast.

Pros: great service, high quality, fun environment

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Really good food - Edit

We really liked the food and the atmosphere. The price was commencerate with the service and quality. I would say it was close to Plum Bistro good.

Pros: Nice waitstaff, Good quality food, Clean

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gourmet vegan - Edit

Everything we ate was outstanding. We tried the S'nuts and the "cheese" platter. The two types of "cheese" were made from cashews and were delicious.
We also ordered the raw enchilada and the jerk tofu. My daughter had the portobello steaks over polenta with sautéed greens. The grilled polenta was amazing. The sauce on the portobellos was a bit strong but still very good. Our total bill was $84 with tip for 4 of us. This was a splurge for us but well worth the price.

Pros: delicious , raw options, friendly service

Cons: small dining room

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Happiness! - Edit

Stopped at Plant for dinner while visiting Asheville. It was a peaceful dining experience knowing that everything on the menu was vegan! Beautifully prepared food, everything tasted amazing. Between everyone at our table we had the nightly soup-a Thai tomato, hazelnut crusted seitan, red curry tofu, and jerk seitan. We all sampled each other's meals and they were all delicious.

Pros: amazing, VEGAN, did I say amazing?

Cons: ambiance is a bit lacking

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YUMM!! - Edit

Plant was delicious!! I went with an omni friend, and even she liked it! Portion size was perfect, I even had a little left for leftovers. I don't know what they do to their hummus, but it was incredible, and I'm usually bored by hummus. Do NOT skip desert! They make their own ice cream, and it's amazing. It's very creamy, not like flavored ice.

Pros: Delicious, Fresh, Creative

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Save up!! - Edit

Can't fault the food, it's good, really. But holy moly, is it expensive. Hubby and I shared a tiny vegan cheese appetizer ($11), a main course and we had three $4 beers. This came, with tax and tip, to $52. Now, I know they're going for fine dining, so sure, charge a lot. But, it keeps normal, veg*ns from going more often, and instead caters for the rich. Shame, because I'd like to eat there more often.
As an example, we've eaten in loads of other restaurants in Asheville with a starter, main and drinks and our bill is around $20-25 including tax and generous tip.
I'd have given 4 cows if it wasn't so expensive - the food is worth 4, but they lose a cow on price.

Pros: Vegan done well

Cons: Very expensive, Must drive to it (not downtown), Most dishes concentrate on mushrooms

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Best Vegan Food Ever! - Edit

I am OBSESSED with this place! The place is a fine dining vegan restaurant, which is extremely rare in the vegan world. They have the best cannoli ever, taste like so authentic, my italian grandma would be proud. All of the food tastes fantastic here. The head chef is well trained, passionate about creating excellent meals, and executes well. The staff is friendly, and very knowledgeable about their vegan ingredients. The food is pretty and the choices are incredible. I go to Asheville (a four hour ride) just to go to this restaurant. It is not a great choice for children, which is nice as a romantic vegan option. LOVE IT!

Pros: Everything

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A MUST - Edit

Everything they create is art. It is my absolute favorite restaurant! I make sure to visit Plant every time I vacation here!
(Make sure to try the cheese plate!)
Updated from previous review on Wednesday June 12, 2013

Pros: SO YUMMY, BEAUTIFUL, GREAT ATMOSPHERE

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Happy to Have Checked it Out - Edit

I ate at Plant while briefly in Asheville for a concert. Since it appeared to be the only (though not anymore) all-vegan restaurant in the city, I could not resist even if dining alone.

I sat at the bar in this semi-upscale locale where, once stepped foot inside, you can tell they place an importance on service. They feature a lovely open kitchen dining room with added bar stool seating, where I situated myself. The staff and cooks were very friendly, fraternizing with me when the opportunity arose. They offered complimentary raw spiced nuts to much on while a) trying to decide on an entree and b) waiting for my meal.

I ordered a local beer, the Asheville Brewing Shiva IPA which was strong and very good. I ordered the Jerk (grilled seitan · smashed sweet potatoes · sautéed collards · spicy serrano crudo · fried banana & celtic salt) as my entree. It was a bit spicier than I typically like my food, but you could tell - not only from the presentation - that all elements of the dish were top class.

It was so filling that I broke my own rule and did not order dessert. Their homemade ice cream gets rave reviews, I know! I told them I would save more room next time and I wasn't kidding; I certainly plan to return the next time I'm in the delightful confines of Asheville, NC.

Pros: Top Quality Food, Prices are moderate and fair, Great staff/service

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Delicious, elegant, comfy. - Edit

As another reviewer said, the food is delicious and pretty to look at. The hummus was to die for, definitely the best I've had in my travels. The shredded philly 'steak' was also perfection. God, I miss that sandwich! This place is worth going to Asheville for!

Pros: fresh, local ingredients , friendly, accommodating service, clean, cozy design

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