Polanco Restaurant

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 5 reviews )

10 N Market St, Asheville, North Carolina, USA, 28801

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers a separate vegan menu, and the food is cooked in separate kitchen area to avoid cross contamination. Owner is the chef. Open Tue 11:00am-10:00pm, Wed-Thu 11:00am-11:00pm, Fri 11:00am-2:00am, Sat 12:00pm-2:00am, Sun 3:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Mexican, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by Jeffblack3

I love Polanco - Edit

Polanco has the most extensive vegan menu of any non-vegan Mexican place I've ever been to. Everything is tasty, and there are some unique choices, like the wonderful vegan empanadas. Polanco has been very accommodating to the large groups of folks I've brought there from my vegan Meetup group. We will be back often!

Pros: great vegan choices

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loved it - Edit

The menu was awesome, so many options, you have to try the empanadas, they are killer, service was awesome

Pros: plenty of options , tasty, service

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Mixed Review - Edit

I really admire the effort this restaurant has put into offering a lot of vegan options on their menu and the dishes I've had there have all been great. It is sort of upscale but more modern and not traditional Mexican food (obviously since they have a vegan menu). While the folks working there are very friendly (especially the chef who came out and spoke with us to see how the food was) there is an unprofessional vibe to the place. They were out of the wines we wanted to order as well as the dishes we wanted to order and we were there pretty early so not sure why they would already be out of things. They did try to make it up to us which was nice but it just wasn't the smoothest dining experience the few times we have been there. Hopefully they will get the kinks worked out with time as the place has potential to be great.

Pros: Many vegan menu options, Good food

Cons: Out of things on the menu, Service can be slow / inconsistent

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Horrible - Edit

We recently traveled to Asheville to see a concert. We were very excited to try this restaurant that boasts a separate Vegan menu. Hostess was very warm and inviting as was the atmosphere. Our server was also very nice but as we inquired about what types of beer he had he pretty much said they were out of everything but PBR. So, fine no problem. I had a Margarita and my husband a PBR. He took forever to bring our drinks. Anyway, all down hill from there. We waited at least 30 minutes for our food. We specifically asked for vegan and I know he served my husband pork. The food was mediocre at best and our bill was $96.00. I hate to give a bad review but I would not recommend this place to a Vegan famly or anyone for that matter.

Pros: The have good Margaritas

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This place is fantastic and warm - Edit

Polanco is one of the best restaurants we have experienced. We tried last year to swing by but weren’t able. Finally, this trip we easily got a table. The chef himself sat us (unbeknownst to us at the time) and our waiter was with us right away. They immediately ask if you would like to see the vegan/vegetarian menu which is extensive. We ordered several plates to share which were all mind blowing. The empanadas, mole rojo, cauliflower and Father of nachos OH MAN. The chef was very friendly and spoke to each table regularly. He was very passionate about providing vegan options to people and creating new dishes based on his upbringing and background. The whole experience was awesome but the food... I, hands down, dream about this place now. I’d give 5 stars but as it isn’t fully vegan, happycow restricts me from doing so.

Pros: Delicious, Friendly , Extensive vegan options

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