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No visit to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is complete without trying some of their amazing dining options. Whether you spend only one day at Biltmore or plan a Biltmore Estate weekend getaway there are more than enough wonderful places to eat. Here are the best Biltmore restaurants by meal—breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks and desserts.
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Where should I eat at Biltmore?
Great question! There are so many places to eat at Biltmore. Here are some things to consider before you make your choice.
- Do you prefer casual dining, or do you want something formal?
- Are you on a budget or do you want to splurge a bit?
- Are you looking for a full meal or do you just need a snack?
The great news is that there are so many great Biltmore Estate dining options, you’re sure to find something that fits your tastes and your budget.
And Biltmore Estate is more than happy to assist you if you have special dietary needs.
Most restaurants at Biltmore have menus with clearly marked gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options. And if they don’t, all you have to do is ask.
Plus Biltmore passholders enjoy special discounts on all estate dining. If you’re thinking about purchasing a Biltmore Estate annual pass, you can find more information in my post about all the great Biltmore passholder benefits.
Best Biltmore Dining for Breakfast: The Dining Room
Location: Inn on Biltmore Estate | $$$ – $$$$ | Reservations strongly recommended
Please note: Seating and menus at The Dining Room have been adjusted due to COVID-19.
You simply cannot beat the breakfast at the four-star Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate.
When it’s offered, it’s worth making a trip to The Dining Room to partake in the breakfast buffet.
When we spend a weekend at the Inn we always get a bed & breakfast package which includes The Dining Room’s amazing breakfast buffet (in non-COVID times).
I’m just going to take a small detour to tell you that you really need to consider making your trip to Biltmore an overnight or weekend stay. The Inn is amazing. For more information, read my full review of The Inn.
Getting back to the food, at the buffet (again when they offer it) you can enjoy made-to-order omelets or mini Belgian waffles. There’s also a huge variety of pastries and other breakfast sides like their amazing hash brown casserole, fresh fruit and so much more.
We also think that The Dining Room offers the best coffee on the Estate.
It’s the perfect place to fuel up before spending a day exploring the House or the walking/hiking trails.
Tip: request a table by one of the windows offering beautiful views of the surrounding hills or a cozy and romantic table in front of the fireplace.
The Dining Room has a suggested dress code of business casual, such as collared shirts and slacks or blouses and dress pants/skirts.
Best Biltmore Restaurant for Lunch: Deerpark Restaurant
Location: Deerpark | $$ – $$$ | Reservations recommended
Please note that, due to COVID-19, Deerpark is currently closed.
Continuing the theme of buffets, our pick for best lunch at Biltmore Estate has to be Deerpark Restaurant.
Deerpark offers an incredible array of seasonal and regional dishes from appetizers and salads, soups, meats, wonderful sides and lovely desserts (including gluten-free options).
You simply must try their buttermilk mashed potatoes. Oh, and their house made pickles are delish!
The Taste of the South buffet is available on Fridays and Saturdays. Deerpark also offers a buffet brunch on Sundays, though it is usually a fair bit more expensive that Friday/Saturday lunch.
Vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options are clearly marked on the menus.
Deerpark also typically offers special holiday buffet dining for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Lunch Honorable Mention: The Stable Café
Location: Biltmore House & Gardens (off the Stable Courtyard) | $$ – $$$ | Reservations strongly recommended
If you’re looking for table service lunch rather than a buffet or you’re visiting the estate on a day that Deerpark is closed we recommend The Stable Café. It’s located in the stables off the courtyard area at the House.
The Stable Café is known for their great burgers and barbecue.
And yes, it was the Estate stable once upon a time. In fact, you can eat in booths that are converted from horse stalls!
Because of its proximity to Biltmore House, it gets quite busy at lunch time, so definitely make reservations if you plan to eat there otherwise, you’ll want to arrive as close to opening as possible.
Best Quick Casual Lunch: The Courtyard Market
Location: Biltmore House & Gardens (Stable Courtyard) | $$ | No reservations
Don’t have time for a table service meal or want to grab a quick lunch on a budget? Then we recommend The Courtyard Market. It’s a great place to grab a quick bite that’s not fast food.
The menu is not extensive, but they do change it up periodically.
In the case of inclement weather, the Courtyard Market may be closed. You can also grab a quick lunch at The Creamery at Antler Hill Village.
Best Dinner: The Bistro
Location: Antler Hill Village & Winery | $$$ | Reservations strongly recommended
The best single meal we’ve ever had at Biltmore Estate was an anniversary dinner at The Bistro. The service, the food, everything was perfect. 10/10 dentists would recommend.
Enjoy seasonal and local/regional dishes with outstanding service at The Bistro at Biltmore Estate Winery.
Start with the artisan cheese plate. Trust me.
The Bistro is also open for lunch on weekends and offers wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, soup, pasta and salads.
Dinner Honorable Mention: Cedric’s Tavern
Location: Antler Hill Village & Winery | $$ – $$$ | Reservations strongly recommended
Cedric’s Tavern is a great choice for either lunch or dinner, to be honest.
You’ll enjoy “global pub fare” in a cozy pub atmosphere with outstanding service.
They also have great salads and hearty small plates. In fact, I’ve even made a dinner out of these items and had to share because it was so much food!
We also love the house made pickles here. So good!
The only criticism I would have of Cedric’s is that the vegetarian option on the menu has not changed in years. And I mean years. It’s delicious, but a girl can only eat the same thing at the same restaurant so many times before she wants to try something new.
Best Biltmore Estate Snack/Dessert Stop: The Creamery
Location: Antler Hill Village & Winery | $ | No reservations
Once you’ve explored Biltmore House and walked the gardens, you’ll probably be ready for a little snack. We usually head to The Creamery at Antler Hill Village.
Hubby loves their ice cream and I adore their cinnamon rolls. It’s a great place to take a breather and even just get a quick cup of coffee and do a little people watching.
Lines can get long here and seating is a bit limited if you’re looking to escape the weather, but don’t let that deter you.
The Creamery is also a good place to grab a quick sandwich lunch.
Snack/Dessert Honorable Mention: Biltmore Confectionery
Biltmore House & Gardens (off the Stable Courtyard) | $ | No reservations
Okay, so you want just a little something sweet, but you don’t want to drive to The Creamery at Antler Hill Village or wait in a long line in the Stable Courtyard.
Just step inside The Confectionery. You’ll find it near the Stable Café off the Stable Courtyard near the House.
They have an amazing variety of chocolates and other sweet treats. It’s my favorite place to stop when I don’t want (or need) a full dessert.
What’s your pick for best Biltmore restaurant?
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