Where to Eat at Biltmore Estate: Tips from an Annual Passholder

No visit to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is complete without trying some of their amazing dining options. If you’re unsure of where to eat at Biltmore, here are the best Biltmore restaurants by meal—breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus snacks and desserts.

Deerpark Restaurant exterior at Biltmore Estate
Plate of breakfast food on a table in The Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate
The Dining Room at The Inn on Biltmore Estate is one of the best Biltmore restaurants. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go.

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Whether you spend only one day at Biltmore or plan a Biltmore Estate weekend getaway there are more than enough wonderful places to eat. 

Best Biltmore Dining for Breakfast: The Dining Room 

Location: Inn on Biltmore Estate | $$$ – $$$$ | Reservations strongly recommended 

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 fantastic breakfast buffet. 

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 on Biltmore Estate.

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 resort casual for breakfast. Resort elegant attire is required for dinner. 

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Best Biltmore Restaurant for Lunch: Deerpark Restaurant 

Location: Deerpark | $$ – $$$ | Reservations recommended 

**Please note that Deerpark is currently closed, and it is unclear whether it will re-open.

Continuing the theme of buffets, our pick for the 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 housemade 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 than 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 food on a wooden table at The Stable Cafe at Biltmore Estate
The Stable Cafe is a great Biltmore dining option. And it’s a convenient stop after you tour the House. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go.

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 located off the courtyard area at the House. 

The Stable Café is known for its 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 lunchtime, 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. 

Steak and broccolini on a white plate at The Bistro at Biltmore Estate Winery
The Bistro is our favorite Biltmore Estate restaurant for dinner. Photo: Plan, Ready, Go.

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.

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 them because there was so much food! 

We also love the house pickles here. So good! 

The only criticism I would have of Cedric’s is that the vegetarian option on the menu sometimes doesn’t change all that often. It’s always 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. 

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.

Where to stay during your visit to Biltmore Estate

There are many wonderful places to stay on a visit to Biltmore.

My top pick is the Inn on Biltmore Estate. The inn is beautiful, the service is wonderful and there are excellent dining options right there. Check availability today.

Also on the Estate is the lovely Village Hotel. It’s located right at the great shops and dining available at Antler Hill Village. Check rates and availability here.

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – Asheville-Biltmore Village Area is a popular option. It’s located just about half a mile from the Estate and offer free parking and a free shuttle. You can check availability here.

Final thoughts on the best Biltmore Estate restaurants

From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, Biltmore Dining offers everything you could possibly want.   

What’s your pick for the best Biltmore restaurant?  

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  1. Robert Harris says:

    Great choice of restaurants, Darcy! The buttermilk mashed potatoes at Deerpark Restaurant is delicious. I would also like to add Fig Bistro restaurant to the list that features New American and French cuisine. You can’t resist diving into their unbelievable risotto. And yes, you have to end the meal with Fuji apple tart.

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