Dining at Biltmore
Today, George Vanderbilt’s historic estate is a National Historic Landmark boasting America’s largest home. While a million guests visit annually to tour 250-room Biltmore House and its grounds, in culinary circles the estate is also recognized for its extraordinary food.
Drawing from Asheville’s thriving farm-to-table scene and George Vanderbilt’s love for entertaining, Biltmore is home to a variety of formal restaurants and light bites. Each venue has its own personality shaped by the executive chef and its historic surroundings. Menus change seasonally and are influenced by culinary trends and fresh offerings from local farms and the estate’s production garden.
- The Bistro: Located next to Biltmore Winery, this restaurant embodies the charm of Europe. Tables surround the open kitchen, where guests watch the chefs prepare meals. Lunch and dinner boast a combination of American-European flavors, with a heavy emphasis on local ingredients from the estate and surrounding farms. Handmade pastas and wood-fired pizzas that embrace seasonal flavors are a favorite.
- Cedric’s Tavern: This English-style pub is located in Antler Hill Village. A full bar, live music and outdoor seating makes this restaurant a destination. Hearty pub fare like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie grace the menu, but a favorite is the house-made pickles that arrive at every table before the meal.
- Deerpark Restaurant: Housed in a converted dairy barn original to the estate, this spot boasts plenty of rustic charm and views of estate pastures from its front door. A wall of windows overlooks an interior courtyard that is perfect for relaxing after the meal. A buffet of southern family-style dishes and Appalachian specialties are served with a modern twist.
- The Dining Room: Located at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, The Dining Room is upscale dining at its finest. White linen tablecloths, Vanderbilt china and crystal add to the luxury of savoring carefully executed meals. Chefs create gourmet delights using weekly food deliveries from the estate’s production garden. The Dining Room also hosts afternoon tea served with all the traditional delights of a proper English tea.
- Library Lounge: Tucked away in the lobby of The Inn on Biltmore Estate, this dining venue allows guests to savor an indulgent bite while skimming a book from library shelves or admiring panoramic views of the estate.
- Village Social: Located at the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, the Village Social is a full-service restaurant and bar, serving light breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant’s small plate concept focuses on sustainable seafood with local and regional farm and garden products. The relaxed atmosphere of Village Social is perfect for unwinding and catching up with friends.
- Stable Cafe: Located next to Biltmore House, this restaurant is housed in what was originally the estate’s horse stable. A bright and airy restaurant where converted stalls hold elegant booths, the menu boasts slow-cooked rotisserie chicken, smoked pork, estate-raised Angus beef, and house-made sausages. Wood harvested from the estate is used in smoking the meats.
Light Bites at Biltmore House
- Bake Shop: Enjoy fresh-baked pastries and baked goods, as well as espresso, gourmet coffees and herbal teas.
- Courtyard Market: Hearty snacks such as Sicilian-style thin crust pizza, hot dogs, beer, wine and cold beverages.
- Biltmore Dairy Bar: Hand-scooped ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes and drinks take center stage at this spot.
- Conservatory Café: Open seasonally on the Conservatory’s back patio, this spot serves Biltmore wines, light snacks and small plates.
Light Bites at Antler Hill Village
- Creamery: Winky Bar sundaes inspired by an original Biltmore Dairy ice cream treat are scooped up with a smile. Pastries, cupcakes, and gourmet coffees also make an appearance.
- Smokehouse: Carolina barbecue and quick sandwiches featuring house-made sauces. The Kitchen: Located on the first floor of the Village Hotel, The Kitchen offers items to grab and go. The menu includes beverages such as handcrafted espresso, organic coffee, specialty tea and fresh fruit smoothies, as well as seasonal baked goods and gourmet breakfast sandwichs. For lunch, choose from chopped salads, gourmet sandwiches, and our farmer’s market special.
Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore includes Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; four-star The Inn on Biltmore Estate; the new Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.