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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunset Terrace

Asheville, North Carolina
Lunch with a view
Dined in April 2014

I had an early start on my drive, heading into Asheville from Charleston, South Carolina, stopping at the Cowpens Revolutionary War Battlefield and state park on my way. I wanted to stop for lunch once I arrived so I went to opentable to see what a good place for lunch would be. There were of course many selections, but the Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Inn looked very appealing, just in scenery alone, so I said what the heck.

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Review basics:
Overall Star rating by Wine, Dine, & Play:
2 of 5
Quality of food:
6 of 10
5 of 10
Customer service:
7 of 10
9 of 10
Corkage fee’s:
American Restaurant standard is $25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Dress code:
Smart casual, or Conservative attire
Make reservation through opentable.com, or by contacting the restaurant directly. See contact info below the review section
Accepted, but not guaranteed
Child policy:
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Cuisine style:
Contemporary, Seafood, American, & Vegetarian
Music styles:
Background instrumental
Romantic, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Beautiful décor, Rustic, Scenic views, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood gem.
20% added to parties of 8 or more
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Diner’s,
Valet, or hotel parking
As a dining guest, you will receive 3 hours of Self-Parking with compliments of hotel or for Valet Services, the charge is $15.
Transport options:
taxi, limousine, personal vehicle, or walking
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Noise level:
Nonsmoking restaurant, and nonsmoking patio

Azhar Mohammad
Courtesy of Grove Park Inn.com
Executive Sous Chef
William Bierlein

Food price per person
(Excluding tax & gratuity)

Price chart:
$£€¥ -                Under 50.00
$£€¥ x 2 -          Under 75.00
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00

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My food bill:
Country :
Price chart:
$ 27.00
United States Dollar (USD)
£ 15.76
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
European Union (EUR)
$ 29.13
Canadian Dollar (CAN)

$ 28.83
Australian Dollar (AUS)
¥ 166.40
Chinese Yuan (CNY) 

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From restaurants home page:
The Sunset Terrace is an outdoor dining venue; please dress according to the weather. The Sunset Terrace features the finest hand cut steak, premier chops and fresh seafood.  Partnering with local farmers, our chefs and staff are committed to providing you with a truly memorable Asheville dining experience. The Sunset Terrace is a nine-time recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence most recently in 2014.
Main review:
The views were just outstanding as I drove up to the hotel, and the building itself was wonderful. The first thing that came to mind is why I didn’t reserve here, oh well. The parking for all reserved dining guest was complementary for three hours, or you could valet, whichever you prefer. I parked in the garage, and it took a good ten minute walk through the hotel to reach the restaurant, whereas the valet area was a thirty second walk, so maybe that may convince you to valet when you visit.

The restaurant dining room like its name implies is on the terrace of the backside of the hotel overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. I started with a local beer called Gaelic Ale, deep amber-colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. For food I started with the Chophouse Wedge Salad, very typical with bacon, crumbled blue cheese, and ranch dressing. Also on their menu were roasted beets, local greens, crab cakes and a few others.
For the entrée selection the menu had a good variety of steaks, chops, seafood, and sandwiches. For my main I ordered a burger since it was just lunch, but I should have read the menu a little more carefully. The entrée was good, but not what I expected. It said Portobello sandwich, so I thought it was a burger with Portobello on it, and based on the $16.00 price tag it sounded just right. Little to my surprise that I got a $16.00 mushroom on bread, with no burger lol, so my fault, should have looked closer, but didn’t. Again it was still good, just I was craving beef.

This Restaurant reminds me of:
Great location, wonderful terrace dining but overall a normal restaurant, and nothing to really write home about, I would compare it either Alex Restaurant  in Dublin, Ireland and Gaia Restaurant in American Canyon, California.

Other Asheville favorites:
The Dining Room at Biltmore Inn
The Bistro at Biltmore

Cost of wines and other alcoholic beverages in USD:

Restaurant address: 
290 Macon Ave
Asheville, NC
GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 35.620621
Longitude: -82.542398

Contact Information:

Maître d, reservations:
Online Reservations :

Facebook Link               

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Review by:
Chef Sean Overpeck (CFE)

Chef Sean cooks for soldiers in Afghanistan, 2012:

"Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well."