641 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC | Directions 2880435.621156 -82.554172
Modern decor, a lively scene and seafood-heavy Italian dishes that burst with seasonal ingredients. – The Scene
Nothing unique from the outside, inside this Italian restaurant charms with modern yet rustic decor. Walls are painted in mustard and green and accentuated with copper touches and wrought iron fixtures. Crowds fill the narrow dining area, creating a noise level that can be difficult to talk over. Service is friendly and well paced.
The menu puts a heavy emphasis on seafood and high-quality seasonal ingredients. Starters are a hit: Plump mussels are served in white wine with a light garlic flavor, and tiger shrimp spring rolls come with a maple soy dipping sauce. Entrees range from seafood specialties like lobster stew to pasta favorites including penne in vodka cream sauce with caramelized onions, pancetta and roasted red peppers. Desserts shine as bright as appetizers, including a not-overly-sweet creme brulee and selection of signature dessert drinks.
Must do the chef's choice – My husband and I visited Asheville and did the chef's choice menu at Savoy. We got a sashimi appetizer paired with sake, a fish entree with champagne sauce and caviar paired with wine, and a steak entree with port reduction. It was fabulous. This became our favorite restaurant, and the service is awesome too.
Savoy Restaurant – If your near Asheville don't miss a chance to enjoy a fabulous meal here. Almost didn't try it beacause of review from gerriandross, I am so glad we did! We were not rushed in any way even though the restaurant was quite busy. Our servers were very knowledgable and unpretentious. The service was acceptional. The food was flavorful as well as beautifully presented. The prices were very resonable for the fantastic food and service.
You might enjoy it if you like being rushed – Savoy touts itself as a "fine dining" experience-- but since the servers seem mostly concerned with quick table turnover, it might as well be some burger joint or pizza parlor. It's a shame you're not allowed to enjoy the creative offerings prepared by the talented chef. Savoy staff doesnt seem to realize the pace of the dining experience plays an important role in customer satisfaction. We hadnt quite decided on our entrees when we were informed that "this table has another reservation on it" and that "the hostess was getting concerned". This was said NOT as we lingered over several cups of coffee at the end of the meal (that's understandable), but just as our appetizers and first glasses of wine were being served! There are lots of great restaurants in Asheville--so unless you enjoy fast food pace at fine dining prices, I would strongly recommend dining elsewhere.
The food was fabulous!! I have tried to imitate our dinner there but without success!! We ate here a couple of years ago, and I would love to plan a trip to Asheville again just for dinner here. Our server was fabulous. We were on our honeymoon and the server made our first married dinner so spectacular. We even saw him on the street and he made a big deal of us being honeymooners!!
GREAT FOOD GREAT PLACE GREAT SERVICE
great drinks too!
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