Our recent adventure to Biltmore was a culinary delight. The number of Biltmore Restaurants – both at Biltmore House and Antler Hill Village – can be delightfully overwhelming for those on their first visit. Where should you head for a snack or for a romantic escape? Can we take the kids to Wine Bar? And do we need to ride the shuttle for ice cream? We’ve addressed all these questions and more in our complete guide to your dining adventure at North Carolina‘s Biltmore Estate.
Before I take you on a journey through the eateries here, let me remind you…Biltmore was a working farm when it began in 1895, and it remains so to this day. Fresh eggs and vegetables, choice-cut meats, and other fine ingredients come straight from the Estate’s property. And where the Estate cannot meet the demand of it’s visitors each month, Biltmore’s chefs source from local farms. You’ll find rotating menus at almost every restaurant, demonstrating their unique farm-to-table approach. Many of these dining options have been ranked highly on open table diner’s choice awards.
QUICK STOPS FOR BITES AND SNACKS
The Creamery. A rootbeer float everyday. That’s how the kids indulged at The Creamery. There are also cupcakes and other sweets, and coffees to hold you over while the kids play on Pisgah Playground just next door.
The Kitchen Cafe. This was our saving-grace a number of times. Situated inside Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, it is super for grabbing a hot tea, bag of chips, or breakfast sandwich.
Smokehouse. Chow on down-home Carolina BBQ with ease. We love how this eatery is at The Farm, so families don’t have to venture far from the fun when hunger strikes.
The Bake Shop. Make a quick stop of coffee, pastries or other fast bites after your tour of Biltmore House.
The Biltmore Dairy Bar. Cool off on a hot day with an ice cream or milkshake.
The Conservatory Café. Wandering the garden may work up an appetite. Head to the Conservatory for sensational views at this open-air cafe. Sip a glass of wine or enjoy a light bite while you take in the garden.
The Courtyard Market. Hot dogs, salads, beer and wine…it’s a little more than The Bake Shop but not as much as Stable Cafe. We grabbed a quick protein bite here to hold the kids over between the House tour and lunch.
SIT-DOWN SERVICE THAT UNDERSTANDS FAMILIES
Village Social. We enjoyed breakfast and lunch here on our last visit to Biltmore. The prices are right, the selection is diverse, and we found it to be very kid-accommodating. Enjoy seafood, burgers, fried chicken, and other Southern favorites.
This was our go-to breakfast option because of the plethora of carb-free options. Try the Social Breakfast, Social Omelet or Crab and Pesto Egg Scramble. My kiddos declare the Pecan Waffle the best they’ve ever eaten.
For dinner, try the Chicken “Saltimbocca” and a Barrel Aged Manhattan or a glass of Biltmore wine.
Bistro. Gingham tablecloths and an open kitchen create a fun, bright European feel. Soup, salad and sandwiches make a great lunch. For dinner, the Estate-Raised Pork Belly is a must-try appy, with steaks, chops and seafood entree options.
Cedric’s Tavern. Ask our Managing Editor and she’ll tell you this is her favorite! Do not leave without trying the pretzels and Lusty Monk Mustard, an Asheville original. I adored the grownup-style grilled cheese with a side of tomato soup.
I highly recommend patio seating here, and don’t forget to introduce the kids to the the statue of Cedric right outside the door.
Wine Bar. Should you come to Wine Bar without the kids, if you can? YES! But if you’re traveling as a family, it is completely doable. We loved getting a table in the sunshine and enjoying a few flights (plus some munchies.) And the boys sipped on grape juice, feeling fancy, too!
Stable Cafe. Smoked meats, burgers, salads…there are great selections served in what was formerly the Estate’s horse stable. We love the casual atmosphere and cozy booths. If you find yourself touring Biltmore House right before or after lunch, this is a great place to fuel up.
SUPURB SELECTIONS FOR ROMANTIC DINING
The Dining Room. For your most romantic meal, escape to The Dining Room at The Inn on Biltmore Estate. White linen tablecloths, fine china, and crystal adorn your table, but the draw is truly the entree selections that emphasize the estate-raised and local ingredients.
We recommend selecting from the Vanderbilt menu, which exemplifies the dishes George Vanderbilt would have served to his own guests. If you have the time, plan to enjoy the Afternoon Tea, as well.
Deerpark Restaurant. Deerpark Restaurant received OpenTable’s Top 100 Best Brunch moniker last year, and brunch will work for families, but it also an enchanting day-time date option. Don’t skip the Bloody Mary bar. And when the weather warms, try the Summer Concert Evening buffet.
Library Lounge. Salad and gourmet sandwiches fill the menu in this casual location with in The Inn. It’s your go-to option for less formal fare in an adult-centric atmosphere.
Dining Events. Be sure to check the calendar for special event dining opportunities all year. From Mother’s Day Brunch at Deerpark Restaurant to a 6-course Sparkling Wine Reception in the conservatory room of Biltmore House, to the Biltmore Brewing Beer Dinner…the opportunities are exciting and inspiring.
Recipes. After you visit Biltmore, you will surely want to recreate the memories at home. What better place to start than in the kitchen. Leverage your own Farmers’ Market freshness with these Biltmore-inspired recipes.
MORE ABOUT BILTMORE ESTATES
The Biltmore Estates is home to more than just its inspired takes on regional favorites by executive chefs. Sure, the estate boasts fine and casual restaurants allowing one to immerse yourself in the kind traditional southern dining options and kind of hospitality for which the Vanderbilts were famous, but there is so much more.
See how our family enjoyed Biltmore Estates, we dined on the estate, had wonderful dining experiences, and love the estate’s splendid overnight properties.
There are many options to explore the estate the Vanderbilt family called home. Estate guests can purchase a daytime ticket pass, or stay in one of their overnight accommodations.
The estate is enormous and it will definitely take more than one time to explore it all! Instead if just a daytime ticket a Biltmore annual passes may be the way to go if you plan on more than one visit this year.
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