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Enjoy Asheville's Dining and Entertainment Scene – Outdoors and Safely – This Summer

Asheville Outdoor DiningThe typically vibrant restaurant and live music scene in Asheville is looking a little different this summer. With coronavirus concerns and restrictions in place, venues have adapted by creating outdoor options that are both safe (following CDC guidelines) and enjoyable. Here are a few spots to socially distance while enjoying the food and entertainment that are singular to Asheville.

Eating out, literally

Sunny Point Café – While this West Asheville destination isn’t offering dine-in service, customers can take to-go orders to a newly created picnic area, or enjoy their meals in the garden.

All Souls Pizza – Guests can place orders at the counter or order online, then enjoy their meal at outdoor seating on the patio or the adjacent field.

Zia Taqueria – A counter-ordering system is in place at this West Asheville spot, which has turned its side parking lot into an outdoor patio with 14 tables. Food runners deliver meals, and get guests more drinks, close tabs and clear tables.

Taco Billy – Guests to this West Asheville favorite can place an online order, then take their food to one of the picnic tables in the newly expanded back yard.

Mellow Mushroom – This popular pizza spot offers a huge patio perfectly perched at a bustling downtown intersection, ideal for taking in Asheville’s energy while enjoying a slice.

Asheville Restaurants with Outdoor SeatingJettie Rae’s Oyster House – This new eatery on Charlotte Street – featuring fresh fish and oysters – offers an open-air patio for dine-in enjoyment.

White Duck Taco Shop – The River Arts District location of this popular Asheville spot provides counter service and a beautiful riverside setting with plenty of picnic tables from which to safely enjoy your meal.

Bent Creek Bistro at the N.C. Arboretum– Guests here can enjoy lunch al fresco when they order at the window or online. Socially distanced seating is available in the Education Center Courtyard and Plaza, or guests can take the Bistro’s picnic-friendly packaged meals to their favorite spots on the Arboretum’s 434-acre campus.

Live music, outdoors 

Isis Music Hall – This West Asheville venue continues its popular lawn shows – replacing the open free lawn and bring-your-own-chair seating with dining-only tables socially distanced throughout the patio and lawn. Reservations are recommended.

One World Brewing West – Most Thursdays through Sundays, One World’s West Asheville location hosts live outdoor music to enjoy along with a rotating selection of flagship brews.

Grey Eagle Taqueria - This iconic music venue in the River Arts District also has an attached restaurant and large courtyard patio. They are offering small and socially distant concerts that people can enjoy while enjoying tacos and craft beer.

Wortham Center for the Performing Arts – This downtown destination is closed, but the center is presenting Top Deck Concerts at the Pack Square Parking Deck. Guests can bring their own chair or relax in their vehicle for rooftop-level performances at the Pack Square Parking Deck, directly adjacent to the Wortham Center balcony level. Up to 25 single tickets are available per performance for physically distanced outdoor seating (mask required). Drive-in passes are sold per car and include a parking space to enjoy the performance from inside your vehicle (no mask required).

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