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All reviews sea bass risotto duck crab cakes bread pudding key lime pie filet fries burger the owner chef every guest really enjoyed our meal upscale dining ashe county service was excellent wait staff last night
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Reviewed 27 August 2022 via mobile

Excellent restaurant with great flavors however if crab cakes had alot more crab versus filler would be a 5. We staryed with the special appetizer which was ahi tuna stack with edamae wasabi puree served under a glass dome which was smoked at tableside. A...real treat and rated a MO ( Mouth Orgasm). The crab cake was ok but too much filler, the grits were so creamy which saved the dish. The second entre' was the Sea bass with a light crust, risotto in a excellent olive oil base topped with a spiral zuchinni slaw. The sea bass was phenominal. Finally being from Florida there was no key lime pie that can beat those out of Key West so what do you select when in the Appalacian Mountains? Bread puddimg and again our taste buds registered a 10 on the Ricter scale. Overall this is a excellent restaurant just give me more crab.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 9 July 2022

My wife and I have enjoyed dinners at the Craft Bistro so many times we’ve lost count. This evening we had another excellent evening with the folks at the Craft Bistro. There is no better owner couple and wait staff in West Jefferson/Ashe Co. I...know that sounds ‘over the top’ but truth is truth. Tonight’s entrees were great, which is what we’ve come to expect from Jarred, Becky and their kitchen staff. My wife had the crab encrusted Atlantic salmon which was tremendous. That’s my choice next visit! The duck with it’s delicious glaze was very good as well and we both topped off the meal with their outstanding bread pudding. Tonight the restaurant was full but we were treated like we were the only guests there. And one more thing that we’ve come to highly appreciate about the Craft Bistro is the ‘staging/timing’ of the various parts of our meal. From drinks to appetizer to entree to dessert you are never rushed and each arrives with wonderful timing. It’s not the cheapest place in West Jefferson but we’ve found it an excellent value for what you receive. We will always come back! Thank you Jarred, Becky, Drew, Patrick, Big T, Tommy and all the guys in the kitchen.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 25 June 2022

We have eaten here twice. Both meals were incredible. Met the owner/chef on the second trip up there. He was full but fit us in. The meal was phenomenal. Pricey, but well worth it.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 29 December 2021

This is by far the best restaurant in West Jefferson these days. Not inexpensive, but as good as you'll find in a big city.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 12 December 2021

We have been coming to the Craft Bistro since the summer of 2019. Each time we are greeted as old friends and have never been disappointed in the service or the food. And tonight’s visit was another home run! Jarred and Becky are so personable...and always make a point of greeting each and every guest. The quality of each entree will not disappoint you. The staff are very attentive but not intrusive, which is just right for an enjoyable evening dining out. If you want ‘cheap’, get a burger or a pizza somewhere else. If you want a delicious meal for a fair price, come to the Craft Bistro. We think you’ll be coming back as we have.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 29 October 2021 via mobile

My husband and I were visiting for a birthday celebration and happily stumbled upon this little slice of gourmet heaven! Everything from the cozy atmosphere, very friendly staff, cocktails and delightfully delicious menu options made the birthday perfect!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 26 October 2021

I will vote with my feet and not go to this restaurant again. And I strongly do not recommend it. We visited with another couple. One meal was not satisfactory. There was not a mixed drink list with prices. We made it clear we did...not want premium spirits, just house brand. The bill came and we were charged $16 per drink for bourbon and ginger. I have never paid this much for a drink in my life. I decided to reduce my normal tip. I specified $10 and lo and behold when my bill showed up on my account they had taken the liberty to up the tip to $20. Never had this happen before. Enough said!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 14 October 2021 via mobile

Always one the best places to eat anywhere in North Carolina! The specials are creative and delicious. The service is excellent! We never goto West Jefferson without eating there at least once per trip!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 23 September 2021 via mobile

Having found some of the restaurants in the area not very upscale, we were glad to find Craft Kitchen offered upscale dining. It is only open for dinner a few nights a week. We made reservations for dinner for Thursday evening. A nice setting with...plenty of space but still cozy. Our waiter was excellent- warm, welcoming, friendly, and efficient. The menu while limited still offered a nice variety of dishes. The special was sea Bass over a black bean purée. Having seen they had a risotto with mushrooms and white chocolate my husband opted for Sea Bass with risotto. I had the Sea Bass with the black bean purée. The Sea Bass was excellent as was the risotto. I found the black bean purée overwhelmed the Sea Bass - would have preferred it with mash potatoes and green beans or risotto. We still very much enjoyed a special dining experience in West Jefferson.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 11 August 2021 via mobile

This was a pleasant surprise. The menu was pretty sophisticated for Ashe county, but they really delivered. We ordered the special smoking mahi mahi app that was amazing. Most of us got steaks, we ordered them rare and they we perfectly cooked. everything was good...and the service was excellent. The room is a little noisy. They had made an effort to treat the walls acoustically, but there were some large groups of diners, so maybe that was it. We really enjoyed our meal and would definitely go back again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 13 May 2021 via mobile

Just celebrating their third year and going strong despite covid. We know why...the food is spectacular! We started with lamb pops with bourbon sugar sauce, then a filet with veal reduction and crab cakes with West Jefferson cheese grits and finished with key lime pie...made on site- and got the personal introduction/ description from the pastry chef. If you dine on the weekend, you definitely need to call for a reservation. Support them. You will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 17 April 2021

My husband and I visit this establishment regularly. The food is absolutely wonderful and the service could not be better. The staff is always extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food. When visiting last night the owner came over to speak with us (as he...makes a point to do with every guest). Our 4 month old began fussing as our food came out and he offered to take him and walk him through the restaurant so my husband and I could both eat. He proceeded to walk with him and show him the art throughout the restaurant and took him to look out the front windows. We could not ask for better customer service and food.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 2 April 2021

Always a favorite place to eat when visiting West Jefferson! The staff is amazing, the food is excellent! One of the best places to eat anywhere in North Carolina!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 19 November 2020

Stayed near West Jefferson and wanted a more up-scale dining experience than the burgers, ribs, and sandwiches that prevail in town. Craft Bistro filled the bill. Called for reservations and staff was very attentive, especially in seating us in an appropriately socially-distanced table. The owner/chef...visited the table and we complimented him on great food and great experience. One of us had the excellent salmon special of the evening and the other had crab cakes and grits. Topped the meal off with a great creme brule'. We will come back!!!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 24 October 2020

Amazing food and service. They sat us even though they were fully booked. Kudos to Stance Blanchard and his staff.

Date of visit: October 2020
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They are closed Monday and Tuesday. Open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner and for brunch on Sunday.
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