A greek restaurant housed in one of downtown Asheville’s most beautiful art deco buildings, S&W Artisanal Eatery is located on the mezzanine level of the S&W building. The restaurant is worth visiting to see the restoration of this class antique structure. We sat at the bar which overlooks Pritchard Park, making it a cool place to enjoy a cocktail during a Friday night drum circle.
Ambience is warm and inviting, and the wait staff was attentive and helpful. The music choice was poor- Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ did not lend itself to the atmosphere. The bartenders knew their cocktails, but not their wine. There was not a wine by the bottle menu available to look at it. Most likely in the works, as we visited the restaurant in their third week of being open. Jay, S&W’s Sommelier, was helpful in jumping in to help choose a medium bodied bottle of red wine, even allowing us to taste a couple of their wines by the glass to understand our palate. We can’t stress the importance of having a wine by the bottle menu available for guests.
Starting with the octopus appetizer, as this is a staple protein in our culinary consumption, you will probably find it not large enough to share, as we did. Presented beautifullly, however the meat was tough, and the dime size bites of beet accompanying were not large enough to get a taste. The Fava Bean appetizer is nice and sharable.
There is a large table at the end of the bar, which also offers a view to Pritchard Park. All other tables are placed around the perimeter of the atrium, which complimets intimate dining. This would not be a place for kids or large groups. If you have a group, request the table at the end of the bar. Back to the bar, is it a trend in Asheville to not offer craft cocktails with vodka? There was not one vodka cocktail on the menu. Can a bartender shed some light on this please?
As far as the main course is concerned, S&W’s take on a classic greek dish, Moussaka, was just okay. If you are going to prepare a classic greek dish, it needs to reflect the original Greek eggplant dish. This one did not, lacked enough mornay sauce, and was not true to its menu description. Moussaka is the greek form of Shepard’s pie, and a classic street food in Greece. Doing a spin on a classic is always a risk.
Not many people know Greek food. The menu is not straightforward and titled in Greek. To their credit, S&W has only been serving guests for a couple of weeks. We will give them some time to work out the kinks. Does it have potential, yes.
What we love about S&W.
The location, it is convenient to all of downtown.
Good choice for small intimate groups or romantic dates.
Sitting at the bar.
56 Patton Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
- Bar Seating
- No Wine List By The Bottle