The verdict is in: The brand-new Isis Restaurant and Music Hall offers casual fine dining with attentive service. Not pricey, not cheap. Portions are neither modest nor Salsa-sized; you leave full but not stuffed.
A changing seasonal menu includes scallops, steak, chicken, appetizers (crabcakes, hoppin’ john with shrimp) and desserts from an in-house pastry chef, plus beer, wine and cocktails.
Warm, inviting and not quite like anything else in West Asheville, Ashvegas is calling the Isis a welcome addition to the neighborhood. It’s a bar, but one with a burnished, mellow feel and a grand piano in the upstairs bar. It’s a music venue, but also what is by all accounts shaping up to be a high-quality listening room. It serves upscale evening meals, but with a clean, contemporary feel that’s nothing like the Admiral.
It’s family-owned, with two generations of the Woody family stopping by your table just to say hi.
We had the chicken, and it was the best meal I’ve had in weeks. Check it out.
Mon.-Sun., 5 p.m. to midnight.
743 Haywood Road.