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961 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804-2304
+1 828-545-9107
11:00 - 14:30
Closed now
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Sun 15:00 - 20:30
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 14:30
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 20:00
Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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Asheville, North Carolina
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a local and go to Cecilias often. I almost always get two of the Berenja (eggplant) empanadas. Yum! Great every time. Today Ceclia was alone and was still able to serve everyone and get the food out in a timely fashion. The place is casual, comfortable and it feels like she is your Aunt who you are visiting... More 

Thank MadforTravel7254
New York
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383 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We're visiting town and wanted to go a bit off the beaten path. Cecilia's is worth the 5 minute drive north from central Asheville. It's a small restaurant run by its friendly owner, Cecelia. She's from Argentina and makes fresh authentic homemade empanadas, tamales and soups, along with crepes (she explained that her husband was French). Everything we ordered was... More 

Thank skgbos
Asheville, North Carolina
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another small epicurean gem easily overlooked on Merrimon Avenue. The mole sauce is the best I've ever eaten. Both the tamales and empenyada were delicious. Plenty of meat with excellent seasoning. Cordial counter service. This business also include a food truck which I haven't frequented but it's my understanding that the food is the same.

Thank HornPlayer2013
Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My favorite is the market crepe - it is so delicious!!! The empanadas are great, too, and I love that you can buy them frozen and take them home. If I were hungrier, I would've tried the lentil coconut curry soup. I'm sure it is delicious.

Thank atonewithlife
Asheville, North Carolina
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213 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Actually, Cecelia’s Kitchen isn’t hidden, but its tiny location—just north of Ingles on Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville—is easy to miss. And, we missed it for quite some time. This, as we discovered, was a mistake on our part. Cecilia, the Argentinean owner, operates not only this small restaurant, but she also has a food truck as well as another... More 

Thank KenCookie
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for dinner on our way in from Tennessee to attend a conference. Very glad we did as the Nacatamale, Berenjena empanada and mushroom tamale was simple and very tasty. Finished it off with a delicious, well-crafted sweet, chocolate crepe. Well, we will on coming back here again. Well worth it.

Thank Rescuetim
Lumberton, North Carolina
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205 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Driving around and looking for a spot Even though it was October, it still was a bit hot Looked this way and that and caught me a sign Said "empanadas" and so I went in to dine. Ok, that wasn't that great. But, the food here is.

Thank TheBogotano
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368 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for brunch today after church. Ordered a crepe and the Cuban sandwich. The waiter was friendly and took our order promptly. 45 minutes later our food was delivered. The food was cooked to perfection. Not sure why it took so long but the visit would have been rated a 5 had the delay not been so long. The... More 

Thank WCUcody
Asheville, North Carolina
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Cecilia' always has a nice selection of daily soups. They are rustic with a wonderful depth of flavors. The Nacatamale is wonderful. But all of the tamales that I have had here are excellent. In addition to tamalas and yummy empanadas, Cecilia' also has a great selection of crepes, savory and sweet.

Thank Deanna S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

My nacatamal was delicious, and the salad was perfectly fresh and crisp. My husband loved his Cuban sandwich. We even took pork and chicken tamales home for dinner. Authentic, delicious and unpretentious; we will definitely be back.

Thank Kathleen M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, French, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
15:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 961 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804-2304
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-545-9107

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?