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Karen Donatelli Bakery and Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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57 Haywood St., Asheville, NC
+1 828-225-5751
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Tue - Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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Asheville, North Carolina
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118 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

I come here fairly often for lunch - chicken salad croissant. I always bring guests here for a dessert or afternoon treat. Karen's pastries are works of art that are as delicious to the eyes as they are to the palate. Too many favorites to list although the chocolate macaroons are a delight. Currently the strawberries are in season so... More 

Thank Queenwondergirl
Nashville, Tennessee
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

We stopped in for a break from shopping and are so glad we did. The dessert cases were filled with delicious looking bars, cookies, mousses, tarts and cake. I ordered a coconut cream tart and ate every bit of it. The chocolate dipped meringue was good, but I'd have been happier without the chocolate (yes, I'm one of those people).... More 

Thank HappyTraveler5_2014
Asheville, North Carolina
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

As a local, I order cakes and croissants for special events all the time. While I haven't had lunch there, I know they offer ham/cheese croissants and other French-like quick eats. They have a pleasant space (lots of seating), so when I have time I will eat my sweets there. Karen and her family have great quality items. Take your... More 

Thank Michelle P
Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

SOOO delightful. The cherries were huge and the mousse was light and peachy and fluffy and awesome. The graham crust on the tart was perfect

Thank gatewoody
Asheville, North Carolina
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

I cannot express just how amazing this bakery truly is. The husband and wife duo there are certified chefs and take the utmost care in their products. My all time favorite is the Strawberry Shortcake. You must try the Black Chocolate tea as well! SO GOOD!

Thank JayReneeOffl
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

We skipped dinner and had dessert instead. They have mini tartlets and eclairs which made it possible to try two different items instead of one. We had the fruit tart, key lime tart, chocolate raspberry eclair, and an almond tart. We liked the key lime tart the best, it had a nice balance of tartness and sweetness. My husband had... More 

Thank PAFamilyGirl
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Been to Karen donatelli a few times since moving to Asheville and its consistently been delicious every time! It's one of our must stops when we have guests in town!

Thank Colleen C
Asheville, North Carolina
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64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

Karen Donatelli is a fabulous bakery. A great place for a simple lunch or pastry and coffee. The last time I visited for lunch I had the chicken salad which is served on a perfectly made flaky croissant. The chicken salad is well seasoned and served with a side of fruit salad. For dessert I chose the lemon tart in... More 

Thank 600Swifts
Ithaca, New York
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our sizable croissants filled with Black Forest ham and Gruyere. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, and we had the pleasure of chatting with the executive chef herself.

Thank hnd1
Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

Do not miss Karen Donatelli!!! Everything that comes out of this oven is amazing! I will tell you this... be the first one in line when she opens in the morning if you are hankering for your favorite Donatelli pastry because they are for sure worth it and although she puts out fresh pastries as the day goes by, quantities... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$10
Cafe, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Haywood St., Asheville, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-225-5751

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