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Polanco Restaurant / Carrasco Catering

Asheville, North Carolina, Buncombe

(59)
3 hires on Bark
Polanco Restaurant / Carrasco Catering logo
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Polanco Restaurant / Carrasco Catering

Asheville, North Carolina, Buncombe

(59)
3 hires on Bark

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We offer catering for both Polanco Restaurant as well as Carrasco Catering. Our international chef is able to customize menus for small to large events to meet your tastes and budget. Contact us for a quote!

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D
28 December 2019

Everything was superb! But the Salmon was my favorite! Must try the ribs and rib eye fajitas! Service was above the top!

L
4 December 2019

Wonderful dinner with vegan and vegetarian options! Love it!

S
4 December 2019

Amazing food and fantastic atmosphere. We had a wonderful time. The waitress was delightful. Highly recommend.

K
20 November 2019

excellent accommodating service.

L
8 November 2019

This spot is a little hard to find, as it is upstairs to a bar, but it is a BEAUTIFUL space and they have a good combo of vegan vs meat dishes. The vegan chorizo taco is SO good I can't wait to go back. Everything I ate was very fresh and the bartender was very pleasant. More...

L
29 October 2019

I cannot get over how accommodating Tori and Alana were... I mean totally saved the day on my wedding. I POURED rain and we had to rearrange everything, including where cocktail hour was and all appetizers that went with it. Alana and her team, without hesitation, took charge of the situation and solved the problem beautifully. I never had to wait on a response, every team member was incredibly nice and easy to work with. I would without a doubt recommend a thousand times!(: More...

A
26 September 2019

beautiful restaurant.. friendly service.. great food

A
21 September 2019

great place excellent service !!!

K
11 September 2019

My husband & I were walking downtown last week & noticed the beautiful artwork adorning this building, but initially thought the restaurant was closed as the downstairs space is undergoing heavy renovations. Once we realized that the Mexican restaurant above was open, we checked out the menu and vowed to come back,and boy, are we glad we did!When we first arrived, there was only one other patron, but we were very warmly greeted by the owner and head chef, Ricardo. He went over the menu with us and made some recommendations, including their margaritas made with fresh lime, orange, lemon & pineapple. He suggested that my husband try his with Mezcal, & brought over a sample, which immediately won hubby over. The margaritas were fantastic---hands down, the best we've had anywhere, including in Mexico. The chips were homemade & also the best we've ever had---hot, crispy, nicely oily and fresh---& served with a phenomenal aioli & smoky salsa.Our meals--we both got the taco trios, one with beer battered cauliflower (divine), one with a mixture of mushrooms (delicious), & one with plant based protein & mole sauce (the only one we didn't love but neither of us are big fans of pbp & really just wanted to try the mole sauce. Ricardo & the bartender, Aaron, were both friendly and attentive, & we were happy to see other diners arriving before we left, who were similarly enjoying their meals.The decor in the place is fun & funky, & we learned that a local brewery is moving in downstairs, which will hopefully bring more patrons in. We will definitely become regulars at Polanco, & can't wait to return with friends! More...

N
23 August 2019

I had my birthday dinner here and it was fabulous! The chef and owner Ricardo went out of his way to make me feel so special. The vegan menu was ridiculously yummy. I had the street corn app, cauliflower app, and empanadas and everything was delicious! The space is beautiful and perfect for a small or large dinner party. I also learned while I was there they offer catering which I will definitely take advantage of in the near future. Thank you polanco for the wonderful experience. More...

J
22 August 2019

If you have not been here, do not turn away. The entrance is under construction but this gem is worth a few awkward steps to reach. We chose everything to be prepared vegan. Enchiladas, tostadas, empanadas and the rice...all incredible. Not to mention the chips and salsa...fantastic (which they did not charge us for, because the were out of fresh avacodos for guacamole. I cannot wait to go back for the guac More...

J
8 August 2019

We had a wonderful experience at Polanco! We have several food allergies, and the chef came out and checked our allergens, then asked if he could make something special for us, which he did. It was amazing and we had such a great time! The waitress was also exceptional, and was able to tell us what was close together in the kitchen, and which things should be avoided. Overall everyone was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. We will definitely be returning! More...

E
31 July 2019

My fiancé and I really enjoyed the artsy atmosphere and the vegan options on the menu. We will come back next time we are in Asheville.

L
28 July 2019

Owner, Ricardo, was a very gracious host. We tried everything he recommended was delicious. Thank goodness the prices were so reasonable. It made me easy and exciting to try several dishes. We all loved it. This will forever be or go to place when we visit Asheville. More...

S
27 July 2019

One of the best authentic Mexican food restaurants I’ve ever been to & they have great service too. Mariachi band on Fridays is great. Prices are awesome.

J
13 July 2019

I'm not a vegan, but my wife is, and we both loved this place.  Chef is very friendly.  The mole was great.

L
13 July 2019

This was the second time we ate at Polanco. It might actually have been better than before, if that's possible. My wife had the Mexican bowl, and I had the taco special. The appetizers and margheritas were super special. Delicious! Great service. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal More...

C
7 July 2019

Great Food ! Chef was very friendly !

E
30 June 2019

We had our first trip to Ashville this weekend and ate dinner here last night. I was able to order the mole burrito off of the vegan menu and my husband had the mole bowl. The beer battered cauliflower appetizer was also delicious!!  The chef stopped by our table and brought us a sample of the mole to try. The service was wonderful!!! Can't wait to come back and eat here again. More...

R
29 May 2019

OMG, we got lucky!  Apparently we were in town on a super busy Memorial Day weekend.  We used Yelp and found this place.  We went through the reservation process and got a table for 6 and found out when we got there that they were closed that night due to 2 very large private parties but they honored our reservation which is a huge plus.  We had our own private little area where we started with Chips and Margaritas.  The drinks were great and the Guacamole was also super.  I also ordered some fried cauliflower that was outstanding.  For my meal I was trying to go low carb so I got a side of Poblano with corn.  Had no idea what I would get but it was about the best veggie I can remember.  For my meal I got skewers of filet and shrimp that were pretty darn good as well.  Overall a great experience and our waitress was incredible.  6 of us and a girls party of around 20!  We were in and out in just over an hour and had a fabulous evening.  Thanks for accommodating Polanco!  We will come back. More...

K
5 May 2019

I could not have envisioned a better place to have catered our wedding. From the amazing food, to the lovely workers. It was perfect! My husband and I didn’t have to do anything. I would HIGHLY recommend!! More...

B
8 April 2019

Tori and Ricardo were amazing to work with. They are so friendly and easy to work with. They did our rehearsal dinner and wedding with two completely different menus. Both nights were great! The food was delicious and we truly enjoyed our experience. Our guests were highly complimentary of the food and the staff as well. I would highly recommend them to cater any event. More...

C
8 April 2019

They made everything so simple for me. Very informative on everything.

G
4 March 2019

Polanco is great! When in Asheville, this is where you need to go. Delicious food, amazing drinks, beautiful atmosphere and excellent staff.

K
22 February 2019

Amazing food, cozy environment. Really good drinks and super friendly staff. Arun waited on us and made us feel very welcomed and anticipated our needs perfectly. Tons of vegan, vegetarian and omnivore options for all walks of life. Hands down best Mexican restaurant in the area. More...

K
24 January 2019

Tori and Chef Ricardo were amazing. They were easy to work with and very responsive and helpful with all our questions. Tori handled most of the business and Ricardo planned the menu with us over the phone and customized the food to our vision. Everything was absolutely delicious - the mole sauce, empanadas, homemade mozzarella, and mezcal glazed BBQ pork sliders were all highlights for us. So was having Ricardo there in person grilling steaks and shrimp (cooked to perfection) on our wedding day.

Tori and Ricardo were also very good at working with our budget. We had gourmet food at a price we could afford. The manager of our venue even commented that they were one of the best caterer's she had seen.
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R
19 January 2019

We had a group dinner here for our wedding rehearsal dinner and had a wonderful experience. The staff was very welcoming and helpful to ensure we had a good evening. The chef came out to give an overview of his menu and answered our questions personally. I would very much recommend having your group event here. The food was tasty and there are even vegan options which was a big win to allow us to accommodate those members of our party. More...

A
16 January 2019

Albeit we've only just done our tasting and signed our contract, Tori and Ricardo have been so accommodating, have put us in touch with other amazing vendors, and have worked tirelessly to operate in our budget. We couldn't be more grateful!

A
16 January 2019

Albeit we've only just done our tasting and signed our contract, Tori and Ricardo have been so accommodating, have put us in touch with other amazing vendors, and have worked tirelessly to operate in our budget. We couldn't be more grateful!

B
16 January 2019

GO TO POLANCO - THE FOOD IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!

Polanco catered our wedding in October, and I can't speak highly enough about everything, from the passionate chef to the delicious food. It was so good. The wedding food was amazing, but I think my favorite experience with Polanco was going to do a menu tasting 2 months prior the wedding. The vibe in the restaurant was really cool, the drinks were great, and the service was spot-on. More...

K
10 January 2019

I couldn’t have asked for a better caterer! They are professional and kind. Our caterer backed out very close to our wedding and we were scrambling to find a new one. Tori and Ricardo were everything we were looking for and more. The food is so flavorful, and so beautiful. Tori’s service was impeccable. She made sure we had everything we wanted and needed. I honestly couldn’t find a better caterer to share our special day with than Polanco’s!!! Please do yourself, your friends and your family and book Polanco’s for your wedding or catering needs! You will not regret it!!!!! More...

T
8 January 2019

Tori has been excellent to work with! She responded quickly (which means a lot to me) to my initial request (and every time I have asked a question)and has offered a wealth of knowledge. She and Chef Ricardo have been very accommodating, professional and a joy to work with. We visited the restaurant Saturday evening for a tasting and thoroughly enjoyed meeting both Chef Ricardo and Tori. The food was absolutely delicious! Both Chef Ricardo and Tori were willing to answer any and all questions we had. I am pleased that my daughter and her fiancé have chosen Chef Ricardo and Tori to cater their wedding. More...

L
5 December 2018

This place is so good, especially the ribs and fajitas. The chef is very passionate about his food and makes sure everything is super fresh. I will definitely be back!

J
4 December 2018

Very good Mex style restaurant! Service was a bit lacking but we weren't mad. The food was more than plenty and drinks were well poured!

M
16 November 2018

From beginning to end Tori was great. She remained calm as our numbers went from 125 to 225 and then landed at 175. Tori offered recommendations for other vendors as well. Her staff was professional, attentive and fun to make the entire day a success. There was plenty of food (we even had leftovers)! As mother of the bride I never had to worry about the food for the evening and gluten free and vegan needs were all easily accommodated. Guests all complimented us on the dinner. More...

M
16 November 2018

From beginning to end Tori was great. She remained calm as our numbers went from 125 to 225 and then landed at 175. Tori offered recommendations for other vendors as well. Her staff was professional, attentive and fun to make the entire day a success. There was plenty of food (we even had leftovers)! As mother of the bride I never had to worry about the food for the evening and gluten free and vegan needs were all easily accommodated. Guests all complimented us on the dinner. More...

T
13 November 2018

Super helpful and accommodating to our needs. We had to change a few things around and they were able to help out and make the changes needed without it being a huge headache. They were really professional without being stuffy. More...

I
11 November 2018

I had such an amaizing experiance! They are very helpful and always on top of everything, Tori helped us created our menu for my guests and made sure every plate and drink was to perfection! Very professional and We loved every single second of our wedding in their venue, and I'll do it all over again with her !
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11 November 2018

Best tasting VEGAN food i've had in town, they offer a vast selection for you to choose from, If you want to spoil your guests on your wedding day definitely hire Carrasco Catering, their customer service is also top notch!... they go above and beyond!!..

D
11 November 2018

The food was delicious and ample! The owners are sweethearts and saw to all of our needs throughout our event. Would absolutely book them again!

M
6 November 2018

Excellent Mexican food in downtown Asheville with an amazing vegan/vegetarian menu! We've been about 5 times in the last few months and will be back often. The staff is always very friendly and attentive. The only thing I would change/request is to add more nonalcholic drinks to the menu, such as coffee and tea. :) More...

G
6 November 2018

Seriously the best chips in town! Also love their fried cauliflower tacos � . Can’t wait to try out their new lunch buffet! It’s a fun spot to dance weekend nights full of Latin flavor and yummy cocktails. More...

J
6 November 2018

Ricardo is the man! He catered our welcome party for our wedding and the food was fantastic! Ricardo put together a vegan feast that all of our guests raved about! He also was there for the entire event interacting with our guests, explaining his recipes, and adding a very personal touch to our party. We could not have asked for a better experience…thank you so much! More...

J
6 November 2018

Looking for the most authentic Mexican food in the Asheville area? Polanco is your place. Chef Ricardo has been praised and recognized for his mouth watering mole sauce, vegan dishes and many others. And don't forget the margarita's! The salt rim is unique and nothing like you've had before! So do yourself a favor and go enjoy Polanco for a lunch buffet or a date night with friends. More...

L
6 November 2018

The food was very good, the waitress was wonderful and the kitchen sent out additional vegan items that weren't on the buffet that day, just for our table. It was the best mexican vegan meal we've ever had in a restaurant. Home made chips were good, vegan chorizo was delicious, empanadas, cauliflower, potatoes - all fantastic. More...

E
6 November 2018

The place is amazing, starting from the decorations arriving to the food and drinks. Chef Ricardo and owner was so caring to explain us the dishes and advice the best ones, telling us about quality ingredients and preparation.
The ribs, chicken mole, fajitas and homemade tortillas are the best! Everything fresh and cooked with passion and old mexican traditions, very authentic!
But there is more: you can also enjoy some latin vibes downstairs after dinner and dance salsa. bachata, reggaeton all night, enjoying a wonderful margarita!! I will be back soon!!
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P
6 November 2018

Meg and I just had a wonderful meal at Polanco. Not only was the meal and atmosphere amazing but also the staff was loving and inviting. This place is a triple threat (great food, inviting atmosphere, loving staff). As soon as you get the opportunity try this place out and certainly don't miss the mole. More...

L
6 November 2018

I brought a group of 20 to your restaurant yesterday and it was a fabulous experience! We ate off the vegan menu and the food was sensational. Our server, Megan, was as nice as she could be along with being prompt and attentive! We will be back! More...

T
6 November 2018

Incredible vegan options, knowledgeable and friendly staff, a must visit for any vegan visiting. The mole, fried cauliflower and street corn were perfect. The carnivores enjoyed the ribs and chicken fajitas. More...

T
6 November 2018

This is a must. The food & service is awesome I had the Mexican bowl with Chorizo. Very hearty helping. My husband had to finish it off. The service was excellent. You won’t be disappointed. Chef Ricardo was very nice & made sure everything was tasty. More...

J
6 November 2018

Incredibly good and creative mexican cuisine....and home of the best chips and guac you will ever put in your mouth! Came in here for the first time tonight and we loved it. The chef/owner came over to our table and offered us some complimentary mole (which was the bomb diggity btw). Everyone was friendly and attentive and the food is exceptional. We shared fajitas and the steak was cooked to perfection. Unlike most mexican restaurants we have been to the steak was quality...tender and cooked to perfection. We can't wait to come back and try the tacos! More...

V
6 November 2018

Food was amazing! The vegan chorizo tacos were absolutely phenomenal! My boyfriend loved his mole and our friend his food as well! Endless chips and salsa are amazing! The street corn was delicious as well! We will definitely be back! More...

R
6 November 2018

I went in for lunch for the Taco Tuesday special and absolutely loved it! The tacos were some of the best I've ever had. The chips and salsa were on point. And we even tried the roasted pork with mole sauce which was incredible. I would recommend Polanco to all my friends and family! Best new restaurant in Asheville! More...

M
6 November 2018

Some of the best food we have had since moving to Asheville! They catered an event, and I can’t decide which dish was my favorite. The ribs, steak, Chile, salad, potatoes...it was all spectacular. Asheville is lucky to have these guys! We will definitely be visiting the restaurant for our next date night. Great job! More...

A
6 November 2018

Get the mole. Great Taco Tuesday deal (3 tacos--any on their menu--for $10 with rice + beans). Super fresh, lots of variety and creativity on the menu. Try it all, but DEFINITELY get the mole. They also have an entirely vegan menu. Yum yum yum. More...

N
6 November 2018

I found Polanco online when I was Googling vegan restaurants in Asheville. (We live in Hickory) Went for a really late lunch (3pm), but there were a couple other people there. Wait staff was excellent and the venue charming.

Our waiter gave us both the vegan and regular menu and also told us that anything on the regular menu could be made vegan. He also shared that the foods are prepared in two separate areas of the kitchen.

It's tough to find a restaurant with that many vegan choices. (Almost none in Hickory anyway!) And the food was really good!! I'd recommend whether you are vegan or not!
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C
28 October 2018

Editing my review since the owner and chef went above and beyond to make us happy after our initial visit. The house made chips and salsa were delicious. The margarita was one of the best we've ever had! Still disappointed we didn't get to try the tacos, but everything else was great. We appreciate your response and will visit again when we are in town! More...

A
25 October 2018

Amazing. A unique experience in that the chef seems to genuinely love what he does. He made frequent stops out to every table, not just to check on the food, but to explain flavors, aromas, where things came from, and even offer simple suggestions. It felt like we were visiting in his home, but instead, he simply loves what he does. A must visit. More...

C
13 October 2018

Wow...is the word that comes to mind when talking about Polanco! My husband and I had the pleasure of experiencing their Chef's Table and were completely blown away! Every dish that we had was better than the one before. We also had the pleasure of working with them at our wedding venue. The service and food were beyond compare. Definitely on the top of our list of recommendations for our friends and future brides and grooms! More...

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Q&A

Chef Ricardo makes incredible ribs, has a huge knowledge and background with vegan food and can make most anything!

We like to talk to them and get the idea of the type of food they like and the type of event. We set up a tasting where possible and let them pick and choose!

We love helping people enjoy food and relax knowing the details are handled!

He has had 7 restaurants and she has spent 25 years in corporate event planning. It only makes sense!

We will be quick to communicate, clear about pricing and what to expect and we will arrive early and prepared! And...your food will be delicious!

Services

Event venue for small weddings and rehearsal dinners