Star Diner

115 N Main St, Marshall
(828) 649-9900

Recent Reviews

Trinity Beck

My husband and I visited Marshall last week and had, what we both agreed to be, not only the best MEAL but also service we have received in YEARS.Tip: get the bread service. You won’t regret it. Have a drink by the fire table and enjoy a truly lovely time in a magical place.

Rick Shimer

Wow. This place is great! We had a large party so we were seated in the tent out front. It's was comfy, but not as cool as the inside of the diner. The food was some of the best I've had in NC. Lots of great options. I had a special of pork schnitzel, and it was amazing. So good. It was a massive portion too. Three pieces of thin pork fried crispy. The other meals that came out were raved about by our party. The oysters were great and the sea bass was outstanding. We will be returning again soon!


I experienced one of the most unique and flavorful meals at this nostalgic, high end diner! I had never eaten grits before, nor had I ever heard of Brûlée’d eggs (not even sure I spelled that correctly). As soon as Brûlée eggs were explained, I knew we had a talented and original chef creating our meals. I have a feeling this experience has set a high bar for my next grits experience. The flavor of the pork schnitzel and Andouille gravy will make you understand when cooking shows describe the different flavors noticed in a bite of something. My friend had the shrimp cakes and enjoyed them too. Then there is the ambiance and engaging owner that only adds to the experience. Obviously I can’t say enough about this restaurant!


This is a five-star restaurant in one of the few authentic, gracious small towns remaining in the American South. Admittedly, Asheville is a great city for food and drink, but Star Diner is worth the exceptionally scenic drive from Asheville. Escape the tourists and enjoy an evening in a wonderful small town on the French Broad River. Our dinner on Saturday night was so good that we went back for brunch on Sunday. (Okay, I admit - we spent the night just down the street at the Old Marshall Jail Hotel, but we had other options.)

candace anuzis

Had a delicious meal at the Star diner last night. Had heard good things through word of mouth, and wanted to try. Was not disappointed. They have a small dining room and bar, and a larger tented outdoor space with space heaters. Despite a cold rain falling, we were warm and dry. The food was excellent, and the waitress very knowledgeable about the menu items. We will definitely go back and highly recommend. Make a reservation!

Mary Argueta

I am sure food is great, not my taste, very rich in flavor, even the onion soup was very rich and salty. I had the pasta with seafood and only got 2 shrimp and tiny pieces of the rest of seafood. The carrot cake also not very good, but again that's my opinion. I will definitely will not go back. The best thing was the bread.Food: 3/5

George H.

I had dinner with friends Saturday night at Star Diner. Around the table was Fried oysters, chicken saltimbocca, mountain trout, and bison meatloaf. All four of us said that our meal was delicious and cooked just right. The wait staff was friendly and efficient without being intrusive. This restaurant is highly recommended by, uh, me.

Joshua James

Fantastic food. We had the bread service, brussel sprouts, ribeye, and lobster fettuccine. One of the best steaks I've ever had. Great, friendly service. A little pricey, but worth every penny. Will definitely return

Virginia Isaharov

We stopped in for a late brunch and thought it was a diner-style place. This is NOT a diner. Their menu is an attempt at fine-dining in a diner setting. The exterior obviously used to be a gas station and the decor is a variety of old 50's dusty and rusty memorabilia and the seating is outdoors on a veranda and extends out onto the pavement under an awning. The menu offered (mostly) a variety of seafood and meat dishes, as vegetarians we felt quite limited in the availiable options. The menu was excessively overpriced, especially for sitting on a rickety broken sidewalk! We ended up ordering french onion soup which was hot and satisfying but it was in a very shallow bowl and barely offered more-than 4 spoonfuls. As the mains were not particularly appealing to us (there is no ocean nearby for the seafood) we ordered a large french-press of coffee and two desserts. The desserts were good but nothing amazing for the inflated cost! Be aware that the menu 'specials' shared by the servers are not priced as other items on the menu, so be sure to ask. Be prepared to drop some serious cash, even just for a coffee!

Jen B.

Every time we visit Mars Hill we stop at Star Diner. The food is outstanding and the staff are so nice! The pork schnitzel was our families fav but the chicken Saltimbocca and shrimp and grits were amazing also!

Jonathon C.

Strongly recommend! We haven't taken the kids yet, but my wife and I can go once a week and be totally happy. For the food you get the price is well worth it. The chef does a fantastic job, and the wait staff is always attending to you (your cup will never be empty) and helpful.

John B.

What an unbelievable find !! It is full of atmosphere and the food is delicious!! It was only outdone by the exceptional service !! I highly recommend giving it a try the menu will blow you away !!

Dennis DiPalma

Great brunch. The history surrounds you. Very friendly and great service. Food was amazing. Just moved to Marshall. Will definitely return.

Lindsay Acierno

We celebrated our anniversary with a fantastic dinner here! Our server, Brie, provided great customer service. The beef tenderloin was perfectly seasoned and the grouper was a phenomenal special. Check out the write up in Our State Magazine!


Great staff. Love to give it higher stars but half my pork tenderloin was raw. The waitress appoligized, of course. The outside had lots of flying bugs around you when you ate.

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