Bent Creek Bistro

We hand-prepare locally sourced, fresh & seasonal fare!

From hearty sandwiches and hand cut salads to homemade soups and small batch sweets, everything is made with as many local ingredients as possible.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Sunday; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (March – November)

View Bistro Menu

Special Events

  • Summer Lights Concert Series – Held July 27 – 28 & August 3 – 4, this outdoor concert and synchronized light show will be held in the Arboretum’s Outdoor Events Amphitheater (tickets required). The Bistro will have delicious treats, as well as beer and wine available for purchase at the event. View Summer Lights menu here.

About Us

Operated by The Colorful Palate Catering, Bent Creek Bistro brings together the best food products of Western North Carolina and a passion for gracious service and culinary creativity! Bent Creek Bistro (formerly the Savory Thyme Cafe), is located in the Education Center with dining options both indoors and outdoors. The Bistro is open 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays (March through November), and during Winter Lights.

General Manager-Donald Meints

Donald loves food. And he really loves the food from this area. When he’s not working, you may run into him at the farmers market or any number of local farms or artisan food purveyors.  With over 20 years of top-shelf food experience Donald is super excited to be running a low-key restaurant serving high-quality food, all surrounded by acres of trees, gardens and trails.

Support Staff

All of our bistro crew are people who love food and love people! Our aim is to exceed all of our customer’s expectations in both food and service!

Contact the Bistro Today!

Email: bcbistro@ncarboretum.org | Phone: 828.412.8584