Our Story

Following the success of her namesake café, Loretta Woolley decided to open a new, full-service restaurant in the spring of 2003. She wanted to bring the flavors and tradition of her childhood in Louisiana to the small, but growing, mountain town that she had called home since 1992. She decided to name her new venture after her maternal grandmother, Mary Felonise, who had always been a huge inspiration to Loretta as a cook, and as a woman. When Mary was a young girl, the other students at her Catholic boarding school used to make fun of her name and tease her by chanting “Mary fell on her knees”. This eventually got shortened to Mayfel, a nickname she would go by for the rest of her life. And so, Loretta christened her new restaurant Mayfel’s.


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Almost a decade and a half later, Mayfel’s is still dedicated to bringing the classic dishes of the Louisiana bayou, and a bit of the quirky essence of New Orleans, to our beloved Blue Ridge town. We also offer up a fantastic breakfast menu, some staple Southern comfort foods such as BBQ pork and fried green tomatoes, and don’t forget our famous Bloody Mary Bar, available ‘til 4 pm every day we’re open! Visit our Menus page to check out our breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings, as well as our beer, wine, and cocktail lists.


Our Home

Mayfel’s is located at 22 College Street, in the heart of downtown Asheville, WNC. In addition to our dining room, we also offer year-round, dog-friendly seating on our covered patio, which looks out onto historic Pritchard Park, home to the famous Friday night drum circle. We also have a seasonal courtyard bar, which is like a little slice of the French Quarter right here in the mountains.

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Our Community

Mayfel’s believes strongly in supporting the businesses and organizations that contribute their efforts to making Asheville such a special place to live and visit. We endeavor to partner with local suppliers and services whenever possible. Check out our “Local Partners” page for more info on some of these businesses.
We also host a number of benefits throughout the year to raise money for animal welfare organizations, conservation non-profits, and community support groups. Visit our “Events” page to see what we have coming up.
And we strive to be environmentally conscious by composting all of our food waste, recycling everything we can, investing in energy efficient equipment, and training our employees to be responsible with their energy and water usage.