L’Ecluse is currently closed due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for what is to come with that space.
The perfect little hideaway
What is L’Ecluse? In France, an ecluse is a river or canal lock.
It’s also sometimes what the French call a drunk; “Quelle ecluse!”
Several years ago, Michel and his wife Vonciel travelled to France so he could share with her his idea for his first Asheville restaurant, The Grape Escape. They spent their days in vineyards, picnicking along the river, and generally tasting their way through the regions. When the time to head back to the states came, they packed their bags and headed to the airport… waiting in line for security they realized they were missing something: their passports! So, they were given one more day in Paris. While they collected their passports, and rescheduled their flights, they visited a quaint little wine bar called L’Ecluse. What was to be one glass of wine turned into an enjoyable three-hour, much needed, visit.
The lounge, located directly above Bouchon features a variety of cocktails, wine, beer and small plates. We are now serving dessert drinks, espresso and Bouchon’s dessert menu! With a full bar, and wine list, our bartenders are sure to find you the perfect beverage.
L’Ecluse Small Plates
What goes better with a glass of wine? A locally sourced cheese plate… or our house-made pate plate including country-style and duck liver-Cognac mousse. We also offer a Charcuterie board with a rotating selection of meats and cheeses.
Bouchon is now Reservation Only!
Bouchon is Open for Dine-In Service!
We are reservation only. We have now changed to online booking!
-Please note that our host will do everything in their power to accommodate your table request, but as humans are an unpredictable species, we may have to seat you elsewhere to avoid you waiting for a long time for your specific table.
-If you absolutely MUST be at a specific table, please include that in the notes section of your reservation; for instance, if you want to bring a furry friend along.
-Please take note that as the weather begins to cool down our outdoor seating is still exposed to the elements, while we will have heaters at each table please be aware that should you select outdoor dining for your reservation and get chilly we will not be able to move you somewhere else inside, as other reservations have been booked for those tables.
-We will allow a courtesy 15 minutes from your reservation time until we give away your table. If you’re running late, please call us at 828.350.1140.
-We take credit cards to secure your reservation. If you are a no-call/no-show we charge your card $25 per person. We do understand things come up, so please cancel at least an hour and a half before your reservation.
-Bouchon will no longer accept reservations for parties larger than 6 due to our small space and limited seating as well as to minimize traffic between tables. If you have a group larger than 6 wanting to dine and enjoy our French Comfort Food please call our sister location just 5 mins from downtown, called RendezVous to make your reservation there. They will do everything they can to accommodate your larger party. 828.348.0909
Bouchon will strictly follow current CDC guidelines to keep everyone safe. This means guests must wear a mask covering the lower half, from the nose down, of your beautiful faces upon entry, exit, and any time not seated at the table.