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.

Come see us

Located above Bouchon at 62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 (Google Maps)

Winter Hours: Closed Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Open Thursday – Saturday & Monday @ 4:30pm

Serving Cocktails, Beer, Wine, and Dessert Drinks

Small Plates, Desserts, and Espresso


L’Ecluse Cocktails

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.