32 S. Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.thenightbell.com/
- Phone: 8285750375x
- Hours of Operation:
Tuesday Tasting Menu Prix Fixe Dining Series: Oct 7, 14, 21. Nov. 4, 25, Dec 2. Dec 9, 16, 23. Each series has a brand new menu. Regular menu is not available on Tasting Tuesday's.
Dinner: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Burgers, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
- Executive Chef: Katie Button
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Entertainment: Late night, you’ll hear the beat wafting through our historic downtown warehouse building. Our DJ spins seductive Indie-tronic music, guest DJ's vary in style, special sets offered to compliment bands touring Asheville.
- Special Events: Tuesday Tasting Menu - beginning October 2014!
Chef Katie Button will prepare for you a prix fixe, 5-course tasting menu with optional beverage pairings by Felix Meana.
The tasting menu at Nightbell will be new cuisine created solely for these special evenings. The optional wine or cocktail pairings will showcase the best of Chef Button’s cuisine.
The first series of dinners will be held on October 7, 14 and 21, brand new tasting menus will be presented in each new dining series. The next series will be held on November 4, 25 and December 2. The last series in 2014 will be held on December 9, 16 and 23.
Tuesday Tasting Menu, $48 pp, not including beverage, tax or gratuity
Additional w/ cocktail pairing, $30 pp, not including tax or gratuity
Additional w/ wine pairing, $34 pp, not including tax or gratuity
For reservations call (828) 575-0375. A non-refundable reservation fee of $25 pp will be required for bookings.
- Cross Street: Aston Street
- Parking: Private Lot
- Parking Details: Private parking lots are located across the street from Nightbell and also at the corner of S. Lexington Ave and Aston Street. Private parking is also available at the Aloft Hotel; entrance is on S. Lexington Ave, south of Aston Street. Streetside parking is available downtown, but not on South Lexington Avenue between Patton Avenue and Aston Street.
A word from Nightbell
From the award-winning chef of Curate Tapas Bar comes "The Best of American Cuisine and Spirits," conveniently located in downtown Asheville!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
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Nightbell reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since June 24, 2014
- Ambiance4.6Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (75)special occasion (52)late-night find (52)hot spot (50)vibrant bar scene (48)romantic (46)neighborhood gem (35)notable wine list (20)good for groups (20)great for brunch (1)Show More
- Odd food, not what I expectedOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/18/2014I found this place to be very different from typical Asheville vibe, and maybe that's what they are going for. I should have done more research before I went. This place is more like a night club with DJ/club type music and trying very hard to be cool. I wouldn't really consider this a place for dinner, more like for a light bite while you are drinking. The menu consisted for pages and pages of specialty cocktails, wines, etc. and one small section for food. As for the food, I found it to be odd (green goddess foam??). And very small portions (its described as small plates, but this was tiny). I see this place gets great reviews, but I suppose my palette is not "sophisticated" enough to get it.
- Over 40's Need Not ApplyPiqua41VIPDined on 10/18/2014Smallest burger for $13.95 I've ever had that wasn't called a slider. Inventive drink list and even more inventive decor. We were definitely too old to enjoy.Special Features:
- A Memorable MealtoujoursparisDined on 10/15/2014Our foursome has traveled together for years, and this had to go down as one of our most memorable meals. The drinks are great - the Cold Rose was great as was the margaritas that had a slight smokey taste. The caramel popcorn cracker jack was delicious. Hush puppies with orange honey butter sauce were good. The grilled cheese which has some sort of very thin bread to hold in yummy, gooey cheese was to die for. Burger with their special smokey sauce were excellent as was the deviled egg. Small plates, but you sure didn't leave there hungry. Everything looked so good that it was hard to choose. The seating was very comfortable and while there was music, it wasn't so loud that you couldn't talk over it. Loved the decor!Special Features:
- Tasty,fun,different.....AvillefoodcriticwannabeDined on 10/11/2014While the dishes were tasty, creative, fun and different, they were too small. Yes they are called small plates, but 2-3 bites doesn't make a small plate. It makes a tiny plate or even better....a taste. The burger was outstanding but after what they charge for toppings, you have a small 25 dollar burger and fries. For the price....I won't be back unless for a drink and an appetizer (small plate) before going out for dinner. Special occasion only!Special Features:
- Don't miss eating here when in AVLChristopherDined on 10/11/2014This restaurant is a true Gem. Our most favorite restaurant in AVL is Curate' and the same owner opened up Nightbell. Very unique, first-class service, attentive to details, food presentation is equal to 4 Star restaurants. must tries: the Deviled Egg, Lobster roll, stuffed ravioli, and for sure, the carnival petite fours. We live in AVL on weekends and try to eat at either restaurant every two weeks even though there are many great restaurants to choose from.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Big disappointmentFarmtotablefoodieVIPDined on 10/11/2014Love Curate, so had big expectations for this restaurant by the same owner. The service was good, however the food and experience were a big disappointment. They sat us between 2 other couples and the tables were so close together, all I could hear were the neighbor's conversations. We did have a reservation and there were empty tables in the restaurant. They were also not willing to work with food restrictions. I had a vegetable salad, which would have been good, had they not covered the majority of it in a creamy dressing. The hush puppies were not tasty and very heavy. My husband's hamburger was mediocre at best. With so many other incredible restaurants in Asheville, the experience was very unfortunate.Special Features:
- KateInDCVIPDined on 10/10/2014A fun place with interesting, occasionally delicious, twists on classic dishes. I virtually never eat hamburgers, but if they always tasted like the one at Nightbell I would probably eat them all the time!Special Features:
- Excellent and sophisticateddandbDined on 10/10/2014Beautiful, intriguing, and sophisticated setting. Intriguing small, elegant servings beautifully prepared. This new intimate restaurant by Curate is a must for Asheville foodies.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thank you Lisa Marie!BDaleDined on 10/9/2014Your service made our evening much better than we could have anticipated! I would have never ordered the deviled egg and so thankful you suggested. You were also able to suggest something new in a cocktail I may not have tried otherwise. I loved it. Everything was delicious. The dessert was incredible. Thank you and the chef for making our night so special. My husband & I will definitely return. Looking forward to attending the Tuesday Tasting Menu at Nighbell with cocktail/wine pairings on November 4th!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great and differentBillyHuntVIPDined on 10/4/2014You have small plates, even smaller plates, and bites. Since the portions are small you get to enjoy a variety of tasty treats. Everything we had was great. Nice background music and excellent service. Only one chardonay though at $30/glass.Special Features:
- FinanceGuyDined on 10/4/2014This was our first time and we didn't know this place was a restaurant AND a lounge. The lounge music was too loud for a pleasant restuarant experience. Not easy to have a conversation across the table. Nightbell would be OK if you are looking for a nightlife place for drinks with some good food on the side, but would not recommend just for dinner. Oh, where did they get the black glossy vinyl table chairs?Special Features:
- AwesomeRobMM3Dined on 10/4/2014Food was epic. They invent new dishes and take dishes you may have had and reinvent them in a way that makes them miles above the norm. Even the burger there is made so spectacularly and with such uniqueness that I can't even consider going to some of the great local burger joints when I crave one anymore. I highly reccomend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lots of FunMountaingirl1Dined on 10/3/2014Small place but when I got there was escorted upstairs to the bar to wait for my dining companion .. Made myself comfy on sofa which was away from the main area.. Loved the spot and ended up dining there.. Very attentive bar staff... Definitely will go backSpecial Features:
- Best surprise in a long timerleenelsDined on 10/3/2014This place is outstanding. The food is unique without using wild ingredients. Every dish was a beautiful surprise. Our waitress was very helpful in explaining the menu so we could order right. My gin sorbet cocktail was amazing. We are heading back soon.Special Features:
- We Heart NighbellTheFoodCriticDined on 9/27/2014We agree that Nightbell is one of the top 5 restaurants in Asheville right now, maybe 2nd only to Curate. The food is amazing beyond expectation, and the atmosphere, service, music, and presentation of the food is all five stars. When people ask us "Where should we go in Asheville," Nightbell is always on the short list.Special Features:
- WaynesvilleGuyDined on 9/26/2014Great and innovative food. Service was excellent. Decor is beautiful but the space is somewhat cramped. I am a medium sized guy and I kept getting bumped by wait staff and other customers.Special Features:
- Trying WAY too muchJenJenVIPDined on 9/26/2014We all get that NightBell knows gastro food, but they are trying a little too hard. The tip of the iceberg was when we ordered our oysters and they came with little chemistry vials of flavorings to squeeze on them. Seriously? Don't reinvent the wheel, just give a good hot sauce and be done with it. Also, the wine was outrageously expensive and the wait staff didn't have the best sense of humor. A bit standoffish. We liked the deviled eggs, lobster roll and burgers. Other than that, it's not worth the money. Too little food for too much money.Special Features:
- Curate's American CousinGolfsmith2000Dined on 9/25/2014We were excited to try Nightbell as we are big fans of Curate, and it was a special occasion. It was a Thursday and they weren't crowded, which was good for conversation, but the likely busier vibe of a weekend evening might change the experience as well. Not for the worse...just make it a different evening. The food was creative, beautifully presented, and delicious. We especially loved the eclectic take on the deviled egg, and the perfect New York Strip. The portion sizes are what we expected and honestly, what we like when planning a special night out. A couple of bites of several choices, passionately prepared and intended to excite our palates, not stuff us. Drinks were excellent as well. We will return with friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- NightbellLuluDined on 9/20/2014Table was ready when we arrived, no waiting. This was our first visit to Nightbell. We were seated at the banquette, since there were just two of us. Every time the waitstaff passed my husbands chair which was on the traffic aisle, he was bumped, time after time. He is a medium sized fit man. No excuse for this. Our food was wonderful...... the grilled cheese bun and perfect ny strip for him and the clambake for me. Sadly, the arrival of the last two items took 40 mins. The wait staff was attentive and the floor manager took the time to come over and apologize for the absence of a particular beverage.Special Features:
- Over ratedNightbellacksDined on 9/20/2014Ambiance and service was very good, but the small plate approach serves very little food for too much money. The food is very over rated. You have to order at least four small plates to get anything resembling a meal. We each had a Caesar salad which was exactly three bites each. You could easily spend $60 for one person and leave hungry. Would not recommend this place and will not return.
- Worth being a frequent dinergrenouilleDined on 9/20/2014All the dishes were prepared expertly and the food was fresh.The only criticism I would have is some of the ingredients were a little overpowering and could be more subtle.The oysters on the half shell still had grains of sand inside.Could be from improper storage or cleaning.However the oysters were good quality.But,the diner should be told what type and where the oysters are from and a simple mignonette sauce would be much better than the 5 small eye droppers that came with the dish.The deserts are expertly prepared and worth the calories.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious and differentFrequentDinerVIPDined on 9/18/2014Small portions of interesting foods. Delicious flavors and beautifully presented. Not necessarily the place to go if you are hungry! The peanut butter dessert was divine.Special Features:
- Fantastic food!!!!NitchVIPDined on 9/17/2014Just two words for The Nightbell....Eat here!!! Fabulous and creative food! Also, they have some very creative and original cocktails. We'll be back next time we're visiting Asheville. One of the best restaurants in the area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Flavor ExplosionAVLawesomeDined on 9/17/2014Prepare yourself for a delicious evening of flavor explosions and unique, creative and totally unexpected presentations of favorite foods. Plus, awesome decor, energetic music and spirited conversation between tables made Nightbell more than memorable for us. Katie and Felix have set the bar higher for Asheville's center of the food and drink universe....Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A foodie experienceDininginAshevileDined on 9/17/2014The menu listing is not huge but filled with adventure. Most are small plates with just enough to share. Everything we ordered was great but, even at that, a few were memorable. The grilled cheese was very flavorful and comforting. The roasted?grilled vegetable salad with Green Goddess was a treat of tastes. The wines were very good. The bar area is lively and casual.Special Features:
- elizabethDined on 9/13/2014A beautiful restaurant with an imaginative menu and very nice waitstaff. Don't miss the deviled eggs and cracker jacks with your cocktail. The noise level is lively, more appealing to the young and hip rather than the old and stodgy. I'd go again to sit beneath the fantastic turquoise chandeliers, sip on an after-dinner drink, and gobble another box of the petits fours.Special Features:
- OutstandingBeamerDined on 9/12/2014From start to finish the dining experience was outstanding. The service was very good and friendly. The ambiance was very cool and a great addition to asheville. Food was very good starting with beef tartar followed by the lobster roll and the the Canadian waffle. Desert presentation was beautiful and delicious. A five star eatery.Special Features:
- Foodie heavenKlepDined on 9/6/2014Katie Button unleashes her creative, playful side. This is modern tapas dining at its most exquisite, flavorful, fun and delicious. Crazy potent cocktails paired with wildly inventive food. The lighting makes the menus hard to read. Noise level is a bit high. On our night, the dishes did not arrive simultaneously, but the staff took good care of it. Pretty pricey, but a real dining event we won't soon forget. Coming to Asheville? Eat at curate first. But don't miss Night Bell!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PhenomenalZambraVIPDined on 9/6/2014Creative and refreshing. Best new restaurant in Asheville.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExcellentlammboDined on 9/4/2014I was a little apprehensive at first when the entree's were listed as small plates but after ordering a couple of Savory World Bites, specifically the Caesar salad and deviled egg to start, the entree portions were more than ample portions. We finished with a dessert which was the peanut butter cake and it may have been the best dessert I have had in my entire life. They also had an excellent and imaginative cocktail list. Overall a top notch dining experience.Special Features:
- Unique and sweet!MtnMARDined on 8/29/2014Nice experience from the second you walk in the front door with the pleasant hostesses and inviting feel as you walk up the stairs for dining. Wait staff was very accomodating and knowledgeable. Our food was served promptly and at proper temp. Nice menu, although limited, but that's okay because what is offered is interesting and a nice mix. Love the huge ice block idea for cocktails. Nice touch! The atmosphere is quite lovely, but we really wished there had been soft live music playing. Nightbell has the perfect feel for that! Love the look and love the place. Classy and sweet!Special Features:
- RemarkableChristopherDined on 8/29/2014From the moment we walked upstairs, we were awed by the decor and ambiance. You must try the "Deviled Egg" which absolutely does not taste or resemble your typical picnic style deviled egg. You will not forget this small plate. We rate restaurants by how remarkable they are and when a month later, we can describe to you the details of the restaurant and especially the plates we had to eat. This place is one of those few places you will remember what you eat. I also had the Lobster Roll, Cheese Steak, Oyster PoBoy small plate. The dirty goose martini complimented the dinner and we can not wait to go back. This will be one of the restaurants we will always eat at and bring our friends to when they visit. Dont miss outSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Another winner.shkellVIPDined on 8/28/2014One of the best new restaurants in the vibrant Asheville restaurant scene.Special Features:
- Wow!! Unique Experience!!highlandheavenVIPDined on 8/23/2014Nightbell is the design and second restaurant for Katie Bell (of Curate) and her husband, Felix. It is a new take on small plates and craft cocktails. Beautiful ambience and wonderful service. The food and drinks were fabulous.Special Features:
- interesting placeHsheffieldDined on 8/23/2014great decor, super service. they primarily serve 'bites' and small plates more than a full meals. the creative cocktails and extensive liquor menu are the star here. the food is a little more conceptual than at Curate. lots of foam!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but strange.StevenVIPDined on 8/16/2014Oysters, steak tartare and hush puppies, good but not exceptional. Shared a 'Canadian Waffle' for the entree - poutine and fois gras over a waffle. Hardly any fois gras showed up on the plate, but it was an enjoyable dish nevertheless. Shared two desserts - an excellent chocolate ganache/cake with a wonderful pink peppercorn sorbet. Then a peanut butter lava cake with a citrus sorbet - each element was delicious on its own but it was a terrible pairing. Presentation was lovely for both. We each got a cocktail, both were terrible. Ambiance is strange, rides the fence between upscale restaurant and oddball lounge, fails at both. A creative place that steps outside the box, sometimes it fails.
- Great ExperienceRandRVIPDined on 8/15/2014Wonderful service, great food and very interesting cocktails!Special Features:
- An Asheville Gem!thuzeDined on 8/14/2014Wow! Nightbell is our new Asheville favorite! The wine and cocktail menu is over the top, the dinner menu is unique, creative and delicious, and the ambiance offers a mesmerizing step back into the days of prohibition and speakeasies --- with its backstreet entrance, identity-concealing darkness, leather wing chairs and defiantly brightly lit bar area. Bravo!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FabulousShirlDined on 8/9/2014Never knew a grilled cheese sandwich could be this good! This is definitely a late night hot spot. Fun...funky vibe with delicious bites and sweets. The peanut butter cake was beyond fabulous...you must try!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Single stop for great food & drinkFoodieVIPDined on 8/8/2014Nightbell has hit the mark with a perfect combination of small bites and small plates conceived by Katie Button (Curate) and executed to perfection by the chef and staff of Nightbell. Very creative, out of the box food choices that go perfectly with an upscale drink list. All wines are offered by the glass and kept fresh with the latest nitrogen system available. The bar itself is exciting and fun. Great music that moves up in volume as the night goes on and the vibe moves away from dining and drinking to drinking and dancing. Felix Medina--the other half of Curate who is also lucky enough to be Katie's husband--is handling the load at Nightbell. Felix is very friendly and knowledgeable. It is good to see an owner at both places.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.