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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- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
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Nightbell reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since June 3, 2014
- Ambiance4.6Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (60)late-night find (40)vibrant bar scene (37)special occasion (37)hot spot (35)romantic (35)neighborhood gem (26)notable wine list (15)good for groups (14)great for brunch (1)Show More
- 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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined 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.
- Sophisticated American comfort foodjavierdeviajeDined on 8/7/2014Nightbell has recently launched their phase 2 : more a restaurant for foodies than the earlier lounge focus. The menu has also been expanded but continues with the same concept : revisited and sophisticated American comfort food both in little bites (their deviled eggs served in an eggshell are a must) and now some American classics in larger portions either to share or as a main course. Their built-your-own burgers are also a highlight and you may add to your burger even seared authentic foie-gras! Although not cheap, Nightbell's cuisine, excellent service, cocktails and extensive wine list (by the glass or by the bottle), are a foodie's paradise. Don't forget some dessert.. a house gem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A nice surpriseTikichicDined on 8/2/2014This was our second time at the Nightbell. Our first was by happenstance and only for dessert, which in itself is amazing. We brought more family with us this time for dinner. With a very unassuming storefront, this establishment continues to draw back the curtain as your experience progresses. The ambiance is superbly eclectic, even extending to the powder rooms. Food wise - the deviled egg is a phenomenal creamy caviar amuse bouche. The grilled cheese oozes as a comfort food staple. The house-made cracker snack is spot on, complete with surprise inside. The cocktails (and mocktails and sodas) are refreshing, but the true highlight is the Dark and Stormy dessert: a delectable, complex, layered concoction. You won't be disappointed.Special Features:
- A memorable eveningStanDined on 8/1/2014Our dinner at Nightbell was one of my most memorable meals. The menu, although using familiar names, is on the creative cutting edge of modern food trends. An example is the deviled egg appetizer, which came in an egg shell and in no way resembled anything like an egg. It was composed of warm corn sabayon, smoked trout gravlax, trout roe and was an airy delight. My companion and I had 3 of the small bites and the Canadian Waffle from the small plate menu and finished the meal with the Petits Fours (which included two each of three different items). I was actually surprised, but we were pleasantly full. The service was quick and concerned throughout and when the bill came I was surprised it wasn't higher. All in all, a wonderful experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome!Grams13Dined on 7/31/2014We live Curate. Had lunch there and dinner here. Instead of a group of adults we had a change of plans and had to bring my 6 yr old granddaughter who was visiting from England. The staff treated her like British royalty! Food and service were excellent, especially liked the deviled egg.... Will definitely go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dining ExtravaganzaOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/30/2014I consider myself a foodie in the truest form. Night Bell was a dining experience like none that I have had before. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome and special. The food and service were exceptional. This is a must try experience. Let the knowledgeable staff guide you through the menu, take your time and be ready for one super fun night.Special Features:
- Dreaming about Nightbell...happyhiphippieDined on 7/26/2014We had an absolutely incredible experience at Nightbell. We were thrilled with the atmosphere, well trained & friendly staff, and the OUT OF THIS WORLD food. We ordered 5 or 6 things and they were all truly remarkable. We cannot wait to go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 7/26/2014Small portins but a lot of work had gone into each dishSpecial Features:
- Tremendous food with chill vibeEatOutVIPDined on 7/25/2014Truly enjoyed our date night @ Nightbell - exactly what we were after. Lived the small plates concept - probably rocks late night but perfectly intimate earlier in the evening (somewhat of a Hudson NYC electetic set-up). Glad we tried the deviled egg - all of the dishes we selected were well balanced & texturally fun. Canadian Waffle w/duck poutine decadent - probably would not order the clambake again...it was delicious but out least favorite of dishes selected. All the staff were friendly/knowledgeable/attentive - creative cocktails a hit too. For a dinner out in downtown, felt the price was on-point & had the complete experience (ended w/espresso!).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nightbell ReviewOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/20/2014Nightbell is an interesting place to eat. Do not go there expecting to be full at the end of your meal unless you are planning on spending a lot of money. They keep it very dark, and have an eclectic mix of seating options. The food was good, but not as great as I was expecting for the price. We had the hush puppies, chicken wings, a grilled cheese, and Philly cheese steak. The grilled cheese was a "fondue" inside of a pastry wrapper. It was good but would I say it was worth five dollars for 3 bites? No. My husband's cheese steak was the same-three bites for six dollars. I do not mind spending a lot of money on food, but it's a Philly cheese steak. This place is for hipsters. You are paying for the experience, not outstanding food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- High expectationsLauraDined on 7/20/2014Having had extraordinary experiences at curate our expectations were very high. The small plates were fun to share but only a few were memorable - the deviled egg, lobster roll and burger were fantastic. The fries were good but nothing special. for dessert the key lime and coconut ice cream tart was divine but the cigar box presentation for six small bites was cute but a tad bit over the top for such a small quantity. Our server was attentive but noncommittal with recommendations - just kept repeating everything is great. We left with the impression that night bell isn't quite sure what it wants to be when it grow up. And with all the Recent industry attention we expected more We loved the setting and sharing so will certainly go again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!saomjsDined on 7/17/2014The food at Nightbell is stunning. Super well done, creative, and every bite is perfect. The chef is clearly talented. The drinks were also very well executed. Most delicious negroni ever. The decor is unique and creates a playful mood. The feeling of a speakeasy plays out fully, down to the check being delivered in a cigarette case.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/17/2014We are thrilled that Katie and Felix are here in Asheville! Curate is our favorite and we have just tried Nightbell with their new expanded menu and everything was fabulous! But huge cudos to both of them for providing front of the house service and warmth, as well as really innovative and exciting food! As transplanted New Yorkers, we couldn't be more delighted to have these venues available here in Asheville.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love the Interior!foodieDined on 7/16/2014We tried Nightbell because we love Curate. Did I love the food as much here as Curate, probably not, but I think that has more to do with the menu selection (lack of) because everything we had was indeed delicious. The hush puppies I could come for in and of themselves. My husband loved his burger finding it better than any he'd had, and I had a veggie plate that I wish I could replicate at home. We also tried the lobster rolls, and they were good although the butter in the roll was unnecessary or at least there was too much of it. I would like to see more choices on the menu--expanded a bit for more small plate offerings. None of the desserts were enticing, which is unusual for me. Interior is beautiful.Special Features:
- Great Experiencewerm27avlDined on 7/12/2014Had such a great experience on Saturday night. Music was great, food and drinks could not have been better, and service was excellent. Definitely a new favorite.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.