The Blackbird
The Blackbird

The Blackbird

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theblackbirdrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8282542502x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00 pm,
    Sunday and Saturday Brunch: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bobby Buggia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The blackbird is the perfect place for parties large or small. There is a private dinning area for parties of all sizes, from weddings to small parties, the Blackbird will design just the right menu for the occasion and provide a relaxed and elegant environment.
  • Private Party Contact: Roz Taubman 8282542502x
  • Special Events: Watch the website for Farm Dinner series.
    The Blackbird invites our favorite farmers, brewers and vintners to come and meet our customers for a wonderful 6 course meal featuring all our favorite products and brews!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ashton St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large public parking garage attached to hotel
A word from The Blackbird
The Blackbird has moved from Black Mountain NC to downtown Asheville.
We are now open and serving both dinner and weekend brunch!
Our menu is Modern Southern with a "nod" to tradition, fun, vibrant and all locally sourced. Our Farm to Table menu changes seasonally with many daily specials. All desserts made in house including our fresh daily ice creams. Our new space is "handcrafted modern" with contributions from many local artists even the tables are made from local pecan wood! We are right downtown at 47 Biltmore Ave on the ground floor of the new Aloft Hotel.
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The Blackbird reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (43)hot spot (41)romantic (27)notable wine list (26)vibrant bar scene (19)good for groups (17)great for lunch (11)scenic view (11)great for brunch (11)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Wonderful food
    Lovebirds
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was AMAZING! We had the cheese board for an appetizer, ribeye & my husband had a seafood plate with scallops & some type of fish that was perfect! And the coconut cake for dessert was excellent as well. Service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    Mbethw
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Have been to Blackbird a couple of times for lunch but this was first time for dinner. I had the filet which was great. You have a choice of 4 different seasonings/glazes. The bourbon glaze was wonderful. Get to also choose two sides. Several different steak and seafood choices on the menu. A separate menu of specials. My partner had the duck with risotto which she really enjoyed. Large wine list starting at $7 a glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    MtnMAR
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always a great dining experience! Love the menu selections. Great open air dining tables for people watching when the weather is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blackbird at Aloft Hotel
    studio1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We are natives and this was our first visit to the Blackbird since it moved downtown. In general our opinion was that it is good, but not as good. If you go there, do not order meat. I paid a lot for a ribeye that I would not even call a steak. However, the chef does well with fish and sides. The desserts were good too. I think we also had a new waiter who just made the meal a little difficult. It was good, but Asheville's bar is set high and for a downtown restaurant it was not tops. For anyone who visited the Blackbird in Black Mountain, you will be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced for quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent service, ambiance. dry fish, over oiled veggies and all was lukewarm. Coconut cake is to die for though! very expensive
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blackbird great steak and seafood
    outoftown
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went here with 3 others and had a great meal. I had the mahi others had steaks. All were great and the sides were different and done well. Entrees were 20 to 35 bucks with two sides. A short wine list but had some really great wines at reasonable prices along with a good selection of craft beers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Luv2dineinAsheville
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The best restaurant in Asheville! Steaks melt in your mouth. Coconut cake is to die for! Fabulous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great
    Billmurray
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We come to Asheville about three times per year and this was our third time here. Good server. Small but good selection of wines. Great quail appetizer. Both entrees good and nice portion size. THE COCONUT CAKE IS THE BEST!! Probably in top three desserts ever! Would be nice if they validated parking or had designated because that is a real problem downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ella
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My husband and I liked The Blackbird so much that we ate here twice during our most recent visit it Asheville! We both ordered the signature seafood dish with fresh fish, scallops and lemon thyme risotto on our first visit. On the second visit I ordered salmon and my husband ordered the New York strip steak. Both were delicious! The only disappointment was the roasted Brussels sprouts- overdone with a very strong cabbage flavor. (I love Brussel sprouts!) My husband really enjoyed the fruit crisp and ordered it both evenings. The wine list is good, fairly priced and the waiters were very helpful in helping us make a good choice. We are looking forward to returning to The Blackbird on our next trip to Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good and Not so good
    Ashevillefoodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I started with oysters with bacon and spinach and my husband had kale caesar salad. Both were excellent. I had the vegetarian plate (and I'm not a vegetarian) and it was excellent with 5 kinds of roasted vegetables. My husband had the "cowboy" steak claiming to be 14 to 20 oz...8 oz was the bone and the steak itself was thin. Very disappointing. Service was excellent. We sat by the window and people watched which is a favorite in Asheville. Also, I requested a windows seat and got a window seat.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KateVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Disappointed in the waiter's knowledge of the food menu, or at least his willingness to share. When asked about various entrees...every response was they're good. When asked about food preparation on various dishes....seare
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • greateats
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food was fabulous and service was great. It was a bit noisy due to a birthday party going on at the table next to ours. I would definitely recommend this to others. We will be come back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dining experience!
    OliviaC
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Blackbird was wonderful! The food was amazing and our server was extremely helpful when it came to choosing food, as well as giving us recommendations for other places to visit during our stay in Asheville. I will definitely be back again and would highly recommend to anyone who loves great food and cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic meal!
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our visitors from Manhattan (that would be NYC) said it was one of the finest meals they had ever had! We agree!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it should have been
    TheCookerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We are returning diners at the Blackbird. I asked for a window table of 6 Which could be one row over. We arrived and our guests were at a table in the far corner in the back with at least 15 - 20 flies and the seating with the table next to us was very tight. Yes, we were at a window, but fools we are not. We asked the waitress about the flies and what they could do, as as a joke, do they charge for them. She said there was nothing they could do, and they should be giving us something instead of charging us. THAT would have been a gesture that was positive. My wine came after dinner and one of our guests did not eat her food because of the flies. The food was very good. It appears that returning locals are not important.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best coconut cake!
    CareyVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    If you like coconut cake, you MUST have it at the Blackbird! Huge, moist, delicious, and worth every single calorie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    KTBonVacation
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything about the dinner was perfect - the food was delicious, service excellent, owner charming and personable! Highly recommend for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to Par
    FoodMan
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Been to Blackbird several times for lunch and dinner and always been a great experience. However, this last visit, I ordered local trout and it was overcooked, with cutlets versus a filet type serving. The beef selections as well as other seafood choices has always been very good. It was not overly crowded, not sure what the problem was with this visit. We are very fortunate on Asheville to have many great restuaraunts and I have always considered Blackbird to be a Top 10.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst roasted potatoes ever!
    Sally
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I took my son for his birthday & 3 friends came along. My roasted potatoes were tough and dry. My trout was also over cooked. My asparagus was excellent. My son's steak was cooked perfect on one side and very over cooked on the other side. His mashed potatoes were very good. For the money, it was way below expectations.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing steaks
    wayah
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were all extremely impressed withe the steak quality. The bourban demi glaze was incredible. The vegetable sides were incredible. The desserts were ok but not exceptional so finish the amazing meal and skip dessert. The wine choice was excellent without severe markup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and relaxing
    Hillary
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had been wanting to visit The Blackbird for quite some time. We were not disappointed! Our meal was absolutely delicious and service was fantastic. We are ready to visit again this weekend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    AshevillefoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Consistantly one of the very best restaurants in Asheville. Go here at least once per month and never disappointed. Love it !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food great service!
    Kapers704
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Try the scallops or any seafood awesome! Our waiter was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was OK.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    food was ok. great wines by the glass selection. Outdoor atmosphere, very relaxing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    Judirb
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    As 2 couples dining at Blackbird, it was a disappointment from the start. We were placed right by the bussing station where there was constant traffic, clatter of dishes and a frenzy. It was Sunday night, The eve before Labor Day and it was packed! The street outside the open windows was very busy, which didn't bother me, but people walking by or standing out on the sidewalk smoking was a constant annoyance. The food and the waiter were nice, not exceptional or reflective of the prices. My husband loved his 8oz. tenderloin and would come back for the beef. The coconut cake was huge and was shared by two. Not sure if I'll return for dinner...
    • Food
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  • Excited, yet disappointed
    2foodies
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Based on reviews we were looking forward to dinner. Service was slow. Soup was served cold, sent back, served warm not hot. My husband ordered the pork chop with spinach and Vidalia mash, He seemed pleased with the pork, however the spinach was salty. I ordered tenderloin with corn succotash and goat cheese mash, the tenderloin was tough and the sides were cold. The atmosphere was nice, the restaurant was busy, it ended up being disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food, service great as always! We love the young ladies at the door and the servers they never forget a face! Pork chops are out if this world! The wedge and he cheese dressing and do not forget desert!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Booz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There were 4 of us @ our table two ordered the low country boiling which was over done. Dried out I told the waiter that the clams & mussels were very dry to the point where they were shrunk in size. He brought back only 4 clams which were perfectly done. But no more . I gave up. The food was a big disappointment when we even ordered the special. Dessert was not offered either.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for vegetarians, too
    Dixie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    They decorated vegetables nicely on the plate and very tasty, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great total experience!
    Nana
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First time diners at this fairly new "hot spot" in Asheville, NC. We Will return ~ great Everything! Our server and the rest of the staff were "on their toes" with service and friendly personalities. A Happy staff usually translates to a good experience for the customer. A definite recommendation to everyone and ask for a window table to take in the Asheville scene while you dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food which was expertly prepared and served. The fish (local trout) was particularly good and I highly recommended. I could eat at this restaurant daily and enjoy every meal. The restaurant website is accurate and reliable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Service a bit slow
    GeekVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is one of our favorite places. Food always great but service was a bit slow this visit. Maybe under staffed during tourist season. Will plan to return and give them another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Bliss82606
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Recommended by a friend and it was perfect! Highly reccomend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!
    GTownNY
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The server had an extensive knowledge of the menu and was able to answer any and all questions we had regarding the food. Furthermore the chef came out and explained a few of his specials in great detail and even brought them out to be seen. The food was absolutely fantastic and we left happy and very full with leftovers. Definitely a great restaurant to check out and if we are ever back in the area you bet we will eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food great! Service slow.
    MichyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Burgers with lobster was delicious. 3 of us ordered it. The others had lobster, striped bass and salmon. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Great wedge salad. Only complaint server was slow. We had to ask for bread and to refresh our drinks. Looking forward to going back. The bartenders were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Visitor
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We sat at a table near windows that opened onto the vibrant Downtown Asheville. The service was wonderful and the food was superb! Overall, a lovely experience. We highly recommend this establishment and will return when we visit again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    hotel restaurant. but it was a great surprise. food is creative and great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A surprise
    davidpeckmanVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Have passed the restaurant numerous times but have never even thought of going in due to the contemporary (ugly) hotel that its in. It really is a pleasant surprise. Food was excellent with fair prices. Nothing that we ate was disappointing and the scallops were really great
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dlou
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Have been to this restaurant several times. The food is always good and it has a nice feel with the windows that open up to outside. It makes it not seem so cramped since the tables are a bit close together. Overall good service, good food and nice place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming
    DaniVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Came here on a trip to Asheville and thought it was very good, though probably not my favorite restaurant in town. The cocktails were amazing, and the scallops were to die for. Wasn't as impressed with the shrimp and grits, and the surf and turf burger was good, but could have been a little better. The service was good, and despite there being two tables of (very loud) children right next to us, we still enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic