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The Bull and Beggar
The Bull and Beggar

The Bull and Beggar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.the-bull-and-beggar.com
  • Phone: (828) 575-9443
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm- 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Southern, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Matt Dawes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lyman
  • Public Transit: ART W1 and W2 to Roberts street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are fortunate to have perhaps the biggest parking lot of any restaurant in Asheville. Please park anywhere in the gravel parking lot on the dockside of the Wedge Studios building. If street parking is preferred, please park on Roberts street and follow the staircase by the Wedge Brewery, continue past the brewery and down the dock until you find us.
A word from The Bull and Beggar
Located between Downtown and West Asheville in the River Arts District The Bull and Beggar is the convergence of Chef Matt Dawes (formerly of Table) and Drew Wallace (The Admiral).
The menu leans toward French technique though not a haute version of French cuisine.
We focus on preparing solid, fortifying, and easily satisfying food, mostly from country origins.
Our personal love of seafood (particularly raw) is the heart of our menu, where you will find daily oyster selections, meticulously cleaned, precisely shucked and artfully presented.
Our service is urbane and educated while remaining gentle and practical.
Our restaurant was renovated by a talented team of Asheville artists resulting in a very cavernous, calming and spacious dining room.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Not for my wife and me, mainly, I guess, because we are seniors with some problems hearing. I don't know how to describe the noise level inside. All I know is that our fellow diners, mostly younger, we're talking by yelling, perhaps because they could not hear well. The decor is nice but the hard surfaces seemed to amplify the noise even more...wow! Service was fine, food was just ok and the menu was difficult to comprehend...maybe the age factor again? Anyway, it seems a nice meet and greet spot for the younger set, but we'll not be back and cannot recommend it to our, mostly older, friends."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Almost under the Wesr Ashville bridge in the river Arts District. Complex menu but lots of options from sampling plates to be shared at the table, small plates and full,,entrées. Good dining if you can find it."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Was very excited to try something new, and had heard the menu offered such new to me things as octopus. We were delighted to find so many new to us things to choose from. I had scallops with clapshot and black pudding and it was amazingly wonderful! My husband loved the marrow on the filet and the potato dish too. We will most definitely return! Everything was absolutely fabulous. A great place to celebrate our anniversary. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "My sister and I parlayed a recommendation from a server at another celebrated Asheville spot into a great early dinner at B&B. From an octopus small plate to a dinner consisting of four fresh, robust and creative veg offerings, the dinner displayed artistic depth, a characteristic I consider a hallmark of the best of Asheville. Stoked to visit again with my wife, a now forlorn woman stymied by disparate travel plans from her desire to join us at the Bull and Beggar."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We took two couples who had never been, and they loved it! It was our 4th time. It has become one of our all-time favorite restaurants. The mussels are to die for- better than the mussels I've had in France!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "this was our second time at Bull & Beggar, and we once again enjoyed the experience in every way. the value/price ratio is outstanding and the servers are pros. Holly was awesome - ask for her. yum. we'll return!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The flavor combinations and depth are certainly unique. This was my 2nd time eating here in 2 weeks and something was missing this time. The dishes I ordered on both visits were better, more developed and complex the first time."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My husband and I had a notably good experience here. The ambiance was pleasant, the service was appropriately attentive, and the food was outstanding. We both had a perfectly made, somewhat inventive cocktail--a great way to start off. We shared four small vegetable plates for an appetizer and each of these were well prepared, delicious, filling. I can't think of many dining experiences where the vegetables were such a strong part of the menu. Lastly, we had a great entree, and I do have to say that fish is a good option here. We were thrilled with our meal and our time here and we'll recommend this place frequently to friends."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great bartender, interesting menu. Mussels were delicious. The seafood tier looked phenomenal if we'd only been hungrier. Nice and knowledgable service staff!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The clam/corn chowder was delicious as well as the cod and scallop dishes. Lots of great flavor. The mash with these dishes was slightly heavy. Was a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Just go. It is the best new restaurant I have been to in a long time."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Staff was friendly and attentive, but not overly so. Meal was delicious yet slightly over salted. Octopus appetizer was well worth it! Corn chowder could have had a stronger corn flavor - it was also extremely thick (more so than I prefer). Love the options for the vegetable plates. I would say a pescaterian is fine here, but not a true vegetarian, IMO. Husband LOVED his filet with marrow. If I were to suggest something, it would be optional bread for the soup/apps. Lots of wonderful sauce and nothing to sop it up with!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Wow! We were debating between curate and this restaurant..and I'm so glad we made this choice, as much as I love Curate. This is owned by the same people that run the Admiral. Amazing experience and so well executed. Highlights included the smoked mackerel, cauliflower with mornay, and a peach dessert to die for. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Grilled octopus, chicken, hush puppies, beausoleil oysters, all were incredibly prepared! Highly recommend this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Parking was challenging. Wednesday evening, street parking was not available so I looked forward to parking in the gravel lot. Relieved not to have to navigate the stairs down to the dock. Would suggest closed toe shoes for walking through gravel lot. The restaurant is located in a rather unassuming converted industrial space that’s quite easy to miss. The atmosphere was wonderful when we walked through the door. Loved the brick & the wood. Lighting gave it a warm feel. The noise level was a bit high. The service and delicious food made up for the chatter. My entrée selection, a plate of four from the Produce menu was a good choice. Would highly recommend the salt roasted beets, truffle butter. Chocolate tart & coffee was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Hard to find, but once you're there you'll love it. Great ambiance and design. Great wait staff. But most importantly, incredible food. Can't believe this town has yet another over-the-top amazing place to eat."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Loved this place. Great atmosphere -- fun and laid back and un-stuffy but still serious about food and cocktails. The winner of the night was the octopus starter -- perfect texture and interesting, well-balanced flavors. Both fish entrees (sole and skate) were delicious. The dandelion salad was so-so. (I kept wishing it had had a fried egg so the yolk could run over the salad, rather than those tiny hardboiled eggs.) I adore negronis and was underwhelmed by the barrel aged negroni. But overall we were very happy and would gladly go back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "too much butter and fat. am vegetarian--asked for sauces and dressing on the side--vegetables and greens covered in it. loved the ambience but too loud for intimate conversation. disappointed really as I am local and really wanted to like this place. would return to sit at the bar for a drink and an appetizer or sit outside for the same but not for dinner. our server Holly was fabulous--warm, timely, fun."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It was kinda hard to fine, but once there, it was just great. We loved the way the menu was arranged for lots of small platters, i.e."tapas." The unadorned brick walls seemed to add to the atmosphere. We enjoyed all the food an drinks. A great spot in a funky neighborhood."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was amazing, loved the atmosphere & wonderful service! I'll be back..."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "July 30th our partyof 4 had dinner . I ordered a cocktail of Blanton's and Coke . When my drink arrived it was straight bourbon, no Coke and 4 little pieces of ice. When I told the waitress about it she became very abrupt and stayed that way the rest of our meal.My friend paid our check with his credit card and only when we arrived back home to settle accounts did we realize we had been charged for a glass of wine and a glass of beer that we did not order or get. Next day I went back to get a refund or credit and talked to a man named Brendan (sp), He called the manager and said I could wait for an hour or so or come back next day. I left contact info for both parties and Brendan said the manager would call me. Still waiting."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My finace and I had our first visit to The Bull and Beggar. We were excited to eat (and mostly enjoyed- brains aren't really my thing) the veal brains and ox-tail. Drinks were great, my only complaint was that the sauce the Filet was served in was salty and the marrow looked and tasted a little more like lard than marrow. My fiance's Grouper was the best I've ever had though- so overall we had a great experience!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "As a native of Asheville, this restaurant ranks in the top 3 restaurant in the Asheville area. The menu, food and service are outstanding. We will be recommending to our friends. We will certainly be going back. The only suggestion is to add some California wines to the wine list."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Memorable evening...delicious food, attentive service, comfortable surrondings...never flet rushed enen though it was a very busy Saturday night..."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We wer really impressed with this restaurant - try the octopus and hush puppies, although everything we had was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I had been here several times before for drinks and pork rinds but have never been for a proper dinner. It started off well when we greeted by a friendly host (which turned out to be our server) and promptly taken to our table. Or server was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered up some suggestions base on our likes and dislikes. We ended up with the filet and grouper which were both excellently prepared and very tasteful. I will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We've eaten a number of times at Bull and Beggar since the opening and enjoy it every time. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a loft restaurant in New York or Chicago. The food is superb and we often order a number of the smaller plates along with dessert and skip the entrees. This particular visit was exceptional in that we saw the cast of a new Loomis Fargo Heist movie which is filming in Asheville. On our visit we saw Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig. The previous week Zak Galifianakis was with the cast having dinner at Bull and Beggar. If you arrive an hour or so early, it is worth sitting outside and having a beer next door at Wedge Brewery. The people watching here is second to none."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our first visit was great, but the second visit was not. The server was unfamiliar with the small menu and two if the four small plates we ordered were so bad we could not eat them. This is the first bad review I have ever given a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was outstanding! The charred octopus was probably the most delicious thing i have ever eaten. I left fat and happy!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good dinner. I prefer healthy hearty food over organ meats and caviar so choices were limited"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Apparently a new restaurant in Asheville in the River Arts District. It is tricky to find off of Paynes Way which is a dirt parking lot near the railroad tracks. It's adjacent to some interesting galleries and brewery -- all part of renewal area. Once inside, fun, funky, upscale interior with warmth and great service. Very attentive staff and management checking in etc. The food was fit for FOODIES - delicious, flavorful, and beautifully presented. Fun menu to choose from small plates, wonderful veggie sides (I had the salted beets that were excellent) and entrees. Great wine list, bourbons and beers. We didn't find this place on any of the 'tourist lists' and was not a recommendation at the B&B we stayed. Hidden treasure!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My husband and I visited asheville for his birthday in mid July. This restaurant was recommended by a bartender we had met earlier in the trip. He told us Bull and Beggar was hands down top 3 in Asheville. We couldn't agree more. We both had appetizers (butter bib salad and octopus) that were delicious. Our entrees were mouth watering (chicken and grouper) and we shared a peanut butter chocolate tart. We couldn't get enough! Our server was friendly and kept my water glass full. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a very large party, and they couldn't have been more accommodating. Sitting upstairs was like having a private room, and the ambiance was perfect. The staff was excellent-- friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was amazing. The ploughman's platter is a work of art, and the pork rinds will blow your mind. An unforgettable evening--absolute Asheville favorite..."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was AWESOME!! They have a short selection of entrees and a long selection of small plates. The cheese plate I had for an appetizer had nice size servings of 5 cheeses. I had the lobster roll which was much better than the one I had in Maine. I also had hushpuppies that truly rivaled the low country South Carolina one that I grew up on, but these were served with maple butter!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants we have visited on the East coast. Food was phenomenal. Service was excellent. It was a bit hard to find and but well worth it!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at B and B. The menu may challenging for some in that there was a limited nbr of entres (4) but multiple small plate options. However, our meals (fish) were excellent. My understanding is the menu changes frequently, so the options would vary as well --note that none of the entre options that night were vegetarian. Service was fine, very friendly and attentive but not overbearing. This is a bistro-like atmosphere, semi-industrial in feel, with a good energy level. Be warned: The seating was a little hard! Given the proximity of the restaurant to Wedge Brewery, if your plans are for Friday night, expect a crowd for the Wedge's open air backyard party -- so, allow for potential parking issues but enjoy the crowd!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for our third anniversary and we had an amazing time. The service was wonderful and the food was well worth the price. While it definitely isn't an every day restaurant, it's great for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "very enjoyable. funky great food, excellent staff - recommend. very different look on inside from outside."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary dinner and had a fabulous meal! The filet was as good as I've ever had, and my wife's fish was perfectly cooked. The service was good, and our waitress was very knowledgeable on every item on the menu, from the wine selection, to the different varieties of oysters, to the entrees. The ambiance was also well-managed, i.e. not too noisy even though it's a popular venue. The only difficulty we had was in finding it. The street, Payne's, does not show up on many maps, and we spent 15 minutes wandering in search of the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have been to this place twice in the last 2 weeks. The food is great and the service is excellent. On both occasions the waitresses were well informed and were able to recommend dishes that would be enjoyed by our group. Great atmosphere and lots of parking."
    Dined on 7/5/2014