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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, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Always great from cocktails to small plates. Relaxed wait staff attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our 3rd dinner at Bull and Beggar, the friendly service and good food have made it our favorite Asheville restaurant, be sure to try the freshly made pork rinds, they are still popping at your table! Yummy! The only problem with B&B is the noise level, quiet conversation is difficult, its lively and fun! Food is so tasty and most is gluten free! We recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "You can spend a lot or a little at Bull and Beggar and in each instance get a great meal! I highly recommend the mussels and fries...don't forget to order an amazing loaf of crusty, delicious bread for dipping! The veggies are fresh and beautiful...presentation of everything is top notch. The restaurant is small and quiet. You can bring children but I suggest you save this spot for an adult gathering. Get ready to experience some delicious and interesting dishes!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I can't believe it took us so long to finally get to Bull and Beggar. It was amazing. The very best, freshest ingredients, creative but not fussy preparation and presentation. Small plates are very generous servings...the octopus was fabulous; we wanted to lick the plate. Our server was fun, attentive and knowledgeable. Beautifully restored building. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Bull and beggar may be THE reason people say Asheville is "full of amazing restaurants." The double level interior, lined with industrial lighting and book shelves give off a comforting vibe that's not too crammed for the small space. The grouper was easily the best fish I myself and my partner have ever had, in any city. Oyster selection=perfection. The small plate and produce options are a great opportunity for sharing. [Attention bacon lovers...Get the dandelion salad.] Service was extremely friendly, patient, happy, and clearly worked as a team. That alone can make a dining experience delightful but Bull and Beggar has it all."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I loved the octopus and bean salad and unbelievably tender conch salad! Nice space, even if it was noisy."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We went for our 18th anniversary and had one of the best meals ever. We decided to try the "small" plates (not small at all!) and shared the Carne Crudo (steak tartare), Moules in a saffron creme sauce (yum) and the Charred Octopus. All were spectacular! We also had three of their "produce" items -all also excellent! Came home with leftovers for each produce item (great portion size). Asheville is known for excellent restaurants and this is now right at the top of our list. Cannot wait to go back again - won't wait for a special occasion this time. Only drawback is the noise level. It's hard to carry on a normal level conversation because of the brick walls and open ceiling but that won't stop us from returning very soon!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Right up there with the Admiral as far as the quality of the food and service but with a much nicer dining room."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I brought friends from out-of-town for yet another fantastic meal at Bull & Beggar. Love the octopus appetizer, mussels, crab imperial.... in fact, there was not one food item that we didn't salivate over! Service was excellent and the restaurant enjoyed such great energy from the very full house on Friday night! Ranking up there in my top few Asheville favorites."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "As a local, I'm priveleged to enjoy the vibrant Asheville Restaurant scene - so many great places! But Bull and Beggar is a standout. Don't miss it!!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was good, but there was no coordination/communication between kitchen and bar, so courses and drinks arrived badly out of synch, and one order was forgotten entirely, although it did show up on the bill. Food is creative and good, but don't plan on having a conversation over your meal, since the place is so loud you can't be heard without screaming."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had the chicken and the salmon, both sauteed to perfection with the sauce being the star on both accounts. We Celebrated Father's Day there, and it was a perfect selection. This is our second time here, and plan to return soon."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "They are very hard to find as GPS does not work. The signage is to small to see that you have arrived."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "…we brought our "big city" out of towners….they are difficult to impress, but the dinner we shared wowed them…we opted to share a selection of small plates and none of them disappointed….everything came out piping hot…the hushpuppies were crispy and so yummy….we especially loved the mushroom toasts and the octopus…..the whole meal was memorable with each bite!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This place is great! A bit hard to find if you are new to the area, but worth it. We took out-of-town guests there and they were blown away. We shared a variety of small plates of incredibly interesting and well-prepared foods. Hard to find a better restaurant in Asheville, and we have a lot of exceptional restaurants here. Got a bit noisy when a bachelorette party arrived. Our server was great, knew her menu and gave terrific recommendations. The grilled octopus is a must try."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Remarkable and exotic menu with fine fresh combinations, foods and different choices of portion sides, which I appreciate! Oysters were very good, a potato side dish was delicious and new choices and tastes! When one item, fish, was overcooked it was graciously taken and a new perfectly made fish came, in addition to giving us a 25% discount on that item! More than generous. The sound really carries and echoes which made it tough to really talk well, my only criticism. Lovely waitress and waiter for the 2 times we have gone!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Way too expensive for small portions and bland flavor. Expect to be charged extra for the olives in a martini. Will not return."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We recently ate at the Bull and Beggar for the first time, and it was quite an adventure. Finding it was not simple, and we were gald we happened to look for it a day ahead of our reservation. I would suggest calling them if you get confused. The food was absolutely fresh and each dish was memorable. The noise level due to high ceilings and a crowded upstairs seating that overlooked the tables below, was the only negative as many times, my husband and i could not converse. I would suggest sitting side by side if you can. I had read reviews and chose some of the favorites. The oysters were super fresh and if you love oysters, definitely have a few. The Charred Octopus was as excellent as everyone had said. Don't miss the vegetables. WOW!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This new hot spot has a rather eclectic menu and the server had to explain many of the dishes to us. But the quality was excellent and the service much better than average. It is a bit noisy however so ask for a table upstairs."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Super disappointed in the quality of food and service at this restaurant. Everything was over-seasoned (read salty) to the point we couldn't finish any of our entrees. Conversely, the fiddle head fern appetizer was under seasoned completely. The chicken liver mousse was the best appetizer, but the server literally ripped it out of my hands as I was preparing the last serving before I could finish even getting any of the jam to go on it. On the flipside, the cocktails were very good and wine menu was also strong. Even with that, it'll be a long while before we return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is a small restaurant next to the Wedge Brewery. Parking is very difficult, so plan for that. The food was very inventive and portions were a decent size. The menu was quite confusing--mostly small plates and side dishes with only five entrees. It was difficult to figure out how much food to order to make a meal. Everything is a la carte so it gets fairly expensive. Limited mixed drink menu but there is a full bar and a nice wine list. Our server was outstanding and the food was delicious. The atmosphere is quiet as it is a very small space, dim lighting, small tables and uncomfortable seating. Overall, we liked the food but didn't leave feeling full and probably will not rush back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent food...really nice and professional staff and great ambiance. Would absolutely return and recommend. service a bit overwhelmed on a busy friday (drinks took too long to get there), but we have no real complaints and many compliments."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was a birthday celebration for my guest. Service on the slow side. We had to ask repeatedly for someone to flag our waitress to take our wine order. Waitress herself was very personable and went out of her way to offer chocolate mini macaroons with a candle, since we didn't order dessert. Menu was interesting, if not particularly friendly to gluten- and dairy-free types like myself. We sampled several of the small plates and sides; the dishes we ordered were very tasty. Conversation was difficult because of the noise level. Had a bit of trouble finding the place."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I've lived in Asheville for 18 years. I worked in restaurants from the ages of 14-30 and was trained at Le Cordon Bleu. I've moved from having a top 3 list here to a top 5, then a top 10 - now I have a top 13. The Bull & Beggar has held the #1 spot since the first time I ate there shortly after they opened. It has since been found and is usually busy. But it never falls short of delightful. Always a wonderful night with exceptional cuisine. Cheers to the chef and all the staff!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We enjoy the Bull and Beggar every time. Service was great. Food was outstanding. Special night out for birthday and it proves to be just that."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We like to try lots of items on the menu. The octopus appetizer was the best we'd ever had, and our group also loved the mussels. The kitchen split the main course (sablefish and grouper)for us in the kitchen, which they did happily and this made for a beautiful presentation. Recommend all the side vegetables, inspired combinations like parsnips with 5 spice powder and maple syrup! Wait staff did not rush us, but was attentive, and helpful with the wine list."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We came here for a special occasion and we were blown away by the amazing experience. We were from out of town, so the restaurant was a little hard to find, it is next to a brewery hot spot. We started off with the clams and toasted bread and it was delicious. There was so much for our money and the sauce was delicious. For dinner we had the filet mignon, mussels, and roasted cauliflower. I could eat there everyday for the rest of my life and be happy. We had the hazelnut tart for dessert, coffee, and drinks also. The waitress and service was great too very polite and helpful. They even included a birthday card. It was great! We will be going there again!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I hate that I am even writing this review because I selfishly want The Bull & Beggar to be a well-kept secret. Get the two tiered seafood platter. Just do it. You won't regret it. I can think of only a handful of restaurants in Asheville that could compare to B&B in terms of how well-executed everything is. I get excited to eat here. The menu, the wine list, the cocktails, the quality of the produce, and the atmosphere are rivaled (but not surpassed) by few other restaurants in town."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Execution of meal was superb but our server was let us say less than excellent. It was not that he was swamped - in fact was spent a lot of time seeing him hang out in the corner and not caring for his tables. When he did happen by he needed to be flagged down to "notice" normal things like empty glasses. Wait staff experience was definitely a minus on overall experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is the third time I've eaten here, every single dish is amazing, you can either go with the entrees or share a number of small plates, all of which are great. Service is great as is what they've done with the interior space."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food was well prepared, service was good, ambiance was nice. The location is not great, but there was ample parking. We ordered 4 of the small plates and two of them were very good. The other two were well prepared but the flavors didn't quite come together. The chef definitely knows how to cook because everything we were served was perfectly prepared. The restaurant is fairly new, so I would expect it to get even better."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Two of us shared 1 small, 2 medium plates and three sides. Each was prepared thoughtfully yet none was pretentious. Great flavors. Excellent wines by the glass as well as bottle. Our server made excellent and helpful suggestions. For such goodness, very well-priced. Might even be our favorite in Asheville. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "It's hard to be the top dog in the Asheville food scene, but for now, the Bull and Beggar is the one."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Try the squid! Try the vegetable medley. Try everything. You won't be disappointed. Excellent service. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Great to have great food that has been treated properly and cook to a very high standard. I will be going back.... More than once, or twice! Try the Fois gras parfait, it's awesome. Oh and the scotch quail egg.... And the mussels....chocolate tart, just try it all!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The food here is the best I've had in Asheville, and that is saying A LOT considering that it's a foodie town. Love the mixed drinks and the menu is outrageous!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food was well underpar with current restaurants in the area. Too salty, fries were just all small pieces ( can I get a whole fry ) and the food was just not good. Sorry guys you have fallen out of synce."
    Dined on 4/20/2014