Aux Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
AUX Bar is an American restaurant with seasonally driven and unique offerings of lunch, dinner, brunch and an outstanding late night bar and menu to downtown Asheville. The AUX bar will also offer a newly constructed outdoor patio bar and several custom built wood fired grills (seasonally) which will boast an offering of fresh and affordable, globally inspired street food to patio patrons and passerby pedestrians of North Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville.


Please note: Confirmation is required for parties of 6 or more. Patio is available upon request when weather permits, and on a first come first serve basis.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. There were 8 of us. We got our food in a timely fashion. Service was on top of things and very courteous. Do if d was outstanding

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was served quickly, drinks were great, deals were great, and the service was impeccable. We went on a Sunday night and it was fantastic!

M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good place, good food, good ambience. Would recommend,

DD
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was fair at best. Nothing special about this restaurant.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and super service

SF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We had large group- very accommodating! Excellent and friendly service.

M
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Easily amazing food and all the 4-5 star reviews about that here will update you - the food is solid and excellent, so is service.

The downs were ultra hot indoors (for us), which made it difficult to finish everything. Worse however were the (four...yes four) bridal parties atmosphere smothering an otherwise sexy B-day date.

On walking out my lady pointed to the "we welcome bridal parties" sign and I realized we'd been punked. Gotta say that that the whole bridal / bro parties have now ruined the formerly nice / local AVL vibe (and being a local I can tell you locals mostly don't go downtown much anymore for this reason). Might've been a fluke, but I think Aux (and any AVL restaruants) should maybe set off a bridal / bro party area so normal people can hear themselves talk. And maybe drop the thermostat down a few degrees when its so hot...

RM
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Asheville. This trip was a result of having taken a local foraging tour. A feature of the tour was that we could pick one of five local restaurants that would incorporate some of the items that we foraged into two our meal. Aux Bar added three of our ingredients into two small plates. The presentation was very nice and the dishes were delicious. Definitely keeping this restaurant on our list of favorites.

ER
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot recommend this place enough. The service was amazing. Great staff, very informed of everything offered on the menu. Duck wings were amazing. Will definitely return.

JI
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Funky hip with killer cocktails and tasty small plates. Feels more like an in spot that isn’t just targeting tourist dollars. Service was attentive and knowledgable. We loved Fools Gold, a standout cocktail.

LG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing burger and my fav was pork rinds and pimento cheese!

OT
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails, awesome atmosphere, friendly staff! We will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere and service. Loved the music.

JK
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with innovative southern offerings. Cocktails are also good; any place that offers bottle service for a 40-ounce King Cobra Malt Liquor has to be checked out.

n
Western NC
30 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It's much too hot inside on a summer day; server Phillip is the BEST; mushroom burger not good enough to have again; humus is very thin and interesting; burgers and fries always good

K
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Sat outside. There were mosquitoes (probably because of the water feature), a homeless man singing and dancing and smoking cigarettes. The burgers were way overcooked, the fries too salty. Had been a big fan (local and go now and again), but likely won't go back, at least not for a while. The one good thing, was our server was very friendly and good!

A
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I got the steak frites, it was alright. Kinda chewy. Fries are good.

m
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

first time in Asheville. Great food and service. loved the chill vibe

DS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Restaurant was nearly empty. My partner ordered the fried chicken, I ordered the steak frites. The server brought the fried chicken 10 minutes before bringing my medium rare steak. So he nibbled at his chicken, while I continued to wait. When she did bring mine, there was no apology for it taking so long. Then of course he has to wait while I finished mine.

The restaurant was hot too - end of June and they had windows open and ceiling fans circulating the warm air. Go elsewhere, there’s tons of other restaurants in Asheville.

RT
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time our server was great & still was the food!

DS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Our meal was tasty, but not as good as it has been on prior visits. I find the quality uneven at times, and I also prefer this spot for lunch over dinner.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was way over salted. Couldn’t eat most of it.

JS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our teenage twins as we were on vacay. At first we weren’t sure what to order. We just asked questions as we were encouraged and had a delicious dinner.

OT
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here and enjoyed very much. Would return. Unassuming atmosphere with above board food quality and great service.

DG
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome Burger. Great cocktails and beer. Really cool vibe. Like party-ish divey, but chill and groovy at the same time. Really casual atmosphere with upscale menu

JK
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun and fabulous!!! We enjoyed the food immensely and the DJ was rocking!! Brought us back to our yourh

R
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Decent food, a little pricey.

e
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It’s hard to identify the worst part of the experience: the lackluster food, the disappointing wine, the half-hearted service, the lack of ambiance, the disturbing art, or the cigarette smoke permeating the air. There are too many good restaurants in Asheville to return to this one.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service, guy that was Busser, host and waiter was extraordinary!!

C
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had been earlier in the year for lunch on a whim and it was pretty good.
This time for dinner was a disappointment.
We had a group of five and out of all of us only dish, the catfish, was really the only plate anyone was impressed with.
Two servers took care of our table, one seemed disinterested and the other was good.
Good drink and cocktail menu.
Perhaps a better bar than restaurant.

But like many places now in Asheville,I left feeling like we didn’t get a whole lot for our time or money.
It’s an interesting space and I appreciate their $5 nickel food program for the homeless, but I’m afraid we will pass on a third trip back.

J
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aux bar is fantastic! Stumbled on this place on Open Table with friends and family in town for a holiday weekend. Aux had an outdoor table for ya and sat us immediately- good and drinks were well priced and excellent. Their home made Bloody Mary mix is a must have! Excellent brunch menu!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service could have been better food great.

KH
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

You got to try this place at least once. It’s a great spot for late night bites, especially after a show at the local venues. A bit loud, service was slow, but we would agree that you have to give it s try.

JW
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and quiet enough to have a conversation. Will come back for sure.

G
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu is very heavy and low on vegetables and anything healthy

KC
Western NC
99 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Having been to a Blind Pig Dinner—and having read very good reviews of the restaurant, I had high hopes for Aux Bar. In short: My friend and I were disappointed.

As I’ve noted in other reviews, Asheville restaurants have a very high bar to cross because of all the outstanding competition. So, while Aux Bar may have received higher votes in another locale, it needs something else to excel here.

Here’s an example: On the list of special house cocktails, there’s something called a “Sweet Home Alabama.” Catchy name. Now, catch the ingredients: Jack Daniels, Caramelized Peanut Orgeat, RC Cola, and Fresh Cream. (I would pay to NOT take even a sip.)

Back to the food….The mushroom soup was tasty, and the “flavored oval of nicely spiced cheese” floating in it was a unique touch; the chicken liver pate with toast was very good, though the toast was soggy; the large salad with beets had lettuce that looked and tasted more like the base ingredient for a chopped steakhouse salad; the generous serving of crispy Brussels sprouts with a poached egg was delicious.

O
Western NC
73 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This being my sixth visit I continue to be impressed with the extraordinary quality of the food. Having lived in Paris (France, not Texas) for a year and New Orleans for 35 years, I can attest that the French onion soup is the best anywhere. The romaine salad with fried chicken and the lunch poboys are also superb as are the fries.

f
Western NC
117 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Perfectly delicious pancakes that are huge and unlike your mom’s. Unique combination of sweet and a touch of savory. Paired with the best Bloody Mary in Asheville and brunch doesn’t get any better!!

GW
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. Mike the bartender made our night!

d
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner and the service was great. The only thing that wasn't pleasant was the location on our table, it was directly in front of the entrance, and was cold every time someone came in or left the restaurant.

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