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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PD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week menu. Excellent!!
The pork rinds with pimento cheese were fantastic. The chicken was good and the dessert was delish

MB
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great brunch visit at the bar with a hipster nice bartender with blue hair with a fun attitude. Made us great drinks and we enjoyed duck wings and brunch meals that were delicious. Casual bistro atmosphere with delicious food: I came back the next day for the fewest lemon sour cocktail ! Yum.

K
Western NC
58 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Definitely return for bar. Bar food with better ingredients. Everyone tries.

SD
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

New Year’s Eve and we were lucky enough to get a reservation before the symphony. Great food and just a couple blocks from US Cellular Center.

h
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have always loved Aux Bar, the food is amazing and fun. However out last visit was a bit bumpy service wise, we reserved in advanced and were seated quickly. We did wait 15-20 minutes to be greeted by server and have drink order taken, there seemed to be front of house confusion, which we are understanding of but were totally ignored by staff for a solid 15 minutes. Once the ball got rolling the food was on point as always. We will be back, but walked away a bit mystified by the failure in what is generally great service.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The service was terrific. Everyone to whom I spoke was warm and welcoming. The food was hit or miss. The burger, pimento cheese and pork rinds, and pickled eggs were very good. The flounder and fried chicken were hot and fresh, but bland. However, the seafood chowder and mashed potatoes that accompanied them were good. Our to go order of chicken was better than the in-house order. I’d definitely pay a return visit for the appetizers and service.

G
Western NC
28 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good bet... open early. Open late. Love it every time

GN
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were super hospitable and the food was amazing. Perfect spot for an anniversary dinner we didn’t feel rushed either which is incredibly important to me. I want to be able to enjoy my food and I was definitely able to do that. Really appreciated the experience.

SL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The environment was really cool and relaxed (punk rock vibes). The service was kind of spotty.. she was really nice but there was a point when we thought she forgot about us. It was a pretty busy night though so we were fine. The food was pretty good.. I've definitely had better burgers. Would recommend the deviled eggs and duck wings!

CK
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fun Thanksgiving night supper there. Fun vibe, great service and food.

HB
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good although not exceptional. Our server was friendly and informed but there were some lapses in service. We considered ordering the highly touted bread pudding but everyone in the large party across from us that ordered it left more than half on their plate. We inquired, and they reported it to be ordinary and "not worth the price." So we skipped dessert--don't want to waste calories on mediocre sweets!

LM
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Not impressed. Thanksgiving dinner was not good. Menu was confusing, waitress was indifferent, and the food was served at 5min-10min intervals. We were a party of 6 and dinner came out cold, portions were tiny, and definitely not at the same time. We only ordered entree and dessert. The bread pudding was awful. Tho my Mom said the flourless chocolate cake was good. No mixed drinks just a beer and 5 iced teas. My husband never got his 2nd beer. All in all, it was a dinner we will talk about for years to come(and not in a good way), and at least we can laugh about it now. We joked how we would stop at another place to eat on the way home...

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Firstly, I want to commend Aux Bar for their service. My boyfriend and I had to change our reservation time a few times and they still accommodated our special requests. So bravo to the staff! Upon walking in, they were all so friendly. We ordered the duck wings and a couple of drinks to start. The wings were under the small plates section but let me tell you, they were not small at all. I was expecting tapas-sized portion but it was a hefty amount of food and it tasted great. We ordered steak frites and the beef stew. Both were nice, but to be honest I was so full from the wings that I didn’t get to really savor the beef stew. The steak was cooked nicely to medium rare, more so on the rare side, which is how we like it.
We came by quite late, at around 9:45, on a Saturday night so we were told that the place does turn into a bar with a DJ around 10:30-11:00. Visiting from out of town, we decided to stay after dinner and check out the scene. We’re very happy we did. The DJ was playing good rap/hip hop music with a sprinkle of pop songs here and there so that made for great dancing. Drinks were fairly cheap too!
Overall, my boyfriend and I had a great experience at Aux Bar and we already talked about coming back next time we visit Asheville!

MG
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Welcoming environment. Menu was adventurous and delicious. Drinks were very good. Would definitely recommend for late night bites and some fun music.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken was amazing. And the hush puppies were too notch. They didn’t even need the sauce that came with them. Stellar!!!! And don’t miss the vinegar pie.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, liked the vibe, excellent service! The vinegar pie was disappointing... blah crust and zero custard.

E
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local fare! I’ve been to Aux bar before and enjoyed again this time. Love that there are small plates to mix and match or entrees. I ordered a ruby salad and beef stew and loved them both. Service was friendly and excellent. Great spot downtown Asheville.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and awesome service!

GK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Despite the poor rating I am giving last Friday's experience, I would recommend Aux Bar to others. I have to believe it was just an off night? The service we received was really terrible, and I suspect it was a combination of both wait staff and kitchen issues. The cocktail I ordered was unavailable, though my martini was fine. Our meals arrived before all the drinks had been brought to the table, but my salad wasn't served until after my entree, and my friend never received the soup she ordered. The food that we did receive was delicious. Our server was ready to push us out the door; he never asked if we wanted another round of drinks and he assumed we didn't want dessert, which we did. There were no choices here, since only one of the two desserts was available. We had the vinegar pie, which I would describe as a fruit tart. I enjoyed the flavor, but it needed to be served heated, or at least at room temperature. I would expect better in the future.

OT
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very disappointed in the food. We had read so many things about the chef and was very excited to try it. Was possibly one of the worst meals we have had in Asheville. Service was great. Had a genuinely nice young lady who was new and a very knowledgeable server who backed her up wait on us.

The pork rinds were great. The pimento cheese was a different color on the outside than when you got a scoop of it. The oysters - first one was great, second one was old fishy tasting, and the third was on the verge of being spoiled. The mignonette was great however.

The Demi- glacé on the steak was broken and tasted like burnt motor oil. The meat was good but gamey.

The best part of the meal was the fries. They were delicious.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was so wonderful and friendly. The food was off the hook!

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Very disappointing. Dry, very overcooked duck wings with little meat and way too much cloying sweet potato coating; California fries too soggy to eat even though ordered crisp. Pork ribs with pimiento cheese not bad. Would not go back. Unfortunate.

AE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was a very rainy night so the restaurant was crowded with cold, wet, hungry people. The staff was amazing - they sorted everyone crowding the door area quickly and effectively. We had a reservation - recommended - and sat us quickly. The food is interesting bar and cafe food, not particularly memorable but made quickly and the ingredients were fresh. The fried options were a bit greasy but good. Not many GF items. The highlights were the staff - charming, gracious, interesting - and the cocktails. The house special Margarita was absolutely delicious and a generous pour. My date had a local IPA that was clean and hoppy with a lick of citrus - wonderful.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beverages, food and service were all outstanding. Phillip and the rest of the staff were all very attentive, professional and made us feel very welcome and anxious to make a return visit on our next trip to Asheville.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

DD
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

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

AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and super service

SF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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

M
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere and service. Loved the music.

JK
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall2food2service5ambience1

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!