Aux Bar

4.3
181 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

About

We are open Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm-2 am, we are only accepting walk ins only at the moment. No reservations needed. Patio is available upon request when weather permits, and on a first come first serve basis.

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.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party absolutely loved the food!

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vipSarahF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food & drinks- hostess even saved us 2 bar seats, per my request on the reservation- love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable first experience!
The atmosphere is cool: a quaint, yet funky kinda retro vibe. The hostess was very friendly and accommodating, and our server, Phillip, was probably the best I’ve ever experienced! ... Super friendly, upbeat, and attentive without hovering. The menu is eclectic, and our two different entrees (steak frites and chicken over mashed potatoes) were delicious and not overpriced... which is refreshing compared to many other downtown restaurants.
The bar is kinda small, but it’s a full bar and I was impressed by their choice of which craft beers to serve with only four taps.
We definitely will dine there again.

JP
JohnP
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Loved it. Super cool and funky. Great food. Distracted service - our first course and entrees arrived simultaneously. Drink service similar. Good Negroni, though. Will definitely return.

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vipOpsimath
Western NC
81 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Having been a regular patron for a year and Ravi g about the Aux Bar in past reviews, I am disappointed that it seems to be slipping. The roast beef po boy is much less generous and I’m not even sure if fried onions are still being added on the sandwich. The onion soup which has been the best in town tends to be too salty and the cheese not always browned on top. Here’s hoping Stephen Goff recalibrated back to his old standards. The waiter was pleasant but food did not arrive timely for all diners and orders were confused.

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vipKatherineB
Greensboro
205 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good lunch. Not the menu listed but still good.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Waitress was great even though they were short staffed. Food and drinks came out quickly. I had the catfish and grits which was delicious but we were not totally happy with steak frites. We reviewed the menu before going due to my fiancé having some food restrictions to find that the menu was different from the one posted which limited what we could order. Still a really cool spot for a quick bite

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Sonnetlover
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took the three course option they had. My wife and I shared the delicious hummus and the pimento cheese and pork rinds. She had the catfish and grits and I had the pork shoulder and collards. Both were outstanding. Our only disappointment was the dessert. We chose the vanilla ice cream and the smoked apple pie-like dessert.
Our server was an absolute delight and we look forward to our next visit there.

PD
vipPaulD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ScottC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It is a fun and funky place, with food that was fairly good. However, their shortcomings outweighed that. Service was snitty and unprofessional. We ordered two entrees that came out separately. When we questioned why, they said they were doing it tapas style. Except, they do not mention they are a tapas restaurant anywhere on the website or menu. Their explanation was that they had small items on the menu, so it was tapas style. When the second entree did come out, the steak ordered medium well was medium rare. When we mentioned that, the response was again snotty.The manager actually said that since they had red lights in the place, they couldn't tell the difference in the meat doneness. Mistakes happen, so a polite apology would have been acceptable and we would have been fine. But, a series of ridiculous excuses and surly attitudes make this a place to which we will not return and would never recommend.

MB
vipMimiB
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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.

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vipKenilworthian
Western NC
60 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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CindyLou
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The catfish was outstanding. The waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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SherriD
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.

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hlhicks
Western NC
5 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipGREGGY
Western NC
30 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGriffinN
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.

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SavannahL
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!

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vipClaK
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipHalleBros
Cleveland
7 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!

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LindaM
Western NC
6 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...

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
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
MargaritaG
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipEmzee
Western NC
19 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
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and awesome service!

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vipGabrielleK
Charlotte
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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
vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLovegoodfood
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.

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vipAlissaE
Los Angeles
6 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
OpenTable Diner
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

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Dave
New England
7 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
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
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!

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Marc
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

DD
DrDavid121
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

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

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

Great place and super service

SF
vipShannonF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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

FAQs

Aux Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 575-2723.

Aux Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 181 OpenTable diners.