Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro

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778 reviews
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Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro is a unique dining and bar experience offering an exciting approach to food and drink. Inspired by classic southern dishes, Chef Owen McGlynn sources from local farms to provide delicious New American fare. With one of the largest rum selections in NC, Storm has a flavor and style for everyone! We feature creative craft cocktails, pre-prohibition classics, local beers and delectable wines. At Storm, we believe that the most interesting places can inspire creativity, imagination and ideas. Places with an authentic style draw the most intriguing people, stimulate lively conversation and become a backdrop for the unexpected.
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DH
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband had the duck breast with a raspberry sauce. It was delicious. I had the vegetable plate with a small plate of grilled squid. Our server, Tyler was a lot of fun too. I liked the wines and the panna cotta melted in the mouth. Fun evening, I’d go back. It was a terrific surprise, the entire meal was delightful

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B
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was,as always, an excellent one with great food and attentive service. Thanks!

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PB
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Storm. Burger Monday is the best value going and the food is always wonderful. GF options are clearly marked and I've never gotten sick after eating there. Having a reaction is always a risk when eating out GF. It's our go to choice in AVL. The patio is wonderful when weather permits.

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WF
Western NC
29 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we eat here we are reminded of how outstanding the food and service are ! Just another AVL gem and the Rhum selection is stellar.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Terrific service, food, and cocktails!

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S
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time back in a few years. Still a fantastic place to eat or have drinks. Sat on the patio with the dogs. The servers were great and brought the dogs water. The food was fantastic as usual. Very relaxing end to a busy day on the trails.

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

We love Storm!! Food is delicious, staff is accommodating, atmosphere is perfect. One of our favorites!!!

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SM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Probably not, because there was nobody there. We had a reservation, and also happened to be the only people there, it was silly. I can't exactly put my finger on why the restaurant was empty: the food was pretty good, and the service was the same. But when there's nobody in a restaurant, there's usually a reason.

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J
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Service amazing. Lovely dining experience.

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WB
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always tasty, unique & fresh with interesting wines & Great Rhums. Cool spot, great service.

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AA
Western NC
48 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I recently took an out-of-town friend to Storm Rhum. He's a burger fan, as am I, and I've enjoyed the burger at this South Lexington Avenue spot before.

I'm a big proponent of double-patty burgers (and in Asheville Bull & Beggar has by far the best), but Storm Rhum serves the single-patty version. Nonetheless, it was pretty good. We both ordered ours cooked medium. Mine came exactly medium, but my friend's was cooked well-done.

The problem with single-patty burgers, with a half pound or so of beef, is that the buns rarely can stand up to the meat and dressings. That was the case with our cheeseburgers, and we both ended up eating the burgers with knife and fork. I like the Storm Rhum buns, but they just don't last as long as the burgers.

I would guess Storm Rhum uses a sirloin-based or other low-fat ground meat, rather than the more complex combination of chuck, short rib, brisket and other cuts used by the great burger places in Atlanta and elsewhere, such as Bocado and H&F.

Still, we enjoyed the atmosphere at Storm Rhum, the good service and the hand-cut fries. Storm Rhum has a good cocktail list, heavy of course on the rum drinks. Its local draft beer offerings are weak and its wine choices are fairly limited. Storm Rhum has a reputation for a high noise level, but as the restaurant wasn't full when we were there, it wasn't too loud, and we could talk.

Love the free parking (after 6 pm) at the "mural lot" across the street.

With two drinks each, plus the two burger and fries plates ($16), with taxes and generous tips our tab for two came to $80.

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C
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum-loved the grilled romain salad. All food delish.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do yourself a favor and order several plates of the Mac and cheese. The best! Our waiter was amazing, so attentive. Food was excellent! One of my favorites in Asheville!

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J
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food! The previous guests that included noise level in their review were spot on. Food and service were excellent. My wife and I stopped trying to talk to each other because we were sitting next to a bridal shower group and that group was "having fun" at the detriment to every else in the restaurant. I don't fault the restaurant or the group....just unbearably loud. The Mahi and Ribeye were both really good. The wine and drinks also excellent.

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H
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service are good but the noise level is off the charts, especially when they fill the large table reserved for BIG parties, which should be in a separate room! Forget having conversation! Either go early or ask if a large party is booked.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had THE best dinner, drinks and service!! Thank you so much for a fabulous meal and evening!

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f
Western NC
116 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual Storm is an excellent restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere, good service and consistently good food. Thé specialty cocktails are perfect.

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g
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Table was ready when we arrived an the rest of the evening could not have been better.

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice atmosphere, service was well paced cocktails from the bar we’re timely and tasty. Food was to be expected meats were cooked appropriately and sides the same. A really nice restaurant and would recommend to others for a causal environment with really delicious fresh food.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was an excellent guide to the menu and the food was wonderful.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatly enjoyed our server and the food. The rhum was a delight and the desserts were all affordable at $5. The French coffee press at the end was a great touch.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends and I were visiting from Nashville and stumbled upon this place. Everyone was extremely nice and the ambiance and decor were perfect. Our server Warren was fantastic, very attentive and fun. He was able to help us make great decisions on the food which was also extremely good. We loved the Mac and cheese and the steak was also a favorite. Will definitely revisit this place on our next visit!

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M
Western NC
37 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best beginning plates that I have ever had, was the roasted beets and arugala, with goat cheese. If nothing else, order this. The service was good as was the food. Also the blood orange margarita is a winner, if you like a little heat.

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BF
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Storm is a regular dining spot for us. The food is always well prepared and we love the atmosphere. The service is always excellent and the wait staff are courteous and knowledgeable. I also have some special dietary requirements and the wait staff and chef have always made sure my meal was properly prepared. Our only comment otherwise would be that it would be nice if the menu changed periodically.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visit Asheville 4 to 5 times per year and we must dine at Storm at least one time during our trip. The Chef always wows us with his menu and the staff is always so helpful articulating the menu. Impossible to recommend just one entree. Enjoy!

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SB
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been trying to get to Storm Rhum Bar, and we are so glad we finally did! Our server was amazing in sharing wine knowledge, and the atmosphere was perfect. We will definitely be back and would gladly recommend taking others!

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San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Looking for a casual restaurant for dinner after a long day...Storm was perfect !
Great burgers!!

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k
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We highly recommend the beet salad. The dressing is scrumptious. The filet was perfection, as was the grouper. Rum flights were tasty and a good value. Overall excellent experience. Service was friendly and efficient.

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LL
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always very interesting food, great service and a place where you can converse with friends.

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BS
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. Menu is somewhat limited, but all the offerings are fresh and well done. The bar is among the best in Asheville. The rhum menu is unique.

If you seek a casual dinner with friends with good food and service in an authentic environment, do not hesitate.

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Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was good but very noisy.!!

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C
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Worst dining experience I’ve ever had in Asheville. The waiter was very nice, but got 3 out of 3 drink orders wrong. They were quite long in arriving at the table, and all 3 martinis were not up (without ice) but in double old fashioned glasses filled with ice. We sent them back and eventually received 3 completely watered down martinis. The bar tender simply drained the drinks into new glasses. No thank you. The manager was also very sweet and offered to make new ones, which we declined. The beet salad was good, nothing special. Duck breast arrived raw. Not exaggerating. Hamburger was ordered medium rare, it arrived very rare and so salty it was inedible. Venison dish was ok, also extremely salty. Manager offered to bring new food, waiter offered desserts, but we were anxious to move on. Definitely will not be going back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outside seating was perfect. Our server was excellent.

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d
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Storm was a find! The Rhum flights were great. The food was incredible!

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Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to catch a meal before a show at the Orange Peel! Great prices and even better mixed drinks. Will absolutely be going back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food we had in Asheville! HIGHLY recommended!

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JK
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

Go for the rum after you eat somewhere else. Also do not order the painkiller—made with coco Lopez—a shame.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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BP
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We have had very good meals at Storm Rum Bar. I had excellent shrimp and grits , as good as any I have had. Try it.

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f
Western NC
116 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Monday Burger Beer Night can’t be beat! It’s a happy group of customers and waiters, even though it was a torrential rainstorm outside. Storm Rhum Bar was apply named. It always feels welcoming and the food (not just burgers) is consistently very good.

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