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About The Blackbird

The Blackbird’s goal is to delight guests with cooking grounded in the traditions and ingredients of the Carolinas creating an affordable and vibrant menu – Modern Southern with a “nod” to tradition. The menu features the seasonal best from local farmers, fresh catches from the coast of the Carolinas, incredible local micro-brews, specialty cocktails, and great wines from the Americas. Our menu changes seasonally to reflect the bounty of the area and the chef’s creativity. The Blackbird’s award-winning food, desserts and prompt service will impress you every time.

47 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Southern, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00 pm
Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00 pm
Crow Bar hours: open daily until 30 minutes after the kitchen closes

Cross Street:
Aston St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 254-2502

Website:
http://www.theblackbirdrestauraunt.com/

Catering:
Please visit our website under special events to see our full listing.

Parking Details:
The ground floor of the Aloft Hotel is the entrance to the public parking lot. The rate is hourly. We are not a Hotel restaurant, but we are located in the same building with the Aloft.There is also parking on the street and several parking garages within walking distance.

Executive Chef:
Michael Reppert

Private Party Facilities:
The blackbird is the perfect place for parties large or small. There is a private dinning area for parties of all sizes, from weddings to small parties, the Blackbird will design just the right menu for the occasion and provide a relaxed and elegant environment.

Private Party Contact:
Jesson Gil: (828) 254-2502

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

We have a set Three course menu. There is a choice of traditional turkey dinner, prime rib, wellington (vegetarian), and local sunburst trout.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We will be closed on Christmas day. However, we are open for Christmas Eve. We will be offering our fall menu on this evening.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

On this special night we will be open until midnight. We will have a set menu this evening complete with a champagne toast. Reservations are highly recommended.

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The Blackbird Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (45)
Local Ingredients (42)
Fit for Foodies (40)
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Creative Cuisine (36)
Special Occasion (36)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
People Watching (31)
Casual (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Business Meals (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Romantic (20)
Worth the Drive (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Authentic (13)
Cozy (13)
Healthy (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Seasonal (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Fun (10)
Organic (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Vegan (5)
Scenic View (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
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·Dined a day ago

Everyone was so friendly and the food was superb. Great first restaurant in NC to eat at! Coming back next time I’m in town.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food .... took forever for our meal, but it was good!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great Brussels and one of the best Bolognese dishes I've ever had. Husband had the tenderloin trio which was also wonderful. The only complaint was the potatoes were mediocre.

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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

It’s has everything you would want in a date night restaurant. I just felt that it was over priced for what you get. The food was good but not amazing and portion sizes were small for the price.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

I would definitely recommend The Blackbird! It was easy to get a reservation, our table was ready on time. The food was delicious and the coconut cake TO DIE FOR!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

This was a special occasion for us and we thought the dinners were excellent. Perfectly presented and cooked to perfection. We topped it off with the coconut cake and it was the perfect ending to a wonderful evening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined 5 days ago

Not a “special occasion” evening for us. So we thought it was a bit on the pricey side. Food and service were great. Will save it for when we are celebrating something before we go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We were seated by a window at a small table. Large group was later seated next to us, less than 30 inches away at a high table. We had reservations, other folks were seated at 4 person tables, but we were left sandwiched between the window and the high bar type table. We left 20% tip, food and service was great, no attention paid to our environment. Problem was, we had cocktails, appetizer, and salads served when when the high table was seated. I would insist on a real table if we go back. The group was very not at all a problem, they were not loud or obnoxious in any way, it is simply a forced table placement to maximize profit, but don't do it when your restaurant is half empty.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The ambience was modern, unpretentious and calming. Service was personable and informative, and was acceptably prompt. I had the soup of the day, a tomato bisque that was fantastic, bursting with rich flavor and complemented beautifully by the house bread. The roasted beet salad was gorgeously presented; it was enjoyable, but could benefit from greater amounts of the additional flavors on the plate - namely the goat cheese, pecans and balsamic reduction - to prevent a few too many forkfuls of a one-note nature. I'm a vegetarian, and want to go back to try the corn pie and a couple of those famous desserts!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Exceptional food and great location. Service was excellent and server provided great recommendations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We dined with blackbird last night
Service was great and we were seated almost immediately of arriving there

Pieces of the evening were great
Coconut cake was great but the mashed potatoes needed a lot of seasoning
I️ partakes in the seven course meal and wasn’t impressed at all

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was good, service was slow though and they did get orders wrong

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great place! My husband and myself both had the apple cider Moscow mules (seasonal) which excellent and I highly recommend. My husband ordered the Cold Smoked Pork Chop for his entree and it was absolutely amazing— highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went here for a birthday dinner in a quick trip to Asheville. The food was really top notch (corn pie and heritage farm chicken), some unique and local ingredients and well plated. Service was rather poor that night, but I think it was our particular waiter having a bad night, so won't judge the restaurant or management on that. I would definitely recommend this place for a small group and people who might like a little more interesting food choices.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Limited selection of moderately notable offerings. Had pork chop...dry and tough.

Tags: Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Amazing surprise! I was a little nervous about going here because it is rated #67 of restaurants in Asheville but still a 4 1/2 star. What a great choice! All three of us had different appetizers and entrees and they were all great! Do not hesitate to eat here! All of us would gladly go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Disappointed there were not more southern dishes on the menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This a great restaurant with a unique menu. Very nice downtown location!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We came back to Blackbird again this year after having an amazing dinner last year around the same time. I had bragged several times to the group we were meeting about how amazing it was.....and boy were we let down. My food was lukewarm at best, the mashed potatoes tasted as if they came from a box as well as being cold. My husband made the same comment about his potatoes. It was such a disappointment . Not sure what happened in the past year, or if it was just a fluke night but Blackbird went from being phenomenal to average at best.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fabulous experience! Great food and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and will definitely go back!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

For friends enjoying the wonderful dinner for my birthday. All of the food was amazing. Especially the seafood risotto the scallops the corn goat cheese pie was amazing. But, the coup de grace was definitely the desserts! We had both the peanut butter brownie caramel dessert which was fantastic As well as the some more pie. Excellent restaurant highly recommend it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great atmosphere and the food was delicious! Would love to visit again when I am in Asheville

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Had a very good meal. Food could have been a bit warmer. My only complaint. This was after we said we wanted a slow dinner. They should have prepared it closer to eating it. Went on Halloween night. Downtown was pretty dead.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Short but diverse menu. Close to garage parking. Obviously takes reservations, lots of others do not.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Out of the draught beer I wanted. The one they sent was skanky.
My pork chop was not cooked to oreder but was a reheated left over from earlier..
The food was like warm..
The cocoanut cake was good.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was fine, nothing special - but the service was awful. We ordered a cheese plate to start and no one explained to us what we were eating. We had to constantly flag down our waitress to order more wine and ask for more water. It was also incredibly noisy and crowded.

Overall, not a good experience and would not recommend.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Server was delightful. Presentation was beautiful. Entree and salad portions were small and not that unique or flavorful for a $32 entree. Restaurant was packed on a busy Saturday night. Very loud and tight walkways. We've heard coconut cake is amazing and it looked it. It's huge. But we decided to maybe come for desert when at least two people could share.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great place. Server wasn’t as attentive as we expect in a nice and trendy restaurant like this.

The Fall menu is the bomb!!!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The restaurant offered reasonably tasty food, albeit at relatively high prices for relatively small portions... for instance, the $32 seafood risotto had 3 or 4 medium shrimp and 3 scallops - less than I would have expected. Similarly, the $32 tenderloin trio had an estimated 6 oz of tenderloin - again, less than I'd have expected.

The other side of the issue - the enormous piece of fabulous coconut cake filled up the empty spaces that would otherwise have necessitated a stop for a snack on the way home.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We came here for my girlfriend's birthday.

Wonderful food and drinks we will be back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our waiter was great ! Friendly and informative! The cocktails was wonderful (although served in short glasses) ingredients seemed fresh and food service was quick ! Will definitely return next time we are back in Asheville!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Although our food choices tasted good, there was very little of it and seemed to be overpriced. I don't plan to return until I have tried every other restaurant in Asheville. I would say if you are looking for a quiet, mature, low-key dining experience you may find The Blackbird perfect for you.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were very impressed on our first visit to this slick restaurant. The service was excellent and the food delicious and presented beautifully! Esquisite coffee too! Desserts are outstanding too!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was wonderful. Our server was outstanding. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Overall, we enjoyed the Blackbird. The food was fine, as was the service and the knowledgeable wait staff. The problem however, was in the lack of general comfort. All the chairs are wooden, with totally FLAT seats and no padding. We were VERY uncomfortable after about 30 minutes. There is some padded bench seating around the back wall of the place however, and if you plan on staying an hour or two, find a seat there. It almost made us think that the owner would rather not have people staying on to enjoy coffee or a desert (which we didn't). This lack of comfort dropped our overall dining experience rating by one star.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful and accommodating staff! We needed to add more seats to our table at the last minute and they could not have been nicer! We will definitely be back for more business dinners at the blackbird.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I needed to make a reservation for a last-minute business meal. Many of the places I usually dine are closed on Mondays. I found The Blackbird on Open Table, and fortunately they had openings to seat six people. It was an important dinner I was hosting, so everything needed to be fantastic. We were not disappointed! The food was phenomenal, the atmosphere was great, and not too loud for us to be able to have conversation at the table. From cocktails, to appetizers, to dinner and dessert, everything was delicious!

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Awesome grits!! Wonderful experience. We went for brunch, but I am sure food is great for other meals as well.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had friends visiting from out of town and I wanted to try out a new restaurant that I'd not been to before. Blackbird did not disappoint. Our server Melissa was friendly and made some great suggestions. We enjoyed a nice bottle of Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. My local roasted chicken dish was incredible, seasoned perfectly and accompanied by wonderful locally grown roasted vegetables. My girlfriend and I also shared an amazing roasted vegetables salad and a scallop appetizer in which the scallops were cooked to perfection. My friends enjoyed their meals as well and we had a great evening. I would recommend Blackbird highly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for a Date
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