The Blackbird

4.3
2890 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Blackbird Restaurant is a Chef Owed Restaurant serving local, fresh ingredients. The Blackbird’s goal is to delight guests with cooking grounded in the traditions and ingredients of the Carolinas creating an unique and vibrant menu – New American with Southern Flares

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 around the world. 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.

We are located in the heart of downtown Asheville, on Biltmore Ave. You can find us at the corner of The Aloft Hotel.

Parking Garage is located at the back on Lexington Ave. The first hour is free.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Come Celebrate the new year with the blackbird, we are doing a limited special menu with exciting ingredients for everyone.

What 2890 people are saying
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JoshC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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JoeS
Western NC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the start to the end. Staff was fantastic.
We loved our meal and had a great time.

JT
JohnT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Excellent food presentation! Just a little pricey, but worth it for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with good quality food and service. Don't hesitate to book this experience.

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vipiwc1021
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu - lots of vegetarian options. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Waited 1 hour 15 minutes for our food to come out. Tables that arrived after us received their food and left before we received ours. The manager apologized for our wait about 30 minutes into our wait. After an hour our server let us know the our ticket got “mixed up” and that’s why it took so long. They didn’t offer us anything to snack on or comp our bill (which was the only thing that arrived quickly to our table). I understand restaurants getting backed up, but this was beyond being busy, our order was clearly skipped.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The main problem with the experience was that the staff rolled multiple carts heaped with garbage past our table while we were eating, it was really loud and very unappealing. We had one of the later reservations of the night but many other tables were also still dining when the end of night garbage parade started through the dining room and out the front door.

The food & waitstaff service was good. For the cost, we had hoped it would be a great experience but I wouldn’t go back.

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vipKirkH
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and drink was amazing

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TrishG
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location with great ambiance. Blackbird signature cocktail is a must. Servings are smaller sized however great for trying a few different items.

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RemyBoy
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I had high hopes, especially after reading other positive reviews. The disappointments started almost immediately. The food was plain, without any real taste. I ordered the 6 oz Filet, done medium rare. The quality of meat was poor. It was chewy, and needed much more seasoning. For $42.00, I expected something fabulous. My husband had the Pork Chop. It was overcooked, tasting dry and bland.
Overall, a bad experience that was very unfortunate.

The Blackbird
Responded 3 days ago

Hello It's unfortunate that your food was over cooked and under seasoned, As the chef I wish you had said something to your server so we could remake it to your liking or get you something new. If you would like to try us one more time, I would love to get you to love the food as so many others do.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slow service. French fries were cold, sandwich was lukewarm.

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vipMaiLi45
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavor, ambiance and service

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TangieS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The atmosphere and service was great. Great vegetarian and vegan options,, which is why we went. Food portions were small for entree and not consistent. The server misunderstood our request and only brought out a half serving of mushroom risotto that had good flavor but dry...when she brought out the additional portion...it looked completely different with no flavor but extremely wet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Really nice place at a great location. We had a reservation and were seated minutes after we arrived. Our server got to us quickly and kept the ball rolling smoothly through out the meal, until dessert- see below.

The scallops appetizer was delicious! The goat cheese corn pie was also delicious. The lamb cottage pie was disappointing but luckily there was no cottage in it. The Blackbird crisp had nothing crispy in it but there were lots of sweet, plump blue- and blackberries and some ice cream.

Service was very friendly but only adequate. The only complaint to note is a minor dessert confusion that caused us to cancel one of two desserts ordered because we shared the crisp and finished it before the other item was brought to us. At that point we could eat no more. They wound up not charging us for either dessert.

The Blackbird
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, I'm not really sure I understand the issue you had with the cottage pie but I will look at how the cooks were preparing it that night.

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CLS901
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious food selection. Very good, unique drink menu. Love the ambiance.

The Blackbird
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you so much!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the 6 course tasting menu with the wine pairing and it was fantastic! All of the food was prepared well and went great with the wines.

The Blackbird
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you!!

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vipJohnD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Really poor, the cottage pie was quite greasy really did it taste good at all

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frosty
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great server and staff. Noise level only issue.

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RebeccaG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rama was our server and he was wonderful.
My date and I both thought our dishes were excellent

The Blackbird
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Trout risotto was wonderful as was the brie and fruit starter. Strong wine selection. Highly recommend.

The Blackbird
Responded on September 15, 2021

Great Thank you!!

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AnnelieseG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot wait to go back! The food and the drinks were wonderful

The Blackbird
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you so much!!

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jonw
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful little place, the Salmon was probably the best we've had. The starter thai green beans was a very large order, more suited for a side dish, otherwise everything was great! Atmo, Food, Service... will be back!

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Jake
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Waitstaff was delightful; however, the food portion and quality simply wasn’t worth the amount I paid.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous atmosphere! Fantastic food!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and drinks, excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We were really unhappy with our experience. We had a reservation and when we came in, the whole vibe just felt off the hostess was young but working incredibly hard and there were several older servers that were really rude to her as she was trying her absolute best to get people seated. Mind you, she was also bussing tables, too. We only ordered an appetizer because we didn’t want to stay. When we left, two people we’d never met, asked us if we’d just left the same restaurant because they had too because they waited 45 minutes to be waited on. No drinks, nothing. Actually, a server came over and asked if they could take their water from their table and give it to another guest. We just all were really displeased with the service. Will not be returning any time soon. I can handle and truly understand when a place is busy and service may be slow, but communication is always key. At least TELL us you’ll be around to wait on us, or smile, or work together with your other co workers.

The Blackbird
Responded on September 6, 2021

Hello I see you enjoyed your food we are so happy to hear that! I Appreciate that you are looking out for her. The host that night is a friend of the family. She loves her job and the staff. She is part of a staff that cares and looks out for her every night and to base how she is treated over one single experience with no context is inappropriate and inaccurate. As for the rest of the review please keep your reviews to your experiences not someone you meet afterwards. Again Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our dinner started out with the hostess crying. Our waitress was nothing special. She did not let us know that there would be a hour+ wait for our food. She put our steak plate down saying we are out of potatoes, do you like grits? The restaurant was out of many things. The scallops were way over seasoned and inedible. Very disappointing.

The Blackbird
Responded on September 6, 2021

I'm really unhappy to hear that you experience was not up to my standards, I will be talking to the staff and the managers to get this resolved, it was a holiday weekend and we can run out of stuff and it's sometimes even harder to get supplies because of covid but that is not an excuse for your experience. Please stop in for another try and we will make it up to you.

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vipDSSJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

These people should not be in the restaurant business. Disaster of a meal. 2+hours and still were waiting on food. Out of basic alcohol and decent restaurant bar would stock. Noise level was incredibly high. Will never return. This isn’t a one time thing…have since heard from others that had a bad experience. It’s too bad because the quality of the food we did get was decent.

The Blackbird
Responded on September 8, 2021

AnonymousReviewed 9/6/2021·Visited 9/6/2021 Absolutely gorgeous atmosphere! Fantastic food! AnonymousReviewed 9/6/2021·Visited 9/6/2021 Very tasty food and drinks, excellent service From the same night!!!  It's unfortunate that you had a bad experience, but my staff is amazing and they do a great job. For a customer to imply that they should lose their jobs because of a bad night is appalling, I hope in the future you have a bit more tact and respect. 

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John
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Creative and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

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DeanT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited Asheville over the labor day weekend. We had fine meals at all the establishments we visited. The Blackbird was by far our favorite and best meal of the all. Thank you

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Secrob
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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viptemf
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

The restaurant was extremely busy and the staff was overwhelmed. Worried that our lunch order would be very slow to arrive, we drank our glass of wine and left.

The Blackbird
Responded on September 6, 2021

You did not eat here. How can you give a restaurant a one star on food if you did not eat? You made an independent decision to leave without eating, based on an assumption you made. It's not fair to take that out on this Family restaurant. Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service was extremely slow. Needed more wait staff!!

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Franco
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was not memorable in any good way,The Caesar salad could hardly be called a Caesar and the Salmon was not done right, I live in Seattle so I know Salmon and it was not done correctly. The food is trying to be something but in trying it is losing the battle, too much going on, simpler better tastes would make the place a winner.

The Blackbird
Responded on September 8, 2021

We make our Caesar Salad for greens grown from one of my staff member's farms (Rama) and yes it is not the unhealthy Romaine lettuce, I'm sorry if that upsets you but I believe that the house made caesar dressing should go on a delicious lettuce that is grown 15 min away. As for the salmon if it was over or undercooked I would hope that you said something so we could fix it. If not I'm so sorry but if my line cook made a mistake and you said nothing how would we know. Thank you for the Feedback.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ate the chefs table meal. It was a full 6 courses and was great. Server was outstanding.

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MurphyG
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible experience and even better food! If you’re a “foodie” this will definitely scratch that itch!

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TIMH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and enjoyed the excellent food and service as well as watching all the tourists bustling about.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem! This is a farm to table restaurant with phenomenal original dishes.

JM
vipJanM
Naples
114 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a perfect martini 🍸 followed by a 6 course tasting menu. Make an early reservation to be sure it is still available. Only $48 w/o wine pairings $ $78 with wine. Josh, our server, was delightful & paced the meal perfectly.
Delicious from start to finish!

FAQs

The Blackbird is rated 4.3 stars by 2890 OpenTable diners.

The Blackbird does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://theblackbirdrestaurant.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.