The Blackbird

4.4
1802 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely fabulous dinner at the blackbird for Father’s Day. It’s our favorite restaurant! The atmosphere and the wait staff are spectacular and the food could not be better.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

father’s day

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KS
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We enjoyed our meal here. The menu is not overly expansive but still a nice variety of salads, small plates and large plates. We enjoyed the wine list as well. It had a nice selection of varietals and price points and the value was very good based on what we knew of retail prices. The overall value of the meal was good as well especially relative to what we saw at other locations albeit we only dined at a few spots. The hostess and seating process was not very good but the table service was good enough and very friendly.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was good and the waiter was great! The atmosphere was just so-so. We were seated by the exit door and for a meal of that caliber, I would have preferred a better atmosphere. I didn't ask to move because the entire restaurant seemed to have little personality and ambiance.

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NK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible brunch. Everything was perfect.

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Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town to visit UNCAsheville with our daughter and she had never been to the city of Asheville. We gambled and tried The Blackbird and it was amazing. We will be back!!!

The Blackbird
Responded on June 10, 2019

Thank you so much!

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Very little flavor in the food and Very expensive. Would not recommend going. Not impressed.

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

I went with my partner because I saw they had a new vegan menu. It’s so nice to go someplace where I don’t have to have a salad if I want a vegan meal. The eggplant dish was excellent, and the vegan chocolate cake was also very good. We will definitely be returning, because I also had my eye on the vegan mushroom dish. And for people who are vegetarians, the vegetable Wellington is also an excellent choice.

The Blackbird
Responded on June 10, 2019

Thank you so much! We are pleased to hear some good feedback on the vegan dishes.

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The ambiance was pleasant. And, our waiter was quite professional and efficient. However, the food was disappointing. The presentation was nice but the taste and quality was poor. We would not return. High prices with little value.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was well prepared and most were nicely plated but timing of bringing out dishes was poor...there were six of us, and people who ordered soup got it first, then salads were brought out at the same time as main courses making the table too crowded with plates and awkward for people to eat. Prices are a bit higher than most white table cloth Asheville restaurants.

The Blackbird
Responded on June 10, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We do apologize for the timing. We have spoken to the staff about it.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

All went well at The Blackbird. Our food was good but not “to die for.” Service was ok. Ambiance of restaurant leaves a little to be desired for price and quality of food.

The Blackbird
Responded on June 7, 2019

Thank for your feedback. We are sadden to hear that the food and service didn't meet your expectations. We continue to strive for greatness. The ambiance is something we're currently working on. We do hope that you'll try us again sometime.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

We love Blackbird but this visit was was well below their normal quality. Both the French press coffee and hot tea arrived cold. The scrambled eggs and over-medium eggs were over cooked. Very disappointed that we brought out of town guests to brunch. They were obviously training some new servers. We wondered if they were training new kitchen staff, too

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hello. Thank you for leaving us some feedback. I'm really sorry for your experience. We'd hate to loose a loyal customer and we'd love to get a chance to make it up to you. Please contact us if you do decide to come back.

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olivia was great! Enjoyed 3 courses of food and wine, would probably look into trying the tasting menu next time. Everything was delicious, cheese board was beautiful. The seafood risotto was very good and a good portion for the price. Olivia's wine knowledge was spectacular, and I enjoyed talking about pairings with her. Will definitely return.

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you! We love Olivia!!

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

The atmosphere and food were amazing. I had the swordfish risotto, tomato soup, and swordfish ceviche. I would rate the food 9 out of 10. Service could have been improved if we didn't have to constantly chase down our waitress and/or ask multiple times for her to come back. The waitress who bused our dishes provided better overall service. Despite this I would highly recommend the 5:30 table as the restaurant was not crowded and our food arrived as we finished each dish.

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hello. Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the 5 stars. We take our service seriously and will be discussing the issue with our staff.

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was ok, service was poor. We hoped that maybe he was just inexperienced because he didn’t care much. When we walked in to an almost empty restaurant in downtown Asheville on a Saturday morning, we should have known then. With so many great restaurants to choose from we were disappointed with this choice

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hello. We are sadden to hear of your poor experience. We will be taking action to find out what went wrong that day. We do hope that you'll try us again sometime.

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed the experience and would return. Had a large group and they were very accommodating and diligent about ensuring we would have good seating and be together. Waiter was really attentive and food all came out at once and was delicious.

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you!

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for a finer dining experience as part of our week in Asheville. The wine list is extensive and well rated. The salad we shared and 2 entrees we selected were both flavorful and reflective of what is in season for the area. Our server, Aaron, was fantastic and addressed my over cooked lamb without a fuss. The high ceiling, open space makes it a bit noisy especially when your table for 2 is by a large table of ladies followed by a large group of guys for a bachelor party. We would consider going back.

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you! We're so lucky to have Aaron on our team.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the chef’s tasting menu - it was delicious!

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

Great! Thank you!

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. One of our favorite places

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you!

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Raleigh
69 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was too noisy for. I ordered the trout and it was dry

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

We do apologize for your experience. We are working on correcting the noise issue.

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MB
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended to us when we were unable to make a reservation at another restaurant on the Biltmore Estate (our tickets were for a different day). The Blackbird did not disappoint. The wait staff were by and far some of the BEST I have ever met....extremely knowledgeable about their dishes and how to pair the food with available wines. We had the eggplant dish and the vegetable wellington, and were persuaded to split a dessert of fresh fruit cobbler with homemade blackberry ice cream. Totally amazing taste creations all night long, and the waiter even gave us tips for touring the Biltmore the next day as well as other great eateries in the area. How cool is that??? Will totally be back again.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are very thankful for the wonderful staff that we have.

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

One of the best restaurants in western NC - hands down

The Blackbird
Responded on June 4, 2019

Wow! Thank you so much!!

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MH
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

More than met our expectations. Food was delicious and excellent presentation. Hostess was friendly, and server very accommodating. We will return and recommend.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you!

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JG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent, which over shadowed the slow service.

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

Wonderful experience. The food was out of this world and the grits are the best you will ever try.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you!

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Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our dining experience was taken up many levels due to the service. Our waiter Michael was friendly, professional, knowledgeable and simply a pleasure. We were his last table and made to feel welcome and not rushed. Bravo, in a challenging time for our restaurants in hiring quality employees.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are so thankful to have Michael on our team!

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Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good!! I could eat the bone marrow or scallop tapa any day!! Everything was great.

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressed with service right from the start. Our server provided excellent wine recommendations. Menu offered something for everyone in our party. I had the fresh catch with scallops and it delicious. Also enjoyed our appetizers (cheese board and crawfish sliders). Wonderful dining experience.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your feedback! Cheers!

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KW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and our server was so helpful with the wine pairings! Next time we are in Asheville, we will definitely be back!

The Blackbird
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you so much!

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Be sure to leave room for dessert at The Blackbird. Their coconut cake rivals any I've had anywhere. The proportions of cake to frosting to custard filling is just right. The cake itself is light and flavorful. Delish. Interesting dinner menu, good vegan options. Extensive wine list. Knowledgeable servers.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you very much!

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We did the chef’s tasting. The food was excellent and fairly unique!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Our waitress was great!

The atmosphere was bland. The food was fine but not great.

WARNING: My wife and I ordered the chefs sampling table (6 courses). We really enjoyed 2 of the 6. Before ordering, we checked to ensure that we would not be eating anything raw for my wife. We were assured they would be able to avoid raw foods. We were disappointed to find that my wife was served lesser substitute dishes rather than fully cooked normal dishes that had been listed. When served the carbonara, the raw egg was raw despite our direct request. We were told that chef insisted on serving it raw or not at all, and my wife was given alfredo instead which was not very good.

Overall, my wife and I managed to have a great time - but it was not because of blackbird.

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c
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place with an upbeat vibe. Chef stopped by our window table - a nice touch. Two in our party had the corn pudding entree - fabulous!

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R
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We had no luck with restaurants downtown- including The Blackbird. We read reviews and went based on seemingly high regards of the food. Both of us ordered the tenderloin trio. What we received was flavorless, room temperature, very small, pieces of meat. Looked and tasted like they had been sitting under a warmer for a while rather then being freshly prepared. We were seriously disappointed and we ate, paid, and pretty much ran out of there as fast as possible. Also, the "trio" of sauces/butters they put on top were pointless- might as well leave them off as they added nothing to the meat. Mine only had a spec of the truffle butter on it so I honestly didn't even taste it- not sure why they sent it out like that. Served with bland mashed potatoes and some pieces of grilled asparagus. Not sure why this place gets the ratings it does- save your money and take it somewhere that isn't downtown.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 28, 2019

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback, your opinion is important to us. We are disappointed to hear of your experience. It doesn't sound like we lived up to our normal standards. We will definitely be discussing plating with the chef's from that night. Please respond with your contact info privately, I'd love to discuss this with you further and try to make this right with you.

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JE
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very nice restaurant, with great service, good food and a well curated wine list. The items we ordered were not excessively creative (lamb and tenderloin medallions) but both were very well prepared. The service is top notch, and the server was very conversant with both the menu and wine pairings to complement the dishes.

As clarification, the reference on the restaurant's website about one hour free parking at the hotel ramp, means that if you visit the restaurant for less than one hour, your parking will be free. (useful for an aperitivo perhaps, not for a dinner). It does not mean that the restaurant validates or covers one hour of the parking. However, parking in the hotel ramp is inexpensive and the restaurant is well worth it.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Sunday Brunch at 11 AM
There were only about 2 other small groups in the restaurant, but given the service it seemed like there were many more people there. Waitress was very nice, but very slow.
Ordered the burger...bun was hard, burger was well over cooked and the pork belly on the burger was very under cooked.
Had a group of 8 and we all had a similar experience/opinion.
Good drinks, very sub-par food.
Not planning to go back.

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SA
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Our overall experience wasn’t good. We ordered appetizers and two bottles of the same wine. They brought the food and not the wine. After a while they told us that they only had one bottle. We ordered two more bottles.... same story. Finally they suggested another wine more expensive than the one we ordered but they gave it at a lower price. We almost finished the appetizers when we got the wine. The food was ok but not as good as we expected according to all the reviews we read before booking our table for 8.
The waitress wasn’t very nice or helpful.
We went to other restaurants in the same area, with way better service and food and they were not harassing me with emails and messages reconfirming the reservation.
When we arrived the restaurant wasn’t full and it never did.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback, your opinion matters to us. We regret to hear your experience wasn't satisfactory, we strive to have the highest standards. We have spoken with the server to address the situation and the wine director about ordering so that this doesn't occur again. We'd love to have you come back and give us another try, if your willing. As a thank you, we'd like to offer you a gift card.

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DB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coconut cake was exceptional! I don’t even like coconut!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best beet salad I've had anywhere! The eggplant dish was also terrific. We had a lovely waitress. I highly recommend Blackbird.

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MB
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. Everyone in our party of 6 ordered something different and everyone had the same conclusion - that the food was fantastic. The only downside was having to ask for refills. Other than that, the service was prompt and attentive, we were seated right away when we checked in for our reservation, and all questions regarding items on the menu were answered. Whenever I'm back in Asheville I will definitely eat here again.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We do apologize for the slowness with your refills! As a thank you, we'd love to offer you a gift card. Please provide a contact and we will get that to you!

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