The Blackbird

4.4
1813 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary brunch

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MC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was very well. Ambiance was good. Everything seemed like it was going to be a great restaurant. Food was underwhelming and oversold by waiter. Most parts of the food were good (enjoyed the cheese board) but the risotto was bland. Lamb dish was fine but not amazing. Grits and lamb were good. The “sautéed” veggies turned out to be raw kale. I feel like it had potential to be amazing but didn’t quite meet all our expectations.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and wine!

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V
Cincinnati
79 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Cute little place. Great GF menu. Creative. Service was weak but food was great!

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JO
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Asheville...never a disappointment, food is always awesome, great wine selection, and good service.

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DP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! One of the Best Restaurants in Asheville. The food was exceptions, the staff spot on and the craft cocktails were exceptional.

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Naples
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Food in Asheville!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Horrible dining experience. There were flies flying around constantly and we had bugs in our drinks and food. The food quality was very sub par. They did give us our meal for free which was appreciated.

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d
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience at Blackbird! Greeted by the bartender Matt and the host, both were nice and welcoming.
The whole night was very enjoyable from the crafted cocktails to the wonderful local cheeses, salad and entrees. Service was very attentive and I enjoyed that fact that even though we moved to a table Matt was still our server and did a fantastic job!

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SH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
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.

The Blackbird
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you very much!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

father’s day

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KS
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
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.

The Blackbird
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you!

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GV
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We started with cocktails and one of us had a glass of pinot noir. It was definitely off, either old or in the sun etc. We shared a cheese board which was quite nice, and the fig jam was excellent. The chicken dinner, recommended by the waiter was over-cooked and dry. The cold smoked porkchop was the best we have ever tasted, however the plate was otherwise filled up with potatoes, seemed like about 2 pounds of potatoes--way too much for balance. What we would go back for was the dessert--especially the deconstructed mocha torte. Sadly the shortbread, while tasty was severly lacking in sauce.

The Blackbird
Responded 6 days ago

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback. We are sadden to hear that your experience was not perfect. We always check for the quality of our wines and wish we had been notified so we could've gotten you another glass. We strive for excellence and we're always tweaking things, so we do hope you'll try us again sometime.

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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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OT
Greensboro
3 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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G
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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m
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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OT
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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B
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
10 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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