The Blackbird

4.3
2611 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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Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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vipJonD
Western NC
70 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at The Blackbird was wonderful. The food was delicious, the service was great and we had a “socially distant” table for two by the window. We will be back. Thank you all for a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Visiting Asheville

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!! Could you please give a bit more information so I can fix any issues that we might have?

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Blackbird was so so. The food was very slow coming out and it was a bit too salty. The staff was friendly but I think they were a little understaffed and that's what accounted for the slow food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner on our trip to Asheville! We loved the mussel/clam app, and the scallop and trout risotto was delicious. Great atmosphere!

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RaquelP
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pre-Mother’s Day weekend

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Meagan
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and customer service was awesome! Definitely look forward to returning in the future.

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JeanD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Food and service were excellent. Lots of great options on the menu.

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vipMindy
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the six course meal with wine pairings and all was superb. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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NewFoodie
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We each had the chef’s tasting menu. It was delicious and worth the value. The staff was very attentive. We sat early, another large group came in and were a bit loud. We asked if we could move and they moved us with no problem. Wouldn’t have been as big of a deal if it were pre-Covid. Very happy with everything!

The Blackbird
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much!!! We are so glad you joined us for your first night out and we love doing chef tasting and it is so great when people enjoy it!!!! 

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vipMaryjaneB
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrence served as bartender and waitperson on what was no doubt a slower night. He made a great Whistlepig Manhattan and then suggested the perfect white wine to go with the local trout and two scallops with lemon beurre blanc and vegetable risotto.
Plus he was funny- and of course, efficient.

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vipveazierx
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Cocktails were amazing and waitress was lovely!

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SouthernFlair
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations!!

The Blackbird
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much!!!!

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LynneT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Service was impeccable. Food was first rate. Highly recommend!

The Blackbird
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much!!! We love doing what we do and it is so great when people enjoy it!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Came for our second anniversary. Our server was just ok but the food was great, cocktails were awesome and the chef came out to ask us how our meal was. Overall a good experience!

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JarrettS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef's tasting menu was fantastic. Would absolutely do it again.

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CCE8
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food, spectacular service. Thank you!

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MaryC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food & drinks! The dining room was a little loud.

The Blackbird
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you!!

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KristenB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 6 course dinner paired with wine! It was delicious! I would highly recommend trying it! Devan was our server and she was amazing! Nice quiet table near the window.

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DOM1
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If it is your first trip, try the Chef’s Tasting Menu & Wine Pairing. All I can say is SUPERB!!
One of the six courses was a seared scallop. I definitely will see if I can get them for an entree the next time I am there. The service was also outstanding, both at the bar and at our table. Thank you to all at the Blackbird.

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Pongo
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Service was friendly but a bit haphazard. The restaurant is priced as an exclusive restaurant which is why we chose it to celebrate our anniversary. The decor is pretty ordinary. Food was OK but it was not the fine dining experience we had expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Such a pleasant dinner at Blackbird in celebration of my birthday! I wish I could have ordered one of everything on the menu – it was a tough choice. The vegan/vegetarian options are outstanding and truly delicious. We ordered the corn goat cheese pie and the gnocchi; The porkchop was also incredibly tasty. We were a bit disappointed that the kitchen was out of several dishes at 7:30pm on a Tuesday, though. Two of our first picks were 86’d by time we sat down. Thankfully, the server helped us choose solid second choices. Everything tasted fresh and full of flavor that can be hard to find in fine dining in Florida.

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vipMantoloking
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful but our server was even better. Took a minute to catch on that he had an amazing sense of humor. He really should do stand up. He took special care of us. It was a 40th birthday celebration and he was the icing on the cake. The smoked trout was subtle, the shrimp and grits rich and hardy. The cuban and mushroom pressed sandwiches were to go back for. Drinks perfect

The Blackbird
Responded on April 22, 2021

Thank you so much we love it when a server can make the day/night os a table just when everything clicks. Thank you for the feedback I will pass it along to my staff.

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SH1234
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Unique menu, delicious dishes (I tried all of my friends' food) and an overall delightful evening.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 22, 2021

Thank you!!!!!

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KourtneyC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice atmosphere. Asheville is still at 75% capacity so restaurant was a little empty. For Sunday brunch it was reservation only.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 22, 2021

Thank you so much!!!! We hope we can safely open back up soon, thank you for the kind words in such a hard time for the restaurants of the world.

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vipLoisG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best biscuits! Alas no lattes.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 22, 2021

We love our biscuits too, Thank you so much.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Terrible service. Food was good. Sadly I don’t think we will ever go back.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 22, 2021

Hello, it is unfortunate that you and your server did not click in the right way it happens sometimes. I can assure you that all my staff are friendly, capable workers that show the utmost respect to everyone. In the future I hope you say something and we can get you another server that better fits your personality.

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MaggieP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Was not impressed by their food, portions, or service. There are a lot of other places you can spend money for a better experience.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 22, 2021

Hello, it's unfortunate that you think the food and service was not up to standards. As for the portion and price they are directly related to the quality of food I get, the location and how I pay people, I know some people don't always understand that but it's true. Thank you for the feedback on the food and service, we will keep working on that. As for the portions and price I will not be lowering the quality of my products, change location or pay less, that is something I will not do. Thanks

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ChristineF
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came to Blackbird for brunch while visiting from out of town. This is my third dining experience here, because my last two visits were fantastic. The service was good, but we were a bit disappointed that the food was cold when we got it. Everything tasted good, just cold. The Bloody Mary was tasty and the Irish coffee was great.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 18, 2021

Thank you!! It's unfortunate that the food was cold as the days are warming up. We put on the AC and sometimes it gets the food cold a bit faster than we intend. It's something I try to reinforce in my staff. Thank you for understanding that this can happen.

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vipMaryPatG
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Food delicious!

The Blackbird
Responded on April 18, 2021

Thank you so much we love what we do!!!

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vipRenickP
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so cool. My wife and I did the tasting menu. What a good choice! Wine paired with the six courses--unreal value! Food great, service better and overall experience great. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thank you so much!!!

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Bernandez
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Here for a solo dining experience at the bar. Cocktails and food were fantastic! The bartender was friendly, but a bit overworked.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 18, 2021

Thank you!! Sorry the bartender was a bit to busy to give the best service, I'm glad he was friendly!!

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DevanyD
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The best thing about our meal was the cracklings! They came out so crispy and still crackling. We all had a special of the day, a pulled pork sandwich with jalapenos and grilled onions on it. It was very messy but tasty. The side salads that came with the sandwich had very fresh greens but we could not detect any dressing on them. The unsweetened iced tea was excellent.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 18, 2021

Thank you!! One of the line cooks Jacob was so proud of that special.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Lamb cottage pie was out of this world delicious. Trout and scallops were exceptional.
We had a bottle of Blackbird red blend and after decanting it was perfect with our meal.
Great service, friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Good prices too.
Lovely time.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 18, 2021

Thank you!!!! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us, we look forward to seeing you again.

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Tho13
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My wife and I shared a vegetarian dish and trout/risotto. The trout was overcooked and dry and we could't eat the vegetarian dish. Service was good and the atmosphere was fine. The table next to ours was noisy and a little too close.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and super friendly service

The Blackbird
Responded on April 18, 2021

Thank you so much!

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vipWineO
Dallas
69 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Salmon was recommended but we didn’t think a restaurant in Asheville would serve good salmon. We should have listened. We chose the beef tenderloin and it was tough and grainy, a bad piece of meat. The salad with Brie and apples was delicious.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 21, 2021

Hello, it is unfortunate that you did not like the tenderloin,  Its 100% Grass fed and we do get it from some great regional farms  it tends to not be as marbled as other beef you may have had, so maybe it's something you don't like. Hopefully next time you get the Salmon, we get what has been considered the best salmon in the world ( UK-Scottish) when I can't get king salmon which was not available when you dined in. Thank you for the review. I hope in the future you enjoy your food more.  

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the Chef’s Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing. It was incredible! The service was excellent. I would have liked a little more description of each of the dishes. This would have made it a five star plus rating! But that certainly didn’t take away from our enjoyment.

The only reason I gave 4 stars for ambiance instead of 5 was that it was pretty chilly inside. The AC could have been turned down a little. And there was a lot of street noise (obviously NOT their fault as it is obvious when you make a reservation that this is a Main Street in town location). So if you are looking for a very quiet intimate place this wouldn’t be it. But a fairly quiet relaxed atmosphere with five star food it IS!

The Blackbird
Responded on April 14, 2021

Thank you!!!! We all love doing the tasting menu, thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal. Had a variety of options which all sounded interesting and delicious. The coffee was also really good and the was were really nice and friendly. Came for breakfast, but would also love to try dinner.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much and we look forward to having you for dinner!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Perfectly located in Downtown Asheville with a parking garage on the same block.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you!!

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vipValerie
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service. Highly recommend.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you!

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The Blackbird is rated 4.3 stars by 2611 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.