The Blackbird

4.3
2623 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
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What 2623 people are saying
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RobD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Nice Mother's Day meal. Would recommend Blackbird to others.

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alisonv
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to sit & relax with a glass of wine & great food

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KMack
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely incredible! Everything was so tasty. The staff was incredibly friendly and efficient. We were amazed at how quickly the food came out.

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KathrynP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A review of the Blackbird has to first start with the absolute over the top service. Our server Penelope made us feel like we were being welcomed in to her home she was delightful, helpful and unbelievably responsive. She was working other tables but it was like we were her only table.

Fast forward to the wine list, Rama the wine steward helped us select a 2012 Camus which was, get this, less than we could buy the bottle in a wine store. Beautifully decanted and helped make the night very special.

The appetizer set the stage; a watermelon, tenderloin steak combination with nuts, leeks, basil and blue cheese crumbles. This is the creation of Chief Michael who says he created it by accident cooking in his backyard on a Sunday afternoon. We have been in restaurants all over the world and this appetizer one of the best ever.

The main course for me was an apple wood smoked pork chop with an amazing sweet potato casserole served in a small iron skillet. My wife choose the Seafood Pirlau, clams, shrimp, Andouille sausage, spiced tomato broth, bell peppers with a rice cake. Over the top great.

One last item the amazing pecan pie was like nothing we had ever experienced. Cooked in a small iron sizzling hot with the perfect amount of ice cream on top, timed so well the ice cream had yet to melt when it arrived to the table.

The Blackbird has earned the right to be called our favorite restaurant.

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vipCalgirl
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and cocktails. Friendly service, tables distanced. Highly recommend and we’ll be back.

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JasonS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Great selection of food and drinks. Highly recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying at Aloft in downtown Asheville. This was convenient after walking all day. Nice selection of food. Server was attentive to us.

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Elle
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

you must try the coconut cake and the pecan blondie. I swear I'd go there just for the desserts if the other food wasn't so totally awesome too!! skip the coffee though.

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vipThomasW
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and glad to live nearby and can go there often.

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vipJonD
Western NC
70 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
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 on May 2, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Visiting Asheville

The Blackbird
Responded 7 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 on May 2, 2021
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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KarleneL
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We had the 6 course chef’s tasting menu with wine. The wine pairings were quite good with the food but we both thought only 50% of the tasting courses were anything special. The meal starts off on a clunky level with three large pieces of bruschetta which were proportionally too large for a tasting menu. The scallops were good and the tenderloin course was okay if you scraped off the odd chimichurri sauce that had a cream element to it. All in all, one of our less successful meals in a week filled with fabulous food. Perhaps if we hadn’t had an extremely successful, innovative seven course tasting menu two weeks earlier to compare this to, we would’ve been happier at blackbird.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
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 on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pre-Mother’s Day weekend

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PamMc
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Great service. Thoroughly enjoyed. Great Southern fare with a creative flair!!

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Meagan
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JD
JeanD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
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 on April 30, 2021
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 on April 30, 2021
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 on May 1, 2021

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 on May 1, 2021

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 on May 1, 2021

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 on May 1, 2021

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.

D. Oliver

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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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The Blackbird is rated 4.3 stars by 2623 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.