The Blackbird

4.3
2808 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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Experiences

  • Wine dinner

    $125.00 per person

    Aug 11, 2021 only

    Wine dinner Enjoy a Coursed out dinner with French wine pairings, menu posted on the Blackbird Website.
What 2808 people are saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJeanF
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service the best. Everyone loved their dinner and we even ordered dessert - which was spectacular

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Scott8
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Our hotel recommended this restaurant due to it being located in a sister property and it was a disappointment. The food was not good and not near the quality of many other restaurants in Asheville. The biggest plus was the service but do not go here for the food.

The Blackbird
Responded a day ago

Hello It's unfortunate that you did not enjoy the food, we work extremely hard to get excellent ingredients and make great food. Sometimes mistakes are made. I hope you said something when you were in the restaurant so we could have fixed it. If not I would love to hear more about what you had and what was wrong with the dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Very , very loud.

The Blackbird
Responded a day ago

Hello it's unfortunate that you thought the restaurant was too loud, as we can not control all of our guest level of talking, we have put up as many sound dampening panels as we can. can i ask if there was anything else that prompted this 2 star review besides the nose level. If so please let us know.

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vipJohnH
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Delightful dinner at The Blackbird. Talented team from bar to kitchen. Menu was nicely focused and had some interesting twists on classic fare. Our waiter, Mark, was professional and friendly and attentive without being invasive. His menu recommendations were spot on, too.

Spiced pecans were debut way over chopped. On ice cream they would have been terrific. Pork rinds were innovative and delicious. Heritage pork was nicely grilled and the mustard cream sauce perfect. NC take on shepherds pie equally good.

The Blackbird also had interesting cocktails (tequila Negroni was fabulous) and a good wine selection.

On our next trip to Asheville we will absolutely come back to the Blackbird.

The Blackbird
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much.

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SaraM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at The Blackbird was top notch! Our server Paige was extremely attentive, helpful and very friendly! Highly recommend this place for dinner!!

The Blackbird
Responded a day ago

Thank you, we love Paige and we are so happy you loved the food. We work extremely hard to get excellent ingredients and make great food and its so nice when people appreciate it.

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AlexanderG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent, portions were larger than we expected.

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vipClaireG
Miami
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service. Nice wine list! Lots of options for non-meat eaters. Food was very good.

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ElizabethB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sunday Brunch at Black Bird is delicious and a good value for all the food that they serve.

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vipLoretta
Greensboro
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had brunch with daughter and son-in-law. Our server was very friendly and the food was excellent. Husband ordered mushroom omelette said it was the best omelette he has ever had. I ordered French toast it was delicious. I highly recommend.

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LanaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The food was remarkable and the service was prompt. A fine time was had by all.

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vipDavid
Western NC
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blackbird never disappoints. It is one of our favorite restaurants — in Asheville or anywhere. It offers excellent steaks and seafood, as well as more vegetarian entrees than all but the solely vegetarian/vegan restaurants in town.
There were four of us at our table. We started with the artisan cheese board and Thai green beans, both excellent. For entrees, steak, seafood risotto, goat cheese corn pie, and vegetable Wellington. All were first rate. For dessert, tiramisu and a berry crisp. Outstanding!
Service was attentive and helpful. Altogether, it was a great meal in a comfortable but minimalist elegant space. If you haven’t tried The Blackbird, move it to the top of your list.

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vipPatriciaH
Cincinnati
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We did the six course tasting menu for $48. It was good and a good value for the amount of food.

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vipHelenH
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night in town. Great choice!

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JenniferP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I eat at this restaurant every time I come to Asheville. This time although the food was good it was not as good as in prior visits. The appetizers (Thai string beans and cheese board) were average. The pork chop and pecan pie dessert were 5 star. Everything else was too heavy and the cheese and butter dulled the flavors. The berry crisp was just a bunch of liquified berries with ice cream. That was disappointing.

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vipEricT
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a town that is difficult to get any reservation these days we were lucky to come across Blackbird. Had brunch and everything was wonderful. Recommend the pulled pork eggs benedict.

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vipKellyI
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cute little place, smaller menu but decent food. Great wine selection and service.

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vipJunior
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We made an advance reservation for lunch after seeing their recognition in Wine Spectator.

Food was excellent! Duck Banh mi and Mushroom Melt. Excellent.

I would say, a bit on the slow side for food coming out of the kitchen. Nearly 30 minutes from order to service in a half full restaurant after ordering the “chef’s favorites”.

Go enjoy the food! But, don’t plan on a quick lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner (ribeye steak with whipped mashed potatoes, grilled veggies and asparagus) was absolutely delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Worth the price by far. Hubby had goat cheese corn pie which he said was just OK. I had seared scallops for my starter, also excellent.

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CarmenC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were out of two bottles of wine that we wanted and service was a little slow at first but personable nonetheless. We loved our smoked trout salad and tomato soup but we wouldn’t order the olives again… seemed like they came from a jar.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation from Florida, last night in Asheville. We loved the wine, and food was excellent:-)

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nickname
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The quality of the meal was not as I remembered and the ambience was rather frenetic. Perhaps they are catering to speed of turnover.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, the pancakes and biscuits are not to be missed! And the service was quick and super friendly!

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Meme
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Everything they brought to the table was delicious.

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vipLocals
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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SaraD
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were rushed since we were the last seating - didn’t feel great.

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Julio
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The tasting menu was a delight. The preparation was creative and tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was good but just good. Service was slow. Restaurant lighting is awkward.

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Andrew
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Our server Madi was great!

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JeannieB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My husband and I did the chef's tasting menu with the wine accompaniment, and it was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. The presentation was lovely, the dishes, unique and delicious. Maddie was our server, and she was well-versed in the wines, and described the food perfectly. She was also extremely pleasant and welcoming. I would definitely recommend The Blackbird.

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RJ370
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service

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JenniferM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was perfect. I made reservations because downtown Asheville can be hit or miss, it seemed nicer to have them. I got a text and confirmed, found easy parking in the lot attached to the building and we were seated right away. Our server Miriam was bright, friendly and perfectly courteous. Our Bloody Mary's were spot on and the homemade pork rinds dipped perfectly in the drink, so much fun! Our meals were delicious and well prepared and the Hollandaise was just right... I'm sorry but Asheville has a problem with keeping a recipe basic. I don't want jalapeno ramp Hollandaise on a pickled biscuit. Sometimes I just want basic done so right that it's comfort food. Shrimp and grits was a solid interpretation and my pulled pork Bennie was tender and the cornbread biscuit had the perfect crunch. Service was just the right amount of attentive and left alone so we could visit. Miriam was a delight.
Seriously y'all... I'm coming back again to have dinner and hit that wine list a bit. We had the best experience from start to finish. A great room, great food, the best soundtrack for brunch (seriously Bonobo). Absolutely just right.

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JamesA
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and atmosphere were excellent. Our server Miriam did an excellent job. Would happily visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great selection of wine, cocktails and food.

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Kimberly
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food ok
Service just ok
Understaffed restaurant

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LaurieandSteve
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last dinner in Asheville before heading home. Delish!!

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vipKathyS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very Noisy! I had the fried chicken which was just okay.

MP
vipMaryPatG
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent
Wonderful food and service

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Unbeatable
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is so fresh and the tastes always pair well together. I've been there 3-4 times and I'm always impressed. (And I always sample food from family members' plates.) The servers are friendly and helpful, too.

JK
JamesK
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the server was personable, the berry compote/ice cream was a treat. A culinary delight!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall very nice dinner, only 1 dessert( pecan brownie) missed the mark, would not order again.

FAQs

The Blackbird is rated 4.3 stars by 2808 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.