The Blackbird

4.4
2701 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

What 2701 people are saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Trout and scallop risotto was incredible, service was great

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BarkleyB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Overpriced and overrated. The portions were very small and a very limited menu. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was fantastic and the service could not have been better. We are looking forward to our next visit and can’t wait to try some of the other entrees.

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MarkH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been there once before - pre-Covid and it was excellent. Lived up to my expectations. Great food and service. One of my favorite Asheville restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Brie salad was the highlight of the evening. My husband got the ramen and I got the pork chop. Both VERY salty.

Recommendation to the chef: bring some acid to your dishes.

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vipEdwinM
Mobile
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef’s tasting was fabulous.

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luarte07
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I certainly enjoyed the food, but we had an unfortunate experience with the person at the door. We complained about what we experienced and the manager graciously accommodated us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First time there, service wasn’t great. Had to ask for our food to be checked. Waited on Olives for 15 mins. Bottled beer came out warm & then when I sent it back they said “it probably wasn’t left in the cooler long”, so therefore they’re shouldn’t have serviced it. The sandwiches were gross and meat was fatty. Manager discounted our bill by 20% but should’ve comped the food that she’d herself said “ We obviously didn’t eat”. Wouldn’t go back. Much better places around town!

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DonnaC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding! I had the trout a d scallops on risotto and it was delicious. My friend had the vegetarian option and it was orgasmic. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious. The staff very friendly. We will come back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best grits ever…but it doesn’t stop there. The mushroom and cheese omelette with marinated mushrooms was lovely as were the corn bread biscuits with butter and jam.
A must enjoy if you visit Downtown Asheville!

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JenniferG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well crafted cocktails and menu. Perfect date night restaurant.

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RS1801
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

The service was fine, but nothing over the top. The menu looks great, but the food was very underwhelming. For example, it’s great time of year for fresh strawberries but instead the French toast came with gooey strawberries that look like they had been frozen. The bacon was like eating a piece of jerky, the biscuits were crumbly, and the toast for avocado toast was very boring and barely toasted. We were looking forward to eating here and it was very just OK.

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KateD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing!

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JKES
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed the 6 course chef's menu with accompanying wine pairing.

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RovingFoodie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It started bad and got worse!

The reservation system asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. Despite saying it was a birthday celebration, there was no recognition whatsoever. We weren't expecting a cookie, but don't ask if you're not going to do anything with the information.

Unfortunately, that was indicative of the rest of the evening. Three of the first four things we asked about (beer and food) were not available, and the server was unsure about the tasting menu. Despite all the warning signs, we ordered the Chef's tasting menu anyway...That was a mistake. The bruschetta was slightly soggy and lacking flavor and the pancetta risotto was bitter and severely under-seasoned. Perhaps worse than the disappointing food was the fact that they very clearly wanted to turn the table quickly. The second and third courses were delivered to the table before we even finished the previous courses. I suspect that would have continued had I not said something to the server. I'm not sure why there are so many good reviews of Blackbird, as our experience was absolutely not worthy of such raves! There are many excellent restaurants in Asheville - this is unfortunately not one of them.

The Blackbird
Responded 6 days ago

It is unfortunate that we did not acknowledge your birthday and that it started your meal off so unpleasantly. We have had a hard time getting in products do to shipping and other Covid related things, but we do what we can to replace them. I really wish you had enjoyed the food as so many others have, as you said. Maybe the things you got just aren't for you and if there's a next time maybe I can make something that you would prefer more. Thank you so much for trying us and have a lovely day.

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. Food was wonderful and service was incredible.

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MarissaM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience overall. The food was really well done and our server was AMAZING. We went here during our honeymoon and left very happy.

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vipcala
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This was just ok. Food and service were generally good, but not great.

The Blackbird
Responded 6 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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AlllisonE
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Both the trout and vegetable Wellington were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try anything and everything. You will not be disappointed. The local trout and scallops were definitely a table favorite!

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MikeS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was amazing. Everyone was very friendly and attentive.

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Leslie
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

This was a nice enough restaurant and the servers were very nice. Unfortunately, the restaurant is unreasonably loud. It is the loudest I have ever been in. It made it difficult to enjoy the experience.

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Glorya
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Very limited menu. Good service. No ambiance. Pricy. Less than average food quality. Would not return..

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JulieN
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Waited over an hour for our food, despite 5 tables in our area eating & leaving before we even got our food. Once received, the food was tasteless and bland.

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vipStevenL
Birmingham
39 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good location in downtown Asheville. Food was good, service great

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great, friendly and expedient without being pushy.

The Blackbird
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much!!!

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MaryW
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm trying to lose weight so I order just the beet salad, it was delicious. I was there with 6 others, they all had different meals and they all said they were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the chefs dinner with wine pairing which was very good. Great service and a nice evening while on vacation in Asheville.

The Blackbird
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much!!! We are so happy you enjoyed the chef tasting. Look forward to seeing you again.

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vipirisheyes
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner - excellent meal and outstanding service. Look forward to returning to check out The Blackbird’s brunch menu the next time we’re in Asheville!

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vipgalefb
Atlanta
138 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Backbird has creative fare, fresh and imaginative. We have dined there twice, once pre-pandemic, and yesterday. Loved it the first time, liked it this time. First time I had a lamb sous vide dish which blew me away. This time was impressed with the sea food starter and enjoyed the creative salad. Elected a vegetarian dish this time and was pleased, but not a repeat. My husband had the vegetable wellington. Also, ok, but next time will select otherwise. Our party included two others who ordered the pork chop to good reviews, but the trout dish won the day.
Our server, Penelope was pleasant, helpful and responsive. Also impressed that on the tip we were asked to remember the cooking staff. Good point. Good move.
Look forward to the fall menu and also a few more main dish choices that are not vegetarian. Meanwhile, best to all. Glad we can all assemble again to taste your fare!

The Blackbird
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you!! We are so glad you like the food and Penelope is so great we love having her on the team.

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Luis
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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ChristineC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Food was perfect. Loved the pork chop.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been a few years but decided to return to this wonderful restaurant! The service was spot on and the food was spectacular! My husband and I both loved our meals. We ended with the blackberry cobbler a la mode! We won’t wait to return here soon and highly recommend it!

The Blackbird
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you so much!!

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Manny1
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great options, $20 corkage fee which is great and service was spot on

The Blackbird
Responded on June 2, 2021

Awesome thank you so much.

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vipkerrplunks
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience2

Our server, Madi was delightful and very helpful
The drinks and appetizers were excellent. The dinner was meh. Lamb pie was too legs for one serving and very very rich. Seafood/fish Risotto was cold. We’re from SF and it was expensive/over priced for the value even SF standards

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LauraZ
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food at the Blackbird was excellent, beautifully presented, and well-seasoned. Our waitress, Maddie, was exceptional -- friendly, very attentive, and knowledgeable -- she helped make our evening even more enjoyable.

The Blackbird
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you!! we love Maddie too!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Poor experience. We were texted 15 minutes before our reservation that our table was ready. Hmm. Our request for one of two window tables was declined as they were “closing that station.” Huh? It is a very small restaurant. The trout and scallops were good, but the Lamb Cottage Pie was over cooked and lacked the seasonal vegetables that were supposed to be included. The manager sautéed some veggies for us when we pointed it out and they were good, but service was very slow which earned us an overcooked pecan pie dish that did not live up to what we had there last year. Either they are poorly managed or in need of better kitchen help. A disappointment.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thanks for your feedback. its unfortunate that you did not like your experience, we are human and make mistakes sometime. As a team it make us feel bad that you did not enjoy your night and I hope you give another try.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service our waitress was so sweet. All the food was delicious. The vegan cake was great and that can be hard to find sometimes.

The Blackbird
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you!!

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vipBucky
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ribeye and the trout and scallop risotto were both outstanding. Our server Melissa was wonderful. She could teach classes in gracious service. I highly recommend The Blackbird

The Blackbird
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you!! Melissa is awesome!!!

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The Blackbird is rated 4.4 stars by 2701 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.