The Blackbird

4.2
2499 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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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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bharm80
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BlackBird is a great spot we just happened to stumble upon. Great wine list and everyone's dinner was outstanding!

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HSaw
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really good. Service started a little slow but our waitress picked up and did an excellent job.

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Skbulder
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was top notch. The selection of food and wine was very good. It was our first dinner out in a year and it was delightful!

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LindseyC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from out of town to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We could not have picked a better place to celebrate, and will be joining yall again on our next visit to Asheville - we will also be recommending to our friends. Our server was awesome, very knowledgeable and attentive, the food and drinks were delicious, and we really enjoyed our dining experience. Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing yall again, hopefully sooner than later!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

70th birthday and girls trip.

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KimS
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank goodness Tupelo Honey had a two hour wait we discovered this place amazing food fantastic service and it will be our new go to

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!!! So glad its your new spot look forward to serving you!!!

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MARTINF
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just delicious. Food was perfectly prepared and was very interesting. Service was wonderful. Will definitely put this in our “will visit again” list.

The Blackbird
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much!!!

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RyannD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 suggest the beignets and eggs benedict. Will definitely be back next time we visit Asheville!

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vipKariS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was mediocre. The service wasn't great.

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ToddS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Menu looked promising, but the food wasn’t that great. Too pricey for the value received.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful drinks and conversation. Would recommend that everyone have the Basil Martini. So good!

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!!!

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Mike
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good ambiance for a date night. Food was enjoyable but not memorable. Our server did a great job and was very attentive and helpful with selections.

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review.

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CBusAmongUs
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Seated at 8:25. Dinner served at 9:30. Asked the server to consider a special order and gave a back up order. Never got a clear answer if it was possible; didn't know what I was getting until it arrived at the table. Server was nice but possibly overwhelmed.

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Sorry for the confusion but I'm glad you enjoyed the food!!

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vipAndersen
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal. The vegetarian options are top notch!

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, we try to have something for everyone!!!

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AmberB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef's 6 course seasonal dinner was absolutely phenomenal. Cannot wait for the next season to see what will be served.

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, Chef Mike!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

For a restaurant that was highly recommended, this was a less than stellar experience.

First off, over 10 minutes is how long we waited till someone came and got our drink order. Only one drink was ordered, sweet tea, and it came out wrong.

Secondly, we ordered the beignet's which if you've never had before, these were good. But if you've had them before in New Orleans, then these were a little lacking.

Third, our waitress only saw us three times so was unable to provide us with any real service.

Lastly, but highly important in this time period, we discovered that our table hadn't been properly cleaned before we sat down as there was a sticky mess on the table we didn't discover until we were leaving the establishment.

The food (other than the beignet's) was not bad, but nothing to rave about either. Overall, for a treat out on our anniversary, not a very pleasant experience.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 27, 2021

Hello I noticed you posted this review on multiple sites, so I'm glad you like the food other than not living up to the beignets from New Orleans I understand and I'm sorry about that. As for the server that made some mistakes serving you, that is unacceptable and I will be talking to her about this and fixing the problems. Again thank you so much for two reviews about this experience. 

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SkyeG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch experience! We enjoyed our time there!

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much!!!

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vipBrian
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We always love it here, but the lunch service was painfully slow this time.

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Sorry this time was slow thank you for the review.

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EdwardD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch. No one rushed us and the whole meal was excellent. Very attentive staff

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!!!

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Person
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service and great downtown location! Food was mediocre for the price, decent cocktail.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 26, 2021

Hello Could you let me know what happened so I can fix any issues that you my have had?

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After arriving in Asheville to celebrate our anniversary, we found the chef’s tasting option at Blackbird and decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was comfortable with adequate spacing of tables for safety. Our server was attentive and very knowledgeable about the items on the tasting menu and the wines paired with each. The food was wonderful and the wine pairing was very good.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 27, 2021

Thank you so much!!!!

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AuroraW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I believe our servers name was Maggie and they were just wonderful! everything was absolutely delicious although a bit pricey for sandwiches and easy breakfast. We didn't mind though as we enjoyed our food very much. The ambiance was very nice, but the room was very very loud even with the restaurant half empty. My mom has a very soft voice and we had trouble conversing even side by side. I will definitely come back sometime, and hopefully the fantastically friendly Maggie will be there again, I can't enough how much we enjoyed them as a server. They made great recommendations which my mom really appreciated as she can never pick what to get at a new place.

The Blackbird
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, we do love her, she is so great to have on the team!!

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vipPHILW
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Portions were very small but prices weren’t. The food was bland and boring. I’ve never had tasteless huevos rancheros before!! They should have taken some of the salt from the over salted potatoes and put it on the rest of the food. Had beignets as an appetizer. Two tiny little cakey pastries. Best thing about the entire meal was the apple butter. If for some reason you are forced to come here, just get a biscuit and apple butter.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 23, 2021

Hello  My name is Michael Reppert I'm the chef owner of the blackbird and I'm sorry that your meal was not up to my standards, my staff knows better then to put out sub par food I will be taking to then and getting to the bottom of this ASAP. If there is anything I can do to get you to give us another try please let me know.  Thank you 

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vipTgm4bones
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch. Any place with a commisioned art panel is definitely a perfect place for brunch!!

The Blackbird
Responded on February 25, 2021

Thank you so much!!!

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Adam
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our server was distracted and not interested in making our experience pleasant. Restaurant was not neat even though we dined at 0930 AM. The food tasted and appeared left over from the previous day. I would not recommend.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 23, 2021

Hello I'm really sorry that your server was not pleasant, I will be getting to the bottom of the issue and I hope you will give us another try.  Thank you  

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat and had an amazing time in a clean environment with excellent food.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 23, 2021

Thank you so much!!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb. Cocktails stellar. Wait stuff wonderful.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you so much we try really hard to make every experience great!!

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vipAmyG
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Thanks for a great meal. Love the French press coffee.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you!!!! We love the coffee too!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you so much we try really hard to make every experience great!! Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic spot. Great service and food. Really enjoyed the steak and fruit small plate. Very unusual flavor mix. Thai Brussel Sprouts were great. I had the local trout and scallop dish, which was tasty. My wife had the gnocchi, which was also good and very filling. We split a Caesar salad, which was good too. Good cocktail options and pretty extensive wine list.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you so much!!!!

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CindyO
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was not good, cocktail was not good and service was poor.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Hello Could you give me a bit more details then this, so we can correct any problems that you might have had?

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vipelizabetht
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service- delicious food! Great spot

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday lunch for a coworker.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 27, 2021

Thank you, we hope your co worker had a great Birthday!!!

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vipKatieN
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice weekday lunch with a friend.
My Caesar Salad with tenderloin tips and shrimp was delicious and perfectly portioned.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you so much we try really hard to make every experience wonderful!!

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vipOnlythebest
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I will not be back, our server was not polite, my drink was constantly empty without any service, the food was bad to fair, my meal was $160.00 definitely not worth $40.00

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Hello I'm sorry you did not enjoy your experience, I will be talking to my staff about making sure we correct these issues. Having said that some of the reasons it's worth it are how much I pay my staff, the quality of food I get and the downtown location. I can assure you the people working for me appreciate your patronage and we all apologize that it was not something you enjoyed but I hope you know that they should still be able to live and get paid even if you don't fully enjoy it. Thank you

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Jonathan
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and cuisine!

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you so much!!

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Allporttwo
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Asheville for Valentine’s Day and had difficulty finding reservations. Fortunately for us,The Blackbird had the perfect time slot. Upon being seated we were immediately tended to. The drinks and appetizers were wonderful and the Seafood Pirlau was amazing. The portions were enough for my husband and I to share. We finished our meal off with Apple cranberry cobbler and wonderful French press coffee. This is a must to visit and we will definitely be back.

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you so much we try really hard to make every experience great!!

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Emily98
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! My husband and I ordered the 6 course meal. Everything tasted amazing. Dinner took 2 hours but it went by so fast. Once we finished one course the next course was brought out almost immediately after the empty plates were taken away. The waiter was very polite. My husband ordered a second beer and the waiter forgot to bring it out, but when the waiter realized my husband didn’t get his beer he immediately got him one and didn’t charge us for it because he forgot it. This was absolutely the best dinner my husband and I have ever had, I can’t recommend it enough!

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you so much we try really hard to make every experience great!! I'm really glad you had a great time.

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DavidR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way!

The Blackbird
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you so much!!!

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Buffy
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The service was good, but the food was just okay and presentation (sloppy sauces and plating) did not match the expectation set by the website, or the price. Blackbird could be alright alone, maybe, but was a bit of a let down for an overnight trip to Asheville.

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The Blackbird is rated 4.2 stars by 2499 OpenTable diners.

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