The Blackbird

4.3
2548 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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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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Tho13
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and super friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 3 days ago

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 6 days ago
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 4 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you!!

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vipValerie
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service. Highly recommend.

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you!

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SarahD
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service and food leave much to be desired. The chicken was a disappointment. I wouldn’t serve it to my golden retriever.

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Hello I'm sorry you did not like the food and I hope you know that line cooks are people and they make mistakes, also please let your server know that you did not like the food in the future and they can fix it or not have you pay for it. I'm sorry this even has to be said but to degrade my line cooks hard work by saying their food is not worth a dogs meal is super disrespectful and I hope you treat people with a bit more compassion and respect in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious! Chef & staff were attentive to us, checking on us frequently. They love what they are doing and it shows

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the review!! Chef Mike

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EmilyM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and great service! We sat by the window and watched Asheville and their dogs walk by.

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, we love the windows cant wait for a bit warmer weather so we can open them!!!

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vipDDMJAP
Miami
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Farro salad was incredible. Scallops tasted a little funky and were sent back. Ended up with the vegetable Wellington which was good but not great. We loved our server initially but then she seemed to forget about our table.... so much so that we passed on coffee and desserts as 30 plus minutes passed before she came to ask about dessert.

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the feedback. We are a bit short handed and I'm sorry your evening was impacted for that. I hope you give us another try sometime soon.

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MaureenR
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique cocktails, beautiful and delicious menu items. Great service! We shared the cheese and meats boards and the staff was happy to split plates for us. Every detail was superb.

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much we get great cheeses and meats!!!

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Molly
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table ordered the chef's choice with wine pairing and we loved every second.

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

We are so happy that you loved everything, thank you so much!!!!

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EricaA
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was decorated in theme with the name and the mood was perfect. Our food came out in a timely manner. We shared a half and half Butcher Board and Cheese Boars to start, great variety and filling. I ordered the Market Ribeye and my husband ordered the Pork Chop and both were absolutely mouth watering and tender. Would highly recommend.

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Thank you for the review, we have worked hard on the ambience for the last few years and its nice that you noticed. We are so happy that you liked the food and I will pass your kind words to my line cooks.

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Maxwell23
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Everything was made to order and service was amazing.

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much we work so hard on making great food and love it when people appreciate it!! Chef Mike

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DeltaC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and attentive staff. As a bonus, the wine list was filled with gems! Highly recommend!!

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much. Rama has made a great wine list and we love that he is a part of the team!!

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Bill
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It was almost an hour between out salad and entre. The waiter let my wife taste two wines to help her decide which she wanted, but then it took 15 min to bring it out to her. The food was good, but nothing special. I thought all the prices were excessive.

The Blackbird
Responded 4 days ago

Hello I'm sorry your service was not good at all we have parted ways with the server that took care of you. I hope you give us another try. 

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MelMaRo
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was definitely overpriced and not that great. Other than the service this restaurant was pretty disappointing.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, I have some new staff so could you give me a bit more info about the food so I can fix any issues?

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vipShainaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Overall decent food but poor service. We dined outside due to covid precautions. There was no special outdoor dining patio, just a few tables scattered on the sidewalk. After we were seated, 20 minutes passed and no one came outside to check on us or take our order. We had to go in and alert the hostess; it seemed like they forgot about us. We waited another 30 minutes for our appetizers. The food was very flavorful; however, several dishes were barely warm.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, It is unfortunate that you did not like our outdoor seating, due to Covid we have had to change our restaurant to survive like so many others.  We thank everyone for being so understanding of that fact. As for your server and the lack of attention he gave you is unexpectable and I will be dealing with that today. I would like to reiterate that is not the normal behavior of our staff and we would love it if you would give us another try.   

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ROBERTS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

pleasant surroundings. Good service. Well executed food.

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PamelaT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacationing in Asheville. The chef’s tasting menu and wine pairings were phenomenal!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef was more than accommodating, allowing part of our party to partake in the tasting menu. Everything was delicious and the service was great. Highly recommend!

The Blackbird
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you so much!!!!!

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vipSooz
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our evening at BlackBird was great. We really appreciated that the restaurant had spaced tables in accordance with COVID protocols. The food was great. My husband had the trout and scallops. The scallops were amazing! I had the seafood pirlau..Lots of great seafood, including plenty of mussels and clams! Service was great.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you so much, we try really hard to make people feel good about their experience and it's nice to see someone appreciate it.  Please come join us again!!!!

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Mattpan
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Justin, delicious food! Will be back on our next trip!

The Blackbird
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank You!! Can't wait to see you again.

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RobinG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Birthday dinner, average food, great staff

The Blackbird
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you, could you give me a bit more info in what happened so I can fix any issues?

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was great but service was very slow.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 3, 2021

Thank you for the Feedback, it's not our goal to have people waiting a long time for their server or their food. We don't try to rush people and sometimes we miss the mark on timing and that's unfortunate. We hope to see you again and we thank you for our understanding.   Chef Mike 

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Anne
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My birthday dinner was outstanding. We chose the Chef’s special “ 6 course meal “. All the dishes were hot, delicious and times perfectly!
Our waiter, Lee was attentive and knowledgeable about the wine list and food.
We will return when passing through Asheville again.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thank you so much, we work so hard to try to make great food and its really nice when someone appreciates it. Cant wait to serve you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a nice meal and got a free dessert for celebrating a birthday at the restaurant. That was a nice touch. The mushroom gnocchi was a delicious vegan dish.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thank you!

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Justin
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beignets were great. Coffee is french press and delicious. Breakfast was good, basically standard breakfast (all fresh and good, nothing overwhelmingly impressive). Service is a little slow, but not bad.

The Blackbird
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you!!

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Andy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our Brunch very much - excellent food and excellent service. The beignets were "to die" for. So good.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thank you so much for the review!!!

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Alyssa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the 5 course tasting menu + wine pairing and it was fantastic. Highlights were the "fried chicken" style artichoke that was melt-in-your mouth amazing, and the seared scallop. Everything we had was really awesome though, highly recommend this place!

The Blackbird
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much!!!!

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LauraW
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed all the things about our meal- the “Rosemary’s Baby” crafted cocktail was delicious and we loved the beet salad and the coconut custard cake for dessert. The steaks were great too and my son got the pork belly ramen and he loved it!

The Blackbird
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much!

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DavidG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was loaded with flavors and creative, but a tad overwrought for my tastes- portions were in my opinion a bit too large for the level of creativity which detracted somewhat from the overall experience. Wine list outstanding!

The Blackbird
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you.

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RichardS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Seated promptly with reservation. My wife ordered a goat cheese omelet, which came out dry and with no filling detectable. She mentioned it to one of the staff, who reacted indifferently. I had the shrimp and grits. They were tasty, but could have used some more grits as there was more gravy than substance. We were also overcharged for a bottle of wine, listed on the menu as $38 but which was charged at $45. Our reservation was at 1:00 p.m. and they closed for lunch at 2:00 p.m. It seemed like there was more attention to cashing us out and preparing for the dinner re-opening than making sure we had a good experience. All in all, a disappointing experience.

The Blackbird
Responded on March 30, 2021

It's unfortunate that you felt rushed. That is not our intention. My staff cleans up from lunch/brunch service right away due to the fact that we have dinner in just a short time after we close the day shift. As for the mistake of the over charging for the wine I hope you do know that servers are people and they do make mistakes, so being understanding is very much appreciated, I hope you mention it so it could be corrected then but if not I can reimburse you. Thank you, have a nice day.

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viplove2eatout
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Underwhelming lunch. We were surprised that the food was lackluster after reading reviews. We asked our waitress what were her favorites, as we often do, and she suggested the two things we were looking at and did get which were the Pulled Pork Benedict and the Turkey and Brie sandwich. The Benedict had about 2 ounces of pulled pork and an extremely dry corn meal biscuit. The turkey sandwich was surprisingly bland with little taste of Brie or cranberry. On the positive side, The French fries were tasty as were the blackberry and peach mimosas.

The Blackbird
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thank you for your feedback.

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Giovanna
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and the Bloody Mary is a must have at brunch!

The Blackbird
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thank you!!

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SusieC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast/Brunch is a plate full of yummy. You will leave full, happy, and wanting to tell everyone about the biscuits. And the grits. And the beignets. We had the breakfast food. They came with a French press, cream. The beignets with a fantastic raspberry jam. THEN plates full of breakfast food. So good. Service was attentive, but not smothering. And we did not feel rushed! And the pricing was definitely reasonable.

The Blackbird
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much, we try really hard to make people feel good about their experience and it's nice to see someone appreciate it.  Please come join us again!!!!

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vipBrookeM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is our second time at Blackbird and it’s a favorite of ours. We brought friends this time and asked for our previous server, Monica, and once again she was just perfect. She even remembered us (from months ago) which was fun. Love all the vegetarian choices and the ribeye was once again spot on for dad. We will be back!

The Blackbird
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback! We appreciate Monica being on our team.

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