The Blackbird

4.3
2795 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.
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDavid
Western NC
55 reviews
Dined 20 hours 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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vipHelenH
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night in town. Great choice!

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vipKellyI
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 2 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 2 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 3 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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLocals
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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SaraD
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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

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Julio
Miami
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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Andrew
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Our server Madi was great!

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JeannieB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service

JM
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!!

KS
vipKathyS
Chicago
6 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.

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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.

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DebraO
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service by Madison(Maddie). Delicious food. There was a kitchen tip added on to the bill which was unexpected.

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Crager5
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We’re seated promptly and service was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Excellent menu choices. Good to see a busy restaurant again. Highly recommend Blackbird.

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vipDJHork
Richmond
48 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Maybe my expectations were set too high! We wanted to have a great dinner so we ordered the 6 course dinner with wine for $78/pp. It started off well, but rather than get even better, each course got progressively worse. Ending with something they said was Tiramisu, but was like a white pound cake with something beige color smeared over it, none of which had any taste and was served in a weird tiny square bowl (guess they ran out of dishes). Never had a Tiramisu before that didn’t have any taste. The fist course was a bruschetta, which was good and accompanied by a sparkling wine, which was also good, so we thought this was going to be great. Sadly NO! The second course was fried artichoke, which was OK, served with a horrible tasting white wine that wasn’t on the menu (must have been a bottle they found in the back shelf). The third course was a risotto, which was extremely salty, serve with a red Pinot that was ok. Then a palette cleanser that was just ice and salt. The next course was a single diver scallop on a plate sprinkled with salt and accompanied by a white wine, again not on the wine list but drinkable compared to the other one. The main course was supposed to be a tenderloin served on a bed of mashed potatoes with asparagus, but were two thinly sliced and overcooked pieces of beef that were mostly grizzle and quite chewy with cold overcooked asparagus and accompanied by a red that was off menu but ok. And then the sixth course of ‘Tiramisu’ pound cake with an overly sweet wine of something. Very disappointed. Not going back.

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PhillipH
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Part of the great Asheville restaurant scene. Somewhat limited entre menu but everything was expertly prepared and tasted great!

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vipKathyS
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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AimeeC
Memphis/West TN
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was fantastic. Great recommendations. Very attentive. The food was outstanding and large portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went with my wife while visiting Asheville and this was for our last night in town…arrived and was seated outside in minutes, waters arrived before I was 1/2 way thru the smaller sized menu…Food was done well and the entire night was great. Price was a little high for all involved but for a once in while splurge it was on point…We were outside so noise was noise…when I did go inside it was very quiet and relaxing…never felt rushed in anyway as we enjoyed…

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Anonymous
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cheese board was great to share and the trout with scallop risotto was delicious!

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Jainie17
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience all around! The food was fantastic, the waiter extremely knowledgeable and helpful! Great wine list, as well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great visit!

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otis
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food very good, nice wine list and a great server.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food very good, slightly limited menu likely supply chain issue as is with all restaurants currently. Friendly service, accommodating hostess. Sat near window, interesting people watching. Bar drinks lovely.

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TaraS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurant that had more than one of two options. I was very pleased with the diverse selections on the menu. I had the vegan mushroom risotto and my husband has the mushroom ragu. Both were delicious! To note, my husband is not a vegetarian but really thought the gnocchi ragu looked interesting. Highly recommend for those parties who have vegan/vegetarian diners and others who are not.

FAQs

The Blackbird is rated 4.3 stars by 2795 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.