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About The Blackbird
The Blackbird’s goal is to delight guests with cooking grounded in the traditions and ingredients of the Carolinas creating an affordable and vibrant menu – Modern Southern with a “nod” to tradition. 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 Americas. 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.
Asheville, NC 28801
Contemporary American, Southern, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00 pm
Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00 pm
Crow Bar hours: open daily until 30 minutes after the kitchen closes
$30 and under
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The ground floor of the Aloft Hotel is the entrance to the public parking lot. The rate is hourly. We are not a Hotel restaurant, but we are located in the same building with the Aloft.There is also parking on the street and several parking garages within walking distance.
Private Party Facilities:
The blackbird is the perfect place for parties large or small. There is a private dinning area for parties of all sizes, from weddings to small parties, the Blackbird will design just the right menu for the occasion and provide a relaxed and elegant environment.
Private Party Contact:
Jesson Gil: (828) 254-2502
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Blackbird Ratings and Reviews
We had not been in several years, but wanted to go to a performance nearby that night and decided to go to Blackbird. Excellent! Loved sitting at the little corner table and watch all the happy people walk by. Service excellent. Delicious meal. And, very important to us, the noise level was relatively low - no pumping loud music. Moderate level of conversation is much better than overpowering music. Will definitely be back. Plus! The head chef (and owner?) came by to speak to us about our experience. Lovely.
The Blackbird restaurant is located in the heart if downtown Asheville. We had reservations, and was seated by the window, street side, as requested very promptly. The wait staff was polite and checked on us often after being seated. The menu was quite limited and pricy for the selections listed. The food was served warm, and vegetables were overcooked and tough. The pork chop selection was had a wonderfully smoky flavor and was served with a sweet potato mash and brussel sprouts. If the two dishes we ordered, this was by far the best selection. The chicken Dish was tender but lacked flavor. Side vegetables were dry and tasteless. The chef did offer to bring out additional vegetables. Overall, there are much better restaurants in Asheville to choose from but better menu selections, flavor, and ambience.
Had a great night out with girlfriends to celebrate a birthday. Melissa, our server, was a nice addition to our night! We all wanted to be friends with her by the end of the night. We had a great table near the corner windows to see the world walk by. Tried the beet salad, and goat cheese corn pie. The pecan crust was super tasty!
I usually don’t write reviews but had to on this one. I am not sure how all of the other reviews were so positive. The only positive thing I can say is that it was a cute place in a good location and the service was good. BUT if you want edible food do not go here. From the start of the soup that was so salty I have been thirsty for two days to the dinners that were inedible. Oh and not to mention the French press coffee that had so many grinds that it was undrinkable. When we asked about why there was no screen in the coffee press they said it had gone through the dishwasher too many times. We paid $150 and walked out hungry because we couldn’t bring ourselves to finish the bad food. Went somewhere else to get food after because still hungry.
The Blackbird is a good restaurant. We had excellent food. However, there were 7 in our group and although we had reservations at 7:15 we had to wait 35 minutes for our table. That seems excessive and we had to stand in front of the bar at the door so we were in the way. But we did have drinks.
Food: ordered a range of menu items from salads to beef to fish to vegetarian. After describing the seafood special, waitress came back to tell us they were out. Then they were out of the next fish item, and then they were out of the anchovies they fry and place on top of one salad. Chef came out to say the fish order had not arrived - but do you continue to list a special with fish you do not have?
Cocktails and drinks: Since we had so much time, we all had drinks. Best by far was the Blackbird cocktail made with blackberry flavor and accented with a marigold.
Desserts: the coconut cake was recommended to us by the locals in a couple Asheville retail spots. It was fabulous. But even better was the apple dish. Had to fight the men for that taste. Also a good chocolate item.
Service: was just average. Sweet girl but over her head with our crew of foodies with sophisticated tastes. Also arranged our table so that there was only one entrance and exit for the back side when it could have been staged for both ends to have exits.
Ambiance: Loud at the height of the evening and we were sitting under the air conduit, but OK. But best thing was the passing of an SUV with a naked mannequin sitting in back with "her" hand out the window. She waved to us all after a while at the red light. We enjoyed Asheville.
My husband and I had an 8:45 reservation on Thanksgiving. When we checked in, the waiting area was absolutely jam packed with people. I literally had to shout to the hostess my name and reservation time. We soon clued in to the fact that they were running very behind schedule and realized that other parties were giving the hostess a phone number, and they would call them when their table was ready. When a restaurant is running incredibly behind their reservation schedule, they should alert the guest when they check in. Additionally, when a "waiting area" is so full, people are having a hard time exiting the restaurant, perhaps it's a good idea for the hosts to tell their guests that they can give them a call and visit the nice bar next door to have a drink while they wait. After finally being seated 30 minutes late, it took 10 minutes for our server to come to our table to take our drink orders. The first course, sweet potato bisque, was quite delicious. The entree, smoked turkey with creamy green bean, Brussels sprout and mushroom salad, herb dressing, buttery mashed potatoes, pan gravy, and fresh cranberry relish, looked okay, but fell terribly short on taste. My first bite of turkey was full of fat, and the rest of the serving looked like the bottom of the barrel (or turkey) was being scraped. The herb dressing seemed to be bread cubes tossed in a mixture of herbs, lacking in flavor. The mashed potatoes were flavorless and lumpy. The cranberry relish was tasty, but sadly they completely left it off my husband's plate. Our dessert course was a mini pie flight of apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies. They were served cool/room temperature which is okay for pumpkin and pecan pie, but the apple pie was unappetizing without having been warmed up a little bit. The above cost us $180 after a 20% added gratuity... I've had mind blowing meals for less than half of that. This place may hit the mark on non-holidays, but for Thanksgiving, it was a total bust.
I have not been to Blackbird before, so I don't know its usual conditions, but eating
there for Thanksgiving was a mistake. I've heard many good things about Blackbird,
but this time it was amazingly noisy, the tables were very close together, so it was crowded,
and the food was very uneven. I had the Prime rib, which was tender, juicy and good, but the greens were barely warm and the carrots were hard. They ran out of the dessert that I wanted and I had to have either pies, or cake, both of which I am not a fan. My other companions
enjoyed their experience, so I may have been a outrider in the mix.
Made reservations for Thanksgiving dinner without having been here before. For the price and menu, I was just expecting a little more elegant evening. We ended up paying a high price for average food in a pub. We stood like sardines just inside the door and waited for 20 minutes for our reserved table. My prime rib was small, thin and below average. The recommended wine ended up costing $16 per glass.
Thanksgiving was a disappointment. A series of small problems added up to an unhappy result. 1. We weren't seated until 35 minutes after our reservation. 2. Salad was a highlight but soup tasted just like the box we use at home. It wasn't on a saucer and it didn't have any garnish or cracker. 3. For every course the wait staff tried to deliver my food to my husband. 4 My main course arrived without the sauce. 5 minutes later the sauce came. By then I knew the potatoes were cooler than room temp. Our waitress took my whole plate away, and eventually brought me a whole new plate, but by then my husband was finished. 5. They ran out of my husband's dessert choice. But they delivered my choice to him while trying to negotiate a second choice for me. The pie trio was served as three small pies still in their foil pans. Looked like grocery store finds. No whipped cream or garnish of any kind. I understand Thanksgiving is tough, but I still left disappointed....and paid $185 for two dinners, one glass of wine and one beer.
Went for thanksgiving dinner - a set menu. Food was served lukewarm, prime rib had very little edible meat and dessert pies were cold and without cream/sauce which resulted in a dry dessert.
Very disappointing and I would assume this is just a case of trying to fit too many patrons in on thanksgiving. But if you cannot serve hot decent food within a reasonable timeline then you should not market it.
We had a reservation on Thanksgiving at The Blackbird. While there were good menu selections and the food was good, the restaurant was way too crowded. My chair was literally touching the table behind us. The service was also slow. For a fixed holiday menu, we had to wait 20 minutes between courses which seemed odd. We just felt the restaurant booked too many reservations and the kitchen was not prepared for the crowd. The waitress was very friendly though and the coconut cake was delicious! They had run out of the chocolate desert my husband had ordered.
We ate at The Blackbird for Thanksgiving dinner. We had reservations, but the restaurant was so crowded that we couldn't get in the door, so I called. One of the bar tenders answered (I didn't get his name (longish hair and glasses) said there were two seats at the bar where we could wait. He then took it one step further and walked outside to come get us and then let the hostess know we were there. The drinks were great, service was great and the food was delicious. My only disappointment was that there were not more meat free options on the set holiday menu. I ordered the turkey, gave the meat to my husband and ate all of the sides which were very tasty.
Overall the food was good, but not great. The stuffing was nothing but chunks of tasteless white bread with a few pieces of celery. For what you pay, you can get a better deal across town. The best part was the coconut cake, but I don't highly recommend the rest of the Thanksgiving dinner. We will choose otherwise next year. Be aware that a 20% gratuity is already added so if you If you fill in the blank tip line, you are leaving an additional tip. Our server ended up with a $60 tip from us.
Considering that it was Thanksgiving, and The Blackbird was one of the few places downtown that was open, things went pretty well. We didn't have to wait for our table, and the turkey dinner was good - there were 4 options for main courses - but it was turkey day, so who has beef or fish?
I didn't get cranberry sauce on my plate, but my husband shared his. The waitron never reappeared once the plates were put down. Dessert orders were taken when we got there. We ate at 5, and when we got out of our movie at 9, the place was still chock-a-block. We met a mother and son in the bar at our hotel who were waiting for a text that their table was ready. We were among the lucky ones.
I was very disappointed with this restaurant. The tables were jammed into the adjoining tables and the seats were uncomfortable. We were visiting Asheville over Thanksgiving and made reservations based on the reviews of this place. The soup was lukewarm, the turkey dressing was bland and the cheesecake was hard as a rock. The waitress and the wine steward were very good, but overall a very disappointing experience.
We were excited to enjoy a nice meal downtown on Thanksgiving. We were very disappointed with our choice of Blackbird. Service was slow. I had to send my meal back because it was barely warm. The food was mediocre at best and WAY overpriced. The 20% gratuity included in our bill was undeserved by staff. We are locals and will NOT be returning to Blackbird.
We traveled from out of state for family (4) Thanksgiving holiday. The plating was exceptional, the chef absolutely killed it for each course. The turkey was lightly smoked one of the best turkey dinners I have ever had. Service was friendly and prompt. Our reservation gave us a lovely window seat. The deserts, most specifically the 7 layer coconut cake was amazing. Service was very friendly and good considering it was a crowded Thanksgiving holiday meal with plenty of turnover. Overall, it was a warm family experience in a contemporary restaurant setting.
My family and I went here for our thanksgiving lunch as a family, based on reviews. We enjoyed the meal, however for the price of their holiday menu - the presentation could have been better as well as the service.
Overall, I would go back and encourage others to try it too.
Can't go wrong at the Blackbird. The chef know his craft - delicious and filling. Not an extensive menu, but more than one choice for me (and I'm not easy to please). Good wine list and attentive, but not annoying service. If you enjoy people watching while you eat, this restaurant is in a good location for watching the AVL scene as it happens. And to top it off, there's reasonably priced indoor parking below the Aloft hotel next door.
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