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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.

47 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Aston St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 254-2502

Website:
http://www.theblackbirdrestauraunt.com/

Catering:
Please visit our website under special events to see our full listing.

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Reppert

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (48)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Special Occasion (45)
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Local Ingredients (42)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Casual (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
People Watching (22)
Bar Seating (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Romantic (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Business Meals (17)
Seasonal (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Authentic (12)
Healthy (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Fun (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Organic (7)
Vegan (7)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Was a great time... Service was good & food a was fine. Would would have helped is that the bacon was overdone on 2 orders & the my omelette arrived cool in the center.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Very good food and drinks! The cheese plate was amazing

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food, staff, and cocktails were all great, and on par with the price. The chef was present and attentive, and everything concerning the meal was on point. My only complaint was that it was really loud the night that we went (it was a Saturday night).

We were in the back left near a rounded wall, so it’s possible that we were in a bad location acoustically, but the din made it kind of hard to focus on conversation.

Would definitely recommend for a bar chat or group, but if you’re going for a date, maybe aim for the early evening before the night crowd gets in.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Overall terrible experience -
Waitress ignored us most the night & food was average at best. We won’t be returning.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

We enjoyed a delicious meal but we were freezing! Wee had to keep our coats on- it was a cold, windy night and we were seated near a window. That is our only complaint. Great service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server matt was very pleasant! He gave awesome recommendations. The food was outrageously good! The service was outstanding.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We eat here almost every time we are in asheville. Had a new server but she did fine!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It was a very rainy day so great place to watch people. Our server was excellent. Food was ok.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very nice lunch menu. Quiet. Recommend for couples or groups.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Brunch menu had many delicious sounding choices. The goat cheese omelette was the choice of 3 out of 4 of us and it was a hit.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was very good. Including delicious dessert selections and French press coffee. Chef came by to ensure everything was good. We will be back.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Went to dinner for my 14th anniversary and this was my first time eating at The Blackbird... well I was so pleased with the service and food .. can’t wait to go back for brunch.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We were fully attended to and the meal was delectable

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were there New Year’s Day and the food and staff were terrific! I’m vegetarian and my husband is gluten-free and we both had fantastic meals. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve dinner for 6. Food was outstanding. Bar had some interesting co mtIls too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our original dinner plans for nye’s were cancelled by the restaurant due to bad weather.Staying 45 mins away with two hungry kids. We quickly booked a table and arrived earlier than reserved we were seated right away and we all agreed a blessing. Every bite we took was better than the first. Definitely coming back for more!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great selection of brunch items! Friendly and attentive service. Food is delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delicious brunch. Outstanding presentation of the entrees - especially the Huevos Rancheros. Attentive service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Above average breakfast. Not mind blowing.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good meal, fair prices, great service & convenient location.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wow! Nice people door to door! Excellent cocktails and a delicious Redfish (catch) Seafood Risotto. Really nice setting and location too! Loved It!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The Blackbird had lovely ambience and a friendly staff. We both really enjoyed our meals. Make sure to ask about the dessert menu! This is a great, classy establishment for a nice date night or special time out.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The service was great. The food was tasty. I got the seafood risotto. The scallops were AMAZING! My only disappointment was that my risotto was cold about 5 minutes after my plate was served.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice service by Michael and wonderful, creative selections!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was Christmas Eve and a special time for our family so the excessive noise was understandable but dissapointing. The food was wonderful but the wait was too long.. again this was Christmas Eve and they were so busy. Prices were high but in line with comparable restaurants. It was the perfect location allowing us to walk to and from our evening destination.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fabulous food! The chef checked on us and told us the special dish of the day -a seafood pasta dish was a recipe his mom made for him as a child ! Delicious.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My fiancé and I went to The Blackbird for Christmas Eve brunch. We ordered an omelet and the farm breakfast (pictured). The portions were just right and our meals were cooked perfectly. Everything tasted fresh (the fresh squeezed OJ was delicious!) and our server was very pleasant. Our only complaint was the coffee - it was weaker and more bland than we expected coming from a french press. This certainly won't keep us from coming back again though. Overall we had a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This restaurant is located in the aloft hotel. At street level, it offers large windows so you can enjoy watching people stroll past. A nice “downtown” ambience! We had reservations and were seated immediately. The menu is rather limited but had some unique offerings such as Corn & Goat Cheese Pie (vegetarian entree). This item sounded better than it was, as when it arrived, it was burnt and somewhat flavorless. I did not send it back as this was a family celebration and just didn’t want to create any disruption at the table. Our server was very nice but seemed inexperienced. I might give this restaurant a 2nd chance the next time I’m in town, but there are so many great optoms to choose from - maybe not.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Enjoyed a very nice dinner with family - 3rd visit to Blackbird and each time has been great. Food was excellent and got a visit from the Executive Chef at the end of the meal. Service was outstanding. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Matt, our waiter, was great and the food was fabulous. We each had different things and each meal was excellent.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The reviews were significantly better than the experience. The food was awful, over priced and all around disappointing.

The service was a joke. We had a reservation for 7 and were ask no less than 4 times ‘how many were in our party’ but the same hostess. She even tried to take away a chair, when we were all about to sit down. It was like she had a head cold.

With so many good food options in Asheville, Blackbird should not be one of them.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great spot in the middle of downtown Asheville. Everything was delicious. The beef tenderloin was the most flavorful and most perfectly cooked steak I’ve had in years!!
I will definitely visit again and have already raved about it to friends and family.
Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Exceptional service, delicious food. Would happily eat here again!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great service and view. The chief also came out to check on us which was a nice touch but the food just didn't do it for me. I love to try unique food, which is risky. This time I ended up hungry. I think my entree would have worked better as a side dish than a main dish (I had the corn pie).

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

First time in Asheville and this was a true find!!!! All the food from the cheese board to my corn pie was fantastic!!! All the waitstaff was kind, welcoming and couldn’t be nicer!!! If you are only in town for a day run don’t walk to this local gem!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great restaurant! Brunch was amazing! Definitely recommend.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

My husband and I are here while celebrating our anniversary in Asheville. I thought the drinks were a bit overpriced. Good but overpriced. We both got the pork tenderloin and it was absolutely perfect! I would highly recommend! We had a seat by the window and had great people watching. The atmosphere was nice. I did feel like the restaurant was a bit cramped so I wouldn't go here with more than 4 people. Overall we really enjoyed our experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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