The Bull and Beggar

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European
RAW BAR HAPPY HOUR 5-6 DAILY - HALF OFF OYSTERS SHRIMP AND CLAMS. Classic European cuisine, cocktail bar and raw bar set in a warm warehouse revamp in the River Arts District.
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MK
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go at 5 for the shell fish happy hour. The oysters are delicious. After a dozen oysters each we had two salads, both yummy followed by a fried oyster appetizer and grilled octopus appetizer for our main courses. All delicious and quite filling. Excellent service.

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LF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic experience! The food was delicious - highly recommend the hush puppies (seriously). Service was excellent and so accommodating to our kids (9 and 5). Highly recommend next time you are in Asheville!

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OT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always....FABULOUS food!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love this place! Our go to menu items are the Cote De Boeuf and the grilled octopus- both amazing here!

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K
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my Birthday Dinner at Bull and Beggar. Oysters are my thing and they were wonderful! My server was very helpful in choosing just the right ones. He was extremely knowledgeable.

One note..
The cauliflower side dish was not to my liking. It was grilled, but was very hard, and therefore difficult to enjoy.

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CT
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger in town.

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e
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a Burger Fanatic and the burgers at Bull and Beggar (a Monday special) are the BEST bar none. I used to think they were the 2nd best, but after being there this past Monday it's moved up to Number One. Killer!

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KC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While this is certainly an upscale restaurant, we felt perfectly comfortable having all our kids with us! They were well-behaved and well-fed. The lighting is just right - not too dark and not too bright. Staff was amazing and checked on us frequently, which we needed. The food was amazingly delicious. We had their infamous burgers as well as many of the appetizers. Our stay was about an hour, which was perfect with kids.

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DF
Philadelphia
198 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic meal. Don’t judge the restaurant by the parking lot or drive up. Just need to dodge the potholes. The cheese board was wonderful and the meal got better with each dish. The filet was excellent prepared perfectly. The broccoli was a treat. We finished with the caramel chocolate tart and it was great. Highly recommend Bull and Beggar. An absolute gem.

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TM
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, quiet atmosphere, laid back unpretentious. Very upscale and awesome ambiance.

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food at this restaurant but it’s very very expensive.

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AD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous atmosphere. Exquisite food. Nicely paired cocktails and wine. Upstairs loft seating offers a different and unique perspective on this gem. Highly recommended!

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l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in Manhattan, and I have been to many restaurants, and this one is superb! The server was so engaging and professional. He went out of his way to help us decide on a lovely meal. We were on vacation in Asheville, and recommendations viewed on OpenTable led us to this unique GEM!!! It is truly worth a visit! Wonderful European flair and outstanding service! The Chef is very talented and the staff all seem to enjoy serving the customers. The clientele also seemed to be locals, artists, business owners that were invested in a great experience. I will definitely return again!

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PS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in Asheville. Atmosphere is perfect for a date or girls night out. Be aware, this is not an inexpensive restaurant. You will probably drop $100+ per person if you get a bottle of wine. But, it’s a nice treat if you like a raw bar and small portions.

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C
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good variety in small plates and entrees. Dishes well balanced and inventive. Space is inviting. Noise could be an issue but it was nice (good energy) while we were there

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OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server devon was amazing! He was knowledgeable about the food and pick the perfect cocktail for me! We’ll definitely be back!

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K
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As prior posters have mentioned, gotta make it here for the burger. We were pleasantly surprised by the caramelized onions and, despite popular opinion, the bun! As a HUGE ketchup fan, I ate this dry... that's saying something!

Also highly suggest the Tipsy Daisy, basically the love child of a French 75 and a margarita.

My husband's gulf shrimp and lobster roll were also a winner. The lobster roll had large pieces of meat and minimal sauce. The bun was nice and toasty and added a great texture. The lobster roll was enough for a meal given there was also a small side of chips and the meat was plentiful!

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c
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Creative and superb food and drink. Attentive and professional service. One of the top restaurants in Asheville. We are never disappointed.

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d
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the better meals. Steak was prepared perfectly. Ample selection of oysters. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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T
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably my favorite restaurant in Asheville now. The food was spectacular and the service, even better! Will deff recommend to friends and family. I will be back soon :)

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A
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service and ambience was great. Our server was very attentive and host was welcoming. Food was mediocre, unfortunately. We both ordered the filet and it was smothered in a sauce that only masked the flavor of the meat. Both of us requested medium and the steak was almost well done. The scallop potatoes- flavor was good, but it was covered in a deep layer of grease. The restaurant is in a quirky little area and we were looking forward to trying something great during our trip to Asheville. Unfortunately we were disappointed.

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P
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Fillet's in Asheville. The bone marrow is next level. I Will be back!

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PS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m a local. Love this restaurant but it’s expensive. Quality of food is wonderful. I would like a few more options for smaller plates to share to keep the cost down for visiting friends. Wine list is quite balanced. Mussels are always good as is lobster roll. I would not order the Tatar again if you love this dish. Desserts are unique and always interesting. Loved the rose geranium ice cream. 😋

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C
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I, celebrated our 42nd birthday,
our waiter- Robert made it very special, very knowledgeable on wine for me and beer for my husband, I went with every recommendation he had, thank you for Not disappointing! The food was AMAZING! we had the meat & cheese platter, I had 6 oysters (Robert's flavors), we also shared the Sea bass with roasted veggies...to die for! Thank you for the experience, we will definitely be back!

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Burger night!! One of the best burgers in town!! Pork rinds are not to be missed either!!

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CG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad they found our reservation! We we're nervous for a minute! It was a fabulous evening!

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FL
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been in search of the "perfect burger" for quite a while, and the Bull & Beggar's burger was well recommended. As I recall, the description said, ". . . to die for!" The burger was excellent and definitely one of the best, accompanied by crisp, natural (i.e. not pre-formed) fries. Beverage was additional. Often in competing restaurants a pint is included.

Our server, Nicole, was attentive, outgoing, and a very nice person.

Although I would not hesitate to recommend this venue, it would not be without mentioning that the menu offerings struck us as pricey, although there were selections that were unique and the quality appeared unimpeachable. This is a true gourmet restaurant with a definite French flair.

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JG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!!!! Great wine. Excellent service. Loved the atmosphere.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was very friendly: we were late and they sat us anyway without any disapproving looks. Mellow lighting and hip ambiance. The drink menu is very unique and each one was delicious. We were a table of 4, each ordered different cocktails and each ordered a second because they were so tasty. We had peel and eat shrimp to share which were pretty standard but the oyster menu is great and the sauce they serve them with complements perfectly. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Steaks were cooked perfectly and creamed ramp was a perfect side dish. Small plates: octopus well received, linguini with lemon, chilli pepper and shaved roe was AMAZING! My only complaint was the beef tartare was too chunky for raw meat. It was a bit difficult to chew. The ricotta fritters with cherries for dessert were so delicious! Overall a fantastic meal and will definitely go back.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A more intimate place than most. Not the noisy array of tables and anxious staff running around like chickens. This was relaxing with great personalized service.

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M
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, good cote de boeuf and a good selection of wine. Highly recommend

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SJ
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner get the flaming ribeye it’s awesome and large

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate at the Bull and Beggar in celebration of my son’s college graduation from UNC Asheville. I wanted a place that was a bit more upscale, from a food perspective, than what I’ve found in Asheville typically and the Bull and Beggar did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the service was great and the ambiance was exactly right. I will also say that while it isn’t inexpensive, expense is relative to what you get for your money and this was worth the price. I recommend this restaurant and will go back again.

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KH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service were great.. the ambiance however does not match the food.. not necessarily a bad thing but it was very noisy and in an old warehouse . It is in the River Arts district and the parking was gravel and after all the rain it was muddy and full of potholes.. I would not let these issues keep me from going as the food and service were excellent but at least I would know what to expect.

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BB
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish the menu had more options...very limited but that could be their objective...deliver what is offered on time and cooked correctly

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert A. was a fantastic server! Great food, drink, and ambience. Will return and recommend to all my friends who visit Asheville.

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AA
Western NC
48 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We generally go to Bull and Beggar for "Burger Monday," and that was the case at most recent visit. A double-patty cheeseburger and hand-cut fries are $10 early in the evening, plus raw oysters and clams are half price.

The cheeseburgers were as good as ever (and a bargain on Mondays), and the oysters on the half shell were excellent, too, though even at half-price ($18 for a dozen) they aren't exactly cheap ... but this is Asheville, a long way from the coast. Bull and Beggar offers a selection of oysters from Washington State, New England, North Carolina and sometimes elsewhere, and they're also fresh and cold. They are served with the restaurant's special sauce and without any bread or crackers. Frankly, we miss the mix-your-own sauce (horse radish, ketchup, lemon juice and hot sauce) that we love in New Orleans.

My wife loves the Bull and Beggar version of the Vieux Carré cocktail, and I like the Plymouth gin martini.

Keep in mind that with its brick warehouse walls and wood floors, Bull and Beggar can be VERY noisy. It's not a spot to have an intimate conversation.

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D
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were amazing, steak was cooked perfectly, and waiter was great too. The only thing that was not even edible was the tartiflette. Only order if you love stinky cheese.

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D
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals we have had. The service, menu, selection, and drink menu is top notch.

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ED
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was fantastic. We couldn't have asked for better food or service. Would highly recommend.

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