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The Scarlet Bee, Asheville, NC

The Scarlet Bee

4.7
4.7
103 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
We are a restaurant and bar that is excited to offer you the food and drinks we have a passion for! Owners Matthew and Kristin Sawaya prepare family recipes that Matthew grew up with, and are proud to share a taste of his Lebanese heritage with a menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. At the bar, we offer an herbal-focused menu of house sodas, tonics, and cocktails using herbs and fresh-squeezed juices.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Lebanese, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 552-3838

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 103 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SA

    StephenA

    Western NC

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Alas, only another week until they are forced to close. This neighborhood treasure will be sorely missed. If there is anything less than perfect, it's the fact that the menu doesn't change much. But everything they have is excellent. Hope they can find another location -- the plan for a food truck won't fill the gap for their fans, but perhaps it can keep them afloat until they can open somewhere else (not far...).
  2. l

    lou1973

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food! We had the sfihas and beef and chicken kebabs. We really liked the sfiha pastries and the kebas were the best we've ever had!
  3. DR

    DeanR

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very authentic and great tasting food and I would recommend this restaurant.
  4. R

    Ramjet

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The Scarlet Bee is Mediterranean fare done well. We shared 4 dishes and each was great. If we lived in Asheville we would frequent this place.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    We ordered and greatly enjoyed the food. We introduced to order additional items. We were totally ignored by our waitress who only had one other table. Tried to find her in vain. She spent over 20 minutes chatting with the other couple and then disappeared. We sent to the bar and requested our check. The waitress finally came by with our check. When we questioned her about her absence she was extremely defensive. A very long story. Eventually she apologized and praised the restaurant. Too little and entirely too late for
  6. SP

    SkipP

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please find a way to stop flaminco Dancers stomping overhead during dinner hours on Wednesday nights😟
  7. CV

    ChrisV

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was superb, especially the toum & shatta dips. Service was friendly and attentive even with the restaurant going from a couple tables to completely full during our meal. Prices & value are very solid. We left extremely happy with our experience & would certainly revisit when in the area next.
  8. 1

    1hiawassee

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time we had been to S Bee. Great experience. Cauliflower shawarma, and chicken shawarma were delicious, as was the fattoush salad. Apparently they were short handed in the kitchen, and there was only one waitress, while the owners were cooking. Had I not heard the waitress tell someone, we never would have known. We will be back!
  9. HP

    HannahP

    Western NC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was well prepared and the taste was as expected, the tapas like plates were delivered in the right amount on time making a wonderful dining experience. As well, the cocktails were perfectly made. Like we said at the restaurant, why had we not been here before? The place is now one of our favorites.
  10. k

    kvcvick

    Miami

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Bartender was great.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant has a very causal neighborhood feel and I wish it was my neighborhood was closer. We would quickly make this our go to local place if we lived on the north side of town. The food was delicious, it’s not an extensive menu, but all the choices were appealing and the two starters and 3 sharing mains we chose were all great. The grape leaves were especially good.
  12. SD

    SusanD

    E. Tennessee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love the Scarlet Bee! Everything is good!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love this place! Highest of recommendations! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. L

    Lissa

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed our visit to Scarlet bee last weekend. Hadn't been on a night they have the jazz band. It was great! Our food was excellent and our server, although very busy was attentive and did a nice job. Look forward to joining them on another Friday evening sometime.
  15. 9

    91208

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The chickpea sliders were outstanding. We really enjoyed our dinner.
  16. JP

    JaynaP

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We made this last minute reservation on Valentine’s Day amazing live music on Friday evening and the food is fresh and very flavorful. Perfect place for a casual date night with exceptional food.
  17. l

    lcj0811

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed our first time at The Scarlet Bee. Very casual - so much so that we weren't greeted and we just seated ourselves, but a server soon made their way over to greet us. Each of the dishes we had were pretty awesome! Will return!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at the Scarlet Bee. The food was delicious and perfect portions. We ordered several different items so that we could share.
  19. e

    ellbdiner

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food and crafted drinks are excellent!
  20. CL

    CarolL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The only drawback was the noise from the flamenco dance class upstairs. Otherwise, a very positive experience!
  21. S

    Scooter

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    First off, the restaurant was cold and the first 20 minutes we endured stomping from the dance upstairs. The server was very nice and efficient. The food was good, but very pricey for what you got. With all the restaurant choices in Asheville there is no need for me to go back.
  22. AG

    AndrewG

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Music way too loud
  23. B

    Barbandginger

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our first time visiting the Scarlet Bee. It was one the few restaurants open on Christmas Eve and we were visiting from Raleigh. The ambiance could use some jazzing up - it's pretty plain Jane. But the food was very good! Hummus was great and they give you lots of pita. I had the filet mignon kebabs and they were very tender and tasty. The Mediterranean fries were very good and enough for the whole table. Can't remember what my friends had but they were both very happy with their choices. We would all go back again.
  24. VB

    VinceB

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Always good food and great service. A bit too loud for us though the band was fun.
  25. KW

    KathyW

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love the kebabs! You gotta try them. Delicious pomegranate walnut salad. Lots of flavor and great service.
  26. JD

    JonD

    Western NC

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Scarlet Bee serves excellent Mediterranean small plates that are unique in Asheville. Service is prompt even on a busy Saturday night. My only issue is that the restaurant is a bit cold both in temperature and decor. However, that does not deter us from coming back often.
  27. MT

    MilosT

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved this place. Brought some out-of-town friends. Shawarma and Sfiha were delicious (personal favorite) although our group shared everything so I got to try 3/4 of the menu. Lavander dream cocktails was delicious but highlight of the night was Turkish coffee with baklava. Thank you and I will be back!
  28. LS

    LoSo

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t know why the reviews say this place isn’t kid friendly- one of our kids happily ordered off the main menu and the other had the kids’ chicken tenders and fries. They both cleaned up the hummus plate pretty well. It was a fabulous dinner for us and our in-town guests. The dinner portions were generous (we were pretty hungry upon arrival so we definitely over-ordered). The desserts were less generous but certainly tasty and a lovely presentation (even when ordered to go!). Service was great, music was cool- a good selection and at a nice volume to enjoy it but not so loud that it creates a hindrance to conversation. We will be back!!
  29. AV

    AVLFan

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    This meal was my second time in the scarlet bee and I went to take a friend visiting from Israel for familiar food. He loved it and remarked on the authenticity. What I didn’t like was the band. The music is fine but just so very very loud in such a small space. We yelled at each other until finally leaving for dessert elsewhere.
  30. J

    Joydevivre

    Western NC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Sweet little restaurant. Spring fennel soup and chicken shawarma are so tasty! Will definitely come back to this place. Best Mediterranean food in AVL.
  31. e

    eastcobbdiner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cassidy , our server, was excellent! Cute place. The food came out quickly and was delicious. They worked around some of our dietary restrictions and everyone was mmmming and aahhing through out the meal. Will definitely return.
  32. SD

    SusaDogue

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meals, vegetarian friendly, excellent service, and reasonable prices.
  33. LD

    LisaD

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We had a reservation on Open Tables. We arrived on time. There is no hostess. A big board at the entrance says, “Seat yourself!” We were confused as were many other people. We walked around and saw a table with a piece of paper on it with my name and the time. We sat down. Other people wandered around and tried to seat themselves at tables with pieces of paper with someone’s name. The server was hustling around. There were only 2 servers. One welcomed us and verified my name and that I was at right table. Other people were asked to leave their table because it was reserved with the piece of paper. One couple went to the bar instead, waited, bar tender ignored them and they left. One couple asked to move from reserved table walked out. It was chaotic and disorganized. The service was slow and menu limited. The band was nice. Honestly, they need a hostess. I just feel they could do better by hiring more staff. Food was pretty good.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met friends who were traveling through Asheville. Picked The Scarlet Bee from Yelp list of restaurants with reservations available when we needed. We were pleasantly surprised! Shares a lot of the items in the menu and everything was delicious.
  35. CB

    ColinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was interesting with good flavors but not too rich to be overpowering. Staff were pleasant and informative
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A group of college friends and spouses enjoyed the unique dishes and the live music. The service was excellent!
  37. L

    Lisa

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, the drinks and vibe of the place. They had a fantastic band playing that I wish I could have stayed all night to listen to.
  38. CF

    ClemsonFoodie

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love this food. I had difficulty picking what to eat as I could have chosen everything on the menu. Prices were reasonable and portions medium. We ordered the cold plate appetizer and each had an entree and dessert. It was too much food--- I noticed most people only had 2 courses. I was not a fan of the band that night, but I'm picky about music. I can't wait to go again.
  39. F

    Fredisouttonight

    Western NC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very unique food choices all well done. Good service too
  40. B

    hap2B

    Unspecified

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We love Scarlet Bee and have recommended it to many of our friends and co-workers. Unfortunately, we are seeing that the need for additional waitstaff and someone to run front of the house is being neglected, so we observed two tables of people who left without being served and tables not being bussed. This is heartbreaking to us, as we LOVE the food and think the servers are TERRIFIC! It's just that they desperately need a front of house manager to make sure the entrance is tidy and welcoming, windows clean and tables bussed, as well as more than one server to meet the needs of an increasing number of patrons. Our fear is that people will have a bad experience before ever having the opportunity to taste the delicious food. It's not a reflection on the kitchen or on the waitstaff, but of the overall management to not tend to these important details for a successful business. In a town with so many new restaurants opening all the time, we are really rooting for Scarlet Bee to get its act together soon and be a success.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Scarlet Bee offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 552-3838.

The Scarlet Bee is rated 4.7 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Lebanese, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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