The Scarlet Bee

4.7
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$30 and under
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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.
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JD
Western NC
60 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
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!

LS
Columbus
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!!

AV
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 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.

J
Western NC
21 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.

e
Atlanta
1 review
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.

SD
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meals, vegetarian friendly, excellent service, and reasonable prices.

LD
Richmond
16 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.

OT
1 review
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.

CB
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

OT
Washington DC
17 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!

L
New England
12 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.

CF
Grand Rapids
4 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.

F
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very unique food choices all well done. Good service too

B
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.

l
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious Lebanese inspired foods that are real treats. Be forewarned - plenty of garlic. Everything tasted fresh and the presentation was nice as well. Lots of cocktails and beers to choose from too. Prices are reasonable.
We last went on a Friday evening and had the extra treat of an excellent jazz band - 42nd Street.
Not our first visit and certainly not our last.

RB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is our favorite North Asheville dining and cocktail spot. Never disappoints.

DB
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has amazing food and drinks. The staff very nice. I absolutely love the 42 street band on Friday nights. One of my top favorite restaurants in Asheville

W
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fun place to eat tapas! A little loud on Friday night with the live music however the music was really good.

CH
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service! Spiced to the max Chicken Sharma. Would like to have more chicken focus in the dish.. Excellent lamb & beef sliders. We enjoyed the hummus and homemade pita. Pita in the thick side albeit very tasty. Certainly we will go back and try the other offerings.

EG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great sevice

f
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exceptional as was the service. The menu is unique but not outlandish. I would recommend Scarlet Bee and will definitely be returning.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

On a Saturday night at 7:30, the place was only like 1/3 full, so I should have known it wasn’t going to be awesome. There was no host, it was seat yourself, so I was confused as to what to do about my reservation (I wanted my points). We found a table with our name on it and were seated. Waitress took our drink order pretty quickly, but we had to chase her down to get our food order in. Food came out quickly, but we had to chase her down again to get our check and our drinks were drained by then. I was annoyed there was no place to put my bag except on the floor - the chairs have round backs that you can’t hang a bag on, and the table was TINY. Food was good but nothing that really wowed is. I liked the chickpea sliders the most. I’d go back if the service was faster/better.

OT
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

An interesting find

AA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. We sat at the bar and had wonderful service. We tried the Peaseblossom and Sweet Heat cocktails and ordered a bunch of small plates to share. Everything was delicious but the chicken shawarma was a big hit and the kofta sliders were ridiculously good.

c
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, just needs a little sprucing up. Excellent drinks, fun to share food. Just lacks a little in ambiance and vibe.

DB
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing , the 42 Street Band was incredible, the service delightful, and we are looking forward to returning soon .

RM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit. The food was great and the music was wonderful.

l
Western NC
30 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This restaurant is best gone to to have drinks and small plate dishes. It would be great before or after an evening out.

B
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food selection and quality. Service was a bit slow, but overall a delightful experience and we will definitely be regular customers.

RC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Interesting flavors. We had a variety of dishes, cocktails and desserts and everything was wonderful. Definitely a bit of a splurge. Prices are high for portions served but still worth it.

M
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was extremely good. I can’t recall the last time I had Lebanese food but this is the place to go for it. Tapas style for sharing and great cocktails!

EG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been waiting for a place like this in Asheville...excellent food, friendly staff, convenient location (relatively speaking, coming from East Asheville). Favorites are the fatoush salad, chicken schwarma, and sfoof cake. Easy to go vegetarian here, too.

VB
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good Mediterranean food in a relaxed atmosphere. Service is fast and friendly. Prices are reasonable.

EH
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This was our second visit. We came back for the food, which really delivers on flavors and quality ingredients. This trip was as good as the first. We took friends and the restaurant was more crowded than the first visit. I hope that’s a sign of traction because N Asheville needs Scarlett Bee as a dining option. The service on this particular night was quite spotty - missed water refills, entrees delivered at separate times, slow to bring the check, etc. It’s all forgivable unless a pattern repeats because the food is really, really satisfying.

k
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant place with warm service. Food was great, home made ginger soda was so delicious, not so sweet. Beef kabab was excellent. Everything was tasty.

LS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit didn't disappoint! Fabulous food and flavors. We'll definitely be back and would recommend highly. We really enjoyed the Sat. evening music, too!

L
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was our second time there. Once again, we loved the sampler platter, although the herb dip was too thick to dip, and we had no utensils or napkins. It was the first anniversary and there was music, revelry and too many people for the wait staff - we understood. I ordered a drink called the tipsy gardener, as did another person. I asked that it not be too sweet. It was really sweet and there seemed to be more ice than drink in the glass, making it sweet, hard to drink and not very satisfying. The food was great though, and we enjoyed the music, although it made talking really hard. I love the care they put into their food and will be back.

RM
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We had a wonderful time spending the evening with friends, food and great music by the 42nd Street Jazz Band. The food is a wonderful take on Mediterainian Street Food.

JG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the wine, the atmosphere was all fabulous.
thank you.