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Calypso St. Lucian Caribbean Cuisine & Rum Bar - CLOSED

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Reviewed October 24, 2019

Let me preface with the fact that i have eaten here about 15 times since it opened. I am not from, but spent a significant portion of my life in the Caribbean. When it first opened, I was excited, considering my only option for really...good island food was in Atlanta. I tried to like it, but it was just okay. I tried a couple of other times in the following months and it got a little better, but wasn't island food. About a year ago, I was running late and needed lunch and tried again. The food was literally amazing. The oxtail, the greens; wow. I probably had lunch or dinner there another 7 or 8 times , until recently. My friends (visiting from the Caribbean) had dinner there and I had expressed how wonderful the food is and it's near identical taste and soul to that found back home. It was awful. The oxtail, the goat, the greens. Even the rice was dry and tasteless. I'm not sure what happened in such a short window, perhaps the chef left or purveyors were changed, but it was just terrible. The only positive thing about the experience was the service. Needless to say, I will never be back. I will travel to larger cities when I crave Caribbean. I'm saddened by the potential this establishment had.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 2, 2019 via mobile

I came to Asheville on vacation. It was my first time visiting. I had been told that Asheville had amazing restaurants and that I would enjoy every place I went...WRONG!!! When we were looking for places to eat Calypso stood out to me because I...am from the islands myself and my in-laws are from St. Lucia. I don't think I have ever eaten at a place this bad ever. It was truly disgusting. I intended to order at first the Piton Stew. I was told they didn't have any because they sold a lot of it the night before. Two things popped into my head... 1) They open at 2pm. Why don't they have all their menu items ready. 2) Were they planning to serve us food from last night instead of freshly made??? The answer to question #2 is definitely yes, but I'll get to that later. Since they didn't have stew ready, I went with the goat roti because you can never go wrong with goat roti...WRONG again! This was the worst goat roti ever. Some parts of the goat were overly salty and some parts were extremely bland...all cold. No type of heat for freshly prepared food. The roti skin was definitely not fresh by any means. It was hard and stiff, but it was hot. The two sides I had with my roti were dumplings and rice and peas. The dumplings were supposed to be sauteed in some type of curry butter. It was disgusting. They nailed the texture of the dumplings, but it was extremely bland. No type of seasoning. The curry butter didn't even have the essence of curry, it was just butter and it wasn't hot. The rice and peas, extremely mushy and bland. No salt, no seasoning. It was hot though. I even asked for extra gravy from the goat to see if it would help the taste. It didn't. When they brought the gravy, from the way it was caked around the dish, seem like it was microwaves. That made me question the freshness of the food altogether. We were at the restaurant when they opened at 2pm. We waited almost 40 minutes for our food. It's strange that meals literally came out half hot and half cold. I spent $30 for the worst meal ever. The only thing I enjoyed was the Tropical Rhythms juice which you can buy from any Caribbean grocery store. I called up my cousin from St. Lucia and said that this business would not survive if it was in a place with a heavy Caribbean community because the food was awful. The pic below is how I left my plate. I couldn't even eat it.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 16, 2019

Would have loved to ty this restaurant, however, there we were with an out of town guest on Wednesday, September 11th, arriving right on time with a confirmed reservation only to find a sign on the door saying that the restaurant was closed and would...fe-open in s new days. What made the experience even more unpalatable, hopefully not like the food we never got to try, was that approximately 3hours before our scheduled arrival time we received a "reminder" email, cautioning us to be on time as they would only hold the reservation for 15 minutes should we arrive late. Really sloppy way to run a busines!!!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019

The last think you might expect to find in the mountains of North Carolina is a great Carribean restaurant with food made from traditional St. Lucian recipes. We have dined here several times as a couple, with groups of friends, and as a family group....The service, the delicious and unusual food, the friendly owner and waitstaff all keep us coming back.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed August 16, 2019 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick and early dinner, perfect ambience, terrific food, excellent service and super friendly staff. Top marks and good form all around. Spot on!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed June 20, 2019

Stopped by for something different and was far from disappointed. The curried goat was sensational and their home made hot sauce is off the chain. I will eat here every time i visit Asheville. Andrew was very attentive and so chill. Couldn’t have asked for...a more positive experience.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 25, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed an amazing late lunch of curried chicken roti and corvina fish. Loved every bite and we'll definitely be back.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 21, 2019

I had the Corvina, and it was hands down the best thing I've ever had, and I've eaten all over the world, high to low, very impressed and pleasantly unexpected. Unexpected because I just walked in here after briefly reading the menu outside as I...strolled around after some business I had in the area.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

My friend and I ate at Calypso for the first time last weekend, and both the food and drink were AMAZING. There were a few elements of our overall experience that were less than ideal, yet the food was so perfect that it still gets...five stars! The restaurant was quite warm inside, and it seemed as if they didn't have any air conditioning on? It had been warm the past few days, and was still pretty warm outside, so we were bordering on uncomfortable. And our waitress was very nice, and apologetic, because she seemed spread thin - there was a party of maybe 12 people there while we were there, so maybe they just didn't have enough staff? So, she was polite, but we didn't feel particularly well attended-to overall. BUT, on to the good stuff. My friend and I both got the "L'Orange" cocktail, which was complex and not too sweet (which I appreciate :). It came with a generous sprinkling of nutmeg and/or cloves, which we enjoyed the aroma of every time we put the glasses to our lips. Between the two of us, and our appetizers, entrees, and sides, we had six dishes, and EVERY ONE was absolutely delicious. My avocado salad was super-fresh, the avocados were perfectly ripe, and even though I'm not a big fan of olives, the small slices of black olive complemented the rest of the dish nicely. This was just the half-order of avocado salad, but for $8 *in downtown Asheville*, I thought it was a generous size! My curried shrimp roti entree was very good, but somehow, everything else was even better. Our sides of greens were ABSOLUTELY super-flavorful (a little spicy - yum!), and my mac-and-cheese (which actually, in some forms, is a traditional Caribbean food) was creamy and oily (in a good way!) and also bursting with flavor. My friend's oxtail (which I think is the most popular entree in the restaurant?) was tender and moist, well-seasoned/marinated, and just delicious. She said she also really enjoyed her okra-and-veggies side. YUM. Even the napkins were infused with a slight aroma of some spicy Caribbean incense that we really enjoyed. We came out spending a total of about $35 per person, which is decent for downtown Asheville...and the food was very impressive. Even though our experience wasn't perfect, we would both go back in an instant!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 3, 2019 via mobile

Friday dinner with family. Excellent food. Not your normal fare... Caribbean dishes. Curry dishes were delicious. We shared both shrimp and goat. Spicy mac&cheese.. Will definitely return. Grst rum selection

Date of visit: May 2019
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