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“Excellent food in a great spot”
Review of The Blackbird

The Blackbird
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Ranked #71 of 788 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $38
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Cross street: Ashton St
Description: The Blackbird located downtown Asheville, NC has a beautiful modern handcrafted interior while featuring modern cuisine. Locally sourced farm to table and changing with the seasons. Local family owned and operated. Great bar, beautiful lighting, cozy seating - the perfect spot!
Asheville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent food in a great spot”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

Last night, for the first time, I actually went to Blackbird for something other than lunch, for which it used to be very dependable and now doesn't offer. So be it. Dinner was very good.

The room is still very pleasant and unpretentious. Food comes out punctually and in generous portions. There were a couple lapses in service that were probably the fault of the kitchen although the wait staff didn't pick them up. One of our party had two items delivered incorrectly for his rib eye steak. It came with the wrong sauce and the wrong side dish. This sort of thing happens from time to time but really shouldn't.

They have a somewhat odd thing called the surf and turf burger which is a generous piece of ground beef cooked to your preferred temperature (I asked for medium rare and that's exactly what I got) served on a somewhat conventional bun but the oddity is a couple ounces of lobster thermidor sitting on top of the meat. When I ordered this I figured if the combination was just too weird I could always scrape the lobster off, eat it separately, and slather the burger in ketchup and mustard.

This wasn't necessary. It was very good. In all candor, it is a bit of a waste of lobster since the predominant flavor is still the burger but the whole concoction was surprisingly tasty. I also had their version of the classic wedge salad. It was good but the one down the street at Wicked Weed, when it is on the menu, is better. The surf and turf burger comes with fries that are about as thin as blades of grass and cooked crispy and well salted. This isn't exactly health food but made for a wonderful guilty pleasure.

One of our party had a scallops served on a corn succotash which she reported to be superb.

The room is a tad loud and at the beginning with the huge windows open to the sidewalk on Biltmore Avenue we were treated to an overdose of cigarette smoke from someone who was sitting on the ledge right next to the window puffing away. This would have been enough to ruin the meal had it gone on for much longer than it did. Eventually they closed the windows but they probably should get some kind of agreement with the Aloft Hotel whose street entrance is right next to these windows and collectively prohibit inflicting second hand smoke on their patrons.

The prices are a bit high at The Blackbird at dinner. Dinner and a bottle of wine is clearly going to exceed $50 per person if you order main courses. Still, the food was great so what the hell.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Tryon, North Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Saved the Day!”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

I had made a reservation at another establishment several weeks prior to my husbands birthday, we arrive and they did not have our reservations... they really didn't seems to care so after several minutes of questions and repeated answers we left.. walked just a few steps down the street to find the wonderful Blackbird. The hostesses at the door were wonderful. We told them about our prior issue and ask if since we didn't have reservations they could seat us. We were told there would be a wait but that they would work something out. We waited at the bar where they had our favorite seasonal beer still on tap! We were seated within thirty minutes. I can not say enough about the service in all areas of this wonderful dining establishment. Food was beyond belief from start to finish! Thanks Y'all for making my husband's Birthday Special.

  • Visited July 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“almost 4 stars”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

When this restaurant first opened up it was quite good. The love seems to have gone out of it, some, and the menu is now more of a steak and seafood place and seems oriented toward tourists. When my husband and I went there recently, we shared the shrimp and grits appetizer. The shrimp were fresh, but the grits were very bland. I had the duck to follow. It was pretty good but nothing memorable, with roasted potatoes, vegetables, and a chutney that was too sweet. It's loud in there but visually attractive. There are better restaurants in Asheville for the same price point.

  • Visited July 2014
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Clearwater, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Amazing flavors - NO complaints- $$$$”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had four at our table on a Monday night at 5pm. We ordered the caprese salad that was very good. We then had the cornbread that was a 5 out of 10. Just average. One dish was the $18. burger with big chunks of lobster on top of the burger and shoestring fries. Dish was an 8.5 of 10. Two dishes were the Red Snapper with scallops and risotto. It was a 9 out of 10. Our final dish was Red Snapper with two sides. Some of the dishes you get to pick two sides. The sides looked all good. We got the spinach and asparagus. Both fresh and flavorful. It was also a 9 out of 10. We were too full to have desert. But the menu looked great. Dinners were $25-$30. I was pleased with the exchange for the amount of food flavor were got with the food. I do think they should just serve the cornbread for free since we paid $4.for just average bread. It would be a nice extra. We will go back after we try a few more places.

Visited July 2014
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San Francisco, California
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Memorable Yummy Food and Great Service”
Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We came for a special occasion and this place was definitely special. Terrific service, loved the house salad, the oysters were so good I inhaled them, and the sautéed spinach was perfect! The lemon thyme risotto was super tasty, too! And every person in our group- all 10- left with big smiles. Only down side was the noise level.

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