Nightbell is a contemporary American small plate restaurant with a craft cocktail bar and lounge. Chef Katie Button's menu is a blend of comfort food and inventive twists on the classics where there is a serious commitment to local farmers and sustainable products including a nose to tail beef program.
Bartenders create ever-changing concoctions using seasonal ingredients and hand-carved ice. At Nightbell, the atmosphere is dim and romantic with eclectic vintage-inspired decor, reminiscent of Asheville's Art Deco heritage. Step inside to escape the mundane and discover a world of surprises.
Nightbell is a member of the Heirloom Hospitality Group, the family business that also owns and manages the nationally acclaimed Cúrate bar de tapas.
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tue, Wed, Thur: 5 PM - 10:30 PM, Fri & Sat: 5 PM - 11 PM, Sun: 5 PM - 10PM
Closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private parking lots are located across the street from Nightbell and also at the corner of S. Lexington Ave and Aston Street. Private parking is also available at the Aloft Hotel; entrance is on S. Lexington Ave, south of Aston Street. Streetside parking is available downtown, but not on South Lexington Avenue between Patton Avenue and Aston Street.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nightbell Ratings and Reviews
The atmosphere was lively and attractive ...
The atmosphere was lively and attractive and the service excellent. However, the table was tiny, silverware tiny and poorly weighted and the napkins tiny. Whoever selected the appointments was a munchkin. I am a small woman and still found this extremely difficult. The knife kept falling off the plate and it was so difficult to eat without getting my hands in the food. I went to the restroom to wash my hands three times. The food was creative, but overly complicated.
I don't say this lightly: this was one o ...
I don't say this lightly: this was one of the best meals I've had. The flavors blended perfectly and every dish worked. We went on recommendation of the host at our bed and breakfast, and we are so glad we took her advice. Go to Nightbell!
The experience we had at Nightbell was A ...
The experience we had at Nightbell was AMAZING! We are foodies, I suppose, but I don't really care for that word. I just like to eat and try new things! I know I had to try Curate's sister restaurant on our most recent visit to Asheville, and I'm so glad we did. It is a tapas-style menu, offering bites (for one), and snacks + plates (to share). Everything was so inventive, well-balanced, flavorful, and just DELICIOUS. Do not miss the "deviled egg". As someone with gluten intolerance, I so appreciated being able to easily see what was gluten free and what could be modified to be GF. Lactose intolerance, tree nut allergic, it was all laid out in parentheses at the end of the item description. What's even better is there was a GF cake on their regular dessert menu. Of course, like everything else, it was to die for. Like a butter filled brown sugar lava cake- it was sweet and salty and perfect. The only thing that didn't add up, was that the restaurant ought to have been packed and though it was a Sunday night, it was very quiet. More for me, but I hope that more people will dare to visit this absolute gem!
My sister and I visited Nightbell to cel ...
My sister and I visited Nightbell to celebrate grad school acceptance. The food was spectacular. The hush puppies and dipping sauce were amazing, as was the burger (I don't normally like burgers) and drinks. We had an Asheville On My Mind- very good bourbon drink. There was a lot for my sister to choose from, as she is vegetarian. The ambiance is fun, but make a reservation! Great for a few tapas and drinks. Will come again!
One of our favorite spots to eat in Ashe ...
One of our favorite spots to eat in Asheville. The presentations are amazing and Katie knows her food. Wild mushrooms were perfect and the sauted greens were fabulous. There is no way to describe the desserts because they are over the moon.
Our meal at Nightbell was just outstand ...
Our meal at Nightbell was just outstanding. The food was delicious, inventive, and playful. The servers were all engaging and intent on providing a great dining experience. Recommendations were spot on. We truly enjoyed our dinner; we had dined at Curate the night before and, while that was excellent as well, if we could only choose one to go back to it would undoubtably be Nightbell.
The place has a highly regarded reputati ...
The place has a highly regarded reputation, as does it's sister spot, Curate. It is a bit hard to find, with no parking right close. It is a warm and exotic ambiance. BUT, the excellent food is over-rated, given the price (!) and THE VERY SMALL PORTIONS. Not an everyday choice, for sure. come with a large credit card max and expect to spend a LOT of it.....
I'm a fan of Curate, and this was my fir ...
I'm a fan of Curate, and this was my first time at Nightbell. It was disappointing. Our group of three tried many dishes last Thursday night: they were wildly inconsistent, other than desserts, which were diverse and uniformly fantastic.
Go for dessert.
We were a party of two, celebrating a 65 ...
We were a party of two, celebrating a 65th birthday. The drink list was amazing, the island drink was very good. The server suggested we think about 6 to 8 plates for a party of two. We started with two appetizer plates, one salad plate and two entree plates, each plate that came to the table, was better than the last. The evening was topped off with two dessert plates. Again, each one was better than the last. Highly recommend this location.
Food was amazing. Atmosphere was a bit ...
Food was amazing. Atmosphere was a bit loud, but beautiful. Our server was too soft spoken and didn't offer explanation or suggestion which I feel is needed in a tapas environment. We went back the next night with a party of 8 and our server was MUCH more knowledgeable and helped a lot.
All of the dishes we tried at Nightbell ...
All of the dishes we tried at Nightbell were good- some of them were fabulous. We had the bread with chicken butter, the greens, the carrots, the clams, the deviled egg, and the hen of the woods mushrooms. The clams were delicious-- I wanted a straw for the broth. The deviled egg is amazing and just so smart. The carrots and greens were both total marvels-- my husband and I were like "what on earth..???" in a really good way, if that makes sense. The chicken butter was a huge hit with my husband, I liked it OK. The hen of the woods mushrooms were a little too sesame-y for me. The deserts were amazing. We had the key lime cheesecake, which was so interesting and fresh and light. Also the hazelnut molten cake, neither fresh nor light, but truly, truly memorable. We were glad we ate all the dishes, even the ones we didn't both adore, because it all was so creative and thoughtful.
We love Curate, but couldn't get reserva ...
We love Curate, but couldn't get reservation in time, tried Nightbell instead. The portions of the small plates really are quite small, and not cheap. The deviled egg was scrumptuous. The clams very tasty but a small portion, the duck confit with cheddar mousse was for us the high point of the meal. Hamburger yummy but very rich. Hard to imagine having any coronaries open if you added the foie gras to it. Heads-on shrimp overly seasoned, oppressive. Root beer float dessert very clever, but dessert is for the heart, not the head. Overall, spent about $110 for three, with no wine. Overall, good but not delightful, and for the price, want more delight.
Absolutely outstanding experience! The c ...
Absolutely outstanding experience! The chef/proprietor also runs Curate, a highly rated tapas restaurant. Think of this as top-notch farm-to-table "tapas" with a Southern flavor (which is why they don't call it "tapas", since that's specifically Spanish, at least according to the server we had). She also trained at El Bulli, often cited as the best restaurant in the world - and it shows.
Must have the deviled eggs. The hamburg ...
Must have the deviled eggs. The hamburger was juicy. We also had the beef short ribs and the seafood plate. All delicious. The desserts - key lime pie and chocolate praline cake were very good (especially the cake!).
There is an impressive drink list.
DO IT! We had a great server who recom ...
DO IT! We had a great server who recommended dishes perfect for all of our groups different likes. They were spot on....amazing...can't wait to return. Also,the cocktails are wonderful. A real treat ...this place is a must do!!!
Most of the food was highly enjoyable, e ...
Most of the food was highly enjoyable, especially the ribeye and the short ribs. The side items were so-so and exhorbitantly priced as so many tapas restaurants get away with. The atmosphere made up for that though. Altogether I recommend it for a try.
Several of the menu items are very good. ...
Several of the menu items are very good. The deviled egg is a specialty, and is a must try. When I ordered the wild mushroom dish (also very good), the server recommended the steak. As steaks go, it was OK, but certainly not memorable.
There is a imaginative drink menu as well, but $13 for a cocktail seemed a bit over the top.
I had heard that Nightbell was a great r ...
I had heard that Nightbell was a great restaurant and we weren't disappointed. The "deviled egg" appetizer was sublime. Not a deviled egg at all. Just a wonderful rich sabayon. Another person in our party had the duck appetizer which was also excellent. I had the trout and another guest had the duck and waffles. Both outstanding. The service was friendly and prompt. I live in Charlotte and wish that we had restaurants that are as inventive as Nightbell. A spectacular experience from beginning to end. We will definitely go back again the next time we visit Asheville.
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