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 Dining, 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 food was 10/10. We went in with high ...
The food was 10/10. We went in with high expectations based on our experiences with curaté. The only negative aspect was that the hostess sat eating at the front desk, while we sat at the locked front door for ten minutes(we had a 5pm reservation) she even waved hi to us as we tried to open the locked door. We finally gained entry at ten after. She apologized for the gaffe, and the service and food were impeccable. The hen of the woods mushrooms and jicama wrapped ceasar were the stars of the evening. We will recommend Nightbell to anyone looking for a top notch dining experience in Asheville and of course, will be returning.
I've been hearing rave reviews of Nightb ...
I've been hearing rave reviews of Nightbell for months, but reservations are hard to come by. I was excited to see an opening available while searching OpenTable for a dinner option for my husband's birthday. Nightbell didn't dissapoint! We both greatly enjoyed our meal and experience!
Beautiful setting/Excellent Service....a ...
Beautiful setting/Excellent Service....and that's where it ends. So very disappointing...
Upon entering Night Fall, one is impressed with the decor and charm of a Victorian-era homestead. Hostess is charming and wait staff keenly attentive....then disaster.
A $13.00 "Craft Cocktail" consisting of a sliced pickle chip, miniature olive and two ounces of bottom-shelf vodka masquerading as a high end martini.
Small bites that were tasteless and wouldn't satiate an amoeba.
A large plate hamburger, at $20.00 topped with an egg, that made It's Burger King counterpart appear almost Michelin.
Maybe the Tapas/Trendy venue is just not my thing.....But when asking my friend what she thought of the experience.....the response was..."Let's cut our losses and go get a pizza"...I knew this indeed was a most disappointing dining experience.
With the abundance of outstanding restaurants in Asheville, stick with Buchon's, Chestnuts or Mela's. Your taste buds and your wallet will thank you.
NB is truly an exceptional dining experi ...
NB is truly an exceptional dining experience. However, the furniture does not match the fixtures or interior, and unlike Curate there really is no culinary theme that runs through the menu and ambience. This is a Michelin star quality place with a few kinks to work out.
Excellent, creative food. Small plates h ...
Excellent, creative food. Small plates help in ordering a good variety of dishes. This place fits the Asheville food scene very well. It can be pricey, depending on how much you order, but it is a great special occasion place.
Another outstanding experience ! Came to ...
Another outstanding experience ! Came to celebrate our friends birthday and again our expectations while extremely high living in this food paradise were exceeded.
10 different dishes all over the top and creative. Even the desert which we do not typically have was fantastic.
We love coming here a few times per year for those time you want to splurge and just savory every beautifully presented bite.
Thanks Katie for another great dining experience.
We loved the new expanded menu. This wa ...
We loved the new expanded menu. This was our first visit since last winter, and the Nightbell has blossomed into a full-fledged restaurant. Does the late night party still go on? Don't know so ask first if that's what you are after.
My mom and I ate dinner here while visit ...
My mom and I ate dinner here while visiting Asheville for a long weekend. We were both so excited to go here and really wanted to like this restaurant. But, unfortunately the food, service and overall experience fell short of expectations.
The menu wasn't quite as exciting or as tasty as we had hoped. Actual execution of the dishes was just as disappointing. Plating/presentation was not thoughtful and what you got for what you paid was paltry.
Service did nothing to help boost our experience. Waitstaff visited our table very infrequently and we were often left sitting and waiting for periods of time before being able to order more small plates.
With the combo of food and service we receieved, we ended up deciding to cut off losses and leave instead of ordering more food. With so many amazing culinary options downtown, the competition among restaurants is just too fierce to eat somewhere lackluster.
On a different note, my mom ordered the mezcal cocktail special and absolutely loved it. The overall ambiance of the restaurant was cozy and comfortable. Restaurant location was great and within walking distance to the rest of downtown's hotspots.
In sum, my suggestion is this...If you are looking for a great restaurant with delicious food or small plate options, visit Curate (under the same restaurant group as Nightbell) instead.
The Nightbell Tapas is an opportunity to ...
The Nightbell Tapas is an opportunity to experience awesome food and service at a modest price. I strongly recommend this setting to anyone who is an expert with a tapas menu or is looking for a new taste to the palate.
Overall excellent. Our table was served ...
Overall excellent. Our table was served bu the 2 bartenders. They were amazing. Had the Veracruz drink - was so good, had another ! keylime cheesecake is like nothing you have ever had... Loved the burger, the duck plate with pate and the other small plates we had. Highly recommend NightBell
nightbell is a must for locals and visit ...
nightbell is a must for locals and visitors alike. the atmosphere is very nice. the food is creative and delicious beyond compare. service was impeccable this is my 4th. time dining there. and far from my last. you have to try the deviled egg on the snack menu it is unlike any youve eaten. you will swear it was created with magic. when my sister visits from charlotte, she insists on going there. she has travelred all over the world, but is always surprise how fabulous the food is every time. maggie everett
Wow! What a find this was. From the mo ...
Wow! What a find this was. From the moment we were greeted warmly and personably, to our friendly and knowledgeable waitress, to the extra attention of the sommelier and then the chef.....this dining experience was superb! And then the food......we've never had such creative combinations of flavor, texture, colors.....with the resulting explosions of tasting delight.
In fact, this whole experience was so beyond our expectations, that when we ecountered the opposite at a highly rated, hard-to-get-into restaurant two nights later.....we excused ourselves and left.....and headed straight for Nightbell......and another equally delightful dining experience.
We were further delighted with the reasonable prices. Often a tapas or small plate restaurant can add up to a hefty bill. Even with the wine and desserts, this was more than worth it, and less than many other more ordinary menus.
We totally enjoyed the total experience ...
We totally enjoyed the total experience at this restaurant!!!! The service, the ambience ,and the food were fantastic!!!!! Presentations were the neatest I've seen in some time. We will definitely return to this restaurant!!
Each dish was incredibly inventive and d ...
Each dish was incredibly inventive and delicious. I highly recommend the Caesar salad. (I know, right? Just trust me.) It's served on a jicama taco shell and has a surprisingly bright taste for a Caesar. The squid salad is also fabulous. We will definitely be returning next time we are in town.
We have dined a number of times at Night ...
We have dined a number of times at Nightbell when our travels take us to Asheville. When we learned Nate Allen (chef at Knife and Fork, Spruce Pine, NC) would be the guest chef we made sure to arrive a day early to have dinner at Nightbell and enjoy Nate's cooking. The meal, service, and atmosphere were excellent. Our waiter Nathaniel was spot on, attentive and helpful with the menu and wine selection. We will be back!
This was a special event between Nightbe ...
This was a special event between Nightbell and Knife and Fork chefs. The food and cocktails were phenomenal. We were surprised with the flavor so of each dish we ordered. Every dish exceeded our expectations. The service was quick yet server was easy going about explaining the food and recipes to us. The food came out as soon as it was ready so it was hot. Much better than getting everything at once. The two chefs came out to talk to us and we're cordial and not rushed. They were genuine. Nightbell is not inexpensive. However, I consider it a value worth paying for.
This was my second time visiting the res ...
This was my second time visiting the restaurant. It was fantastic the first time and was just as great this time. The deviled eggs are great, the mushrooms were one of my favorites of the night the smokey grilled taste and the marinade was absolutely fantastic. The short ribs special was great too! I also had the the peanut caramel desert which was good, but I tend not to like the sea salt taste with my deserts, please let that discourage you all the other flavors and texture of the cake was great.
This was our first time to Nightbell for ...
This was our first time to Nightbell for my wife and I. The best compliment I can give is that we can't wait to go back. FANTASTIC Experience! We were blown away by the flavor of every unique dish we ordered and service was perfect.
Nightbell was the perfect way to cap off ...
Nightbell was the perfect way to cap off our night with some light bites after seeing a show at the Altamont Theater. The house-made fries with special sauce and the beet chips were enjoyed by the whole table; both were very tasty, but not particularly exceptional. The sauteed squid with red peas, on the other hand was to die for! I order squid almost anytime I see it on a menu. This preparation was especially unique and the elements went perfectly together from both a taste and texture perspective - truly left me wanting more. I will definitely order that again. Others in my party also enjoyed their dishes very much - the apple brandy burger and the hush puppies to name a few. As good as all the main dishes were, the highlight came at dessert time. We ordered 3 of the 4 dessert offerings for the table: key lime cheesecake, espresso glazed mouse, and roasted peanut and brown butter cake. Each one was more scrumptious than the one before. It was hard to believe how good they all tasted! Each one provided a devastatingly delectable sensory experience for the mouth - we were all in awe! One should seriously consider a trip to this restaurant just for the desserts! Chef Katie was there, working so hard as usual, but she still made time to swing by our table and say a quick hello. She and her husband both know exactly what they're doing, and deserve every ounce of success that comes their way. It was a magical evening that was enjoyed not only by my group, but judging by the great energy in the restaurant, by everyone else there as well!
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