Nightbell is an American restaurant focusing on local Appalachian ingredients.
You’ll enjoy Chef Katie Button’s masterful American food creations, served small-plate style. Enhance the meal with our playful and original craft cocktails, distinctive wines and spirits from all over the world, and local draft beers. Finish with a decadent dessert for a truly unique dining experience.
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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nightbell Ratings and Reviews
Overall everything was wonderful. We arr ...
Overall everything was wonderful. We arrived early and waited for our reservation, however we wanted to go to bar and was told it was full. So we got a drink and came back to lobby... and then learned we weren't suppose to. The hostess new it was our first visit and they should explain if you have a rule about no drinks in the lobby.. I love this chef and Curate' so we didn't make a deal about it. The atmosphere is wonderful and the service was great and the food, we thought the pricing was good for what amount you got. Actually portions were larger than what I was expecting. We would return and recommend. Just wait and get your drink at table.
We were visiting from South Florida and ...
We were visiting from South Florida and it was our first time in Asheville. Nightbell by far was our favorite restaurant! The food was AMAZING!!! The drinks and service was great! I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion and definitely intend to return.
We love the creative small dishes at Ni ...
We love the creative small dishes at Night Bell , well-executed, and served in a lively but comfortable environment with expert wait staff. The food 's creativity does not mean a sacrifice on taste,however. NightBell remains in the top 5 of our Local favorites. On this occasion the ribeye- -a larger dish to share - was perfectly grilled and seasoned and topped with a red pepper sauce. The egg with corn sabayon was as delightful as ever, and the duck confit with waffle and fries was an unusual take on poutine. The waffle was a little too hard/ crunchy and didn't incorporate as well as it should have but overall our group enjoyed the flavors of the dish. The Caesar salad in a jicama "taco" was not our favorite dish of the evening but offered a much needed green option. Oysters on half shell were
Buttery plump . Two of us really enjoyed the rum drink cocktail with pineapple and lime and ginger ; overall This is a great place to go when celebrating and festive or just wanting a foodies dinner out.
Nightbell was overall a great restaurant ...
Nightbell was overall a great restaurant. The food was the best part - very creative and well prepared. Service was also very good. Very good cocktail/wine options by the glass to go with each plates. The food is Tapas style small plates. So order few items and try/share different things..would definitely go back on our next asheville visit
We had a wonderful time at Nightbell. L ...
We had a wonderful time at Nightbell. Like Curate, the sauces are what make the food special. We so enjoyed the "hen of the woods" dish, and the dessert brownie with ice cream and meringue, we ordered them twice.
The setting, energy level, and a table by the window all added to the evening.
No regrets here. It's our new special place.
Wow, where to begin. Nightbell is a sist ...
Wow, where to begin. Nightbell is a sister restaurant to Curate and is just as wonderful. Great ambiance, superb service, amazing craft cocktails and mind blowing food. The menu varies seasonally, but there are a few standards that are always on the menu. The Cesspool cocktail, bourbon, vermouth and espresso bitters, was well balanced smooth and seductive. The Root Beer Barrel, bourbon, house made sarsaparilla and cherry vanilla bitters was a little on the bitter side, but otherwise very tasty.
Must tries are
The Deviled Egg (nothing like your Aunt Martha made), an eggshell filled with corn sabayon and smoked trout gravlax,
The Crispy Waffle Duck Poutine, a bowl of waffle, french Fries, duck confit and cheddar cheese mouse and
The super fresh and tasty oysters.
The Mountain Trout Rillette special, a pate of mountain trout, was amazingly delicious as were the Grilled Hen of the Woods Mushrooms that almost tasted like a steak. The one disappointment of the evening was the Sauteed Squid with Red Eyed Peas. The dish was tasty with the squid cooked nicely and the cooked and then flash fried peas making an interesting textural contrast, but the squid rings were few and far between. A better description would be Red Eye Peas with Sauteed Squid.
We had a wonderful birthday celebration ...
We had a wonderful birthday celebration for my husband at Nightbell! The food was delicious, as always. The hush puppies and burger were our favorites. The hand crafted cocktails were unique and very good. Would highly recommend!
This place gets food in a way that very ...
This place gets food in a way that very few restaurants do. The food was extremely creative, unusually delicious, and beautifully presented. The atmosphere is great. I highly recommend this restaurant. I have eaten in great restaurants around the world, Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and many other great food cities, and this place's food would give the very best of those a solid run for their money. Five stars.
Such a great experience! My mom is in a ...
Such a great experience! My mom is in a wheelchair and the hostess were SUPER accommodating in seating us, and making sure my mom was comfortable. Our server, Josiah, was very knowledgeable about the menu, and navigated us thru our meal with ease. He was very kind, and very helpful! Next time we are in Asheville, we will surely eat here again. Also, it was nice that the Chef delivered some of the menu items. It was a personal trust, and gave us a chance to praise! LOVE NIGHTBELL!!
I rarely give 5 stars but Nightbell def ...
I rarely give 5 stars but Nightbell definitely deserves the rating. The food was exceptional, the service flawless and the atmosphere warm and inviting. The small plates are perfect for sharing, allowing you to try multiple dishes. The incredible combination of flavors made simple dishes special; a salad with roasted squash, sautéed spinach with pine nuts. I would definitely recommend Nightbell.
While in Asheville for work, we visited ...
While in Asheville for work, we visited several restaurants highly recommended by the locals. Nightbell was by far the best experience. The attention to details from the decor, the food, the wine list, staff and management provided a fantastic experience. The deviled egg is to die for. Yes, deviled egg is a MOST try.
Very creative and well-prepared dishes. ...
Very creative and well-prepared dishes. Don't be misled by the "small plates" description; all were delicious and more than filling. Although we decided to try Nightbell because we could not get a table on short notice at Curate, it was a very happy second choice!
My husband and I made reservations to ce ...
My husband and I made reservations to celebrate my birthday. We are locals so not our first time and apparently we love Nightbell or we wouldn't have been back. It was packed and although we had reservations, it was probably still almost 30 minutes before we were seated. They offered a quicker route via community table but since it was my birthday and we rarely get to spend alone time out, we opted for waiting for the table. Glad that we waited for the intimate table next to the windows. And we were also given complimentary hush puppies for our wait. Nice touch! Excellent as usual. However, if it had not been for my birthday, not sure we would have bothered. Hate to see the hordes of out-of-towners and even more so when they are rude to our local businesses. Sorry for the staff who had to deal with that! Will definitely recommend to our local friends and look forward to coming back, perhaps on a week night. I will share what I have heard from others and we have noticed ourselves is that it is a bit noisy. We were really hoping since our first visit that Nightbell would be more a place for an intimate romantic dining experience and no need to raise your voice to be heard across the table.
Wonderful meal at Nightbell. I especial ...
Wonderful meal at Nightbell. I especially liked that even though it is small plates style, they make an effort to deliver the dishes in an order that makes sense and not too quickly, instead of slapping a hodgepodge down in whatever random order they come out. We had an appetizer platter of duck 3 ways, followed by greens, a 10 oz steak that divided beautifully for 2 people, and fries with a remoulade sauce that was truly out of this world. Curate, Katie Button's other restaurant, gets the press and was mobbed every time we walked by, but Nightbell was a charmer.
There's a fine line between creative and ...
There's a fine line between creative and contrived and unfortunately this dining experience felt much more the later. I had really been looking forward to the experience because I love the companion restaurant (Curate) so much, but they are not in the same league. I mean seriously, that "deviled egg" thing was definitely a stretch and felt more like eating a half cooked Easter egg out of its shell - I couldn't even call in interesting - only bizarre. We hoped the desert would redeem the meal as it sounded so very good on paper, but it arrived with a very burnt bottom that ruined any other flavors that may have been possible.
Lovely ambiance. Lively and busy, but no ...
Lovely ambiance. Lively and busy, but not too loud and the lighting was on the dim side, so had a nice, romantic feel. Décor was interesting and tables were cozy. Food absolutely delicious and creatively prepared. The cocktails were also absolutely outstanding. Only complaint is that the price for the amount of food is a bit high.
Nowhere near as good as Curate which is ...
Nowhere near as good as Curate which is either a sister restaurant or connected somehow. The setting is great. The food choices was a little too over the top for me but might be fine for others. It all felt very "salesy". But for many people it may be a big hit. I'm not suggesting anything is bad.
This was the best meal I ever had. Afte ...
This was the best meal I ever had. After finishing each course, we said the next course could never live up to the last, but they always did. Each was incredibly delicious. Service was quick and attentive, and the wait staff was very knowledgeable about the menu. Not inexpensive, but reasonable for the quality of the food.
"This is the best meal I've ever had," s ...
"This is the best meal I've ever had," said my husband.
And really, I could just stop there.
This was my second time at the Nightbell--I'd eaten there when they opened--and it was fantastic. The food is just extraordinary. (Try the deviled eggs NO MATTER WHAT.) We had six small plates and two small desserts and two cocktails and everything--everything--was sublime.
We couldn't wait to try Nightbell after ...
We couldn't wait to try Nightbell after eating at Curate several times. We were let down. We found the food to be salty and our group of 4 left hungry and we spent $100+. We won't be returning. We'll stick with Curate. We did like the atmosphere and our server was friendly and helpful with the menu.
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