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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.
Asheville, NC 28801
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
Great restaurant and the small dishes do not disappoint. We enjoyed the food immensely and would recommend trying as much as possible. The major downside was that it took nearly 15 minutes to be served. The bartender finally asked for our orders as he didn't know who was supposed to serve our table. Once the orders went in everything went smoothly.
Wonderful meal and atmosphere. Cocktails are unique and delicious. Food was great - had oysters, beef tartare, the flounder special and my husband had the ribeye. All amazing. Just love this restaurant. All portions are small or to share so you can try a variety of things.
First time there and really wondered why it took us so long! Lovely intimate space, excellent service, imaginative tapas and larger plates too. Fun cocktails, though pricey. Very accommodating to my GF requests. Everything was flavorful, but especially loved the celery root soup and the mushroom dish. Will definitely go again.
Rather than ordering ourselves, we chose the "Nightbell Experience" allowing our server to select dishes for us based upon the input we shared with her. It was everything we hoped for and more! Each selection was superb. The combination of ingredients is often something inexplicable but always a gastric delight. Bravo! Well, well done!
The second best meal we have ever had....GLOBALLY. The innovative, superb ingredients were composed into fantastic dishes. The wine list is very interesting and well-priced. We are sharing our enthusiasm with our Asheville friends. In a town where the competition is getting very stiff, NIGHTBELL excells in food, wine and service. Go and ENJOY!!!
We went here based on press about the chef for a romantic dinner. My wife who is incredibly picky loved it and said it was one of the best restaurants she ever ate at. She particularly loved the flounder special. The ambiance is nice and romantic but casual at the same time. The cocktails are great.
Nightbell is a true gem, tucked away unassumingly on S. Lexington Ave. This was not our first visit, but we are always surprised by the interesting individual & tapas choices on the menu; we tried as many as we possibly could in one setting - all of them wonderful. Before Nightbell, I never checked "Molecular Gastronomy" on a restaurant review; but after eating their version of a "deviled egg" -and the unique "grilled oyster" it is clear that Nightbell is among the best of the best at innovative, fun, delicious food options.
The moderately priced, delicious wines were also a nice touch. (More expensive options are available, of course.)
Highly recommend this restaurant!
We went to the Nightbell for a special night with out-of-town friends. The ambiance was outstanding, and the decor was festive and cozy for the holidays. It was loud and energetic, but I wouldn't consider that a negative. FOOD: We had read positive reviews, and the food was delicious and creative - however, be prepared to leave hungry! We all ordered 3 or 4 plates from up and down the menu - and the portions were by far the smallest of any place I've had in a long time. To their credit, the menu did say "single-bite" for many of the plates. COCKTAILS: Outstanding, creative and delicious. Loved the homemade eggnog list! OVERALL: We're Asheville locals, and wanted to visit once, but we probably wouldn't recommend to our family or friends - purely because of the exceptionally small portions and high prices - but we understand that AVL is a foodie city, so it will certainly attract a certain clientele. We all commented that it was the least Asheville-ish type of restaurant in town - but, not necessarily a bad thing. It's nice that there's something for everyone. Worth at least one visit!
We happened upon Nightbell while vacationing in North Carolina. We needed a dinner time on Sunday at 830. Were we surprised. The ambience was super cool. A really hip vibe. We didn't realize it was the sister restaurant to where we wanted to go. The food was a small plate share menu with a play on Souther Appalachian cuisine. Local purveyors. Excellent execution. So amazingly good. The service was excellent. Attentive with excellent recommendations. I would highly recommend. Definitely try the deviled eggs and duck pastrami.
Great cocktails but the food was quite disappointing, except for the Duck. The amount of garlic and lemon on the fresh fish dish made the fresh flounder impossible to taste at all and the rest of the dishes seem to be struggling in an effort to be unique versus concentrating on their flavors.
Oddly, They also do not provide the wine varietal name on their wine list, only a description. I cannot see how this helps anyone by removing varietal of grape from all of the wines on the wine list ?
Curate is truly amazing but this latest effort seems to be struggling to find its feet.
THE most excellent burger we've had in AVL ever, and that includes almost everywhere now...not sure what they did, and it wasn't cheap, but it was amazing. Had to start the review w/ that.
Overall this is a 4-5 star food event and I only gave it a 4 because our servers were not very personable desert took about 20 mins after ordering and my 2-oz coffee serve w/ the dessert was a joke (sorry - that's not acceptable - I should've sent it back).
Otherwise the food is outstanding, creative, not mired in what's new for the week (that we could tell) and we'd easily return again (esp to give the wait staff another chance). I won't detail every course, but they were easily top shelf, top notch, beautifully displayed, and beyond delicious - without a doubt worth every cent. Where else are you going to get duck jerky?
The window-seat overlooking the street was pretty sweet too. The atmosphere is excellent as well - classic brick / rock /wood and low lit that makes for intimate conversation, etc.
A note on servers: we locals and we don't expect anyone to know that, but the origin and core of AVL life is a smile and friendliness. Our servers were impersonal and cold. We're not the talk-your-heads off . ask-you-about-your-life types but simple eye contact, a genuine smile, and friendliness go a long way. Servers need to read clients and see if they want to be left alone or care for even minor interaction instead of approaching with Brooklyn waiter deadpan, as if that's somehow pleasant. Basic friendliness makes for better tips (we left 15%, would've gone way higher for friendlier interaction) and generates a more personal experience in our view...win-win situation. So we're constantly stumped when servers are aloof - just doesn't make sense in this town. We were early (515pm) and it filled up fast, so we know time matters - but smiling and friendliness take no extra time. Its my only recommendation for this establishment.
Simply fabulous! The food was only matched by the tremendous service. Friendly and warm while allowing us space for conversation. Attentive without being intrusive. A delicate balance that they managed to maintain throughout our meal.
On the food; delicious with truly unique presentations. The Crispy Waffle with Duck con feit was simply awesome. The menu is structured to allow for ease of sharing and the range of flavors and options is almost staggering. One of the best steak tartare dishes I have ever had but I won't spoil it by describing the presentation...you have to experience it.
The only warning here is to get a reservation...and do it early. Saturday evening was full and I suspect that is the norm.
Was in with my daughter's (ages 7 & 10). They have fairly expansive palates and ate well from the menu. Highlight, of course, was Chef Katie coming to our table with special items and speaking with my daughters. Oldest daughter said she felt like a celebrity - thank you to the staff for rewarding their willingness to branch out their eating.
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