About The Bull and Beggar
RAW BAR HAPPY HOUR 5-6 DAILY - HALF OFF OYSTERS SHRIMP AND CLAMS. Classic European cuisine, cocktail bar and raw bar set in a warm warehouse revamp in the River Arts District.
Asheville, NC 28806
French, Southern, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm Sunday Brunch 10:30-2:30
$30 and under
Our restaurant is located on the back side of The Wedge Studios building next to The Wedge Brewery. Parking anywhere on Paynes Way is acceptable.
ART W1 and W2 to Roberts street.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Bull and Beggar Ratings and Reviews
Bull and Beggar had a solid offering. They have a small plate menu that provides a range of flavors. We started out with oysters that were excellent. The grilled octopus was exceptional. The fried broccoli was ok but the anchovy aioli was disappointing. The close was the duck breast which was perfectly prepared.
Best food I've had in a while. Seriously, I could find nothing wrong with anything I ate. From the pork rinds, through the foie gras and on to the filet mignon and the caramel chocolate tart, it was equally tasty and impressive.
Sadly, service was an afterthought. We waited. And waited… and it all came eventually, but for the number of people in the restaurant and the high ratio of staff to customers, it would have been nice to have some more focused attention. Too much attention on side work and not enough on the house.
Very unique dishes. We noticed that some of the tables around us had a very attentive waitress who went over the specials, explained items on the menu & suggested drinks. Ours did none of those things. We probably would've ordered more dishes & cocktails if we had the other waitress. Overall we enjoyed our meal & would come back. I recommend the filet.
Fabulous meal as always. Our go to restaurant for a great date or raw oysters or both. Food always excels. Service is superb. Ambiance is perfect. Industrial location is classic Asheville cool. We'll be back often. Consider a great IPA at the Wedge next door before hand.
Food was awesome.
Service, not so much.
She didn't pour our wine with the bottle that we ordered. Never refilled our water or wine glasss.
Waited for over 15 min post app for our server to come back and take the rest of our order. Wanted a second round of oysters. But because she took so long we missed the happy hour window..fine, no biggie. But she was just plain absent the whole time. Spent more time waiting on her than the other way around. We left after the second round of oysters. $80 tab could have been 150. But we wanted to go somewhere else that had more attentive service and a bit more options for mains. There weren't any veggie heavy meals for myself. I eat meat, but felt like lightening it up post 2 dzn oysters.
It was freezing in there, which is kind of an ambience killer if everyone is shivering - it wasn't just us, the girls next to us were also cold. Restaurant did a marvelous thing with acoustical panels under each table to keep the noise down in this big dark and dreamy place. They have a very limited menu (few choices and all very fatty) , but I gotta say, I went on a Monday and it's an unadvertised BURGER NIGHT. Not on the menu, and honestly, one of the best burgers I've had in years and I think it was $10. Thin double patties done right vs a thick burger. My friend got the duck breast, and while delicious, the knives weren't sharp enough to cut it. The octopus was very $ and not a very sizeable portion. 1 of the legs. It was DELICIOUS and served with an amazing sauce, but no bread to sop it up. Cocktails were imaginative and delicious. The proportions of the dishes didn't make a lot of sense unless you knew what to order. There were lots of $5-$6 bites, but had no idea if they were 2 bites or a plate. The Duck Breast Entrée was HUGE and $30, so you couldn't have eaten anything else. The Octopus was $14 and scant so you would have needed 3 more appetizers to round out something shy of a dinner. Bottom line, ask questions so you can plan out your shared experience without over or under ordering. When I asked our server, she said there were many ways to dine there, but none were clear to me from reading the menu.
Food was phenomenal! Service was slow, our app was out before our cocktails. The filet was cooked perfectly and Marsala sauce very well done. The mushrooms and creamed corn were out of this world, a must if you like mushrooms. Overall, great experience and the food will bring us back.
Our experience was great! The ambiance was stunning. Our table was kind of small as it didn't fit more than the charcuterie but our server set us up with a side stool for the rest which worked just fine. The service was on point. Our server was friendly, maintained good eye contact, and was very accommodating as well as attentive. The charcuterie was phenomenal. The best I've ever had. I would go back just for that. We also got oysters which were not remarkable but decent. The price overall was a little high for a regular dinner spot but the charcuterie was worth every penny. Will definitely hit up every time I'm in Asheville for sure!
Already sent a note to the restaurant to update their online menu - there are veggie options here - bluefoot mushrooms with truffled creamed corn - as well as the fabulous filet mignon served with bone marrow (totally not veggie)
Service not so great - the drinks and food didn't quite match up. But the flavors of the food made up for that.
Returning for more!
We love B&B! Make sure to get a reservation if you don't have time to wait next door at the WEDGE Brewery next door:) French inspired menu with one of the most delicious cheese burger in all the land!
Great seafood & local rotating sourced cheese selections. Menu does change often so make sure to try something new each time. Service is on point and servers are very knowledgeable about chef's preparation of all menu items.
Pro Tip: Try the absinthe service if you are looking to splurge a bit on drinks:) They have a sugar cube drip set-up that is the first I've seen in the region.
I'm so happy we moved down the street in Chicken Hill! Happy dining!
My husband and I were in Asheville for a romantic getaway and we heard wonderful things about Bull and Beggar. We sat in the loft area and it was much more quiet than the main dining area. Our server was attentive, but not all over us (which is what I prefer). We picked several things off of the menu, pomme frites, hay roasted carrots, pork chop and lobster tails, which easily filled us up after some cocktails. Everything was delicious and I would definitely eat hear more often if we weren't from out of town.
I'm sure the negative reviews I saw were from people who didn't look at the menu before stopping in or perhaps they had never been to a restaurant with small sharing plates before. I realize that this place is a little unconventional and adventurous for some, but that's what makes it so fun!
My husband and I had a lovely dinner here. The octopus was by far the stand out! Very tender and tasted delicious with the romesco. The bone in ribeye was flavorful, but not quite as tender as I was expecting. Small bites! Dessert was fabulous- the lavender ice cream was another stand out. It was my husband's 50th birthday- I was hoping the OpenTable note and mention to the server would have at least gotten him a candle in the dessert. A little disappointed with that. Overall, very good.
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