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 & Beggar is an experience. With a variety of plates ranging from small to large. We had the lobster roll, shrimp, raclette, and the filet (with marrow). The filet was definitely the highlight (strongly recommend), while the raclette was the weakest, we felt that the dish was plated on top of too much mustard, which overpowered the other flavors. Great ambience, cool location with plenty of parking, which is important in Asheville. The other dishes were excellent, the shrimp are well seasoned, large 16/18, and cooked perfectly. The lobster roll is great also. Wonderful service. To finish the night we had the chocolate caramel desert, which was on the level of the filet.
Located in the River Arts District, this hard to find gem (I'm sure the locals find this place just fine) was perfect for brunch. The decor is perfect for the building and location. The brunch menu is wonderful. From the cappuccino, to the black coffee, smoked salmon plate to the croque madame, every item was just perfection.
Restaurant is beautiful. Service was slow, but good. Cocktails were delicious, as were the oysters. We then decided to do a variety of apps and small plates to try many things.
The hush puppies were amazing.
The lobster roll was mediocre to poor. Was watery and flavorless. Considering the price, a horrible let down.
The octopus was very good, but really stingy on the amount. Carates octopus was both tastier, less expensive, and had a much larger portion.
The poutine had some good flavors, was overly greasy, and had cold elements to the dish which we felt was weird.
Give the expense of the meal, it was overall a let down, and one the least liked meals in Asheville.
Probably the worst service. Waitress disappeared for 15-20 min at a time, almost didn’t check on water, extra drinks, how is the food. Steak was not done right and manager didn’t offer to come to speak with us but charged us for it anyways. We won’t come again.
We frequent Asheville and love the food scene. This restaurant came highly recommended from locals that enjoy our other favorites in town, e.g. Curate, Rhubarb, Admiral. We were seated upstairs for brunch which was very dark. Steak and eggs served cold and waitress had an attitude when asked to return for reheating with no apology. Coffee was cold and never refilled nor were any of us asked if we wanted another round of beverages. Good bloody mary. Once heated, the steak was excellent. Burger was also very tasty. Overall attitude from staff beyond our waitress. We won't return. Too many other great restaurants in town with friendly service.
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.
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