Hungry Man’s Guide savors Nightbell small plates

Tim Rutherford, writer for Hungry Man’s Guide, a food blog, visited Nightbell to indulge in its newly-updated and constantly-evolving menu. Chef Katie Button’s approach to these small plates is to focus on local Appalachian ingredients and transform them into a dining experience. Through a sampling of many menu items, Tim declared that “Nightbell rings true with its imaginative menu, well-crafted cocktails, and exemplary service.”

Nightbell Wicked oyster

Among other dishes, Rutherford tried the Wicked Oysters at Nightbell, raw oysters served with Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde snow. Photo from Hungry Man’s Guide.

From the review:

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“Nightbell takes the tapas approach and artfully weaves in a pantry rich with indigenous foods: Local cheeses, pasture-raised poultry and beef and locally-brewed craft beer find flavor packed niches on the cleverly designed menu.

This dish features duck pastrami, cured duck, and duck pate with house made pickles. Photo from @thenightbell on Instagram.

Duck pastrami, cured duck, and duck paté with house made pickles. Photo from @thenightbell on Instagram.

Service was impeccable. Water glasses were topped off frequently, empty cocktails were noted and other beverages offered. Spent plates were cleared, flatware replaced and answers always, always at the ready. The service team truly knows this menu and enhances the kitchen’s imaginative skills with a passion for pleasing guests.

Servers make sure guests are taken care of at Nightbell. Photo from Hungry Man's Guide.

Servers make sure guests are taken care of at Nightbell. Photo from Hungry Man’s Guide.

In all, we were ecstatic about the experience. Food and beverage, service and atmosphere surpassed our expectations. An added surprise were menu prices, ranging from $3 on the individual bites menu to a high of $18 for small plates selections. I will be back often and look forward to arriving early for a visit to the cozy and inviting cocktail lounge before dinner.

There are plenty of reasons to visit Asheville and dozens of remarkable dining choices. Chef Katie Button’s playful and fastidiously executed dishes firmly lands Nightbell among the best of those choices.”


Read the full review and view all of Tim’s photos here. We are so pleased he enjoyed the Nightbell experience, from drinks and bites to larger plates – but he didn’t mention dessert! Our dessert creations are not to be missed, and end a meal perfectly. Make a reservation to try it yourself.