#1 of 101 Asheville Restaurants

The Bull and Beggar

The Bull and Beggar – Serving Up Fine Dining Cuisine in a Cozy Warehouse-Chic Atmosphere
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

A definite Asheville favorite, The Bull and Beggar offers an upscale dining experience in a warehouse-chic environment. Their rustic dual-story dining room and exceptionally friendly service set the stage for a memorable meal. But it’s their ever-changing fine dining cuisine and top-shelf wines that’ll have you dying to come back for another taste.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Located in Asheville’s Riverside Industrial District, The Bull and Beggar rolls out the red carpet for all their patrons by providing the highest quality dining experience at every visit. Their approach centers around serving fine dining cuisine and top-shelf wines in a cozy warehouse chic dining room. Their servers go all out in offering attentive service throughout your meal to complete this picture of perfection.

Due to their sheer popularity, reservations are absolutely required for each visit atThe Bull and Beggar. Although you’re always welcome to call and book your spot, it’s often easier to go through their website instead. They use the RESY system to fill their tables, opening up the schedule 30 days in advance. If you cannot make a reservation before your visit, they do offer limited walk-in seating at the bar and on their open-air patio. If they’re full, they’re full, so be sure to have a backup plan in mind if you get met with a no.

Once you get a spot in the dining room, the low lighting, rustic décor, and lowkey atmosphere will make you feel right at home. Your server will bring out their menu of the week, full of high-end American fare made with the freshest ingredients around. You’ll also get to pour over their two-page wine list, which has all the best reds, whites, roses, and sparkling concoctions. Prefer to brighten it up a bit with a handcrafted cocktail? Turn your attention to their drink menu instead.

Upon making your selections, the chef will get to work preparing your meal from scratch. All the top ingredients and cooking techniques go into the creation of each dish atThe Bull and Beggar, as do exquisite plating techniques. So, plan to take a moment to admire the beauty of the plate before you before digging in. If you need anything while enjoying your meal, just ask your server when they come by at just the right moment. They’re happy to help you make the most of your meal, so don’t hesitate to let them know what you need.

The tastiest items at The Bull and Beggar include:

Parsnip Soup
If you want to start your meal off right, definitely go with the Parsnip Soup. Built to warm you from your head to your toes, this soup features a creamed parsnip base flavored with curry butter. Crisp goose confit and cheese straws join the party, perfectly elevating the sweet parsnip flavors with every bite.

Pumpkin & Spinach Cannelloni
Are you looking for a filling entrée with rich, bold flavors in every bite? Then, you cannot go wrong with the Pumpkin & Spinach Cannelloni atThe Bull and Beggar. This entrée starts with fueille de brik pastry dough stuffed with a pumpkin and spinach filling. Once those land in the baking dish, they get a splash of sage brown butter and sprinkle of amaretti crumb before going in the oven until golden brown.

Halibut Poached in Lobster Butter
The Halibut Poached in Lobster Butter lets you savor all the best ocean flavors in every bite. They make this entrée by perfectly poaching ultra-fresh halibut in their flavorful lobster butter while sautéing their hen of the woods. Then, they place them both on the plate over a scoop of sauce nantua and put crispy shoestring potatoes right on top.

If you’re craving sweets after finishing your meal, ask what the chef has prepared for dessert. Like their dinner menu, the dessert offerings change often, depending on what ingredients are in season and what the chef has in mind. If you’re lucky, they’ll have their incredible Ricotta Fritters on tap, which come with a huckleberry compote for dipping.

Insider Tips:
-When dining with nine or more in your party at The Bull and Beggar, they’ll roll out their special prix fixed menu for the occasion.
-Want to take your meal to the next level? Just ask to add wine service to your dining experience for an extra charge.
-Skip the GPS while looking for the parking lot or you’ll end up at street level and have to go down a dark staircase. Instead, go park in the lot around Paynes Way for easier access.