The Waterbird Asheville

197 Charlotte St, Asheville
(828) 552-3662

Recent Reviews

Jason Foreman

Great place to stop and catch your breath. The Latte was perfect and the staff is very accommodating!

Al Chaudhri

Amazing place of good people, visual peace, gentle aromas and delicious food.

Sarah Albritton

Friendly service, beautifully crafted cocktails. Great vibe!

Amy Musser

This place is a real gem in North/downtown Asheville. Great food, coffee, and drinks. The staff are very nice, and are really knowledgeable about the wine list. Cute modern atmosphere. Happy to have this place in the neighborhood.

Jason M.

My brother and I were looking for a place to go for coffee after dinner. Most of the places we looked up had already closed, except for The Waterbird. It was relatively close to where we were staying, so we figured it was meant to be and headed over. The Waterbird is a coffee and cocktail bar which also serves a small selection of food. Walking up to the place I was already digging it - as the name gave way, there's a huge painting of an aquatic bird out front. Inside, the decor was mostly blues, greens, and wood with a decent amount of aquatic plants. I was in aesthetics heaven, it was totally my vibe. We were only looking for coffee, which I was impressed to see they had a good selection of. I decided to go with the Aztec Mocha which paired coffee with ganache and (I think) cocoa powder. The beverage was quite good, it had noticeable chocolate flavor which complemented the coffee flavor. I also took a vanilla cold brew to go - this was good as well. The coffee had that crisp flavor I expect from cold brew but it was also smooth. We sat at the bar and both of the employees working it were really friendly. Overall, I was super impressed with Waterbird. This is definitely my kind of place and it was a really nice surprise stumbling upon it.

Kenneth L.

Staff are pretty busy talking to each other instead of taking care of their customers. Came in and was given a menu right away, and then spent 15 minutes trying to regain my servers' attention. There were only 2-3 other tables in the place and 4 staff members. They might have had another table, but the couple who came in after me sat down for 10 minutes while the staff was somewhere in the back and left before being attended. Surprised that for a cocktail and coffee bar, they didn't have a list of coffee-based cocktails. Earned two stars because when I was finally served, my male server was polite and professional. I won't be back.

Lindsey B.

This place was very cute and quant. Staff was friendly and their food was delicious! We got the salmon toast and the goat cheese fig toast. Oh my! Coffee was awesome and their orange juice even better! They also have oat milk! Love! We really liked this place. They do have a little outdoor seating. Just a few chairs and tables Incase you have a dog. Overall, I would come here again and get some different coffee selections. They also have a menu for lunch and dinner too.

Matthew V.

Man, I just really like this place. Really good, and reasonably priced food, solid service, and excellent drinks. My wife and I had been mourning the closing of Ambrozia in North Asheville, but it became very clear that they were merely reincarnated as Waterbird. And I mean that as a compliment... Had the fried chicken entree tonight, which was a beautiful fried chicken breast with a side of hoppin' john and tomato/cucumber salad. The fried chicken and hoppin' John was covered in a glorious onion gravy. All for $13.50. A wonderful meal in a very pleasant setting. Want a nice dinner away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Asheville? Check this place out. You won't be disappointed.

Ayana Dusenberry

Gorgeous, delicious drinks and food, always. All the small details from decor to food and drink presentation all add up for a wonderful experience every time. Had one of the best salads I’ve ever had and my friend said his martini was one of the best he’s had as well.

Stephanie Philips

My favorite neighborhood spot when I’m in Asheville for the summer. Great coffee, cocktails and food! And the space is so pretty!

Ha N.

LOVED. I mean, I would say this is one of the best discoveries I've made in Asheville, and it was completely by accident. I was actually looking for the ice cream place but felt a bit tired after work, so I decided to go in to The Waterbird first to have a drink and some snacks. I was going to get the coffee or a dirty chai, but the waiter really helped steer me towards the London Fog, and I'm so, so glad he did. I'm a huge fan of earl grey tea, and it's often pretty hard to find a fragrant, strong cup of earl grey at a restaurant/cafe. However, not only did the bergamot come through, it was also supported by the sweet citrus from the peel in the drink and the body from the milk. I mean, it was a perfect cup of tea and I cannot stress that enough. My partner really liked the Waterbird cuban coffee, which was also lovely with that similar hint of citrus in there. I mean, we both loved our drinks and that's rare for us to both agree on two different caffeinated beverages. THEN CAME THE CHEESE PLATE. I mean, just take a look at the many photos available. I'm told it changes as their local selection changes, and I'm also told that both the cheeses and meats are sourced locally. However, this isn't some pretty throw-your-charcuterie-on-a-cutting-board cheese plate. It was so apparent that there was so much thought put into this. The pickled beets and carrots and onions were perfect with the goat and the deli meat (sorry, I could not remember the name) it was paired with. The fruits chosen supported the blue cheese on the plate. I mean, honestly, it's a very thoughtful plate that moves from one side of the plate to the other. I'm a big fan. It is a bit cluttered and messy, but aren't all the best things in life messy?

Amanda Dean

Great food and an excellent beverage selection. They make amazing craft non-alcoholic drinks and shrubs, and the atmosphere is really cool. The decor is awesome and it was a fun place to chill for a couple of hours.

Phoenicia Schwidkay

I love that this place is both a coffee and cocktails bar. I come here to read books, meet friends, or get some work done. It's pretty awesome that is such a multi-purpose space

Brandy Bowman

Drinks and food are fantastic. A great place for coffee, drinks, food and meetings. A wonderful local place. This is why im a regular.

Patch R.

We had a large group and essentially tried everything on the menu. It was all pretty bad, the consensus worst item was the soup.

Lawrence Bradshaw

Nice surprise, first visit, will return.

Haley W.

Love love loved this place!!! Perfect charcuterie board and excellent service. My server even made me a customized lavender margarita! Super cute inside with a FANTASTIC value. I can't rave enough about this place. Will be back time and time again with friends.

Xue W.

Trust me on this: Order the London Fog. Great vibe,great staff, & quick service. Not bad what they did with the old video store. Will always go hear for some tea and snacks when I'm in Asheville visiting family.

David Brown

Got a tip that they have fantastic coffee. It's true! Quality beans and a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Food and drink selection looks unique and amazing! I'll be back to try those soon.

Mamaw Love

More than a coffee shop. Lunch options are tasty and filling. Excellent service.

Eric A.

Happened upon this place during our visit to Asheville, as it was just a short walk from the B&B we were staying at. What an awesome find! This place is incredible with beautiful atmosphere and hand crafted food and drinks. I will definitely be returning.

Kaari S.

Loved all of it. Great atmosphere and service. Good food and drink. Will be back regularly!

simon jacobs

Beautifully calm, great food, delicious coffee and the best kept secret in Asheville. Their hot chocolate, made with in house hand made ganache is out of this world!

Kat H.

Very cute little place! Drinks were amazing! Good service and nice atmosphere! Good for late night!

Thomas Mims

Great service, delicious coffee, cocktails & food. I recommend the cheese plate!

Arelis Picot

Treating my coffee like a cocktail I'm in love

Brian D

Great place to grab a drink or coffee. The staff is excellent. I have no issue recommending a visit here.

John Stevenson

Relaxed , modern atmosphere. Waterbird G&T was awesome and reasonably priced. Will certainly be back.

Melanie L.

Waterbird surprised me! I went there a few nights ago (Filo was closed due to the freezing weather) and ordered a chai latte, my current addiction! And although it was a tad spicy for me, I was impressed by how smooth it was. The cup it came in was ADORABLE and I absolutely loved drinking a latte at the bar while studying! The bar in there is gorgeous with ivy hanging on the walls! Everything in there is very pretty to look at, the service is good, and the stuff is yummy. I'll definitely be coming back!

Joe D

Great coffee and pastries in the morning and wonderful selection of small bites for lunch/dinner. Drinks are awesome and their own, house made tonic is killer!

Matt Self

I really like this place. Delicious coffee and breakfast sundries in the morning, and a really good group of cocktails and some decent beers on tap in the evening. Nice location if you live on the North side, good stuff.

Tom W.

I'm hesitant to review this amazing spot because I don't want it to become overrun by the tourist crowd. The cocktails are the best in Asheville. The mixologists are truly passionate about their craft and always welcome any challenge to create something special for you. The food is well prepared and delicious. It's just a great hangout.

Emily Adair

The Waterbird is a great! It's a really cute place with great hours. I really appreciate that they're open past 5 every night.

Kim Musselman

I love this trendy and chic coffee shop/bar/cafe. Beautiful decor, lovely atmosphere, and delicious food and drinks. Great service, too. Can't wait to visit again next time I'm in Asheville!

Victoria Fann

One of my go-to places in Asheville to meet for coffee or lunch. Everything on the menu that I've tried has been delicious. Love the atmosphere and the service is great!

Glen B.

This is my new favorite coffee spot! Great vibe and delicious coffee! We ordered the Waterbird Cubano and the Ginger Cardamom Cubano and both are AMAZING!!!! Close to the Grove Park Inn and Downtown - perfect spot! Enjoy!

John Deuterman

Interesting place. Not a restaurant, but mainly, as they want to think of themselves, a neighborhood bar. Outside seating for folks with dogs added to the ambience. Drinks were cleverly named and interesting. Food consisted of cutely named appetizers which were quite tasty.

Jake B.

Food was Ok, nothing memorable, but what bugged me was I asked to sub quinoa for rice in a small salad, which they did, but then charged me an extras $4 for the small amount of quinoa. Really?

Rn C.

I found this place by accident, I love serendipity! Classic and relaxing on a slow but steady afternoon. I tried the Rosebud, wonderful! It reminded me of the charm of old- fashioned classics like giggle water. A nice selection of well-crafted interesting coffee and cocktails.

Jennifer Haithcock

Sat at the bar for for a delicious vegetarian option, the rice bowl with added tofu, and a house made peach soda. I asked my server a question about the digestive offerings, which he wasn't able to answer, so the bar manager graciously walked me through a private tasting of at least 10 different bitters and liqueurs. Maybe I don't get out much, but I was genuinely stunned by the generosity and hospitality that I experienced at The Waterbird. I will spread the word. Great food, lovely decor and friendly staff.