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Ben's Tune-Up

Japanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant, and Sake Bar$$$$
Downtown Asheville, Asheville
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7.8/10
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  • Melissa
    "... (get it hot!) and the ramen was the best I've had in Asheville."(3 Tips)
    Anthony D.
    "A cool little beer garden with Giant Jenga to play with your gang!"(2 Tips)
    Megan S.
    "Fried tofu!"(2 Tips)
    Brent N.
    "One of the best outdoor dining spaces I've experienced."(3 Tips)
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  • Gwendolyn G.
    Gwendolyn GibsonDecember 19, 2017
    Way too hipster
  • Steve H.
    Steve HartJune 20, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Asian fusion. Food is great. Libations, hard & soft intriguing. Even nice desserts!
  • Regina D.
    Regina DriessenOctober 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The pork egg rolls are good
  • Megan S.
    Megan SchmittAugust 18, 2016
    Fried tofu!
  • Jimmy D.
    Jimmy DJune 28, 2016
    A neat outdoor place to eat & drink. Lively atmosphere, eclectic decor. They have some house brews (I chose Ben's Cran Saison), plus some other local/regional craft brews.
  • Tracy L.
    Tracy LoweJune 13, 2016
    I really liked the chips they use for the nachos. They are crust wontons which is delicious and quiet a surprise. The atmosphere very laid back. The only complaint is the wait staff not friendly.
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DuranJune 3, 2016
    The fried tofu and house made sake! I really wish they had Sapporo!!! A cool little beer garden with Giant Jenga to play with your gang!
  • Sam O.
    Sam Od1eMay 7, 2016
    The late night menu is where it's at. The jalapeño pineapple sake blew my mind 🌶💯
  • Lauren
    LaurenMarch 13, 2016
    Very nice courtyard. Wasn't a fan of the sake flight since it was nothing like Japanese sake.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinNovember 29, 2015
    Good place to hear some music after the restaurant closes.
  • Amber C.
    Amber CoxOctober 16, 2015
    Awesome atmosphere
  • Valerie N.
    Valerie NewkirkJune 3, 2015
    Interesting place! Be sure to check out the store!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DMay 8, 2015
    The space is kick ass, the food tries but comes up a little short
  • Yee K.
    Yee KaoApril 3, 2015
    Try their house made sakes!
  • Melissa
    MelissaFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The house made apple cinnamon sake was wonderful (get it hot!) and the ramen was the best I've had in Asheville.
  • Gowowogo
    GowowogoDecember 31, 2014
    Anytime I walk into a liquor store and immediately see a sign that says "Live Bait" it feels like home.
  • Gowowogo
    GowowogoDecember 31, 2014
    Here on NYE, got a spot at the bar, immediately acknowledged, drinks minutes later. Excellent bartender advice on an unknown quantity (sake). Also this place is cool AF.
  • Gowowogo
    GowowogoDecember 31, 2014
    Sake flight.
  • Gowowogo
    GowowogoDecember 31, 2014
    Sake Brewery. Hot Apple is the best. $9 flights 3-up.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostDecember 21, 2014
    The menu, like the kitchen, is small. Playful, too. Supple “Bad Buddha” pork dumplings show up in a steamer basket with pineapple shot through with ginger Read more
  • Sumu
    SumuSeptember 7, 2014
    Sake flights
  • Todd R.
    Todd RademacherSeptember 6, 2014
    The atmosphere is great
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie CarpenterSeptember 6, 2014
    There is a cover, lame. But the music rocked the night I went. Not that crowded but I'm from nyc
  • Keith G.
    Keith GoodwinSeptember 1, 2014
    Pre-pare to wait for close to 20mins for a drink. As stated here and elsewhere this place is a cluster fvck. Great place if your a 20 year old dude bro tho.
  • Phoenicia S.
    Phoenicia SchwidkayAugust 31, 2014
    Crab rangoon dip and blue hawaii drink. Yum
  • David M.
    David MillsapsAugust 23, 2014
    Shit beer selection.
  • Jay S.
    Jay SmilanicMay 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best things about Ben's: the atmosphere changes constantly. Never the same experience, in a good way!
  • Reid B.
    Reid BarwickFebruary 6, 2014
    Not your sister's Japanese doom.
  • Carolyn E.
    Carolyn EllisonDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Now serving food till 2am
  • Robert Z.
    Robert ZimmermanDecember 7, 2013
    Ben's Tune Up. Formerly a garage, now a savory and sensational delight for Asheville. I tested it five times before my final grade of "Absolutely yes".
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BerryNovember 2, 2013
    The most awesome atmosphere for hanging out with friends! Food is weird. It sounds good on the menu but....nnnnooo.
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WatkinOctober 19, 2013
    Such a great place and food is lovely.
  • Shasta S.
    Shasta S.September 16, 2013
    Hmmm..... Just served myself some water because my server is now chillin with her friends.... Just sayin
  • Shasta S.
    Shasta S.September 16, 2013
    Bens ramen is really good
  • Eva B.
    Eva BlandSeptember 12, 2013
    Great ambiance during the day or late at night. Sake is homemade.
  • Daron J.
    Daron JamesSeptember 9, 2013
    Outstanding atmosphere great service one of my new top 10s in Asheville highly recommend everyone to check this place out !
  • Ian C.
    Ian CasselberrySeptember 1, 2013
    Definitely try the ramen!
  • Kristin J.
    Kristin JekielekAugust 25, 2013
    This is our new go-to spot.
  • Meg C.
    Meg CarrollAugust 21, 2013
    Really cool patio but just bear in mind its mostly outdoor seating so not a-lot of covered area. Try the sake sangria!
  • Jay S.
    Jay SmilanicAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Guys: when you walk into the restroom and don't see urinals; don't be alarmed, you are not in the women's bathroom. There just isn't any urinals.
  • Brent N.
    Brent NealAugust 4, 2013
    One of the best outdoor dining spaces I've experienced.
  • Leland E.
    Leland EdwardsAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the atmosphere! Menu not so much!
  • Nate S.
    Nate SmithJuly 27, 2013
    Best beer garden eva!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HowellJuly 10, 2013
    Cool atmosphere!
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LJuly 6, 2013
    Had never even heard of this place. A very interesting venue and menu. Check it out it's worth the experience.
  • Vicky B.
    Vicky Blanche-YoungJune 30, 2013
    Great space!
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