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Bar - Benne on Eagle, Asheville, NC

Benne on Eagle

4.5
4.5
1500 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Located on Eagle Street, hub of the historic area of downtown Asheville known as The Block; Benne on Eagle is helmed by 5-time James Beard-nominated chef John Fleer (Rhubarb, The Rhu) and Chef de Cuisine Cleophus Hethington. Meant to honor the African-American influence on Appalachian cuisine, Benne on Eagle serves up modern soul food that embraces the roots of the African diaspora using local ingredients.

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Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Soul food, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 552-8833

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Cleophus Hethington

  • Catering

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services to the Foundry Hotel and their on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the concierge at the Foundry for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services to the Foundry Hotel and their on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the concierge at the Foundry for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Cross street

    Market Street

  • Parking details

    Street metered parking available, and the municipal lot off Marjorie Street is a great option after 5pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

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What 1,500 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    American

  • Asheville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville

    Healthy

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville

    American

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  1. w

    whitewolfjx

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the most important meals one can have. Humbled to have eaten there. Would highly recommend.

  2. BG

    BetsyG

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was the best meal we have had in recent memory here in town. The food was amazing and our server was most helpful describing the dishes. The noise level was higher than we would have liked but not enough to keep us away. Bravo Benne!

  3. b

    bcjenny

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. All of us agreed that the menu should have been clearly divided into appetizers, small plates, and entrees. The waiter had to clarify that for us. Most of the item descriptions could have included more information about the ingredients or how they were prepared since I’m sure many diners would be unfamiliar with them. Our orders were all delicious, with complex flavors, and unlike anything we had eaten before. One of the best dinners we have had in Asheville, which is saying something because AVL is full of wonderful restaurants!

  4. FP

    FrankP

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing as was the service. We have eaten here a couple of times, but it seems to be getting better every time. Highly recommend the restaurant.

  5. m

    mrlbts

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Many interesting and delicious dishes. We could not tell what some of the dishes were from the description, but the staff was very good and helpful. Food is prepared in an open kitchen and the chef was also helpful and fun to talk to. Service and ambiance also very nice.

  6. d

    drdwphillips

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our third trip there and there will be a fourth. Outstanding servers with knowledge of all things menu!

  7. c

    charlesj

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    fabulous interpretations and presentation of food. For example, I've eaten many different preparations of grilled octopus but none rival the recipe at Benne.

  8. RD

    RandiD

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great and personalized, food was uniquely prepared and delicious

  9. KS

    KimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for brunch on Mother's Day. Restaurant had a modern vibe, excellent staff and the food was very good (for brunch anyway). Parking is a challenge but staff said on weekends take the risk and park in the fire dept spaces outside. Guess they don't tow often and parking tickets are cheaper than the garage lol.

  10. TF

    TimF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat at the bar and received excellent, professional service. The brunch we had was delicious and well executed plate presentation!

  11. b

    bill

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Sunday Brunch. Eaten here several times and always leave impressed.

  12. S

    Sonnetlover

    Western NC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The brunch was creative and delicious, especially the crawfish benedict. Also, the cocktails were also great.

  13. TS

    TimS

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great cocktails and an exciting menu along with very attentive service.

  14. G

    Glcih

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is a local restaurant for us, and we have had some wonderful meals there. I would rank it as near the top of Asheville restaurants (and we have some very good ones) that we have eaten at. The food is a wonderful, somewhat offbeat take on Southern classics as well as other ethnic dishes. Not inexpensive but worth the money, at least for a special occasion. Great, friendly service as well.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food! Great service.

  16. t

    tryitandsee

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2

    We are sophisticated locals exploring the nouveau Asheville cuisine. The trouble with Benne's is that enjoyment of the exquisite food was offset by an ambience that can only be described as commercial. Our server was spirited and fun but lacked knowledge of the ingredients. The traffic and noise level were annoying to the point of interfering with intimate conversation. Another server was wearing a powerful cologne that wafted over to our table from time to time, spoiling the meticulously thought-out aroma of the food. The lamb, octopus and shrimp dishes were constructed with layer upon layer of texture and taste, a striking blend of the traditional with the nontraditional. The Earl Grey cocktail was a stand-out. For dessert, have the sweet potato pie with a dollop of soft cheese! The price point of the menu for these delectable creations was good, but the ungracious environment did not lend itself to the experience of fine dining — what a loss!

  17. CB

    CarolB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was lovely to dine outdoors. Itwas noisier indoors, but we had lots of nice space outside. It was perfect, except for one beverage, which they cheerfully fixed, so it was perfect.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was unusual and creative yet delicious! A highlight of our stay in Asheville.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    We ate our side for an evening reservation. I found the menu not very enticing and the waiter not very good at describing the food. He had worked there for a few years. Ground nuts? You have eaten them , looking them up no it’s a special vine not peanuts.. fancy cocktails took forever to be served . We got more information from the woman who brought out the silver ware. Once we choose the food was delicious and different. The octopus apertizer was delicious nicely served with a perfect mole sauce. The lamb was also delicious and tender . It was pricey 3 cocktails 2 apertizers and a main plate 130.00 not including tip. Would I go back? Probably not , I would recommend it because it was different and tasty, I would skip the cocktails.

  20. RB

    RBann

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Cool vibe atmosphere, different cuisine than expected, more Caribbean.... definitely not American.

  21. IW

    IslandWanderer

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very different flavors and dishes …great spices. Fried Green Tomatoes were exceptional, shrimp dish was very good, lamb meat was cooked unevenly from very rare to perfect. Plantins foster was disappointing for dessert.

  22. SQ

    SuzanneQ

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Sat on our table for over 10 minutes before someone gave us water or talked with us regarding the menu or drinks. Service was so slow. Food was very good. We has the octopus and plantains for appetizer and chicken for dinner. Had plantains foster for dessert but this was underwhelming. The cake was dry and not enough plantains. It was also very hard to find a parking outside.

  23. GW

    GordonW

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Enjoyed our dinner

  24. AC

    AshleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the best experience! I will go back time and time again!!!

  25. FL

    FrankL

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Always some amazing food! The CHEF is simple amazing. Recent changes (purchase) maybe have changed how Chef creations are delivered or produced. Service is always very good. Great location, friendly environment! Hope new owner allows such an amazingly talented Chef to follow vision and provide support to get it done every time!

  26. VE

    VirginiaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were both fantastic! Definitely am coming back.

  27. RW

    RyanW

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had Sunday brunch and it was great. Servers were friendly, and our food was fantastic.

  28. LM

    LeahM

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our 2nd visit. Service is professional and friendly. Love the decor and high-backed wooden booths inside for a bit of privacy. Food is so different ...creative and delicious - definitely not run-of-the-mill ....

  29. d

    dede

    San Francisco

    152 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    It’s a step away from the ordinary. Great selection of dishes and beverages. Our server was informative but lacking in enthusiasm. However, we ordered according to his advice and the food was unique and tasty. Great atmosphere and fun menu.Why settle for the ordinary! Take a chance a try Benne.

  30. TP

    TedP

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great !!!!!!! Great fun in our own backyard We will be back L

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and wonderful service by Nehemiah. Very thoughtful dishes

  32. BE

    BarryE

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fascinating food.

  33. CB

    ChristineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food from an interesting menu, and the whole experience was elevated by excellent service and friendly & helpful staff. Overall highly recommend.

  34. BS

    BillS

    Western NC

    53 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    The service was helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the environment, though not out first visit to Benne (note: our previous visits were mixed). We also found the menu interesting. Unfortunately, the food was unsatisfactory. The fufu was inauthentic and fairly tasteless. The greens were smothered in yellow sauce, unnecessarily. The lamb was cold, tough, and fatty. The lamb was sent back to be warmed up, which was done courteously and efficiently by our server, yet still barely edible after the warm up. The server, good guy, did mention the lamb had more upside, so maybe the two of us that ordered lamb just had a tough, fatty piece. We also found the final bill a little pricey, especially given the great alternatives that exist in Asheville for reasonablly priced food. If this visit is an indication of what Benne has to offer, suggest diners look elsewhere for good a good dining experience.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef’s menu bar none superb

  36. JM

    JanM

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have never had food with such depth of flavors! Both of us loved every bite and aroma. Brandon was awesome with information and recommendations. Full bar and wine selection lovely. We canceled another reservation for a different restaurant so we could return again since we are only in town for a week. There is so much more to experience and enjoy. I would highly reccommend Benne!!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    I’m only giving this 2 stars because our waitress was kind and attentive. We were in Asheville for my husbands birthday and we were looking for an upscale dinner to celebrate. The food seems intriguing and definitely nothing like you’ll get anywhere else. But do yourself a favor and SKIP. The flavors are severely over complicated and they seem to use spices to mask the poor quality of food. The lamb was incredibly dry and overdone, the octopus was literally charred. Take your dinner somewhere else.

  38. SR

    SsandRs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food, fantastic cocktails, wonderful servers.

  39. A

    Adonis

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    top-tier service. Every item on the menu is elavated and innovative, while somehow nostalgic and comfortable. The spirit of the Legacies, and the legacy of Eagle St can be felt from the atmosphere, to

  40. C

    Chris

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Benne's Service was great. The food was amazing and I would highly recommend checking it out if in Asheville.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Benne on Eagle using the Order Online button. Benne on Eagle also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 552-8833.

Benne on Eagle is rated 4.5 stars by 1500 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Benne on Eagle

35 Eagle St Asheville, NC 28801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market Street

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Soul food, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street metered parking available, and the municipal lot off Marjorie Street is a great option after 5pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cleophus Hethington

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (828) 552-8833

  • Catering

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services to the Foundry Hotel and their on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the concierge at the Foundry for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services to the Foundry Hotel and their on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the concierge at the Foundry for more information.

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