Benne on Eagle

4.5
1061 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 Malcolm McMillian. Meant to honor the African-American influence on Appalachian cuisine, Benne on Eagle serves up modern soul food that nods to West African roots using local ingredients.

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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very positive

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rleenels
Milwaukee
35 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very disappointed after hearing such great things about Benne's. The chicken wings were not cooked through. Dipping sauce was mediocre at best. The tomato salad was very good. My husband had the short ribs which was a hunk of meat with a large amount of broccoli and au ju. Good but nothing special about it. For the price he was expecting better. I had the Fish rice. There were plenty of crawfish but never did find any swordfish. Mostly rice. Good taste but nothing better than I could do at home. Server was very attentive in the beginning but then slacked off. The cocktails were definitely watered down. We had different cocktails but they both tasted the same. It was overall an ok dinner but we won't be back.

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vipGourmet
Naples
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and very friendly service. Our server, Crystal, is outstanding a a credit to the restaurant and the profession. Will recommend and return.

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Gluttoness
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't go wrong! The table had the Tomato Salad and Provisions Board to start both very very tasty. Not a single boring bite on either one. The mains were Haitian Rice, Shortribs and Pork Chops. I could've licked the bowl after finishing the rice, the shortribs and pork chops were cooked perfectly and both had mouth-watering sauces. The portions were enough that we should've skipped lunch. Our waitress was a delight and recommended a wonderful bottle of Rose. All in all a really wonderful night!

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GR8Food
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anyplace that can satisfy a picky foodie, moody teen and cautious grade schooler deserves five stars!

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CarolynB
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Menu had limited options but that made us step outside our usual food choices. Appetizers and entrees were very good. Dessert (hummingbird cake) was definitely different. Our server was wonderful. The menu changes all the time so lots of new things to try with any return trip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Horrible food. I cant see the hype. What a joke this place is.

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EdwardM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

menu and execution were uninspired, service made up for some of the lack

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vipDave
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service and ambiance were good. Tomato salad contained underripe slices, and only four total. Sauce for the salad was overpowering. Should be reworked. Spare ribs were basically a big chunk of pot roast. The pork chop was delicious, but cold. I suspect that the food is prepared sous vide. There are much better restaurants in which to spend your money.

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VanB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. We sat in the high tops in the bar area and the bartender was outstanding! Food was good quality and we were very happy with the evening there.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing! Service was definitely lacking. Not sure if that’s a Covid thing but took forever to get beverages, order food, get bill.

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ATXFoodie
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Familiar menu but innovative flavor combinations. Service was excellent and accommodating.

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vipLesC
Key West
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good, not great. The service was excellent. Both my wife and I thought that the spices of the dishes overwhelmed the food itself.

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maria
Miami
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Can I have white meat? No
May I substitute the side? No
May I have an extra piece of brittle? No
Did you like the food? Yes
Will I return? No

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Paladin
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is limited but everything on it is delicious. Our waiter, Nehemiah, was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. We are new to Asheville and this is the third time at Benne. Never disappointed.

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LyndsayB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We were very excited to eat here, however there were flies hovering our table through our appetizers and we decided to leave before ordering an entree

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DellaO
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a fantastic experience. The cocktails were great, the beer was cold and the food was outstanding. The hummingbird cake is a must!

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HeatherG
Western NC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, beautiful atmosphere, and DELICIOUS food and drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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Kats
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Menu a bit abbreviated, but items offered looked scrumptious enough it was difficult to decide. Our server, Nehemiah was friendly, professional & attentive. Food prepared perfectly, with different twists which we liked. Would like to see more dessert offerings! Would definitely plan to return…

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jannettem
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice for an evening out. Delish cocktails and food!

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HelenP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the trout and collards in broth. It was excellent. And the tomato appetizer was also very good.
Extremely short menu for food. Lots of good choices for beer and wine.
I'll be back soon.

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LeslieT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the braised short rib (best ever!) and my son had the Berbere spiced chicken, the food was excellent and fresh, the service was welcoming and warm, and we topped it off with the hummingbird cake and a snifter of the Duplimatico Rum!

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Kitty
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benne on Eagle never disappoints food was Devine and the service , friendliness and ambiance are terrific
The pours from the bar are The Best
And top notch art work from local artist Joseph Pearson. Go to Benne , you won’t be disappointed

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vipmba1211
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved two tables for six and staff quickly accommodated our party of twelve by moving tables together. Everyone was courteous and helpful. Service was great.

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vipDrkrisg
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I would have given them all outstanding since 3/5 of us got excellent meals but, the french toast was beyond caramelized, just burnt. They weren't very busy so there was no excuse to send out burnt food.

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CarolC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service were great. A little noisy. Would recommend this restaurant to a friend

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ScottJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Disappointed in the food. Pork chop was over cooked. Hummingbird cake was dry and tasteless. Service was excellent. I expected to pay a premium but quality needs to be better for us to return.

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DaveD
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Farm to Table. Outdoor seating was open to a courtyard and energetic. Food was outstanding in quality and taste.

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jerryg
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food was excellent, as was our server, Crystal. Really respect the team’s focus on African American heritage, location in the historic “Block,” and predominance of African Americans in the restaurant team. Sadly, to celebrate our anniversary, we seated next to an inconsiderate and unruly party of 15+. Needless to say, that quashed our ability to celebrate. We headed out as soon as we could get our check.

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vipDJHork
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening at Benne. Service was great. Food was excellent and beyond expectations. Loved the spiced chicken wings appetizer-not spicy hot, but super spice flavorful. Excellent crawfish rich for entree accompanied by a delightful white Sav Blanc wine. Highly recommend this restaurant off the beaten path.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, interesting mix of flavors. Best meal I had in Asheville. Our bartender/server, Brandon, was pleasant and efficient. Would highly recommend.

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viprbmoore2
Western NC
42 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently great and the service is impeccable. We’ve been back several times to take friends and have been warmly greeted at each visit. We love this place

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lovethemtns
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! Creative and unusual. Jerk squash would not have been something I would have thought to prepare but it was delicious. Everything tasted fresh from the garden. Our server, Alexis, was perfect!! Charming, knowledgeable, and on top of it! Will be back.

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ChristopherC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, simple, delicious food! Good wine selection, good atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Taking my wife’s mom and sister out to a great dinner before we headed back home.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience at Benne was phenomenal! From the food to the service to the personal visit at our table from Chef Malcom, I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Do yourself a favor and run to this place. You will not be disappointed.

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PhillipH
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A great place with a great story. The food was on point and very tastefully presented. Will definitely go back!

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vipdavidcurtissmith
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and incredible service -- always enjoy the porch and the food was imaginative and incredible.

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vipMaAnnM
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The patio seating here is lovely with a view over the lawn of the Foundry Hotel and it’s quiet while the inside is more noisy. Our meals were a mix. The tomato salad with hyssop was one of the best, more interesting things we had. The chicken was also very tasty with an interesting combination of flavors. I cannot recommend the smoked trout, however. It was probably cooked just right but the flavor was just too strong and the fish a bit tough. The squash sauce with it was delicious but didn’t make up for it. Great Malbec. Staff pleasant and efficient.

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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 1061 OpenTable diners.

Benne on Eagle does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1876/benne-on-eagle.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.