Benne on Eagle
The whole package. FOOD - ambiance - service - something different and special. A wonderful find.
The menu was interesting, the food was great, but the staff needs more training. The vibe is high-end and luxurious, but the service doesn't reflect it. With more staff training this place could be amazing.
We were celebrating a birthday and the restaurant sat 5 large ladies at a high top table for 2 right next to us. They were loud, bumped our table, & spilled our champagne. We will not be returning.
The food was great and the service was phenomenal.
Good restaurant.Moderate noise,ambiance good,server good,manager came by—good.Food interesting and done well.Still pricy,Bill mixed up,bar fairly slow,drinks good.Favorable overall.
Food was fabulous! Fresh and not the same old dishes. One entree was delayed but they made up for it with some free wings which were out of this world delicious.
Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. Would come back tomorrow if we lived here
Had been reading about Benne on Eagle and it lived up to the hype. Really delicious cocktails and food, nice ambiance and knowledgeable and friendly staff.
We are locals who eat at Benne often. It is an excellent addition to the Asheville restaurant scene. The food is innovative and delicious. However, the chefs have a heavy hand with salt so if that is an issue, ask them to ease up and they will.
Nice place for a evening out with the wife. The food was good/interesting, the ambiance nice.
This was our first time here and we loved it. The food was very creative and excellent. We loved everything we tried, from the quail, collards, fritters, rabbit, and the dessert. We would definitely come back again and I would put this place in the top 10 of finer meals downtown in Asheville. I also appreciated the ode to the African-American neighborhood in that area, without overdoing it and beating you over the head with it. They've done it tastefully and respectfully.
We enjoyed every bit of our experience at Benne. The staff, food, and atmosphere were excellent. The sweet tea chess pie was delicious and the fried collards may be my new favorite!
While limited and not inexpensive, the dinner menu is varied and interesting.
Eclectic, inviting space with a casual elegance. Diverse (but not overwhelming) menu with unexpected combinations. A flavorful deviled egg spread with Brussels sprout compliment was surprisingly ample for 3 to share. The Hanan's fish cake was tasty, with just enough heat to be enticing, and the collard green and apple salad was a fresh, light counterpoint to heavier dishes. The persimmon pork entree with cabbage and sweet potatoes was a delicious twist on an traditional southern trifecta. Service at Benne on Eagle was spot-on - perfectly accommodating but not hovering. The only thing I might request would be a few more wine-by-glass selections in the moderate price range. But, the cost of the glass of wine did not seem so high when a generous glass was delivered.
They have several dishes that are hard to pull off well. The quail was excellent and their rabbit was so, so good and perfectly paired with the best carrots, onion and apple fritter. Yes, they pair it with an apple fritter and it worked. We loved it and are going to go back for breakfast!
Benne on Eagle is an excellent modern Southern restaurant. We enjoyed the food thoroughly and the service was prompt and professional.
The brunch was delightful.
Coffee smooth. Mimosa was balanced ( disappointed they were out of the pineapple ginger). The fritters were fantastic! The dessert was tasty.
The french toast could have been dipped a little longer to absorb the egg mixture. It was like eating plain warm bread.
Yes. We will go again. Next time for dinner.
The concept is an interesting one -- a combination of West African and Appalachian cuisine, but if the one brunch we attended was an example it's hit or miss. They were out of the ingredients for Benne Benedict, which I had wanted to try, but I did have an intriguing savory dish that was a bit too salty for my taste. My wife had a burger which was acceptable, but not much more. We waited about fifteen minutes at our table before anyone filled our water glasses, and service was still spotty after that, although our server was very cheerful when she finally got to us, and very knowledgeable about the menu. We had high expectations for the place (Esquire had named it as an outstanding restaurant this year), but it failed, essentially to live up to them. I do think it's still worth a try, and I suspect we'll give them another chance before long.
Service was very slow for how un-busy the restaurant was, but the food was AMAZING. Very good brunch options besides the usual 2-eggs and bacon plate. Really enjoyed the ambiance as well.
Unique out of the box thinking combining Southern comfort and African fair. Great flavors!
Went with friends and really enjoyed the whole experience. Wait staff was excellent and very knowledgeable about the dishes. The cabbage pancake is a must try!
We had the deviled egg dip, steak with gravy, purloo and chocolate cake. While the food was good it would have been amazing if attention had been given to small details: veggies with dip had been blanched and dressed, purloo and been sauced completely instead of just a spoonful put on the side. Service was good but a bit slow. And the restaurant is loud with the open kitchen which made conversation hard at times.
The food was absolutely delicious. The staff went above and beyond to make dinner an outstanding experience for everyone. I never write reviews but we enjoyed this so much and we highly recommend checking them out.
Excellent in every respect
Excellent service and god food. Although the menu choices are limited the you get options ranging from vegan to different meat choices. Food was seasoned perfectly and proportions just right. Highly recommended
We took out of town friends out for dinner so they could experience a gourmet expression of soul food. We like the story that goes with this local business and wanted to share that as well as the great food.
Rave reviews for the Catfish and Waffles, collard greens, Wrekfish entree and the Shrimp and Scallop Purruo. Definitely will be back.
Very unique menu! You won't find any burgers and fries or steak and potatoes here. The offerings are a salute to the African American population of this historic district with a modern updated twist. The purloo was delicious and my only quibble is the lack of a simple dish for the less adventurous diner. Maybe a southern fried chicken?
I’ve had two outstanding experiences at Benne now. Can’t wait to come back!
The service and food were excellent. Chicken livers seasoned very well and complimented the salad.
Dessert is a must have! One of the best Hummingbird cakes we've ever had!
I was really excited to eat here given it's accolades and recent national rankings, but I was really disappointed in the menu items I ordered - they were all way too salty. The special cocktail made by the bartender was excellent.
Great take on traditional southern dishes using an African flair. Not to be missed when visiting Asheville!
Innovative combinations of ingredients..shrimp and scallop purloo yum!
Benne's on Eagle came highly recommended and it did not disappoint us. We spent my husband's birthday there. We only live about 40 minutes away so we are excited that it is close enough for return visits. Excellent service and food.
Look--I am born and bred mountain. I know what "leather britches" are and they aren't good even if you cook the bejesus out of them the way my mama did. IMO that is trying too hard. Way too hard. The ribs didn't have enough meat on them. The mac and cheese was pretty good. The cornbread was pure Yankee, not Southern. The rolls were great. I am pleased that you are doing so well but real mountain folks are going to scoff. The first time I came to your place I had a pork chop that was super wonderful so I will give you a third try and hope you start tasting what you serve. Your wait staff are fabulous as is the decor and the low noise level. I love you all but try to find the real roots of this area.
Still the best food in town! We will return again and again.
a very pleasant space, nice waiter, but average food at best. we had a salad with roasted beets and blckeyed peas. lettuce was fresh and crisp, the beets well done but the peas were fried to the texture of rocks and added nothing to the salad. my wifes fish was overcooked. my purloo was overpowered with bacon, which is something i would rarely say. the country ham was hard, like small wood chips. overall, this was a disappointing experience
Beautiful space with attentive service and interesting menu. It took forever for us to get our cocktails but the food came out pretty quick. We ordered several appetizers and a few entrees for the table. The menu was very impressive. The livers and pickles were fantastic! The deviled egg spread wasn't available and will definitely have to return to try it. We were disappointed in how overcooked the wreckfish was- the sauce was phenomenal- and the saltiness of the oxtails. I would definitely recommend Benne on Eagle to a friend and return on my own.
I would suggest having tabs stick out on the menu.
Amazing food and service. Highly recommend .
This was one of the best dining experiences I’ve enjoyed in quite some time. The menu was so original, fresh, local, and steeped in place and history.
Great meal and wine/cocktail list, sophisticated but simply designed, knowledgeable staff.