Benne on Eagle

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$30 and under
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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 Ashleigh Shanti. 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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J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole package. FOOD - ambiance - service - something different and special. A wonderful find.

AP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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.

F
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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.

KS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was phenomenal.

CD
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

KA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

KL
Kansas City
107 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. Would come back tomorrow if we lived here

GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JD
Western NC
61 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for a evening out with the wife. The food was good/interesting, the ambiance nice.

BR
Western NC
27 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

OT
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

While limited and not inexpensive, the dinner menu is varied and interesting.

l
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

e
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

RH
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benne on Eagle is an excellent modern Southern restaurant. We enjoyed the food thoroughly and the service was prompt and professional.

PA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The brunch was delightful.

Wonderful service.

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.

s
Western NC
43 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

RH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

CM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Unique out of the box thinking combining Southern comfort and African fair. Great flavors!

JB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience5

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!

CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

L
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent in every respect

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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?

LT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve had two outstanding experiences at Benne now. Can’t wait to come back!

t
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

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.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great take on traditional southern dishes using an African flair. Not to be missed when visiting Asheville!

CA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative combinations of ingredients..shrimp and scallop purloo yum!

FP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

p
Western NC
57 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

C
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Still the best food in town! We will return again and again.

m
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

R
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service. Highly recommend .

HC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

C
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal and wine/cocktail list, sophisticated but simply designed, knowledgeable staff.