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Bar - Benne on Eagle, Asheville, NC

Benne on Eagle

4.3
4.3
1731 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 Executive Chef Robert Alexander. 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. We also offer complimentary valet parking for all dining guests. Parking is located at 51 S Market Street via the entrance to The Foundry Hotel.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 31 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Soul food, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 552-8833

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Robert Alexander

  • Catering

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services within the Foundry Hotel and its on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the Sales team (sales@foundryasheville.com) for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services within the Foundry Hotel and its on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the Sales team (sales@foundryasheville.com) 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, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,731 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Neighborhood gem

  • Asheville

    Healthy

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. K

    Kitty

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Benne is a fantastic restaurant from the time you enter till you leave. Friendly, fun, professional. The service is special and everyones dinner choice was perfect Our server, Jeremiah, was professional and attentive Highly recommend
  2. TG

    TimG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful decorated. The food was excellent! The unique blend of taste makes the dishes new and interesting! We will be back.
  3. KT

    KimT

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, a memorable dining experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We’ve never been disappointed when dining at Bene on Eagle. Food was well prepared, with the catfish voted the table favorite. The duck was a close second. Lamb meatballs were delicious, but only 5 small meatballs. Our server was a delight, and provided good advice.
  5. J

    Joey

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Though the service was spotty—we stood near the entrance for five minutes before being acknowledged and seated for our reservation though the restaurant was mostly empty, then sat for a while with no menus before being asked whether we wanted anything other than water to drink, then waited a good 25 minutes for our food after ordering it (but not before our check was mysteriously placed on our table as if we were done)—I'm guessing it was just a day-after-Thanksgiving fluke, and the food was worth the wait.
  6. FC

    FayeC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great property!!! delish breakfast...had kids and all went well!!!
  7. m

    marrsgirl

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We ate here for Thanksgiving and it was a very disappointing experience. They ran out of one of the side dishes on the prie fixe menu, which seems like very poor planning as we were among the very first group of reservations that evening. We were served stale baguette with our pate (appetizer course), and after a little over an hour we'd only been served one of the three courses. The wild rice dish they subbed for the mashed potatoes they'd run out of was undercooked, completely unseasoned, and ultimately inedible. When I mentioned my disappointment to our server, the chef sent out a dish of oily and unseasoned potatoes - also inedible. My duck was well cooked, but unevenly seasoned so that some bites were extremely over-salted and jarring to the palate. The dessert course was just okay, but ultimately forgettable. For $80 a person we were expecting better, and honestly would have been disappointed to pay half that amount for the food served. I had made the reservation a month prior based on the excellent reviews. Curious about the disparity between those reviews and our experience, I discovered their award-winning chef had left shortly after making our reservation, so I guess we were just unlucky enough to come while they are transitioning. Our server was very kind, the one positive detail about our experience.
  8. F

    Foodfan53

    Charleston

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Some hits and some misses. Consider though that we dined at Thanksgiving with a special fixed menu. Two big misses: the food was lukewarm at best, appetizers were not well seasoned (needed salt and soup stock was bland). Entree flavors were very good. Unique seasonal cocktails that were delicious. We will try again with regular menu.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving meal, AMAZING
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I think if you were staying at the Foundry and wanted a slightly nicer meal, this would be fine. As a Thanksgiving destination fixed prix meal, it was disappointing all around.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast was excellent. Great staff.... Faith was a great server. Thanks for working on Thanksgiving.
  12. b

    beth

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our third time dining at benne on Eagle. The food is awesome, the mix of all different flavors are delicious and presentation is beautiful. Our servers are the best, down to earth, pleasant, and professional. Thanks for too shelve service!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The food was very good, once it came out. We should have turned away when our first impression was a patron walking to the bar to get service from the manager, who was seated at the bar eating and drinking while talking to the bartender. Incredibly slow service. No one seemed to know what they were doing.
  14. y

    yawadrah

    Western NC

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another great experience at Benne on Eagle! The duck was outstanding as was the catfish. I couldn’t stop myself from eating every last bite of the yummy mac n cheese even though I was already full. Wine and cocktails were top notch as well. Our server was lovely and helpful. The manager guy (I guess he’s a manager) is super nice and helpful as well. We will definitely be back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was very good but we were distracted by the constant loud noise from the kitchen. We could hear every order being called out by the staff.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience!
  17. m

    mtnlady

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dishes, beautifully presented and excellent service!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was delicious by still had a
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the atmosphere and the delicious food! 5 stars!!!
  20. FB

    FrankB

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was really good. You could taste the care put in. Nice vibe also. I would definitely go back. Biggest issue was parking.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Table was dirty, service was bad. Waiting an hour for food because our waitress forgot to put our order in. Overall, wouldn’t recommend to friends.
  22. KJ

    KJohnson

    Houston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great meal! Bar service was excellent both on suggestions and conversation. Food was absolutely delicious!
  23. CC

    CyndeC

    Houston

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Disappointed. The cornbread was dry and bland. The salmon cakes were dry. The pork belly was ok. The fried green tomatoes were ok but could use more salt. Everything needed salt and acid. The chicken and dumplings had uncooked raw carrots. The service was awful. The staff seemed overwhelmed. We were sat at a table that still had glasses of water on the table. We weren’t sure if this was from the previous guests or not. It took 20 minutes to get a beer and soft drink. We ordered our food before the drinks arrived. Overall, overpriced and bland food. Service was struggling. With so many restaurant options, the food/service was very underwhelming.
  24. BP

    BobP

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Too much salt in food dishes. Non existent chicken and dumplings in chicken and dumplings dish. Very salty. Same with beans in octopus dish.
  25. L

    Larry

    Charlotte

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Eclectic menu; very tasty watermelon salad & lamb meatballs…. Server very friendly & helpful….. worth a visit.
  26. GB

    GB000

    Mississippi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good experience. Quality food.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Really wanted to love this place, but was disappointed. There was a hair in my husband’s cocktail we pointed it out to the waitress. When the check came we were still billed for the drink. We had to flag the manager down to get it removed off the tab. The manger never apologized for the hair she just stated one of the employees was wearing a Halloween wig and laughed. The food was just bland and underwhelming, the cornbread was dry. Just over all not a great experience.
  28. M

    Marcia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I don't know where to begin. I will start with what was ok. The ambiance, the service, the broccolini ceasar. That's it. The food is minimal, tapas like, Curate would have been a much better choice for that. The food is not well described so when you order chicken and dumplings, think ramen broth with 2 or 3 mini biscuits thrown in. I was personally offended at the "homage to the Block'. The history of black restaurants, right in that spot as well as the area. Practically all white kitchen staff and our waiter was dressed11as a field hand or overseer". It was the night before Halloween but please. It wasn't misunderstood that these dishes were trying to take soul food to a new level, it just wasn't good. Salmon cakes, no idea what was in it but tasted like stale, crunchy cereal coated disgust. Every one of our 11-member party couldn't believe it. I wish the chef would taste it again. The only item returned but certainly not the only one to disappoint. Steer clear of the "cornbread". Two small squares of pretty tasteless bread for $12. Since we ordered 4 dishes of it, that was some pretty pricey cornbread. Maybe it was the untasty apple butter tablespoons they serve with it. A nice gesture might be to make a whole cast iron skillet of cornbread and offer it to the table or charge $48 for that. I could go on and on but it was just too much wrong with that place from concept to taste. Had it not been that it was for my 84-year-old mother's birthday and friends and family there I would have requested refunds or something. The total table was somewhere around $700. Stop trying to fool people and teach the history of the diaspora and make some decent food. The former chef will be opening a restaurant soon. Good Hot Fish, it's called...WAIT
  29. KD

    KDub

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Broccolini alone is reason to revisit.
  30. CG

    CarolinaGirl

    Charlotte

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The restaurant is absolutely beautiful. It's attached to a really nice industrial chic hotel, The Foundry. Gorgeous courtyard area to take pictures. I love the open kitchen because I like to see my food being prepared. My server was very soft spoken and was overall not great. She wasn't engaging at all. Maybe she's waitressing until she find a new gig in her field, but you can tell her heart isn't in it. My husband got the glazed duck. He really enjoyed it. I got the fried catfish. It was tasty and I finished it. Could've used a smidge more seasoning but it was fried perfectly. Very crispy. We were torn between apple cobbler or banana pudding for dessert. We told our waitress at 7:04 we were pressed for time because we had an 8PM show at a location 5 min away but we knew it would take 10 to find parking. She tells us the cobbler would be between 5-10 minutes and still have enough time if we get it. Cobbler came out at 7:32. We ended up having to tell another waitress to check on it because our waitress just disappeared. Our hostess had to bring it to us already boxed up. 🤬🤬🤬 If we weren't so pressed for time I definitely would've gave my feedback to management. Overall I would still go back, however I would request a new waitress if I see her approaching my table.
  31. R

    Richard

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Very disappointing. Having dined at, and thoroughly enjoyed, the restaurant in the past, we decided to give the new chef/management a try. Unfortunately, since the departure of Ashleigh Shanti the cooking has lost its creativity and care in preparation. The meals were generally bland and, it appeared, deceptive in their descriptions. For example, the "octopus on a bed of beans" turned out to be a large bowl of beans with a few small pieces of octopus buried within. New potential customers who do not do careful research, or use an out-of-date source, and arrive expecting Ashleigh's cuisine (like the older couple from Montana who were our seating neighbors) will see the visit as a total waste of time.
  32. AC

    AndreaC

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose Benne for our last dinner before flying home. We all agreed it was one of the best meals ever. Chef Robert was kind enough to visit our table several times and answer all of our questions about the food. The rest of the staff was also so nice and helpful.We each had a different entrée and no one was disappointed. We shared the pork belly and the cauliflower dish for appetizers. They were both absolutely amazing. As our mother is now moving back to Oregon we may not be back in Asheville again. We are so glad to have had such a wonderful meal as our last here.
  33. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was barely above room temperature. What was listed on the menu as "Brown Butter Mash with Red Eye Gravy" arrived several minutes after the entre, was, again, close to room temperature, had no indication of gravy, and at $11 was overpriced for a serving of ordinary mashed potato.
  34. LN

    mLNb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious & the staff was attentive.
  35. MF

    MindiF

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The space is beautiful and the staff were very nice. It seemed like everything took a very long time to come out. We were there a little later in the evening so they could have been recovering from the rush. Our food was good and portions were reasonable but a little under seasoned. They had very interesting, albeit expensive, cocktails. You could tell that the food and beverages were made from quality ingredients and all cooked properly.
  36. LF

    LisaF

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Our food had great flavor. However, we waited over an hour between getting our appetizers and entrées. Some of the side dishes were served as an after thought, well beyond when we received our dishes. Then, we were charged for food we didn’t eat and the manager didn’t seem to know how to handle it. I hope they step up their game, because it has potential, but we won’t be back for quite some time.
  37. SP

    SarahP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely delicious. The environment was beautiful and relaxing. Service was phenomenal. Our waiter was engaging, kind, and had great recommendations. We will definitely be coming back regularly.
  38. KS

    KatieS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food was WAY overpriced for the size of the portions!!
  39. S

    Skyking

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Some of the food was good, some kind of bland. Pork chop was tough, but into a portion and was some hard fat or ligaments in there, hurt my tooth. Drinks good, didn’t have dessert. Probably would try some place else in future but service was good.
  40. JA

    JojoA

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and atmosphere was awesome. This is a “must” for unique but delicious flavors

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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 4.3 stars by 1731 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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 Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Robert Alexander

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (828) 552-8833

  • Catering

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services within the Foundry Hotel and its on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the Sales team (sales@foundryasheville.com) for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services within the Foundry Hotel and its on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the Sales team (sales@foundryasheville.com) for more information.

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