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Bar - Benne on Eagle, Asheville, NC

Benne on Eagle

4.2
4.2
1783 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

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

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

    Casual Dress

  • 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 1,783 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Asheville

    Great for brunch

  • Asheville

    Innovative

  • Asheville

    Healthy

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. MB

    MaureenB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a gem! We had a great meal at Benne last night. My cocktail was delicious (a heavenly mixture of vodka, blueberry, lemon and lavender) called Mo Benne Blues) and I had Brussel sprouts for a side that was the most divine thing I’ve tasted in a while. Such good flavor! I had to give it a 4 on the food since my lamb meatballs were a tad dry and lentils’ seasoning was mediocre. my husband ordered the steak and peppers dish and while he enjoyed the steak, it came on top of a compote that had milk in it (he’s lactose intolerant) which meant he couldn’t enjoy it but other than that we had a wonderful time at this restaurant. The ambiance was lovely, decor very charming, and our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu. We will definitely be back to try the pork ribs which I’ve heard was amazing.
  2. LM

    LaurenM

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a rainy weekday evening and the restaurant was quiet but not too quiet. Everything we ordered was superb! It was comfortably slow but attentive service. Parking is difficult but doable. We’ll definitely go back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at Benne on Eagle. The Fire and Desire cocktail by Brandon is one of the best drinks in town!
  4. DA

    DaminiA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I took my husband here for his birthday as we had been eyeing the place for a while, but it was disappointing. I made a seating request with my reservation and even specified that I’d be willing to change the time of my reservation if that would make it easier. Unfortunately they didn’t honor the request or even give us options. The food was so bland, I was convinced they’d made a mistake. I had the catfish and it was not seasoned at all. The kale salad and fried green tomatoes were okay, but nothing super special. At least our server (Hunter) was great and accommodating, and it is a beautiful restaurant if you’re mostly concerned with ambiance. The drink selection is also good if you’re just planning on having drinks. The quality of food does not justify the expensive prices at all, and we do not plan on going back.
  5. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing for brunch or dinner. The food and service are both fantastic.
  6. N

    None

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service at Benne on Eagle are outstanding. The cultural significance of both the setting and the food are also important draws, given the African American history of the neighborhood.
  7. D

    Dee3

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Part of the meal was cold. Disappointed with the overall meals. Two people had the same meal and both had the same disappointment. The third meal lack favor. Our waitress was great snd very personable.
  8. k

    kimv

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were great. Will definitely be back.
  9. D

    Datenightdiner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful and we had a great server.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Went about a year ago and was blown away. Went tonight and was there for over two hrs. Long waits for everything. We missed an hr of a show for food that wasn’t great. Took me 15 minutes to get a beer.
  11. TR

    TRose

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails were extraordinary. The service fantastic, the ambience, beautiful and vibrant. We will definitely return.
  12. J

    Jillian

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The pork chops were good. Nothing was anything to write home about. I wanted it to be more amazing for the price due to the concept which I live.
  13. LL

    LynnL

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious meal and wonderful service -- from everyone we had contact with. We'll definitely be back!
  14. W

    Watsonfoodiesandfriends

    Western NC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Sunday brunch!
  15. ML

    MitchL

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Celebrating birthday of our daughter
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were greeted by a very kind and enthusiastic host named Keith. He was very informative, welcoming, and super charismatic. We knew we were going to have a great time as soon as we met him. Our amazing waitress, Alexis, guided us through the menu, which was fairly priced in today's market. Brandon, the bartender, got us started with some incredible mocktails, which was probably the most vibrant thing we had all night. The drink was called Sittin' on top of the Block, which he created himself. The colors, the flavors, the look, it was a whole vibe. We'd come back just to try another one of Brandon's creations. He really owned his craft and I loved listening to his story of how he masterminded this drink! We ordered the fried green tomatoes served with pimento cheese as an appetizer. The tomatoes were fried perfectly. The pimento cheese could have used a slight kick in the mixture but overall it was well executed. For the entrees we had the duck breast with Brussels sprouts and sweet potato puree. The plating was beautiful and and flavors played nicely with each other. The other dish was the steak with pepper compote, pearl onions and fingerling potatoes. The steak was a perfect medium rare but the sear could have used a bit more salt on the crust. With the sweet pearl onions and al dente fingerling potatoes a little bit of salt would have gone a long way. Dessert was an Apple Cobbler. It was good. The crumble on top was sweet and crispy and the apples were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Although the food was decent there was nothing that really screamed upscale soul food or African American cuisine. What was disheartening was reading several articles about preserving the black contribution to the food in the area but not seeing a black chef in sight... Not even a line cook. What really made our experience noteworthy was the staff really making us feel like family.
  17. AR

    ARay51

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a collection of small plates. The fried green tomatoes and pork belly were both amazing. The kale salad, with hints of jalapeño was unexpectedly good. My old fashion was tasty and well made with an ample amount instead of the “small serving you get at most restaurants. I will eat here again!
  18. A

    Angieo

    E. Tennessee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service with a nice ambiance. The catfish is amazing!
  19. s

    sparkesiii

    Fort Lauderdale

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was a creative mix of flavors, nicely balanced, beautifully presented, and all the dishes we tried were delicious. My only negative would be the cocktails. The one we tried sounded delicious, but the lemon citrus overpowered the drink.
  20. RO

    RheaO

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ordered salmon cake appetizer, cauliflower , brussel sprouts and a salad with 2 drinks to split with 3 people. Our bill was $100 and with a $20 tip that was a bit pricey. We came home and had desert since we were still hungry. The salmon patties were very good but really, $17 dollar drinks. Even though it was good I don’t think I will go back
  21. f

    floridanativ

    Phoenix

    111 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and service! Would love it if dessert got the same attention as the dinner menu.
  22. JG

    JGKA

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Food was bland and extremely under seasoned. Shrimp had an off putting taste. Service was extremely slow and actually took 40 minutes for a cocktail to be delivered after being ordered.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Recommended
  24. BS

    BirdofredumSawin

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We came by for a late lunch at 1:30 PM on a Monday. There were not many people in the restaurant, and it was very quiet. The menu is limited for lunch with only two small plates and three sandwiches listed. My chicken sandwich was very good and I had a nice beer with it.
  25. EK

    EmiK

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Limited menu. Nice ambiance. Inexperienced service.
  26. C

    Carla

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for our Anniversary/New Year's Brunch it was amazing! Yummy food and great server. We are grateful we have a nice restaurant to enjoy southern cuisine food.
  27. DA

    DominicA

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great, fresh food. The seasonings were spot on. The bloody mark was spicy and perfect Definitely get reservations for brunch! We will be eating here again!
  28. G

    Grant

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Service was not special.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had dinner before a concert and we were from out of town. It was lovely food and people were nice. Took a really long time though. Maybe short staffed? I would definitely go again but would give myself 3 hours to chill and take my time enjoying the place. We were there two hours and kind had to hurry along at the end so we could leave.
  30. EK

    EllenK

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Ambience was delightful.
  31. AA

    AmazingAsheville

    Western NC

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Benne on Eagle certainly has changed from the days when it debuted with a combination Low Country-Appalachian menu by Beard Nominee John Fleer and also from the time when it changed to a more Afrocentric menu. Now Benne has only has a handful of main dishes -- duck breast, strip steak, lamb meatballs, pork chop, catfish -- and they are a little hard to classify, though the restaurant is often categorized as modern soulfood. I believe last night when we were there the menu had a total of only about a dozen items, including salads, appetizers and maybe half a dozen entrees. Service was very efficient and fast, and the ambiance is enjoyable. However, the fried catfish entree ($32) didn't even remotely compare to the incredible fried catfish we loved during the restaurant's early days. That was the best catfish I ever ate, bar none. Not seeing anything that particularly appealed to me this time, I just had the fried green tomatoes starter ($17) as my entree. I don't quite get what the chef and other management have in mind for the restaurant -- is it a hotel restaurant? If so the limited menu may be a disadvantage to hotel guests. Or is it trying to be a cool Asheville restaurant in competition with places nearby like Limones, Chestnut and Cúrate? If so, entrees like Smothered Pork Chop ($38) and Steak with Peppers ($35) aren't going to attract the hip foodie crowd. As of today, for example, I see it's ranked only #176 out around 700 Asheville restaurants on TripAdvisor and averages four stars on Yelp.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place to get a nice dinner. Food was amazing, service was very nice. Cocktails are exquisite. The steak and peppers was tasty. The mac and cheese is a must. Crabcakes were good too. All in all, very pleased. I will be back again next time I am in town
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food is really, really unique and tasty.
  34. O

    Out2eat

    Western NC

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All the food was wonderful! The pork belly was amazing. Wonderful Appalachian soul food.
  35. JR

    JillR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    The menu had about 7 offerings, and they did not have 2 of the menu items. One of the items was fried green tomatoes. They did not have it and the explanation, which came from a team member that had on street clothes and was not easily identified as a staff person, was that the green tomatoes were not in season! My husband had a chicken sandwich which came with fries but was served with chips instead - with no explanation. There were bags of onions and other food items on the bar which looked very unprofessional. We had 2 coffees with Bailey's, $15 each, a chicken sandwich with no fires for $19 and a soup and grilled cheese for $13. I was unhappy with it all - even the cold coffee. I feel like we wasted $70.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Beautiful place…loved the decor. Food was very mediocre and overpriced. Sadly. Ordered bloody Mary’s and they were tasteless without any bling. Not worth it.
  37. R

    Rozzi02131

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great menu and wonderful staff. The restaurant is big, with an open kitchen and it still manages to be quiet. A wonderful time was had by all.
  38. AT

    AndreaT

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was not very flavorful and multiple items were overcooked. Service was lacking as well.
  39. SS

    SamanthaS

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time in Asheville and I have been doing so much traveling I really didn't want to leave the hotel [the Foundry=BEAUTIFUL] until our ticket time at The Biltmore. The roasted broccolini with bacon fat Caesar dressing [included crawdads and cornbread breadcrumbs] Delicious!!! Husband got the steak and peppers...steak cooked perfectly! so flavorful I got the lamb ricotta meatballs over lentils with pickled okra and red onions...Oh my...so good, I need to learn how to make lentils now...I will say it maybe need a bit more red onions [I could have done without the okra, but thats just because I'm not the biggest fan, but can appreciate when they are done right] Only compliant about the food was the cornbread in the beginning, cornbread was very good, but the butter was stone cold and un-spreadable, destroyed my cornbread, maybe a whipped honey butter is in the cards?? Please?? Also our server Alexis was fantastic! Very nice and welcoming and very fun and attentive! Overall, very impressed by this hotel restaurant!
  40. B

    Breakfast

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great. Never disappointing. Good service snd excellent food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

FAQs

Benne on Eagle offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 552-8833.

Benne on Eagle is rated 4.2 stars by 1783 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 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 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

    Casual Dress

  • 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

    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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