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Bar - Benne on Eagle, Asheville, NC

Benne on Eagle

4.5
4.5
1604 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 20 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

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

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What 1,604 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville

    American

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  1. JS

    JeremyS

    Naples

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Once we were seated staff didn’t seem to work a section they bounced all around. This made getting drinks and other things non existent, ordered wine with meal had to stop eating so that I had food when my wine came. Staff seemed ti be attentive just poor management of staff in my opinion
  2. JM

    JeffM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I grew up in Asheville and was back visiting for a jazz festival. I knew of Benne’s and looking forward to dining there. The service, food and hospitality was superb! We even tipped the chef. So proud of my town!
  3. SK

    SandraK

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ambience and service. Thanks Benne!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We were very disappointed with our experience. Although our drinks were good, everything else tasted terrible and/or was extremely overpriced. The staff: while some were friendly, our server was inattentive and visibly annoyed. It really sucked to drop over two hundred dollars and most of us not even fill our bellies.
  5. RD

    RogerD

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Service was good, cool atmosphere but cost for what you get, lots of better option in town, and don’t get the lamb. For $34 , you would expect two pieces of real lamb, not dried out ground lamb that the portion was worthy of an appetizer , maybe.
  6. HC

    HarveyC

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Order breakfast but the server entered the wrong food. I tried it but the fresh fruit was off and the shrimp in the shrimp and grits smelled off. Some of it was almost cooked and others were overdone of leftover. Server did not know the menu.
  7. m

    marymack

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place and food was delicious!
  8. G

    Gator

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our visit to Benne on Eagle, and we were overwhelmed how great it was. Our server, Daniel, knew the menu perfectly and made our experience even better. The food and service were both outstanding. We will be back soon. Benne is now one of our top of the list Asheville restaurants. One recommendation— make the cornbread more spicy by increasing the chili peppers.
  9. JC

    JessieC

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! The cocktails, cornbread, salmon cakes, steak, and mashed were all fabulous! The service and location were great too.
  10. g

    gnat

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive menu, delicious food, beautiful presentation and thoughtful service! Would recommend! We had a lovely dinner here!
  11. RB

    ReneeB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food fantastic. Server was knowledgeable, attentive and professional. A return visit will be a must!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside in the covered patio during a rainstorm- so lovely. Highlights were the cornbread, pork belly and chicken main. Definitely recommend.
  13. H

    Hankib

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best meal we’ve had in years! The cocktails were unique and delicious while the food was creative, inspiring & wonderful. The staff were friendly and attentive. We can’t wait to come back to Asheville & the first meal will be here!
  14. S

    Slim

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing! The artwork, staff, food, etc. I’m bringing my husband next time for Date Night!
  15. D

    Debra

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience3
    Took almost an hour to get our food for Sunday brunch and the restaurant was not busy. My husband is not a big eater, but he was looking for more food when he finished his huevos rancheros. I got the crawfish benedict and crawfish were not good. I left them. Some problems to work out here.
  16. KS

    KimberlyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Staff was friendly, and food was good, however if you order the trout beware that it isn’t deboned, and comes with head and tail which is not appetizing. Unfortunately our server was nice, but really slow. Attractive atmosphere, but very loud.
  17. g

    gardeningtarheel

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I dined at Benne for the first time Saturday night and thought it was fabulous. I highly recommend the FuFu Gnudi. It was delicious. The kale salad was a generous portion that we shared. The cornbread was yummy with the apple butter. The salmon cakes were good but not spectacular. We plan to go back and get the watermelon salad and broccolini! Our server was so good, a local, and personable. Altogether a great experience; we will definitely go back...soon!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    The food was good but it took a long time despite not being busy. The food was expensive and the portions small so we left hungry
  19. SH

    SaraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, would highly highly recommend!
  20. KP

    KevinP

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect spot for Sunday brunch. Chef Ophus knows food - everything we tried was awesome. He also sets the tone for the entire service experience, which was warm and welcoming. Like someone invited us into their home. We'll be back.
  21. d

    daraw

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Faith, our server, was an UTTER delight! and the food was sensational!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience5
    Burger was dry. Overpriced at $18. Hot chicken sandwich was a breaded pressed chicken thigh that did not taste good. Huevos Rancheros was amazing. Service just ok. In hindsight we now know why we could get reservations last minute. The place was empty. Won’t be back.
  23. JE

    JacquieE

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Very disappointing. I was really excited to try this restaurant after reading about it in Garden&Gun and reviewing their website. Service was forced and staff seemed uninterested. Food was fair, not reflective of online menu. Barely any of the ingredients described were in the dishes. Not reflective of a James Beard Finalist
  24. JZ

    JenniferZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Great drinks! The service was fantastic.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our waitress was outstanding. We didn't care for the extra salt in the escovietched fish skin so she replaced the meal with a very delicious catfish. She went above and beyond and we really appreciated it
  26. SA

    ShannonA

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food- very unexpected menu with unique twists! Beautiful presentation! Charming and helpful waitstaff. Don’t miss this place.
  27. LA

    LeslieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful place with unique tastes. A gem in the impressive crown that is the “food scene” of Asheville.
  28. BF

    BrennonF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was very unique and absolutely delicious! We had the fried green tomatoes, the octopus, the roasted broccolini, catfish, lamb, and steak (big party haha!) Everything was incredible tasting!
  29. M

    Morte4

    Hawaii

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent menu with Afro Caribbean twist. Small plates are great for sharing. Wonderful wine list.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing. The staff is excellent and the food was beyond amazing.
  31. LP

    LarryP

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Great service and meals. We're returning soon, and high recommend it.
  32. CG

    ClaireG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and our server was so helpful. He assisted us with order recommendations, as we wanted to do several small plates instead of starters/main courses. He made sure we got enough variety and balance to make it a spectacular dining experience. I do wish the wine list was more expansive, but that is a minor quibble, as the cocktail list and beer selections were fine.
  33. AH

    AlenaH

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all around!!!
  34. AR

    ARay51

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Brandon was amazing in creating craft cocktails as good as I’ve had anywhere. Every course of the meal was an education in African spices. Every serving was like a dance on your tongue. We will be back and would highly recommend Benne’s and Brandon to anyone looking for an amazing culinary experience like few others.
  35. m

    mandy

    Western NC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Benne has a delightfully different menu and food is unlike any other in downtown Asheville. The chef is highly creative. Our favorites were the plantains (don't miss them - yummy!), the broccolini, and the afro yard chicken. So wonderful! This is one of the few restaurants in downtown Asheville where you see Black folks and white folks in almost equal numbers. Wish more restaurants were like this one. The art work on the walls is amazing with portrait drawings of Black people who were important in Asheville's history as well as an acrylic painting by local Ashevile artist, Jenny Pickens. It is really a comfortable restaurant with delicious food and an excellent vibe.
  36. s

    stillaftermath

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely excellent food, bar, and service. The seared octopus and catfish dishes on our visit were impeccable.
  37. FL

    FrankL

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience4
    Food is always amazing! Lately it has seen less variety, and the new owners (hotel) are limiting what the place stood for. BENNE ON EAGLE, stands for the neighborhood at creation. It is losing that quickly! The Mary Jo Johnson plate in honor of local powerhouse woman. Has been renamed for some guy! Historically amazing brunch place, but seems to be getting the corporate makeover to no longer celebrate the block!
  38. W

    Wilson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Ask for Brandon, or Kieth. The food is great, they sometimes are understaffed so the servers get a little swamped
  39. GO

    GO24

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food love the atmosphere.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Waffle House quality breakfast, priced as a 3 Michelin star Server got the order mixed up…. Can’t seat inside, only outside….. Two breakfast for $60…. Never again.

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 4.5 stars by 1604 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 20 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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