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Bar - Benne on Eagle, Asheville, NC

Benne on Eagle

4.4
4.4
1663 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 13 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

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What 1,663 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • 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. CM

    CMDateNight

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pork belly is the best in town!! Nice ambience, great service. The drinks (old fashion-type) delicious. Had such a great experience!
  2. SM

    SueM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic cocktails, and food! The corn bread, tomatoes, chicken and dumplings, lamb meatballs were delicious, but the fried catfish amd the mac n cheese were so delicious!!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Service and atmosphere also A+! Try the shrimp poboy! The best!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Service was SO slow and getting extra condiments and water refills was impossible! Food was good but I would not recommend until service improves.
  5. LR

    LeeRee

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this restaurant. Will go back next time in Asheville
  6. e

    eatdrinksouth

    Greensboro

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous meal at Benne on Eagle. We ordered several dishes with friends for a tasting menu experience. Every single dish is like a party in your mouth. Every dish was thoughtfully and imaginatively executed. Service was excellent, Jessica was spot on. We will be back
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was good, creative, but not great. Service was extraordinarily slow. Not a good value overall.
  8. O

    Outie

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. GREAT food, great ambience, perfect location, all good.
  9. KB

    KristieB

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. We made reservations but really wouldn’t have needed them. We were seated right away. Our server was quick and friendly and helpful with good recommendations. I had the fried green tomatoes and the pork belly. My husband had the chicken and dumplings. Everything was delicious! I actually wish it had been crowded when we were there (6:45pm on a Friday evening.) I want to see this restaurant succeed! They’re doing everything right!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant! Everything was tasty and the service was excellent !
  11. FR

    FRANKH

    Warwickshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was very informed, helpful and engaging. Food was original and plentiful and certainly more than we could eat. Range of beers and cocktails was also very good. My wife had a blackberry bourbon which was original and delicious.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were in town for the weekend, and when looking for a nice meal, with a diverse menu, Benne was recommended by a bartender at a local craft brewery. She was spot on! The menu had options for all, both as appetizers and entrées. Our server was very cordial, and equally knowledgeable about the menu. I wouldn’t normally focus any effort on a salad dressing, but the Benne Seed house dressing offered on the kale salad was amazing! The pork belly app was super, and both of our main courses (salmon cakes and glazed duck breast) couldn’t have been more expertly prepared. Kudos to the staff! The bar was well stocked, offering some high end bourbon and rum selections. The signature mixed drinks looked amazing, however I imbibe mostly neat, so I cannot verify, for certain. This was our 16th anniversary, and I would go back there for special occasions again. Highly recommend!
  13. JC

    JudyC

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was friendly and efficient. Food was delicious.
  14. r

    richardm

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner was fantastic. We sat outside and it was great. Food, service and ambiance were all top notch.
  15. MB

    MargieB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I was disappointed with the taste of the food. The fish was not seasoned and the cornbread was bland. I had heard so many good things about the restaurant prior to visiting. Hopefully, it was an off night.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Duck was outstanding, chicken & dumplings was not hot but warm with very few dumplings. Overall OK meal with great margaritas.
  17. LB

    LindaB

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious but charging $12 for two pieces of cornbread seems wrong. The entrees were priced fairly though.
  18. DL

    DanielL

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience at Benne on Eagle was great. The food was phenomenal and they make one of the best manhattans I’ve ever had. Service was on point. All in all a wonderful experience.
  19. D

    Deborahw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally enjoyed everything we ordered. Top quality and service.
  20. O

    Otis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. We had Crispy Pork Belly, Salmon Cakes and Fried Catfish dinner. The food was the best we had in Asheville, and we dined at other James Beard mentioned restaurants. Highly recommend.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good wasn’t as creative or tasty as expected. Small portions and atmosphere very cold. We were excited to go as we had heard good things, but not as innovative as described.
  22. TD

    TeeDeeBee

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Beautiful interior with awesome art and music.
  23. k

    kathyp

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant! But our server never once came to refill coffee or water or even bring us our food (we saw it was just sitting on the counter for several minutes and then saw they were then trying to find someone to bring it to us). Some of the food arrived not as ordered. Wish I could recommend this restaurant… but we cannot!
  24. M

    Marti

    Charleston

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Our reservation was at 11:30 am. Upon arrival we were surprised to be informed that our reservation was during the kitchen change over from breakfast to lunch service and as a result it would be a 20 min delay.Breakfast I was told ended at 10:30?? We were seated and waited 20 min before a waitress even took our drink orders. Table was not set. Waitress told us it was going be a longer delay but took our order so we would first in line for lunch service… 1 hour later we got our entrees. Fries were cold. Two of the three entrees were average one was good. I had to go in and ask for silverware. I rarely if ever post a review must less a negative one. My question is why do you offer this as a time for a reservation if the kitchen is essentially closed? Inexcusable. And a 20 minutes delay is not an hour delay. Staff though nice seemed completely unconcerned and didn’t offer much of an apology. Very disappointed based on reviews.
  25. JM

    JamesM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Brunch was to celebrate my sister and brother-in-law coming in to town, was our first time to this well respected restaurant. We were forgotten for over an hour after placing our order, management did try to make this right by picking up the tab, but a whole hour? Order was lost, our server didn’t come by…..the dishes we ordered when they did arrive were good. Probably not going back there again…
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious southern meal! great service and cocktails.
  27. NC

    NCMOM

    Charlotte

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Very limited menu. Cauliflower was good, salmon cakes were great. Lamb meatballs were marginal, arrived barely warm. I had the broccolini Caesar salad. Guess I should have read the description, as it was NOT a Caesar salad at all. Drinks were good. Came based on reviews, disappointed for sure.
  28. RA

    RAPNYC

    West Palm Beach

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We stated with the delicious pork belly appetizer and two of us had the pork chops with a light mushroom gravy and fluffy real mashed potatoes while another had the roasted duck. All delicious! As we’re their cocktails!!
  29. BC

    BruceC

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Can't wait to go back.
  30. M

    Margo

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Food was weird and overpriced. Staff was unconcerned with service. They seemed to be having a good time with each other though.
  31. SC

    StephenC

    Tallahassee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT!!!!
  32. PC

    PaulC

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a relatively new opening on the AVL dining scene. Tucked away on Eagle you have to know it is there. The wine, beer and cocktail offering will blow you away. Really reasonably priced vs other places. The food is southern inspired and is fantastic. Preparations are perfect as are the presentations. We enjoyed last night so much we canceled at another highly praised place to eat at Benne again. We highly recommend Benne as a don’t miss experience.
  33. MM

    MillyM

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful treat! The food was amazing and the staff are thoughtful and kind. A great place to celebrate!
  34. j

    jcwadeaz

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although we are locals, this was our first experience dining at Benne on Eagle. The menu provides some unique foods and our part of 6 sampled them widely. All of the appetizers and entrees were wonderful. We had two of the party with food restrictions. Our server got tied up with other tables so the Manager became our server. She went out of her way to markup the menu providing information on ingredients and substitutions. We all got what we could eat. Because we were celebrating an anniversary and a birthday, the restaurant quietly provided complimentary desserts. The only food issue we had was the peach cobbler was a bit undercooked. Otherwise, everything was terrific.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our bright and knowledgeable server Faith and the delicious intentionally made food made Benne a 5 star meal.
  36. R

    Rich

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious original flavors cooked to perfection 10/10
  37. FM

    FerdiMac

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Fair at best. The lamb dibi did not resemble lamb, more like mush and it was not at all lamb colored which seemed suspicious. My husband ordered the chicken dish after seeing a neighboring tables order. His was significantly smaller. For a $29 chicken entree although tasty and moist was small. However he also ordered the 5 cheese Mac and cheese which was good. Can’t stand it when wait staff in a supposedly fine restaurant, or any for that matter, is not educated enough to know to leave all plates on the table until all people are finished eating. Although it touted itself as a progressive restaurant promoting the values of the African Americans in this historic part of Asheville, there was little evidence that we observed in the restaurants actual operation. For example, all wait staff were young Caucasian women, the only AA were the two food runners . Secondly we learned the original chef Ashley, a queer African American women was no longer there and three others have come and gone. We suspect the owners and backers of the restaurant are the same people that own the Foundry Hotel, which appears to be a large corporate investment and not one owned by the African American community. Also, while the decor had some charcoal sketches of African American woman and African motif on a small portion of the walls the general appearance and architecture was very much a contemporary, hip, modern style restaurant.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff. The food was amazing
  39. O

    Ojay

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was very knowledgeable, and his recommendations were on the money. Food and drink quality was top tier. The peach cobbler is a must-try!
  40. r

    roofy

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we have ever had in Asheville. This 'scratch' restaurant affords you an excellent dining experience.

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 4.4 stars by 1663 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 13 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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