Benne on Eagle

4.5
1045 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 5-time James Beard-nominated chef John Fleer (Rhubarb, The Rhu) and Chef de Cuisine Malcolm McMillian. 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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DellaO
Charlotte
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a fantastic experience. The cocktails were great, the beer was cold and the food was outstanding. The hummingbird cake is a must!

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HeatherG
Western NC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, beautiful atmosphere, and DELICIOUS food and drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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Kats
Denver
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Menu a bit abbreviated, but items offered looked scrumptious enough it was difficult to decide. Our server, Nehemiah was friendly, professional & attentive. Food prepared perfectly, with different twists which we liked. Would like to see more dessert offerings! Would definitely plan to return…

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jannettem
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice for an evening out. Delish cocktails and food!

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HelenP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the trout and collards in broth. It was excellent. And the tomato appetizer was also very good.
Extremely short menu for food. Lots of good choices for beer and wine.
I'll be back soon.

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LeslieT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the braised short rib (best ever!) and my son had the Berbere spiced chicken, the food was excellent and fresh, the service was welcoming and warm, and we topped it off with the hummingbird cake and a snifter of the Duplimatico Rum!

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Kitty
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benne on Eagle never disappoints food was Devine and the service , friendliness and ambiance are terrific
The pours from the bar are The Best
And top notch art work from local artist Joseph Pearson. Go to Benne , you won’t be disappointed

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vipmba1211
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved two tables for six and staff quickly accommodated our party of twelve by moving tables together. Everyone was courteous and helpful. Service was great.

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vipDrkrisg
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I would have given them all outstanding since 3/5 of us got excellent meals but, the french toast was beyond caramelized, just burnt. They weren't very busy so there was no excuse to send out burnt food.

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CarolC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service were great. A little noisy. Would recommend this restaurant to a friend

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ScottJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Disappointed in the food. Pork chop was over cooked. Hummingbird cake was dry and tasteless. Service was excellent. I expected to pay a premium but quality needs to be better for us to return.

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DaveD
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Farm to Table. Outdoor seating was open to a courtyard and energetic. Food was outstanding in quality and taste.

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jerryg
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food was excellent, as was our server, Crystal. Really respect the team’s focus on African American heritage, location in the historic “Block,” and predominance of African Americans in the restaurant team. Sadly, to celebrate our anniversary, we seated next to an inconsiderate and unruly party of 15+. Needless to say, that quashed our ability to celebrate. We headed out as soon as we could get our check.

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vipDJHork
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening at Benne. Service was great. Food was excellent and beyond expectations. Loved the spiced chicken wings appetizer-not spicy hot, but super spice flavorful. Excellent crawfish rich for entree accompanied by a delightful white Sav Blanc wine. Highly recommend this restaurant off the beaten path.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, interesting mix of flavors. Best meal I had in Asheville. Our bartender/server, Brandon, was pleasant and efficient. Would highly recommend.

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viprbmoore2
Western NC
42 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently great and the service is impeccable. We’ve been back several times to take friends and have been warmly greeted at each visit. We love this place

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lovethemtns
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! Creative and unusual. Jerk squash would not have been something I would have thought to prepare but it was delicious. Everything tasted fresh from the garden. Our server, Alexis, was perfect!! Charming, knowledgeable, and on top of it! Will be back.

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ChristopherC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, simple, delicious food! Good wine selection, good atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Taking my wife’s mom and sister out to a great dinner before we headed back home.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience at Benne was phenomenal! From the food to the service to the personal visit at our table from Chef Malcom, I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Do yourself a favor and run to this place. You will not be disappointed.

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PhillipH
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A great place with a great story. The food was on point and very tastefully presented. Will definitely go back!

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vipdavidcurtissmith
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and incredible service -- always enjoy the porch and the food was imaginative and incredible.

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vipMaAnnM
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The patio seating here is lovely with a view over the lawn of the Foundry Hotel and it’s quiet while the inside is more noisy. Our meals were a mix. The tomato salad with hyssop was one of the best, more interesting things we had. The chicken was also very tasty with an interesting combination of flavors. I cannot recommend the smoked trout, however. It was probably cooked just right but the flavor was just too strong and the fish a bit tough. The squash sauce with it was delicious but didn’t make up for it. Great Malbec. Staff pleasant and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! The restaurant space is gorgeous. Made the mistake of not going in hungry; definitely make room for food and the Hummingbird cake!

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GrayT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Crystal is an awesome waiter as is the manager. The vibe was great. My pork chop was awesome except that I would have liked a bit of veg on the plate. The portion of the salad was plenty to share. A bit on the salty side however. My date liked the trout but I would not have enjoyed it from the taste I had.

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vipTsprad
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great pork chop and Humming Bird cake.

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Downsized
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very disappointed that dynamite Pork Chop Dish ordered in past was changed to smaller size with no price change and was over-cooked as well.

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Lynnie
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for brunch and service was friendly and wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to this restaurant but to our surprise the food was delicious. My crawfish rice was amazing, balanced flavor. Recommend to all, try this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting! Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Apps and entrees were delicious. Do not recommend the two desserts though. 4 of us at the table thought the chocolate cake was dry and banana one wasn’t great either :(

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vipStSimon
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food it was ok. Would definitely return.

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vipArlynB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, unique foods. Our server Nehemiah was attentive and professional

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We booked a table at 8 on a Friday. We were seated promptly, ordered some drinks and an appetizer. Waited forever, then our appetizers came but still no drinks. Main course was the same story. The menu was small, the food presented fairly simply. The vegetables were cold. When we commented we got a new serving, this time with some griddle marks but still cold.
Overall the experience did not tempt us to come back.

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HaizeL
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with a variety of options for every palate. Laid back vibe. Courteous and friendly staff. Bartender was exceptional!

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QueensFeaster
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the back patio. The attentive servers were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. Can’t wait to go again when we come to Asheville.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nehemiah was wonderful. He did a great job explaining the menu.

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KateB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic local spot. Excellent service, great menu and drink list. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!!

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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 1045 OpenTable diners.

Benne on Eagle does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1876/benne-on-eagle.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.