Benne on Eagle

4.5
713 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service!

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terryr
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Not much to choose from if you're a basic toast and eggs type of person. Also it was disappointing that each cup of coffee was an additional fee. Our egg sandwich was rather bland.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Service was great!!

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vipelizabetht
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance excellent! Love it there!

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vipDrSyence
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I usually enjoy Benne but this experience was horrible. I made 10:30 reservations for a business breakfast. I was about five minutes late but the two other people in my party were on time and had been seated. When I sat down, they told me they had already ordered breakfast for me because the kitchen closed at 10:30. Why would a place take a reservation for 10:30 if they were no longer accepting food orders? Very strange! On top of it, my breakfast was not hot (and not that great), and it took an exceptionally long time to get a drink.

To make matters worse, the kitchen started playing death metal music while we were eating! I'm open to a lot of genres, but this is not acceptable in a restaurant. The server was very sweet but the whole experience was bizarre. This is the second not great experience I've had at Benne, so I will not be returning.

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vipGeorgeM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely small restaurant. Fine service. I hope they survive the regulations.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for breakfast and immediately walked in and fell in love with the decor. I ordered the Benedict and my husband ordered the biscuits and gravy. The food was great!! I think the next time I go back, I will go for brunch!

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DeborahD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best oatmeal! Pleasant helpful staff. Delicious omelet with local greens salad.

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AllyneP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brendon was our Server for NYE dinner and we went back for Sunday Brunch after his recommendation. I have not remember the last time we had such an amazing brunch and we live in NYC. The food is truly amazing, the service... the best ! A friendly staff for sure. Don't miss the Sunday Brunch with a $5 mimosa + mushrooms grits and pease, please add the biscuits.

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AvlLocal
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sadly, not worth the hype. Had heard such rave reviews. Got the mushroom toast and local salad for apps - mushroom toast was heavy and not very dynamic. Salad was missing the shrimp that we had requested and was suuuuper salty. My trout entry was very typical smoked trout and paired oddly with the lobster broth. Service was fantastic as were the drinks. But the food fell flat.

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AtleeL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and our waiter Brandon was great and so helpful!

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StephenD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Small plates were amazing. Grits and beef short ribs were a good compliment to each other. Will def be back!

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MikeW
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizer was excellent (mushroom toast) and the entree I chose of trout was superb

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vipCharles
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Unfortunately our server, Sapporah, ruined any potential positive aspect of the visit, and management’s lack of response to direct feedback sealed the deal. The food was fair to good (it was breakfast so most of the items are standard hotel breakfast dishes, although the cornmeal pancakes were one unique option). Namely, she claimed the restaurant offered only traditional coffee and nothing espresso-based. We later learned this was incorrect. When I sent an email to restaurant management, and confirmed that the hotel would also talk to restaurant management, I was greeting with radio silence. Further, our wait to be seated was six minutes long, not because there were no tables but because the host was “busy with something else” in the small office behind the host stand. A prime example of how indifferent or poor service can ruin any potential a restaurant may have.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast

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vipcinsoozy
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

yummy food, exceptional "Benne Biscuits"! All food cooked delightfully. A favorite place.

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LarryM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Neat atmosphere and very friendly staff. Food was interesting , good portions. The beef has a rub on it that was extremely salty. The rice ball appetizer was novel and quite good. But for the salt, it was a good experience.

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Shelby
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was delicious! It was comfort food at its finest and I'd recommend it to anyone. The service was terrific and the atmosphere was stylish but cozy. Great place for drinks with a date or a family meal.

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Fred
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food experience. The fried rice balls and curry wings really made our night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omelette was delicious. Mimosas were great.

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burghfood
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was Christmas morning - it was a relaxing and enjoyable breakfast. Service was a little slow, but not horribly. We ordered the omelet and pancakes and enjoyed both dishes.

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vipMadcap1
Western NC
65 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best wings ever! Great service as always. Delicious dinner options. My husband and I had the grain bowl and our friends had the chicken and beef rib entrees. The cocktails were great too!

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vipawal
Western NC
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Wednesday night. It was not packed at all. The service was very good. The food was excellent. We parked on the street and were able to get a good spot.

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vipTane
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Trying too hard to be something it's not. Food was just okay. Service was good but we were a few minutes early for our 8am breakfast reservation so they basically kicked us out and made us stand out in the cold

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vipJHutchison
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience overall. The drinks, food, atmosphere, and people were wonderful. Perfect brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Love the ambiance and the food. Cocktails were fantastic also. It’s a must try.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Brandon was a great server who described our dishes perfectly. If you come to Asheville you gotta go here.

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Decanter
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and amazing cuisine. The staff was very supportive and accommodating for food allergies.

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AM21
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Server was great but my wine tasted like it was poured out of a bottle that was open for a week and the food wasn’t good at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing meal! Shared a few small plates and then spilt the Bear Creek Beef & Dumplings...which was full of beautiful flavors! A must in Asheville.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience1

The service was terrible. We waited quite some time to get our order in. Our waiter didn’t check on us. We had to grab other wait staff if we wanted a drink. Food was over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat outside in the quiet with no music. There was a dog tied off in the alley that barked and whined constantly. It was distracting and heart breaking all at the same time. When we asked if we could eat inside we were told no even though it was quite dead inside.

I asked our waiter if I could sub in it the sweet potatoes for kale or collards and he just said no but he could leave them off altogether. No hospitality or personality whatsoever.

The perloo was disgusting. I love pickled and acidic but this was basically inedible. Steak was bitter from over charring. We are Asheville natives and treating family to dinner out at a restaurant that we thought would be good. Some of the worst food I’ve ever had that I paid THAT much money for.

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MelissaR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benne served delicious and unique food and drinks. Loved everything we ordered.

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vipShreck
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good atmosphere, food and service. The smoked scallop salad was a bit overpowering, and the fried gizzards were overcooked.

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BillG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Felt very safe during these stressful times. Will be back again.

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TimA
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

The appetizer recommended Pickles and Gizzards had the gizzards fried to dark brown and gizzards hard, too hard. The meats on the board were no better than regular summer sausage and “Slim Jim’s”.

The coffee was served too far in advance of the dessert and was warm.... less warm when dessert arrived.

The Chocolate Bread Pudding appeared old and was hard on one side.

Not a recommendation!

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PhebeW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I ordered the trout and grits and the chicken with sweet potato dumplings. Both were excellent!! We shared, both had plenty to eat, and I still had some to take home. The preparation was unique and delicious. Since it was chilly and there was plenty of room, we opted to eat indoors. We did look at the patio, and in warmer weather, that would be a lovely place to eat. hope to be able to go to Benne for dinner sometime this winter now that I know that their indoor dining room allows for plenty of social distancing. Kudos to the staff of this fine restaurant!!

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DeborahB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good protocols for Covid. Server did her job well. Drink from bar was good although not sure about the giant ice cubes every restaurant in Asheville seems to be using.
Poached egg was requested to be soft... came over cooked, on top of oxtails w/ pink beans which were quite nice. My partner ordered chicken and sweet potato dumplings. Chicken was good; dumplings mushy. Just sayin'. My Grandma made way better as do I.
Disappointing that there were not breakfast pastries or dessert available during brunch.
Realizing that Covid presents extraordinary issues for restaurants to remain open, I wonder. Does a chef work that much harder to strive for the higher standard or just coast? And get through until this is over.

When competition a block down is so superb, one would think the obvious choice would be to go the extra distance.

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ElbertaM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perhaps the best breakfast I've ever had. Yogurt parfait was amazing. Homemade everything with gourmet flavor. The eggs benedict was something really special due to type of bread used and a lemony Hollandaise that stole the show. Crystal was our server and she was super busy but still made the time to take such good care of us. I really appreciated her skills and amazing attitude - she makes us feel like her only customer. This restaurant is a must visit.

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DarcyF
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice breakfast while staying at the Foundry hotel. Pluses: homemade yogurt, eggs, home fries. The bacon and biscuits could be better. The atmosphere is nice and service was friendly and attentive.

FAQs

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

Benne on Eagle is rated 4.5 stars by 713 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.