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Bar - Benne on Eagle, Asheville, NC

Benne on Eagle

4.5
4.5
1611 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 19 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 1,611 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 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. SD

    StephenD

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place for foodies! Food was great. Just a bit too much salt in two of our dishes- the cauliflower app and salmon cakes. Would recommend this place!
  2. K

    Karolyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good! The cornbread and pork belly small plates were so delicious. Expect a complex mixture of flavors beyond what one would expect in every dish. We ate on the back patio and it felt like we were miles from the city.
  3. B

    Bobby

    Western NC

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Disappointed the patio was not opened since we requested it. Otherwise a very nice dinner.
  4. RL

    RossaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A party of 6 of us dined here for lunch. I had wanted to go for a long time. The lunch menu had seven dishes to choose from, and we tried all but the hot chicken sandwich. The oyster po-boy was a five star dish; the burger seemed to be as well. Kale salad and fried green tomatoes were also excellent. The pork belly and the watermelon salad were full of flavor. However, it seemed these two dishes were both missing something - perhaps a carb to soak up some of the oil with on the pork, and for the watermelon salad it’s hard to say. Although, the watermelon itself was perfect. Service staff was great. The order took a bit longer than expected. The price was fair for the quality. Looking forward to having dinner there.
  5. K

    Kedr

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Lunch reservation at noon for indoors. Hostess was pleasant. Server initially had the vibe of "Ugh. Can't believe I have the lunch shift today." She wasn't rude, but there was no indication that she was happy we were there. She warmed a little as the meal went on, but that first impression was tainted our whole experience. The burgers and chicken sandwich were good, even if my burger was salty. Also, I get it--it's an fancy restaurant, but when eating burgers with tater tots (which were excellent), having 1 oz metal cups 1/3 filled with ketchup feels stingy. I liked the feel of the place. Open. Not too noisy. Heavy/solid décor. The prices are higher than I'd expect: $19 for a burger? Maybe I should look at it as the pleasure of paying airport prices without having to go to the airport. I don't know. Asheville is a great town, especially for restaurants. But this place, with the server who initially could just tolerate us to the prices to stingy ketchup...it felt like this place was focused on itself rather than being focused on the customer. If you're interested in the opposite of this place, drive 2.5 hours to Charlotte and sit in a booth at the Landmark diner on Central Ave. There, a server who is at least 30 will treat you like you've shown up at their house for dinner. You can peruse the tome of a menu, and that server will bring stuff you didn't even know you were going to need (extra napkins, a basket of bread, to-go boxes). They make you feel like their main goal for that hour is to be sure you're comfortable and well cared for. Benne on Eagle? Our experience made me feel like I was supposed to be grateful I got to eat there.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Overall service was great food was ok
  7. JS

    JeremyS

    Naples

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 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
  8. JM

    JeffM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 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!
  9. SK

    SandraK

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 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.
  11. RD

    RogerD

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    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.
  12. HC

    HarveyC

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 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.
  13. m

    marymack

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place and food was delicious!
  14. G

    Gator

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 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.
  15. 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.
  16. g

    gnat

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive menu, delicious food, beautiful presentation and thoughtful service! Would recommend! We had a lovely dinner here!
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. S

    Slim

    E. Tennessee

    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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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
  25. SH

    SaraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, would highly highly recommend!
  26. 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.
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. 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
  30. JZ

    JenniferZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Great drinks! The service was fantastic.
  31. 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
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Our server was very friendly. We ll be going back !
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. AH

    AlenaH

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all around!!!

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 1611 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 19 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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