Benne on Eagle

4.5
770 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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Mindy
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a jewel Benne on Eagle is in the Asheville restaurant scene!

My husband and I were entertaining a special out of town guest recently and we knew Benne on Eagle would be especially meaningful to her. We went to Sunday brunch and had a delightful experience! The cuisine was delicious and innovative. Our server could not have been more helpful and accommodating. It was definitely a noteworthy experience! As an aside, we were grateful and impressed with the extent of social distancing and careful attention during this time. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

What once was my favorite restaurant in AVL is now a major disappointment.

With the change in chef, the soul is gone.

The first clue was an Aperol citrus spritzer on the cocktail list in February. True, there are clueless tourists here in summer cotton dresses, but that is best served in July when you want to drink all day and not progress past a pleasant buzz.

I ordered “Pork three ways”... Like the saying goes, someone is always left out in a three-way. Unfortunately, it was me.

It came with raw Brussels sprouts, not pickled. And it was in a bowl and covered in gravy. The menu said nothing about a gravy! I gag when food is served this way. And the pork rind which was the third “way” was a powdered crumble. Honey, that’s a garnish. It was a hot mess that was promptly sent away.

The new pastry person kept the Hummingbird cake on the menu.... dangerous considering how amazing the old version was. If the “Fudgesicle” that is the only other dessert is any indication, I should have bought that box of Girl Scout cookies on the corner. Not good.

Ashleigh, we miss you. To everyone else, we won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% perfection in every sense of the word. Just fantastic.

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vipGriffinW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal.

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JesseR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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Dberg
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food was overpriced. Oven baked chicken and fries $30. Food was adequate but not worth pricing. Also I didn’t have the gumbo, but shitake and chutney doesn’t belong in gumbo. Staff was kind and place is beautiful. Great location just overpriced food

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AdelaideC
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Just went for a glass of wine and dessert. The staff was so friendly! Dessert was okay, got the brownie (should have been warmed) and the cheesecake (fresh raspberry sauce was delicious!). It was very well lit, too much for our liking but that’s okay. Love the design of the restaurant!

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Hope
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved our visit to Benne. Excellent service, terrific food. The pea and bacon soup was outstanding, as was the beet salad. Chicken and frites was a great twist on steak frites, with delicious collards done just right, and a duck jus. The wines were lovely, as well. Rasberry cheesecake for dessert - yum! I enjoyed the peaceful, quiet ambiance so we could hear each other talk. We sat outside, and the Covid precautions made us all feel very safe and cared for.

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Tuck
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch southern food. An absolute delicacy. Corina the manager checked up on us and ensured our experience was perfect. That level of care goes a long way for me and my wife.

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Tuck
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal. The trout was exquisite. Our waiter Nehemiah took great care of us. This was the kind of southern comfort I was looking for when I came to Asheville. Did not disappoint a single bit.

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MARKO
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as fabulous. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable an helpful on our first visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I dined here on a recent weekend in Asheville. We had been to Rhubarb(same owner) and liked it so we gave Benne a try. Everything was top notch. Brandon our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We had wings and mac and cheese to start, both were fabulous. I had gumbo and it was as good as I’ve ever had. Less of a soup and more of a dish. My wife had pork chops. They were tender and juicy. The dining area was well spaced and comfortable. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with Breakfast at Benne on Eagle. Alexis was our server and she was very nice and great with her recommendations. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Logs
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Just not worth it. Like eating straight salt. Everything "recommended" was awful.

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vipValC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our menu items were outstanding - the shrimp purloo was so flavorful, with unique tastes and textures. The plump large shrimp were cooked to perfection! The service was excellent-very warm and knowledgeable server.

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MattD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Definitely recommend the cornbread, macaroni and cheese, and the pork chops!! Great ambience sitting outside. Went for Valentine’s Day dinner, and the lighting, scenery, outdoor heaters made for a great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing!

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Ocalas
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious authentic southern food and expertly cooked and spiced. Surprisingly a long wait for the plates to arrive since the restaurant is only half full due to Covid capacity rules. But well worth it altogether. Great staff and warm convivial atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back.

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Manzorama
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were there for Valentine's Day Brunch and it was very enjoyable. The menu specials were excellent and they had $5 mimosas that day. The waitress was very pleasant and diligent. Great atmosphere, beautiful and bright modern space.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Valentine’s Day brunch with my love

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annieh
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The menu was very limited with not a lot to choose from. I had the gumbo which was ok- the wings were good

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wonderful service! Such a quaint and lovely restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Go here!

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AVLlaura
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I noticed on this (my third visit in 2+ years) that there are a few servers who have been at Benne since the restaurant's inception. They are fabulous! Also don't miss the generous charcuterie board with the heavenly pork rind. Tip: take a brimmed hat in case you are seated in a spot directly under a light. Otherwise the ambience is lovely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food! We got the Valentine’s Day price fixe menu. Every single dish was delicious and cooked perfectly. The mashed potatoes were for the gods. I have never had such creamy and delicious mashed potatoes. The prime rib was cooked to perfection. Tables were spaced out and service was excellent. Highly highly recommend!

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KimY
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I absolutely loved this place! We were in town for the weekend and ended up making reservations here and I am so glad we did. The flavors in the food are out of this world. Don't let the menu scare you if it is outside your usual realm of taste. The flavorful food and drink menu will delight your taste buds! My husband and I both got a full entree and it is really enough to split and maybe get another side dish to round things out. Whatever you do, don't forget dessert!!

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viplive2eat
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great breakfast, and look forward to the next time. My husband loved the pancakes, and I enjoyed my country ham eggs Benedict. The hollandaise sauce was sublime. Only suggestion-serve the coffee hot. It was merely warm on a cold, rainy morning.

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cyborgpapi
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place we ate at during our weekend trip to Asheville. Food was phenomenal. Staff was incredibly welcoming, warm, and helpful.

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vipTomL
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I hate to give a bad review in a pandemic but wow...; just not very good. Service was spotty. I’m a vegetarian and understand that will limit my options on occasion. But in Asheville? The menu had zero vegetarian options beyond Mac and cheese (very good) and a salad. That’s ok but asked if I could order some vegetable side dishes the answer was no. No creativity, no flexibility, no options... that’s ok, read the menu and make a call. I won’t recommend or return.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Valentine special menu was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal here. Seemed like an elevated southern style menu. Highly recommend the wings appetizer, pork chops and trout.

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vipWRSitze
Atlanta
58 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benne exceeded our expectations! We ordered the Mac & cheese and cornbread with duck fat butter to start. Both were very tasty! For our mains we had the pork chop with potatoes (fantastic) and the turkey gumbo (delicious, deconstructed). We finished with the awesome bourbon chocolate bread pudding! Service was fantastic throughout our visit.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

FANTASTIC food, service, and I especially appreciated the creativity and thought that went into each dish. We have never had food quite like that before- I love food that makes me think and tells a story. Very well done Chef!

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MorrisB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty meal with extremely pleasant service!!

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SteveE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the place! Gumbo, salad and pork chop. Huge portions all around. We took home almost 1/3 for another great meal.

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AlyssaB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon was an awesome waiter! The manager is so kind and thoughtful. Great crew doing great things! One of the best in Asheville!

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vipHdish
Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine is inspired! Enjoyed Brandon’s service and guiding us with wine pairings.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful mealtime exp

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vipMartinI
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great service, food was ok, I had pork special, fatty and way over salty . Grits and salad were great

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

There is a limited menu due to COVID and everything on the menu is unique

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 770 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.