Benne on Eagle

4.5
796 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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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely history in this homage to southern Appalachian cuisine.

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vipAustinFoodie24
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benne is one of our favorite places in town. The food always wows us and the service is impeccable. Highly recommend cocktails on their patio on beautiful evenings.

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karlan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.. Excellent service. Our table was ready when we arrived. The food is innovative and interesting .

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CharlieBeck
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue; Menu was excellent, food qulality very good; Service attentive and respectful; A most enjoyable experience. It was a wonderful experience in all aspects of dining. Highly recommend this restaurant

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vipDDMJAP
Miami
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catie was very nice. Cauliflower dish was yummy. Hummingbird cake was just so-so.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was flavorless

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always!

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GiaF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely wonderful. My chop was tender and super juicy. The salad I had was fresh and delicious. Mac and cheese had a little kick to it. I wasn’t all that jazzed about the broccolini that came with my chop...prob needed to be a smaller portion....but it didn’t keep me from enjoying my dinner overall. I’d come back!!!

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MelissaS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service ! One of our favorites as locals

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viptina
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great, fresh local sourcing ingredients. service was attentive. one of the best restaurants in Asheville.

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RussellW
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Nduja Gnocchi was one of the best dishes i have ever had! Our server was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain details of the menu. Highly recommended.

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Suzanna
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere - spacious yet comfy, good rhythmic music but not too loud. We loved seeing the cooks cooking! The food was original, fresh and flavorful (seared trout was fabulous)! Delicious drinks!!!

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vipTedVaBch
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food that is very unique, excellent wines, and terrific service.

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vipLindaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Outdoor area unattractive- cold night and we were not told in advance the heater was not working nor offered indoor table instead. Waiter unbelievably inattentive- got several orders wrong and never brought some items but charged us anyway even after we told him we had not yet received and to just forget as we were moving to next course. Several dishes poorly seasoned. With so many terrific options in Asheville I would not recommend this place nor would I return.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out for date night while on vacation and Benne on Eagle did not disappoint. Cool vibe, great cocktails and beer list. We had the curried wings with coconut cilantro sauce for an appetizer. Then I had the gnocchi and my boyfriend had the curried pork. All absolutely incredible - would recommend to anyone in the area! Plus, it’s awesome that they have a strong commitment to empowering the local neighborhood!

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AsyaK
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The food was inventive and so delicious. Everything was made with care and love. The service was fun, friendly and professional. Looking forward to coming back soon!

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Brook
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short ribs were delicious. Service was excellent. Looking forward to our next visit!

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ShannonH
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food was outrageous, this will definitely be out good to brunch spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Triple Celebration weekend: We are on our honeymoon and it is my sister in law and her friends birthday time!

We had a great experience! Not only were the food and cocktails beyond amazing, our server/bartender was so kind and helpful!

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vipAshevillians
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was my first Covid-era outing, and got to spend it with people I love. Server was courteous and gave us plenty of time to linger over drinks and take our time ordering. The food was really good, imaginative and well-prepared. We ate on the covered porch and were totally comfortable despite the cool night. We felt very safe with the physical distancing and conscientious mask-wearing by staff and other customers. We all felt very good about this meal and will return!

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1recentdiner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out in a restaurant in over a year. Picked a great place!

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PeterJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, especially the chicken wings. Sat outside which was very peaceful. Definitely a must visit when in Asheville.

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vipDouglasC
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing and mask wearing policy is the rule here. Restaurant has a very cool vibe. Lots of wood, brass, blackened steel and marble. Spotless Restrooms with their own branded hazlewood hand wash soap and scented candle. Brandon is amazing as a server, bartender and memory maker. Service, presentation and cuisine are all five star. The Beet Salad is a must as well as the Pan Seared Trout. Devine.

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Katie
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a lovely brunch. Everything was wonderful. My pork and grits was delicious. My husband’s poached eggs in his eggs Benedict were perfectly cooked. Service was excellent.

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vipRLW18
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We’ve been here a few times and it was good but this morning the restaurant seemed disorganized and the food was ok not great. We’ll try it again next visit and hope it was just a bad day

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AlexS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, wonderful service.

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vipJimW
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Menu changes often. Good wine selection. Creative cocktails. Nice wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. Unique combinations of farm fresh ingredients. Loved the evening!

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diningout
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. From the service -- I think our server was named Brandon -- to the presentation and deliciousness of the food -- I had the beet salad -- to the COVID protections -- we sat outside and I felt very safe -- it was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. We haven't been eating out because of the pandemic, but we were in Asheville to do some hiking and this restaurant had been recommended by a friend in Richmond, Va. So glad we tried it. I am happy to enthusiastically recommend Benne on Eagle as an excellent place for a memorable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon was the man. On top of his stuff. Food was great.

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Leslie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and nice to have outdoor seating options

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SomtoO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and staff was awesome from the time we arrived to the time we left.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back! Delicious date night out!

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MichelleE
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Dinner was fabulous, we really enjoyed the pork chop. The open air kitchen was neat to be able to watch the team prepare the dishes. We were very pleased with how they followed Covid safety regulation. Atmosphere was quaint, romantic, and modern.

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HerveyF
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good menu seemed to be limited and although the service was good it wasn’t up to par with the other restaurants we’ve been to in Asheville.

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Breakfast is good. However the coffee was weak and could have been better. We had omelets the first day here and they were exceptional. One of the rare chefs that can make a fluffy flavorful omelet without over or under cooking it.
Although breakfast was good the one night we ate dinner here it was terrible. Don't come here for dinner. The menu and the chef are new and do not represent the previous reviews. Honestly I was served the worst greens I've ever had in my life and I only took one bite and it took all the best manners ever taught me not to spit it out. It was full of stems, dirt and grit. JUST AWFULL. My husband also did not like his kimchi which was served with Trout. Terrible pairing of overly strong vinegar flavor and delicate fish. The bread was dry, stale and served with Duck fat that reminded me of the fat you skim off and throw away from your Turkey broth at Thanksgiving.

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CaleK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Awesome food

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VeronicaB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Dinner Menu seem very limited. Service was very good.
I visited before for brunch and the food was so much better than dinner.
I’ll definitely give it another try

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Barbara
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Very disappointing all around. Server was inexperienced, food was bland and overcooked.
Having been there in the past and had wonderful meals, this was a real let down. new chef? Pandemic issues?

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PaigeT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gumbo was delicious! Eating outside during COVID was very warm and nicely spaced.

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 796 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.