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Bar - Benne on Eagle, Asheville, NC

Benne on Eagle

4.5
4.5
1512 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 Cleophus Hethington. 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.

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Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Soul food, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 552-8833

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Cleophus Hethington

  • Catering

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services to the Foundry Hotel and their on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the concierge at the Foundry for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services to the Foundry Hotel and their on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the concierge at the Foundry 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, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,512 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    American

  • Asheville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville

    Healthy

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville

    American

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  1. MM

    MillyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can’t say enough how good Benne is - go and taste for yourself!

  2. h

    highlandheaven

    Western NC

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous as always!!!! Drinks, food and service!!!

  3. VM

    VincentM

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AMAZING!! Best meal I’ve had in ages. The 5 dishes we had (3small, 1 regular and 1 dessert) were each thoughtfully prepared. The amount of care that went into each was so evident. The plantains, octopus and fried green tomatoes, which I’ve had many times in the past, were prepared in such a new way it was like I had never had them before. Do not hesitate to experience this wonderful restaurant. You will not be disappointed!

  4. AF

    AmiF

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Scrumptious and unique brunch, with delicious brunch cocktails to match. Service was a bit slow - it took a while for someone to greet us at the table, then our entrees arrived before our cocktails - but very friendly.

  5. RW

    RussellW

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was exceptional as always. The seared octopus and pork croquettes were wonderful.

  6. J

    John

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I had the Moqueca. Great taste but disappointing amount and value. Looked like the volume left upon reaching near bottom of a bowl of stew, as in "can't quite finish this." Howzabout another couple of shrimp, another piece of that smokey bacon, and more broth. Would not break your bank and sends me away happier.

  7. AH

    AnneH

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is EXCEPTIONAL! Took some friends from South Carolina for dinner on Friday. They were as impressed as we were. The menu is so creative! Our appetizers were delightful; especially the kale salad. The main course meals were great -- the skirt steak would have melted had it been any more tender! The lamb was cooked perfectly, the pork croquettes so tasty, and my broccolini caesar so creative!! The waiter (oh, so sorry I forgot his name) was very knowledgeable about the wine list and helped us pick out a red that complimented our meal delightfully. Though our friends are going home today, we will be back to Benne soon!

  8. AM

    AnnMarieD

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Delicious and eclectic selections elegantly prepared and presented by an attentive and friendly staff. Our booth was nothing special but we did appreciate the glimpse into the open kitchen.

  9. SV

    SusanV

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Chef Ophus is creating absolutely fabulous, delicious, innovative food. We are so fortunate to have him in Asheville.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Did not know much about this restaurant going in and was able to get a last minute reservation. We were both pleasantly surprised at our meal and experience. The menu offers up a few exotic dishes from the Caribbean, Brazil, and West Africa. We went with our servers recommendations and were not disappointed. Others may know of this place but it was a true hidden gem for us. We will be adding this to our best places in Asheville list!

  11. DJ

    DJM1

    Western NC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Benne on Eagle is one of those restaurants that we try to save for special occasions, but find ourselves wanting to visit more and more. The food is spectacular. Such a wonderful creation of flavors. Service is always fantastic. We love both indoor and outdoor dining. Such a treasure for downtown Asheville.

  12. w

    whitewolfjx

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the most important meals one can have. Humbled to have eaten there. Would highly recommend.

  13. BG

    BetsyG

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was the best meal we have had in recent memory here in town. The food was amazing and our server was most helpful describing the dishes. The noise level was higher than we would have liked but not enough to keep us away. Bravo Benne!

  14. b

    bcjenny

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. All of us agreed that the menu should have been clearly divided into appetizers, small plates, and entrees. The waiter had to clarify that for us. Most of the item descriptions could have included more information about the ingredients or how they were prepared since I’m sure many diners would be unfamiliar with them. Our orders were all delicious, with complex flavors, and unlike anything we had eaten before. One of the best dinners we have had in Asheville, which is saying something because AVL is full of wonderful restaurants!

  15. FP

    FrankP

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing as was the service. We have eaten here a couple of times, but it seems to be getting better every time. Highly recommend the restaurant.

  16. m

    mrlbts

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Many interesting and delicious dishes. We could not tell what some of the dishes were from the description, but the staff was very good and helpful. Food is prepared in an open kitchen and the chef was also helpful and fun to talk to. Service and ambiance also very nice.

  17. d

    drdwphillips

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our third trip there and there will be a fourth. Outstanding servers with knowledge of all things menu!

  18. J

    Jacko

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    The octopus and the plantains were excellent. The shrimp stew and Trinidadian doubles had a very strange flavor that I didn’t enjoy at all. Our server wasn’t helpful in navigating the menu, or guiding me with my dietary restrictions. Cool concept, but missed the mark.

  19. c

    charlesj

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    fabulous interpretations and presentation of food. For example, I've eaten many different preparations of grilled octopus but none rival the recipe at Benne.

  20. RD

    RandiD

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great and personalized, food was uniquely prepared and delicious

  21. KS

    KimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for brunch on Mother's Day. Restaurant had a modern vibe, excellent staff and the food was very good (for brunch anyway). Parking is a challenge but staff said on weekends take the risk and park in the fire dept spaces outside. Guess they don't tow often and parking tickets are cheaper than the garage lol.

  22. TF

    TimF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat at the bar and received excellent, professional service. The brunch we had was delicious and well executed plate presentation!

  23. b

    bill

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Sunday Brunch. Eaten here several times and always leave impressed.

  24. S

    Sonnetlover

    Western NC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The brunch was creative and delicious, especially the crawfish benedict. Also, the cocktails were also great.

  25. TS

    TimS

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great cocktails and an exciting menu along with very attentive service.

  26. G

    Glcih

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is a local restaurant for us, and we have had some wonderful meals there. I would rank it as near the top of Asheville restaurants (and we have some very good ones) that we have eaten at. The food is a wonderful, somewhat offbeat take on Southern classics as well as other ethnic dishes. Not inexpensive but worth the money, at least for a special occasion. Great, friendly service as well.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food! Great service.

  28. t

    tryitandsee

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2

    We are sophisticated locals exploring the nouveau Asheville cuisine. The trouble with Benne's is that enjoyment of the exquisite food was offset by an ambience that can only be described as commercial. Our server was spirited and fun but lacked knowledge of the ingredients. The traffic and noise level were annoying to the point of interfering with intimate conversation. Another server was wearing a powerful cologne that wafted over to our table from time to time, spoiling the meticulously thought-out aroma of the food. The lamb, octopus and shrimp dishes were constructed with layer upon layer of texture and taste, a striking blend of the traditional with the nontraditional. The Earl Grey cocktail was a stand-out. For dessert, have the sweet potato pie with a dollop of soft cheese! The price point of the menu for these delectable creations was good, but the ungracious environment did not lend itself to the experience of fine dining — what a loss!

  29. CB

    CarolB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was lovely to dine outdoors. Itwas noisier indoors, but we had lots of nice space outside. It was perfect, except for one beverage, which they cheerfully fixed, so it was perfect.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was unusual and creative yet delicious! A highlight of our stay in Asheville.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    We ate our side for an evening reservation. I found the menu not very enticing and the waiter not very good at describing the food. He had worked there for a few years. Ground nuts? You have eaten them , looking them up no it’s a special vine not peanuts.. fancy cocktails took forever to be served . We got more information from the woman who brought out the silver ware. Once we choose the food was delicious and different. The octopus apertizer was delicious nicely served with a perfect mole sauce. The lamb was also delicious and tender . It was pricey 3 cocktails 2 apertizers and a main plate 130.00 not including tip. Would I go back? Probably not , I would recommend it because it was different and tasty, I would skip the cocktails.

  32. RB

    RBann

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Cool vibe atmosphere, different cuisine than expected, more Caribbean.... definitely not American.

  33. IW

    IslandWanderer

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very different flavors and dishes …great spices. Fried Green Tomatoes were exceptional, shrimp dish was very good, lamb meat was cooked unevenly from very rare to perfect. Plantins foster was disappointing for dessert.

  34. SQ

    SuzanneQ

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Sat on our table for over 10 minutes before someone gave us water or talked with us regarding the menu or drinks. Service was so slow. Food was very good. We has the octopus and plantains for appetizer and chicken for dinner. Had plantains foster for dessert but this was underwhelming. The cake was dry and not enough plantains. It was also very hard to find a parking outside.

  35. GW

    GordonW

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Enjoyed our dinner

  36. AC

    AshleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the best experience! I will go back time and time again!!!

  37. FL

    FrankL

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Always some amazing food! The CHEF is simple amazing. Recent changes (purchase) maybe have changed how Chef creations are delivered or produced. Service is always very good. Great location, friendly environment! Hope new owner allows such an amazingly talented Chef to follow vision and provide support to get it done every time!

  38. VE

    VirginiaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were both fantastic! Definitely am coming back.

  39. RW

    RyanW

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had Sunday brunch and it was great. Servers were friendly, and our food was fantastic.

  40. LM

    LeahM

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our 2nd visit. Service is professional and friendly. Love the decor and high-backed wooden booths inside for a bit of privacy. Food is so different ...creative and delicious - definitely not run-of-the-mill ....

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

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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 1512 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 38 times today
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 Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 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

    Cleophus Hethington

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (828) 552-8833

  • Catering

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services to the Foundry Hotel and their on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the concierge at the Foundry for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Benne on Eagle provides catering services to the Foundry Hotel and their on-site Event Spaces. Please contact the concierge at the Foundry for more information.

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