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Bella Monica, Raleigh, NC
Bella Monica, Raleigh, NC
Bella Monica, Raleigh, NC
Bella Monica, Raleigh, NC
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Bella Monica

4.7
4.7
3489 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Benvenuto! Opened August 2000, chef/ owner Corbett Monica and his wife, Julie, created this trattoria as an extension of his Nanas dinner table. A place where the neighborhood gathers to dine and enjoy life. Guests become family at our tables, enjoying recipes handed down from our grandparents. Following tradition, we make our sauce with San Marzano tomatoes and use only the freshest ingredients available, just like Nana. Our gravy is so good that we eat it like soup! Neapolitan menu, thin-crust Flatbread pizzas, Pasta, NC Seafood, Chicken, Local Pork. Without a doubt, the best cannoli you will ever taste! Our wine list features all Italian, hard-to-find selections that are a perfect match for our Pasta and Flatbreads. Wine Spectator 2007-2019. Local art is on our walls and we play a great upbeat music mix. We welcome you to our business, our culture, our family. It is an honor and pleasure to cook for you. Please enjoy our food and the company you share at our table. Mangia bene!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 881-9778
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Corbett Monica
  • Catering
    Let us bring our homemade Italian food to you at your home, office or special event venue. Catering from 10-100 people. Available for staffed, non-staffed, pick up or delivery events. Sundays at our Nana’s house were special. They began when we entered Nana’s house and the smell of the ‘gravy’ simmering on the stove would greet us at the door. Nana would fly out of the kitchen to pinch our cheeks, give us hugs, and lead us to the table full of food saying “mangia, mangia”. Sundays with Nana were days where everything seemed to stop for family and friends; everything except for pasta. Aunts, uncles and cousins would trickle into Nana’s home throughout the day to take their places at the table. The day never seemed to end. We would sit for hours sharing food and laughter with one another. Though the day would begin and end with food, the time spent with our family really made those days special. It is our hope and passion to recreate those long, special Sundays at Nana’s table.
  • Private party facilities
    Bella Monica’s Private Dining Room is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate event. We offer extraordinary food, in an intimate setting, with gracious hospitality. Our completely private room can accommodate 18 guests seated or 35 guests standing. Additionally
  • Private party contact
    Ben Hunter: (919) 881-9778
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Cross street
    Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads
  • Parking details
    Large, shopping center lot.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,489 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Neighborhood gem

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Raleigh

    Best Value

  • Raleigh

    Neighborhood gem

  • Raleigh

    Italian

3,489 Reviews
  1. AngelM

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant and I have also had the best service and food. Last night our server was terrible. Thankfully, the host was so helpful. The food was amazing. I hate to complain but I was very disappointed in the service last night.

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    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding as always. Food, wine, service were all top notch.

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  3. JessicaM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Eggplant Rolatini and anything with the gravy is delicious. Bread is just OK.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We were seated in a narrow hallway leading to the back door entrance. It seems like this is where most of the tables are located. There was a constant flow of people entering the restaurant, as well as those going to the restroom at the rear of the restaurant. My wife and I started with caprice, which was tasteless. There was no balsamic on it and I’m not sure if that was an error or if that’s the way they serve it. My wife had shrimp scampi which tasted fine but was not very hot. I had chicken Parmesan, which tasted fine, but the chicken was served on top of the pasta and had no crisp to it at all. Rather soggy. Portions were large. I unfortunately tipped over my $15 glass of wine and I explained to the waiter what had happened and asked him to bring a second glass. When we got the bill, I saw that I was charged for both glasses of wine. I would hope that as a matter of good Will, I would not have been charged for the second glass, as I had not drank much of the first glass. When we mentioned our concern to the manager, his response was well if it was our fault, we would not have charged you . Again, I recognize that they had no obligation to give me the second glass at no charge, but most restaurants would have done so as a matter of goodwill. Our bill came to $129 + tip which I thought was rather high for this type of restaurant. We will not be back. 

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  5. JananneO

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bella Monica is a reliably wonderful dining experience - I have been coming here for 20 years. This visit was made exceptional by our server Tex. Very knowledgeable and created a very fun vibe for our friend group. The mussels, meatballs, and Brussels sprouts were the standouts of this meal.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming to Bella Monica. The staff is personable and nice, and the food is fantastic! Options for vegetarians and omnivores alike.

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  7. Nathaniel

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Bella Monica is one of my wife's and my favorite. My wife is gluten free and their GF menu is as amazing as their standard menu (which is very rare). She got the ziti, as she always does, and it was fantastic. I got the beef short rib lasagna that was the special last night, and it was the best lasagna I'd ever had. We love coming here and will continue to visit.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Extremely loud table next to us, no fault of the restaurant. Large abundance of food and very tasty. Nice casual dining.

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  9. SDLocal

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved this place! It was cozy and cheerful, the service was attentive but not intrusive, and the food was wonderful. We had the meatball appetizer, salmon atlantic, eggplant rollatini, spaghetti alla scampi, cannoli and tiramisu. All were fresh and very tasy.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was OK nothing to write back home about. They gave you very very large portions which I would’ve preferred half of the amount of food but not being so dry bake Ziti was very dry.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing food and service, not to mention accommodating for special needs.

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  12. CliffordG

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They seated us in a semi-private space out of traffic and adjacent to the outside windows which allowed an abundance of light. Five of celebrating a birthday enjoy a wide array of entrees and drinks. All of it was excellent and served well! The birthday boy was well recognized by name, and treated to a birthday desert ant end of the meal! We had a great time and we were not rushed in any way! We will certainly return again soon!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really appreciative of the hosts and wait staff - totally great. Also their gluten free menu is so special to find at an Italian restaurant. They are very careful about concerns for those with celiac.

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  14. Merrypat34

    Tallahassee

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch. Easy in and out. Ordered a to go dinner for tomorrow.

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  15. KatieH

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed - food is delicious and service is great. If you're local to the area, coming in for a game definitely make time for Bella Monica!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service and really enjoyed having a private dinner in the back room. Rusty was wonderful!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food as always was fresh and tasty make your way there and you won’t regret.

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  18. MichaelH

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dine in experience. Food and service great

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  19. Charlie

    Raleigh

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An enjoyable neighborhood bistro with great food and service.

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  20. ElizabethO

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful and delicious, Bella Monica is always a treat! Warm, friendly atmosphere and the best gluten free menu in town makes Bella Monica a stand out for us.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect service, great food. Sat at table in front window and heard a bit too much of next tables conversation.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always have a nice dining experience at Bella Monica!

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  23. TAC49

    Raleigh

    127 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant setup is awful. You walk in and the greeter then needs to walk back to the computer for check-in. Service was very good. Genoa pizza is very good, but 2 of our group ordered Eggplant Rollatini and not good. Special dessert was excellent.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy the food and the family oriented environment. Everything was superb

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  25. Johnanncat

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 5 and we’re going to an event nearby. Our food came out very quickly & we didn’t have to rush. Food was excellent as always! Such a great place!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This night they had a special wine to taste (was so good!) and menu options paired with the wine. Short Rib Ragu was outstanding! Hope they have it on menu more often. Service by Tex was great.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    141 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I customized the beet salad to accommodate my lactose intolerance and it was delicious. My husband and another friend ordered the chicken Parmesan that is always consistently excellent—my husband’s favorite. My friend ordered the baked ziti. It was a very large portion but she said it was very good. The only problem was that the temperature was cold. Our waiter Tex was very helpful.

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  28. Julia

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gluten free options are the best in town! I recommend to anyone with celiac disease!

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  29. CarlieH

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whenever we are in the Raleigh area, we always make a reservation here. We love that they have an amazing menu, which also includes a great variety of safely prepared, gluten-free items. Their dishes are always delicious and full of flavor. We’ve always had nothing but excellent service. We highly recommend you give this restaurant a try!

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  30. JamesM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic Italian food. Every menu option is a winner. Great wine list.

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  31. LisaW

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was wonderful, our food was delicious and we loved every minute.

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  32. foodislove

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great find as needed place for lunch after art museum trip. Salads were very good, portions generous. One of us had a calzone and it was tasty- including the dipping sauce. So substantial took 3/4 of it home.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bella Monica never disappoints! We had a lovely lunch al fresco. The food was delicious, the service great and the vibe was perfect! I didn’t realize it was just 5 minutes from NCMA, and it made for the perfect ending to Art in Bloom.

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  34. RLRn

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The black olive chicken flatbread was delicious. The tiramisu is to die for. Everything was fantastic as always

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    141 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I tried the chopped salad with grilled chicken; my friends enjoyed their food. Unless you have a large appetite don’t order a whole pizza.

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  36. BAMBAM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food quality and consistency is always exceptional! The customer service is always excellent. Love this place!

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  37. Suzanne

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both the food and the service were wonderful. This is a favorite lunch place! The menu has a great variety too. Highly recommend.

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  38. KurtH

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Bland. My food was very bland. Cesar salad had almost no dressing. Tasted like wet lettuce. Pasta cavatini with chicken, pancetta and carmelized onions. So little pancetta and onions did not taste any of them. My wife’s caprese salad and eggplant were a bit better, but no better than average for any Italian restaurant . Very disappointed based on reviews I had seen.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday celebration with friends, food excellent with awesome service too! Very much enjoyed the Toffee Bunt cake with gelato

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  40. JimH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice evening food was good. We even brought food home for tomorrow.

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FAQs

Bella Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 881-9778.

Bella Monica is rated 4.7 stars by 3489 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 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bella Monica

3121-103 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Large, shopping center lot.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Corbett Monica
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 881-9778
  • Catering
    Let us bring our homemade Italian food to you at your home, office or special event venue. Catering from 10-100 people. Available for staffed, non-staffed, pick up or delivery events. Sundays at our Nana’s house were special. They began when we entered Nana’s house and the smell of the ‘gravy’ simmering on the stove would greet us at the door. Nana would fly out of the kitchen to pinch our cheeks, give us hugs, and lead us to the table full of food saying “mangia, mangia”. Sundays with Nana were days where everything seemed to stop for family and friends; everything except for pasta. Aunts, uncles and cousins would trickle into Nana’s home throughout the day to take their places at the table. The day never seemed to end. We would sit for hours sharing food and laughter with one another. Though the day would begin and end with food, the time spent with our family really made those days special. It is our hope and passion to recreate those long, special Sundays at Nana’s table.
  • Private party facilities
    Bella Monica’s Private Dining Room is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate event. We offer extraordinary food, in an intimate setting, with gracious hospitality. Our completely private room can accommodate 18 guests seated or 35 guests standing. Additionally
  • Private party contact
    Ben Hunter: (919) 881-9778
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