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The BEACON Butcher Bar, Boone, NC

The BEACON Butcher Bar

4.7
4.7
486 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
The Beacon Butcher Bar is a labor of love from Tina Houston, owner of Reid’s Café & Catering Co., established here in the High Country since 1999. The Beacon is located in the heart of Boone, NC adjacent to the iconic Water Wheel. Just as we value beautiful ingredients in our catering, The Beacon adheres to a similar message.

In the kitchen, we value the fashion from scratch details as small as the aiolis and dressings we use, to the housemade desserts and pastries, cured and smoked meats, and naturally fermented pickles. Behind the bar, we strive for innovation and discovery from our unique and inspiring cocktails. We work within the seasons of the Blue Ridge to present a deliberate and thoughtful menu. We love the intentional, the specific, the well-cared-for.

Respectively, our market offers a unique selection of local goods and treats. From our featured cloister honey to housemade single origin chocolates, we present the craft and exceptionality of local, artisanal talent.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 865-0087
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Trey Templeton
  • Neighborhood
    Boone
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • The Jazz Jam

    Mar 1, 2024 only
    Every First Friday at The BEACON: Todd Wright and Friends Play Jazz Music At 9:30pm, we dim the overheads, and light the candles. There is space suggestive for dancing, and we serve snacks from a special late night menu. From the bar, we offer all the usual suspects, and highlight prohibition-era cocktails. Todd Wright, Director of Jazz Studies at Appalachian State University, leads this rotating group of talented musicians in THE JAZZ JAM.
    The Jazz Jam Photo

What 486 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Hot spot

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Lively

486 Reviews
  1. Keta

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. Menu is limited and no kid menu. However, the staff did amazing in accommodating for the toddlers.

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  2. Musicliver

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The environment was very nice and loved the music but the food was overpriced and the chicken and dessert was dry. We were expecting more for the cost. The green beans were undercooked. We loved the salad and the oysters. We would come again but only order small plates like the pizza. However, our waiter was very nice and went overboard to make us happy. Loved her!

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  3. giniarnold

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the food we had was delicious, the restaurant was nice and clean, the ambience was great for a date night.

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  4. Rocky

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My entree' last night was excellent (elk-bison meatloaf), the live music outstanding. My mate's meal (chicken over GF pasta) was subpar for any high quality restaurant, especially for one owned and overseen by Tina Houston. They gave us a full refund for the uneaten entree' --- without our asking. The brussel sprouts appetizer was undercooked and, therefore, tough and without the poping flavor I'm used to in one of her restaurants. Tina's the best, and her restaurants are always excellent. Like all four and five star restaurants, however, there are some mistakes along the way. I take this experience as the rare exception to the rule. I'll be back at The Beacon in a week. I've dined at her restaurants many times over nearly 25 years and will happily continue to do so.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Emily made my birthday dinner extra special! Every cocktail I ordered had a cute happy birthday sticker. Being from out of town she gave us a few options to celebrate that night. Amazing service! The food was incredible! Got the steak and it was like butter! Only suggestion is to not give out that much corn bread. 5/5 will definitely go back anytime I’m in Boone.

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  6. JamiC

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited for the first time last night. The service was outstanding, thank you Emma! The food was packed with flavor! We started with the Gnocchi which was outstanding. The smoky squash butter was amazing. We had the Beacon Bolognese and Lamb for dinner followed by the tiramisu and lemon blueberry trifle for dessert. Every bite to the end was thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend and we will be back for sure.

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  7. Savv

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I really wanted to love this place and overall, it wasn't bad by any means, however, it wasn't as fantastic as I have experienced at other nice restaurants in Boone. We arrived early and he hostess was very sweet, letting us know our table would be available soon, so we decided to grab a drink from the bar. The bartender there that evening was very cold and just not friendly. Coming from someone who has years of experience in food and beverage/restaurants, it was not the overall attitude or persona a bartender should have. In addition to the subpar bar service, one cocktail we had was short of even near good. It takes a very talented mixologist to create great specialty cocktails, and the one we tried was simply not it. Our server was amazing. We let her know the cocktail was undrinkable and she promptly removed it from the table and the bill, and replaced it with another item off the beverage list. The food was also average. We had the brussel salad (amazing!), alfredo (really good), bolognese (sort of dry-not the best we've had), and the 1/2 chicken accompanied by green beans and skillet cornbread. The chicken was great, I think it could have used a sauce. Green beans were good and the cornbread was to die for. The wine was amazing as well. Again, not a horrible experience, and maybe I will give it another shot, but it just simply was not as great as I was hoping for.

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  8. RayJ

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was professionally provided and prepared... Excellent quality of wait staff and food was fantastic. Have to try the pan seared gnocchi...

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  9. htcc

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was amazing. Ken you ROCK! Seasonal food was great!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four first time at the Beacon Butcher Bar. The food and cocktails were amazing. The ambiance was very nice and the atmosphere was perfect. Our bartenders and waitress were fantastic.

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  11. swgre

    Charlotte

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful, great service and good food. This is not a pleasant experience however. You should take what I want to say and not have a minimum

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  12. LoriG

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an exceptional meal! Service was outstanding…from the bartenders to the wait staff. And the food!! It was served hot and every single bite was an absolute delight. So, so tasty. Love everything about this place!

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  13. AnthonyA

    Key West

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Valentine's Day. Had very good service and both meals were wonderful. Also ordered a couple of drinks from the bar that were very good.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite spots for a special evening out! The good is consistently great and the ambience is nice.

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  15. GraceJ

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, amazing band. Everyone was super friendly and the food was sooooo good.

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  16. MartyM

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Second time there. Food was delicious and service was excellent. I'm probably a little too sensitive to the noise level in restaurants so the music was a little loud but no worse than most restaurants.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Our reservation was at 6:30. At 6:33, they texted and asked if we were on the way. I responded immediately that we were. At 6:37 (we were in the parking lot), they called and asked where we were. Admittedly, we were 7 minutes late but a text and a phone call? They then seated us and it was about 15 minutes before a server came to our table. Our appetizers were served cold. Our entrees were pretty good but for the cost of the dinner, the experience was not good. We will not be going back.

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  18. JodieY

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, awesome creative cocktails, friendly service.

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  19. MollieB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    McKenzie was an excellent server. She answered all questions and had a wonderful sense of humor. Food, drinks and service were all excellent. We will be back!

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  20. DecoratingDiva2

    Raleigh

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and the service was impeccable by Tyra. We loved it. We highly recommend the Brussel sprout and Pancetta salad. We also loved the cornbread, steaks, pizza and fish. Everything was delicious and the menu is highly favorable to gluten free dietary restrictions. We will definitely be back.

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  21. caitlinw

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved our meal. Outstanding waitress and excellent food! We will be back.

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  22. Kelsey

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dining experience! Between the 6 of us we had something from every category on the menu including appetizers and drinks. And none of it disappointed. Our delightful server Summer, was very sweet and helpful. The live music was very eclectic and talented. And last but not least…we loved the tiny spoons with our fantastic desserts! We will definitely return in the future.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always my favorite! Amazing food and service!! Highly recommend the sirloin!

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  24. SusanS

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food was very good and we loved the live music. Our server was very attentive and made the evening pleasent.

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  25. GrantC

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic! Sea bass was fantastic! Bolognese (normally fantastic) was very bland.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Best meal I’ve had in Boone that I can remember!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the atmosphere. The food is good. Love the bar. Wonderful bartender. Matty was very knowledgeable.

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  28. RiversG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great dinner, Summer was a great server. Food was wonderful, drinks were outstanding. 10/10 experience!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I’ve ever in my whole life. McKenzie was amazing. Guided us through the menu and was just awesome in every way possible. Wings, Beef tenderloin, shrimp pasta is what we had and all of it was amazing. The best cornbread I’ve ever had in my life. We are only in town for one more night and we may cancel our other reservations for today elsewhere to go back.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think this restaurant could benefit from a better understanding of finesse. When you pay $36 for meatloaf, you kind of expect finesse. The food overall was good or pretty good. Although the sauce on the gnocchi was broken, it was delicious. Although the wild game meatloaf was very gamy (I realize that wild game is sometimes gamy, but if it has been treated, stored and butchered properly, it is less so) it was still pretty tasty. Although the lamb shanks were fairly tasty, the fat had not been properly rendered, and there was far too much garlic in the sauce. The menu is great, the service is impeccable, the ambience is absolutely lovely, but the food just lacked finesse. The prices demand finesse. If I had had the same experience for half the price, I would have felt that the chef had met his or her obligation, but a dinner for three that was just under $400 should have been better than pretty good, but it wasn’t. Understanding that everyone has an off night once in a while, especially chefs, I will try this place again as I'm local and I really want to have that finessed meal from their wonderful menu.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately was a let down. Service and food was slow. We ordered Arancini and outside crust very thick and overcooked. My partners steak was overcooked and way too thin to justify $60. The bolognese pasta was fair, meat was gamey. Cold air kept wafting into our backs as people came in and out. Would pass if you are in Boone area

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  32. MaryAnn

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I'm always happy to see oysters on the menu at The Beacon. I had oysters fried lightly in cornmeal with spinach parmesan cream, and while they were great, I miss an earlier entree with oysters, but I can't remember the name of it! Overall, the Beacon is a very enjoyable restaurant with tasty food. The live music was a bit loud at first, but the second, third, and following sets of the Swingbillies of Boonetown were quieter with beautifully harmonized voices and some great violin and guitar. Last but not least, the staff at the Beacon is professional, attentive, and fun!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic. Best in Boone. Everyone was so friendly.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every detail was covered. Definitely our new favorite!

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  35. Paula

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at The beacon was outstanding. Best we’ve had on our trip.

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  36. Shawneehaw

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were pleased with the menu and the food was outstanding. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the fireplace was great. Would come back to celebrate a special occasion there, overall great dining experience.

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  37. SPoetCohen

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fine food, lovely service, fabulous cocktails...a real treat.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat, very delicious. Charcuterie board was outstanding

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated our sons graduation and everything was absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to dine with them again!

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  40. Neuroblade

    Key West

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hostess and our waitress Grace were charming. The bar needs some help! I don’t care if you charge me more but give me a decent size martini. The half martini glasses are a pain in the you know where. Please get some decent olive juice and blue cheese stuffed olives. My fillet was a nine out of 10 and so far the best in the High Country that I have found. They need to give you an option of mashed potatoes, scallop potatoes, etc. Also with a good steak cream spinach is always a delight.  Cornbread is superb, but could easily serve 3 to 4 people and is silly to give with the steak as part of that meal. Overall, this is a young restaurant in progress, and I think is by far one of the top three in Boone. 

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The BEACON Butcher Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 865-0087.

The BEACON Butcher Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 486 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 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The BEACON Butcher Bar

125 Graduate Ln, Boone, NC 28607

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Boone
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Trey Templeton
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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