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The BEACON Butcher Bar, Boone, NC

The BEACON Butcher Bar

4.6
4.6
271 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 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    Sean McMullen

  • Neighborhood

    Boone

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 271 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. AG

    AlanG

    Fort Lauderdale

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate Birthdays. All of the good was really good, especially the Filet and smoked Chicken!
  2. CF

    CharisF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second meal here, and will be back on our next trip.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my son and his girlfriend to dinner on Parent’s weekend. This was our second time dining here. The food was FABULOUS, Service was top notch! We will definitely be back!
  4. BF

    BooneFungi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!! Live French jazz on Tuesday nights. Food and drinks top notch
  5. JG

    JohnG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    why only 3 pizza selections? love the pizza but not the selections
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  7. AG

    AlanG

    Fort Lauderdale

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and service. The smoked 1/2 chicken and lamb chops were both excellent. We enjoyed all appetizers as well!
  8. D

    Dave

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our 11th anniversary. Super nice staff, great food, good music. We left very pleased and will be back.
  9. LR

    LisaR

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. Great food and great service. Would highly recommend!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious delicious!!
  11. JS

    JoshS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beacon is top notch. Crab cakes were our appetizer, which were slightly different from traditional, but very good. Wife had the beef tenderloin & I had the pork chop. Both were cooked exactly to our liking & flavor was outstanding. Sauces & finishes were wonderful. Would recommend asking for sauce on the side if you aren’t familiar with the taste. Sides complemented main courses extremely well. My sides were great, but my wife’s sides of okra & cornbread were out of this world good! I had side envy. Dessert of apple pie was very good as well. Wine was very, very reasonable for quality & paired nicely with meal. My gamay was just right & wife enjoyed the rose. Beacon does not have an extensive menu, but what they offer is done exceptionally well. Overall, it was a bargain for the type of food received. In many other places, the meal would have cost a multiple of what was paid. Compliments to the chefs & staff for a wonderful dining experience!
  12. CC

    CynthiaC

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, professional and kind staff. We enjoyed our night out.
  13. SS

    SusanS

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has great food plus live music. We really enjoy coming.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience and really good food. Servers were very attentive. We returned on the 17th and also had a great experience until the staff decided it was time to close about 9:30 and turned up very loud music and started closing cleaning procedures. I understand they were ready to go home but we had a late reservation and shouldn’t have been rushed.
  15. C

    Chris

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were visiting from out of town and a friend of ours recommended The Beacon Butcher Bar. We could not be more pleased with decision to dine here. The food was quite flavorful and the drinks were creative and delicious. We had the Fried Eggplant + Okra as a starter. For entrees, I had the "Fish of the Day" and my wife had the 1/2 Smoked Chicken from the "Butcher Bar". It was a perfect date night!
  16. b

    benjamint

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    A simple misunderstanding of what makes quality food.
  17. C

    Chuckles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have enjoyed dining at The Beacon 4 times this past month and have enjoyed every meal. Superb wait staff! Our new go to spot!
  18. ML

    MLK1963

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Terrible service, we waited a long time after we sat before the server eventually came over. The restaurant only had a few tables, and seemed staffed, so not sure why the delay. We placed an order for our beverages, and then waited another long time before the server came back to take our 2nd cocktail order. She argued with us that she understood that we didn't want a 2nd cocktail which was not true. The manager came over and we explained the issue with him and he was extremely rude, unprofessional and condescending. We asked for our dinners to go, paid our bill and left after being treated so poorly by the staff. We will never recommend this establishment nor return to The Beacon Butcher Bar again.

    The BEACON Butcher BarResponded on September 8, 2022We are so happy to hear that you will not be returning to our restaurants. You were one of the most inconsiderate, rude, and unpleasant customers we have hosted. What started as a miscommunication about a beer refill, ultimately escalated into an impolite and bad mannered temper tantrum that left our fellow customers apologizing on your behalf once you were gone. Ultimately, it is in the best interest for both of us that you do not return to either the Beacon or Reid's Cafe. Sincerely, Tina

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here to celebrate my husbands 30th birthday and it was fantastic. We loved our drinks and our food. The live music was great as well. Attentive and friendly staff. Will definitely return if we come back to town for another trip!
  20. K

    Kayro

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambience with soft music and fireplace. Not too noisy. Limited menu but everything we had was excellent. (1/2 chicken, fish special, chicken piccata, okra and eggplant app)
  21. DA

    DeAnnaM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    In spite of COVID, outside seating was closed and all diners were seated at tables as closely as possible; I’m assuming to make it easier on the servers. We asked to be moved to put some space between us and other diners. The music was very loud, making conversation difficult (we’re not old, we just don’t like shouting to hear one another). Prices were high - $52 for a ribeye. I had the 1/2 smoked chicken, which was $28. It was okay, but too salty to finish. Overall, we were very disappointed with the experience, especially considering the cost of dining there.
  22. H

    Huettb

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The rib-eye was not nearly as good as the tenderloin. The okra was supposed to have a blue cheese sauce but that’s a typo on the menu.
  23. BA

    BurgerAficionado

    Pinehurst

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This was our second visit in as many weeks. We believe the Beacon is one of our best finds in our eighth year of visiting the area. How will we fulfill our craving for the smoked 1/2 chicken when we return to Moore County?
  24. SN

    SiggyNakamuraFan

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wine list and cocktails. Absolutely charming dining room. Great service as well. I will definitely return during my next visit to Boone.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Definitely one of the best places for dinner in Boone, North Carolina. Live music, a large bar and a lively atmosphere.
  27. l

    lizc

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails, food and music were great! A must stop when in Boone
  28. L

    Lizzie

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Started with one of the best cocktails we’ve had locally, Manhattan’s with big block ice and Luxardo cherries. Great selection of bourbons. Zucchini Friiters and cornbread appetizers were excellent. I had the Vegetarian entrée while my husband opted for the fish of the day and we were both extremely happy with our meals. Our server was friendly and attentive and the live music was an added bonus. We can’t wait to go back!
  29. BA

    BurgerAficionado

    Pinehurst

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and energetic staffing. Creative menu. The smoked half chicken is a culinary triumph. A rustic setting with an urban vibe.
  30. T

    Tarheel1997

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner at this new spot. Highly recommend!
  31. l

    localdiner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Music was lovely on a Tuesday evening. Food was good but not fabulous. Attentive wait staff, but not the most knowledgable. Nice eclectic menu for a mountain town.
  32. BA

    BarA

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find!! Loved it!
  33. C

    Cella

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is outstanding! The food quality & service are always great. Very interesting Menu, always good. Have been going there since they opened. Reservations needed.
  34. PL

    PearlL

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Seems overpriced for what you get. Ordered the cheeseboard, 3 tiny squares of cheese and some meat that appeared like spam.. honeycomb, glazed nuts and berries for $22. Cucumber salad seemed pretty fresh but didn't love it. Pasta was good but not special. Hard to park here. The best bit was the cocktails which were delish.
  35. CK

    CKMGEM

    Raleigh

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner at the Beacon! We tried here based on some reviews and it was great- the fish special was amazing and the steak perfectly cooked. Christie at the bar was fabulous! Highly recommend…
  36. JF

    JimF

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, naturally sourced. Wonderful ambience, decor and prompt, attentive service.
  37. TT

    TehraT

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    We ordered 4 different meals and the best thing was our child’s cheese pizza. We were not into the flavor of this place at all. Beautiful setting, but also smelled like a barn.
  38. DM

    DaleM

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner with excellent service and fair pricing. We will definitely be back and have added this to our list of favorite spots for dining in Boone
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server and fun night! Good food and music!
  40. GB

    GeorgeB

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    When your waitress apologizes for the load music in her first interaction with you…. !!!! Nice place but as I am hearing impaired and being in a restaurant to eat and you cant have conversation due to the entertainment was not my idea of a great meal. Wait staff offered no information unless asked. No offer to get a second beverage. Certainly not a five star event for me.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The BEACON Butcher Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 271 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 5 times today
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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sean McMullen

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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