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The BEACON Butcher Bar, Boone, NC

The BEACON Butcher Bar

4.6
4.6
313 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 11 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 313 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

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  1. KD

    KipD

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    one our new faves in Boone. we'll be back, especially for the live music on Tuesdays.
  2. C

    Chichi

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been several times and there is a reason we keep returning for the exceptional cuisine and great service. Loved the live music on the weekends as well.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Live music was great. Food was very good.
  4. s

    swgre

    Charlotte

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Quick and friendly service. Good food and drinks. Cold night so it was drafty at our table next to window.
  5. A

    Abbey

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable - we will definitely go back again soon.
  6. R

    Raquel

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    The food and drinks are always excellent here, but our entire dining experience was ruined by the loud, loud, loud band that you had. We could not hear each other at all and ended up with headaches trying to eat and enjoy our meal. Please, please do not have loud bands with drums, horns , and loud vocal when someone pays so much for a delicious meal. Very poor dining experience . Start the bands later in the evening when you want a bar crowd.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious. We shared the trout mousseline, citrus+burrata salad, braised beef stroganoff and the dark chocolate ricotta mousse. All were excellent but the stroganoff was exceptional. Definitely coming back.
  8. VP

    VinceP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend and will be back!!
  9. BB

    BeckyB

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    But hard bar Chicken was perfect, the pasta was delicious too.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the best dining in the area! Amazing craft contains, stellar food and friendly attentive service. Finally we had an experience to remember! (Last day of our trip) but we will ne back next year!
  11. OG

    OleG

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were there mid-evening on New Years Eve; wonderful and appropriate music was provided by a three member group including a songstress - all were great and entertaining. The food, we had lamb rib, was wonderful, as well as was the the service that provided this. Having lived in Boone for some 50 plus years and experienced th coming and goings of many resturants, this one, dear lovers of good food and accompanying ambience and service, truly takes the lead. You come to Boone - do not miss out!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve family dinner. The food and place really surprised us as the menu, the venue the sittings were perfect.. If you are in Boone area do t miss to stop and dinner at Beacon as is an immersive culinary experience!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Great drinks, unique menu, and delicious food. Delightful, attentive service and cool atmosphere!
  14. K

    Kellyd

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    I had been looking forward to trying this restaurant for over a month. Made a reservation, guaranteed by credit card, which made me think this was even more special than the menu and reviews made it out to be… it turned out to be one the worst restaurants I’ve been to with the exception of our waitress who was doing her best to cover for cook, manager and other staff. The food was awful. There were six of us and 4 of the six meals we had to send back. Pizza and Bolognese were acceptable, not great. I ordered the fish special that was supposed to be striped bass. When the plate was out in front of me it had a strong fishy smell, not a good start. Despite that, I made an attempt to taste it and it was a frozen, soggy piece of fish that was fried, so hard on the outside with ZERO seasoning. I can’t believe they wanted $32 for this meal. I could go on about the duck breast that you could bounce of the floor and the pork schnitzel that was hard as a brick and we won’t even mention the fried oyster piccata that had no sauce and served over a dry supposedly homemade pasta. No taste whatsoever. The manager made excuses saying it was a busy night… well geez. Sorry for you. Maybe after this review you won’t have that problem. I would also warn anyone ,the parking lot was a sheet of ice all the way to entry…. It appeared as if they made no attempt clean it for their guests.

    The BEACON Butcher BarResponded on December 29, 2022We apologize this was your experience. We comped your entire bill [$500 + ], tried our best to accommodate your large party and accepted your criticisms over and over again that evening. We have been serving the highest quality, regionally sourced and hand prepared foods in the High Country for 24 years with love. We are as disappointed as you are about your experience. All of the Best, The Beacon

  15. JB

    JBNG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Visited the Beacon Butcher around Christmas time, and it proved to be a wonderful dinner, perfect for the holiday season. With seasonal drinks and desserts, the restaurant had a wonderful atmosphere. Additionally, the food was incredible and packed full of unexpected flavors.

    The BEACON Butcher BarResponded on December 29, 2022THANK YOU, we are so happy you were happy. The Beacon

  16. Q

    11Q28

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Graduation dinner. Food was good. Service was great. Atmosphere was cool.

    The BEACON Butcher BarResponded on December 29, 2022THANK YOU, the Beacon

  17. k

    kimh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    For some reason the last Saturday night it was so different - not good. I hope the cook was on vacation.

    The BEACON Butcher BarResponded on December 29, 2022We apologize this was your experience, hope to see you in the future. The Beacon

  18. JC

    JodiC

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal with friends. Grace is amazing! Best server!!

    The BEACON Butcher BarResponded on December 29, 2022THANK YOU! We agree, Grace is lovely! See you soon! The Beacon

  19. m

    mooncat

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Beacon sets a gold standard of excellent quality and gourmet dining. We are delighted that Boone has a restaurant of this caliber and wish them a long successful career. We were happy to see the use of veggies and greens and would love to see more fresh vegetable sides on the menu.

    The BEACON Butcher BarResponded on December 29, 2022THANK YOU, as the spring season approaches we will be adding more regional vegetables to the menu. The Beacon

  20. PM

    PhyllisM

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, beautiful setting & awesome service
  21. MB

    MaryB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Enjoyed the ambiance. Staff was extremely friendly. Food was good, but slow to show up to the table.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and excellent service. Unique menu with great choice. Definitely on the list to go back to.
  23. CF

    ChristineF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My husband got the rack of lamb and it was so good. My risotto was a little watery and bland and the duck on the dry side but everything else - wings, kale and root veggie salad, sides- was stellar
  24. a

    alittleperuvian

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Loved the drinks, ambience, and the food was elevated southern and local food. Our group loved it.
  25. S

    Sstrom

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service. Nice atmosphere for a relaxing evening.
  26. DR

    DRJ1

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food was fine. The restaurant is cool and trendy inside. I would have preferred that they sat people further apart while they could. There were 3 open two tops side by side and they sat another couple in the open two top closest to us instead of the open tables on the other side. The cornbread was excellent, as was the arancini. My ribeye was good, but not $52 good. There's nothing wrong with Beacon, but for what we spent it would have been nice if our server was more available. Also, the cocktails were good but the bar took forever to get our two rounds of drinks out to us. Beacon isn't bad, they just don't justify the cost of dining there in my opinion.
  27. L

    Leigh

    Charlotte

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant and very well designed, welcoming, and great food and service!
  28. BM

    BryanM

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was overpriced and underwhelming. Chicken was dry and bland, collards were over vinegared
  29. J

    Johnnyw

    Charlotte

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Ok experience for the first time.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good, and service was great. I felt that my steak was not worth the amount paid, was disappointed. The pasta got great reviews from another person in my party.
  31. DD

    DanD

    Exclusive

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was not fantastic. Appetizers were good but bolognese was the size of a side dish and I actually stopped at Food Lion on the way home to buy more food cause I was still hungry. Seriously. Bathroom was larger than I would have thought, which was an unexpected bonus. Waitress was wonderful.
  32. K

    Kadin

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great evening spent for the first time at the Beacon. Live music was a tad too loud; however, the food and service were excellent. One caveat, our waitress never stated the specials (we over heard another waitress after we had already placed our order. Not a buzz kill. Highly recommend this place and Reid’s in Banner Elk!
  33. TC

    TaylorC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Showed up early for our reservation and had a drink at the bar. All the staff was welcoming and friendly! Had wonderful cocktails and dinner. Will definitely go back!
  34. JV

    JackieV

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and great drinks. Loved it. The chicken was the best ever.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hostess was welcoming and on point Everything (service and food) was swift and well presented. Well staffed, didn't feel hectic. The charcuterie board was great, maybe could've used more meat, but I'm a vegetarian so to me it was perfect. Lots of meal options, Give Thanks pizza was unique and divine. Will return to try other fare and marvel at their pretty meat oriented entrees.
  36. KL

    KarenL

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the music on Tuesday so much we wish you had them more than one night. We loved the music. The food was delicious but would like it if you could put some type of potato on the menu for one of your sides.
  37. T

    Terri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great . Our server was very pleasant and prompt. The cocktail were also point on!
  38. PC

    PfromCLT

    Charlotte

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Unique. Creative chef. Enjoyed it ver my much.
  39. SD

    StephanieD

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and decor (albeit the cow modern print over the fireplace is a bit strange lol). We have not complaints except the music was a bit loud for comfortable conversation. We enjoyed ourselves, will definitely come again!
  40. FM

    FranM

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The $52 ribeye was VERY overpriced. It was ordered medium and came medium rare at best. It was supposed to be 12 oz and looked to be closer to 8. The meat was not a good cut and the fact that it was undercooked made it very chewy. The smoked chicken also came out undercooked Each entree came with an entire skillet of corn bread. Four times more than most people want with their meal. The okra was excellent and service was great. Atmosphere is great. May return to get a drink at the bar but won’t eat.

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 313 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 11 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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