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The BEACON Butcher Bar, Boone, NC

The BEACON Butcher Bar

4.7
4.7
445 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 9 times today

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

What 445 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Hot spot

445 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and unique cocktails! We enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best places to eat in Boone! Great ambience & great food! I highly recommend trying the Roma pizza!

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  3. KarenR

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was outstanding! We had a group of 6 and all of us enjoyed everything from the apps to the salads and entrees. We will definitely recommend and be back.

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  4. HunterB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was delicious! The lamb was awesome. The beef stroganoff was so tasty. The mussels were fantastic but the cornbread on top was burnt! Pumpkin dessert was so good.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    All in all, a good experience. We are not fans of live music while dining, though. Generally, we enjoy conversation better than live music, especially when we and others have to talk louder to be understood. Live music is only two nights a week, though. So if you like it, ask which nights will provide this.

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  6. DELICIOUS

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Server was gracious and helpful. Only drawback was that the band was too loud… don’t believe they needed their amplifier!

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  7. HollieR

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Bar service was really good but food was off. Maybe it was because the menu was not very descriptive but did not feel we were getting anything at all like we were expecting especially for the price point.

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  8. seths

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time there and we will for sure be back! The food, ambiance, service, and cleanliness were all off the charts!

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  9. ErinV

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience and every dish and cocktail/mocktail we had was on point. It was my Birthday and my waitress genuinely cared and was so kind and welcoming. I’d come back just for the service alone. A really amazing experience!

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  10. JanetB

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very expensive for what we received. Our bill was almost 200.00...and my daughter had a bowl of soup!!! We did have drinks...but I had salmon, with several tablespoons of what was suppossed to be asian slaw, and risotto. I loved the atmosphere, but felt like it was too pricey.

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  11. DeniseG

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food in a charming setting. Great service! Definitely give it a try if you are in Boone NC!

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  12. Dallasdatenight

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic find when passing through on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The live music was an unexpected treat, and the number of gluten free options was a real treat for my wife with an allergy.

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  13. clls

    Jacksonville

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a lovely surprise! Not being from this area, we were expecting “bar food”. When we entered the restaurant, we could see that we’d been very mistaken and when perusing the menu, it became even more obvious. There was a lovely fire in the fireplace and we were seated where we could see it. We ordered the charcuterie board and the panzella salad. My husband had one of the last ribeye steaks in the house. The charcuterie board was fantastic and very ample for two and my husband’s steak was prepared perfectly. We enjoyed a truly exemplary meal with wonderful service as well.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner. The salads are creative and delicious & the 1/2 smoked chicken was awesome. The cornbread is insane! They also have an impressive wine list even by the glass!

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  15. KatheeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent. The homemade pasta was wonderful. We had the Panzarella salad the corn bread for an appetizer it was, I mean everything was really good. My only issue was the dessert menu was limited, and our waitress who was lovely, described the desert as a moose like consistency, but it wasn’t it was more like a fudgy good nice consistency the powder cream taste great.

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  16. SteveS

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Atmosphere was great with a 3 piece band playing. The food was excellent and the service was very attentive but not over bearing! We will go back again!

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  17. Garibaldi

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Beacon is a beautiful space with a friendly staff and a good menu. The quality of the food is excellent but in our experience the chef’s decisions were mystifying. The rack of lamb was beautifully prepared but the Chimichurri sauce added to it was insanely and surprisingly spicy hot. Instead of bringing out the flavor of the lamb it was an unnecessary distraction and frankly painful. The abundant number of sugared Brussels sprouts (about 50!) were a strange and overwhelming accompaniment to the lamb; there were enough on the plate to have satisfied six plates, not one. I recommend the chef reconsider this preparation. Good lamb doesn’t deserve this kind of mistreatment.

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  18. Tricia

    Tallahassee

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We eat here all the time, but this time the salmon special was not good. The entire dish was loaded with salt. We were disappointed this time around.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service and atmosphere was great but just didn’t like the food. Everything was over seasoned and didn’t taste good. Was hoping for a lot better based on the great reviews.

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  20. msbbrew

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we've had in the Boone area in a long time ! The Salmon special was the star with spicy greens and a sweet potato mash * still drooling* Tyra our server was sweet , and always smiling . We will be back soon

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  21. Clutter

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great experience at the Beacon Butcher Bar. Since I was a party of one I sat at the bar. Both bartenders were a joy and made me a fantastic Old Fashion. I ordered the the New Zealand rack of lamb and is was amazing. Highly recommend. Great place recommended by NC Traveler on Instagram. I’ll be back at the end of the month with my son. I’m a Hoosier from Indiana who had a wonderful evening at your place in Boone, NC.

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  22. ilovefood

    Cleveland

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and atmosphere highly recommended.

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  23. johnt

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was dry with too little sauce. The prices for inexpensive meats was very high and we think the quality of the food has declined since we were there last. The band was so loud we could not have a conversation at the table.

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  24. RobinQ

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner to celebrate my App student’s 21st birthday and The Beacon provided everything we wanted. There is a great wine list, the menu has diverse options, and everything we ordered was wonderful. The beef stroganoff, baked mussels, carpaccio, and pizzas were great. The birthday boy had the rack of lamb and it was perfect celebratory meal. There was a fire in the fireplace, the decor is rustic and upscale, and the ambience was just right. This definitely is a place we will return.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences ever! My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and decided to try The Beacon Butcher Bar…it did not disappoint! From the moment we walked in to the restaurant we were greeted by the hostess, who acknowledged it was our anniversary, and offered us a few seating options based on the experience we were looking for. A private area or seating in the main dining area where a band would be playing. The restaurant has a really cool upscale homey vibe. Our server Summer was very friendly and welcoming. Their version of a smoked old fashioned is amazing…the best I have ever had! The baked mussels with cornbread was absolutely delicious! My wife ordered the lamb tenderloin and I ordered the beef tenderloin. Oh my goodness, we couldn’t have been happier! The lamb was so tender and the cucumber mint yogurt tasted like it was straight from Greece! The beef tenderloin with chimichurr was accompanied by roasted brussel sprouts and cornbread…oh so good! And for dessert an apple pie crumble with dollop of ice cream. The absolute best restaurant dining experience we have had in quite awhile! Thank you Beacon Butcher Bar for such an amazing experience! Richard and Leah

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  26. danm

    Charleston

    206 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    206 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been there three times now and consistently great food. The spinach salad changed a bot from wnenwe were there 3 weeks ago. Not sure what happened there and it was not nearly as good as the firs time. Other than that everything was excellent.

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  27. JKaster

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing restaurant! Our waitress was so friendly and the food was beyond delicious! If you are in the Boone / Banner Elk area and do not go, you are missing out!

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  28. LibG

    Charlotte

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our dinner that night. The resaurant is warm and friendly. The food was inovative and devious. Wine choices were good too. thank you

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  29. Donna

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Too noisy, service slow, food was good but wish I’d gotten the Bolognese. I e been in a few times but maybe not.

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  30. ElizabethS

    Greensboro

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fabulous dinner, wonderful service and great music! It was our anniversary and we were pleasantly surprised with everything! The food was superb! Can’t wait to go back!

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  31. DeborahW

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have had wonderful experiences here each time we have come! The menus is interesting and the food delicious! The service is outstanding! We love the ambiance!

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  32. SteveS

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The band was average, food was wonderful, the decor is nice, nice bar and fireplace, the service was great and timely. Only negative for me are food prices and no bread served before dinner arrived.

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  33. Fishbone

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The farmers salad with spinach, candied butternut squash, pistachio nuts was absolutely delicious.

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  34. HalleL

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious, and we (5 people) loved the decor and ambiance. We had the lobster and spinach rotini (one dish as-is, one dish gluten-free), lamb rack, ribeye, and baked oyster stew and all the meals came out perfect. Only reason service was 4 stars and not 5 was because all but one meal came out in a timely manner. However, our server was fantastic and very personable.

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  35. CatherineP

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The ambiance was incredible and the staff are top notch! Cocktails are creative and delicious. The food was hit and miss for us. The carpaccio and gnocchi were excellent. We found the cornbread to be too herby, the chicken to be too smoky and inconsistent in flavor, and the seafood pasta and stroganoff to be just okay. We had a lovely night out. Next time we would just do drinks and appetizers.

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  36. ElizabethS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. The cocktail menu was great, and the food was creative and delicious!!

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  37. Leslie

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We so enjoyed our date night at The Beacon! All the food was amazing, service was wonderful and we really enjoyed the live music too. I love all the fresh, local options!

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  38. Nick

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Quality meats and well prepared foods at reasonable prices for quality. Service was a bit slow for drinks, but the foods were ready at a good pace. some pairings were odd, like a thin chimichurri sauce with rack of lamb. Perhaps I'm just not sophisticated enough to a more traditional mint accompaniment. The staff and general manager (Mike) were very friendly and helpful. Like many, many restaurants the service is probably slower due to the need everywhere for more staffing. We will eat there again although I'll bring my own mint jelly.

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  39. K8T59

    Charleston

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Never have I had a salad though lovely to look at taste so unpleasant. The heat from over abundance of banana peppers tainted the flavor even though I removed them. My creamy ricotta/chicken pizza missed because creamy ricotta was baked until brown in the dough then the chopped chicken tomato ,veggies were added after the fact so not really a pizza? Sounded wonderful on menu but poorly prepared.

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  40. KarenW

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and loved the ambience! Best place we have found in Boone while on vacation.

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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 445 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 9 times today

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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