The BEACON Butcher Bar

4.6
119 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. which has been established here in the High Country since 1999. The Beacon Butcher Bar 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 procures the highest quality ingredients for their seasonal menus.

We value the handmade and fashion from scratch details as small as the aioli and dressings we use, to housemade focaccias and pastries, slow-roasted meats, and naturally fermented pickles. We avoid industrially grown and processed foods. We love the intentional, the specific, the well-cared-for.

The Beacon Market offers hand-cut meats, in-house charcuterie, house-cured bacon, marinated olives, imported cheeses, hand-baked bread and so much more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 119 people are saying
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CharlesR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful find in Boone. Our server Will was Outstanding. We will be returning as soon as we are able.

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karly1024
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for the first time not knowing what to expect, but everything was great! The host, the server, the cocktails, the food and the environment. We will definitely be back.

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vipmoush47
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great family meal during parents weekend. Food and service was really good. A little on the high side in terms of cost to value but I would definitely go again. Steaks, Rack of Lamb, and Whole Flounder special were all good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

GREAT service and I wish the food had been as good. Greasy pizza, weird grain bowl and the caprese needs hearty bread. Can't stress enough the service is FANTASTIC, though, so check your culinary expectations and tip your awesome servers!!

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DavidA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for our anniversary dinner. Food was outstanding and our server did a great job and was attentive to our needs

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night.

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Kcook
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great find in Boone! My friend and I had the cornbread, Farmer’s Salad, the bolognese (with house-made pasta), and a lovely bottle of wine. We shared every course and they had no issues with us sharing. They were very generous and helpful as we were deciding which wine to select. We were surprised that the place wasn’t packed on a Saturday night - if we lived nearby we’d be there often and will definitely visit again. Loved the velvet chairs!

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vipNick
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I LOVED our dinner here. I had read and heard mixed reviews before we went but our experience was excellent. Fantastic cocktails, delicious food, served in a great atmosphere. This may be our new favorite place in the High Country.

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MelissaT
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there early so we had the place to ourselves but it was filling up fast when we left. The service was great the food was exceptional. My son and I both got the pork chop and it was cooked to perfection and the flavor was amazing. My husband got the chicken marsala and he loved it. The cornbread was a great starter. A little pricey but definitely worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food was drenched in garlic, there was no other flavor to it. Good thing we like garlic but that was way too much. My husband had the ribeye and it was the worst he ever had, cornbread was cold, the butter wouldn’t even melt on it. I had the veggie plate and it was the same, the amount of garlic was beyond consumable.

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vipMark
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time to visit this establishment and pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent, great environment, and small but nice wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I made this reservation 2-3 weeks in advance because I wanted to sit outside with my family for dinner. The atmosphere is great, the food was great, my server was great and our drinks were fantastic. There were tables available outside but we were seated inside, despite my two week advance outdoor reservation. I asked the hostess if we could move outside and she said we wouldn’t be comfortable outside with four people because the table was round. I ate dinner facing the outside rectangle tables. I gave a 15 percent tip, which I haven’t done since before the pandemic because of the hostess. Maybe not fair, because the food, server and bartender were on point but I didn’t know how else to express my displeasure.

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vipLoveGreatEats
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this new restaurant. The food is outstanding. Prices are a bit high, but in line with other fine dining establishments in the area. Our waiter, Daniel, knows the food and drink menus well and is very personable.

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LarryR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Only detriment to a great dining experience was having to sit adjacent to the parking lot along a noisy boulevard, but I assume that was because of distancing due to covid.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
23 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We came very early. Room was set up great & we felt comfortable eating here in these COVID times. This means a lot to us. Ambiance could have been enhanced by a slightly less loud music choice.

Service was prompt & attentive but server only knew menu basics. I couldn’t decide & had to pepper her with questions with was unfortunate for both of us as she had to go back to kitchen. A cheat sheet would be helpful for the server.

Burrata was so yummy.

The whole Fish was delicious & presented beautifully. A head & bones disposal bowl would be useful next time.

My husbands Ribeye was cooked properly but the tenderness wasn’t quite as we’ve had before. This was pre-sliced not whole. His Green Beans were tasty but tad oily & shell had unexpected toughness to it, ends not trimmed. Chimichurri was missing that bit of zing he’s used to.

We will return.

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Ugogirl47
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Late dinner, great pizza . Limited parking. Poor lighting in the parking lot. Service slow probably due to COVID and limited staff

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful in every way! We will definitely be back!

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RonH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location. Beautiful spacious room with a large fireplace at one end. Wonderful service and amazing food.

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BretB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were surprised on Tues they have live entertainment. The trio were fantastic & added to the wonderful ambiance. The food & drinks were great! Highly, highly recommended!

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Jacqueline
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The drinks were on point. The service was great.

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jaybird
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food. Wonderful service. My only complaint is that the temperature is the restaurant was too cold

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Katie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good staple menu and specials, great drink list (including mocktails!), and really beautiful decor/ambiance. The tables are spaced out well, making it easier to hear your own table. Attentive service, and they take reservations on OpenTable which is convenient. One of the few restaurants we've found in the area that serves espresso. My only constructive criticism is that a few of the dishes would’ve been better with slightly less salt so that the natural flavors could shine through. Overall, a hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We really liked the food. I really think the restaurant would benefit by adding in some booths / some cozy seating and dining..

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caprese salad was best we ever had. So fresh! Chicken Marsala was delicious and full of flavor without feeling heavy. Beacon bolognese was another winner. Enjoyed the artwork and the large open space of the building. We will be back!

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CharlieL
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful meal. The cornbread was some of the best I have ever had.

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vipshanet1971
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, had live music on Tuesday. Home made pasta as I went down the path of the bolognese. Absolutely fantastic and a nice touch with fresh parmesan added. If your meal doesnt come with the cast iron cornbread, order it. We’ll be back for round two next week!

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vipLakeWylie77
Charlotte
49 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuesday nights they have jazz and a special bottle of wine and charcuterie for $40. Very relaxing evening!

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vipccb1
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Loved the ambiance and music.

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EllenMc
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small but creative menu. We had chicken Marsala- great piece of chicken with interesting pasta and flavorful sauce - and fried flounder with Hoppin’ John and fried okra. Okra was delicious, flash fried with no discernible batter, flounder was an impressive piece of fish perfectly cooked. We checked out this place after hearing about the music played on Tuesday nights. Music was wonderful. Contemporary ambience and excellent service added to a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Our table was right next to parked cars. And the mushrooms in the chicken Marsala were inedible. But the Buratta caprese was fantastic!

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vipMonaLisa
Pinehurst
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food we had was good but the menu is a bit limited.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best filet I have had.

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jakes
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quality and Creativity describe every aspect of Beacon. The well drinks were among the best and it was apparent that the staff were just as excited as we were about the quality of everything on the menu. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTableDiner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Total badassery. I’m not sure folks know how lucky they are to have a restaurant of this quality so readily available to them. Hidden gem doesn’t begin to describe it, and I’m fully hoping I get to come back one day.

JM
JoshuaM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a last minute reservation and mistakenly selected for [2] people instead of [4]. They were still able to seat us; the ribeyes were cooked perfectly and well-seasoned. Our boys shared a pizza and they loved it. We'd definitely come back.

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vipDavidM
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night - groovy ambiance with great service and excellent food - highly recommended

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vipHillS
Charlotte
60 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. The food has excellent flavor. Caleb and Will took excellent care of us. The specialty cocktails are off the chart. Exceeded all our expectations! We highly recommend the Beacon.

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JeffN
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service and food was outstanding!! The cocktails were amazing!!

KD
KDCarlson
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We ordered dr

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The BEACON Butcher Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.