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Busy Bee Cafe

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Busy Bee CafeBusy Bee Cafe

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Taps: 19
Bottles: 120
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

225 S Wilmington St
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601-1433
United States
phone: (919) 424-7817

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(Place added by: rtratzlaff on 04-18-2009)
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Reviews by frazbri:
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4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Busy Bee Cafe is a bright and pleasant restaurant. I'd almost say it's more restaurant than bar, but that's not really right. It's a multi faceted place.

The first part you encounter is the cafe. (and I mean that as in coffee) Beyond that is the main body of the restaurant with the long bar along the left side. There is also an upstairs area and a rooftop patio. I'll focus on the downstairs.

The main bar has eight taps. Most notable was Brooklyn Backbreaker. They also stock some pretty impressive bottles. (Some rare, some pricey, but all worthy)

The menu is a step or two above standard pub fare. Yes, they do burgers and sandwiches, but they also serve shrimp & grits, organic chicken hoppin' john, and braised lamb shanks. I had the shrimp & grits as it's not something you find in my neighborhood. Good stuff.

Service was very good. The bartender kept on top of things, and seemed like a good fellow.

This is another place I would return to if I get the chance.

02-20-2010 01:59:20 | More by frazbri
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3%

08-16-2014 12:31:08 | More by Highbury09
Photo of Dreizhen

District of Columbia

4.89/5  rDev +11.6%

I had the great pleasure of visiting the Busy Bee Cafe and the accompanying Hive on a recent trip through Raleigh. I can not say enough nice things about the place.

Food was very good and reasonably priced. Our group ordered a decent variety of items from sandwiches to desserts and everyone was pleased with their selections.

The beer selection was very impressive with a number of bottles I had never seen before. The waitstaff was great at making suggestions and steered our choices in the right direction. Wide variety of styles and prices. Very impressive list.

The atmosphere was lovely, the upstairs patio is gorgeous, and the bar has a fun yet tacitly reserved demeanor.

The service was absolutely incredible. I can't do justice for the experience we had with only a review, but know that the service was perfect. Ask for Catherine. The owner was incredibly hospitable and quite the gracious host.

It would be a crime to not visit the Busy Bee if you have the chance.

08-11-2014 13:10:26 | More by Dreizhen
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3%

08-01-2014 16:42:48 | More by jak
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-26-2014 15:33:09 | More by MIchael_D_Larkin
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-22-2014 18:42:14 | More by dunix
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-15-2014 02:31:53 | More by Brewski
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-13-2014 21:32:07 | More by beatleszoso86
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-06-2014 23:46:51 | More by macuistin
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-05-2014 15:34:37 | More by jophish17
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Busy Bee Cafe in Raleigh, NC
96 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.