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Busy Bee Cafe

#70 of 1,140 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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225 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601-1433
+1 919-424-7817
11:00 - 02:00
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service was great which is always a plus even when the food is average. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't great. Everything was far too greasy. The grilled cheese has the potential to be really good were it not so greasy. The macaroni an cheese got rave reviews online, but I didn't care for it at all. I was... More 

Thank ShamLNC
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I've been here a couple times with some friends, the food isn't that good, i had the burger and cheese plater, nothing to remember, they have lots of beer choices, the service isn't good either, we had too look for the waitress every time we needed more beer, didn't feel welcomed.

Thank Neyra P
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Really great service that was attentive but gave you space to build a conversation and run with it. The beer was fenomenal and the ambiance was about very little barriers between patrons but enough distance to keep things within your people. Loved it

Thank Eli P
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Visited on late afternoon of 27 November. Roughly 5 tables were already seated and had their food. Server who took our order was nice enough. There were 7 of us - 2 people ordered the chicken sandwich and 5 people ordered the burger. There was little other choice at that time in the afternoon. After 3, they do not serve... More 

Thank maggie_girl_2
Raleigh, NC
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I think the recently had a chef and subsequently a menu change. The food is priced the same but isn't nearly as unique or tasty as previous. They do have a lovely rooftop to eat out when the weather is nice, not to mention to tasty cocktails.

Thank Xulox
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Stopped here for a bite when we were in downtown Raleigh and were not disappointed. They had a pulled lamb sandwich that was absolutely fantastic! Great service (thank you Adrienne!), great beer selection and a nice ambience. Definitely worth checking out for lunch.

Thank goesforett
Oakville, Canada
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

During a layover day in Raleigh, my wife and I tried the Busy Bee Cafe on a recommendation from our hotel manager. The turkey club was fresh and quite tasty. I really liked the bonus flavour from the choice of rye bread. The menu selection is a little limited in selection. Also, the waitress seemed uninterested in being there. Good... More 

Thank jeffreyhunt
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I came here for bunch. We sat on the rooftop and had a great view. They weren't serving alcohol yet but they have quite the selection. I recommend the cold pressed coffee for a non alcoholic drink. Good food but a little overpriced in my opinion. The food was good but could use a little more flavor.

Thank Jules22589
Greensboro, North Carolina
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

My sister and I ate Sunday brunch here and the food was amazing! In looking at the menu there wasn't as much selection as I expected. I ordered the bacon English muffin and it was wonderful. They do have a great selection of beer and wine. The atmosphere was good and the wait staff were very friendly and helpful.

Thank Lauren M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

This place is GREAT! Not only do they have a world class beer list and draft selection, but they have a wonderful chef that prepares amazing meals and specials every day! The Tots are a must have on your first visit. They are so light and crispy! So yes you can pair their menu and beer selections every night, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601-1433
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-424-7817

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?