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“Great Little Coffee Shop”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bean

The Bean
Ranked #1 of 14 Restaurants in Oriental
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Raleigh, North Carolina
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great Little Coffee Shop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

As others have said, I can only repeat. Great coffee, good pastries and friendly conversation. It's probably the friendliest coffee shop I've been to - and I range quite a bit looking for good coffee shops. Now, I've only been to The Bean twice, it's 130 miles from my house, but both times the folk on the porch welcomed me as soon as I got my helmet off - and the conversation didn't stop until I left; the coffee was excellent and the view is killer. It's really a charming place, don't pass it up if you are close to Oriental.

  • Visited July 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“THE place to start your day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Excellent coffee, friendly service, great place to meet locals and visitors alike. Nice that they stay open 7am to 8pm, for those who enjoy a nice cup of coffee after dinner on the porch!

Visited June 2013
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Thank Suzanne C
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ORLANDO
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“AM meet and Greet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

It is not much more than a local coffee shop but the coffee is great and the pastries are also. Everyone (customers) are friendly and welcoming even though they know you are a tourist.

Visited June 2013
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Thank BRUCE D
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Durham, North Carolina
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Can't visit Oriental without stopping at The Bean”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Good coffee and ice cream. They have a variety of breakfast foods (pastries, muffins, bagels) that aren't homemade but are good for a quick bite. The best part of a visit to The Bean is the view and the company. You are sure to meet lots of locals and visitors, many of them with friendly dogs.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Michele S
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North Carolina
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Should go there at least once to experience the "locals"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

Even though there are very few true "locals" in Oriental, many of then come here for conversation and coffee. Just like any coffee shop, they have all the fancy coffee's and the regular stuff. However if you get the regular "joe" they may have to nuke it for you as they keep it in carafes. I rated it very good for the variety of what you can get. And the coffee is really not that bad either.

After all, where else can you dock your boat and get a cup of coffee? Or watch the sailboats come in while you are having coffee on the porch?

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank dreaming63
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