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“Resting on their laurels--very disappointed”
Review of The Angus Barn

The Angus Barn
Ranked #9 of 1,455 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Sandy Springs, Georgia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Resting on their laurels--very disappointed”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

My husband, daughter, and I were in town for a Duke football game and thought it would be great to go back to the Angus Barn. I grew up in NC, have been there many times for special occasions (including dinner with our parents the weekend my husband and I got married), and am well aware of its storied history. We had reservations for 8:00 on a Friday night. We got there a few minutes early and it was packed. The hostess found our reservation and then with barely a word handed us a buzzer. Huh? We headed up to the bar--no seating. One of the employees wearing some sort of earpiece/microphone greeted us and casually said it would probably be about 9:30 before we were seated for dinner. I asked "Really? We had an 8 o'clock reservation." He then said "oh no, it won't be that long if you have reservations." Not a good sign.

We headed back downstairs and were able to buy some cocktails. There was also cheese and crackers in that area of the restaurant--thankfully. Also very fortunately there was a kids' area and treasure chest, so my very hungry daughter was distracted for a moment. We were considering leaving, but around 8:25 our buzzer "buzzed" and we were taken to a table.

After several minutes, our server showed up. We wanted more time to review the wine list, so we simply asked for waters and a lemonade for my daughter. She disappeared--for quite some time. She came back a bit later with the lemonade and more cheese and crackers, also some olives, but no water. She informed us that she'd be bringing out some complimentary ribs because of our long wait, and we asked for some water again.

As we waited, we noticed that many tables had the "complimentary ribs". More time passed--still no water. By this time, we had made our dinner selections. The waitress came out with the ribs--we informed her of our wine selection and I thought it best to go ahead and get our dinner order in. We reminded her again about the waters. We took a few bites of the ribs, which were average. Finally a young man brought water--it was almost 9 o'clock and we were parched. We sat there a while longer, wondering if wine, bread, or salads would come. Finally, after no one showed up, we decided to leave, having wasted over an hour of our lives. The waitress never showed up again.

I thought about giving the Angus Barn an overall rating of one star instead of two, but as we didn't eat their food, I didn't think that would be fair. What a disappointing experience at a once great restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Love the atmosphere!”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

A friend and I went for drinks in the Turkey lounge and Geoff was amazing as a host and bartender. You can always count on the Angus Barn for impeccable service, especially when catching up with great friends! Make sure to ask to take a tour...it's amazing!

  • Visited November 2012
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Country atmosphere-great steaks!”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Parking lot was very full upon arrival so we feared a long wait, in spite of having made reservations, but we were greeted warmly and seated promptly. Service was very attentive but not hurried throughout. Though the restaurant is large, smaller dining areas lend a more intimate feel to the dining experience. We were celebrating a special occasion and were treated to complimentary champagne and the flutes were packed up for us as souvenirs at the end of the meal. We ordered the filet mignon which was a special that evening and found it delicious and cooked just as ordered. Other great menu choices in addtion to steaks too.

  • Visited October 2012
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Dallas, TX USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Splurge eatery and well worth it”
Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Ok, it is decorated to look and feel like a barn but there is nothing agrarian about the food. Steak is the "thing" here and it is exceptional as is the quality of the service. On a busy Saturday evening and a group of 7 everything came off flawless. They offer a behind the scenes tour--take it! Kitchen, extensive wine cellar, hidden private dining rooms including "meat cutting room" where one can dine and smoke cigars included on tour. Crystal did an exceptional job leading the informative tour. Food first class, extensive wine list and top quality dining experience all add up to an A+. Highly recommend.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Great food and service”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We have been coming here for over 25 years for our anniversary and birthdays. The setting is a barn, but the Little Barn has a fireplace in it. Porch is nice for the view, but it gets cold in the winter and can get noisy. You get so much to eat that you can't finish it all, and for your special day they give you a free pound cake with whipped cream and a strawberry on top. This place is not cheap, but there are different kinds of dinners besides steak. Their babyback ribs are awesome, as are their Alaska King Crab claws. You can get a combination plate with a 7 ounce filet or a 10 ounce prime rib along with the above items to try. There is a bar/lounge upstairs that has live music once in awhile and you can have dinner up there also. Go at Christmas when they have a huge Christmas tree and gingerbread men to munch on. It can get very crowded during the holidays, so reservations are a must, but this place is well worth it!

Visited October 2012
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