We have been here several times in the past during our visits to Raleigh. This restaurant is highly recommended by the locals. It was established some time ago and has grown in size and reputation the entire time. Don't be alarmed by the huge parking area and number of cars found there. This restaurant has a number of dining rooms and events areas, and they seem to be equipped to handle it all at once. Our server told us that there is at least one kitchen on each level. The atmosphere is a rustic, casual elegance and done well. Despite its size, the dining rooms seem intimate. Service has always been friendly and more than competent. Some of the employees have remained here for many years, I am told. Free appetizers of delicious cheese blends, olives, and crackers are to be found in several locations, and a quick glance into the bar showed a lot of guests enjoying themselves there. As one would expect, the beef here is really quite good. The sides, which impressed me in the past, were not up to my expectations, however. My Caesar salad was lackluster on this visit and the garlic potatoes were lukewarm and a bit dry. The rest of my group were very content, however.
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