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The Cardinal

€€ - €€€American, ,
1711 Highway 105, Boone, NC 28607-7808
+1 828-355-9600
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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“wild game” (6 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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1711 Highway 105, Boone, NC 28607-7808
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I took my daughter to The Cardinal after driving past it hundreds of times and it's a good thing we did. We finally figured out why this place is always packed. It's not just the food; it's the feel of the place and the friendliness...More

Thank celainej1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our fly fishing guide Max recommended this hidden gem to us for lunch and we could not have been more pleased!!! I had the Wild Game burger, which was the special and my husband had the Fried Chicken sandwich with pimento cheese and bacon. We...More

Thank aea2727
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Scott and his team gave us a food tasting. We were shooting for a rustic elegant affair in Banner Elk in a Barn. Scott worked with us. He set up appetizers of hummus, pickled veggies, hush puppies and fried okra in the kitchen bar area...More

Thank Ruth B
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Limited parking. Way too loud. Basically a watering hole. Buffalo wings were so small they must have come from a Cornish hen. Would have been embarrassed to serve them. Small burger baskets. Side portions were tiny. Burger had way too much garlic and that's all...More

Thank Reeca
Seth S, Owner at The Cardinal, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Reeca, First off let me apologize that your experience at the Cardinal didn't measure up. We are well aware that our parking lot is often very full, and on busy days can be a little packed. I am not going to apologize for that aspect...More

Reviewed 5 October 2018

We went there for lunch with friends. The music was very loud inside. I suppose their regular clientele may like it but it's too loud to hold a conversation. We almost left because of it but found the nice outdoor deck in the back which...More

Thank TerryRxyz
Seth S, Owner at The Cardinal, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

TerryRxyz, First off thanks for your thoughtful input and for taking time to let us know that your experience at the Cardinal didn't measure up. Lately, the music has been a little loud and we actually have adjusted the preamp we use with our house...More

Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

My 4 year old son and I had a great meal and personal service at the Cardinal for lunch. We both had burgers that were decent quality meat with fresh toppings. This is not a Mickey D's burger for those of you who think the...More

Thank DawgExplorer
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

While in town we asked quite a few of the locals we met where the best place to dine was around Boone that was both kid & adult friendly. We had more people recommend this place than anything else so we decided to give it...More

1  Thank themamacakes
Reviewed 18 August 2018

We have been to The Cardinal since it opened and have never had many complaints. In fact, we have always been pleased with the food and service. However, today we were highly disappointed at the service. First, it took a good fifteen minutes to even...More

1  Thank maamorama
Seth S, Owner at The Cardinal, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

maamorama, I am sorry that your experience at the Cardinal didn't live up to your expectations. I am glad that you have generally enjoyed you experiences at the Cardinal and hope that you can understand that sometimes folks make mistakes and that everyone can have...More

Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

The cardinal is the best. Great food, amazing cocktails and beer selection, super friendly staff. Love the cardinal. It’s the only place I order a burger from anymore!

Thank beergal
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Asked the bartenders at a brewery who had the best burger in No one, they both said the Cardinal at the same time! Met friends here for dinner and ride several delicious beers as a group. Everyone loved their burger, and service was strong. Fun...More

Thank Marionfive
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1711 Highway 105, Boone, NC 28607-7808
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: +1 828-355-9600
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