Hayes Barton Cafe & Dessertery

★★★★☆
  • 2000 Fairview Rd

    Raleigh, NC 27608

    Cross street: Five Points

    Map & Directions
  • 919-856-8551

About Hayes Barton Cafe & Dessertery

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Dinner - Tuesday through Saturday eveings 6 p m until

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There is something to be said for a restaurant where people wait outside 10 min. before the doors are open to get in. I've been going to HBC for 10 years, and it's always more than a dinner out when I go. For some reason, it's an

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★★★★★

There is something to be said for a restaurant where people wait outside 10 min. before the doors are open to get in. I've been going to HBC for 10 years, and it's always more than a dinner out when I go. For some reason, it's an

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Took our friends Friday night and as always, everything was fantastic. The salads are fresh and the portions huge. Make sure you save room for their cakes. You won't finsh your dessert but will enjoy the leftovers the next day. They don't

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★★★★★

Took our friends Friday night and as always, everything was fantastic. The salads are fresh and the portions huge. Make sure you save room for their cakes. You won't finsh your dessert but will enjoy the leftovers the next day. They don't

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This is were you go when you really want to treat yourself to what it would feel like to visit the ideal feel good restaurant. Husband and wife team, Frank and Marget have created a place that feels like coming home for us.

On the very

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★★★★★

This is were you go when you really want to treat yourself to what it would feel like to visit the ideal feel good restaurant. Husband and wife team, Frank and Marget have created a place that feels like coming home for us.

On the very

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I am very picky about restaurants and I don't want to spend money eating out unless the food and drinks are top notch, and the staff and ambience make for a truly enjoyable experience. That's why I go back to Hayes Barton Cafe and

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I am very picky about restaurants and I don't want to spend money eating out unless the food and drinks are top notch, and the staff and ambience make for a truly enjoyable experience. That's why I go back to Hayes Barton Cafe and

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The headline is true. I've been to restaurants across the fruited plain and there is not one other place that beats Hayes Barton Cafe for food, ambience, vibe and overall experience. \r
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The headline is true. I've been to restaurants across the fruited plain and there is not one other place that beats Hayes Barton Cafe for food, ambience, vibe and overall experience. \r
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A Restaurant Run By Rude Staff.

Yes, the dessert is yummy, perhaps some of the best in the city. The unfortunate news is that every single time I go to this restaurant I have an awful experience. I have a weakness for good dessert, but I

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★★★★★

A Restaurant Run By Rude Staff.

Yes, the dessert is yummy, perhaps some of the best in the city. The unfortunate news is that every single time I go to this restaurant I have an awful experience. I have a weakness for good dessert, but I

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Hayes Barton Cafe is one of the best local restaurants in town! The lunchtime bacon cheeseburgers are not to be missed and the dinner options are extensive and specials change nightly! The atmosphere is a 40s/50s inspired celebrity diner

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★★★★★

Hayes Barton Cafe is one of the best local restaurants in town! The lunchtime bacon cheeseburgers are not to be missed and the dinner options are extensive and specials change nightly! The atmosphere is a 40s/50s inspired celebrity diner

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Every detail is evident in the unique decor as you enter this 1940's inspired retro atmosphere and are reminded of our past celebrity, veterans and local lifestyle hanging on the walls.
Just try not to be distracted when you walk past the dessert case - these are the most artistic and tasteful decorations of all! I've sampled just about every cake and pie over the last 12 years and I can promise, you will NOT be dissappointed.
Once you are personally escorted to your table by the owner, it's like walking into a friends home for dinner. The owners are always there, and the longtime staff know you by name and welcome you back.
The food is generous, tasty and I can suggest my favorites: Filet Mignon, Mussells, Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie.
If you are a regular or a first timer it's YOUR special meal and I always feel treated like royalty. Thank you Hayes Barton Cafe for remaining a Precious Gem in this mega franchise restaurant world we live in!

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★★★★★

Every detail is evident in the unique decor as you enter this 1940's inspired retro atmosphere and are reminded of our past celebrity, veterans and local lifestyle hanging on the walls.
Just try not to be distracted when you walk past the dessert case - these are the most artistic and tasteful decorations of all! I've sampled just about every cake and pie over the last 12 years and I can promise, you will NOT be dissappointed.
Once you are personally escorted to your table by the owner, it's like walking into a friends home for dinner. The owners are always there, and the longtime staff know you by name and welcome you back.
The food is generous, tasty and I can suggest my favorites: Filet Mignon, Mussells, Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie.
If you are a regular or a first timer it's YOUR special meal and I always feel treated like royalty. Thank you Hayes Barton Cafe for remaining a Precious Gem in this mega franchise restaurant world we live in!

Pros: Food / Desserts / Decor

Cons: Limited Seating

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Raleigh is fortunate to have Hayes Barton Caf and Dessertery. While this Five Points gem wins awards for the best desserts? their coconut cake is better than your grandmother's or mine?they are deserving of more?the staff is courteous, attentive and friendly; the atmosphere welcoming; the filet is the best in town and the evening specials make you want to come back for more! I??ve entertained friends and business associates from around the country there?when they return to Raleigh?they always want to go back to Hayes Barton!

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★★★★★

Raleigh is fortunate to have Hayes Barton Caf and Dessertery. While this Five Points gem wins awards for the best desserts? their coconut cake is better than your grandmother's or mine?they are deserving of more?the staff is courteous, attentive and friendly; the atmosphere welcoming; the filet is the best in town and the evening specials make you want to come back for more! I??ve entertained friends and business associates from around the country there?when they return to Raleigh?they always want to go back to Hayes Barton!

Pros: Service, incredible food, ample portions

Cons: If they're busy...you may have to wait....but well worth it!

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I really wish that 0 stars was an option. Friends and neighbors have always touted Hayes Barton Cafe but we were highly disappointed in the whole experience. The staff was rude, the wait for service was unnecessary, and the food was just not good. The next time I want to spend $80 on two appetizers,half a lettece wedge and some wine, I will surely stop at Bloomsbury Bistro where I know the food is 5 star, my husband and I could split an entree as well and John Tolar appreciates his customers.

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I really wish that 0 stars was an option. Friends and neighbors have always touted Hayes Barton Cafe but we were highly disappointed in the whole experience. The staff was rude, the wait for service was unnecessary, and the food was just not good. The next time I want to spend $80 on two appetizers,half a lettece wedge and some wine, I will surely stop at Bloomsbury Bistro where I know the food is 5 star, my husband and I could split an entree as well and John Tolar appreciates his customers.

Pros: NONE

Cons: Menu is deceiving

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What is this place trying to be? A high priced 1950's diner. If your not in the click, forget it. We viewed the menu online for a preview. Sounded okay, so we gave it a try. The 26.00 bottle of wine, was 30.00 on the menu when we got there. When we got our check the bottle of wine was now 38.00. Portions are ridiculous, the appetizeers are larger than the entrees. it is the biggest waste of food ever. Cozy? No intrusive is a better description. The owner fits in great, he is the biggest snob of all.

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★☆☆☆☆

What is this place trying to be? A high priced 1950's diner. If your not in the click, forget it. We viewed the menu online for a preview. Sounded okay, so we gave it a try. The 26.00 bottle of wine, was 30.00 on the menu when we got there. When we got our check the bottle of wine was now 38.00. Portions are ridiculous, the appetizeers are larger than the entrees. it is the biggest waste of food ever. Cozy? No intrusive is a better description. The owner fits in great, he is the biggest snob of all.

Pros: none

Cons: service/food & PRICE

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This little restaurant always has great food and the best desserts in town. We frequently dine here when we have out of town guest looking for a local restaurant with a special feel. They put a unique twist on the entrees and the desserts are just amazing. At times, the wait is long but well worth it. If you are planning on going with four or more people then I suggest you make a reservation. I strongly recommend checking it for yourself.

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★★★★★

This little restaurant always has great food and the best desserts in town. We frequently dine here when we have out of town guest looking for a local restaurant with a special feel. They put a unique twist on the entrees and the desserts are just amazing. At times, the wait is long but well worth it. If you are planning on going with four or more people then I suggest you make a reservation. I strongly recommend checking it for yourself.

Pros: Great Food!

Cons: Small Place

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What a memorable experience for me to recently have been taken to dinner at the Hayes Barton Cate when visiting Raleigh. I love the concept and the creativity. It is so nice to go somewhere unique. I think what makes it great is the fact that the owners put their heart and soul into it. It's not just a place to eat, it's a destination - great food, amazing desserts and friendly service.

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★★★★★

What a memorable experience for me to recently have been taken to dinner at the Hayes Barton Cate when visiting Raleigh. I love the concept and the creativity. It is so nice to go somewhere unique. I think what makes it great is the fact that the owners put their heart and soul into it. It's not just a place to eat, it's a destination - great food, amazing desserts and friendly service.

Pros: Great food and ambience

Cons: none

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Absolutely fantastic. From the moment we walked in we were tended to by Frank, the owner, despite the fact it was our first time in. A little bit of a wait, but sooooo worth it. The entrees looked fantastic. I had a barbecued salmon, with an absolutely exquisite corn and basil salad, and my wife had a beautiful fresh mozzarella and tomato salad. the food was magnificent. and if that sounds good, just wait for dessert. There's a reason why they win the award from the Independent... FANTASTIC AND HUGE. But in all a fantastic experience, I will definatly go back. Apparently they have new specials and new desserts every week, so we will definatly be back to have the best dining in raleigh

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★★★★★

Absolutely fantastic. From the moment we walked in we were tended to by Frank, the owner, despite the fact it was our first time in. A little bit of a wait, but sooooo worth it. The entrees looked fantastic. I had a barbecued salmon, with an absolutely exquisite corn and basil salad, and my wife had a beautiful fresh mozzarella and tomato salad. the food was magnificent. and if that sounds good, just wait for dessert. There's a reason why they win the award from the Independent... FANTASTIC AND HUGE. But in all a fantastic experience, I will definatly go back. Apparently they have new specials and new desserts every week, so we will definatly be back to have the best dining in raleigh

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This place has a nice atmosphere, and is a fun place to go, but they're a little overpriced, and who can figure out their business hours? It seems like every time I want to go there, they're closed. They have good food though, and devilled eggs, can't get those everywhere - plus it's fun to walk around 5 points when you're done.

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This place has a nice atmosphere, and is a fun place to go, but they're a little overpriced, and who can figure out their business hours? It seems like every time I want to go there, they're closed. They have good food though, and devilled eggs, can't get those everywhere - plus it's fun to walk around 5 points when you're done.

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this is a great place to take them. A cool atmosphere - diner-style, and the portions are absolutely massive. You can easily share most of the entrees. However - while the entrees are great - the dessert is where it's at! Great southern desserts - definitely save room!

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this is a great place to take them. A cool atmosphere - diner-style, and the portions are absolutely massive. You can easily share most of the entrees. However - while the entrees are great - the dessert is where it's at! Great southern desserts - definitely save room!

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Of the many wonderful restaurants in Raleigh, my wife and I enjoy Hayes Barton Cafe about the best. There are restaurants more expensive and those less, but you won't find a place more enjoyable from both a culinary and environmental perspective than Hayes.

First let me dispel any views that this is a "typical" '50's diner. It is neither typical nor '50's. Having grown up in Hollywood, Hayes Barton reminds me very much of the heyday of that town, with unique photos of talent from the Golden Age of Movies -- and not the usual ones you've seen. From that same time frame you'll find wonderful photos of WW II soldiers, their planes, and other paraphernalia -- all from either the parents or grandparents of the restaurant's staff or from people in the local community.

One more thing -- the owner's father, a former cartoonist for the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper, has many of his classic comics on the wall as well.

It is a fun and immersive experience that really puts you into the '40's -- even with Turner Classic Movies playing in the corner.

But onto the food -- it is absolutely amazing. Order anything, and what may seem familiar will be blended with a a bit of magic that makes even the most traditional dish exciting. One of my favorite dishes is their chicken potpie -- which at other places is typically a soupy mix of peas and chicken in a mystery goop that I find nasty. But Hayes Barton takes an entirely new approach, starting with a visual- and taste-treat masterpiece of shortbread that forms the most flavorful and beautiful pastry cover you could imagine. Mystery goop is replaced with velvety smooth mashed potatoes, and the vegetables and chicken breast are perfect.

The result is comfort food with an eclectic twist that is just spectacular, presented beautifully, and served up with great passion -- that staff LOVE their food and it shows in their enthusiasm.

Which brings me to the staff: we've been there a number of times and already know most of the people by name. Frank, the gracious owner is right there to make certain your experience is perfect. Every member of the server staff is fun, dedicated, and will treat you like family (the good kind that you WANT there). And Carrie, the Dessert Goddess who creates the temptations that you'll see on the way in, is a doll. They are fast, courteous, generous, and fun at lunch or dinner.

And lastly...I can't begin to describe the desserts at Hayes Barton. Literally the best I've had anywhere in Raleigh (and frankly, most other cities I've traveled to). There are so many unbelievable cakes that your server will take you to the display case to explain your choices. You literally have to see it all to believe it. Decision making skills required.

Even if you are full from the great meal you'll have there, take home a dessert. EVERYTHING is great -- we haven't had a miss yet. There is a reason why Carrie is called the Dessert Goddess.

In all, wonderful, unexpected food perfect for any season, a great twist on the diner concept that will have you smiling from the time you enter through your trip home, and a staff that will make you feel so at home, you'll never want to leave.

But please do leave eventually -- WE'LL probably be waiting to get seated!

We recommend Hayes Barton without reservation (but YOU might want to make a reservation)! Enjoy!

by The CitySeacher

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★★★★★

Of the many wonderful restaurants in Raleigh, my wife and I enjoy Hayes Barton Cafe about the best. There are restaurants more expensive and those less, but you won't find a place more enjoyable from both a culinary and environmental perspective than Hayes.

First let me dispel any views that this is a "typical" '50's diner. It is neither typical nor '50's. Having grown up in Hollywood, Hayes Barton reminds me very much of the heyday of that town, with unique photos of talent from the Golden Age of Movies -- and not the usual ones you've seen. From that same time frame you'll find wonderful photos of WW II soldiers, their planes, and other paraphernalia -- all from either the parents or grandparents of the restaurant's staff or from people in the local community.

One more thing -- the owner's father, a former cartoonist for the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper, has many of his classic comics on the wall as well.

It is a fun and immersive experience that really puts you into the '40's -- even with Turner Classic Movies playing in the corner.

But onto the food -- it is absolutely amazing. Order anything, and what may seem familiar will be blended with a a bit of magic that makes even the most traditional dish exciting. One of my favorite dishes is their chicken potpie -- which at other places is typically a soupy mix of peas and chicken in a mystery goop that I find nasty. But Hayes Barton takes an entirely new approach, starting with a visual- and taste-treat masterpiece of shortbread that forms the most flavorful and beautiful pastry cover you could imagine. Mystery goop is replaced with velvety smooth mashed potatoes, and the vegetables and chicken breast are perfect.

The result is comfort food with an eclectic twist that is just spectacular, presented beautifully, and served up with great passion -- that staff LOVE their food and it shows in their enthusiasm.

Which brings me to the staff: we've been there a number of times and already know most of the people by name. Frank, the gracious owner is right there to make certain your experience is perfect. Every member of the server staff is fun, dedicated, and will treat you like family (the good kind that you WANT there). And Carrie, the Dessert Goddess who creates the temptations that you'll see on the way in, is a doll. They are fast, courteous, generous, and fun at lunch or dinner.

And lastly...I can't begin to describe the desserts at Hayes Barton. Literally the best I've had anywhere in Raleigh (and frankly, most other cities I've traveled to). There are so many unbelievable cakes that your server will take you to the display case to explain your choices. You literally have to see it all to believe it. Decision making skills required.

Even if you are full from the great meal you'll have there, take home a dessert. EVERYTHING is great -- we haven't had a miss yet. There is a reason why Carrie is called the Dessert Goddess.

In all, wonderful, unexpected food perfect for any season, a great twist on the diner concept that will have you smiling from the time you enter through your trip home, and a staff that will make you feel so at home, you'll never want to leave.

But please do leave eventually -- WE'LL probably be waiting to get seated!

We recommend Hayes Barton without reservation (but YOU might want to make a reservation)! Enjoy!

by The CitySeacher

Pros: Every meal blends comfort with eclectic, desserts

Cons: Quite literally, too many good choices

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Just wanted write to say what a great time my sister and I had at this charming little restaurant yesterday! It is one of my sister's favorite places, but I had never been ,so when she offered to take me there for my birthday I jumped at the chance. We had the best time! The servers were so friendly and helpful. They seemed genuinely happy we were there. When I asked if there was a lot of mayo in their chicken salad the woman behind the counter offered to give me a sample. It was quite tasty, but I opted for the cheeseburger, and, let me tell you, it was the best burger I've had in a long time. And the french fries!! Don't get me started! But the best was the dessert. We were given mouth-watering descriptions of everything in the dessert case. We picked a "chocolate flourless" cake that was smooth and silky with a delicious hazelnut buttercream layer. AND the server even put a candle in it for me! Just a really wonderful experience.

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★★★★☆

Just wanted write to say what a great time my sister and I had at this charming little restaurant yesterday! It is one of my sister's favorite places, but I had never been ,so when she offered to take me there for my birthday I jumped at the chance. We had the best time! The servers were so friendly and helpful. They seemed genuinely happy we were there. When I asked if there was a lot of mayo in their chicken salad the woman behind the counter offered to give me a sample. It was quite tasty, but I opted for the cheeseburger, and, let me tell you, it was the best burger I've had in a long time. And the french fries!! Don't get me started! But the best was the dessert. We were given mouth-watering descriptions of everything in the dessert case. We picked a "chocolate flourless" cake that was smooth and silky with a delicious hazelnut buttercream layer. AND the server even put a candle in it for me! Just a really wonderful experience.

Pros: best burgers and fries friendly helpful servers

Cons: parking

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let me start off by saying I have eaten here quite a few times and each time has been GREAT! Last week I wanted to go and try the lunch menu. I took my sister along with me because she had never been here. We both ordered a burger and 35 minutes later was still waiting. There was 2 tables occupied in the entire resteraunt. The woman at the counter forgot to put our order in so they finally brought our food out . We waited 45 minuted total and she didnt even say I'm sorry for the wait or nothing. The way they acted towards both of us was rude. I dont know if it was the way we were dressed? In casual clothes, They kissed everyne elses butt there but not ours. I just wish they would have apologized for the wait.......We will not go back there for lunch. If they treated all of their customers the same, they would be alot busier at lunch then they are. Maybe they need to get rid of the woman at the counter and the woman with blonde hair that has no personality!

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★☆☆☆☆

let me start off by saying I have eaten here quite a few times and each time has been GREAT! Last week I wanted to go and try the lunch menu. I took my sister along with me because she had never been here. We both ordered a burger and 35 minutes later was still waiting. There was 2 tables occupied in the entire resteraunt. The woman at the counter forgot to put our order in so they finally brought our food out . We waited 45 minuted total and she didnt even say I'm sorry for the wait or nothing. The way they acted towards both of us was rude. I dont know if it was the way we were dressed? In casual clothes, They kissed everyne elses butt there but not ours. I just wish they would have apologized for the wait.......We will not go back there for lunch. If they treated all of their customers the same, they would be alot busier at lunch then they are. Maybe they need to get rid of the woman at the counter and the woman with blonde hair that has no personality!

Pros: good food

Cons: snobby workers no parking

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Hayes Barton Cafe is like a great vinyl album....it's vintage, it's classic, it's cool. The food is superb, best anywhere in the USA and the staff is genuine and excellent service is always there.

Go there, you'll be a fan.

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★★★★★

Hayes Barton Cafe is like a great vinyl album....it's vintage, it's classic, it's cool. The food is superb, best anywhere in the USA and the staff is genuine and excellent service is always there.

Go there, you'll be a fan.

Pros: Food - People - Spirits - Dessert

Cons: They aren't open 7 days a week.

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The best reason to go to the Hayes Barton Cafe is for dessert. The main entrees are okay, not my favorites, but the variety of desserts are well worth the trip to this very small eatery towards downtown Raleigh. Reasonably priced, with fair to good customer service. Parking can be difficult in that area, but take a chance and come for the desserts!

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★★★★☆

The best reason to go to the Hayes Barton Cafe is for dessert. The main entrees are okay, not my favorites, but the variety of desserts are well worth the trip to this very small eatery towards downtown Raleigh. Reasonably priced, with fair to good customer service. Parking can be difficult in that area, but take a chance and come for the desserts!

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This is a great place to visit if you want to know where the Raleigh locals go to dine. If the nostalgic 40's theme of the cafe isn't enough to win you over, there is the authentic comfort food to take your experience over the top - not to mention the desserts Hayes Barton Cafe is very well known for. Every entree and dessert seems to have an added touch of whimsy...as does the diner itself - from the manner in which the entrees are named, to the portraits of old movies stars flanking the walls.

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★★★★☆

This is a great place to visit if you want to know where the Raleigh locals go to dine. If the nostalgic 40's theme of the cafe isn't enough to win you over, there is the authentic comfort food to take your experience over the top - not to mention the desserts Hayes Barton Cafe is very well known for. Every entree and dessert seems to have an added touch of whimsy...as does the diner itself - from the manner in which the entrees are named, to the portraits of old movies stars flanking the walls.

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This spot was recommended to me by a buddy of mine who travels often. Since he said it ws tops I finally got around to checking it out. First few times I tried, I couldn't find a place to park or the wait was more than I was willing to go hungry. Finally made it in on a Wednesday night and got a spot at the bar. It's a little close for comfort when they're busy but thhe people are friendly. I ordered the fish special which was recommended by the owner and the bartender. It was terrific. My cocktails were better than I get at any restaurant in town and she's quite a looker. Makes you feel like you're being served by Rita Hayworth or something. The best part is that the "regulars" are a hoot. I guess the bar is the place to be. Everyone there knows each other by name and shares there dinners around the bar. They seem to know the wait staff, owner and bartender like family. I don't know what complaints anyone could have about the service or food. Everyone seemed very nice and eager to be of service. The owner was more than willing to share his story about the restaurant and my server was happy to tell jokes and swap stories when she wasn't busy. Nice change of pace. My only complaint would be that it gets a little hot inside and the parking in that area is a pain. I'd go back anyday.

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★★★★☆

This spot was recommended to me by a buddy of mine who travels often. Since he said it ws tops I finally got around to checking it out. First few times I tried, I couldn't find a place to park or the wait was more than I was willing to go hungry. Finally made it in on a Wednesday night and got a spot at the bar. It's a little close for comfort when they're busy but thhe people are friendly. I ordered the fish special which was recommended by the owner and the bartender. It was terrific. My cocktails were better than I get at any restaurant in town and she's quite a looker. Makes you feel like you're being served by Rita Hayworth or something. The best part is that the "regulars" are a hoot. I guess the bar is the place to be. Everyone there knows each other by name and shares there dinners around the bar. They seem to know the wait staff, owner and bartender like family. I don't know what complaints anyone could have about the service or food. Everyone seemed very nice and eager to be of service. The owner was more than willing to share his story about the restaurant and my server was happy to tell jokes and swap stories when she wasn't busy. Nice change of pace. My only complaint would be that it gets a little hot inside and the parking in that area is a pain. I'd go back anyday.

Pros: Food, Service and Theme

Cons: Parking

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What a great spot for dessert! While visiting Raleigh from the DC area, my partner and I were treated to some of the delicious offerings at Hayes Barton this evening. The staff could not have been more welcoming and accomodating. After having a look at the regular menu, I regretted that I'd not had dinner at the cafe this evening as well. Will be sure to swing by on the next visit. This place is a treasure!

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★★★★☆

What a great spot for dessert! While visiting Raleigh from the DC area, my partner and I were treated to some of the delicious offerings at Hayes Barton this evening. The staff could not have been more welcoming and accomodating. After having a look at the regular menu, I regretted that I'd not had dinner at the cafe this evening as well. Will be sure to swing by on the next visit. This place is a treasure!

Pros: Great desserts. Great ambience. Wonderful staff

Cons: None

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I have been a customer of Hayes Barton Cafe since I moved to Raleigh about 5 years ago. Every meal I've had at Hayes Barton has been 5 star Excellent - I can say that I've never had something I didn't like. Beyond the food is the 'old time' atmosphere that makes you feel like you are in a different era - where folks have quick joke or a compliment on hand at all times. Bottom line - the restaurant has PERSONALITY. Unlike so many of today's restaurants, Hayes Barton has a 'STYLE' - it defines Raleigh. There is simply no better destination for a date with your lady or just rounding up an old crew of friends for a dinner.

Check it out and be sure to get dessert - ask for the "elvis cake"....

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★★★★★

I have been a customer of Hayes Barton Cafe since I moved to Raleigh about 5 years ago. Every meal I've had at Hayes Barton has been 5 star Excellent - I can say that I've never had something I didn't like. Beyond the food is the 'old time' atmosphere that makes you feel like you are in a different era - where folks have quick joke or a compliment on hand at all times. Bottom line - the restaurant has PERSONALITY. Unlike so many of today's restaurants, Hayes Barton has a 'STYLE' - it defines Raleigh. There is simply no better destination for a date with your lady or just rounding up an old crew of friends for a dinner.

Check it out and be sure to get dessert - ask for the "elvis cake"....

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience, Vibe

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This review goes out in response to the three ladies and the goat cheese ordeal. First off, I have known Frank Ballard for many years now and he is by far one of the nicest and gracious people I have ever known. I am a restaurant owner myself and understand the demanding costs of certain foods in our economy right now. Rice, pastas, and DAIRY PRODUCTS are among three of the most expensive food items out there right now. My family and I eat at Hayes Barton regularly and if there is ever a time where we have to wait a significant amount of time Frank is always wanting to buy my family and I a round of drinks, an appitizer, or dessert. I always regrettly decline because I understand the demanding costs of running a restaurant, but somehow he sneaks it in there. Ladies, if you expect to go out to eat and ask for something extra please have enough common sense to know that it will cost you a little something extra. If you are that concerned about it, who says that you can't ask the server if there is an extra charge. And if you are franting over $5 anyway, maybe you shouldn't be eating out to begin with. That is not a way to save money....Hello!!! And to address the cafe style of the place, that is what makes it so unique and popular. It is a 40s-50s themed restaurant.....but I guessed you missed that. I am sure Hayes Barton apologizes for not having the modern, Zen-like feel that everyother restaurant in Raleigh portrays. Hayes Barton is a local restaurant that appeals to many local residents. No wonder this experience happened to you, you have only been there one time. The foundation of Hayes Barton is its regular customers who eat two meals a day there, two and three times aweek. And as for the sexest comments; ladies are you really that desperate. Oh ya, the customer is always right??? Hayes Barton is timeless place that must be doing something right because they continue to pack em in. I don't forsee Hayes Barton going anywhere anytime soon.

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★★★★★

This review goes out in response to the three ladies and the goat cheese ordeal. First off, I have known Frank Ballard for many years now and he is by far one of the nicest and gracious people I have ever known. I am a restaurant owner myself and understand the demanding costs of certain foods in our economy right now. Rice, pastas, and DAIRY PRODUCTS are among three of the most expensive food items out there right now. My family and I eat at Hayes Barton regularly and if there is ever a time where we have to wait a significant amount of time Frank is always wanting to buy my family and I a round of drinks, an appitizer, or dessert. I always regrettly decline because I understand the demanding costs of running a restaurant, but somehow he sneaks it in there. Ladies, if you expect to go out to eat and ask for something extra please have enough common sense to know that it will cost you a little something extra. If you are that concerned about it, who says that you can't ask the server if there is an extra charge. And if you are franting over $5 anyway, maybe you shouldn't be eating out to begin with. That is not a way to save money....Hello!!! And to address the cafe style of the place, that is what makes it so unique and popular. It is a 40s-50s themed restaurant.....but I guessed you missed that. I am sure Hayes Barton apologizes for not having the modern, Zen-like feel that everyother restaurant in Raleigh portrays. Hayes Barton is a local restaurant that appeals to many local residents. No wonder this experience happened to you, you have only been there one time. The foundation of Hayes Barton is its regular customers who eat two meals a day there, two and three times aweek. And as for the sexest comments; ladies are you really that desperate. Oh ya, the customer is always right??? Hayes Barton is timeless place that must be doing something right because they continue to pack em in. I don't forsee Hayes Barton going anywhere anytime soon.

Pros: Wondergul owner, staff, food, and oh ya Desserts!!!!

Cons: The customer is always right!!!

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I just want to second what the past few people have said about this restaurant. I'd first like to say that I wish I could give 0 stars instead of 1. Not only was the owner, Frank, rude and confrontational, but he was also arrogant and smug, making us feel unworthy to be eating at his restaurant. And all of this was because we were charged $17 for a goat cheese salad and were never told there was a $5 charge for "extra" goat cheese. I'd be fine with paying the $5 if I really wanted the extra goat cheese, but I don't think it's unreasonable to want to have that choice - I'd like to know in advance that asking for extra goat cheese will raise the price of a $12 salad (which is already high for some lettuce, walnuts, cherries and goat cheeses) to $17 (which is highway robbery at a diner with a pharmacy attached to it). If I had known my salad w/ extra goat cheese would be $17, I would've opted for the crab cake entree, which is much worthier of a $17 price tag. The worst part about it was that we were very nice about telling the owner that the server had not informed us of the extra $5 charge. We never asked him to refund our money, and more than anything, I wanted him to know about it so they will inform customers of additional charges when they request extra of something. I also believe that the owner would never have treated us like he did if we had had a man with us - and that's very disturbing. Guess we can add sexist to his list of glowing traits.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I just want to second what the past few people have said about this restaurant. I'd first like to say that I wish I could give 0 stars instead of 1. Not only was the owner, Frank, rude and confrontational, but he was also arrogant and smug, making us feel unworthy to be eating at his restaurant. And all of this was because we were charged $17 for a goat cheese salad and were never told there was a $5 charge for "extra" goat cheese. I'd be fine with paying the $5 if I really wanted the extra goat cheese, but I don't think it's unreasonable to want to have that choice - I'd like to know in advance that asking for extra goat cheese will raise the price of a $12 salad (which is already high for some lettuce, walnuts, cherries and goat cheeses) to $17 (which is highway robbery at a diner with a pharmacy attached to it). If I had known my salad w/ extra goat cheese would be $17, I would've opted for the crab cake entree, which is much worthier of a $17 price tag. The worst part about it was that we were very nice about telling the owner that the server had not informed us of the extra $5 charge. We never asked him to refund our money, and more than anything, I wanted him to know about it so they will inform customers of additional charges when they request extra of something. I also believe that the owner would never have treated us like he did if we had had a man with us - and that's very disturbing. Guess we can add sexist to his list of glowing traits.

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Two of my friends and I dined here for dinner on a Wednesday night. We had all eaten lunch at HBC before but not dinner. We ordered an appetizer to share, three entrees and a dessert to share. When we got our bill, two of us had been charged $5 each for "extra goat cheese" on salads. When we ordered the salads, we were not advised that there would be charge for the extra cheese or that the charge would be about 50% of the price of the original salad. The waitress did not even offer an apology for the misunderstanding, and when we politely told the manager/owner Frank (basically to suggest that they inform people of the extra charge), he gruffly said, "I'll take it off." Later, he came back to our table and said, "If you don't leave 25% tip, don't ever come back to this restaurant again." and to punctuate the point, repeated, "25%!" Frank should have no worries, as we will not return to the restaurant again. (I do wonder if Frank would have spoken to us this way if, instead of three women dining together, we had had a man with us.)

0
★☆☆☆☆

Two of my friends and I dined here for dinner on a Wednesday night. We had all eaten lunch at HBC before but not dinner. We ordered an appetizer to share, three entrees and a dessert to share. When we got our bill, two of us had been charged $5 each for "extra goat cheese" on salads. When we ordered the salads, we were not advised that there would be charge for the extra cheese or that the charge would be about 50% of the price of the original salad. The waitress did not even offer an apology for the misunderstanding, and when we politely told the manager/owner Frank (basically to suggest that they inform people of the extra charge), he gruffly said, "I'll take it off." Later, he came back to our table and said, "If you don't leave 25% tip, don't ever come back to this restaurant again." and to punctuate the point, repeated, "25%!" Frank should have no worries, as we will not return to the restaurant again. (I do wonder if Frank would have spoken to us this way if, instead of three women dining together, we had had a man with us.)

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I agree with the previous review! I, too, was "banned from the restaurant" by the owner, who obviously doesn't understand that the best way to catch flies is with honey. I found a hair in my food, and politely asked if it was possible to send the meal back and get another. I felt bad about this, because I HATE when people do that whenever their food isn't perfect. I didn't want to create a hassle for the waitress, but I didn't think that was too much to ask, considering. After my waitress gave me some trouble about it, complaining about the price of dairy products these days, the owner came over and told me that if I did not tip at least HALF the price of the meal that I should not come back to HIS restaurant. I don't think I've ever been spoken to quite that rudely. I liked the food okay, but there are plenty of better, bigger, nicer restaurants in Raleigh that neither look like an all night diner inside nor charge $20 for a salad. And certainly no food is good enough to put up with such rude, unwarranted behavior by a person who should be grateful for our business. Going out to eat should be a fun experience, not a stressful one! The vast majority of people in the service industry that I have encountered have been nothing but courteous and friendly. What ever happened to the customer is always right? Or the customer is at least treated with human decency? Apparently, the owner thinks his restaurant is so great that he does not have to behave courteously. And I'm guessing the two of us aren't the only ones this has happened to. Next time, I'm going somewhere that I can get a smile and a nice meal without any lip from the owner. There are enough unpleasant things in the world, and there's no reason to add eating out to the list. Save your cash and go elsewhere!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I agree with the previous review! I, too, was "banned from the restaurant" by the owner, who obviously doesn't understand that the best way to catch flies is with honey. I found a hair in my food, and politely asked if it was possible to send the meal back and get another. I felt bad about this, because I HATE when people do that whenever their food isn't perfect. I didn't want to create a hassle for the waitress, but I didn't think that was too much to ask, considering. After my waitress gave me some trouble about it, complaining about the price of dairy products these days, the owner came over and told me that if I did not tip at least HALF the price of the meal that I should not come back to HIS restaurant. I don't think I've ever been spoken to quite that rudely. I liked the food okay, but there are plenty of better, bigger, nicer restaurants in Raleigh that neither look like an all night diner inside nor charge $20 for a salad. And certainly no food is good enough to put up with such rude, unwarranted behavior by a person who should be grateful for our business. Going out to eat should be a fun experience, not a stressful one! The vast majority of people in the service industry that I have encountered have been nothing but courteous and friendly. What ever happened to the customer is always right? Or the customer is at least treated with human decency? Apparently, the owner thinks his restaurant is so great that he does not have to behave courteously. And I'm guessing the two of us aren't the only ones this has happened to. Next time, I'm going somewhere that I can get a smile and a nice meal without any lip from the owner. There are enough unpleasant things in the world, and there's no reason to add eating out to the list. Save your cash and go elsewhere!

Cons: Service is unfriendly. Owner is rude and ungrateful.

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We go to Hayes Barton Cafe a few times a year (for the past 3 years). We've always had great service - prompt, patient, and friendly. The food is really awesome - it's all-American with a gourmet touch - we've never had better meatloaf or chicken pie. However, even if the latter was mediocre (which it's not!) we would still go there just for the desserts! Our favorite is the coconut cake but you really can't go wrong with any of them! They run a really good operation! The only drawback is that you can't make a reservation for less than 4 people, so if you go there with less than that on the weekend, make sure you get there when they open, otherwise you'll wait a long time if they can get you in at all - it's not a big place.

2
★★★★★

We go to Hayes Barton Cafe a few times a year (for the past 3 years). We've always had great service - prompt, patient, and friendly. The food is really awesome - it's all-American with a gourmet touch - we've never had better meatloaf or chicken pie. However, even if the latter was mediocre (which it's not!) we would still go there just for the desserts! Our favorite is the coconut cake but you really can't go wrong with any of them! They run a really good operation! The only drawback is that you can't make a reservation for less than 4 people, so if you go there with less than that on the weekend, make sure you get there when they open, otherwise you'll wait a long time if they can get you in at all - it's not a big place.

Pros: Excellent Desserts, Food and Service

Cons: tough to get a table on the weekends without a reservation

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Hayes Barton Cafe renewed my faith in Raleigh's food scene! I have been so disappointed by the food and the prices in Raleigh at many highly recommended restaurants. Hayes Barton Cafe is the first restaurant in Raleigh in two years that did not disappoint me and my husband. The service is good, menu is diverse, quality of food and presentation is excellent, desserts are to-die-for, atmosphere is just right, and prices are reasonable! Check it out for yourself!

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★★★★★

Hayes Barton Cafe renewed my faith in Raleigh's food scene! I have been so disappointed by the food and the prices in Raleigh at many highly recommended restaurants. Hayes Barton Cafe is the first restaurant in Raleigh in two years that did not disappoint me and my husband. The service is good, menu is diverse, quality of food and presentation is excellent, desserts are to-die-for, atmosphere is just right, and prices are reasonable! Check it out for yourself!

Pros: food, prices, service, ambience

Cons: parking

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We have been here a number of times since it was recommended by fellow foodies. This place is pretty neat, small, cozy and delicious. The service has been above average and the food was exceptional. Portions are huge! They have some great specials often to add to the smallish menu (hey it's still a diner) but expect some great variety with local flair. Their deserts are legendary, lots of folks just drop in to get one to go. Highly recommended for a date or after dinner desert stop. Check it out:)

2
★★★★★

We have been here a number of times since it was recommended by fellow foodies. This place is pretty neat, small, cozy and delicious. The service has been above average and the food was exceptional. Portions are huge! They have some great specials often to add to the smallish menu (hey it's still a diner) but expect some great variety with local flair. Their deserts are legendary, lots of folks just drop in to get one to go. Highly recommended for a date or after dinner desert stop. Check it out:)

Pros: A classic, well appointed and cozy

Cons: smallish and dark, a little bit of attitude but relaxed

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My wife and I went to Hayes Barton a couple of months ago to get a slice of cake for dessert. It was about ten minutes before they were "supposed to close". When we walked in, we were greeted at the counter by a rather rude young lady. She that told us the register was closed and she could not serve us one measly piece of cake to go. After driving all the way from Apex, we were not happy. Today April 12th we went back to Hayes Barton. We went to the counter to order some cake. This was to take out for our dessert later on this evening. We made two selections. The girl at the counter grabbed some old cake from "yesterday", (this at her admission) this cake was the last slice of cake, from an old cake. Meanwhile they had 2 fresh cakes sitting in the case. Now, in the real world, yesterday's baked goods get thrown out or sold at a discount. This is a universal law of baked goods. I did not want an old piece of cake that was handled by the kitchen staff 20 times and looked stale sitting open faced on a plate with loose Saran Wrap over it. . I asked for a fresh slice. She outright refused and said, ?I am not allowed to cut a new cake? I said ?I am not allowed to pay 7 dollars for a slice of stale cake?. I again, asked nicely, ?Can I please have a slice from the fresh cake?? she said, ?no, pick something else if you don?t want it.? My wife is pregnant and I wanted cake, I wanted to make her happy so we settled for another cake. I want to go on record and say that I bought this cake and did business with Hayes Barton under protest because I did not want to let my wife down. These people need a reality check. The food is not that good; the staff is snide and unaccommodating. This place is a glorified Greasy Spoon. I don?t know why some restaurants think that their customers are so stupid? I will never, ever do business with Hayes Barton again and I urge you not to as well.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I went to Hayes Barton a couple of months ago to get a slice of cake for dessert. It was about ten minutes before they were "supposed to close". When we walked in, we were greeted at the counter by a rather rude young lady. She that told us the register was closed and she could not serve us one measly piece of cake to go. After driving all the way from Apex, we were not happy. Today April 12th we went back to Hayes Barton. We went to the counter to order some cake. This was to take out for our dessert later on this evening. We made two selections. The girl at the counter grabbed some old cake from "yesterday", (this at her admission) this cake was the last slice of cake, from an old cake. Meanwhile they had 2 fresh cakes sitting in the case. Now, in the real world, yesterday's baked goods get thrown out or sold at a discount. This is a universal law of baked goods. I did not want an old piece of cake that was handled by the kitchen staff 20 times and looked stale sitting open faced on a plate with loose Saran Wrap over it. . I asked for a fresh slice. She outright refused and said, ?I am not allowed to cut a new cake? I said ?I am not allowed to pay 7 dollars for a slice of stale cake?. I again, asked nicely, ?Can I please have a slice from the fresh cake?? she said, ?no, pick something else if you don?t want it.? My wife is pregnant and I wanted cake, I wanted to make her happy so we settled for another cake. I want to go on record and say that I bought this cake and did business with Hayes Barton under protest because I did not want to let my wife down. These people need a reality check. The food is not that good; the staff is snide and unaccommodating. This place is a glorified Greasy Spoon. I don?t know why some restaurants think that their customers are so stupid? I will never, ever do business with Hayes Barton again and I urge you not to as well.

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Went there with friends recently on a Saturday night, near closing. We each ordered dessert which was ok (the portions give Cheesecake Factory a run for their money), but were accosted by the scary hostess.

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★★★☆☆

Went there with friends recently on a Saturday night, near closing. We each ordered dessert which was ok (the portions give Cheesecake Factory a run for their money), but were accosted by the scary hostess.

Pros: Cute place, good cake

Cons: service

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I went there on a Friday night right when it opened to get a couple desserts to go. Everyone in there besides the hostess (may have been the owner) was reluctant to help me. They seemed put off to take my order. Although the desserts looked very appetizing they were stale! I couldn't believe it. I am not sure how long they were in the case but they were not good. It was really disappointing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went there on a Friday night right when it opened to get a couple desserts to go. Everyone in there besides the hostess (may have been the owner) was reluctant to help me. They seemed put off to take my order. Although the desserts looked very appetizing they were stale! I couldn't believe it. I am not sure how long they were in the case but they were not good. It was really disappointing.

Pros: family friendly

Cons: bad parking

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I really like the staff here and they have hands down the best desserts in town. Its a great place for a romantic evening.

2
★★★★★

I really like the staff here and they have hands down the best desserts in town. Its a great place for a romantic evening.

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We eat here often and the service is always consistently good. They are great with the kids -better with teens and college age than younger. We get there when they open and there is normally a line for dinner. The food is comfort food with a twist. This used to be an old fashion pharmacy lunch place and my kids remember eating here after pre-school so they still love going and sitting at the counter. The burgers and fries are great, as is the meatloaf and chicken pie. All of it is very filling so take a big stomach! The salads are not the most creative or best in town, but very filling and fresh for an entree. The soups are generally very good as are most of the appetizers. I think the desserts at Fosters in Durham & Chapel Hill are much better for cakes and pies and Hereghty on Glenwood & Oberlin for pastries and chocolate are excellent (as is their coffee). We have never been charged for extra forks for dessert or water that I know of - so I don't know if this is a general policy that I've missed that was in one of the earlier comments. It would seem a little absurd given what they charge there. It's worth a call to ask before you go. Reservations are necessary if you have a group of 4 or more since the table seating is very close and they do stay busy on the weekends.

2
★★★★☆

We eat here often and the service is always consistently good. They are great with the kids -better with teens and college age than younger. We get there when they open and there is normally a line for dinner. The food is comfort food with a twist. This used to be an old fashion pharmacy lunch place and my kids remember eating here after pre-school so they still love going and sitting at the counter. The burgers and fries are great, as is the meatloaf and chicken pie. All of it is very filling so take a big stomach! The salads are not the most creative or best in town, but very filling and fresh for an entree. The soups are generally very good as are most of the appetizers. I think the desserts at Fosters in Durham & Chapel Hill are much better for cakes and pies and Hereghty on Glenwood & Oberlin for pastries and chocolate are excellent (as is their coffee). We have never been charged for extra forks for dessert or water that I know of - so I don't know if this is a general policy that I've missed that was in one of the earlier comments. It would seem a little absurd given what they charge there. It's worth a call to ask before you go. Reservations are necessary if you have a group of 4 or more since the table seating is very close and they do stay busy on the weekends.

Pros: quirky food and good service

Cons: very busy on the weekends - need reservations

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Lunch is pretty good, dinner is very good, dessert isn't that great (it looks soooo much better than it tastes). The service is below average, slow, and sometimes even rude.

2
★★★★☆

Lunch is pretty good, dinner is very good, dessert isn't that great (it looks soooo much better than it tastes). The service is below average, slow, and sometimes even rude.

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We visited Hayes Barton on a Friday night around 9pm and not suprisingly it was packed! The host/owner? was very accomodating in finding us a table within 5 minutes. We only came for dessert and we didn't leave dissapointed! The dessert selection is fantastic and the size of the slices may cause you to take some home.

The atmosphere is cozy but at times a little loud. I highly recommend Hayes Barton.

2
★★★★★

We visited Hayes Barton on a Friday night around 9pm and not suprisingly it was packed! The host/owner? was very accomodating in finding us a table within 5 minutes. We only came for dessert and we didn't leave dissapointed! The dessert selection is fantastic and the size of the slices may cause you to take some home.

The atmosphere is cozy but at times a little loud. I highly recommend Hayes Barton.

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Hayes Barton Cafe is like stepping back into time World War II era. The old fashion soda counter, big, I mean BIG desserts displayed in a glass refrigerated case, big portions of food, memorabilia hanging from the walls and ceiling ... and romance, romance, romance. This small, cozy eatery is part of the Hayes Barton Pharmacy on the corner of Glenwood and Fairview. Very popular with the neighborhood locals and there is always a wait. Rumor has it, that during the day, Hayes Barton Cafe has more of a cafeteria style setting, where you order, pay and then pick up and seat yourself (self service). At night, they have full service, low lighting and that great homecooking, all served by a waitress in the soda fountain outfit. Yea, really, it's that fabulous. Try the Buckhead steak, mashed potatoes and green beans...it is outta this woild. I would not STEER you wrong. You gotta go! The Social Light

2
★★★★★

Hayes Barton Cafe is like stepping back into time World War II era. The old fashion soda counter, big, I mean BIG desserts displayed in a glass refrigerated case, big portions of food, memorabilia hanging from the walls and ceiling ... and romance, romance, romance. This small, cozy eatery is part of the Hayes Barton Pharmacy on the corner of Glenwood and Fairview. Very popular with the neighborhood locals and there is always a wait. Rumor has it, that during the day, Hayes Barton Cafe has more of a cafeteria style setting, where you order, pay and then pick up and seat yourself (self service). At night, they have full service, low lighting and that great homecooking, all served by a waitress in the soda fountain outfit. Yea, really, it's that fabulous. Try the Buckhead steak, mashed potatoes and green beans...it is outta this woild. I would not STEER you wrong. You gotta go! The Social Light

Pros: Thumps Up? Everything!

Cons: Parking is hard to find

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We ate here with a party of six people, we had reservations and I would definitely recommend making them with a large party.

The atmosphere made you feel like you had stepped in time.

The food was delicious and the portions were very large; which made saving room for dessert a concerted effort. We started with the fried green tomatoes which were well received, lightly fried, with just enough spread. I had the meatloaf over mashed potatoes with green beans which did not disappoint. My wife had the Tilapia over rice with green beans hers was just as good as mine.

The best part about this place is the dessert. The portions are enormous and the desserts change frequently too. We had the Double Chocolate tort with vanilla ice cre@m. Talk about wonderful the inside of the tort had warm chocolate that literally melted through and crumbled the tort.

Highly Recommend and make sure to save room for dessert!

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★★★★★

We ate here with a party of six people, we had reservations and I would definitely recommend making them with a large party.

The atmosphere made you feel like you had stepped in time.

The food was delicious and the portions were very large; which made saving room for dessert a concerted effort. We started with the fried green tomatoes which were well received, lightly fried, with just enough spread. I had the meatloaf over mashed potatoes with green beans which did not disappoint. My wife had the Tilapia over rice with green beans hers was just as good as mine.

The best part about this place is the dessert. The portions are enormous and the desserts change frequently too. We had the Double Chocolate tort with vanilla ice cre@m. Talk about wonderful the inside of the tort had warm chocolate that literally melted through and crumbled the tort.

Highly Recommend and make sure to save room for dessert!

Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Dessert

Cons: Getting a table with a small party

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my co-workers and I eat lunch here a few times every month and it is consistently great! The atmoshpere is casual and fun. Great music! Cool pictures of glamorous movie stars and WWII memorabilia everywhere. We always feel like the staff and owner (Frank) are happy to see us. But it's the food that keeps us coming back: Grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, Cheeseburgers, salad specials all GREAT! Check it out for dinner too. The best fish and pasta specials I've ever had.

2
★★★★★

my co-workers and I eat lunch here a few times every month and it is consistently great! The atmoshpere is casual and fun. Great music! Cool pictures of glamorous movie stars and WWII memorabilia everywhere. We always feel like the staff and owner (Frank) are happy to see us. But it's the food that keeps us coming back: Grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, Cheeseburgers, salad specials all GREAT! Check it out for dinner too. The best fish and pasta specials I've ever had.

Pros: Burgers, fries, chicken salad, home-made salad dressings

Cons: restaurant is small and can get crowded

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Me and a large group of friends really wanted to go to Hayes Barton for a farewell dinner for one of the friends. However, we realized the restaurant size is small and called ahead to see if they would even be able to accomodate us. The manager made us a reservation and was incredibly kind! The waitresses served our large party happily and we had a wonderful evening.
The food was great with very large portions. The atomosphere was perfect with a great theme. I will definetely return!

2
★★★★★

Me and a large group of friends really wanted to go to Hayes Barton for a farewell dinner for one of the friends. However, we realized the restaurant size is small and called ahead to see if they would even be able to accomodate us. The manager made us a reservation and was incredibly kind! The waitresses served our large party happily and we had a wonderful evening.
The food was great with very large portions. The atomosphere was perfect with a great theme. I will definetely return!

Pros: Very accomodating, Great waitstaff

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Good food, fun and romantic setting (not in a elegant way, but more interesting) but staff is overworked. Went on a Friday night and there was long waits between getting a menu, ordering, getting refills. Staff is very friendly and professional but not enough to go around.

We ordered a salad and dessert. Salad was OK (a bit too much dressing). Dessert was quite good and enough to share.

Overall, we'll go back but need to be patient waiting for service.

2
★★★★☆

Good food, fun and romantic setting (not in a elegant way, but more interesting) but staff is overworked. Went on a Friday night and there was long waits between getting a menu, ordering, getting refills. Staff is very friendly and professional but not enough to go around.

We ordered a salad and dessert. Salad was OK (a bit too much dressing). Dessert was quite good and enough to share.

Overall, we'll go back but need to be patient waiting for service.

Pros: desserts, ambiance, interesting

Cons: slow service

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Excellent food and service, all with a quaint atmostphere!! It's small, but that only adds to the ambiance. On Saturday nights, a line starts to form, so be sure and get there early...preferably at or before 6. The desserts are wonderful and the menu changes weekly. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

Excellent food and service, all with a quaint atmostphere!! It's small, but that only adds to the ambiance. On Saturday nights, a line starts to form, so be sure and get there early...preferably at or before 6. The desserts are wonderful and the menu changes weekly. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

Cons: None

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Service can be extremely rude. On a recent occasion after a long but patient wait, we politely pointed out to the manager that others who had walked in later had been seated first. We were told, "I have more business than I need. You can go somewhere else." He won't have to wory about too much business from us again!

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★☆☆☆☆

Service can be extremely rude. On a recent occasion after a long but patient wait, we politely pointed out to the manager that others who had walked in later had been seated first. We were told, "I have more business than I need. You can go somewhere else." He won't have to wory about too much business from us again!

Pros: Attractive, Convenient to Theater

Cons: , Cramped Seating

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The food at Hayes Barton Cafe is some of the best available anywhere. The Goat Cheese Salad, Crab Cakes, Artichoke dip, the Meatloaf, the Coconut Cake, the fish specials. However, more than anything is the superb consistency of preparation, week after week. And we know because we go week after week.

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★★★★★

The food at Hayes Barton Cafe is some of the best available anywhere. The Goat Cheese Salad, Crab Cakes, Artichoke dip, the Meatloaf, the Coconut Cake, the fish specials. However, more than anything is the superb consistency of preparation, week after week. And we know because we go week after week.

Pros: Excellent Food, Intimate, Great Staff

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While the food is very good especially the deserts, I was a bit dissappointed that they charge $3 for each extra fork when ordering desert. Especially since the desert is around $7. Also the staff seemed a little disturbed when my party of two arrived at 9:05pm even though they do not close until 9:30pm. If they want to get out at 9:30pm they should close their doors at 9:00pm, otherwise serve each customer with a smile that enters up to 9:30pm.

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★★★★☆

While the food is very good especially the deserts, I was a bit dissappointed that they charge $3 for each extra fork when ordering desert. Especially since the desert is around $7. Also the staff seemed a little disturbed when my party of two arrived at 9:05pm even though they do not close until 9:30pm. If they want to get out at 9:30pm they should close their doors at 9:00pm, otherwise serve each customer with a smile that enters up to 9:30pm.

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I was charged 10 cents for a class of water. Never mind, that I was paying for 4 sandwiches and 3 cokes PLUS dessert...

Who do they think they are? I will take my business elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was charged 10 cents for a class of water. Never mind, that I was paying for 4 sandwiches and 3 cokes PLUS dessert...

Who do they think they are? I will take my business elsewhere.

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Hayes Barton Cafe is a wonderful, quirky dinner. The menu is clever, the servings are huge, the staff is attentive, and the dessert is to die for. . A great place for a romantic dinner for two or an evening out with friends. I highly recommend

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★★★★★

Hayes Barton Cafe is a wonderful, quirky dinner. The menu is clever, the servings are huge, the staff is attentive, and the dessert is to die for. . A great place for a romantic dinner for two or an evening out with friends. I highly recommend

Pros: Dessert, Food

Cons: Parking

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Hipsters and baby boomers enjoy this eclectic eatery. Decor inspired by the 1940s includes black-and-white flooring, red walls and silver chrome. Photos of silver-screen stars and WWII memorabilia finish the look.…

 

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