Brewery Bhavana | Raleigh Restaurant


Brewery Bhavana has been all the rage in downtown Raleigh over the last several months, and for such good reason! Not only is it a brewery, flower shop, book store, and dim sum restaurant in one, but it’s also received critical acclaim and awards since it opened. Bon Appetit named Brewery Bhavana in its top ten new restaurants in the country (!!), and it’s been lauded near and far by everyone who’s visited. It’s so many of my very favorite things in one place… beautiful and inspiring story and space, flowers galore, bookshelves lining the wall, delicious dim sum and traditional Chinese food, and unique, locally brewed beers. Yes, please!

Rob and I made reservations for a fun date night downtown, and Brewery Bhavana was an even better all-around experience than we expected! I’d stopped by a time or two before, but it was our first time eating at the restaurant. We scoured the book shelves, I marveled over the beautiful, locally-grown flowers, and we sat down to an incredible meal. We started off with beers from their expansive, impressive, unique beer list, with Rob ordering the Piglette (a Belgian table beer with brett and sour cultures), and I had the Bask (a sunshine and grapefruit brunch ale). We both loved our beers, and they were excellent selections! We started off with the duck egg rolls with hoisin sauce, along with the char siu bao – Cantonese barbeque pork buns. So delicious! There were so many items on the dim sum menu that sounded so good, and our picks were amazing. We split the General Tso chicken for dinner, which was tossed in a tangy hibiscus sauce. Though you can get General Tsos from any Chinese carryout, this was far and away the best we’ve ever had – and we keep talking about how insanely delicious and fresh it was. Peeking around at all of the others tables was fun, too, as every single dish looked so amazing! The service, decor, and atmposhere were impeccable, too, and we were awed by our visit.

Raleigh friends (and anyone visiting town!), be sure to make yourself a reservation and head downtown to Brewery Bhavana for a date night or an evening with friends! Go a little early to grab a beer at their impressive bar, pop into the bookstore and flower shop, and prepare to eat one fantastic meal! We had such a wonderful evening downtown, and I’m already eagerly anticipating our next visit.

Weekend Rundown

The last two weekends have been filled to the brim with incredibly fun events and activities with friends, if you’d like to take a look. One of my closest friends came into town last weekend, so we spent many action-packed hours catching up with them & exploring the city. I celebrated a bachelorette, spent a lot of time planning some awesome weddings, tried to stay warm with this arctic weather, enjoyed my “Galentine’s” Day with some festive fun, and really just relished the days off of work with dear friends. I sure am thankful for these people to share in life with; friends who make you laugh constantly and/or continually encourage you are the best It’s been a fun few weeks, that’s for sure!

drinks at POV Rooftop overlooking the White House


brunch at Woodward Table

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checking out the great beer & food at Bluejacket Brewery


a bachelorette party with dinner at Virtue Feed & Grain and drinks at the speakeasy PX

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meeting two brides/clients back-to-back on a gorgeous afternoon to do some wedding planning


coffee with friends at Northside Social

a delicious dinner & drinks at Tazza Kitchen


plenty of Valentine’s Day fun with a wine tasting & winery afternoon at The Winery at Bull Run


a Galentine’s night in with fabulous girlfriends… and endless cupcakes and macarons, wine and rose, chick flicks, lots of laughter, and snow falling outside!

valentines5 valentines3What are you up to lately? Is there snow in your forecast for today or tomorrow? I wouldn’t be sad to have a four day weekend…