=

Raleigh-Durham

39 expert recommended restaurants

Filter results

Watts Grocery

American 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Durham's hippest 'farm-to-table' joint serves upscale takes on local bounty. — Lonely Planet

In the Ninth Street shopping area, this down-home eatery run by Durham native Amy Tornquist serves the best farm-fresh fare in the area. — Frommer's

When slow food enthusiasts say "eat local," this is what they mean. — Fodor's

Watts Grocery, named after the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood in Durham where Chef Amy Tornquist grew up, serves locavore regional American fare in a spare, refined setting — Where

Popular Durham caterer Amy Tornquist transformed an old grocery store into a colorful dining room to showcase her unique interpretations of classic Southern dishes. — Gayot

  • 2
  • 1
  • 6
  • 59
  • 21

The Angus Barn

Barbecue 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Angus Barn has been hosting intimate dinners and large receptions since 1960 — Where

Dinner at this huge, rustic barn is a real event, and certainly worth the sizable prices. — Fodor's

The Angus Barn serves first-rate steaks in the Triangle Area. — Gayot

  • 59
  • 6
  • 21

Nana's Restaurant

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

After 20 years in business, Nana'™s has become an iconic restaurant in an area that has attracted more than its share of top culinary talent — Gayot

Nana’s reflects Chef Scott Howell’s vision for food that is sublime yet simple, made with seasonal ingredients — Where

The menu changes daily; on one evening, the risotto special contained local sweet corn and coastal white shrimp and was topped off with spinach, Smithfield country ham, and scallions. — Frommer's

  • 21
  • 59
  • 1

Bloomsbury Bistro

Fast Food 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Equally satisfying whether diners linger over a five-course meal or sample appetizers with a glass of wine. — Where

At Five Points, in the center of the city, chef John Toler offers a delightful cuisine that features a seasonal menu adjusted every 6 weeks to take advantage of what's fresh in the local markets. — Frommer's

Tantalizing patrons for two decades, John Toler’s creative menu is founded on classic French techniques. — Gayot

  • 59
  • 1
  • 21

Second Empire Restaurant

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Among the restaurant's well-prepared menu items are buttermilk-fried quail and arugula salad, steamed local clams with penne pasta, pan-roasted halibut, and grilled Angus beef rib-eye. — Frommer's

Wood paneling, muted lighting, and well-spaced tables make for an elegant dining experience in this restored 1879 house. — Fodor's

His menu changes frequently, offering such starters as a butternut squash and braised duck leg salad that includes roasted golden beets and kohlrabi, and a cioppino made with coastal Carolina shrimp. — Gayot

  • 1
  • 6
  • 21

Sullivan's Steakhouse - Raleigh

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is the best, most posh, and most upscale steakhouse in Raleigh -- the kind of classy, hard-drinking, and indulgent grill room where Sinatra and his Rat Pack might have felt very much at home. — Frommer's

Sullivan’s Steakhouse is recognized for its certified Angus hand-cut beef, fresh seafood with unique sauces, signature martini, award-winning wine list, and outstanding service — Where

Steaks, ranging from an eight-ounce filet mignon to a whopping 24-ounce porterhouse, are tender and juicy, and consistently cooked within a shade of the ordered temperature. — Gayot

  • 1
  • 59
  • 21

Mo's Diner

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Holly Mohajer turns out simple, well-prepared Mediterranean fare. Start with the pear salad with Gorgonzola and pecans or the mussels lyonnaise. — Gayot

The owners of this popular restaurant are known for their sense of humor and good food — Frommer's

In one of several colorful rooms in a homey cottage, diners chow down on regionally inspired cuisine — Where

  • 21
  • 1
  • 59

Fairview Dining Room

International 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Offers fine dining with its regional neo-American specialties, such as tobacco-cured Muscovy duck breast with truffle asparagus and black tea-brined chicken breast with foie gras root vegetable hash. — Where

The menu, under the ever-vigilant hand of executive chef Jason Cunningham, is completely of the moment, with an emphasis on local ingredients from area farms. — Afar Magazine

Executive chef Jason Cunningham’s menu is one that’s filled with New American cuisine that’s done with subtle preparatory winks to the old South. — Forbes Travel Guide

  • 59
  • 55
  • 53

Bida Manda

82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Bida manda” means “mom and dad — Where

Tying in Laos traditions with dashes of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese, the dishes are a revelatory cavalcade of flavor. — Lonely Planet

Brother and sister Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha offer the dishes of their native Laos at this serene spot — Tasting Table

  • 59
  • 2
  • 48

Stanbury

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The hip, rustic vibe at Stanbury is part of a larger vision to make the restaurant a place of community and celebration — Where

With an emphasis on ambitious small plates using the best local and in-season ingredients, the hip yet cozy Stanbury has become one of the most desirable reservations in Raleigh — Gayot

Housed in a cozy bungalow, this new addition has become a quick staple — Tasting Table

  • 59
  • 21
  • 48

Vin Rouge

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Vin Rouge evokes the bistros of southern France with its inviting atmosphere and well-executed cuisine — Where

Long before chefs across the country began to riff on the idea of the French bistro, Vin Rouge exemplified the concept — Tasting Table

Country antiques and French decorative touches evoke this bistro's counterparts in the South of France — Gayot

  • 59
  • 48
  • 21

Margaux's Restaurant

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef de Cuisine Andrew Pettifer blends Asian and Southern cuisines with classic French dishes, giving Margaux’s menu an inspired spin — Where

Its strip-mall setting belies the serene and elegant enclave within. — Frommer's

At this North Raleigh fixture, the menu changes daily and includes dishes like peppercorn-crusted beef fillet with crispy fried oysters or phyllo-wrapped salmon with Brie, cranberry jam, and asparagus. — Fodor's

  • 59
  • 1
  • 6

Irregardless Cafe

Vegan and Vegetarian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bragging that it was “green” before that was THE trend, this funky little café perennially earns well-deserved praise — Where

A mainstay in Raleigh after almost 40 years in business, Irregardless appeals to food lovers who appreciate wholesome, healthy fare made from the freshest ingredients. — Gayot

This café's menu—a combination of dishes inspired by the seasons for meat eaters as well as vegetarians and vegans—changes daily. — Fodor's

  • 59
  • 21
  • 6

Big Ed's City Market Restaurant

Barbecue 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This homey breakfast and lunch spot was founded by Big Ed Watkins, who claims some of the recipes were handed down from his great-grandfather, a Confederate mess sergeant — Fodor's

Known for its irresistible Southern cuisine, down-home atmosphere in City Market, and proximity to the state capitol, Big Ed's offers an authentic taste of North Carolina — Where

Generously portioned country-style breakfasts are the stuff of legend. — Gayot

  • 6
  • 59
  • 21

Toast

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Families, couples, solos and the downtown lunch crowd – everybody loves this tiny Italian sandwich shop, one of the eateries at the forefront of downtown Durham's revitalization. — Lonely Planet

Husband-and-wife team Kelli and Billy Cotter have created the ultimate lunch spot in the hub of Downtown Durham with their quick-service joint that elevates casual dining through attention to detail — Tasting Table

Tucked into a plain storefront, this low-key Italian sandwich shop has quite a fan base—you'll likely become a believer, too. — Fodor's

You can expect to wait in line to order at the counter on a weekday, but the soups, salads and sandwiches made by chef/owners Billy and Kelli Cotter are well worth it. — Gayot

  • 2
  • 48
  • 6
  • 21

Blu Seafood and Bar

Seafood 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fried platters, sandwiches including crab melt and shrimp or oyster po’ boy, and Carolina trout round out the menu. The flourless chocolate torte is a favorite dessert. — Where

A beach diner setting in the Carolina Piedmont. — Gayot

  • 59
  • 21

Elmo's Diner

Diners 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You can get breakfast whenever you like at Elmo's — Where

This is the busiest, most popular, and most nostalgia-laden diner in Durham, the ultimate burger joint where endless amounts of coffee are dispensed during exam week. — Frommer's

  • 59
  • 1

Cafe Parizade

Pizza 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Parizäde has long been a Durham icon thanks to its relaxed elegance and inspired Mediterranean cuisine, brought to life by founder Giorgios Bakatsias — Where

Set on the ground floor of Durham's most visible skyscraper (the Wachovia Building), this is the most sophisticated, flashy, and gastronomically eclectic restaurant in town — Frommer's

  • 59
  • 1

Coquette Brasserie

78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Coquette'™s bustling tile-floored dining room transports you far away from the Raleigh mall scene outside — Gayot

This French brasserie offers an exclusively French wine list, quality beers and classic French cocktails — Where

  • 21
  • 59

42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

Seafood 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Like the salty godfather who slipped a fiver into your pocket well into your thirties, this spot charms with its continuity (it opened in 1931) and classic hutzpah — Tasting Table

In a restored 1931 warehouse, this lively restaurant is your best bet for raw oysters, clams, and mussels, plus an array of other seafood ranging from mesquite-grilled catfish to soft-shell crabs — Frommer's

  • 48
  • 1
Back to Search Results

Filters  

  • Budget
    2 results under $30
  • Midrange
    24 results between $30 and $65
  • High-end
    12 results over $65

or use your email address:

Register Login

Already have an account?

Log in →
Forgot password?

Don't have an account yet?

Register →