Dine Listings

In 2022, Dine Listings by Raleigh Magazine

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How we pick our listings: Here, Raleigh Magazine’s highly curated list of locally owned full-service restaurants, with a few specialty regional favorites to boot. Think of a restaurant we missed? Click here.

KEY: Average dinner entrée price: $: 8-15; $$: 16-24; $$$: 25-34; $$$$: 35-44


CAPITAL DISTRICT

Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar

Mulino’s ambiance transports you to a Roman piazza, what with fresh pasta dishes and pizzas—best enjoyed on the patio, which features a pristine blue pool surrounded by countless flora and fauna. 309 N. Dawson St., 919.838.8595, mulinoraleigh.com $$

Second Empire

Otherwise known as the Dodd-Hinsdale house, this stately and elegant “Second Empire” home from 1879 is a local fave for feting special occasions with an unparalleled white-tablecloth dining experience. 330 Hillsborough St., 919.829.3663, second-empire.com $$$

Taverna Agora

Specialty cocktails and authentic Greek wines complement traditional Greek dishes in the rustic old-world ambiance inside—or alfresco on the open-air rooftop patio. 326 Hillsborough St., 919.881.8333, tavernaagora.com $$

SMOKY HOLLOW

42nd Street Oyster Bar

Opened first as a grocery store in 1931, this now-legendary oyster bar famed for its fresh seafood, steaks and more was the first spot post-Prohibition to serve draft beers in frosted mugs. 508 W. Jones St., 919.831.2811, 42ndstoysterbar.com $$

Clouds Brewing

In 1925, Carolina Power & Light Company built a one-story art deco building to house streetcars and buses—now, it’s home to Clouds Brewing, with its abundant brews, German-inspo’d fare and massive patio. 126 N. West St., 919.307.8335, cloudsbrewing.com $

Five Star

This legendary establishment is famous for its unparalleled vibe, authentic Asian cuisine and weekly local DJs. We rec pairing house cocktails with dumplings and Heat Seeker Shrimp. 301 N. West St., Ste. 101, 919.833.3311, fivestarraleigh.com $$

Rainbow Luncheonette 

This 23-seat “diner-esque country kitchen” focuses on modest classics. “It’s basically a Waffle House on steroids—with liquor,” says owner Jason Howard. Expect breakfast and lunch short-order staples—plus a handcut steak, baked potato and salad on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. 911 N. West St., @therainbowluncheonette $

SEABOARD & PERSON STREET DISTRICT 

Crawford & Son

Drawing on his family’s working-class roots, chef Scott Crawford elevates home-cooked classics by infusing his signature style and incorporating different proteins, as well as seasonal ingredients—both savory and sweet. 618 N. Person St., 919.307.4647, crawfordandsonrestaurant.com $$$

Gringo A Go Go

With its playful vibe, plant-filled patio and housemade margs, this sup spot has been sating local Mexican-food lovers (including vegans!) since 2014. 100 N. Person St., 919.977.1438, gringoraleigh.com $

Jolie

Named for chef Scott Crawford’s daughter, Jolie pairs modern European elegance and classic French dishes in an intimate atmosphere with white linen tabletops, a marble bar and a dreamy rooftop patio. 620 N. Person St., 919.803.7221, restaurantjolie.com $$

Side Street Restaurant

Housed in a quaint white cottage, Side Street serves up a side of nostalgia with its clapboard walls and wide windows. Spring for the quiche of the day or array of next-level sandwiches, and wash it down with wine or beer. 225 N. Bloodworth St., 919 828.4927, sidestreetrestaurantraleigh.com $

SmokeStacks Cafe

An inviting dining room and cozy patio set the scene for brunch and dinner using locally sourced ingredients—plus a wine list curated by level 2 sommelier-certified co-owner Holly Schultz. 701 E. Lane St., 919.736.6408, coffeeraleigh.com $

Stanbury

This “playful and uncomplicated” delish eatery dishes fare inspired by available fresh seasonal ingredients in its commitment to local agriculture. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine while feasting on whatever the kitchen is preparing that day. 938 N. Blount St., 919.977.4321, stanburyraleigh.com $$

Standard Beer + Food

There’s nothing standard about this fab fam-friendly sip and sup spot with prime patio seating for throwing back brews and bites with your besties, SO—or even solo. 205 E. Franklin St., 919.322.1499, standardbeerandfood.com

The Station at Person Street

Nestled in a renovated Amoco gas station, this chill neighborhood hangout offers spacious indoor and outdoor seating that’s perfect for noshing on creative spins on bar food classics and craft brews. 701 N. Person St., 919.977.1567, stationraleigh.com $

MOORE SQUARE DISTRICT

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey

An ode to fried chicken and classic Southern sides, chef Ashley Christensen’s casual dining spot serves up too-good-to-believe classic comfort foods. 237 S. Wilmington St., 919.322.0127, ac-restaurants.com $$

Bida Manda Laotian Restaurant & Bar

In this popular modern hideaway, you’ll find generous portions of authentic, flavorful Laotian dishes inspired by family recipes. 222 S. Blount St., 919.829.9999, bidamanda.com $$

Big Ed’s City Market

Having called City Market home since 1989, Big Ed’s continues to serve up some of the best in Southern cooking in town seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch. 220 Wolfe St., 919.836.9909, bigedsnc.com $

Brewery Bhavana

As much a work of art as a restaurant, Brewery Bhavana sets the perfect backdrop for its handcrafted beer selection and dim sum cuisine—from original brews to bao, dumplings and more. 218 S. Blount St., 919.829.9998, brewerybhavana.com $

Caffe Luna

A Downtown Raleigh staple since 1996 in the historic Montague building, this now-200-seat trattoria (with terrace and private party rooms to boot) remains a fan fave for its flavorful Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair. 136 E. Hargett St., 919.832.6090, cafeluna.com $$

City Market Sushi

Elegance meets elevated at this sleek sushi den tucked in City Market, where cobblestone streets aglow with strung lights give way to a sophisticated setting serving up specialty and classic rolls, sushi plates, nigiri and sashimi worth rolling out for. 315 Blake St., 919.322.1987, citymarketsushi.net $$

Gravy

Ask any Italian-American what “gravy” is, and they’ll tell you it’s the pasta sauce their moms and grandmas cooked fresh nightly. So, naturally, at Gravy, they prepare their own each day—among a host of delish Italian-American selects. 135 S. Wilmington St., 919.896.8513, gravyraleigh.com $$

Mofu Shoppe

Opened by founders Sunny Lin and Sophia Woo with the $50,000 in prize money they received from winning The Great Food Truck Race, Mofu serves up famed Asian-American-influenced dishes within its warm dining room. 321 S. Blount St., 919.301.8465, mofushoppe.com $$

Oak City Meatball Shoppe

Grab life by the meatballs and head to this Red Hat Tower-situated meatball shoppe serving up myriad meats with a choice of sauce and a side—or try the always-fun-to-say Balls on a Bun. 180 E. Davie St., 919.714.9014, oakcitymeatball.com $$

Sitti

Named for the most beloved Lebanese figure, the grandmother (sitti), this DTR sup spot by restaurateur Greg Hatem (with Neomonde owners, the Saleh family) honors his Lebanese heritage with delish authentic dishes and spirits, and an inviting atmosphere. 137 S. Wilmington St., 919.239.4070, sitti-raleigh.com $$

St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar

Embracing the spirit of the namesake New Orleans’ neighborhood from which chef Sunny Gerhart’s family hails, St. Roch dishes standout roasted oysters by the half-dozen and lots of other delicious seafood choices. 223 S. Wilmington St., 919.322.0359, strochraleigh.com $$

Tonbo Ramen

Intimate dining tables and an upstairs izakaya define this authentic ramen bar (the ramen is prepared with a 20-hour broth base, handcrafted noodles and add-ons), dishing additional Japanese faves and small plates to boot. 211 S. Wilmington St., 919.977.3625, tonboramen.com $$

Vic’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Owner Mario Longo has been serving authentic old-world Italian and NY-style pizza and traditional pastas for 30+ years overlooking City Market. Pro tip: Park it on the patio. 331 Blake St., 919.829.7090; 4035 Lake Boone Trail, 984.200.9292, vicsitalianrestaurant.com $

Young Hearts Distilling

At DTR’s first distillery (by the same team as Trophy Brewing) housemade gin, vodka and other spirits star in signature cocktails—and pair perfectly with seasonally inspired small plates and mains. 225 S. Wilmington St., 919.424.7817, trophybrewing.com $$

FAYETTEVILLE STREET DISTRICT

Capital Club 16

This art deco landmark (14-foot ceilings, vintage subway tile and heart pine floors salvaged from the 1800s) serves as a beautiful backdrop for locally sourced traditional American fare with European influences. 16 W. Martin St., 919.747.9345, capitalclub16.com $$

Centro Mexican

Queso is the love language at this brightly colored Downtown staple serving up dank tacos and cocktails in a vibrant space. 106 S. Wilmington St., 919.835.3593, centroraleigh.com $

Clyde Cooper’s BBQ

Since 1938, Clyde’s has been a fave for its award-winning barbecue (with three styles to choose from to boot!), succulent beef brisket and juicy chicken—NTM the sides! 327 S. Wilmington St., 919.832.7614, clydecoopersbbq.com $

Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria

If you like mezcal (and Mexican!) you’re gonna wanna spring for the mezcal flight—with a side of chips and guac and some tacos (natch) at this moody sister bar/resto to Centro. 106 S. Wilmington St., 919.835.3593, gallopelon.com $

Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar

Never give up! Named for famed NC State coach Jim Valvano, upscale Italian fare is served alongside casual ops like pizzas and salads. 420 Fayetteville St., 919.256.1451, jimmyvsraleigh.com $$

ORO

In this chic, sophisticated two-story all-white sup spot, executive chef Chris Hylton takes you on a global tour via droolworthy seasonal tapas, paired with craft cocktails and a full wine bar (including a 17-foot wine conveyer system). 18 E. Martin St., 919.832.6622, ororaleigh.com $$

Poole’s Diner

This 1945 pie shop of the same name was restored by Beard-winning chef Ashley Christensen as a modern diner with reimagined comfort food and craft cocktails. Warning: The mac ’n’ cheese is like crack. 426 S. McDowell St., 919.832.4477, ac-restaurants.com $$

Poole’side Pies

Ashley Christensen’s pizza venture is served up in a retro swim-club themed eatery, highlighting Neapolitan-style pies prepared in a 900-degree Marra Forni Italian brick oven—with starters, salads and a complementary cocktail menu to boot. 428 S. McDowell St., ac-restaurants.com $$

The Raleigh Times

Located in the home of the 100-year-old building that housed the former The Raleigh Times newspaper, this downtown staple now encompasses almost an entire city block (with a rooftop patio to boot), plus a generous selection of craft beers and eats. 14 E. Hargett St., 919.833.0999, raleightimesbar.com

Sono Raleigh

Let the good times roll at this sexy-chic-but-approachable vibrant sushi resto serving up world-class rolls (not to mention ramen and other Japanese faves), with a huge cocktail and sake selection to boot. 319 Fayetteville St., 919.521.5328, sonoraleigh.com $

Virgil’s Cocktails & Cocina

“Handcrafted cocktails, music vibes, authentic Mexican cuisine and other dope-a$$ things” collide in Local Icon Hospitality’s hip and innovative hot spot. Tip: *Must order margs.* 126 S. Salisbury St., 919.833.3866, virgilstacos.com $

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT 

Barcelona Wine Bar

It’s tapas time. Local seasonal ingredients and important specialties starring in small plates and charcuterie spreads evoke some serious Spanish vibes in this intimate spot on the ground floor of the Dillon. 430 W. Martin St., 919.808.5400, barcelonawinebar.com $$

The Fiction Kitchen

You won’t miss the meat at this 100% vegan kitchen churning out a globally inspired menu of vegan share plates, mains and sides featuring locally sourced ingredients. 428 S. Dawson St., 919.831.4177, thefictionkitchen.com $$

Humble Pie

With black-and-white checkerboard floors, cozy booths and a large covered patio, Humble Pie consistently gets rave reviews for its locally sourced shareable fare, fab service and inviting outdoor seating. 317 S. Harrington St., 919.829.9222,  humblepierestaurant.com $

Irregardless Café

Treasured by carnivores and omnivores alike, this classic Raleigh venue is known for its global cuisine, as well as its flavorful and inventive vegan and vegetarian dishes—plus live music every night. 901 W. Morgan St., 919.833.8898, irregardless.com $$

O-Ku Sushi

O-Ku integrates local and unique ingredients to deliver authentic Asian cuisine with a Southern influence—think petite plates, sushi specialties, contemporary robata-style dishes, and even a multicourse omakase tasting. 411 W. Hargett St., 919.792.3777, okuraleigh.com $$

Oak Steakhouse

A modern take on the American original, this innovative approach to steakhouse dining showcases a menu highlighting the restaurant’s relationship with local farmers and purveyors via a variety of certified Angus beef selections. 417 W. Hargett St., 984.255.1818,  oaksteakhouserestaurant.com $$$

Parkside

“Parked” at the entrance to the Warehouse District, Parkside is situated in a building that’s served up Southern hospitality for over 100 years. Take a seat at the reclaimed barnwood bar for chef-inspired dishes and 25-plus beers on tap. 301 W. Martin St., 984.232.8969, parksideraleigh.com $

The Pit

Continuing NC’s barbecue legacy, The Pit doles authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue (think chopped barbecue pork and beef brisket). Opt for the warm-hued interior or the patio with a front seat to the hustle and bustle of downtown. 328 W. Davie St., 919.890.4500, thepit-raleigh.com $$

Trophy Brewing & Pizza Co.

A great place to grab a local craft beer and a gourmet slice, Trophy is a three-barrel nano brewery in Downtown Raleigh featuring a full bar and growlers to go—plus pies, natch. 827 W. Morgan St., 919.803.4849, trophybrewing.com $$ 

Tuscan Blu

Ciao, bella. At this authentic Italian resto, classic Tuscany-inspired pasta, meat dishes, and daily specials await—either to dine in or enjoy alfresco on the patio. 327 W. Davie St., 919.834.5707, tuscanblu.com $$

Whiskey Kitchen

Exposed bricks, lofty ceilings, garage door-style edifice, light-strung large patio and a communal vibe serve as the setting for this whiskey haven—housing hundreds of top-notch whiskies, with a full bar program and Southern-inspired plates for pairing to boot. 201 W. Martin St., 919.803.3181, whiskey.kitchen $$

Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing

For brews and chews with epic views, Wye Hill serves up the best patio and skyline views around—paired with palatable chef-driven small and large plates and potables (including beers brewed on-site)… and a must-munch brunch. 201 S. Boylan Ave., 984.200.1189, wyehill.com $$

HILLSBOROUGH STREET CORRIDOR

Coco Bongo

Hit up this cool, casual, colorful Mexican resto for daily lunch and drink specials—or for a frozen marg. 2400 Hillsborough St., 984.242.0898, facebook.com/cocobongo1942 $$

David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar

Anchoring the corner of Hillsborough and Oberlin streets since 2010, David’s Dumpling & Noodle Bar is a mainstay for authentic Pan-Asian dishes with touches of Chinese, Vietnamese and Malaysian flair. 1900 Hillsborough St., 919.239.4536, ddandnb.com $$

Gonza Tacos y Tequila

Go for the hippie-chic vibe—complete with neon colors fashioned into modern Day of the Dead decor—and stay for the fresh Colombian-Mexican fare and fab handcrafted cocktails. 2100 Hillsborough St., 919.268.8965, gonzatacosytequila.com $

Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar

Take a journey through India’s many regions via authentic dishes spanning from shrimp curry and veggie dosa to bhindi masala and gobi manchurian in a sleek, modern atmosphere. 105 Friendly Drive, Ste. 101, 919.900.7825, lnlrestaurant.com $$

Players Retreat

One of Raleigh’s favorite sports bars since 1951, PR (as it’s affectionately called) is a fave of Raleighites from all walks of life for its laid-back neighborhood-friendly vibe, outdoor patio (with TVs!) and elevated bar food. 105 Oberlin Road, 919755.9589, playersretreat.net $

VILLAGE DISTRICT

Cantina 18

Chef-owner Jason Smith serves up dank Mexican-fusion dishes aplenty at this decidedly upscale and urban local fave—famed as much for its heated patio and garage-door open-air edifice as for its tasty tacos and margs. 433 Daniels St., 919.835.9911, 18restaurantgroup.com $

Cape Fear Seafood Company

Oh my cod—seafood lovers are gonna want to post up at this award-winning restaurant specializing in fresh regional seafood, signature dishes and handcut steaks in a relaxed setting. 2018 Clark Ave., 984.200.5455; & 832 Spring Forest Road; capefearseafoodcompany.com $$

Piccola Italia 

Since 1982, Sicily native Frank Amato has been dishing classic Italian meals at this relaxed lunch and dinner spot via handmade pizzas, homemade soups and salads, traditional pasta dishes—and of course vino. 423 Woodburn Road, 919.833.6888, piccolaitalianc.com $

Tazza Kitchen

High ceilings lend a simple urban ambiance that aligns with the wood-fired menu selects sourced from dozens of local farmers, paired perfectly with one of Tazza’s “serious libations.” 432 Woodburn Ave., 919.835.9463, tazzakitchen.com $$

Tupelo Honey Cafe

Carolina farms source this Raleigh locale of the storied Asheville original with fresh made-from-scratch fare served up in an authentic Southern atmosphere (log-stump-finished tables, honeycombed ceilings) with an expansive patio to boot. 425 Oberlin Road, 919.723.9353, tupelohoneycafe.com $$

Village Draft House 

The game is always on at Draft House. Go for the relaxed neighborhood vibe, the chill patio and the 100-plus ever-evolving brews on tap; stay for the extensive menu of burgers, sammies, dinners and more. 428 Daniels St., 919.833.1373, villagedrafthouse.com $

GLENWOOD SOUTH

Botanical Lounge

Stylish green velvet couches, pink accents and marble tables set the stage for small plates and charcuterie paired with cocktails, wine and beer at Niall Hanley’s indoor/outdoor restaurant, bar and lounge. 419 Glenwood Ave., 919.322.4515, botanicalraleigh.com $

The Cortez Seafood & Cocktail

A wide range of Mexican-American handcrafted cocktails and ever-popular dollar oyster special (Tue.–Sun., 5–6pm) serve as a bonus for chef Oscar Diaz’s eclectic seafood menu in this subtly tropical setting with a mod feel. 413 Glenwood Ave., 919.342.8227, cortezraleigh.com $$

Hibernian Irish Pub

Sláinte! Irish eyes are smiling indeed at this longtime two-story Glenwood South staple, famed for its Irish social club feel, beer and liquor selection, wraparound rooftop patio (with bar), and, of course, delish Irish dishes. 311 Glenwood Ave., 919.833.2285, hibernianpub.com $

La Santa

It doesn’t get more authentic Mexican than a family-owned resto serving up fare using the owner’s mother’s recipes from Guadalajara—think handmade tortillas, bolillo and chicken enchiladas—best served with mezcal cocktails and margs. 222 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 107, 919.720.4096, lasantanc.com $

MoJoe’s Burger Joint

With a dozen-ish different styles, MoJoe’s signature award-winning handpressed burgers are 100% Sterling Silver Choice beef and 100% delicious. Add fries, famous MoJoe’s sauce and a brew (or a signature shake) for the full experience. 620 Glenwood Ave., 919.832.6799, mojoesburgerjoint.com $

My Way Tavern

With a Cheers-esque vibe and TVs on every wall, this neighborhood tavern is a great spot to catch the game over cocktails and brews—and all the food you need to keep your game day fueled. 522 St. Mary’s St., 919.900.8273, mywaytavern.com $

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen

Nestled on a cozy strip of Glenwood South with a spacious patio, this vibey rustic neighborhood kitchen dishes an ever-evolving menu of reimagined Southern favorites. 301 Glenwood Ave., 919.828.0018, plateskitchen.com $

The Rockford

Opened in 1994 as the only spot in the now bustling Glenwood South district, The Rockford is known for its timeless interior decor and classy yet approachable menu of elevated comfort dishes. 320 1/2 Glenwood Ave., 919.821.9020, therockford1994.com $$

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

A Creamery Building mainstay, this fine-dining “prime flavor, local flair” experience with classic interiors, luxurious seating and lively jazz is just as popular for its martinis and enhanced signature house-cut steaks. 410 Glenwood Ave., 919.833.2888, sullivanssteakhouse.com $$

Sushi Blues

An affordable spot to get a wide selection of fresh sushi and sashimi in a casual, sleek environment, Sushi Blues is known for its BOGO rolls (try the Wolfpack) and half-price wine bottles on Sundays and Wednesdays. 301 Glenwood Ave., 919.664.8061, sushibluescafe.com $

Thaiphoon Bistro

DTR’s first (but no longer only) Thai resto is famed for its handcrafted authentic fare repping every region of Thailand. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the green curry or any of the house noodle dishes. 301 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 190, 919.720.4034, thaiphoonbistroraleigh.com $

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe & Brewery

Born out of owners Amra brothers’ vision for combining good food and sports-watching, TR is the quintessential spot for catching the game over world-class beers, cocktails and fresh locally sourced fare. 505 W. Jones St., 919.301.8793, tobaccoroadsportscafe.com $

Vidrio

A backdrop of blown-glass plates sets the stage for a range of small plates that highlight seasonal produce, plus craft cocktails and vinos from the 50-plus wines on tap. 500 Glenwood Ave., 919.803.6033, vidrioraleigh.com $$$

The Willard Rooftop Lounge

Bites with a view? Don’t mind if we do. In addition to en plein air Mediterranean small plates and a spirited bar program atop Glenwood South’s chic AC Hotel, The Willard also offers several events across its two heated outdoor terraces and indoor dining space. 9 Glenwood Ave., 919.803.5200, thewillardraleigh.com $

FIVE POINTS

Bloomsbury Bistro

A Raleigh staple for a reason, every six weeks, chef John Toler curates a seasonal menu blending vibrant ethnic flavors with traditional French cooking—dished up in a quaint upscale bistro atmosphere. 509 W. Whitaker Mill Road, 919.834.9011, bloomsburybistro.com $$$

Glenwood Grill

Putting a modern spin on Southern and low country favorites from the mountains to the coast, chef John Wright sources ingredients from all over the nation to create delectable authentic dishes. 2603-151 Glenwood Ave., 919.782.3102, glenwoodgrill.com $$

Hayes Barton Cafe & Dessertery

Go for the famed food (pro tip: meatloaf), stay for the huge slices of delish homemade cake—all enjoyed in the throwback 1940s atmosphere with black-and-white checkerboard flooring and historic-photo-adorned walls. Swoon! 2000 Fairview Road, 919.856.8551, hayesbartoncafeanddessertery.com $

Hummingbird

NOLA transplant chef Coleen Speaks dishes up eclectic fare in this bright and colorful dining room or alfresco on the patio overlooking Dock 1053. Don’t miss brunch! 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Ste. 111, 919.301.8900, hummingbirdraleigh.com $$

Lola’s Beach Bar

Catch beach vibes all year long at this tropical-inspired cantina with its can’t-miss housemade margs and cocktails with 100% agave tequilas and freshly squeezed juices. 1803 Glenwood Ave., 984.222.3647, lolasbeach.bar

Lonerider at Five Points

Lonerider’s third location and first full-service restaurant dishes pizza, wings, salads and more, along with the brewery’s award-winning spirits and a strong wine program, with a ton of outdoor seating to boot. 1626 Glenwood Ave., 919.322.2434, loneriderbeer.com $$

Mandolin

Sean Fowler, who opened Mandolin in the old Johnson’s Pharmacy space off Fairview Road, has come full circle, from eating grilled cheese at the pharmacy counter as a kid to serving up iconic locally sourced Southern dishes as a homegrown chef. 2519 Fairview Road, 919.322.0365, mandolinraleigh.com $$$

Neuse River Brewing & Brasserie

Eastern European-inspired dishes perfectly complement a range of brews in a relaxed setting. On warm days, enjoy your meal outside on the exquisite open-air patio. 518 Pershing Road, 984.232.8479, neuseriverbrewing.com $$

NOFO @ the Pig

This two-story dining and gift shop venue located in a renovated Piggly Wiggly serves up a creative selection of Southern staples and wares. And our money’s on brunch. 2014 Fairview Road, 919.821.1240, nofo.com $

Red Dragon 

This Five Points staple with a cozy ambiance dishes authentic Chinese classics, as well as an extensive a la carte menu. Don’t miss the delish hot and sour soup. 2513 Fairview Road, 919.782.1102, raleighreddragon.com $

Taste

Rotating seasonal menus of small plates, Thai dishes and brunch all tempt. As do the sips from the owner’s private wine reserve and select craft beers. 1912 Bernard St., 919.948.7815, thetastebernard.com $$

WEST RALEIGH

Amedeo’s

Founded in 1963 by former Wolfpacker Amedeo “Dick” DeAngelis, this homestyle Italian spot is famed for its pizzas, famous lasagna, wings and steak sandwiches—plus Wolfpack-themed cocktails. 3905 Western Blvd., 919.851.0473, amedeosrestaurant.com $

Bella Monica

Owners Corbett and Julie Monica model this family-run trattoria for Corbett’s Nana’s kitchen, complete with Neapolitan recipes handed down for generations. 3121 Edwards Mill Road, 919.881.9778, bellamonica.com $$

The Iron Oaks Taproom and Lounge

Tee up a good time via golf simulators, rotating taps and elevated small plates crafted to bring “unique flavors and ingredients to the concept of casual dining.” 3800 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 130, 919.244.2876, theironoaks.com $

The Oak

Part of the JMR Kitchens Restaurant Group, The Oak’s friendly staff serves made-from-scratch simple seasonal fare that pairs well with more than 90 different bourbons, including The Oak’s own in-house blend. 4035 Lake Boone Trail, 919.787.9100, theoakraleigh.com $$

State Farmers Market Restaurant

This iconic eatery offers Southern country breakfasts and lunches in a bright space with indoor-outdoor seating. Grab homemade biscuits, local country ham and the like as fuel pre-market browsing. 1240 Farmers Market Drive, 919.755.1550, realbiscuits.com $

Sushi Nine

Long “on a roll” for its BOGO sushi rolls, apps, poke bowls, noodles, stir-fries and hibachi—this sushi spot is also a fan fave for its atmosphere and spacious patio. 3812 Western Blvd., 919.615.3100, sushinine.com $

NORTHWEST RALEIGH

Angus Barn

In this literal (upscale) barn with an award-winning wine cellar, Iron Chef America winner Walter Royal turns out succulent steaks, seafood and more. Be sure to grab a tipple in the famed The Wild Turkey Lounge. 9401 Glenwood Ave., 919.781.2444, angusbarn.com $$$

Azitra Indian

Enjoy Indian classics and a few fusion surprises at this contemporary “Indian culinary nirvana.” Dine indoors for a white-tablecloth experience or outdoors on the spacious patio for an alfresco affair. 8411 Brier Creek Parkway, 919.484.3939, azitra.us $$

Brier Creek Beer Garden

Fifty-two craft beers on draft and 100-plus bottles—plus wine & spirits—complement unique dishes at this locally owned sip and sup spot. Don’t miss the Barks Menu for your fur baby. 8521 Brier Creek Parkway, 919.748.3900, briercreekbeergarden.com $

Casa Carbone

For traditional family-rooted Italian food, look no further than Casa Carbone, which features authentic Italian appetizers, soups, salads, casseroles, entrees and desserts. It’s a family affair! 6019 Glenwood Ave., Ste. A, 919.781.8750, casacarbone.com $$

Dos Taquitos

An institution on the Raleigh scene, Dos Taquitos channels the flavor and spirit of Mexico through staples like tacos, enchiladas, chilaquiles and more—NTM delicious margs!—in a vibrant and colorful space. 6101 Glenwood Ave., 919.787.3373, dostaquitosraleigh.com $$

Jose and Sons

The Ibarra family celebrates their roots with traditional Mexican comfort food (burritos, tacos…) fused with Southern influences via local ingredients, served up in a festive atmosphere. 4112 Pleasant Valley Road, 919.571.1188, joseandsons.com $$

Kanki Japanese House of Steak and Sushi

A hibachi and sushi staple, Kanki is best known for its talented tableside chefs who entertain as they expertly chop, dice and cook your meal before your eyes with the flip of a knife and the beat of a spatula on large teppanyaki grills. 4325 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 1070, 919.782.9708, kanki.com $$$

Sushi Mon

This locally owned Raleigh “roll model” dishes fresh sushi and Japanese small plates. 3700 Glenwood Ave., 919.803.1000, sushimonraleigh.com $$

Trali Irish Pub

Authenticity is on tap at this traditional Irish gastropub as Ireland native chef-owner Eamonn Kelly serves up a “true slice of Ireland” in Raleigh via traditional dishes, plus Irish pints, local craft beers and live local tunes. Brierdale Shopping Center, 10370 Moncreiffe Road, 919.544.4141, traliirishpub.com $$

Waraji Japanese Restaurant

Sip on the largest sake in the state—NTM extensive Japanese whiskey in its attached izakaya—to wash down the extensive selection of scrumptious sushi and sashimi. 5910 Duraleigh Road, 919.783.1883, warajijapaneserestaurant.com $$

Zayka Indian Cuisine

One of the only local Punjabi Northern Indian restaurants, Zayka dishes a variety of savory meals with authentic spices and elevated flavors. 10410 Moncreiffe Road, Ste. 104, 919.361.5370, zaykaraleigh.com $$

NORTH RALEIGH

13 Tacos & Taps

A whole new style of tacos are on tap at this food truck-turned-brick-and-mortar hidden gem in North Raleigh. 10511 Shadowlawn Drive, 919.900.7023, 13tacosandtaps.com $

Café Tiramisu

Originating from old Raleigh favorite Piccolo Mondo, this quaint eatery with a rich rustic decor dishes authentic Northern Italian fare, with inventive daily specials to boot. 6196 Falls of Neuse Road, 919.981.0305, cafetiramisu.net $$

Chow Pizza and Wings

Ciao, bella! Ground in-house burgers, handtossed pizzas and more are best washed down with craft beers against a backdrop of multiple TVs or on the patio. 8311 Creedmoor Road, 919.841.4995, chowraleigh.com $

Driftwood Cantina

A fun, beachy atmosphere adds flair to the authentic Latin-American dishes and cocktails—and don’t miss the signature tortillas handmade daily. 8460 Honeycutt Road, Ste. 112, 919.977.8360, driftwoodcantina.com $$

Farina

Wood-fired pizzas and classic old-school dishes are all the rage at this casual neighborhood American-Italian restaurant. Kick off the meal with antipasti paired with a fab signature cocktail. 8450 Honeycutt Road, Ste. 100, 919.714.7477, farinaraleigh.com $$

Gonza Tacos y Tequila

Go for the hippie-chic vibe—complete with neon colors fashioned into modern Day of the Dead decor—and stay for the fresh Colombian-Mexican fare and handcrafted cocktails. 7713 Lead Mine Road, 919.846.5478, gonzatacosytequila.com

Hibernian Irish Pub

The perfect place for traditional fish ’n’ chips or bangers and mash, Hibernian is a cozy Irish pub with authentic grub and an extensive beer list. On warm days, the spacious patio is the place to be. 8021 Falls of Neuse Road, 919.803.0290, hibernianpub.com $

Margaux’s

The open-kitchen format encourages guests to interact with chef de cuisine Andrew Pettifer, who trained all over the world before bringing flavors and techniques from Bali, London, Brazil and Sydney to this creative menu. 8111 Creedmoor Road, 919.846.9846, margauxsrestaurant.com $$$

Milton’s Pizza

A Raleigh staple since 1983, Milton’s is the go-to for traditional to-die-for Italian fare (think ’za, calzones, pastas), plus sammies and burgers to boot. Don’t miss the uber-popular lunch buffet. 8853 Six Forks Road, 919.847.0604; 14520 Falls of Neuse Road, 919.570.9099; miltonspizza.com $

Northside Bistro & Cocktails

John Scarangella’s Northside Bistro evokes a sense of familiarity, what with its neighborhood-friendly vibe and classic New American-style menu—with refined twists to tempt the palate. 832 Spring Forest Road, 919.890.5225, northsidebistroraleigh.com $$

North Ridge Pub

This upscale restaurant dishes elevated versions of classic pub fare like burgers, wings and nachos, with plenty of wine and beer to wash it down. 6010 Falls of Neuse Road, 919.790.9125, northridgepub.com $$

Sushi One

A swank stone and granite interior adorn this modern and elegant sushi spot. BOGO sushi rolls are available often (dine-in only), NTM tempura, teriyaki, yakisoba and hibachi selections. 8470 Honeycutt Road, 919.615.3209, sushionenc.com $$

The Piper’s Tavern

Traditional Irish pub, sports bar and family resto collide in this fam-friendly neighborhood tavern dishing up a menu to satisfy all appetites—from starters to sammies to specialties. 8304 Falls of Neuse Road, 919.676.7413, thepiperstavern.com $$

Poppyseed Market Cafe & Wine Bar

By day, the gourmet deli dishes made-to-order sammies and fresh counter-service offerings. By night, the upscale cafe serves elevated comfort dishes and vino—plus a handtossed pizza program, best enjoyed with microbrews. 8801 Lead Mine Road, Ste. 107, 919.870.4997, poppyseedmkt.com $

Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar

Relish in this craft kitchen and bourbon bar specializing in fresh comfort foods with a “new Southern” twist via a rotating menu to showcase NC’s best. Hint: Get one of the mac and cheese skillets. 5625 Creedmoor Road, 919.787.1855, relishraleigh.com $

Saint Jacques

Don’t let the unassuming strip-mall location deceive you. Saint Jacques is a Raleigh treasure that has been delivering an authentic French experience with exceptional food and wine for almost 15 years—dubbed one of the top 100 restaurants in the nation by OpenTable. 6112 Falls of Neuse Road, 919.862.2770, saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com $$$

Salt & Lime Cabo Grill

Nosh on flavorful fare inspired by the Baja peninsula and signature margs—sweet, spicy, classic and totally unique—in this tropical cantina-esque setting. 6006 Falls of Neuse Road, 919.872.2230, saltandlimecabo.com $$

Sawmill Tap Room

Good brews meet good food in this home of the original Breuben—also housing taps aplenty and myriad menu opps best enjoyed alfresco on the deck or inside while you catch a game in the energetic atmosphere. 7701 Lead Mine Road, 919.845.7889, sawmilltaproom.com $

Village Grill

From bangin’ burgers to fab entrees, this Lafayette Village resto serves up inventive casual American fare, local craft brews and top-shelf spirits in a dynamic atmosphere. 8470 Honeycutt Road, 919.890.5340, villagegrillraleigh.com $

Vinos Finos Kitchen and Wine Bar

Voted the best wine bar in town, this sip and sup spot has the largest selections of South American wines and delish tapas—and the best Argentine empanadas around. 8450 Honeycutt Road, Ste. 110, 919.747.9233, vinosfinosypicadas.com $

Winston’s Grille

A Raleigh staple since 1986, Winston’s traditional steakhouse is a hit with locals for its selection of prime ribs, pastas and fresh salads—and for its expansive outdoor terrace. Sutton Square, 6401 Falls of Neuse Road, 919.790.0700, winstonsgrille.com $$

MIDTOWN

41Hundred

From its perch in the elegant Renaissance Hotel, 41Hundred offers a wide range of selections that will sate any hankering. 4100 Main at North Hills Street, 919.278.1478, 41hundredrestaurant.com $$

Capital Grille

Situated in the Bank of America Tower at North Hills, this fine-dining restaurant and steakhouse (with a palatable patio!) specializes in dry-aged steaks, artfully prepared seafood and delicious sides to share. 4242 Six Forks Road, 919.787.3901, thecapitalgrille.com $$$

CO

With 25 years of culinary experience under his cap, chef Masanori Shiraishi fuses traditional Southeast Asian cuisine (dumplings, poke bowls, noods) with his own creative and modern tweaks. 101 Park at North Hills Street, 919.258.2070, eatatco.com $

Coquette Brasserie

Ooh la la! French cuisine is on full display—infused with local farm-fresh ingredients in a sophisticated Parisian-esque setting, with tables open to the sidewalks of Midtown for that authentic French feel. 4351 The Circle at North Hills, 919.789.0606, coquetteraleigh.com $$

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

Fresh meat and seafood collide (aka Burgushi) in this vibrant space sating carnivores, seafood lovers and sushi fans alike. 4208 Six Forks Road, 919.784.0400, thecowfish.com $$

Cucciolo Terrazza

Ciao, bella! Sister restaurant to Durham’s Cucciolo Osteria, this sophisticated Italian resto touts modern Italian cuisine with a twist. Nom nom! 4200 Six Forks Road, Ste. 100, 919.747.7887, cuccioloraleigh.com $$ 

J. Alexander’s

Twinkling views abound from this contemporary resto’s perch above Crabtree Valley Mall, dishing traditional American classics, myriad sushi rolls and a full bar program. 4600 Crabtree Valley Ave., 984.200.4493, jalexanders.com $$$

Midtown Pho

Oodles of noodles can be found at this authentic Vietnamese restaurant (beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetable pho)—along with rice dishes, banh mi, summer rolls and more. 424 E. Six Forks Road, 919.747.9899, midtownphoraleigh.com $

Rosewater Kitchen & Bar

This beautiful light-filled “garden party” atmosphere is ideal for sipping eclectic wines and inventive craft cocktails while dining on small plates and comfort food dishes inspired by the flavors of small Mediterranean villages. 110 Park at North Hills Street, 919.424.7886, rosewaterraleigh.com $$

Seasons 52

This cozy Crabtree spot offers healthier, low-cal versions of classic delicious dishes. Sweet tooth? Don’t fret, there are mini indulgences for dessert as well. 4325 Glenwood Ave., 919.787.3052, seasons52.com $$$

STIR

This upscale seaside-restaurant vibe with scratch-made entrees (plus elevated cocktails!) and a premier location is ideal for date nights, office lunches and family brunches alike. 4242 Six Forks Road, 984.200.8614, stirraleigh.com $$

Vivace

Long cushioned banquettes and spacious outdoor seating serve as the perfect backdrop for classic Italian pastas and pizzas, as well as creative seasonal menu items. 4209 Lassiter Mill Road, 919.787.7747, vivaceraleigh.com $$

MIDTOWN EAST

Bendito 

Chef Kevin Ruiz delivers a modern Puerto Rican menu inspired by family recipes at this hip McNeil Pointe restaurant—complemented by a robust wine list and refreshing cocktails that’ll transport you straight to the islands. 2330 Bale St., 984.200.6521, benditonc.com $$

Fine Folk

Chris Lopez and John Kleinert, aka two fine folk, churn out “rowdy American fare” at this high-end-hole-in-the-wall, where elevated good ol’ fashioned grub is paired with superb vinos. 2409 Crabtree Blvd., Ste. 100, finefolkraleigh.com $$

Miso Ramen Bar

Ramen lovers rejoice! Cary’s super-popular noodle haven has descended on Raleigh—serving up its delish ramen with housemade broth, rice bowls and other dishes… and miso happy. 2409 Crabtree Blvd., Ste. 104, 919.307.3032, misoramenbar.com $

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