Where’s the best restaurants in Raleigh? We’ve got you covered! Find some of the best food, restaurants and dining in the rapidly growing Oak City! These options are primarily focused Inside the Beltline (I-440) and near downtown Raleigh.
(Updated December 2017)
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Burgers, American)- Raleigh Enjoy the wonderful burgers piled high with great toppings and delicious tots or fries
Beasley’s (Fried Chicken, Southern)- Raleigh A great hip and casual eatery for classic Southern with a twist from Ashley Christensen
Brewery Bhavana (Dim Sum, Chinese)- Raleigh Brought to you by the folks from Bida Manda, this modern take on fresh beer and Chinese dim sum (small plates) offers a great experience
Capital Club 16 (American, German)- Raleigh Classic American-German done with care and quality ingredients, perfect for meat-eaters
Chuck’s (Burgers)- Raleigh Beautiful burgers with Southern flavors and amazing Belgian fries, don’t miss the sauces here
Crawford and Son (Southern, Upscale)- Raleigh A modern take on Southern gourmet fare offering crudo, rabbit pot pie and more. Good for smaller groups and couples, reservations recommended.
Garland (Indian, Asian)- Raleigh This hip new eatery blends style, flavor and service in delicious combination for the daring diner
Hayes Barton Cafe (American, Comfort)- Raleigh The epitome of comfort food and amazing cake, throw the diet out the window here
Humble Pie (American, Tapas)- Raleigh Small plates in a super-hip, urban environment. Great patio for brunch or dinner.
J. Betski’s (German-Polish)- Raleigh Ridiculously good pierogies and E. European fare in a classic setting.
Linus & Peppers (Sandwiches)- Raleigh A casual sandwich shop with a gourmet twist, a great lunch spot Monday to Friday.
Mami Nora’s (Peruvian)- Raleigh Great rotisserie chicken cooked over wood, don’t miss the plantains.
Metro Diner (American, Breakfast)- Raleigh A small, chain eatery focused on hearty breakfast items and great sandwiches!
MOFU Shoppe (Asian Fusion)- Raleigh A fresh new take on Asian fusion in a cool, industrial space near City Market
Nashers Sandwich House (American, Sandwiches)- Raleigh A casual but sophisticated take on sandwiches and sides in N. Raleigh.
Oakwood Cafe (Argentinian, Cuban)- Raleigh Home-style Cuban and Argentinian cuisine served by a lovely family
Oakwood Pizza Box (Pizza)- Raleigh Fantastic NY thin-slice pizza made with quality ingredients.
Plates Neighborhood Kitchen (Southern, Farm)- Raleigh A cute and quaint restaurant dishing out delicious seasonal fare, don’t miss their patio
Raleigh Times (American, Bar)- Raleigh The classic bar and restaurant with fantastic cheesy fries, pork nachos and beer
Second Empire (American, Southern)- Raleigh A classic special-events restaurant that is not as pricey as it seems! Be prepared for a great Southern seasonal menu and top-notch service
Sono (Sushi, Japanese)- Raleigh Modern sushi and Japanese food right on Fayetteville Street near the Raleigh Convention Center and City Plaza
Stanbury (Seasonal, American)- Raleigh A stylish and sexy eatery focused on farm to table in a quiet neighborhood of Raleigh
Standard Foods (Farm to Table)- Raleigh This re-vamped restaurant offers up an eclectic menu of delicious farm-to-table fare with gourmet touches
Tazza Kitchen (American, Pizza)- Raleigh This slick restaurant focuses on pizzas and plates out of its wood oven. Delicious, simple and well-priced in Cameron Village
Trophy Brewing (Beer, Pizza)- Raleigh Solid craft beer and delicious, pizzas with fresh toppings at this hipster hangout
Whiskey Kitchen (Southern, American)- Raleigh A beautiful patio and space for quirky, gourmet Southern eats. More bar than restaurant right now