Looking for the best food and restaurants in Raleigh? We’ve got you covered! I sorted through over 200 of my reviews to find you the twenty, best restaurants in the rapidly growing Oak City! These options are primarily focused Inside the Beltline (I-440) and near downtown Raleigh and run the gamut of simple to fancy and across all price ranges!
Click on the restaurant name for a review or their website. Click on the address for a Google map.
And if you’re a newcomer to Raleigh, please check out my list of classic Raleigh restaurants! These spots all have their unique charms and are a great way to get a feel for the city and meet locals in Raleigh.
A fun and lively spot for delicious, Spanish small plates and a fun covered patio! Don’t miss their croquetas, Spanish tortilla or steak offerings. Enjoy the bar scene, side dining room, or patio with a glass of vino.
A great hip and casual eatery for classic Southern with a twist from Ashley Christensen. A great spot for dinner or brunch in downtown 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 along with excellent, fresh beer. A bit pricey for what you get but a unique space with flower shop and library.
Enjoy fresh and creatively prepared seafood in a hip dining room with a clean Mediterranean feel. A high-end option for seafood conveniently located in Glenwood South. Order a half-dozen oysters on the half-shell on their secluded patio.
A modern take on Southern gourmet fare offering crudo, rabbit pot pie and more from Chef Scott Crawford. Good for smaller groups and couples, reservations recommended.
This hip new eatery blends style, flavor and service in delicious combination for the daring diner. Think Asian-fusion with an emphasis on Indian flavors. And don’t miss their penny-covered bathroom floor!
The epitome of comfort food and amazing cake, throw the diet out the window here. The chicken potpie, crab dip and meatloaf are legendary. And then comes the cake! Diets are NOT allowed at the Hayes Barton Cafe.
Small plates in a super-hip, urban environment. Great patio for brunch or dinner and conveniently located in the Warehouse District. A fun and tasty spot for larger groups and parties.