Raleigh-Durham + Central North Carolina

Restaurants in Raleigh-Durham + Central North Carolina

Cozy tapas stop

Don’t be put off by the strip-mall location; locals swear by its slow-cooked pork and tangy sauce.

Though the building’s a flyspeck, the long lines of cars at the drive-through window testify to the restaurant’s celebrated sweet tea and fried chicken biscuits.

French-Italian bistro in a former warehouse

Fifties lunch counter-turned-stylish diner and martini bar. This restaurant pays tribute to Poole's Luncheonette, a downtown Raleigh landmark that opened as a pie shop in 1942.

Chic steak house

Housed in a former fish market, this restaurant has trained many of the South’s top toques. The current chef, Bill Smith, is an expert at dishes with ethereal, rustic ingredients, such as honeysuckle sorbet made from flowers he collects on bike rides.

North Carolina’s legendary pit master Ed Mitchell presides over this airy restaurant in a former meatpacking warehouse.

Elevated low-country menu

Sophisticated southern

A modern take on a traditional Chinese noodle house.