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Restaurants in The Raleigh-Durham Area

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these The Raleigh-Durham Area restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best The Raleigh-Durham Area restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in The Raleigh-Durham Area to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best The Raleigh-Durham Area restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in The Raleigh-Durham Area.

  • A&M Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Bin 54

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Chic steak house More
  • Crook’s Corner

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 wi... More
  • Elaine's on Franklin

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Sophisticated southern More
  • Five Star Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Nouvelle Chinese hot spot More
  • Humble Pie

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Cozy tapas stop More
  • Lantern

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    A modern take on a traditional Chinese noodle house. More
  • Magnolia Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Mama Dip's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The kitchen feeds a loyal following with breakfasts of country ham and Southern biscuits (snag a table on the sunny front porch). More
  • Piedmont

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    French-Italian bistro in a former warehouse More
  • Poole's Downtown Diner

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Fifties lunch counter-turned-stylish diner and martini bar. This restaurant pays tribute to Poole's Luncheonette, a downtown Raleigh landmark that ... More
  • South

    Elevated low-country menu More
  • Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    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 chi... More
  • Talullas

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Cozy Turkish mezze joint More
  • The Barbecue Joint

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