Restaurants

There are many outstanding independent and chain restaurants in the Triangle region. Here are a few updated recommendations, selected for our travelers based on their quality, location and service. We do not receive compensation for any listings.
 

RALEIGH

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey

237 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919.322.0127
Chicken and waffles, Southern specialties and some of the best “mac-n-cheese” anywhere. Popular brunch, too, but note the restaurant does not take reservations.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27603
919.833.2888
Upscale steakhouse in downtown Raleigh serving traditional American beef and seafood dishes for lunch and dinner.

The Pit

328 W. Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919.890.4500
Smoked free-range whole-hog pork, Texas-style brisket, barbecue ribs and other barbecue staples served in a casual, downtown setting.
 

CARY

La Farm Bakery

4248 NW Cary Parkway, Cary, NC 27513
919.657.0657
Modern-day French boulangerie and cafe draws people from far away for lunch, dinner and its dazzling selection of artisan bread, pastries and tarts.

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

7307 Tryon Road, Cary, NC 27518
919.233.1632
Southern, seasonal menu with sandwiches, locally sourced ingredients and a good selection of wine and craft beers, all presented in an elevated, but casual atmosphere.

Rey’s

1130 Buck Jones Road Raleigh, NC 27606
919.380.0122
Traditional steakhouse menu with seafood and salads, billed as “fine dining with a French Quarter flare” and located just off the intersection of I-40 with US 64/1 and I-440.
 

CHAPEL HILL AND CARRBORO

Acme Food and Beverage

110 E. Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510
919.929.2263
Southern American cuisine created with fresh, local ingredients with a menu of signature cocktails and craft beers.

Squid’s

1201 Fordham Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919.942.8757      
Seafood and oyster bar has received accolades since 1986 as one of the Triangle’s top seafood restaurants for its fried and wood-grilled specialties.

Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery

100 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919.929.8676
Locally-inspired entrees, burgers and house-crafted beers served in a casual atmosphere, next to the university in the heart of Chapel Hill.
 

DURHAM

Picnic

1647 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27705
919.908.9128
North Carolina whole-hog barbecue from locally sourced pork, with notable fried chicken, ribs, sides and a good beer menu. Note that the restaurant does not take reservations.

Pizzeria Toro

105 E. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701
919.908.6936
Artisan, wood-fired pizza with a good selection of wines, cocktails and beer in a contemporary location in downtown Durham.

NanaSteak

345 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701
919.282.1183
Contemporary steakhouse serving Black Angus cuts and a small selection of seafood dishes for dinner and Sunday brunch downtown near the Durham Performing Arts Center.
 

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK

Angus Barn

9401 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617
919.781.2444
Iconic Triangle steakhouse serving in-house-aged steaks, fresh seafood and locally grown vegetables in a sprawling setting near Raleigh-Durham International.

Carmen’s Cuban Café and Lounge

108 Factory Shops Road, Morrisville, NC 27560
919.467.8080
Authentic Cuban specialties, along with salads and sides, are served daily at dinner and at lunch on weekdays.

Smokey’s BBQ Shack

10800 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville, NC 27560
919.469.1724
No-frills barbecue joint serving pork, brisket and chicken for lunch on Monday through Saturday and early dinner on Thursday through Saturday.
 

PINEHURST

Carolina Dining Room

80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374
855.235.8507
One of the state’s legendary, fine-dining restaurants features beef and seafood entrees at dinner, an epic breakfast buffet, and a dress code — all at Pinehurst Resort.

Dugans Pub

#2 Market Square, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
910.295.3400
Irish pub combined with a full-service menu, featuring sandwiches, salads and some traditional Irish dishes.

Pinehurst Brewing Company

300 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374
910.235.8218
Eclectic menu combines barbecue smoked over oak and hickory wood, Neapolitan pizzas and a selection of craft beer, served for dinner every night and lunch on weekends.
 

SANFORD

Carlee Ann’s

1401 Colon Road, Sanford, NC 27330
919.777.0427
Roadside restaurant near Raleigh Exec serving breakfast and lunch featuring affordable, homemade dishes — including a menu of tasty burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Kathy’s Java Express

120 S. Moore Street, Sanford, NC 27330
919.777.5282
Casual coffee bar and lunch spot with espresso beverages and a daily selection of soup, sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Smoke and Barrel

120 S. Steele Street, Sanford, NC 27330
919.292.1374
Neighborhood gastropub specializing in slow-cooked smoked pork, beef brisket and deli-style sandwiches, along with North Carolina craft beers, live music on weekends and a downtown Sanford location.