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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of On The Square restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1280)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tarboro
About the restaurant
Due to limited seating, we are only accepting in-house reservations. Please call the restaurant directly for a reservation.

Located in Historic Downtown Tarboro, one of the oldest towns in North Carolina, On the Square Restaurant offers seasonal, sustainable ingredients that are celebrated throughout the ever-changing menu. Open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for lunch on Monday through Friday, we are as proud of our food and comfortable atmosphere as we are of our eclectic and value-driven wine list.
Top review
ShariRvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
I love this restaurant! Everyone is so kind and attentive! We had the fresh fettuccine with ragu sauce and pork belly, beef, mozzarella and crushed garlic bread. It was off the charts good! I only ate half to ensure I’d have leftovers the next day! Please bring it back for a regular appearance
A photo of Durham - M Sushi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2867)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Durham
About the restaurant
M Sushi is triangles first dedicated sushi and seafood restaurant. We concentrate on raw and cold applications of fresh exotic seafood as well as cooked and vegetarian courses utilizing the same high quality ingredients. We are creating simple and traditional sushi cuisine with Peruvian and Spanish influences. We are the only restaurant in NC to make the Opentable top 100 restaurants in 2021.
Top review
AnaCvip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Fantastic service, thank you. Please consider making a GF version of the seared salmon roll without tempura. I would love it and get it all the time!
A photo of Napoli Pizzeria & Gelateria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (77)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Carrboro
About the restaurant
Offering small plates, True wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, housemade gelato, local beer on draft, wine & cocktails in downtown Carrboro!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Great, as always. We love the outdoor patio, but the newly expanded indoor space also looks cute!
A photo of O-Ku - Raleigh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1691)
$30 and under
Japanese
Raleigh
About the restaurant
O-Ku's menu provides a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. Located in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh, the restaurant offers rare and unique dining options with traditional sashimi and specialty rolls, highlighting seafood from the finest fish markets in Tokyo and Hawaii alongside local and seasonal ingredients. Reminiscent of traditional Japanese culture, O-Ku's menu is comprised of signature starters, contemporary Japanese entrees and seasonal traditional sushi that reflect the uniquely designed space. The beverage program is built around quality ingredients that celebrate Japanese culture.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Fantastic experience! The food and service was exceptional - Jerry was wonderful and attentive! We were celebrating our daughter’s graduation and they made it really special.
A photo of Gonza Tacos y Tequila - North Raleigh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1398)
$30 and under
Mexican
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Come experience Raleigh's Colombo-Mexican Tacos y Tequila Joint!

Hand Crafted Latin Cocktails
Extensive List of Tequilas & Regional Spirits
Carefully Selected List of Latin Wines & Latin Beers

Voted Best Latin Restaurant in the Triangle by Wake County Living Magazine!

Won the Indy Award for Best Mexican / Latin American in the Triangle!

Top review
inthebox
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Outstanding food and service as usual. Recommend El platano.
A photo of M Tempura restaurant
4.9
4.9 (539)
$50 and over
Japanese
Durham
About the restaurant
M Tempura is Durham's traditional Japanese tempura restaurant offering Tempura as well as Kaiseki Omakase offerings.

For the multi-course menu items, all members of your party must choose the same option please.

We currently cannot accommodate shellfish, vegetarian (egg in batter), gluten, and seafood allergies. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Top review
JamesH
Dined 1 day ago
the meal was exquisite and the service was amazing. We at no point felt rushed, the pace of the courses was perfect.
A photo of Cary - M Sushi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (673)
$50 and over
Sushi
Cary
About the restaurant
M Sushi Cary is Michael Lee's second location dedicated to high-quality seafood. Our menu is small, purposeful, and uses only very special seasonal seafood received directly from Japan, Korea, and the US. The quality of our dishes is a direct result of our dedication to fresh ingredients, and our emphasis placed on maintaining traditional Japanese and Korean Cuisine. We specialize in traditional nigiri and sashimi courses in addition to a once in a lifetime Grand Omakase. M Sushi was ranked in 2022 in OpenTable's top 100 restaurants in American. Also, the only restaurant to make the list from North Carolina.

Please note that we do not offer highchairs or boosters.
Top review
CarrieWerth
Dined 3 days ago
Food was amazing. I ate early and didn't want much - had an amazing glass of Sancerre and a Twisted Mango M roll, and an order of edamame. Andrew was amazing. He didn't even bat an eye when I asked for a diet coke right off the bat for a bit of caffeine before wine and food. Chefs were so nice and they are certainly know what they are doing. The flavor profile and the quality ingredients are evident. Can't wait to come back and try more items from the menu ... and, I will be asking for Andrew.
A photo of Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (838)
$30 and under
Thai
Holly Springs
About the restaurant
Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi, named after the Thai word “osha” meaning, tasty or good, is more than just providing you, the guest, with good food. We are striving each day to deliver an atmosphere that is not only welcoming, but one that you will be happy to share with your friends and family. A consistent experience of authentic Thai food and sushi that will wake your taste buds up and have you asking for more.

For Take Out ordering online, please visit oshathaikitchennc.com

Please note that if you party does not arrive within 15 minutes of your reservation time, we may need to release your table and place your back on the waitlist (if exists) or offer the table to other customers. We will provide you with the current wait time so that you can make an informed decision. If you think you may be running late, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We may contact you about this reservation so please ensure your email and phone number are correct when setting.
Top review
Lfieh
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The best sushi we’ve had in a long time. Can’t wait to go back!
A photo of Blue Jay Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (924)
$31 to $50
American
Halifax
About the restaurant
Blue Jay Bistro, on Main Street in downtown Littleton, North Carolina, is a realization of our vision: To return to Ed’s beloved hometown (where he played football and basketball for the Littleton Blue Jays, his high school alma mater) and create a unique culinary experience unlike any other; for Blue Jay Bistro to serve as a symbol for an exceptional dining experience for local and surrounding communities.

We want residents and visitors alike to experience Contemporary American dining at its best. A combination of traditional and creative dishes using only the freshest and finest ingredients sourced locally and globally. Providing uncompromising quality and professional attentive service.

— Ed & Deb Fitts, Owners
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
From the appetizer to the dessert, everything was perfect! The food was incredible and the service was the best we have ever had! 5 stars isn’t enough!
A photo of Oxford Oaks Distillery restaurant
4.9
4.9 (180)
$31 to $50
American
Oxford
About the restaurant
A Unique Dining and Libations Destination in the heart of downtown Oxford, N.C.

Oxford Oaks features a micro distillery, specialty cocktail bar and upscale restaurant where the community can gather and enjoy fine spirits, elevated cocktails and delicious cuisine.
Top review
LauraS
Dined 7 days ago
Enjoyed brunch with friends! The food and service (Laura) were awesome. I had the crab cake on a biscuit... best crab cake I've ever had! Others had the chicken and waffle sliders and the chef's French toast... I tasted both and they were great! Using a lot of ! marks, but they are well deserved. One thing I was not happy about was the 4 percent credit card fee....felt like they are discouraging business. How many people pay cash for a $$$ meal?
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