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

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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 Blue Jay Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (925)
$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
StephenBvip
Dined 1 day ago
Our second visit to this local restaurant. Thanks for supporting our little town. This visit was much better with our food being really good. We celebrated our anniversary so this was a special outing. Dining is not cheap - so everything needs to be in order to receive optimal value.
A photo of Herons restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2995)
$50 and over
American
Cary
About the restaurant
One of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and annually acclaimed among the best restaurants in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate, 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.
Top review
DawnFvip
Dined 1 day ago
Art Tour was amazing! The food never disappoints and seeing the inspiration is always a pleasure. We will be back for the Summer pairings.
A photo of Durham - M Sushi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2869)
$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
Peter
Dined 1 day ago
First time eating there. All the food was phenomenal, as was the sake. Chef’s special roll, barbecue beef, bento, and lite omakase were all very good
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
KristinMvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Never disappoints! Skylar took exceptional care of us. Bravo, all!
A photo of Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar - Raleigh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (367)
$30 and under
Indian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Rated as the # 1 Indian Restaurant in Triangle, Lime & Lemon Indian Grill offers an immersive dining experience with exquisite dishes that will take you on a journey through India's many regions, traditions and festivals. We meticulously curate using only the best ingredients to create dishes that are authentic, unsurpassed, and timeless. All this in an ultra-modern setting to ensure your dining affair is nothing short of perfect.

Featured in the October 2019 edition of News & Observer and received a 4 out of 5 star rating. It has been consistently voted as one of the Top 10 Ethnic restaurants and has also been recognized as the Best Indian Restaurant in the Triangle for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
It was our first time at Lime and Lemon and it was the best experience everyone. The service , food and atmosphere was excellent. My husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary and I wouldn’t have wanted it anywhere else! Thank you to the Lime and Lemon staff!
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
JoeSvip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent as always! Brought friends for their first experience. They loved it as well!
A photo of cafe tiramisu restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1507)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Cafe Tiramisu offers a menu full of authentic Northern Italian cuisine. The family-owned and operated restaurant is decorated sparingly and the dining room is a cozy, relaxing environment. Cafe Tiramisu has a full bar but specializes in wine with an extensive wine selection both by the glass and by the bottle.



Try the ravioli or the shrimp dip to start out your meal at Cafe Tiramisu. Choose from Italian classics like the lasagna or the marsala. The menu includes plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. Choose one of the restaurant's sides for your entree like the fried eggplant or the sauteed spinach.
Top review
nwelsh1401vip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
It is our absolute favorite Italian restaurant in Raleigh. A hidden gem in a strip mall, it is small, cozy yet elegant and the food is to die for! We always try something different and we are never disappointed. The food is always fresh, unique and so flavorful. The wine selection is extensive as well. It is hard to get in without reservations and we know why!
A photo of Cucciolo Osteria Durham restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1538)
$31 to $50
Italian
Durham
About the restaurant
Cousins Jimmy and Julian Kim welcome you to Cucciolo Osteria Durham! A sister restaurant to the original Cucciolo Osteria in Seoul, Korea, offering modern Italian cuisine with a twist.

We are located in the same building as the Amtrak train station, just opposite side, next to West End Wine Bar.
Top review
APG610
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful birthday dinner. Would strongly recommend.
A photo of O-Ku - Raleigh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1692)
$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
AlGrande
Dined 1 day ago
We had a large party that grew 30 minutes before our reservation. Paul did a great job accommodating us and Sarah at the bar and Clint at the table, we had a fantastic experience. All sushi and rolls were fantastic. Would have loved a Modelo, but a 99.9 score here!
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