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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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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 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?
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent food, and experience as always. Great place for special occasions
A photo of Nanas restaurant
4.8
4.8 (230)
$50 and over
American
Durham
About the restaurant
Nanas is a neighborhood restaurant in Durham, North Carolina. Helmed by Chefs Matt Kelly and Nate Garyantes, Nanas pays tribute to Nana’s, our beloved predecessor, while reimagining all of the details. Abundant, local ingredients shine on our seasonal menus, which feature dishes like Twice-Baked Grits Soufflé, Duck Ragout Tagliatelle, and the iconic Nana’s risotto alongside seasonal wood grilled whole fish, crispy lamb shoulder, and fresh-baked breads and desserts made daily in house. In our cozy bar you'll find finely executed classic cocktails and local beers, while the wine program offers upwards of 250+ labels of impeccably curated, farming-first wines. If your desired time for a reservation is not available our bar seats are open on a first come first serve basis. Call your nana, it's time to eat.
Top review
JillBvip
Dined 2 days ago
The food was exceptional. Highlights were the grits soufflé, linguine with crawfish, and hazelnut tiramisu.
A photo of Seasons 52 - Raleigh restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2282)
$31 to $50
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Seasons 52 is a Fresh Grill and Wine Bar offering a seasonal menu that is naturally lighter and always flavorful. Our seasonal menus feature ingredients at their peak of freshness, oak-fire grilled or brick oven roasted (without a fryer in sight) to be naturally lighter and more flavorful. We also offer an extensive list of wines by the glass and bottle. Here, you'll always feel free to enjoy every bite, every sip, every moment. Lunch and dinner daily with happy hour Monday-Thursday from 3-6PM.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food and service! Will be back again for sure!
A photo of Lakeside Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (32)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
A new flavor in a beloved location!
Discover a stunning menu of classic favorites with a southern fusion flare. Chef James Eason's seasonal menu is made completely from scratch and uses a variety of ingredients from local farms, the NC State Farmer’s Market, and the chef’s garden, located on our outdoor patio.
Located in the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center on NCSU Centennial Campus, Lakeside Kitchen is a delicious new entry into the Raleigh restaurant scene.
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CarolM
Dined on May 12, 2024
Wonderful setting and lovely lunch. Staff was very attentive.
A photo of Fairview Dining Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1810)
$31 to $50
American
Durham
About the restaurant
Year after year, the cuisine served at the Fairview earns the highest marks among respected food critics and peer reviewers. Our Executive Culinary team is widely regarded for their unique "regional neo-American" specialties. The Fairview has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for 25 consecutive years.

From our ever-so-tempting appetizers to the last irresistible morsel of our homemade desserts, every meal at the Fairview is executed with discriminating taste and renowned attention to detail. The Inn's extensive wine list, recognized annually by the Wine Spectator Magazine, assures the perfect wine compliment for your meal. Exquisite food, impeccable presentation, attentive service, and a cordial, elegant ambiance make the Fairview the area's restaurant of choice.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Phenomenal stay for our 10th anniversary - the restaurant was awesome. Honestly a new favorite in Durham where the dining scene is super overrated and most “good” restaurants are not actually that good. We will definitely be back here. Our waiter was Jonathan and the service was excellent.
A photo of Winston's Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1819)
$31 to $50
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Established in 1986, Winston's Grille is dedicated to making "everyday dining experiences lasting memories" for over 36 years. Traditional, American fare dishes, made "from scratch", located in North Raleigh in the Sutton Square Shopping Center. We pride ourselves on consistently serving excellent food and service.

Start your dining experience with one of our famous appetizers like the Carolina Crab Dip, Bruschetta, or Jam Jam Shrimp. Enjoy a glass of Chardonnay or locally crafted beer on our award winning, expansive heated patio. Our menu offers crowd favorites such as our Hand Rolled Sushi, Cashew Salmon, Black and Bleu Salad, Winston's Old Fashioned Burger, Winston's Prime Rib and many more. We offer daily features, gluten-free options, and vegan & vegetarian choices. No visit to Winston's Grille is complete without trying our homemade ice cream. After dining at Winston's Grille, we want you to be asking yourself "when are you coming back, rather than where you'll go next".
Top review
Januaryvip
Dined 4 days ago
Food and service always outstanding, very consistent and always dependable!
A photo of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen - Cary restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5646)
$30 and under
American
Cary
About the restaurant
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary features exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes made with plenty of local ingredients. We will open back up soon for dining in our restaurant in our dining room that's been prepared for safe distancing and Veranda garden. View photos of our new seasonal features available for takeout on our website at lucky32.com.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Lucky 32 was a great place for my date night! It was a beautiful decor and the food was delicious. Some of the items were a little bit underwhelming, BUT the jambalaya and smothered skins were amazing! They have great drinks also, not at all stingy with the alcohol! This is a place that you must try if you’re in the area and looking for a nice place to drink or have a cute little date night at.
A photo of East Cafe restaurant
4.5
4.5 (57)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Enjoy lunch with the most breath taking view in Raleigh, the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Located in C level of the East Building, the East Café offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, and Barista crafted coffee and tea beverages. Indoor and patio seating!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
This was our first experience at the Cafe. We were seated at a table by the window with a wonderful view of the campus. The special items I had preordered were immediately brought in. The selection of teas was very complete. The food was beautifully presented and of the highest quality. We did not feel rushed but were allowed to take our time and enjoy a leisurely tea time.
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