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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (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 7 days ago
The best sushi we’ve had in a long time. Can’t wait to go back!
A photo of Juju Durham restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2232)
$30 and under
Asian
Durham
About the restaurant
Juju serves up small plates with bold flavors, each prepared creatively with attention to tradition, whimsy, local integrity, and, of course, deliciousness. In addition to its extensive and delicious menu, Juju features a dynamic beverage program of hand-made cocktails, Sake selections and a well-chosen list of artisan wines and craft beers.

Top review
kellywvip
Dined 2 days ago
What an incredible experience! Our waiter was wonderful and took the time to recommend amazing food and drinks. This was one of the best meals I have ever had. We will be back when we return to Durham!
A photo of Brewery Bhavana restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4021)
$30 and under
Brewery
Raleigh
About the restaurant

To make a reservation, if joining us for dinner, please use OpenTable to book your reservation of parties of 6 guests and less. Though reservations are highly encouraged, walk-in guests are also welcome.

For gatherings of 7-16 guests, please send us an email at info@brewerybhavana.com, and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours.

For events and parties of 17+ guests, please visit our Events tab at brewerybhavana.com.

Thank you for your continued support. We can’t wait to see you again very soon!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Chic restaurant located in downtown Raleigh. Good food and service. The veg puffs were fantastic.
A photo of PLUS Dueling Piano Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (419)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Get ready for a fun-filled night at America’s largest dueling piano bar! Come prepared to eat, drink, sing, and dance the night away with our professional entertainers and friendly staff!

PLUS offers a delicious food menu from open to close - including an array of delicious appetizers, wings, pizzas, burgers, sides, and more! You’ll also find TWO FULL BARS for extra fast service!

We look forward to having you!

*PLUS is a 21+ establishment
*Friday & Saturday Showtime: 7:30pm
Top review
NancyDvip
Dined on May 25, 2024
This place is a must do for any occasion. We were visiting family and it was an amazing fun night. Tony the owner and one of 5 in the revolving band members was a PERFECT HOST. Before the start of the evening he cam around talked and introduced himself and made it a point to mention people while on stage. The guys played from approx 745-8 all the way to the end of the night!! Every band member is so talented! Excellent place one by far to visit and return!! Thank you for a great eve!!!
A photo of Five Star Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (10)
$30 and under
Asian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
For Parties of 11 or more, please fill out our large party form here:
https://www.fivestarraleigh.com/private-events-inquiry/
Five Star Restaurant has been honoring our Chinese roots since the year 2000. We aim to serve fresh, modern takes on Chinese and Asian Cuisine. Some of our most popular dishes are the Five Star Generals Chicken, Crispy Sesame Beef, and Heat Seeker Shrimp. Our kitchen can accommodate gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan diets on most of our dishes. We also have a constantly evolving Wine, Beer, and seasonal cocktail list. We proudly feature DJ’s every week, Wednesday- Sunday. Our DJ booth has been fortunate enough to host many world-renowned DJs and entertainers over the years — you never know who you might see spinning at Five Star Restaurant.


Top review
SusanM
Dined 7 days ago
All the dishes we ordered were outstanding! The cocktails were original and had beautiful garnishes. Ryan was out server and he made us feel very welcome. He was incredibly informative about the menu and helped guide us through our choices all of which were excellent. We will absolutely be back! The vibe is super fun but was a little loud inside so we sat on the patio.
A photo of M Pocha restaurant
4.7
4.7 (393)
$30 and under
Asian
Durham
About the restaurant
Pocha is short for Pojanmacha in Korea. The exact definition of Pojanmacha is "Tented Cart on Wheels" that serves street food with drinks. Over the years, pojanmacha has developed more into a brick and mortar style and has similar feel that of Japanese style Izakaya. It is an intimate but causal spot to share good food and drinks with friends. We focus on Asian fusion with a concentration on Korean food.
Top review
SethL
Dined on May 23, 2024
There were new faces on the floor, but the service was flawless. The food was excellent and everything that I have come to expect. I'm looking forward to future visits.
A photo of Tamasha Modern Indian restaurant
4.7
4.7 (167)
$50 and over
Indian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Experience the epitome of sophisticated Indian cuisine at Tamasha Modern Indian, nestled in Raleigh's dynamic North Hills. This culinary gem, owned by the discerning Mike Kathrani and the visionary Tina Vora, offers an extraordinary dining experience in an ambiance crafted with elegance by Tina herself. Tamasha's opulent design has earned it a place among the “50 Most Beautiful Restaurants in America” by OpenTable and People Magazine, a prestigious accolade that marks it as North Carolina's sole honoree. Executive Chef Bhavin Chhatwani’s pedigree from India’s most prestigious properties to Michelin-starred restaurants stateside – is unmistakable. Tamasha showcases the depth and artistry of Indian cuisine – from show-stopping cocktails and a well-curated wine list, to Chhatwani’s refined menu of artful shared and composed dishes. Guests will discover exceptional hospitality on this inspired Indian culinary journey whether dining in the main dining room, private room or at the chic bar.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Such a great fine dining experience. It’s worth the wait for a reservation. Amy was our waitress and we loved how she went over the menu with us and her recommendations.
A photo of It's a Southern Thing - Downtown Durham restaurant
4.6
4.6 (212)
$30 and under
Southern
Durham
About the restaurant
It's A Southern Thing is our owner's personal love letter to The South. Known for our unique take on traditional Southern fair, we welcome you with a laid back atmosphere, Southern hospitality, delicious craft cocktails and thoughtfully created, scratch made dishes. From our best-selling Shrimp and Grits to Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chops, Fried Green Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Chicken and Waffle Skewers and everything in between, you will find familiar flavors presented in an original way. Offering brunch seven days a week and dinner Monday through Saturday, we invite you to come in, stay a while and let us show you why so many customers love being part of our It's A Southern Thing family.
Top review
StephenW
Dined 4 days ago
The food was very expensive for such small portions. Waitress never smiled was borderline friendly and do I really need to serve you. Worst is they FORCE you to tip 15% which I wonder if it's legal.
A photo of Peace & Saint - Raleigh restaurant
4.4
4.4 (139)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Our elevated shisha café lounge inspired by Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean flavors is open 6 days a week, with a full service bar that invites you to engage in creative pursuits alongside wine, craft cocktails, and specialized hookah flavors.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur taking an afternoon meeting on our spacious patio, a designer stretching your creative inspiration beyond office walls, or a lifelong sports fan raising a victory glass, we invite you to our place of peace and genuine connections.

Respectfully we are a 21+ establishment.
ID is required upon arrival even with reservations.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 24, 2024
Our staff outing was great. It was not crowded at all for a Thursday night. Service was great. Only thing missing was some small bites.
A photo of Bahama Breeze - Raleigh restaurant
4.0
4 (729)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Bahama Breeze Island Grille offers a To Go menu with easy online ordering. Take home a taste of the islands today. Bahama Breeze offers all your favorites: burgers, salads, seafood, chicken-all with our island flair. From jicama or plantains to jerk chicken pasta, you can enjoy the islands one taste at a time, discovering new flavors along the way. If our Latin and Caribbean-inspired recipes sound delicious but you're not sure you're ready to explore, ask us about the ingredients or preparation. We're always happy to share our knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
Top review
ShawnH
Dined on May 11, 2024
Our waitress, Ari was great and attentive. Food was amazing - loved the pineapple chicken and shrimp recommendation
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