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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Carolina Brewery - Pittsboro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (86)
$30 and under
Southern
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Carolina Brewery is a brewpub located in Pittsboro, North Carolina that specializes in serving craft beers and American pub fare. The restaurant features a lively atmosphere with a full bar, patio and numerous televisions broadcasting sporting events. Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a variety of menu items made using fresh, in season fruits and vegetables and locally raised beef. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, typical pub fare and desserts. Featured entrées at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro include chicken mac and cheese, down East BBQ plate, crab cakes, shrimp and grits and fish and chips.
Top review
MeagB
Dined 5 days ago
Great food! Loved sitting outside in the shade! Service was great!
A photo of Trophy Brewing & Pizza restaurant
4.8
4.8 (260)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Raleigh
About the restaurant
A brewery and full service restaurant serving hand-made pizza and more in Downtown Raleigh. We feature Detroit style pizza on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4pm until they sellout, and calzones on Wednesdays. We have a full bar featuring inventive cocktails, great wine, cider, non-alcoholic options, and more!

We have several areas for private events and larger gatherings. Reach out to our events team for details: Events@trophybrewing.com
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
I can’t say enough good things. The food and drinks were amazing as always but the service was top notch. Happy waitstaff is always a green flag for me and the staff looked like they were having a blast even though they were at work. We’ve eaten here many times and I’ve never had a single thing to complain about.
A photo of Kipos Greek Taverna - Chapel Hill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (984)
$30 and under
Greek
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Authentic Greek Taverna. An ode to the recipes of the Bakatsias family. Fresh ingredients right from the garden for brunch & dinner service.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful service, Brendan made a point to know everyone’s name at the table and consistently treated us including our kids like family; the food was delicious and came out timely. We have two celiacs in our family so the menu was easy to read and accommodate our needs. We will make it a regular dinner spot for our family and guest that come to the triangle.
A photo of Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2876)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant

Overflow Parking are few feets away from our lot.
League Lot – 209 N. Dawson Street
State Government Parking Deck (West) – 329 N McDowell Street
Streetside Along Lane Street

On Friday's and Saturday's only accommodate parties as large as 6.



Mulino provides a dining experience that takes the curious on a richly rewarding gastronomic journey across the Italian culinary landscape and rewards the intrepid adventurer with simple yet sumptuous cuisine, wines, and a complementary culinary education in the history of Italian cuisine all in a very cozy environment.

Patio seating is first come first serve for reservations.

Located in downtown Raleigh and minutes from the Raleigh Convention Center, Mulino can accommodate parties from 2-250.

For Parties of 12 or more, a large party menu will be required. For details, please navigate to: https://mulinoraleigh.com/menus/limited-menu/
Top review
TrentP
Dined 5 days ago
Mulino's is always a great dinner to celebrate or enjoy fresh authentic Italian food
A photo of Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (202)
$30 and under
Southern
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Since 1995, we have been proudly serving the locals, students and visitors to Chapel Hill. A lot has changed in both our town and the craft beer industry since we opened our doors as the culmination of a business school plan I wrote my senior year at UNC. Today, we celebrate our North Carolina roots with a made-from-scratch menu focused on Carolina foods in a newly renovated building. I hope you enjoy a true Carolina experience here at Carolina Brewery and will look for our award winning beers on your travels throughout the Carolinas.
Cheers,
Robert Poitras
Owner/Founder
Top review
RobertSvip
Dined on May 27, 2024
Good food. New server (expected this time of year just after graduation) but being trained up and well-supported by the rest of the staff.
A photo of Emmy Squared - Durham restaurant
4.6
4.6 (15)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Durham
About the restaurant
Founded on an unconditional love of well-made food, we use only the highest quality ingredients for our famous Detroit-style pizzas. As Emmy Squared has grown, we’ve continued to make fans and receive accolades along the way, including winning Nashville’s Battle of the Burger, being recognized as one of "The Best New Burgers in NYC" (Gothamist) and one of the "20 Best Burgers in NYC" (Infatuation). Besides award-winning pizzas and burgers, you’ll find delectable appetizers, sandwiches, and salads on our extensive menu. We look forward to welcoming you to Emmy Squared Durham and sharing our unique take on American “comfort food.”
Top review
SarahW
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
The pizza and burgers were delicious! Stephanie was our waitress and she did a great job!
A photo of Element Gastropub restaurant
4.5
4.5 (381)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Element: the simplest principal of a subject. Here at Element, we believe that sharing quality food and drink is the simplest and best way to create memories and cultivate friendships. Nestled in the great City of Oaks, Element is here to showcase that a plant-based meal can be delicious to both omnivores and vegan foodies alike.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Excellent vegan food experience in downtown Raleigh. The shrimp starter was a highlight! The cannabis cocktail was also quite pleasant. Highly recommend.
A photo of La Terrazza restaurant
4.4
4.4 (80)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Raleigh
About the restaurant
La Terrazza, the newest addition to Umbria Hospitality Group, presents a delightful fusion of southern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, complemented by an enchanting city skyline view. With seasonal delicacies, premium ingredients, and market-fresh produce, our menu showcases traditional favorites with innovative flair. Step into our inviting dining space adorned with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, or unwind at one of our two bars – one indoors and the other nestled in a patio enclosure. We aim to whisk you away to a culinary experience like no other.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
It was my second visit, and once again, it exceeded all expectations. This time, we were seated indoors, and the ambiance was truly remarkable, creating a romantic setting.
A photo of Botanical Lounge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (26)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Raleigh
About the restaurant
A strictly 21 and up establishment, Botanical is an indoor / outdoor lounge concept located on the bustling Glenwood South Entertainment District. We specialize in Craft Cocktails, a Full Champagne Bar, and Tapas style Small Bites. Capability to be indoor/outdoor venue by opening the bifold doors that run the length of the entire venue to the covered outdoor patio. Enjoy our amazing Fried Brussel Sprouts or infamous Filet Sliders on our comfortable velvet couches before your night gets started!

Dont forget to check out our awarding winning rooftop bar, Highgarden venue. This is a completely open-air concept with an amazing view of downtown Raleigh. With plenty of cabana and high-top seating, as well as walking room, you will get the Miami roof top vibe in the center of downtown Raleigh. Find a table by one of our gas fire pits and enjoy a cocktail tree while watching the sunset!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
Very enjoyable atmosphere with a DJ on one end of the rooftop. Nice view of the city and great drinks.
A photo of Bahama Breeze - Raleigh restaurant
4.0
4 (730)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Incredible!! Great time with the family and Jimi Jam our server was amazing! Great attitude and very nice overall thank you for a great experience!
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