Are you currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina or thinking of moving to Raleigh? There is so much to explore and uncover here, but something everyone wants to know is where the best restaurants are in Raleigh. These local favorites are what we often recommend to our clients, family, and friends. Whether you're a long time resident, just visiting Raleigh, or moving to Raleigh here are our top picks for local restaurants to check out!
First on our list is a unique fusion experience that offers dim sum dumplings, local craft beer, books, and a laid back setting. They offer a variety of upscale Chinese inspired dishes, but many folks come for the dim sum alone. Tucked away in an unassuming brick building that faces Moore Square in downtown Raleigh, this one i Featured in publications by Forbes, The New York Times, and Bon Appetit this restaurant is sure to leave an impression.
Looking for a thin crust New York style pizza? Search no further than Oakwood Pizza Box. This local spot offers full pies, by the slice orders, with creative toppings, as well as takeout and delivery with Doordash.
Authentic Greek cuisine can be difficult to find, but Taverna Agora offers a variety of homemade traditional Greek dishes. Set along Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh, this space features a unique open rooftop dining area with a full bar. Head out for an evening dinner and experience the refreshing, open-air atmosphere while the weather is still warm!
Another downtown favorite located off of Person Street that also offers a unique rooftop setting is Jolie. They offer a timeless French bistro experience with classic, time-honored French dishes as well as modern adaptations from Chef Scott Crawford and Chef de Cuisine Madison Tessener.
Located just next door to their sister restaurant, Jolie, Crawford & Son's is a casual neighborhood dinner spot that offers a unique selection of modern comfort plates as well as craft cocktails. Combining high quality, local ingredients into dishes that range from familiar to the unexpected, Chef Scott Crawford and Chef de Cuisine Conor Delaney are sure to leave a lasting impression.
If unpretentious fine dining and French cuisine are something you've been craving, then definitely be sure to make a reservation at Saint Jacques! Located in an unassuming strip-mall in north Raleigh, they serve elevated & classic French fare. Their commitment to using local Carolina products in their creation of French cuisine is impressive and they boast an impressive network of local partners such as Fox Farm & Forage, Blue Sky Farms, and Holly Grove Farms.
This north Raleigh landmark opened in 1986 and has remained popular ever since. Winston's offers upmarket American fare & homemade ice cream in a clubby yet relaxed environment. It's easy to see how they won the Gold Award for Best Business Lunch by Raleigh Lifestyle Midtown Magazine in both 2019 & 2020.
Tucked inside the Greystone Village Shopping Center, this unassuming sushi joint offers great deals on fresh specialty sushi rolls, as well as a variety of Japanese & Korean entrees. Whether you're looking to dine-in at the sushi bar or place a takeout order, if you're in north Raleigh then Kai Sushi is a great option to consider.
This craft brewery is located in between north Raleigh and Downtown, nestled just outside of the Five Points neighborhood. Their specialty focus is on Belgian ales and IPAs, but also offer experimental and contemporary style brews. With an onsite taproom & brasserie, this brewery is an all in one destination for food and drinks. The Brasserie at Neuse River Brewing offers European Bistro inspired fare with a North Carolina twist, which complements their Belgian inspired craft beers. Although the Brasserie has limited hours of operation, their food and drinks are worth planning a stop for!
A Best Restaurant list in Raleigh wouldn't be complete without at least hamburger joint on it. Serving Raleigh for over 20 years, MoJoes offers quality American fare in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Located on the corner of Glenwood Ave and Peace St in the Glenwood South district of downtown Raleigh, this local burger spot prides itself on their award winning burgers and wings. A full menu that includes classic sandwiches and fresh salads ensures there's something for everyone here.
So there you have it! These are our 10 Best Restaurants in Raleigh for 2021. When we aren't busy selling real estate in Raleigh, you may spot one of the Jason Dalton & Associates team members grabbing a quick bite to eat between showing homes. Finding great food is only one of the many areas of Raleigh to explore. To both our past and future clients, always feel free to contact us for more of our local business recommendations or advice on buying & selling real estate in Raleigh, North Carolina.