Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn
Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn

Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carolinacrossroadscuisine.com/
  • Phone: 9199182735x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast Daily: 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Brunch Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Lunch Monday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Dinner Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Dinner Friday - Saturday: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: James Clark
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Carolina Inn has been helping brides and grooms fulfill their most cherished wedding dreams for generations. Our magic begins with a setting of historic Southern charm: Colonial architecture, immaculate lawns, and stately oaks and magnolias. Inside the Inn, the atmosphere of warmth and grace is accented by antiques and fresh flowers. We have intimate parlors, secluded garden courtyards, and expansive ballrooms. The Old Well Room, with its evocative 1920's décor, is especially popular for wedding events.
  • Special Events: Fridays on the Front Porch

    Join the fun every Friday April 26th through October 4th on our Front Porch at 5 p.m. for live music, beer, wine, and delicious food.
    Visit www.carolinainnevents.com or call 919-918-2735.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbia Avenue
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking is available for restaurant patrons. Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar is located in the heart of Chapel Hill on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill - 1 block from Memorial Hall, 1 block from historic Franklin Street, 1 block from Ackland Art Museum, 2 blocks from Morehead Planetarium, and a 10 minute walk to Kenan Stadium.
A word from Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn
Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar is a rare Southern jewel nestled in the historic Carolina Inn. Crossroads joins the graceful traditions of the South with Executive Chef James Clark's progressive new American cuisine creating one of the finest dining experiences in the region. With an inviting, relaxed atmosphere and Forbes Four-Star service, guests can enjoy a casual but elegant culinary experience. Begin with drinks in the bar and then move into the charming dining room for dinner exquisitely prepared by our talented culinary team.

Menus are updated seasonlly and incorporate fresh local ingredients.
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Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (71)romantic (51)fit for foodies (43)great for brunch (35)great for lunch (25)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (16)good for groups (10)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Wanna be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Faux fine food. Very average food that aspires to be more but doesn't come close. If you like your food salty, this is your place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect meal
    2567
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love Carolina Inn!!! We are so lucky to have it in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant setting
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is a favorite spot for me. Exquisite decor, impeccable service... The wait staff is unbeatable. The food? You cannot believe you are in a small town... It equals the finest in any large American city. I cannot say enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great location but
    wally
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    the temperature is FREEZING!!! We go there for special dates when we are attending an event at memorial hall and every time is unreasonably cold inside
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieFriends
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The dining room is elegant but comfortable. Food was disappointing given previous experiences. While,scallops were perfectly cooked and delicious. Added sugar dominated the tomato tart and the trout was over cooked and fishy tasting. Service was tediously slow and staff seemed to want to remove plates before all diners had completed eating.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    jnph
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Everything perfect: food, service, location. We had excellent steak and seafood. Our first visit, but certainly not our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So good.
    Foodenator
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Delcious food, the Sunday morning buffet was absolutely incredible. There were tons of nice lunch and breakfast options as well as a salad section and a custom omelet bar. We will go back and take friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eve531
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    As always, food was great , service was very good, one of my favorite places to go for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal!
    WayneLee
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We came for my wife's birthday. The service and food were excellent. Access and parking at the Carolina Inn can be challenging when school is in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok, but not great.
    thepickyeater
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I went armed with a Groupon or I would have been upset to pay full price. I couldn't get over the feeling that I was sitting at the kids table in my Grandmother's living room, and the intimacy was disturbing rather than inviting. The decor was ancient and might have been interesting in a museum, but we don't go to museums to eat. I was hoping for southern decadence -- not decay. And the food -- you could tell it had a very high opinion of itself, but not one that was earned. The portions were laughably small and bland in presentation and flavor. My steak was overdone despite ordering it to a specific temperature, but never mind sending it back since it took so long to arrive. I wasn't impressed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EmJayGee
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Lovely dining room with attentive service. Food was a little disappointing after so many excellent reviews online. Quail on appetizer was slightly overcooked. Spare ribs were melt in your mouth tender but needed seasoning, both salt and some heat. Chocolate bread pudding was a treat. Best thing was the three complimentary bites at the end - chocolates and a very yummy raspberry mold. Would return with a group but not as a personal choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great chef
    VenturesomeDiner
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Delicious food, well presented, small portions but filling, excellent service, well trained staff, next to campus. Definitely not your usual mediocre hotel food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food, service, and atmosphere were excellent. We enjoyed crayfish bisque, fried oysters, spinach salad, crispy chicken, fresh ground beef burger, and bread pudding. The Inn and historic pictures add additional pleasure to the visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it here
    YumYums
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was our first visit - we will be back. Impeccable service, amazing food, perfect quiet atmosphere. Very impressed :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    moleculargrad
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was fantastic and the service was superb. I would recommend this place to anyone that is looking for an "upscale" dinner. It is a small dining room and they fill up quick on the weekends so I would strongly suggest reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food/Bad Seating
    RAMSESFAN
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have been fans of Carolina Crossroads for a long time and visit often for brunch. We like sitting in the more relaxed bar area but ended up sitting closer to stranger next to me than my family. The wall seating tables were too close for me to even leave my seat to go to the buffet. This is too nice and too expensive to be forced to sit in this fashion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    Katie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed a beer and live music outside at the Inn's "Fridays on the Front Porch" summer series before making our way to the resturant. The staff was all friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and served us properly (I appreciate things like serving from the left, removing from the right). The shrimp from our shrimp and grits appitizer was cooked perfectly. The Cheerwine braised shortribs were falling off the bone, rich and delicious. My husbands beef dish was cooked as he requested. Attractive setting, relaxed atmospher, strong dishes and professional staff. Overall a great date night experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited Menu
    Kelly
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have dined at the Inn three other times but on this occasion I found the menu to be very limited. I don't know if they have a new chef but it was not up to its usual standards.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodfreak3
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always love going to the Carolina Inn, and I'm a State alum!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dinner
    Dinnerout2
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had an excellent dinner at the Crossroads Restaurant - from the appetizers to the dessert, everything was unbelievably tasty, and our server was professional and personable. Its pricy, but well worth it for a nice meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gracious Space, Delicious Dinner
    quietdiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Although we got off to a less than perfect start, with our waiter appearing to have forgotten us for the first 20 minutes after bringing us the wine menu - for which he was very apologetic - it was a lovely meal. The food, too, got off to a slow start: my companion and I shared a field greens salad, which was a little limp and uninspiring, but things picked up rapidly after that. My duck confit was excellent and perfectly cooked, and her English pea raviolo was meltingly delicious. Desserts were even better: we shared a warm chocolate bread pudding and a salted tart with pickled blueberries and lavender whipped cream, both sensational. Beautiful, quiet space so conversation is easy, and we enjoyed watching the light change as it grew dark.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    patricia
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I chose Carolina Crossroads for my husband's birthday because I can always count on great food and service. I love the valet service and the gorgeous building. We are always greeted by the valet, doors opened for us, fresh flowers in the lobby.....what's not to love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    wineandineVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Unusual and delicious rib eye dish. An enjoyable evening, excellent service, and elegant surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Service and Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    THe service staff is well trained and very personable. The food tasted delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • timm
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    fantastic sunday brunch and great ambiance. The food selection was good and service excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary with a wonderful dinner at the Carolina Inn. Service and food were wonderful from the appetizers to the dessert with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. I highly recommend this venue for any special occassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing dining experience
    SandeeeC
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Really a gem with beautiful décor, great atmosphere, excellent service and delicious food. Could not ask for any better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy anniversary
    OldGuy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Crossroads has become our traditional anniversary dinner. It's quiet (we can actually talk to each other!), food and service are excellent, and they always do something special with dessert for our anniversary. Valet parking is free except for tip. It didn't hurt that we had a Groupon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Intimate and Delicious
    AdemiFinew
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Carolina Crossroads always deliver. I had a business meeting there recently with a new staff person and it was the perfect place to meet. The food was wonderful and the service just right - not too intrusive, not too absent. We got our work done and had a lovely meal at the same time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Private celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We came from Greensboro to stay overnight in the Carolina Inn and to dine in Carolina Crossroads. Staying in the Inn and dining in Crossroads were the only reason we came. Both the hotel and the restaurant met pour very high expectations. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MellVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was well presented but not tasteful. The soft shell crab nightly special was lacking in flavor and had an off-putting texture. Our table's waitstaff were very professional, but the restaurant hostess was inexperienced and not very helpful. Overall, not a good value for the money.
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  • a great meal
    Richard
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It was my parents 60th wedding anniversary and Carolina Crossroads made it a special occasion. My parents can be intrusive and cross all sorts of boundaries but the staff was great. Amelia, our waitress was excellent and just treated my parents as cute rather than annoying. They even wrote Happy Anniversary on the desert plates. A great alternative to the Fearrington Inn and about 1/3 the cost. Then my father used his frequent diner card and had $100 taken off the cost of the meal.
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  • Warmly hospitable
    wineandineVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Service was excellent - warm, knowledgeable, and unpretentious. The food was good, well seasoned but not overly salted; particular highlights were the amuse bouche of salmon tartare, a tuna and watermelon appetizer with watercress, and delicious beets served as a vegetable with the special entree. A very enjoyable dinner in elegant surroundings with a delightful view of the courtyard garden. White tablecloths, sparkling glasses and silverware completed the decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    yummy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We enjoyed the Carolina Crossroads. I highly recommend the trout. The peas that came with the pork tenderloin were undercooked and the rice oversalted. The crab cake is WONDERFUL!!! Seafood/fish is a real specialty. Great pumpkin seed bread. Our server, from Morocco, was wonderful. I'd return esp. for the brunch, our favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal, as usual
    DineOn
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Always love dining here. Great food, excellent service, and fun little extras (i.e.: appetizer soup shots, after-dinner chocolates).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic Chapel Hill
    chplhl
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Because of the time of year (late July) they were not busy on a Saturday night - and we were doted upon! Can't say if this level of service is standard at all times, but it certainly made for a lovely evening. The acoustics are not great however, a group at a nearby table seemed loud. The diners were a mix of hotel guests in various state of dress from business suits to golf shorts, and nicely dressed couples enjoying a romantic evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carolina Crossroads -
    Afoodie2
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The wait staff was very attentive and there when needed. The atmosphere was delightful. The food not so good. I have gone on two different occasions lately. Both times I was disappointed in the food. On both occasions the food was so salty I could not eat it all. And what I did eat,, had no taste other than salt. Last time I ordered duck medium cooked. It was rare. So rare even the outside as rare. I sent it back and it came back still rare. Obviously the chef does not like redoing his food. I love the Carolina Inn. The atmosphere is wonderful. The people are wonderful. Their holiday afternoon teas are great. But I will only go back to eat there when they get a much better chef.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service
    memorycats
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Not only the food is so delicate, the presentation is beautiful and service is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    $80 bucks plus tip for brunch for three is a little pricey which precludes coming as often as i would like. perhaps just special occasions only
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best Sunday brunch in the area
    OldSchoolRomantics
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We stayed at the Carolina Inn for a romantic anniversary weekend and ate at Crossroads, the in-house restaurant, for both dinner and Sunday brunch. The dinner menu emphasizes local meats and produce and features creative versions of classic North Carolina dishes. The ambience was quiet and romantic, with candlelight, orchids, and fresh flowers and an elegant table setting (but lots of Carolina blue everywhere!). The server was friendly and had excellent timing. The dinner dishes exceeded our expectations, and the brunch was the best we've ever had. The service was excellent; the only reason we gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that our server passed us off to another server as we were finishing dinner, without letting us know.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.