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

Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carolinacrossroadscuisine.com
  • Phone: (919) 918-2735
  • 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: Contemporary American, Southern
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Not only the food is so delicate, the presentation is beautiful and service is great!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "$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"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have dined at Crossroads several times for special occasions and found it nothing short of exceptional. We invited a few friends telling them what a great dining experience it has been in the past. When I saw the menu I barely understood what the dishes were, and had to have the server explain to us what the titles of the dishes meant. It was a very strange menu. I understand trying new items, but it was hard to find something I would like to eat. I finally decided on the Tuna appetizer and there was 90% plate and 10% food, and it wasn't very tasty. We had the fish special, whose name I cant remember, and it was okay, very short of exceptional. If we ever decide to come back, I will make sure we check the menu before doing so."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Carolina Inn is as you would expect in Chapel Hill: stately, easy, unhurried, and charming. Service is thoughtful. The Sunday brunch buffet, however, was a mixed serving; which makes one suspect that the Sunday's they don't buffet make for a better choice. To be sure, there is ample food and some of it is quite good. The made-to-order omelets were superb, if not terribly creative, and the ratatouille was just right. Fried Chicken (which should have been spectacular here) was just OK; the asparagus was steamed to olive green and the key lime pie a disappointment We'll go back, but not for the buffet."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I had dinner there. It was a suck experience. Only a few choices, I ordered the large size dishes, but, it is only a little food that I can eat. However, the price is very very expensive!!!!!!!I will never go back to have dinner there again! And will tell all my friend not go to there!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We LOVE Carolina Crossroads, however, on a Friday night, the Fridays on the Front Porch music is so loud, it's hard to have a romantic conversation"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Lovely setting in a classic inn, excellent selection of breakfast / brunch items and interesting desert table, try the bread pudding!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "As a vegan, I have a hard time finding place they do interesting food. Tends to be pasta or traditional mushrooms or eggplant or something pretty boring. I hate both mushrooms and eggplant. When I let the chef know we were thinking of cancelling b/c eggplant and mushrooms were on the menu, the chef responded within an hour to say they had plenty of veggies. WELL, did they indeed! I had a truly spectacular breaded blossoms, gorgeous sauces, fresh beans, and more than I can recount. They even brought me vegan bread. I am so incredibly impressed each and every time I go to the Carolina Crossroads. The wine, the service, the food, the ambiance: WOW. Utterly and completely Wow. And so personal."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Breakfast items offered at brunch were custom omelets, fruit. No grits, muffins, toast, or biscuits...only quartered pita and crackers. Lunch items were mediocre at best. Grilld chic breast, mahi mahi in cream sauce, flank steak and lots of fillers: corn chowder, red potato slices, corn salad. Only thing special were the hart de cote vert. Was hoping for cold seafood, there was none. Desserts were plentiful, flourless chocolate cake stood out. Service was superlative, welcoming and efficient. Have had very nice dinners here, skip brunch."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had dinner tonight to celebrate our 34th anniversary! Carolina Crossroads is simply the best. Our dinner was delicious and the service is beyond words. What a treat to be able to enjoy such a wonderful dinner with great service, ambience and food! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My party of four enjoyed the lunch buffet very much, particularly the fried chicken, catfish, and mushrooms. Lovely surroundings and great food!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I have dined here on numerous occasions. Though not a huge selection, due to the wonderful choices selection is still difficult. Even the desserts are exceptional. One of the prizes of Chapel Hill overall. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We always enjoy dining at the Carolina Crossroads - the food is delightfully different, the ambience is pleasant, and the service is good. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Could not find fault with the service. Waitstaff was on the ball. Our food was excellent - tasty and elegantly presented. My only complaint is the serving portion. I ordered the chef's creation - pan roasted drum on a bed of wilted greens. First off, I could not stand huge portion of food on my plate, but this one had two very small slices of drum fillet - two tail ends at that (where's the middle and top portion of the fish?). And the greens, wow - you would think they were of rare variety that they had to use it sparingly. My plate looked so pathetic and at $26, better off eating at the Lantern on Franklin St. My son ordered a plate of tuna carpaccio as appetizer, for $14 he got three tiny slices. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch/breakfast at Carolina Crossroads. The room was lovely and quintessentially Southern. Our food was delicious and the service was great."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The surroundings are beautiful and enjoyed reading about the history of the Carolina Inn. The staff was very friendly and professional, if occasionally a little too talkative. Unfortunately, the food wasn't as good as expected to be. It was o.k., but expected something more for the price and reputation of the Inn. Surprised that in a southern restaurant such as this there were no biscuits or grits! The only "bread" to speak of was a mini-waffle. Not sure if I'd go back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Carolina Crossroads has great food and ambiance. The out door patio which was lovely. The soft Shell crab was fantastic. The service is lacking a little. Our main server was fine however the support staff needs training. It starts at the front door. The valet parks the car and you walk in to a big lobby with no one there to great or direct you to the restaurant. It's too the left and down a few hallways. The hostess was seating another couple and it took her 5-6 minutes to get back to the front desk. A server came up and said the hostess would be with us shortly but it took a while. Wine was never refilled by a server or service staff. Plates were presented by food runners upside down."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our meals were beautiful; each plate was perfect. We enjoyed the soft shell crab and grouper special and the grilled trout. We appreciated the breads and butter, and the crackers served with the cheese platter were very appealing. Desserts also were excellent. Perhaps music might have been a nice addition, but overall a very memorable and lovely experience. We are looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This is definitely a nice restaurant that you go to on a special occasion. Very nice, old south ambiance, and has a very cultured feel (I guess that comes with technically being owned by a university) that can be a little intimidating but I wouldn't call it stuffy. The food is on your plate like a display, and incredibly good."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The staff are absolutely warm, friendly and attentive. Thoroughly enjoyed all the dishes we ordered and the doughnuts were just out of this world..."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I came where with my friend as we split a $30 for $60 groupon. I ordered field greens and seared scallops. I liked both of them. The ambience is super cute/romantic. Very quiet. Made me wish I was on a date but my friend is good company too! My only complaint is the drinks we ordered were too strong so we sent it back and had them make it again and it was better."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had a particularly fine meal -- lovely service and one extra "amusee" because one of the dinners took a little longer at prepare than expected. Shared the cheese board as an appetizer and the selections, but particularly the goat cheese, were great. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Lovely location with a small but interesting yet classic menu. One feels like you have stepped back in time when you enter this dining room. Usually the service is top notch. Beautiful desserts--like little precious gifts to unwrap!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "i bring my 88 yr-old Mother here everytime we have an excuse to eat out. She loves the service - the waiters always remember us and welcome us back. The valet parking is a plus. We enjoyed their new menu with the small plates - with an appetizer, it was just the right amount of food.....and it also left room for dessert! We have never been disappointed with our meals at Carolina Crossroads."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Such a wonderful experience! The food was delicious and a cut above other places, the decor was beautiful and Old South, the service was friendly and professional. Only issue I have is the removal of some Southern classics from the menu- you can't take shrimp and grits off a menu in the Peidmont!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have dined at Crossroads a number of times over the years and invariably have found the experience to be excellent; the current visit was no exception. The atmosphere was welcoming and warm. The service was attentive but not intrusive and was very well paced - a key feature for those who were attending a Memorial Hall concert later that evening. The food was very good. My wife loved the seared scallops with a butternut squash and bacon ragout and a fennel relish - all the flavors blended together well. I had a roasted beet and kale salad which was excellent. This was followed by "trout" and "shrimp and grits" and then a "bread pudding" all of which we enjoyed."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My husband booked a table for two at the Carolina Inn to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we both had a lovely evening. The restaurant is very pretty, lovely cream and blue colouring, and the waiting staff are great. I had a very nice non-alcoholic cocktail, which was a nice change from my normal choice of coke or juice! The menu was great and I was very pleased to find that the restaurant uses as many local sources as possible. There was some dinner jazz playing in the background, just loud enough to hear but not so loud that it disturbed conversation. My husband's steak arrived a little cooler than he would have liked but the kitchen warmed it up nicely and we were given a discount on our bill. The desserts were fantastic."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Always a pleasant lunch at Crossroads. New menu is very tasty especially the crawfish bisque."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Food was good and service was outstanding and attentive."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I chose Carolina Crossroads to celebrate my birthday and it did not disappoint. Our server, Jake, was outstanding throughout our entire meal. He was attentive, but not overly and exuded the type of southern charm that makes you feel at home. The manager, Carlos, was also a pleasure and made sure our night went off without a hitch. Overall, the dining experience was second to none and I highly recommend Carolina Crossroads at The Carolina Inn."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The menu choices were 'different' with a decidedly country bent. The food was good and prepared well. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The triggerfish and later, the espresso creme brulee were both to die for!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Lovely ambiance in refurbished hotel on the campus of North Carolina University-Chapel Hill. Several interesting fish dishes as well as interpretations of Southern specialties."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I go to the crossroads for business lunches. noise level is not disturbing for conversation, but I had to walk out of the room to take a phone call. I usually go for the buffet, which is excellent."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The restaurant is lovely, as is the hotel. The servers are attentive and polite, though kind of stiff. A basket of bread and butter comes as part of your meal. We shared Caesar salad. I thought it was a bit sour. For lunch, my husband got the shrimp and grits (large size, which wasn't all that large), and I got the chicken pot pie with biscuits (it was really just the innards of a chicken pot pie with two biscuits on top). Dessert was the most disappointing - expensive and pretty good, but with very small portions. If you are a dessert person, don't eat here. If ambiance and attentive service is the most important thing to you, come here. If the quality of your food in relation to price is, go somewhere else."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We've chosen the Carolina Crossroads on other occasions including a family Christmas brunch so we were prepared for the excellent food and service. Wonderful food -- great selection, delicious, and beautiful. Our table was taken care of very well with coffee and water refreshed frequently and dishes removed promptly. Everything was great until time to check out. The wait person delivered our checks with an explanation that an 18% gratuity was automatically added to bills when there is a request to split the bill (2 couples = 2 bills is not an uncommon request). An 18% mandatory gratuity for splitting a check (and for a buffet) is not something we've ever encountered and we will certainly think twice before returning to this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Carolina Crossroads is a delightful restaurant with delicious food. The adjoining bar is a great spot for a drink and a hamburger or more casual meal. The Carolina Inn, where the restaurant and bar are located, is a Chapel Hill treasure that has been recently updated and is a wonderful place for Chapel Hillians and visitors to go and enjoy a meal or tea."
    Dined on 3/1/2014