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Weathervane Restaurant
Weathervane Restaurant
  • Address:
    201 S Estes Drive @ University Mall
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Chapel Hill
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Weathervane Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.southernseason.com/cafe.asp
  • Phone: (919) 929-9466 x2
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
    Saturday: 7:00am - 9:00pm
    Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Spencer Carter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer off-site catering through our Southern Season Deli and Prepared Foods department. Visit www.southernseason.com and click on catering for information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining Space and outdoor space is available. Visit www.southernseason.com for full details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Powell (919) 913-1221
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Lauren Powell to book your Special Event.

    Phone: 919-913-1221
    Email: specialevents@southernseason.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15/501 bypass
  • Public Transit: Chapel Hill Transit, UNC Game Day Park and Ride
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Weathervane Restaurant
Located at Southern Season in University Mall.

Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and weekend Brunch.

Weathervane's seasonal menus highlight local ingredients in contemporary American fare with a Southern flare. Our devoted staff and special setting within the convivial atmosphere of Southern Season have helped propel the restaurant to its acclaimed status. It is an integral partner in what has become a one-of-a-kind marketplace that remains unique to Chapel Hill.

On beautiful Spring, Summer and Fall days come sit on our famous outdoor patio for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. Our elegant indoor spaces and garden settings are perfect for for receptions, parties, and meetings. We're also sporting a very cool coffee and wine bar, and a cozy mezzanine level if you want to head upstairs to sit, sip and gaze out on the scene below. Call or click to make your reservation. We look forward to serving you!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service were both excellent and never vary. Five women went for a birthday celebration lunch. We were seated at a round table in the far room. The noise level was unbearable and frankly ruined the lunch for our group. I have excellent hearing and could barely hear what the woman across the table was saying. Next time I will request NOT to be in that room, and to have a booth which is infinitely quieter. They really need to do something about the noise in that room. It makes an otherwise lovely lunch into a torturous experience."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The Weathervane always has great food locally sourced. The price is a bit on the high side for lunch but great for special occasions."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Loved the food and atmosphere. Wonderful twists on American classics. The sweet potato fries with the I special aioli or the frid pimento cheese with pepper jelly are real winners."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "What a great surprise! We went on a Tuesday nite...sat in the bar area (a fave place)...and the Big Fat Gap was playing in the bar, and it was a WONDERFUL evening. Food was great--Special menu, prix fixe, that we loved. Had no idea about the music until we got there. Lucky us!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We went for brunch and found the brunch menu oddly un-brunchy. There's no omelet or waffle on the menu. Your best bet is to cobble a little meal together from the appetizers and sides. The champagne we ordered was flat. No bubbles. We had to request un-flat champagne. Really unacceptable. When champagne goes flat pour it out and open a new bottle. Service was indifferent. Does anyone there know how to smile?"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The new management of A Southern Season has obviously cut costs everywhere. This is no more obvious than in the lunch offerings at the Weathervane. The formerly excellent salad trio has been cost reduced to basically chicken salad with a side of weeds. Gone are the excellent shrimp salad and pasta salad. Of course the price remains the same. We drove the 30 miles to Durham to meet friends from Tennessee at the Weathervane for a special lunch. We were disappointed."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We read that the Weathervane was great for brunch. We experienced something different. We sat for almost 15minutes before a drink order was taken. Then it took alot longer to get the drinks. Waiter was never around to refill our drinks. Chicken salad on crossiant came out and it only had 6 chunks of chicken. They brought us out more. Not worth the money we spent."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Our family met at the Weathervane for a birthday brunch. The food was very good and the ability to browse A Southern Season after our meal was the biggest draw."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We usually come on Saturday morning for brunch. We live in Charlotte, but our daughter lives in Raleigh. We go to Weathervane EVERY time we are in town. We highly recommend it to all our friends and have taken several people there to dine for brunch. First class service."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We have been here many times and the food is always great. It was a convenient place for all our family members to meet and have lunch."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I surprised my boyfriend to brighten his day with reservations because we are foodies and always want to try new places. The shrimp hush puppies were amazing!! We will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Nice use of local products in menu. menu was a little misleading describing a salad included with an entree when it was really just a sauce. good flavors, interesting choices."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Although the service was excellent the menu was a bit of a disappointment. We have had lunch at the Weathervane many times over the last 15 years and have always enjoyed it. One of the reasons we enjoyed going there was the originality of the menu items. This time the menu was very limited and the selections somewhat uninspired. If this is typical of the summer months we will avoid going there during the summer season."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I met a friend for lunch because we wanted something a little more basic. We were actually quite pleased, and frankly surprised by the quality of the food and the attentiveness of our server. At least for lunch, I will be back."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "At lunchtime, the restaurant is VERY noisy inside, but if you can get a table outside, it is pleasant as can be. The food and service were fine and I was there twice this week. The menu has many choices, so one could go there every day and not be disappointed! Just stay outside and the experience will be a good one."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "It is a good place to take someone such as a candidate for food and discussion. The additional attraction is southern season."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Brunch, as always, was delicious (the chorizo quesadillas are superb) and sitting outside makes it great!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This has to be one of my favorite all time restaurants. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. It has been excellent, consistently for 20 years. Food and service is always exceptional and, dare I say, downright cheap for the quality of food that you receive."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "service good and waiter very attentive and friendly. Food very good. Good atmosphere. Great for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service for my niece's surprise mini-bridal shower! It was a terrific place for her special event."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Out of state visitors are always impressed - Vermont to Florida, New York to California. The food is perfectly unusual - not some bizarre bored-chef poached in champagne effect. We had a beautiful swordfish steak with fingerling potatoes, artichoke and lump crab all on lemon aioli. Yum. Waiter was great."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I'm not sure how The Weathervane was put in the category of the 100 best brunches in the country. My meal was just awful. The housemade French Toast was small. I was expecting brioche bread not bread that appeared part of a loaf sandwich bread from the grocery store. I could deal with the small portion but this was flavorless and blah. I left hungry and stopped elsewhere on my way home. Another at the table ordered eggs benedict and was not happy with that either. Another ordered the crab cake and was not impressed. I had eaten at The Weathervane in the past about three years ago and do not remember an issue with the food so maybe the quality has just gone downhill in the last few years. All I know is I will not return after today's visit."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We were so pleased with our meal and experience at Weathervane. Beautiful room with amazing food and great service. One of the best brunch experiences...ever."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Took out of town family for brunch and had a great time. Food was tasty and they placed in a nice room on the top floor that had a great view. Couldn't ask for a better time!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was looking for a great brunch spot that served eggs Benedict for my mom's birthday. I was recommended here and one other place. The person bosted about how wonderful the eggs Benedict were here. She is a foodie so I took her word for it. Maybe my hopes were too high. Because nothing was good about my meal. I asked for my poached eggs to be runny, they were hard. Their version of Canadian bacon is like an over cooked tough pork chop. There was hardly any hollandaise sauce. The muffin was saturated in butter & over cooked. And its as if they don't know what salt is at this place. I never add salt to anything. I definitely did here. I ended up throwing away half my meal because I was not happy with it. Nor the 2 other people that got it ."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "A friend and I dined at Weathervane before shopping at A Southern Season. We both loved our meal, as always. The Pimiento Cheese Fritters with Rose's Red Pepper Jelly is outstanding and a must-try!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants for Sunday brunch. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "As always, enjoyed the food and the pleasant atmosphere. The menu choices are interesting...some choices are "old reliables;" some have new and interesting twists. We'll return...again and again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had an excellent brunch. There were several entrees that sounded good; it was difficult to choose. But I probably would have been pleased with any of them."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I had not been to weathervane for a while and went there with out of town family, it was really great. Sat outside on the cozy patio, got great service and had wonderful wine (at 20% off) and great food (with GF choices!). Really good night!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I can tend towards being a bit on the foodie side. However, service is one of the details that either makes or breaks a dining experience. If you ever desire the best service you have ever had, request to be seated in Vlad's section. Absolutely stellar service on every visit, while we always enjoy the food we often come back just to see Vlad."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Weathervane always comes through with traditional southern favorites in an upscale presentation. Our faves include the almond chicken salad, fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits. Today's service was a little too prompt, with the entrees arriving while we were still starting our appetizers. Other than being a little rushed. It was a good lunch."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Have been here several times with good result. Had the shrimp and grits this day and was disappointed with grits and excess sauce. probably will not return ant time soon.."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Fresh ingredients. Creative food ideas that are well thought out and accounts for the flavor and presentation. Can get a little noisy."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I have to say after eating at Weathervane several times that one thing is consistent-very poor service. The servers are typically unenthusiastic, slow, and sometimes bordering on rude. My experience this week Was closer to the rude category. Our waiter could not have been less helpful , as if our presence was an irritation. Plus they took my favorite pear,arugula,fig sandwich off the menu. A very plain spinach salad with matchstick sized apple threads cost $10. Very overpriced. Only redeeming value of our lunch were terrific sweet potato fries and a beautiful setting on the back room with fresh flowers on every table. I probably won't go back"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Five of us gathered from far and near for a family gathering. Excellent choices for lunch, including Southern specialties. Perfect for our guest from CA."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Love to have brunch there! Food is great! Service is awesome!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Our group of 4 shared Saturday evening dinner at Weathervane Restaurant. We loved dining outside on the enclosed patio--you would never realize it abuts a large parking lot! The service was excellent. Our selected wines and cocktails were very good. I thoroughly enjoyed the catch of the day (Mahi Mahi)--excellent! One of my friends ordered the small Mac'n'cheese dish: I did not sample this, but the 3 others in our group agreed that it was way too salty. Overall, a very nice dinner outing, but a bit pricey."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've been here three times in the last few weeks, and enjoyed the food each time. Service is inconsistent, and therefore the total experience suffers when server is not so good. Good service makes all the difference. I like the convenient location of the restaurant, and it's particularly pleasant to sit outside."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Although I made a reservation, I ended up dining at the bar where there was live music. The staff was fantastic. From Will who patiently took my calls, to the bar tending staff and management on duty. They all made me feel welcome and treated me like a preferred guest. The food was delicious (we shared an appetizer and 2 small plates), although we didn't go with the bartenders recommendation of the crab cakes (next time!). Looking forward to returning for a romantic dinner or brunch!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014