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Weathervane Restaurant
Weathervane Restaurant
  • Address:
    201 S Estes Drive @ University Mall
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Neighborhood:
    Chapel Hill
  • Cuisine:
    American
    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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "My only issue was with the noise level. People go to Weathervane as a social activity as well as the good food. The restaurant was full of people when I was there Wednesday at noon. The noise level of conversations all around us also made it difficult to hold a conversation between me and my friends. When tables are too close for the number of patrons, it negatively affects the otherwise wonderful ambiance. When I have to strain to hear the person sitting next to me, it makes me far less interested in returning. +"
    Dined on 11/19/2014
  • "We have eaten here before and we will definitely eat here again. They have a wide variety of foods, but can address any special food needs you may have."
    Dined on 11/15/2014
  • "We have enjoyed their Saturday brunch several times prior to Tar Heel football games. Once again they did not disappoint. Food and service were great."
    Dined on 11/15/2014
  • "I have had lunch here many times. So fun to eat and then shop! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 11/14/2014
  • "Even though th e ambiance is not what I would prefer, I can say CONSISTENTLY the food is outstanding. Everyone I have ever taken there loves the food."
    Dined on 11/10/2014
  • "I love the weathervane. The food is always good, they often have drink specials (Wednesday is 1/2 price bottles of wine!) and service is spectacular. Vladimir has been my waiter many times (he's been there a long time). He's my favorite waiter anywhere! Takes such good care."
    Dined on 10/29/2014
  • "Great place for a group or a quiet meal. Love the outdoor dining too! Excellent service."
    Dined on 10/29/2014
  • "Our Weathervane experience was wonderful. Food was so delicious. We had driven over a hour to eat there for a Birthday Celebration. The whole event was perfect. Thank you!!"
    Dined on 10/28/2014
  • "This was once a go-to spot, however, the food quality and value has gone down hill. We were very disappointed in our recent meal there, very expensive for what we received. Will not be going back anytime soon, and will discourage others."
    Dined on 10/25/2014
  • "We came here for our anniversary and we thought the food quality was great, but the way it was prepared left us wishing we just went to a Steakhouse down the street for half the price. Our waitress only came by our table 4 times (counting taking our order, bringing our drinks and check) so we always felt abandoned."
    Dined on 10/24/2014
  • "The service was slow and inattentive. The food was OK but nothing special"
    Dined on 10/19/2014
  • "I've been a customer of A Southern Season since the early 80's. I'm all for change but the recent ones since being sold are just disappointing. I always took out of town friends but rarely do now. This brunch was to celebrate the birthday of a dear friend and my mom. The food was delicious but otherwise our whole experience was not good from reservation to exit. I've sent this feedback to Weathervane but haven't heard a response. It took over 10 minutes to get someone to acknowledge our presence at our table and after that we had to flag down server after server for water, coffee, to order, to get our check. I still don't know who our server was. Weathervane is a destination and I've loved it for years. I will now hesitate to return."
    Dined on 10/19/2014
  • "I have dined here on numerous occasions. I took out of town visitors to lunch and they enjoyed their meals as did I. I had the Parmesan Fritters as an appetizer and they were scrumptious. The hostess and our waitress were attentive, polite and helpful. We dined outside and the ambiance was fine, however, because of the time of year the bees were a nuisance. This of course was no fault of the restaurant. It would be helpful for the host to let us know when we were choosing whether to dine in or out, that the bees were out in full force."
    Dined on 10/13/2014
  • "Often meet here with seldom-seen family and friends - staff is always accomodating with long conversations and lots of coffee!"
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed shopping at Southern Season, and wanted to experience their restaurant. It did not disappoint. Sunday brunch was excellent. The shrimp and grits was outstanding."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent for Sunday Brunch...presentation was nice...price appropriate..really nice outdoor dining..next to super specialty grocery store"
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "Although I made the reservation on Friday a.m., the restaurant didn't seem to know about it and we did not get one of the better outside tables. There are about 8-110 tables along the wall under the pergola that were so much better and they were full, but I find it hard to believe that all that many people should have had preference to our reservation. I think something fell through the cracks. Thankfully we had a wonderful server who was perfect and the food was good. But this was a business meeting lunch and I would have preferred a quieter table - not one in the middle of the patio."
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "Ate lunch here with a friend. Totally awesome. Had the fried chicken and the shrimp and grits. It was as great as I expected and would definitely return. Ambiance is nice; upscale but not stuffy. Definitely a place for foodies!"
    Dined on 9/29/2014
  • "Hadn't been to Weathervane in a while and decided this would be a special treat to celebrate an occasion for brunch with the "girls" . It's still as good as before and the outdoor seating was perfect on a beautiful Sunday."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "Weathervane, associated with Southern Seasons, is one of the few places to get decent food during the off hours between lunch and dinner. There is a limited afternoon menu available even though the website states that the brunch menu is available until 5PM (it actually stops at 3 PM). The food was reasonably good and moderately priced, although not extraordinarily imaginative. Again, we were only able to choose from a limited list of selections at the time we went, so this may be the reason. Also a reasonably good selection of microbrews and wines by the glass."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "For the first time the service was slow and we could get no one to take our check. We ended up going to the check in to be able to pay and leave."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "I have always loved The Weathervane and think that the latest recreation of its outdoor dining experience is fantastic. Very comfortable with both sunny and shady spots, along with a cheerful water feature. Unfortunately, in the past 5 or so years, I find that the food is largely disappointing. The legendary almond chicken salad seems to be made with yoghurt (?) - way too creamy and somehow manages to dull the good taste of the chicken salad itself. Curried tuna is good. Quiche is very poor. We sat and had a bottle of wine and a wonderful time, attended by an excellent, attentive waiter who made up for any disappointments in the food."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "Loved the interesting menu options and lovely food presentation. We were impressed by the fresh ingredients combined in a unique way to create a fabulous meal."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "WE had a very nice brunch last Sunday. Food was very good, service was excellent. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "As out of towners we were recommended to this restaurant by a local friend for a nice dinner. I have an allergy to garlic (I know,horrible right) and immediately told the waiter that I would need help selecting something from the menu that could be tweaked and cooked without garlic.I am not a demanding diner. I realize that many dishes on the menu cannot be made to order. The waiter assured me that he would ask the chef and get back to us. To make a long story short,after being ignored by the first waiter & and told by a second that I could only have salmon and salad without dressing, my annoyed husband went to speak to the manager& the chef finally agreed to make "anything" I wanted without garlic. It was not a pleasant experience."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "This place definitely attracts a senior crowd (I'm early 30s and think I might have been the only person under 60 in the place), but the food is great and the service is pleasant."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "The Weathervane is one of my favorite places. Reservations on time, service excellent and food is always delicious."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "We arrive and we were offered a choice of the two worse tables right next to the kitchen. We decline so were put in the other room which is quieter but way too cold. Our waitress was inattentive and seemed very bored. The concept that an empty water glass requires filling seemed foreign. Food was reasonably good however."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "We had a delicious southern lunch here: shrimp and grits, pecan pie--all made with fresh ingredients, all with a twist, all delicious. The strawberry rhubard cocktail was also yummy. The orders were sometimes a little mixed up coming out of the kitchen but the staff realized the mistakes readily and more than made up for them, completely without attitude."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Food was awesome, service staff was horrendous. Overall still a great place for a date night."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "I love Weathervane's quiche and salad but this time had trouble choosing - so many good items on the lunch menu. This is a favorite place to meet a friend for lunch. We were both very happy with our experience."
    Dined on 9/9/2014
  • "We had a great meal and our service was fantastic. Lovely bottle of chardonnay and BLT with sweet potato fries. Doesn't get any better!!"
    Dined on 9/8/2014
  • "Our food was good! It wasn't spectacular but a bit above average. The atmosphere was nice. We sat outside. Our table was right next to the door where the waiters and waitresses went in and out so was a bit distracting if you are looking for something a bit more intimate. We had Sunday brunch. The menu had a fairly good selection of brunch items. We will return!"
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "Brunch at Weathervane never fails to please. Waitstaff could use some training / polishing, but the food is great and the restaurant is quite accommodating to large groups. The high chairs were impeccably clean, which is always appreciated."
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "When your omelet is served literally encased in grease -- although no breakfast meats were on the plate -- you know you're in trouble. I didn't finish it, and I still felt vaguely ill the rest of the day. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "We had a dog visiting from out of state and we were looking for a restaurant with outdoor seating that would accommodate our pet. The Weathervane was very accommodating. The even brought Ajax his own water bowl. The food was delicious as always. Three of us had the kale salad with either shrimp or chicken. The other person had the special menu. He especially enjoyed the RC Cola braised beef. We would be happy to go back there again. We always like the Weathervane!"
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "I think Weathervane provides an upscale environment with good food, good menu, good service at a reasonable price. It's an excellent choice to meet a friend for lunch when you want to catch up or take your spouse for dinner. The menu has tasty and interesting combinations with a nod toward southern farm to table cuisine."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "food portions are more for 2. small plates isnt small places. food was good in general."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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
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