Carolina Brewery

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Since 1995, we have been proudly serving the locals, students and visitors to Chapel Hill. A lot has changed in both our town and the craft beer industry since we opened our doors as the culmination of a business school plan I wrote my senior year at UNC. Today, we celebrate our North Carolina roots with a made-from-scratch menu focused on Carolina foods in a newly renovated building. I hope you enjoy a true Carolina experience here at Carolina Brewery and will look for our award winning beers on your travels throughout the Carolinas.
Cheers,
Robert Poitras
Owner/Founder
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JW
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu is not overly big but enough different options. I was disappointed they only had 3 beers available. Reason was they ran out of beer from the Sunday football game. That is sub-optimal for a brewery. Would go again though. The 2 beers I had (kolsch and amber) we’re both solid.

DH
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

We were a party of 7 that made a reservation specifically to watch the UNC vs USC game. We arrived early, had drinks at the bar and then were seated upstairs. The waitress changed all the TVs to the game. We were all watching one tv and had our chairs facing it. In the 3rd qtr, they sat a family of 4 and changed the tv (without checking with us) to another game. We questioned them and another waitress got flustered and sent manager. He made us out to be the bad guys but eventually moved the other table. There were plenty of other tables. We can’t count the many times that we have been here to game watch - very disappointing that we are in Chapel Hill and had to beg for our game to be on. NO way this would have happened in Blacksburg - other family was VA Tech. Prior to this happening our waitress was wonderful - she was not at all involved with the TV issue. Afterwards she never asked if we wanted anything and proceeded to slam drinks and the check down when we ordered. Very upsetting for these 6 UNC graduates. 💙🐏

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Waited an hour on pork tacos on a slow Sunday night and didn’t receive all of our order. Food was good when we got it.

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Your sky blue beer rocks, the waitress was very helpful and attentive. Food was great

DW
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for a burger or sandwich and a beer

BI
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Don’t really care for the changes to the menu....

LP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The wait staff was good and the restaurant not too busy at this early dinner hour. The food was average. The best thing was the quesadilla appetizer. The entrees were just OK.

HH
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the service was great. The beer was also excellent.

DW
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our brunch. It was a pretty good value for the quality of the food. They did have some interesting choices.

P
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous building and ambience. Great beer and service.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place for lunch with friends. Food was good but poor choice of non alcoholic beverages.

DS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve been a few times for brunch but the last time really left something to be desired. My order was messed up more than once but the server was gracious and made things right for my trouble. Good for brunch though if you want a quiet meal basketball season near CH probably isn’t the right move. Love the salad bar option.

AT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service! We watched the Carolina game!

LA
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Brunch - and enjoyed everything about the place. Highly recommended!

SL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch we will be returning!!!
The food, service, and overall experience was great!

W
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and environment on game day!

S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Stopped in the brew pub on Thursday evening for Thirsty Thursday. Great street tacos and sliders and $2 drafts. Very nice staff, noise not too loud (the place was only 1/3 full) and great food. Think I know where to go on Thursday afternoon.

W
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal before a concert at Cats Cradle. Beer was fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came to watch the super bowl and eat. It was a good place to watch the game but couldn’t hear the commercials- that was kind of to be expected though. The food was average but pretty pricey. Good service though. Bradley was our server and he was really nice and attentive.

BF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience at Carolina Brewery! The staff was terrific, the atmosphere fun for both adults and kids, the location was perfect for walking up and down Franklin Street and the food was delicious! We will definitely be back with our group next time we are in town!

SE
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Usually visit the Brewery in Pittsboro but had out-of-town visitors who really like the Franklin St location!! Being able to make a reservation was extremely helpful... No wait..good was fast..wait staff excellent... Only wish brew crew carried over from one location to the other!!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal on New Years Day - while trying to get ready to kick off 2019!!!

C
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time, staff were great. Service as usual was great.

s
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Went for lunch. Average quality food. Small portions. Not good value for price. Won't be going back.

AS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was okay. They have gluten free buns available, but they are not on the menu, so you have to ask for them.

O
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good vibe to the place

B
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Met family from Greensboro there as we travelled from Raleigh. Found this place on Open Table and was pleasantly surprised! Uh- waffle crusted chicken will have me traveling back to Carolina Brewery as well! I didn’t catch our servers name but she was an absolute gem! So sweet and very attentive!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Drafty (went in November) and although I mentioned air blowing down on us and he fact most guests had to remain bundled staff didn’t remedy turning fan off. The bar/waiter Took FOREVER to get our drink orders to us

S
Orlando
41 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The beer was fantastic. The fries in everyone’s dish were soggy - not crisp which was disappointing.

M
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were amazed at how great the food was
We will be back soon
Also the Octoberfeast beer was one of the best I have ever had

A
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome time eating and drinking at Carolina Brewery! Great beer list, awesome food, especially the shrimp and grits, plus perfect location in downtown Chapel Hill. We'll definitely be back!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

The air conditioning was broken and we were meeting friends for the first time. So disappointing to be dripping sweat over our food!! The staff did nothing to help!! They could have moved us downstairs after we mentioned it. They could have compensated us for our meal at least!! I nearly fainted. I used every napkin at the table to wipe the sweat from my face And neck. My newly introduced mother of my daughters roommate started to do the same thing as me!! She must have though it was a good idea. The men just tried to tough it out. The restrooms were horribly hot as well! With a terrible heat wave we could have been seated outside and it would have been better!!! My salad was disgusting . The dressing tasted like sour cream instead of blue cheese. My husband ordered a club sandwich which I could have prepared better at home and Im not a good cook by any means!! We asked about the airconditioning and our server just said they were working on it. When I said I'm so hot he said 'tell me about it.' Something could have been done! When we walked downstairs to leave both the downstairs tables and the tables outdoors were cooler!!!! We should have left straight away and went somewhere else but we felt obliged to stay since our friends chose Carolina Brewery :( never again

PG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was okay. Our waitress was less than attentive and not very friendly. I won't rush back.

4
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about the Carolina Brewery: the food, the people, the variety of games they have on.

I regularly bring out of town guests here, as well as locals. Favorite dishes include any of their salads, their sandwiches, and their appetizers. Their generous portions won't disappoint.

OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our bartender Bennett was great!

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Chapel Hill has a bunch of great restaurants, fancy date-night places with James Beard awards and waiting lists. However, if you just want a decent burger, a plate of chicken strips or steak frites and a good beer, Carolina Brewery is hard to beat. We rely on it when we go to shows at the DSI Comedy Theater. We'll go for an early show, have dinner at Carolina Brewery and go to DSI for a later show. They are literally right next door. Their beer selection is good, the food is above standard bar/pub fare, the staff is friendly and efficient and the prices are reasonable. Hard to beat that.

TF
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new menu and the focus on locally sourced products!

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I've enjoyed Carolina Brewery for lunch but did not like the brunch. Even though we ate at 12:30, only menu available was brunch and it was quite expensive. No kid menu option. Portions were generous but my breakfast bowl overly salty. Though the restaurant was far from crowded, service was slow.

GB
Greensboro
28 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our time at CB! The food is always great and the atmosphere is jut way we like! Looking forward to our next visit!!

H
Raleigh
47 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have so enjoyed "the Brew"! Best burger EVER! Appetizers are wonderful, and can be "the meal" if you like a lighter offering. We are there at least once a week. Don't miss out!