Carolina Brewery

4.7
63 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were visiting from PA. Was happy with the experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nachos might be the best I have ever had! Service was great and Quick! Tacos were awesome as well! Good price. Could be more Beer Selection but besides that it was perfect!

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vipDelicious
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

While the server was really nice, the speed of service was really slow. I really appreciated the way they made it comfortable to eat outside when it was really cold out.

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Thomasfam
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Visiting from VA beach to check out apartments; good place to have a casual meal. Food was really good!

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vipAnaF
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Not being a local resident of Chapel Hill, the food was great. Authentic nacho chips and the place was very nice. It was a basketball game night, the service was flaky, but overall; I recommend this place, even if it’s just passing by. Excellent beer selection, too.

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EveT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used to work here but always has great food, drinks, and service

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AndrewT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good job of handling covid protocols. Upstairs area was very nice. Menu seemed a bit limited.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Really great food. My wife and I had a great time.

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vipDiamond
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

They have a 100 health rating. Almost unheard of in the restaurant business. The service was terrible. Always had to ask for more water which always took way too long. Very disappointing..... We waited a long time to place our order, checked on very rarely.

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BrianC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I went to the Chapel Hill location for Valentine's Day after having been to the closer (to us) Pittsboro location several times. We were seated in the upstairs section, which we preferred to the bar level below. Even upstairs, there were several televisions tuned to sporting events.

The building itself is very nice, with brick and wood nearly everywhere.

The food was good. I had the hot chicken burrito, which was just hot enough to get my nose to run by the end. I ordered it with roasted vegetables that were very good. My wife got a barbecue bowl with a good portion of barbecue, cole slaw, hushpuppies, and the roasted vegetables. She was happy with it.

The service was excellent. We had reservations and were seated right on time.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nachos are great. On the other hand, shrimp bowl is terrible - shrimp have so much batter and the batter wasn’t cooked on the inside.

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JerryQ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Meal was fine. Menu was severely limited due to being out of a lot of the ingredients. Waitress wasn’t the most pleasant but all in all it was a fine experience.

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Kbutler518
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice dinner with family

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vipYeug76a
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Restaurant was out of multiple items (7pm on a Saturday night no onion rings, chip nachos, pulled pork) Short staffed. Ribs and fries brought out cold. Medium well hamburger was very rare/uncooked. Waitress did her best. Beer was good!

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partyof5
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly greeting from host and prompt and efficient service from our waiter..

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Table of four. Nacho Potato Chips were very good. Three diners (two ordered CAROLINA ON MY MIND BURGER; one ordered Blacken Fish Tacos) were pleased with their dishes. One diner ordered HOT CHICKEN BURRITO
)Grilled Adobo Chicken, Pico de Gallo Pickled Vegetables, Habañero Fire Salsa, Crema).

The Burrito was stuffed with three cups of rice and about one third of a cup of dry tasteless chicken. No pico de Gallo, salsa, or crema. Had to ask for some salsa and it was still inedible. Diner left 90% on plate. Mentioned situation to server. Manager apologized, agreed that the dish was not as advertised, and comped meal.

Beer was good.

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Chapelhillian
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome, just overall as usual great experience!

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MandyC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night. Our waitress was on top of things and very friendly. Our burger took longer than expected and she kept us updated and compt our app. It was also a nice surprise to have free transportation to the basketball game.

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JackieN
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Probably more of a bar atmosphere than we expected. We ate here on a late Sunday afternoon so no problem getting a table. We were a party of 6; the hostess asked us if we wanted to dine upstairs and we did. No one else was up there so a good place for us to chat and eat. Our waitress was timely with taking our order and very friendly, however she had to make 3 separate trips to bring our food upstairs. By the time the last 2 people got their food, it was cold and the first 4 people had finished eating. Not a good system - not sure why no other servers helped her bring our order because they were not busy at all. The food was good if it had been consistently hot for everyone! I hate to ding our lone server but either she needed to ask for help serving us or it should be a standard part of their process. I wouldn't rush back, too many other restaurants in Chapel Hill to try.

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vipJasonW
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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DeniseH
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

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. 💙🐏

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

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.

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CindyM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipDavidW
Western NC
43 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for a burger or sandwich and a beer

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vipBIGAL
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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LindaP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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.

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HeatherH
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DianeW
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

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vipPerfect
Richmond
50 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous building and ambience. Great beer and service.

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MichelleC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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vipDeeStar
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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AliceT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LAURIEM
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SharonL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Wade
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment on game day!

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Stubby
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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Will
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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BaltFam
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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SallyE
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Carolina Brewery using the Order Online button. Carolina Brewery also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Carolina Brewery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 942-1800.

Carolina Brewery is rated 4.7 stars by 63 OpenTable diners.

Carolina Brewery does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cbrewery.squarespace.com/shop/p/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.