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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Raleigh

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Raleigh? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Herons restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2968)
$50 and over
American
Cary
About the restaurant
One of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and annually acclaimed among the best restaurants in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate, 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
Service and food options and quality were first rate. We also very much enjoyed a walk around the lake afterwards.
A photo of Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (731)
$50 and over
Italian
Wake Forest
About the restaurant
Amalia Fumelli is the inspiration behind Amalia’s Authentic Italian Restaurant. She was born in Italy in 1932, and grew up on a farm. As she grew up, she took an interest in cooking and learned everything about the Italian kitchen from her mother and grandmother. For countless hours each day, Amalia began making hand-made pasta with her rolling pin on an old, wooden table. After many years, she had mastered her pasta creations through her skilled handiwork, precise cutting skills, and the amount of love she put into her work.

Over time, Amalia has passed all of her secrets and knowledge about food along to her children and grandchildren. One grandchild in particular, Filippo Fanfani, gained a passion for the art of cooking through her guidance. As a child, he spent all his days at his grandmother’s house preparing meals for his family. The two have a strong bond, that began with their conjoining love of creating meals that are enjoyable for everyone.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Shannon was a dream of a waiter, friendly and very helpful helping us pick a wine and meals which were amazingly delicious. The ambience was wonderful. We'll definitely be going back.
A photo of PLUS Dueling Piano Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (418)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Get ready for a fun-filled night at America’s largest dueling piano bar! Come prepared to eat, drink, sing, and dance the night away with our professional entertainers and friendly staff!

PLUS offers a delicious food menu from open to close - including an array of delicious appetizers, wings, pizzas, burgers, sides, and more! You’ll also find TWO FULL BARS for extra fast service!

We look forward to having you!

*PLUS is a 21+ establishment
*Friday & Saturday Showtime: 7:30pm

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
Great place for a celebration! Lively atmosphere!
A photo of Oak Steakhouse - Raleigh restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2068)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Oak Steakhouse Raleigh continues the legacy of the original Oak Steakhouse in Charleston, SC, with a modern take on the classic steakhouse. Located in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh, Oak Steakhouse offers an innovative approach to steakhouse dining, serving farm-fresh dishes alongside steakhouse classics. Under the direction of executive chef Todd Woods, Oak's menu highlights the restaurant's relationship with local farmers and purveyors. To complement the menu, Oak's expansive wine list features California Cabernet and Old World reds, including a selection of Italian and Spanish wines, as well as an array of artisan domestic wines. In celebration of Raleigh's local brewery scene, Oak Steakhouse showcases local brews alongside domestic and international beers. Classic and creative, seasonal cocktails are also on the menu.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
If you like an old fashion the old fashioned flight is amazing!
A photo of Tamasha Modern Indian restaurant
4.7
4.7 (136)
$50 and over
Indian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Indulge in sophisticated Indian cuisine at Tamasha Modern Indian, located in Raleigh’s vibrant North Hills. Owned by Mike Kathrani and Tina Vora, this culinary experience unfolds in an elegant setting featuring glamorous interior design done by co-owner Tina herself. Executive Chef Bhavin Chhatwani’s pedigree – from India’s most prestigious properties to Michelin-starred restaurants stateside – is unmistakable. Tamasha showcases the depth and artistry of Indian cuisine – from show-stopping cocktails and a well-curated wine list, to Chhatwani’s refined menu of artful shared and composed dishes. Guests will discover exceptional hospitality on this inspired Indian culinary journey whether dining in the main dining room, private room or at the chic bar.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful experience! All the food was amazing and our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about all the food and drinks they offer
A photo of Gonza Tacos y Tequila - North Raleigh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1391)
$30 and under
Mexican
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Come experience Raleigh's Colombo-Mexican Tacos y Tequila Joint!

Hand Crafted Latin Cocktails
Extensive List of Tequilas & Regional Spirits
Carefully Selected List of Latin Wines & Latin Beers

Voted Best Latin Restaurant in the Triangle by Wake County Living Magazine!

Won the Indy Award for Best Mexican / Latin American in the Triangle!


Top review
PatR
Dined 5 days ago
Outstanding food and service Very LOUD The manager was able to adjust the sound. Somewhat
A photo of O-Ku - Raleigh restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1666)
$30 and under
Japanese
Raleigh
About the restaurant
O-Ku's menu provides a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. Located in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh, the restaurant offers rare and unique dining options with traditional sashimi and specialty rolls, highlighting seafood from the finest fish markets in Tokyo and Hawaii alongside local and seasonal ingredients. Reminiscent of traditional Japanese culture, O-Ku's menu is comprised of signature starters, contemporary Japanese entrees and seasonal traditional sushi that reflect the uniquely designed space. The beverage program is built around quality ingredients that celebrate Japanese culture.
Top review
MichaelRvip
Dined on May 13, 2024
Good selection of drinks. Curry was tasty with the right level of spice. Attentive but I obtrusive service.
A photo of MC Modern Asian Cuisine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (984)
$31 to $50
Asian
Cary
About the restaurant
MC named after Award Winning Chef Michael Chuong is bringing his Upscale Asian Flair to the Historic Jones House in Downtown Cary. MC's menu will offer Signature and Creative Dishes featuring High End Sushi and Local and Sustainable Ingredients paired perfectly with Old World Wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
A terrific birthday dinner. Had small plates, sushi, and mains. All very well prepared and presented. Tasted fabulous across the board. Definitely plan to return.
A photo of Colletta - Cary, NC restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1247)
$30 and under
Italian
Cary
About the restaurant
Seasonal changes, outstanding ingredients and a made-from-scratch philosophy guide Chef 's menu of house-made focaccia and pasta, antipastis, made-to-order wood-fired pizzas, and piatti. The chef curated dinner and dessert menus, pair with the well balanced wine and beverage program.
Located at Fenton in Cary, NC, this casual yet polished family-style Italian restaurant features 120 indoor dining seats, 60 seats outdoors on the semi-covered patio, and a 12-seat bar.

Corkage fee: $35 per bottle, up to 5 bottles
Dessert fee: $4 per person, outside desserts

Top review
JosieJuukervip
Dined 4 days ago
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…. This place never disappoints. 5 Star experience always. Consistency is key and they’ve mastered it. The manager, Joe, is the best! Last night, Morgan was our waitress and she was a doll. She had personality and great menu knowledge… and a smile to compliment the service. Please try this place out and tell them Josie sent you!
A photo of Brewery Bhavana restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3993)
$30 and under
Brewery
Raleigh
About the restaurant

To make a reservation, if joining us for dinner, please use OpenTable to book your reservation of parties of 6 guests and less. Though reservations are highly encouraged, walk-in guests are also welcome.

For gatherings of 7-16 guests, please send us an email at info@brewerybhavana.com, and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours.

For events and parties of 17+ guests, please visit our Events tab at brewerybhavana.com.

Thank you for your continued support. We can’t wait to see you again very soon!


Top review
ErinM
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing food especially the chicken dumplings and the sweet soy chicken. Will definitely come back.
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