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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill? 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 On The Square restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1285)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tarboro
About the restaurant
Due to limited seating, we are only accepting in-house reservations. Please call the restaurant directly for a reservation.

Located in Historic Downtown Tarboro, one of the oldest towns in North Carolina, On the Square Restaurant offers seasonal, sustainable ingredients that are celebrated throughout the ever-changing menu. Open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for lunch on Monday through Friday, we are as proud of our food and comfortable atmosphere as we are of our eclectic and value-driven wine list.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Wonderful dining experience Everyone was very thoughtful and attentive Food was excellent
A photo of Nino’s Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.8
4.8 (96)
$31 to $50
Italian
Greenville
About the restaurant
Nino’s Cucina Italiana is a tribute to our father, Nino. He still travels constantly to all the locations to make sure everything is done “Nino’s Way,” with quality food, personality, and love.

Over 75 years of an Italian family tradition in baking and cooking from three generations has culminated in Nino’s Cucina Italiana. Our Italian dishes are centuries old recipes handed down from our family throughout the years. We prepare all our food daily—making fresh dough, sauces, mozzarella cheese, pasta and our delicious meatballs in-house.

Top review
OM1979
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Lunch is the best time to go. Less crowded so chef can have more time to prepare a great meal.
A photo of Caffe Luna restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2473)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Situated in a beautiful historic building in downtown Raleigh, Caffé Luna has been bringing authentic Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair to the Triangle for over two decades.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Very good service and best Italian food I’ve ever had
A photo of Gonza Tacos y Tequila - North Raleigh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1408)
$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
RSRaleighvip
Dined 1 day ago
Great neighborhood gem!
A photo of cafe tiramisu restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1529)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Cafe Tiramisu offers a menu full of authentic Northern Italian cuisine. The family-owned and operated restaurant is decorated sparingly and the dining room is a cozy, relaxing environment. Cafe Tiramisu has a full bar but specializes in wine with an extensive wine selection both by the glass and by the bottle.



Try the ravioli or the shrimp dip to start out your meal at Cafe Tiramisu. Choose from Italian classics like the lasagna or the marsala. The menu includes plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. Choose one of the restaurant's sides for your entree like the fried eggplant or the sauteed spinach.

Top review
NanaG
Dined 2 days ago
Have always had a great meal at this restaurant. The wait staff are excellent.
A photo of Carolina Brewery - Pittsboro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (88)
$30 and under
Southern
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Carolina Brewery is a brewpub located in Pittsboro, North Carolina that specializes in serving craft beers and American pub fare. The restaurant features a lively atmosphere with a full bar, patio and numerous televisions broadcasting sporting events. Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a variety of menu items made using fresh, in season fruits and vegetables and locally raised beef. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, typical pub fare and desserts. Featured entrées at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro include chicken mac and cheese, down East BBQ plate, crab cakes, shrimp and grits and fish and chips.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Everything was good: Service was great, beer was refreshing, and the elk burger was a whole new experience -- AMAZING!
A photo of Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar - Raleigh restaurant
4.8
4.8 (378)
$30 and under
Indian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Rated as the # 1 Indian Restaurant in Triangle, Lime & Lemon Indian Grill offers an immersive dining experience with exquisite dishes that will take you on a journey through India's many regions, traditions and festivals. We meticulously curate using only the best ingredients to create dishes that are authentic, unsurpassed, and timeless. All this in an ultra-modern setting to ensure your dining affair is nothing short of perfect.

Featured in the October 2019 edition of News & Observer and received a 4 out of 5 star rating. It has been consistently voted as one of the Top 10 Ethnic restaurants and has also been recognized as the Best Indian Restaurant in the Triangle for 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Flavor bombs with every dish! The menu was extensive with many unique dishes I have not come across in other Indian restaurants. Mango Paneer was top tier and the Birhyani had an exceptional blend of spices. Excellent and polite service! The timing of everything was perfect and we were well cared for during our visit. Clean space! 100% experience Lime & Lemon if you can.
A photo of Bazil Indian Cuisine restaurant
4.9
4.9 (159)
$30 and under
Indian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Welcome to Bazil Indian Cuisine, a truly unique dining experience in Raleigh, NC. Our restaurant is not just a place to enjoy delicious food; it’s an enchanting story waiting to be savored. At Bazil Indian Cuisine, we pride ourselves on pushing culinary boundaries and introducing new flavors to the vibrant Indian food community in Raleigh. Led by a passionate mother, our restaurant offers an extensive wine list that perfectly complements our fusion menu. Prepare to be captivated by our assortment of dishes, including delicacies like sea bass, lobster, and octopus offerings that you won’t find in other Indian restaurants. We believe in creating an unforgettable experience for our guests, where every bite is an adventure of flavors and textures.As a mother-owned establishment, we strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere where families and friends can come together to celebrate life’s moments.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Service was too tier! The food was amazing! Will definitely go back
A photo of Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Cary restaurant
4.7
4.7 (563)
$30 and under
Mexican
Cary
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO NORTH CAROLINA'S AWARD-WINNING COLOMBIAN-MEXICAN TACOS Y TEQUILA JOINT! Currently serving Dinner and Drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
Food and waut staff terrific!! With their hours being so very limited i would think their seating and table clearing would be better. They seem to always be out of sorts at the hostess stand when busy. Too many hostesses not enough bus staff
A photo of Plates Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2090)
$30 and under
International
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Welcome to Plates Kitchen, your culinary destination in downtown Raleigh, conveniently located off Glenwood Avenue. As a locally owned and operated restaurant, we take pride in offering a menu inspired by the travels and gastronomic adventures of our owners, bringing a world of flavors to your plate. Under the expert guidance of Chef David Mitchell, our kitchen crafts each dish with passion and creativity, ensuring a memorable dining experience every time you visit. Whether you’re joining us for a hearty breakfast, a leisurely brunch, or an exquisite dinner, Plates Kitchen promises a delightful journey for your taste buds. Discover the flavors of the world right here in Raleigh at Plates Kitchen. We look forward to serving you!

Convenient validated parking is available in the lot behind our restaurant.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
A review is probably not necessary as Plates will be closing July 28th; however in the event Justin and David decide to open at a new location i would just like to add that their attention to detail, from ambiance to food originality and deliciousness to remembering guests by name to providing quality and exciting food and beverage at a reasonable price is outstanding! I am sorry to see them go and look forward to seeing them in a future location.
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