Farina Neighborhood Italian

4.7
526 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Farina is a neighborhood spot serving up delicious, handmade American-Italian fare. We want you to feel right at home dining with us. We offer a varied selection of wood-fired pizzas, fresh and imported pastas and traditional entrees.

Enjoy dinner in our warm and inviting dining room, or dine al fresco on our spacious patio. Whether you are bringing the family out to dinner, or just meeting friends for drinks, Farina has what you are looking for.

(Please note that our patio dining is on a first come, first serve basis. We are pet friendly and non smoking on the patio.)
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SG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, and our server was very attententive.

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TJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is quaint. Food was good. nice selection of dishes. Great selection of wine. Our waitress was very good - service was quick and she was attentive.

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q
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farina's has great good we eat here often

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C
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food & good service.

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f
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian meal we’ve found in Raleigh after living here for four years. Our new favorite place.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and the option of family dining. We are members of their wine club and look forward to Wednesday nights and half priced wine. The food is exceptional and varied so we can please the fish eaters, carnivores and pasta lovers. I wish they were closer to Zebulon!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Amazing food and truly the best server we had in a long time. I forgot her name but she was tall and super skinny. After I told her we were first timers, she took her time to explain the menu and all the specials. I ordered the gnocchi and she recommended I get it with the bolognese sauce, great choice. We are looking forward to going back soon.

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NB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and celebrating High School Graduation. We were hungry and came early and had excellent service. Food was outstanding and will definitely recommend and visit again.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I've been here a few times with my friends and had no issues. This visit our service was horrible. Food is still fantastic, but the service will probably stop me from coming back here again for a while.

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KM
Raleigh
56 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Farina! My favorite thing is their chopped salad. We tried the bruschetta for the first time which was delicious.

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A
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants to go to with friends. We always have the best waitress and the food is simply amazing! I highly recommend going here for any events.

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JC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service from the hostess to the wait staff was excellent. It was a pleasant atmosphere and the customers ranged from infants to seniors. There were only two downsides to our visit. Parking was difficult but that is not their problem and we both felt our cocktails were overpriced for the quality. On the other hand, the food was wonderful with generous portions and excellent flavor. My only complaint in this area, and it is minor, was my pasta being slightly undercooked. We will return for sure.

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m
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on a parents night out date and we truly enjoyed the evening! The service was fabulous; our waitress obviously know her wines and the menu very well and she checked in on us just the right amount - not so much that she was intrusive, but enough that if we needed something we could ask. The appetizer we had was the goat cheese stuffed peppers - YUM!! The salad we shared was arugula and was perfectly dressed and delicious. The main course was the Seafood Pasta dish - we got the large one and shared it (family style choice). It was filled with so much seafood and the sauce was very good, but a little salty.

We would definitely recommend to friends and we will go back soon ourselves to try some other dishes. They have a beautiful menu!

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CH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Farina is a golden nugget for an Italian Restaurants. Oh my gosh, everyone in my party raved how well prepared their dishes were. The staff was very friendly and welcoming from the time we entered until our departure . The only little challenge we had was navigating through the wine list.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite thin crust in Raleigh. Great service!

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BG
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Generally good. No complaints. Outside dining was great. Food was great.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service

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B
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was attracted by the Mufaletto sandwich on the lunch menu. Being from Louuisiana and having had Muffalettos at the New Orleans Central Grocery (the Muffaletto originator) many times, I was looking forward to the NC version. What I got was a very good sandwich, but it wasn't a Mufaletto. What distinguishes a Muffaletto, is the large round Italian bread and the olive salad. The Farina version used some unidentified bread and lettuce rather than olive salad. There were a few sliced olives, but no olive salad.

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D
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. We are going to visit again soon. The food was great and the service.

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JE
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

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AM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Farina and we will definitely be back! The food was delicious and the service was perfect.

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AM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here regularly, its amazing. Never had a bad meal once. Always consistent and delicious.

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OT
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Tina, was great, and the food was delicious. The grilled octopus appetizer was wonderful.

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N
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best meal- complete with wine from their phenomenal wine list. Definitely try the chicken saltimbocca. You won’t regret it!

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CF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a group of 7 to Farina. Food was great. They sat us exactly were we requested when setting up the reservation. The waitress was perfect, I wish I could remember her name to give her a special thanks. Farina is also located in Lafayette Village which is delightful. Charles Fretterd.

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MM
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a favorite, I am now a HUGE fan of lunch at Farina. We went on a Wednesday and loved that ALL wines (except reserve) were half price. We asked for protein with our salad and got the most gorgeous piece of salmon. The presentation of the salad was a beautiful as it was delicious and made for a memorable lunch. Now, if only they served pizza by the slice...

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BD
Raleigh
38 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was Delores (sp) and she took very good care of us. We started with the caprese which was done nicely, but for $14 was a bit steep for what is involved to make it. The balsamic didn't pop as it should have to bring the ingredient together. My friend had the chopped salad and I did the spicy meatball pizza. I tried the salad and it hit on all points. Nice crisp, great flavor. My pizza was well cooked very well, but lacked anything spicy and was just "ok". I've had better food here on other occasions and I will return......just not on a Sunday night.

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

Prom dinner with great service and food.

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CR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delightful meal, excellent service. We plan to go again.

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CU
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my favorite neighborhood restaurant, we go here more than any place in town.

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AM
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for their Easter brunch and loved it!

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CC
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Sunday

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CP
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server James was outstanding. He was very busy on Easter Sunday during brunch/lunch but he was attentive, helpful and friendly throughout our meal. We were a party of 6 and James was wonderful to everyone at our table. Because of the stellar service we received from James, we’ve already recommended Farina to several friends and family members. Thank you for a wonderful Easter lunch!

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was particularly slow tonight though there were empty tables. My husband's martini wasn't made right but they was no offer of making it right right. Subpartl customer service tonight but the food was good.

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SB
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Veal picata was breaded which was disappointing. No need to bread veal picata. Veal should have been tenderized more. I could not eat all of the portion so after additional cooking at home, veal was tender. Again very disappointed with the breading. Farina is very noisy. I could not hear the person across from me at a table for 4. Many restaurants are noisy. Have no idea why restaurantuers believe patrons should pay a lot of money to sit with friends in a noisy atmosphere and tip wait staff handsomely when you can't even hear what the wait staff is saying.

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E
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good Italian food with a great outdoor seating area. Tasty pizzas and the garlic parmesan wings are very good.

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G
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful atmosphere. Food is tasty, but menu has rather limited variety. The owner, Will , is always on the floor pleasing guests. Wood fired pizza and Bolognese are their specialties. Bartender Keith is a gem. Worth the trip !

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OT
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice Sunday dinner. Thanks!

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. The restaurant was kind of loud and the music didn’t really fit the ambiance.

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NT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone is so warm and welcoming; it’s like Cheers when we go to Farina. We always enjoy seeing Brandi, Jimmy, Keith and Will. The food was delicious.

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