J. Betski's

4.7
678 Reviews
$30 and under
Eastern European
J. Betski’s accentuates owner John Korzekwinski’s German and Polish heritage, offering a sampling of the delicious cuisine and fine beverages of Central and Eastern Europe.
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CathouseGirl
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food and top rate service at J. Betski’s. We ordered the evening special and it was amazing (weinerschnitzl but extra fancy)! My very favorite thing there is the mushroom and cabbage pierogies, which was our appetizer. I’ve literally never had a bad meal here, it’s always fantastic! And their service is always great, top notch!

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vipTriangleFoodie
Raleigh
42 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and fabulous German (European) cuisine. Nice outdoor area and daily specials too.

TK
TracyK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JBetski's is a treasure. Great food, great staff. It's a true gem

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PhilM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've dined here for years. The dishes are always delicious. Never had a single meal that was less than stellar. This restaurant is one of Raleigh's gems.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent. We had the lamb pierogis on special and the braut with sauerkraut for starters. The pierogis were some of the best I’ve had, very flavorful. The portion was small as one might expect at an upscale restaurant, however, still a decent value. My wife doesn’t normally eat sauerkraut - she was eating this by the fork full.

We had the schnitzel and duck breast for entrees. It was my first time having schnitzel so I have nothing to compare it to, however, I enjoyed the dish, especially with the lemon and lingonberries. My wife said the duck dish was excellent as well.

For dessert we had the chocolate hazelnut torte. It was so good I’d stop back just to have it again. The salted caramel and bacon on top worked really well with the chocolate torte to really hit all of my sweet and savory buttons.

Service was excellent. Everyone helps out to clear plates and deliver entrees. Entrees were perfectly timed. Wine glasses were always full. Overall great experience.

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EllaW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was above and beyond. Food was excellent.

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Phil
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, we sit at the bar. The bartender does a great job, and we enjoy occasional banter with the folks around us.

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WillardB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been eating at Betski's since they opened many years ago. We have never been disappointed; we have never had a bad experience. I recommend it to all.

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GourmetRenee
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J . Betski's was excellent. We enjoy authentic German food and this restaurant did not disappoint. My husband enjoyed 2 German beers that were excellent. I ordered an Orange Stinger whiskey craft cocktail that was inventive and quite tasty. We started with house made kielbasa with sauerkraut and mustard. Our other appetizer was a potato pancake with panko breading with a delicious sauce with fresh lettuces. The appetizers were beautifully plated and had balanced flavors. The mustard was spicy but did not overpower. We shared an entree which was Seared Beef Filet Medallions – with Potato Dumplings, Wilted Greens, Madeira Glazed Maitake and Cremini Muhrooms, Stroganoff Sauce. The steak was tender and juicy and cooked perfectly to a medium rare temperature. The mushroom sauce was rich and buttery with the tender dumplings. Each bite was a perfect crescendo of flavors. We did not order dessert, but next time we will. The desserts looked scrumptious! The atmosphere is cozy, relaxing, and has an upbeat vibe. Our waiter was attentive and helpful. Overall, a delightful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like German food and this was really good German food. We had great service and an enjoyable evening.

JB
vipJeffreyB
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cheeseburger and the pierogis were top notch

JP
vipJoeyP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Best food in Raleigh!

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vipCPBarney
Raleigh
113 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at J. Betski's. This time it was Saturday Lunch. I have dined here many times since it's conception years ago, and I can't think of any bad meal I've ever had here. Chef really cares about the food. Pairing the unique selection of beer and wine with the food is one of the highlights. Also one of the few authentic Eastern European restaurants in the Raleigh area that I know of. Lunch is just as good as dinner. Service is friendly and helpful. Definitely one of my favorite Raleigh restaurants!

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viplittlered1978
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Our group of 4 enjoyed a few appetizers and 4 very different entrees, all of which were wonderful. Our favorite go-to special event spot.

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EricB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I I keep it simple here and get the pierogies and the kielbasa off the appetizer menu.

My wife is more adventurous and had a very nice smoked trout and kale salad and excellent lobster bisque soup, again off the appetizer menu.

They have rare German beer on the menu. Definitely try the smoke beer (Rauchbier).

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KenK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food is quite expensive for what you receive. One of our steaks was not even close to how we asked for it to be cooked. The rest of the food was very tasty but portions were quite small for the cost.

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vipCfoodies
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Betski's is one of our all-time favorite restaurants in Raleigh!

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Graham
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the triangle. John is the best!

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vipKelly
Greensboro
33 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Drove 25 minutes to try this Polish style restaurant, found the food to be pretty good but the atmosphere and dining room to be a bit dark, a bit stark, with all hardwood tables and chairs, and not much warmth or Eastern European atmosphere. The food items were good, fine, but maybe a good warm soup would be a good sensory / menu addition. Service was friendly and engaging. Side annoyance: tried to call at 11 am and 11:15 to ensure that we could get a table at 11:30 or 11:45, but phone as given on their website just rang and rang unanswered. I asked our server to double check the # as it appears on the website. Maybe the # is wrong or changed, or maybe they just do not answer until opening ? She never did, or never got back to me about it. All in all a nice lunch but nothing too unique.

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Mooch
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding appetizers -pierogis were wonderful. Nice choices of main dishes with a variety of specials .

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vipGuppy
Raleigh
34 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many great choices to eat

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly people and food was excellent. Loved the holiday decorations!

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vipRLR1
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal!!!! Great smoked trout salad that was a magnificent mix of flavors & textures. The Venison meatball were seasoned and prpared to perfection. The weiner Schnitzle was as great as ever. THe oxtail soup for appetizer was robust and bursting with flavor. The staff once again did a remarkable job of waiting on us . JOB well done!!!

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devicespy
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing at J. Betskis!

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MeganB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to J. Betski's four times now, and have been consistently pleased. The Christmas decor this last time was chic and tasteful, the service fantastic as always, and the food outstanding. The great wine list is a bonus! I will definitely be returning soon.

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Rosemary
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and the service stellar. Would definitely go again

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Doobykeebler
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here never disappoints and all the servers are knowledgeable and friendly each time we come. It’s become one of my wife’s and my favorite places in Raleigh. So much, even, we stopped in for lunch one day and came back for dinner that same night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience1

Was there for my wife’s Birthday.
Table for 2, table behind us was vacant for the entire stay.
Hostess basically pushed us out the door after dinner,
said people were waiting.
Great food, but terrible hostess.
Better service at IHOP, unfortunately not worth it.

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RyanD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was great, we all had a great meal there and would recommend it to anyone who wants to eat some Polish or Central European cuisine.

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damnyankee
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The only reason we made this reservation was based on their ONE chicken dish listed online and an enjoyment of German/Polish styled chicken.

Looking over their menu resulted in a completely different menu. The server stated before we asked about the inconsistency that it is too much work to update their website with their ever-changing dishes. Translated - - no chicken options.

What restaurant offers one chicken dish and when that patron states ‘we only eat chicken’ the server responds ‘then how about duck’?

This was a major disappointment-most chefs, proprietors or managers would offer options - ours was chicken liver, vegetarian stuffed pepper with mushrooms (allergic) that could not be excluded...or duck.

For future reference, despite being seated, ordered and consumed drinks...since they were unwilling to offer a chicken option, we departed early...they marked our reservation as cancelled with Open Table.

Their bartender has been there 13 years, confirmed that he could make mixed drinks but was incapable of making any of our requests.

Evidently this is an established restaurant with red-meat lovers and they are not interested in new patrons.

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vipMbsoz45
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The kielbasa was excellent but the special entrees, the pork chop and beef/pork cabbage rolls - while good - we’re not. The service was also a bit slow. This was our second visit, we liked this restaurant better the first time.

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vipfoodieflashcard
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. One of the best restaurants in Raleigh! You must go!

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vipRobS
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best restaurant in Raleigh after 11 years of eating there. Every meal, every visit, is uniquely made with fresh ideas. Always astounds.

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TMRaleigh
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a group of 6 for lunch, and it was our first time there. Most of us got the sampler platter special, and we all loved it. We will likely be back for dinner.

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WolfpackB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perhaps the best food in Raleigh hands down. Chef John creates a playground for your taste buds and he and the staff never disappoint. Great food, amazing service and detail to the requests of their patrons.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our one of our favorite restaurants!
There service and food is outstanding!

WB
WillardB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good to eat at Betski's.
Good food, good service, just overall delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always -

FAQs

J. Betski's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 833-7999.

J. Betski's is rated 4.7 stars by 678 OpenTable diners.

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.

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