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The Best Restaurants in Chapel Hill, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Experience the quintessential south in the charming Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Peruse the Coker Arboretum at UNC-Chapel Hill, tour the Ackland Art Museum or explore the romantic greenways along the Eno River. Although a small town, Chapel Hill has a lot of flavor! Home to the nation's first public university, Chapel Hill boasts ample college town eateries to feed its hungry students. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? If you’re looking for the go-to spots in town, check out our Tastemaker 20 list of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill.

Restaurants:Fearrington House Restaurant, Elements, Jujube
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
Neighborhoods:Chapel Hill
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Fearrington House Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chapel Hill
1,427 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
If you’re looking for one of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill or exquisite fine dining, look no further than Fearrington House Restaurant. Located in Fearrington Village, just oRead more
92% recommended
Best Overall in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
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Elements

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Chapel Hill
1,465 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Elements is a casual yet elegant restaurant located on Environ Way in Chapel Hill. They pride themselves on providing a truly unique and exquisite dining experience from the momentRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Durham

Jujube

$$$$·Asian·
Chapel Hill
777 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Jujube, conveniently located on Raleigh Road, is one of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill according to many locals. The kitchen brings Cantonese, Vietnamese and Indian food as weRead more
98% recommended
Healthy in Durham

Kipos Greek Taverna

$$$$·Greek·
Chapel Hill
1,192 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Kipos is the Greek word for garden, and owner Giorgios Baktasias wanted to evoke the Greek gardens of his childhood here in his restaurant. Kipos has a tavern atmosphere and is a pRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Durham

Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill - Chapel Hill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chapel Hill
1,601 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Stoney River is one of Chapel Hill’s best upscale steakhouses. Located on Estes Drive, it is right in the center of all the action and a great place to stop for dinner while you arRead more
88% recommended
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Lantern

$$$$·Asian·
Chapel Hill
321 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
Lantern is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill and gets consistent mention in food and dining magazines for the overall dining experience. Located in the heaRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

BIN 54

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chapel Hill
1,325 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This elegant steakhouse, located near Oakwood Park on Raleigh Road, features a warm, contemporary setting to enjoy the elevated, fine dining menu. The dining area offers a view of Read more
94% recommended
Notable Wine List in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Elaine's on Franklin

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Chapel Hill
1,226 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Chef/Owner Bret Jennings is the mastermind behind Elaine’s and the main reason locals consider it one of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill. The menu is innovative, focusing on FaRead more
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Crossroads Chapel Hill

$$$$·Southern·
Chapel Hill
1,313 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great for Lunch
Located on Pittsboro Street just outside the center of UNC traffic, Crossroads is an upscale restaurant with a warm and welcoming energy. The focus here is on Southern Soul and CarRead more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Talulla's

$$$$·Turkish·
Chapel Hill
875 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
For a truly unique experience, head to Talulla’s Restaurant on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. You will feel whisked away straight to Turkey the instant you walk into the dining arRead more
90% recommended
Best Ambiance in Durham

Il Palio

$$$$·Italian·
Chapel Hill
1,069 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Il Palio is one of Chapel Hill’s most charming restaurants and locals love it for the warm hospitality and authentic Italian food. Located on East Franklin Street, right in the heaRead more
89% recommended
Romantic in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Carolina Brewery

$$$$·Southern·
Chapel Hill
45 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
It makes sense that a college town like Chapel Hill would know how to do breweries right. All it takes is one trip to the CArolina Brewery to see how true that is! Since 1995, thisRead more
100% recommended
Kid Friendly in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Fusion Fish

$$$$·Asian·
Chapel Hill
235 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Authentic
Fusion Fish is a unique place to dine because they offer some of the best sushi in town along with a huge selection of dishes featuring both Asian and American recipes. You get theRead more
92% recommended
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City Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Chapel Hill
1,160 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Good for Anniversaries
City Kitchen is a casual dining spot that many consider to be one of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill. The focus here is on wholesome American fare prepared with love. They use Read more
86% recommended
Good for Groups in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Mint

$$$$·Indian·
Chapel Hill
124 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
If you love Indian food, you won’t want to miss out on a meal at Mint. The vibe here is all about fine dining and hospitality and they treat every guest to a world-class experienceRead more
89% recommended
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Cholanad Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·South Indian·
Chapel Hill
337 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
Cholonad is another awesome option for Indian food in town. Located on West Franklin Street in the heart of Chapel Hill, this restaurant focuses on South Indian cuisine. The name CRead more
82% recommended
Healthy in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Weathervane Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Chapel Hill
370 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
Weathervane, located at Southern Season in University Place, is a casual Southern American restaurant with an interesting and eclectic menu. Dishes rotate seasonally depending on tRead more
Great for Brunch in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
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Kanki Durham

$$$$·Japanese·
Chapel Hill
80 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Since 1972, locals and visitors alike have loved visiting Kanki for superb Japanese steakhouse fare and sushi. Located in West Durham on Mount Moriah Road, this eatery offers hibacRead more
Kid Friendly in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Carolina 1663

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Chapel Hill
112 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Carolina 1663 is a Southern restaurant that offers a fresh, modern approach to classic Southern dishes. They take care of reduce sodium and fats in their cuisine, so unlike a lot oRead more
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Olio & Aceto Cafe

$$$$·Italian·
Chapel Hill
The name of this casual cafe comes from the Italian words for Oil and Vinegar. Located on Elliott Road in Chapel Hill, it’s a cozy and simple rustic Italian eatery with a friendly Read more
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