The Best Restaurants in Chapel Hill, According to our Tastemakers

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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 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

Fearrington House Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chapel Hill
1,530 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
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Elements

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Chapel Hill
1,694 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
95% recommended
Best Food in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
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Jujube

$$$$·Asian·
Chapel Hill
885 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
100% recommended
Healthy in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Kipos Greek Taverna

$$$$·Greek·
Chapel Hill
1,291 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
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
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Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill - Chapel Hill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chapel Hill
1,602 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
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Lantern

$$$$·Asian·
Chapel Hill
363 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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
92% recommended
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BIN 54

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chapel Hill
1,391 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
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
83% recommended
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Elaine's on Franklin

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Chapel Hill
1,277 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
94% recommended
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Crossroads Chapel Hill

$$$$·Southern·
Chapel Hill
1,402 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
81% recommended
Great for Brunch in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
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Talulla's

$$$$·Turkish·
Chapel Hill
958 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
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Il Palio

$$$$·Italian·
Chapel Hill
1,190 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
97% recommended
Notable Wine List in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
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Carolina Brewery

$$$$·Southern·
Chapel Hill
63 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Kid-friendly
  • Great for Lunch
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

Fusion Fish

$$$$·Asian·
Chapel Hill
235 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
91% recommended
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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
372 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual
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
100% recommended
Healthy in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Kanki Durham

$$$$·Japanese·
Durham
146 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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
83% recommended
Kid Friendly in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
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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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City Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Chapel Hill
1,232 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
85% recommended
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Olio & Aceto Cafe - Permanently Closed

$$$$·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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