About Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen - Cary

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Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen features exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes made with plenty of local ingredients. Dine outdoors on our Veranda garden. Gather with friends in our friendly bar. Check out our Veggie Cart with the latest farm finds and experience Songs From a Southern Kitchen every Tuesday night. Make yourself at home! View photos of our new seasonal features!

7307 Tryon Rd
Cary, NC 27511
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Southern, Contemporary Southern

Hours of Operation:
Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday Brunch menu until 3:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday 11:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11:15 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday Brunch menu until 3:00 p.m.
Our Grill Room is open one hour after dining room closes except for Sunday.

Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving: 11:00 AM-7:30 PM
Christmas Eve: 9 AM-3 PM
Christmas: Closed

Cross Street:
Crescent Green

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 233-1632

Website:
http://www.lucky32.com/

Parking Details:
We have a large, well lit private parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Felicia McMillan

Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining Room Group Event Hours & Seating in Cary :
We have very limited times during the day to reserve private dining spaces. Private for groups of 40 or more (maximum 70 people) is available any night 4 to 6:30 p.m.

We can also accommodate a private party on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

*No private events Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grill Room (Semi Private) Group Events in Cary:
The Grill Room, located in our bar, can hold 18 people at one long table.
The Terrace View, also located in our bar, can hold 16 people at a long table. We can accommodate a total of 24 seats in this area by adding four, two-top booths that could make a total of 24 seats.

Private Party Contact:
Lara Yerges: (919) 233-1632

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen - Cary Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.6

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4.4

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4.3

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (72)
Local Ingredients (70)
Seasonal (62)
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Good for a Date (62)
Casual (60)
Creative Cuisine (58)
Special Occasion (51)
Neighborhood Gem (50)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Worth the Drive (48)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Business Meals (43)
Sunday Lunch (41)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Great for Lunch (36)
Good for Groups (36)
Great for Brunch (35)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Healthy (30)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Authentic (26)
Cozy (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Romantic (22)
Fun (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Great Beer (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Spicy (7)
Organic (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service! We were seated immediately at a great table, good for intimate conversation. My girlfriend had the Oyster Pan Stew, which was was very satisfying and flavorful, and I had the fried chicken special. Finally, more chicken than fried!

I’ve been to both locations on several occasions. I don’t think a bad meal is possible.

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·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I went in for the 10 year anniversary of our first date, which was also at Lucky 32. From the greeting at the host station through leaving, our service was exceptional. The food was great and the flavors were on point. I would recommend this place to any one, for any occasion.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Usually am a huge fan but not as much this past visit. Service was great as usual, but the meal was okay the Johnny Cakes were good but I find the biscuits as a side to always be very dry. I personally have a hard time pairing Johnny Cakes with anything on the side menu, still disappointed there is no mac.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food. Well served. Great experience. We are regular patrons and always highly satisfied.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food here is outstanding and well worth the prices! We are never disappointed. Last week we ate at the famous Chef and Farmer in Kinston and their menu choices and food itself do not compare to Lucky 32!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food is good though a little pricey for what you get. The special menu was identical to last year which was a disappointment.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food, service and wine was excellent. We will certainly be back.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Friends get together at Lucky 32 on SaturdaY 12/9 at 2:00. As usual, the food was wonderful and the service was stellar. I love the fact the brunch menu is served until 3:00ish. Will definitely go again soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food was all delicious while being fairly priced. Wait staff was great and attentive. I hope to go back!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I have eaten here many times, and expect great food, great service, and no regrets.
They always deliver,,

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My husband and his partner were celebrating 45 years in business and now the transition to the next stages of their/our lives. We wives haven't been married to them as long as they have been together in business. Their partnership is very special. Everything was perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was good and service was prompt.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

This fine restaurant has been entirely and consistently so for every time I have dined there over the past four years

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was amazing. Service was lacking. Overall I’ll be back

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Awesome as always, haven't been in a little while but always look forward to eating here

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had a great dinner before taking in the Chinese Lantern Festival. Enjoyed the Voodoo Pig Bread, a little spicy but quite tasty, as a starter. There were too many things to choose but went with the Chicken Pot Pie and Shrimp & Grits which were wonderfully creamy (grits) and had great flavor. Our server, Beverly, was top notch and made our dinner experience a great one!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Lucky 32 is our go to restaurant. Good food, great service and nice ambience all at reasonable prices.
We live 30 miles away and make the drive several times because we know we will not be disappointed. They change their seasonal menu quarterly to allow for fresh local ingredients that are available at the time. The seasonal menu is in addition to their regular menu items that are available year round.
Their entrees come with 1 or 2 sides with roughly 15 options to choose from! We have tried most of the items on the menu and a few of our favorites include the shrimp and grits, creamy grits well balanced with seasoning but not overpowering the shrimp. Any of the ribeyes, good flavor and a nice cut of meat at a fitting price point. They offer a fish of the day along with catfish and salmon on the regular menu. The fish of the day and catfish has always been tasty and cooked spot on. Can not speak for the salmon as none of us eat it.
As for lunch the burgers are good but the pulled pork is exceptional. Make sure you leave room for dessert and consider sharing because they are large. The peanut butter pie is fantastic as well as the season offering of bourbon pecan bars. Want something a little less sweet and decadent the Affogato is a good choice, a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream covered in espresso coffee. Bon appetit!

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Overall very good, we had to change tables due to loudness from traveling sports team of teenagers.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great oyster stew and grilled salmon. The staff is so friendly and well trained that it's a pleasure to eat at Lucky32. It is very busy during the Holidays and parking is a problem because of the big groups at lunchtime. The larger parties at lunchtime should try to carpool a little more.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Never disappoints. Brussels, collards, and whipped sweet potatoes were amazing. Herb grilled chicken was cooked perfectly, and my dad loved the pot pie. They surprised my mom with a birthday dessert which was awesome, and our waiter was wonderful.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

I ordered the flash fried oysters. The oysters were about the size of my thumbnail, and prepared too early in the day. They had no flavor and were really tasteless. Very poor, and I checked tripadvisor before choosing. Never again!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Just love this place! Food is amazing and the staff are wonderful

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very pleasantly surprised! The menu selections were varied and fairly reasonably priced. We liked everything we ordered very much. Also by making a reservation we were able to be seated quickly on a Saturday night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Just delicious! Excellent service and great prices for the quality and quantity. We’d come again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Restaurant gets a pass because it was Thanksgiving Holiday, during which staff and supply chain can get disrupted. There were some pleasant surprises in the food, but overall not as consistent as we've experienced in the past. Our waiter was definitely new--he needed to go to the kitchen to get answers to relatively simple questions (is there meat in this dish?), and he got a drink order wrong.

Not the restaurant's best night. It'll be a little while before we're back

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Occasion was Thanksgiving. All,of our family scattered and it was just the two of us. One choice if you wanted turkey for $27. I realize eating out on this day is not going to get your Mothers Turkey, but this tasted like it sat in a steam table all afternoon with a little bit of terrible tasting gravy thrown on top. Even the pie was a flavor I didn’t recognize. With tip, two glasses of wine and meal, our bill was $90. Outrageous amount for an awful meal. Service was also subpar. They brought our entree before we even finished our lukewarm soup. We had to ask for more water. I’ve been to Lucky 32 before and it has never been this awful. I will never eat out again for Thanksgiving and will,probably never go back to Lucky 32.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving. Great value. Great service. Best turkey I have ever had !

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our Thanksgiving meal was excellent!
First time. We'll be back!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was a disappointment this time. The Brussels sprouts side was bland, drop biscuits were dry and our steaks were fatty and tough. We have been to Lucky 32 often because it is convenient but now we will travel a bit for a good meal.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

One of our favorites! We dined here on Thanksgiving and it was fabulous as always. Fixed price menu portions were large enough to have leftovers too. Everything was yummy, service was great and the atmosphere was cozy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My plate was full of collard juice which I removed with paper towels. The turkey was processed and was a great disappointment. I though it would be turkey carved from the bone. Too much pumpkin on the menu. Dressing was overcooked, in a ball and very dry.
I have had wonderful meals at Southern and this was not enjoyed.
i will be back but not on a Holiday , too much chance of poor food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Lucky 32 is aptly named as Southern Kitchen. I've never been disappointed with a southern dish, and this occasion was no different. We visited during the Thanksgiving break, and everything was just about perfect. I've been to this restaurant for business lunches, as well, and have been consistently pleased with the food, value and service.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great local restaurant. Delicious regular menu and interesting seasonal specials.
Nice beer selection.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Did not measure up. Pumpkin pie was tasteless and no basic stuffing and mashed potato. Outside of turkey no basic Thanksgiving Dinner.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I always enjoy dining at Lucky 32 regardless if it's in the bar or in the dining room. My parents and I just had Thanksgiving dinner there and it was fantastic. It was nice that we could order their Thanksgiving dinner or off the menu. Our waitress was really charming, attentive and personable. It couldn't have been better. We decided Thanksgiving at Lucky 32 will be a tradition from now on.

Tags: People Watching, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Salmon was fabulous and loved the holiday cocktail of cranberry margarita.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We always have a good Southern-style meal here. Their catfish is outstanding! Service is excellent. Highly recommended.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Waitress was initially rude to my date . Condescending when he asked if there were any other shrimp meals besides shrimp and grits. When he asked about side orders she stated, “Here they are”,pointing to the menu and then stated, “I can’t remeber all of them”. We almost left at that point but I really wanted to try the shrimp and grits. As the night went on, we realized that she was “flirting” with him. Real brazen and disrespectful to me I must add. We laughed at her as her attempt was minuscule .
If there was a coin of 1/2 of a penny that’s what she would have gotten as a tip.
The shrimp and grits were amazing!

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great spot! Delicious meal. First time dining here I will definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We've eaten at Lucky 32 several times a year for 10 years. The service is consistently good, with friendly, helpful and well trained servers. The food is creative Southern US.

On this occasion we just needed a quick lunch and decided to go to Lucky 32 instead of anywhere like Panera or a bar. The seasonal and local brunch menus left us spoilt for choice. We had chili from the seasonal menu and Locavore special (NC sausages, poached eggs, grits, and biscuits) from the regular menu. Both were excellent. The biscuits were the best I've had.

When we got the bill, we found we'd spent hardly more than if we'd gone to the 'less expensive' chains. All in all, great food for a very reasonable price.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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