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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Durham

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Durham? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Durham - M Sushi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2873)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Durham
About the restaurant
M Sushi is triangles first dedicated sushi and seafood restaurant. We concentrate on raw and cold applications of fresh exotic seafood as well as cooked and vegetarian courses utilizing the same high quality ingredients. We are creating simple and traditional sushi cuisine with Peruvian and Spanish influences. We are the only restaurant in NC to make the Opentable top 100 restaurants in 2021.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
M Sushi has a fantastic atmosphere. We made a reservation online and when we arrived they seated us right away. We ordered 5 rolls and they came to the table very quickly. Our waitress was friendly and she kept our water glasses filled throughout our meal. The food was so delicious we did not take any leftovers home. We will definitely eat there again.
A photo of Mateo Bar de Tapas restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2365)
$31 to $50
Spanish
Durham
About the restaurant
Mateo Bar de Tapas is the first solo venture from chef Matthew Kelly, housed in the old Book Exchange building in the heart of downtown Durham. Featuring a menu that blends the flavors of Spain with beloved ingredients and dishes of the South. We offer a casual, yet refined, menu of Spanish small plates with Southern inflection. Accompanying the food is a robust Spanish wine list as well as one of the largest sherry offerings in the country!
Top review
PMC1
Dined 6 days ago
The food is simply outstanding!!!! Highly recommended!!
A photo of Juju Durham restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2236)
$30 and under
Asian
Durham
About the restaurant
Juju serves up small plates with bold flavors, each prepared creatively with attention to tradition, whimsy, local integrity, and, of course, deliciousness. In addition to its extensive and delicious menu, Juju features a dynamic beverage program of hand-made cocktails, Sake selections and a well-chosen list of artisan wines and craft beers.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food is always phenomenal. Danny is honestly the best, he is very knowledgeable on the food items and drinks.
A photo of The Sycamore at Chatham Mills restaurant
4.8
4.8 (21)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Fine dining in a historic brick-and-wood setting with soaring ceilings and windows. Featuring hand-cut USDA prime and dry-aged steaks selected just for us. Poultry, fish, game and vegetarian dishes are offered alongside a full bar serving classic and contemporary cocktails. Enjoy the cozy ambiance of our lounge with fireplace and try out our lounge plates on Lounge Thursday, where most of our lounge offerings are $10! An a la carte menu is also offered. Live piano accompaniment Tuesday through Saturday evenings, with jazz bands performing on Wednesdays.

NOTE: For parties larger than 6 please call us at 919 704-8731. Email addresses may be used to receive occasional updates.
Top review
JoAnnB
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely experience, we went on Wednesday night for Jazz night, very enjoyable a friends birthday celebration. Highly recommend The Sycamore
A photo of M Pocha restaurant
4.8
4.8 (393)
$30 and under
Asian
Durham
About the restaurant
Pocha is short for Pojanmacha in Korea. The exact definition of Pojanmacha is "Tented Cart on Wheels" that serves street food with drinks. Over the years, pojanmacha has developed more into a brick and mortar style and has similar feel that of Japanese style Izakaya. It is an intimate but causal spot to share good food and drinks with friends. We focus on Asian fusion with a concentration on Korean food.
Top review
SethL
Dined on May 23, 2024
There were new faces on the floor, but the service was flawless. The food was excellent and everything that I have come to expect. I'm looking forward to future visits.
A photo of Little Bull restaurant
4.8
4.8 (393)
$50 and over
Fusion / Eclectic
Durham
About the restaurant
Little Bull is sincere, nostalgic comfort food, inspired by the palates of first-generation immigrant kids.

Pocho cuisine is not a gimmick. Like Oscar, it’s a little bull-headed, but with no bullshit. It means more than loaded terms like “New American” or “modern Mexican.” And it’s authentic to Chef’s personal experience.

“American food is undefined. But it’s been designated to certain ideas and people. It’s actually evolving, as much as our landscape is a melting pot. As much as my own identity as a first-generation American and chef.”

Pocho started as a term used by people in Mexico to poke fun at the “American” kids who speak Spanglish. At Little Bull, pocho cuisine showcases the evolution of being a chef in America, inspired by every immigrant and their growing influence on our food.
Top review
Royaltroopervip
Dined 2 days ago
My wife and I have been there twice and our experience has been superb. Ambiance, decorations. Service, food all amazing. The staff, very attentive and friendly. Esther , is very knowledgeable about the menu and provided excellent recommendations. The service was prompt and courteous, adding to the overall enjoyable Every dish we ordered was beautifully presented and delicious. Everything was very good but the little asada was a standout, perfectly cooked and seasoned to perfection. The capirotada, bread pudding so good. Chef Juan Camilo Espada cooked everything to perfection. As they say they cook with love and we can tell. Overall, Little bull exceeded our expectations in every way. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a memorable dining experience. We will definitely be returning .
A photo of Kipos Greek Taverna - Chapel Hill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (990)
$30 and under
Greek
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Authentic Greek Taverna. An ode to the recipes of the Bakatsias family. Fresh ingredients right from the garden for brunch & dinner service.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great as usual! Love the vibe. Always busy. We will be back
A photo of It's a Southern Thing - Downtown Durham restaurant
4.6
4.6 (214)
$30 and under
Southern
Durham
About the restaurant
It's A Southern Thing is our owner's personal love letter to The South. Known for our unique take on traditional Southern fair, we welcome you with a laid back atmosphere, Southern hospitality, delicious craft cocktails and thoughtfully created, scratch made dishes. From our best-selling Shrimp and Grits to Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chops, Fried Green Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Chicken and Waffle Skewers and everything in between, you will find familiar flavors presented in an original way. Offering brunch seven days a week and dinner Monday through Saturday, we invite you to come in, stay a while and let us show you why so many customers love being part of our It's A Southern Thing family.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food, drinks and atmosphere were excellent! We will definitely be back!
A photo of Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar - Durham restaurant
4.6
4.6 (172)
$30 and under
Indian
Durham
About the restaurant
Rated as the # 1 Indian Restaurant in Triangle, Lime & Lemon Indian Grill offers an immersive dining experience with exquisite dishes that will take you on a journey through India's many regions, traditions and festivals. We meticulously curate using only the best ingredients to create dishes that are authentic, unsurpassed, and timeless. All this in an ultra-modern setting to ensure your dining affair is nothing short of perfect.

Featured in the October 2019 edition of News & Observer and received a 4 out of 5 star rating. It has been consistently voted as one of the Top 10 Ethnic restaurants and has also been recognized as the Best Indian Restaurant in the Triangle for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Top review
DebbieN
Dined 3 days ago
Really enjoyed the food and restaurant and would definitely recommend it. It was a bit on the spicy side for me, even though, I asked for it to be mild. However, I am a lightweight when it comes to spice levels so that is me and not the restaurant. I would visit again for sure!
A photo of Ay Por Dios! Mexican Bistro restaurant
4.4
4.4 (36)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
Jean
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and service. A bit expensive but lots of food so took it home for another time!
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