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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Durham

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Cholanad Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (519)
$30 and under
South Indian
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Cholanad Team is focused on delivering the South Indian culinary experience in a world class style. We are aspiring to become a world leader in ethnic cuisine experience that includes food, ambiance and service.
Top review
TalishaC
Dined on May 11, 2024
Cholanad is the best kept secret in Chapel Hill. The food is outstanding, service is wonderful, the ambiance is diverse. I have been here with a large group of friends and sat outside, on a first date in a quiet corner, at the bar to watch a game, and with my family of multiple generations. This is my favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill, mostly because of the food. And dedicated parking!
A photo of Nasher Cafe at Duke University restaurant
4.8
4.8 (824)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Durham
About the restaurant
The 125-seat indoor/outdoor Nasher Cafe overlooks the garden and sits adjacent to the Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen "Corridor Pin" sculpture, providing a serene and beautiful ambience. The Nasher Cafe offers local and sustainable products forged into creative lunch, brunch and dinner menus. Guests can experience a world class museum as well as restaurant in one stop.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Great place for a lunch date - food is high quality, on the fancy side. Prices are reasonable. Service was fantastic.
A photo of Carolina Brewery - Pittsboro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (86)
$30 and under
Southern
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Carolina Brewery is a brewpub located in Pittsboro, North Carolina that specializes in serving craft beers and American pub fare. The restaurant features a lively atmosphere with a full bar, patio and numerous televisions broadcasting sporting events. Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a variety of menu items made using fresh, in season fruits and vegetables and locally raised beef. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, typical pub fare and desserts. Featured entrées at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro include chicken mac and cheese, down East BBQ plate, crab cakes, shrimp and grits and fish and chips.
Top review
MeagB
Dined 4 days ago
Great food! Loved sitting outside in the shade! Service was great!
A photo of Little Bull restaurant
4.8
4.8 (385)
$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
MLFNvip
Dined 1 day ago
Hostess not very accommodating - restaurant empty but no, can’t sit at that or that or that table (: Only that was negative. Everything else gets 10++++ Especially our server and the ceviche and tuna crudo- outstanding flavors, textures, presentation!! Thank you, Little Bull.
A photo of Seraphine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (374)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Durham
About the restaurant
Seraphine is on OpenTable! We look forward to seeing you!
Top review
DurhamLove
Dined 1 day ago
Beyond our expectations! Food was so fresh, light, and delicious! Knowledgeable and pleasant wait staff. Beautifully decorated space creating a great ambience. Definitely will be back!
A photo of Kipos Greek Taverna - Chapel Hill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (983)
$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 2 days ago
Authentic Greek cuisine wonderful atmosphere The outside courtyard feels like you’re in Greece If visiting Chapel Hill this is a must try
A photo of Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (202)
$30 and under
Southern
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Since 1995, we have been proudly serving the locals, students and visitors to Chapel Hill. A lot has changed in both our town and the craft beer industry since we opened our doors as the culmination of a business school plan I wrote my senior year at UNC. Today, we celebrate our North Carolina roots with a made-from-scratch menu focused on Carolina foods in a newly renovated building. I hope you enjoy a true Carolina experience here at Carolina Brewery and will look for our award winning beers on your travels throughout the Carolinas.
Cheers,
Robert Poitras
Owner/Founder
Top review
RobertSvip
Dined on May 27, 2024
Good food. New server (expected this time of year just after graduation) but being trained up and well-supported by the rest of the staff.
A photo of Tandem restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1965)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Carrboro
About the restaurant
Tandem offers modern American cuisine in a sophisticated, yet comfortable atmosphere.
Top review
LKCH
Dined 6 days ago
I’ve never been for Brunch but will certainly go back! Everything that our table ordered was fabulous. Love the outdoor space!
A photo of Emmy Squared - Durham restaurant
4.6
4.6 (15)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Durham
About the restaurant
Founded on an unconditional love of well-made food, we use only the highest quality ingredients for our famous Detroit-style pizzas. As Emmy Squared has grown, we’ve continued to make fans and receive accolades along the way, including winning Nashville’s Battle of the Burger, being recognized as one of "The Best New Burgers in NYC" (Gothamist) and one of the "20 Best Burgers in NYC" (Infatuation). Besides award-winning pizzas and burgers, you’ll find delectable appetizers, sandwiches, and salads on our extensive menu. We look forward to welcoming you to Emmy Squared Durham and sharing our unique take on American “comfort food.”
Top review
ceese
Dined 7 days ago
Emmy Squared was delicious! We had the large caesar salad, hawaiian pizza, and drinks. It was loud and sometimes we could hardly hear each other, but overall a great night and worth the visit.
A photo of Nikos restaurant
4.6
4.6 (316)
$31 to $50
Greek
Durham
About the restaurant
NIKOS offers a treasure trove of flavors distilled from Greece and the surrounding regions — spanning from the southern coast of Crete to the north of Mount Athos, and from the Ionian islands to the Aegean Sea.

We invite you to embark on a culinary journey that encompasses health, wisdom, dreams, passions, and the timeless pursuit of ideas that transcend boundaries.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food, ambiance and service! Definitely a must when in Durham
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