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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Raleigh

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Raleigh? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Oxford Oaks Distillery restaurant
4.9
4.9 (189)
$31 to $50
American
Oxford
About the restaurant
A Unique Dining and Libations Destination in the heart of downtown Oxford, N.C.

Oxford Oaks features a micro distillery, specialty cocktail bar and upscale restaurant where the community can gather and enjoy fine spirits, elevated cocktails and delicious cuisine.

Top review
CHOWMOM
Dined 4 days ago
Service was outstanding. Food was incredible. It was a calm atmosphere. Wonderful experience right here in Oxford NC.
A photo of Herons restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3008)
$50 and over
American
Cary
About the restaurant
One of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and annually acclaimed among the best restaurants in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate, 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.
Top review
Dukespop1
Dined 6 days ago
Herons is the perfect place for a delightful lunch. It’s a place where you can talk and be heard. The service is impeccable.
A photo of Seasons 52 - Raleigh restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2300)
$31 to $50
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Seasons 52 is a Fresh Grill and Wine Bar offering a seasonal menu that is naturally lighter and always flavorful. Our seasonal menus feature ingredients at their peak of freshness, oak-fire grilled or brick oven roasted (without a fryer in sight) to be naturally lighter and more flavorful. We also offer an extensive list of wines by the glass and bottle. Here, you'll always feel free to enjoy every bite, every sip, every moment. Lunch and dinner daily with happy hour Monday-Thursday from 3-6PM.
Top review
Nan57
Dined 2 days ago
Love this place!! Our waiter, Chaz, was wonderful, the food was delicious, and we enjoyed our VERY long lunch! Love the lunch menu- great for meetings and lunch with the girls!
A photo of Winston's Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1837)
$31 to $50
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Established in 1986, Winston's Grille is dedicated to making "everyday dining experiences lasting memories" for over 36 years. Traditional, American fare dishes, made "from scratch", located in North Raleigh in the Sutton Square Shopping Center. We pride ourselves on consistently serving excellent food and service.

Start your dining experience with one of our famous appetizers like the Carolina Crab Dip, Bruschetta, or Jam Jam Shrimp. Enjoy a glass of Chardonnay or locally crafted beer on our award winning, expansive heated patio. Our menu offers crowd favorites such as our Hand Rolled Sushi, Cashew Salmon, Black and Bleu Salad, Winston's Old Fashioned Burger, Winston's Prime Rib and many more. We offer daily features, gluten-free options, and vegan & vegetarian choices. No visit to Winston's Grille is complete without trying our homemade ice cream. After dining at Winston's Grille, we want you to be asking yourself "when are you coming back, rather than where you'll go next".

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Always delicious food and love their variety of specials. Atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. The service and staff are absolutely top notch.
A photo of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen - Cary restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5690)
$30 and under
American
Cary
About the restaurant
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary features exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes made with plenty of local ingredients. We will open back up soon for dining in our restaurant in our dining room that's been prepared for safe distancing and Veranda garden. View photos of our new seasonal features available for takeout on our website at lucky32.com.
Top review
CastleRockFamily
Dined 5 days ago
Really nice place, newer in great shape. Service was fantastic, noise level was perfect for my business dinner. Food was very good.
A photo of East Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (57)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Enjoy lunch with the most breath taking view in Raleigh, the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Located in C level of the East Building, the East Café offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, and Barista crafted coffee and tea beverages. Indoor and patio seating!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Lovely surrounding Great quality of food and staff All a most beautiful experience So forth it!
A photo of Peak on Salem restaurant
4.5
4.5 (604)
$30 and under
American
Apex
About the restaurant
Drinking great wine with great food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.
Top review
Molly
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Amazing service and delicious food! We enjoyed our night out at Peak on Salem!
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4.2
4.2 (150)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
A full-service restaurant and bar. Offers progressively traditional, French Canadian farmhouse vibes. Scratch-made comfort food is handcrafted in our kitchen using fresh meats, produce, signature sauces and dressings.

Menu Musings: Nosh on some of fan favorites for breakfast like French toast, Maple Sausage Stackers, oatmeal creme brulee, simply strawberry crepes. Lunch can be healthy! Many gluten and dairy free options. Try a Mediterranean Chicken (or make it vegetarian with tofu). Vegan friends love the Thai Curry Crepe. Food Network has featured our Rugby Crepe on The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Try it, is it the best?! Come for dinner and grab a burger or fried chicken sandwich. After dinner nutella dessert crepes - yes!

Top review
RebeccaRvip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Cheyanne was the best waitress we’ve had in a long time! Super organized and was able to manage our large party without issue. Restaurant was great with accommodation of 2 parties wanting to sit together. Food was delicious and drink flights were fun!
A photo of Parkside Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (771)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Parkside is a locally owned and operated Downtown Raleigh Restaurant located at the entrance of the Warehouse District. Parkside is situated on the corner of West Martin and South Dawson streets across from historic Nash Square. It was this urban park, one of the four original parks in downtown that inspired the name Parkside.

Housed at street level and under the longest running neon restaurant sign in North Carolina you will find our doors, which have been the threshold to hospitality for this neighborhood for over one hundred years. Parkside believes in continuing this tradition in every way. From the warm red brick and reclaimed barn wood clad bar to the NC solid poplar tabletops, we want our guests to feel welcome. Whether you are sampling one of our 25+ beers on tap or enjoying our chef inspired locally sourced fare, your experience is our priority.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Service was fast and friendly! I ate there for lunch with 5 colleagues and we all agreed our food was delicious ... very fresh! We will definitely come back!
A photo of STIR - Raleigh restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2190)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
STIR is the perfect restaurant to enjoy a night out, host clients, or sip a craft cocktail over a dozen oysters. Located in North Hills, the restaurant is an open-air concept with a large, heated outdoor patio. We are open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Our cold bar and kitchen offers fresh oysters from North Carolina and beyond, traditional Mexican and Peruvian ceviche, and classic entrees and specials, all prepared from scratch.

STIR is famous for craft cocktails. We freeze and carve 300-pound blocks of artisanal ice in-house, age certain cocktails in oak barrels for richer flavors, and place others on draft for crispness and carbonation.
The result is a categorically elevated cocktail. Our passion for fine spirits also compels us to find and share rare bottles, many of which are extremely difficult to procure.

We welcome Raleigh to enjoy our unmatched cocktails, fresh seafood from the cold bar, and classic dishes in an atmosphere of genuine hospitality.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great oysters and the kids mac and cheese is the best!
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