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Diners' Choice: Great for brunch restaurants in Raleigh

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are great for brunch in Raleigh? 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!


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4.8
4.8 (2081)
$30 and under
International
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Welcome to Plates Kitchen, your culinary destination in downtown Raleigh, conveniently located off Glenwood Avenue. As a locally owned and operated restaurant, we take pride in offering a menu inspired by the travels and gastronomic adventures of our owners, bringing a world of flavors to your plate. Under the expert guidance of Chef David Mitchell, our kitchen crafts each dish with passion and creativity, ensuring a memorable dining experience every time you visit. Whether you’re joining us for a hearty breakfast, a leisurely brunch, or an exquisite dinner, Plates Kitchen promises a delightful journey for your taste buds. Discover the flavors of the world right here in Raleigh at Plates Kitchen. We look forward to serving you!

Convenient validated parking is available in the lot behind our restaurant.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
This was the first time my date and I visited Plates Neighborhood Kitchen and the experience for both of us was phenomenal. Our server Stephanie exemplified unsurpassed customer service that we had not experienced before. She was very attentive and conversational which added to the awesome experience. The food and drinks topped off the evening as both were prepared to our exact liking. We were disappointed to know the establishment is closing but will definitely be back and request Stephanie as our server when the restaurant reopens in the future.
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4.7
4.7 (5784)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Get ready for a delightful culinary journey at Irregardless! A beloved gem in downtown Raleigh serving fresh, seasonal vegetarian delights + carnivore options. Locally owned and bursting with flavor, our menu promises an unforgettable experience.

Join us for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch! Our menu offers something for everyone.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful food experience. Delicious food. Prompt and friendly service. I recommend this restaurant 100%
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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!
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4.6
4.6 (357)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Catering Works is proud to present NCMACafe, located at the North Carolina Museum of Art WEST BUILDING. Our menu features a variety of Southern-inspired fare with International influence. Premium wines, crafted coffee drinks and in February of 2023, the long-awaited return of weekend brunch at the Museum of Art.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
As expected, dining at the cafe was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious, and the service was great. I can't wait to visit again.
A photo of Tupelo Honey - Raleigh restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3620)
$30 and under
Southern
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains we call home. We craft brunches, lunches and suppers that bring family and friends around the table and allow for conversations and cocktails to linger longer than usual. Always scratch-made, always responsibly-soured, and always Southern.
Reservations recommended for weekends.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food and service was great, Wonderful drink choices. Perfect spot for dinner or brunch
A photo of Element Gastropub restaurant
4.5
4.5 (388)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Element: the simplest principal of a subject. Here at Element, we believe that sharing quality food and drink is the simplest and best way to create memories and cultivate friendships. Nestled in the great City of Oaks, Element is here to showcase that a plant-based meal can be delicious to both omnivores and vegan foodies alike.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Sushi night was amazing - 10/10, will be back again
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Cary restaurant
4.2
4.2 (208)
$30 and under
American
Cary
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
GerhardB
Dined 2 days ago
Katrina was awesome! She was spot on with everything that we needed and when we needed it.
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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
4.2
4.2 (110)
$30 and under
American
Wendell
About the restaurant
Welcome to Parkside Restaurant in Wendell! We are so glad you can join us at our new location in beautiful Treelight Square, Wendell Falls. We have worked hard on this new iteration of Parkside and have tried to encapsulate everything that is well loved from our Downtown Raleigh restaurant to bring here to you. Locally owned and operated, Parkside is the cornerstone of comfort and fresh food. You will find a relaxing place to enjoy an evening in one of our cozy booths or a gathering place for your friends and family to celebrate special occasions in our spacious dining room or semi private dining. At the center of our gorgeous restaurant, you will find our marble bar boasting a large selection of draft beers, wines, and top shelf whiskeys.

We strive to provide top notch service day and night, whether you're in for a quick lunch or night out. You can also find us on Doordash and Toast TakeOut via our website.

We are so excited to be part of the Wendell Falls community!

919-374-7162

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great place to grab dinner and not have to leave my neighborhood. Food is always good! Service is great! Thank you!
A photo of Lafayette Village Grill restaurant
3.9
3.9 (564)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
An American grill with a delightful Southern twist. Serving as the flagship restaurant of Lafayette Village Shopping Center in North Raleigh since 2010, we have recently undergone renovations and re-opened in May 2023.

At The Village Grill, we take pride in offering a diverse range of culinary delights that capture the essence of American cuisine while infusing it with the flavors of the South. Our Chef skillfully crafted each dish using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a memorable dining experience for every guest. Whether you’re seeking a refreshing beverage to complement your meal or simply looking to unwind, we have you covered. Our extensive drink menu boasts an impressive selection of beers, wines, and handcrafted cocktails, carefully curated to suit a variety of preferences and palates.

***WE DO NOT TAKE OUTDOOR PATIO RESERVATIONS - RESERVATIONS ARE GUARANTEED FOR INDOOR DINING ONLY***

Top review
Bettyvip
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
I really liked the menu selections and the sides that were offered. I got the crab cake sandwich with chili remoulade sauce (spicy) with lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun. For my side I got mac & cheese. I thought it was all very good and I would order it again.
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