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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Raleigh

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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!


A photo of PLUS Dueling Piano Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (426)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Get ready for a fun-filled night at America’s largest dueling piano bar! Come prepared to eat, drink, sing, and dance the night away with our professional entertainers and friendly staff!

PLUS offers a delicious food menu from open to close - including an array of delicious appetizers, wings, pizzas, burgers, sides, and more! You’ll also find TWO FULL BARS for extra fast service!

We look forward to having you!

*PLUS is a 21+ establishment
*Friday & Saturday Showtime: 7:30pm

Top review
Caveavin
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
The staff is super nice, the entertainment is awesome! Tony and his team really know how to show everyone a great time and make the audience feel special!
A photo of Brewery Bhavana restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4060)
$30 and under
Brewery
Raleigh
About the restaurant

To make a reservation, if joining us for dinner, please use OpenTable to book your reservation of parties of 6 guests and less. Though reservations are highly encouraged, walk-in guests are also welcome.

For gatherings of 7-16 guests, please send us an email at info@brewerybhavana.com, and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours.

For events and parties of 17+ guests, please visit our Events tab at brewerybhavana.com.

Thank you for your continued support. We can’t wait to see you again very soon!


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Was somewhat hesitant - good Dim-Sum in Raleigh NC? Well they delivered above expectation - the fish (Black Bass) and banana cake were fingerlicking good!! The waiter was awesome - we forgot his name - ( he visited Amsterdam and got a tattoo :-) ) - he is a PRO. In short - great food - dito service and ambiance. Highly recommended
A photo of Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (853)
$30 and under
Thai
Holly Springs
About the restaurant
Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi, named after the Thai word “osha” meaning, tasty or good, is more than just providing you, the guest, with good food. We are striving each day to deliver an atmosphere that is not only welcoming, but one that you will be happy to share with your friends and family. A consistent experience of authentic Thai food and sushi that will wake your taste buds up and have you asking for more.

For Take Out ordering online, please visit oshathaikitchennc.com

Please note that if you party does not arrive within 15 minutes of your reservation time, we may need to release your table and place your back on the waitlist (if exists) or offer the table to other customers. We will provide you with the current wait time so that you can make an informed decision. If you think you may be running late, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We may contact you about this reservation so please ensure your email and phone number are correct when setting.

Top review
Riklyn
Dined 7 days ago
Always a great experience at OSHA, food and service!
A photo of Five Star Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (19)
$30 and under
Asian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
For Parties of 11 or more, please fill out our large party form here:
https://www.fivestarraleigh.com/private-events-inquiry/
Five Star Restaurant has been honoring our Chinese roots since the year 2000. We aim to serve fresh, modern takes on Chinese and Asian Cuisine. Some of our most popular dishes are the Five Star Generals Chicken, Crispy Sesame Beef, and Heat Seeker Shrimp. Our kitchen can accommodate gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan diets on most of our dishes. We also have a constantly evolving Wine, Beer, and seasonal cocktail list. We proudly feature DJ’s every week, Wednesday- Sunday. Our DJ booth has been fortunate enough to host many world-renowned DJs and entertainers over the years — you never know who you might see spinning at Five Star Restaurant.



Top review
SuzieR
Dined 2 days ago
The food is always good here. As more people arrive the noisier it gets and I’m saddened that they have taken the chocolate pot de creme off the menu. The best dessert ever!
A photo of Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Cary restaurant
4.7
4.7 (563)
$30 and under
Mexican
Cary
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO NORTH CAROLINA'S AWARD-WINNING COLOMBIAN-MEXICAN TACOS Y TEQUILA JOINT! Currently serving Dinner and Drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
Food and waut staff terrific!! With their hours being so very limited i would think their seating and table clearing would be better. They seem to always be out of sorts at the hostess stand when busy. Too many hostesses not enough bus staff
A photo of SAAP - Cary restaurant
4.7
4.7 (301)
$30 and under
Laotian
Cary
About the restaurant

Yummy & delicious.
Laotian street food from celebrated chef Lon Bounsanga

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Love this place! Outstanding food with options for those with dietary restrictions that are delicious. One of our favorite Cary spots! Can be a bit noisy inside when crowded, but not overwhelming. Lovely location next to the park and easy parking in the free deck next door. 5 stars!
A photo of Element Gastropub restaurant
4.5
4.5 (389)
$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
Saturday
Dined 4 days ago
Awesome menu selection. Excellent food. Impeccable service. Wonderful option for those seeking vegan - and those just seeking a great meal.
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 on Jul 11, 2024
Great oysters and the kids mac and cheese is the best!
A photo of Botanical Lounge restaurant
4.4
4.4 (28)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Raleigh
About the restaurant
A strictly 21 and up establishment, Botanical is an indoor / outdoor lounge concept located on the bustling Glenwood South Entertainment District. We specialize in Craft Cocktails, a Full Champagne Bar, and Tapas style Small Bites. Capability to be indoor/outdoor venue by opening the bifold doors that run the length of the entire venue to the covered outdoor patio. Enjoy our amazing Fried Brussel Sprouts or infamous Filet Sliders on our comfortable velvet couches before your night gets started!

Dont forget to check out our awarding winning rooftop bar, Highgarden venue. This is a completely open-air concept with an amazing view of downtown Raleigh. With plenty of cabana and high-top seating, as well as walking room, you will get the Miami roof top vibe in the center of downtown Raleigh. Find a table by one of our gas fire pits and enjoy a cocktail tree while watching the sunset!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
Beautiful place, great service. Delicious food. Skip the dulce cake - it was stale but a great idea
A photo of Peace & Saint - Raleigh restaurant
3.9
3.9 (145)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Our elevated shisha café lounge inspired by Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean flavors is open 6 days a week, with a full service bar that invites you to engage in creative pursuits alongside wine, craft cocktails, and specialized hookah flavors.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur taking an afternoon meeting on our spacious patio, a designer stretching your creative inspiration beyond office walls, or a lifelong sports fan raising a victory glass, we invite you to our place of peace and genuine connections.

Respectfully we are a 21+ establishment.
ID is required upon arrival even with reservations.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Great hip/hop and R&B music!! They had a dj, it was great energy, people were dancing and having a great time. The waitress was on point. They also had hookah. 10/10 experience .
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