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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill? 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 Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (833)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
All the sushis i ordered were amazing. The takoyaki as an appetizer was really good as well. Great service. I would love to come again sometime.
A photo of Carolina Brewery - Pittsboro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (84)
$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
JoAnneZ
Dined 3 days ago
Our sandwiches were delicious. The coleslaw was way too vinegar tasting for us. We asked the waitress if it was creamy and she said yes. We didn't send it back but it was definitely not creamy. Everything else was very good and the waitress was very attentive to us.
A photo of Napoli Pizzeria & Gelateria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (72)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Carrboro
About the restaurant
Offering small plates, True wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, housemade gelato, local beer on draft & wine in dowtown Carrboro!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Napoli is my favorite place for pizza. Love the outdoor dining set up as well.
A photo of Bella Monica restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3513)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Benvenuto! Opened August 2000, chef/ owner Corbett Monica and his wife, Julie, created this trattoria as an extension of his Nanas dinner table. A place where the neighborhood gathers to dine and enjoy life. Guests become family at our tables, enjoying recipes handed down from our grandparents. Following tradition, we make our sauce with San Marzano tomatoes and use only the freshest ingredients available, just like Nana. Our gravy is so good that we eat it like soup! Neapolitan menu, thin-crust Flatbread pizzas, Pasta, NC Seafood, Chicken, Local Pork. Without a doubt, the best cannoli you will ever taste! Our wine list features all Italian, hard-to-find selections that are a perfect match for our Pasta and Flatbreads. Wine Spectator 2007-2019. Local art is on our walls and we play a great upbeat music mix. We welcome you to our business, our culture, our family. It is an honor and pleasure to cook for you. Please enjoy our food and the company you share at our table. Mangia bene!
Top review
ElizabethO
Dined 7 days ago
LOVE Bella Monica!!!! Being gluten free can be challenging but Bella Monica has great choices…delicious!!! Their menu is great for all ( they even have a vegan menu) and the staff is friendly and attentive, making sure you always have what you need. Warm inviting atmosphere just tops it off. Can’t wait to go back!
A photo of Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (911)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cary
About the restaurant
Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar has been serving Cary & the Triangle since 1991. Owned and operated by Will & Margie Hennessee, Maximillians offers global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Offering over 15 wines by the glass in addition to an extensive bottle list, or enjoy one of our hand crafted cocktails or local draft beers. We hope you will join us, and if it is your first visit, it won't be your last! Cheers!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We sat outside Enjoyed a bottle of wine Had them split a salad for us. The main courses we chose was superb. We will definitely return again.
A photo of MOFU Shoppe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (640)
$30 and under
Asian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Nestled in the historic City Market neighborhood of downtown Raleigh, MOFU Shoppe brings you the flavors of Asia with the comfort of southern hospitality. Our dishes are inspired by our identity as Taiwanese Americans who grew up in the South around a multitude of diverse food cultures. Born out of the Food Network award winning Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck, we have come a long way and can't wait to see you in soon.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Was super excited to try this place since I had lived in Asia for years and wanted to see what their spin was. Everything was delicious! However, I think that the prices were a little high. $13 for 5 dumplings is far too much, esp when sharing. That means 10 dumplings are almost $30. But with that said, everything else, including the cocktails, were delicious, the place was super cute and the service was absolutely amazing!
A photo of J. Betski's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (41)
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Relaxed, casual, lively location serving Contemporary East & Central influenced European Cuisine; featuring a hybrid service system (with additional server assistance available) and located on the edge of the Five Points neighborhood in Raleigh, NC. We use the highest quality seafood, meats, poultry and local produce for our menu of small and mid size plates, providing you a unique and memorable flavor experience. Enjoy one of our expertly created craft cocktails, or order from our list of wines or extensive selection of high quality European and local Beers.
Top review
DeniseTvip
Dined on May 14, 2024
Loved the food and once got the hang of ordering through the app it was ok. I thought it was a little loud inside and our group had a hard time hearing each other. Will definitely go back but might ask for outdoor seating
A photo of Oak City Meatball restaurant
4.6
4.6 (395)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Situated in Raleigh's downtown, Oak City Meatball Shoppe is a delightful eatery where meatballs reign supreme. Close to Marbles and the North Carolina Museum of History, we're a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike.
Enjoy our signature meatball focused menu, showcasing our commitment to using only the freshest ingredients. Enjoy our award-winning Mac and Cheese, Raleigh Mac and Cheese Throwdown winner, along with a variety of meatball options such as chicken, spicy pork, and vegan and vegetarian selections.
Don't miss our full bar, which highlights an impressive bourbon selection and a seasonal cocktail list crafted by our skilled bartenders. These thoughtfully designed drinks perfectly complement your meal, ensuring a satisfying experience. Join us at Oak City Meatball Shoppe, whether you're a local craving comfort food or a visitor delving into Raleigh's culinary delights. Indulge in our celebrated dishes that continue to captivate food lovers everywhere.

Top review
KevinD
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Food was great. Appetizers are big portions - our bruschetta was enough for four people. Service was good too. Great experience, will be back
A photo of Amedeo's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (44)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
FRIENDS, FOOD & FOOTBALL since 1963.
Our founder, Amedeo De'Angelis, was a former NC State football player. Our restaurant reflects his passion for authentic Italian food and NC State University Athletics! We (unofficially) have the largest displayed collection of NC State sports memorabilia in Raleigh! Step inside to grab your favorite Italian dish and go through time... Located right next to campus, long-time fans and students love to visit and enjoy a piece of NC State history.

Top review
DrCP
Dined on May 3, 2024
Calamari was excellent and a generous portion. Chicken piccata very tasty and tender. Lasagna excellent as always.
A photo of Sophie's Grill & Bar restaurant
4.1
4.1 (113)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Cary
About the restaurant
Bringing Old World Favorites to the Heart of North Carolina!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great food, the cabbage rolls were legit! The head waiter was very enthusiastic!
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