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Diners' Choice: Great for scenic views restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking restaurants that have the most scenic view 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!

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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 Lakeside Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (32)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
A new flavor in a beloved location!
Discover a stunning menu of classic favorites with a southern fusion flare. Chef James Eason's seasonal menu is made completely from scratch and uses a variety of ingredients from local farms, the NC State Farmer’s Market, and the chef’s garden, located on our outdoor patio.
Located in the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center on NCSU Centennial Campus, Lakeside Kitchen is a delicious new entry into the Raleigh restaurant scene.
Top review
CarolM
Dined on May 12, 2024
Wonderful setting and lovely lunch. Staff was very attentive.
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4.7
4.7 (28)
$31 to $50
Indian
Cary
About the restaurant
Saffron Indian Cuisine is located in the heart of Cary, North Carolina. We specialise in authentic Indian cuisine, made with the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking methods.

Our menu features a variety of dishes, from classic curries to tandoor-cooked kebabs, that are sure to please everyone's taste buds. Our goal is to bring the authentic flavors of India to our local community and provide a welcoming dining experience for everyone who walks through our doors.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 20, 2024
Took my mom and sisters here for a late Mother’s Day dinner. We brought my baby nephew and they staff was able to accommodate with a high chair and kids menu. They were very kind and the food was good. I appreciate being able to set the spice level. I did want to order aloo gobi but with masala sauce. They were able to provide the sauce in the side!
A photo of East Cafe restaurant
4.5
4.5 (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!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
This was our first experience at the Cafe. We were seated at a table by the window with a wonderful view of the campus. The special items I had preordered were immediately brought in. The selection of teas was very complete. The food was beautifully presented and of the highest quality. We did not feel rushed but were allowed to take our time and enjoy a leisurely tea time.
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4.4
4.4 (44)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Rooftop restaurant and bar on the 10th floor in the Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown. The restaurant features contemporary American fusion dishes, signature cocktails, and an INCREDIBLE VIEW! Perfect spot for a date night or if you want to grab a pre-show cocktail and bite to eat. Located in close walking distance to the Raleigh Convention Center, Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, and the Red Hat Amphitheater.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing views, service and food. Friendly and polite wait staff. Definitely a go to when we visit again.
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4.4
4.4 (80)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Raleigh
About the restaurant
La Terrazza, the newest addition to Umbria Hospitality Group, presents a delightful fusion of southern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, complemented by an enchanting city skyline view. With seasonal delicacies, premium ingredients, and market-fresh produce, our menu showcases traditional favorites with innovative flair. Step into our inviting dining space adorned with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, or unwind at one of our two bars – one indoors and the other nestled in a patio enclosure. We aim to whisk you away to a culinary experience like no other.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
It was my second visit, and once again, it exceeded all expectations. This time, we were seated indoors, and the ambiance was truly remarkable, creating a romantic setting.
A photo of The Willard restaurant
4.3
4.3 (515)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Raleigh
About the restaurant
The Willard Rooftop Lounge, Raleigh's Best Rooftop Bar of 2022 & 2023, offers signature craft cocktails and inspired bites with stunning views of downtown Raleigh.

The centerpiece of The Willard is the Large Terrace with panoramic views of the Raleigh skyline and dual-sided fireplace surrounded by comfortable, yet modern, seating. Heaters make our outdoor spaces comfortable year-round. Inside, a 22-seat bar is the focal point of the dining room, while Skyview Boardroom offers a unique dining experience for 6-12 guests.

The Willard’s cocktail menu playfully leans into Raleigh’s nickname as the City of Oaks, offering signature craft cocktails aged in oak barrels and cocktails where smoke is a key ingredient.

The seasonal food menu, crafted by Chef Kyle Teears, includes shareables like papas bravas and charcuterie, as well as salads, Flatbreads, and entrees like Cherokee Trout and Steak Frites.
Located on the 7th floor of the AC Hotel Raleigh Downtown in the Glenwood South district.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This was my first time going. The service was great! The food was exceptional! The views are incredible! Will definitely be coming back!
A photo of Botanical Lounge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (26)
$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 May 25, 2024
Very enjoyable atmosphere with a DJ on one end of the rooftop. Nice view of the city and great drinks.
A photo of Overlook Raleigh Downtown Restaurant restaurant
4.2
4.2 (108)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
The Overlook features a seasonal internationally influenced full-service menu accompanied by premium spirits, wines and local brews, as well as a rotating selection of signature specialty entrées created by our Executive Chef Eduardo Abundiz. We are located directly across from the Raleigh Convention Center, Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts and the Red Hat Amphitheater.

LOCATED INSIDE THE RESIDENCE INN RALEIGH DOWNTOWN
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
Food was excellent. Restaurant was empty and staff were visually and vocally bored. Our waitress was very friendly. I highly recommend the lollipop lambchops.
A photo of Bahama Breeze - Raleigh restaurant
3.9
3.9 (729)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Bahama Breeze Island Grille offers a To Go menu with easy online ordering. Take home a taste of the islands today. Bahama Breeze offers all your favorites: burgers, salads, seafood, chicken-all with our island flair. From jicama or plantains to jerk chicken pasta, you can enjoy the islands one taste at a time, discovering new flavors along the way. If our Latin and Caribbean-inspired recipes sound delicious but you're not sure you're ready to explore, ask us about the ingredients or preparation. We're always happy to share our knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Incredible!! Great time with the family and Jimi Jam our server was amazing! Great attitude and very nice overall thank you for a great experience!
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