Best Restaurants In Raleigh

If you’re planning to visit the City of Oaks, prepare for your mouth to water at every turn. From an extensive list of breweries (Raleigh Beer Garden, offering the world’s largest selection of draft beers, is just a few miles away!) to decadent upscale dining to traditional southern fare, Raleigh, NC is a haven for food lovers of all ages. The capital city has unbeatable cuisine to complement its art, culture, and history. Plan your stay today and tempt your taste buds in The Triangle at some of the best restaurants in Raleigh:

Flask & Beaker

2451 Alumni Drive | Breakfast 6 a.m. – noon | Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Bar 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Located at The StateView Hotel

We may be biased, but Flask & Beaker tops our list of the best restaurants in Raleigh. Located on the NCSU campus with panoramic views of Lake Raleigh, Flask & Beaker does not disappoint. This unique Raleigh restaurant is a must-try if you’re nearby, with a locally-curated menu and craft cocktails you can only find here. Flask & Beaker is refined yet relaxed, making it the perfect place to indulge in some of Raleigh’s most innovative eats. This North Carolina restaurant with a view serves up breakfast and dinner, as well as special event menus, private dining options, and more.

Flask & Beaker is just one of many on-site amenities at The Stateview Hotel.   

Fried Calamari at Flask & Beaker - one of the best restaurants in Raleigh

Crawford and Son

618 N Person St | Tuesday – Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. | 4.4 miles from The StateView Hotel

Crawford and Son boasts a laid-back, casual atmosphere and a surprising menu featuring bites like spicy jerk octopus and blistered shishito peppers for curious diners. Located in the historic Oakwood neighborhood, this downtown Raleigh restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. 


620 N. Person St | Tuesday – Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. | 4.3 miles from The StateView Hotel

Jolie French Bistro is a Raleigh restaurant with a romantic secret tucked away upstairs. The rooftop space overlooks the City of Oaks, set underneath a custom-created canopy and soft lighting for an elevated French bistro experience that makes for some of the best dining in Raleigh. Indulge in smoked trout rillettes, steak frites and steak tartare, seared garlic sausage, and other French bistro offerings – but don’t forget to save room for an unforgettable dessert like the pineapple tarte tatin, served with bourbon caramel and vanilla bean ice cream.

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey

237 S Wilmington St l Monday 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Wednesday + Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Friday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Closed Tuesday
3.5 miles from The StateView Hotel

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey is oozing with southern flavor. Southern staples like fried chicken, meatloaf, pot pie, biscuits, and more pepper the menu at this Raleigh restaurant. In addition to the mouthwatering cuisine, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey has an extensive cocktail, wine, and beer list – from NC brewed beers to rum-filled Coca-Cola floats. If you’re in the mood for comfort food, Beasley’s is the place for you.

Parkside Restaurant

301 W Martin St l Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sunday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
3.4 miles from The StateView Hotel

Housed under the longest-running neon sign in North Carolina, Parkside Restaurant is a beer lover’s paradise. With more than 40 craft beers on tap, guests will have no problem finding something to sip on! This Downtown Raleigh restaurant (located in the Warehouse District) offers brunch, lunch, and dinner with a menu featuring locally-sourced favorites like fried chicken biscuits with bacon, chicken and waffle sandwiches, burgers, pork chops, and epic veggie bowls.

Tazza Kitchen – Village District

432 Woodburn Road l Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Friday 11:0 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Saturday brunch 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday dinner 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Sunday brunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3.1 miles from The StateView Hotel

Indulge in savory wood-fired fare at Tazza Kitchen – Village District. This contemporary restaurant in Raleigh, NC believes strangers are friends around the heart of their kitchen – a large brick wood-fired oven. From braised pork tacos to spicy sausage and black pepper honey pizza, Tazza Kitchen is home to one-of-a-kind flavors that will make your mouth water. 

Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing

201 S Boylan Ave l Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
3 miles from The StateView Hotel

If you love Raleigh as much as we do, you’ll love Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing. With a patio that overlooks the dazzling Raleigh skyline and a menu with something for everyone, this exciting dining concept is a must-visit. Owners Sara and Chris have infused flavors from both Raleigh and California to provide visitors with a fantastic food experience. Wye Hill is also home to small-batch craft beers brewed exclusively from locally sourced grain. Cheers!

Gravy Italian American Kitchen

135 South Wilmington Street | Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday + Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
3.6 miles from The StateView Hotel

Gravy typically means biscuits in the south, but at Gravy Italian American Kitchen they’re serving it over penne alongside locally-sourced herbs. From chicken parmigiana to decadent lasagna, this Italian-American eatery is elevating mom’s favorite recipes. With plenty of vino to complement any menu selection, we’re wondering why you haven’t made a reservation yet.

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Seoul Garden

4701 Atlantic Ave., Suite 131 | Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Sunday noon – 10 p.m.
9.5 miles from The StateView Hotel

Seoul Garden is a go-to Korean barbecue restaurant in Raleigh, NC. These Korean-style dishes pack a punch to your palate with plates like chicken katsu and Korean bbq ribs. Seoul Garden offers lunch specials, a full dinner menu, and a dining experience that matches the traditional flavors present in each meal.


Dock 1053, 1053 E Whitaker Mill Rd., Suite 111 | Brunch Saturday 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Dinner Wednesday – Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. | 6.1 miles from The StateView Hotel

Hummingbird Raleigh is an intimate New Orleans-inspired restaurant just five minutes from bustling downtown Raleigh. Featuring several menu staples that stick around and other seasonally rotating favorites to accommodate growing seasons, every diner is certain to find something delicious. Hummingbird is one of the best places in Raleigh for brunch, serving up unbeatable brunch classics like banana bread french toast, huevos rancheros, and chicken and waffles. In addition to delicious dinner dishes like gumbo, charbroiled oysters, classic burgers, and deep dish pizzas, reviewers also rave about the beautiful plate presentation (phone eats first!) and the great atmosphere. 

Taverna Agora Greek Kitchen and Bar

326 Hillsborough St. | Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday + Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Brunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3.4 miles from The StateView Hotel

Opa! From traditional dolmades to hand-pattied lamb, Taverna Agora is cooking up the best of the Mediterranean right here in Raleigh. This authentic Greek restaurant in Raleigh serves simple, seasoned bites with a modern flair for all to enjoy, with new menu items like crispy Kasseri cheese and shrimp saganaki to keep you coming back for more. 

Centro Mexican del Corazón

106 S Wilmington St | Wednesday – Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
3.6 miles from The StateView Hotel

A staple restaurant in Downtown Raleigh, Centro is preparing tacos with a side of community. From traditional salsa and guacamole to chilaquiles you won’t want to skip this contemporary Mexican spot featuring fresh local ingredients. The vibrant atmosphere complements the bright flavors available here at Centro! 

friends enjoying craft beer together.

Hady’s Restaurant International Cuisine

717 E Martin St., Suite 199 | Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday and Saturday 24 hours | Sunday 12 a.m. – 10 p.m. | 4.2 miles from The StateView Hotel

In the heart of downtown Raleigh, Hady’s Restaurant International Cuisine has been serving up top notch African and International dishes since 2019. This downtown Raleigh staple is run by Senegalese chef Lamine, offering scratch-made dishes from fried chicken to jollof rice for your international food fix. You’ll find international classics like jerk chicken and curry chicken, chicken shawarma and chicken kebabs, coco bread, plantains, and more at this delicious spot.

Side Street Restaurant

225 N Bloodworth St. | Monday + Wednesday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Saturday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
4.0 miles from The StateView Hotel

Side Street Restaurant is a downtown Raleigh staple, serving up southern-inspired sandwiches, rolls, and subs. One of the first restaurants to open in downtown Raleigh in 1979, Side Street’s menu features classic comfort foods like pimento cheese sandwiches and scratch made biscuits. They also offer soups, fresh green salads, and other mouth-watering dishes. 

Poole’s Diner

426 S McDowell St. | Monday – Sunday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Closed Tuesday
3.1 miles from The StateView Hotel

Poole’s Diner is a modern diner in Raleigh that takes comfort food to the next level. Elevating classic comfort dishes like pimento cheese by adding extra flair and new flavors, Poole’s Diner hosts a rotating menu that changes weekly and sometimes daily. Save room for dessert: their dark chocolate ganache cake with coffee caramel sauce is unparalleled. 

Mandolin Raleigh

2519 Fairview Rd. | Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Dinner Monday – Thursday and Sunday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | 4.3 miles from The StateView Hotel

Mandolin is run by Raleigh native Sean Fowler who mirrors the feel of Raleigh through his menu offerings, Southern at the root with influences from all over the world. Using high quality ingredients that are fresh and local, Fowler serves up meat, poultry, seafood, and produce from nearby whenever possible to ensure the freshest dishes for his guests. From first course charcuterie plates to mains like grilled lions mane mushrooms and the catch of the day to decadent desserts, Mandolin is a top Raleigh restaurant for good reason.

Death & Taxes

105 W Hargett St. | Monday – Saturday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Closed Sunday
3.3 miles from The StateView Hotel

Death & Taxes is a contemporary Raleigh restaurant dedicated to the craft of cooking with wood fire. Chef Ashley Christensen packs the menu at Death & Taxes with embered elements and local ingredients, from North Carolina oysters to embered tomato jam on grilled peaches. The food doesn’t disappoint, and the craft cocktails pull a close second – try the Carolina Gold, with peach-basil syrup and balsamic caramel to complement dry vermouth and vodka. 


137 S Wilmington St. | Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday + Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
3.4 miles from The StateView Hotel

Sitti is the number one destination in Raleigh for authentic Lebanese food. Inspired by Lebanese grandmothers, or sittis, who were the stewards of the Lebanese culture and faith, Sitti Raleigh aims to welcome guests with authentic flavors and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Take a seat at the communal table or the Art Deco bar, featuring Lebanese spirits, and get ready for the culinary experience of a lifetime with house-baked flatbreads and fresh hummus at the forefront. 

The Pit

328 W Davie St. | Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday + Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
3.3 miles from The StateView Hotel

The Pit is Raleigh’s answer to barbecue. With authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue at the core of the menu, The Pit puts a twist on this classic dish and goes far beyond it to expand their offerings. Beef brisket, fried chicken, baby back ribs, and dishes with fresh local produce round out the menu to make The Pit one of the top restaurants in downtown Raleigh. 

If you’re looking for post-dinner fun, check out some of Raleigh’s best nightlife. Conclude your night at our upscale Raleigh hotel for the perfect end to your day. Our luxe rooms and modern decor will make anyone feel at home, and set you up for another full day exploring The City of Oaks. Start planning your Raleigh getaway today!