Central North Carolina Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central North Carolina - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Alley Twenty Six

    $$$ | Downtown | Modern American

    Named for the alley it borders (the exposed brick walls and overhead string lighting make it absolutely charming), this celebrated bar and restaurant...Read More

  • 2. Mothers & Sons Trattoria

    $$$ | Downtown | Italian

    Order a table of small plates to share, or dive into an entrée from the open kitchen's wood-fired grill at this Italian-themed café (no pizza...Read More

  • 3. Bullock's BBQ

    $ | West Metro | American

    Durham's oldest restaurant sticks to the finely chopped vinegar barbecue that made it an institution. Pair a sandwich or platter with a bowl...Read More

  • 4. COPA

    $$ | Downtown | Cuban

    Cuban tapas and cocktails are paired with delicious sandwiches at this nod to Old Havana, where the tile floor and sidewalk dining add to the...Read More

  • 5. Durham Food Hall

    $ | Five Points | Modern American

    This repurposed warehouse includes 10 counter-serve restaurants, offering pizza, raw oysters, and gourmet coffee. The soaring ceilings and industrial...Read More

  • 6. Guglhupf

    $$ | German

    Locals have flocked to this upscale German bakery, café, and biergarten for more than 20 years, drawn by the delicious pastries, lively brunch...Read More

  • 7. Mateo Bar de Tapas

    $$ | Downtown | Spanish

    When you mix the flavors and small-plate dining tradition of Spain with the beloved ingredients and dishes of the American South, the results...Read More

  • 8. Monuts

    $ | West Metro | Bakery

    Whether you opt for a hearty avocado-stuffed breakfast burrito, go healthy with a granola bowl, or just stop in for a drip coffee, you'd be...Read More

  • 9. Picnic

    $ | North Metro | American

    If you’re craving Carolina-style whole-hog barbecue, head to this quaint little spot outside of town that’s the partnership of a chef, heritage...Read More

  • 10. The Durham

    $$$ | Downtown | Modern American

    James Beard Award–winning chef Andrea Reusing serves local and artisanal ingredients in a dining room meant to feel more like a living room...Read More

  • 11. The Parlour

    $ | Downtown | Bakery

    It's worth the line down the sidewalk for the house-made ice cream with seasonal flavors at this boutique spot with a dozen daily flavors. ...Read More

  • 12. Toast

    $ | Five Points | Italian

    Tucked into a plain storefront, this low-key Italian sandwich shop has quite a fan base—you'll likely become a believer, too. Crowd favorites...Read More

  • 13. Watts Grocery

    $$$$ | Trinity Park | American

    When slow food enthusiasts say "eat local," this is what they mean. The menu of dressed-up regional dishes reflects both the chef's Southern...Read More

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