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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Brewery
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“Casual bar in the same building as the brewery itself (you can tour during the daytime). Fullsteam often hosts trivia nights and community events and serves small plates, too. Recommended: A wide selection of arcade and board games.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Delicious Asian dishes with a twist. Their sister restaurant gets all the attention now adays (brewery bhavana), but this place is where it all started. Try the spicy green drink!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Just go! A bakery designed to make you want more. Great food for lunch too! Inside and Outside is exploratory. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you want to treat yourself, go here. An out-of-this-world tapas place, you can have a whole range of experiences from a quick snack and drink to a full-on dinner. Everything is delicious, the space is romantic and transporting, and the servers are friendly and willing to guide you on your tapas journey. They also have an incredible selection of sherry. Recommended: Warm Olives, Fresh Cheese with Pepper Jelly, Artichoke Salad, Patatas Bravas, Pan con Tomate. I could list the entire menu!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great bar food. Central location. Extensive Beer list. Great people watching. Reasonably priced.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pizza lovers!! Neopolitian style pizza. It’s worth the wait! Communal style and cool atmosphere. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bar
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“A great starting point for a beer crawl in downtown Raleigh! Afterward, visit the other bars nearby like Cornerstone. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“On Sundays, they have the best brunch ever! Buffet style. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or meat lover, there is something here for everyone. any day of the week is good to eat here for lunch and dinner. The garlic fries are amazing--I cant stop eating them! ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Café
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“A popular breakfast and lunch spot, this is the place to go if you want an amazing donut or breakfast sandwich. Pro-tip: you can skip the line and sit at the bar for immediate service. Recommended: Chana Masala Breakfast Plate, Fried Chicken Biscuit, Lox Plate.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Asian fusion, dim sum and brewery all in one. Classy and very tasty. My favorite dishes are scallion pancakes with bone marrow and coconut & oxtail jam, bao buns, crab fried rice, and lo mein noodles.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“If you’re craving a burger, this is a popular counter service option that will not disappoint. Burgers -veggie and otherwise-, beer, dogs, and good company. If you don’t feel like trekking downtown, our local-er favorite is Town Hall Burgers over near Southpoint, about 5 minutes away.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“You'll have to drive to this one, but it will be well worth it. It's a small diner with delicious dishes. Don't miss their famous mac n cheese!”
  • 45 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Great spot for those craving authentic NC BBQ. Very easy to access with Citrix Cycle bikes - there is a station about 1 block away from the restaurant. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“the BEST fried chicken. make sure to try chicken and waffles and mac n cheese!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
“Well, they were once voted best pizza in NC, so I'd say that's a total win (and YES! Their pizza is increds!!)”
  • 38 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“If you want bougie Mexican food, (nuttin’ wrong with that) check out NuvoTaco in the Rockwood Shopping Center. Good margaritas and good classics, plus, you can get some items with specialty meat items from Durham Dirty Meats - that is, if you like specialty meats like tongue, etc. Always busy.”
  • 35 locals recommend