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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service 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 favourite 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 Herons restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2996)
$50 and over
American
Cary
About the restaurant
One of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and annually acclaimed among the best restaurants in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate, 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.
Top review
JulieRvip
Dined 2 days ago
We were blown away by the attention to detail and the consistent level of service throughout the evening. We savored every bite of each course.
A photo of Blue Jay Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (925)
$31 to $50
American
Halifax
About the restaurant
Blue Jay Bistro, on Main Street in downtown Littleton, North Carolina, is a realization of our vision: To return to Ed’s beloved hometown (where he played football and basketball for the Littleton Blue Jays, his high school alma mater) and create a unique culinary experience unlike any other; for Blue Jay Bistro to serve as a symbol for an exceptional dining experience for local and surrounding communities.

We want residents and visitors alike to experience Contemporary American dining at its best. A combination of traditional and creative dishes using only the freshest and finest ingredients sourced locally and globally. Providing uncompromising quality and professional attentive service.

— Ed & Deb Fitts, Owners
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
From the appetizer to the dessert, everything was perfect! The food was incredible and the service was the best we have ever had! 5 stars isn’t enough!
A photo of Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (739)
$50 and over
Italian
Wake Forest
About the restaurant
Amalia Fumelli is the inspiration behind Amalia’s Authentic Italian Restaurant. She was born in Italy in 1932, and grew up on a farm. As she grew up, she took an interest in cooking and learned everything about the Italian kitchen from her mother and grandmother. For countless hours each day, Amalia began making hand-made pasta with her rolling pin on an old, wooden table. After many years, she had mastered her pasta creations through her skilled handiwork, precise cutting skills, and the amount of love she put into her work.

Over time, Amalia has passed all of her secrets and knowledge about food along to her children and grandchildren. One grandchild in particular, Filippo Fanfani, gained a passion for the art of cooking through her guidance. As a child, he spent all his days at his grandmother’s house preparing meals for his family. The two have a strong bond, that began with their conjoining love of creating meals that are enjoyable for everyone.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
We absolutely enjoyed our first experience at Amalia’s. My wife and I went for our fourth anniversary, and from walking in the door to walking out for the evening, we received nothing but excellent service, warm and friendly conversation, and fantastic food. The owners were so gracious in coming by once or twice to ask how the food was, and our server, Steve, walked us through the menu so well. It was his first night working there, but you could tell it was not his first night in the food service business. He knew the menu, had great recommendations for pairings, and he was so respectful of our time and space while also keeping us well served. We’ll definitely be going back and will always recommend to friends and family. Cheers to you, Amalia’s. That was my favorite restaurant dining experience, ever.
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
BettyB
Dined on May 12, 2024
My husband and I very much enjoyed the Mother's Day brunch! We both had the salmon and salad. We shared a piece of chocolate torte and key lime pie, along with a scope of Howling Cow ice cream. All were delicious!
A photo of On The Square restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1280)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tarboro
About the restaurant
Due to limited seating, we are only accepting in-house reservations. Please call the restaurant directly for a reservation.

Located in Historic Downtown Tarboro, one of the oldest towns in North Carolina, On the Square Restaurant offers seasonal, sustainable ingredients that are celebrated throughout the ever-changing menu. Open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for lunch on Monday through Friday, we are as proud of our food and comfortable atmosphere as we are of our eclectic and value-driven wine list.
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ShariRvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
I love this restaurant! Everyone is so kind and attentive! We had the fresh fettuccine with ragu sauce and pork belly, beef, mozzarella and crushed garlic bread. It was off the charts good! I only ate half to ensure I’d have leftovers the next day! Please bring it back for a regular appearance
A photo of cafe tiramisu restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1508)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Cafe Tiramisu offers a menu full of authentic Northern Italian cuisine. The family-owned and operated restaurant is decorated sparingly and the dining room is a cozy, relaxing environment. Cafe Tiramisu has a full bar but specializes in wine with an extensive wine selection both by the glass and by the bottle.



Try the ravioli or the shrimp dip to start out your meal at Cafe Tiramisu. Choose from Italian classics like the lasagna or the marsala. The menu includes plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. Choose one of the restaurant's sides for your entree like the fried eggplant or the sauteed spinach.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Overall great experience. Will visit again in the future.
A photo of Oak Steakhouse - Raleigh restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2108)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Oak Steakhouse Raleigh continues the legacy of the original Oak Steakhouse in Charleston, SC, with a modern take on the classic steakhouse. Located in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh, Oak Steakhouse offers an innovative approach to steakhouse dining, serving farm-fresh dishes alongside steakhouse classics. Under the direction of executive chef Todd Woods, Oak's menu highlights the restaurant's relationship with local farmers and purveyors. To complement the menu, Oak's expansive wine list features California Cabernet and Old World reds, including a selection of Italian and Spanish wines, as well as an array of artisan domestic wines. In celebration of Raleigh's local brewery scene, Oak Steakhouse showcases local brews alongside domestic and international beers. Classic and creative, seasonal cocktails are also on the menu.
Top review
HealthyDinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food, service, and attention to detail. We love this place - its become our favorite steakhouse and restaurant for special occasions!
A photo of Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar - Raleigh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (367)
$30 and under
Indian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Rated as the # 1 Indian Restaurant in Triangle, Lime & Lemon Indian Grill offers an immersive dining experience with exquisite dishes that will take you on a journey through India's many regions, traditions and festivals. We meticulously curate using only the best ingredients to create dishes that are authentic, unsurpassed, and timeless. All this in an ultra-modern setting to ensure your dining affair is nothing short of perfect.

Featured in the October 2019 edition of News & Observer and received a 4 out of 5 star rating. It has been consistently voted as one of the Top 10 Ethnic restaurants and has also been recognized as the Best Indian Restaurant in the Triangle for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Top review
PhilLvip
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
First visit there. Everything was good, the service and food
A photo of Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar - Durham restaurant
4.7
4.7 (171)
$30 and under
Indian
Durham
About the restaurant
Rated as the # 1 Indian Restaurant in Triangle, Lime & Lemon Indian Grill offers an immersive dining experience with exquisite dishes that will take you on a journey through India's many regions, traditions and festivals. We meticulously curate using only the best ingredients to create dishes that are authentic, unsurpassed, and timeless. All this in an ultra-modern setting to ensure your dining affair is nothing short of perfect.

Featured in the October 2019 edition of News & Observer and received a 4 out of 5 star rating. It has been consistently voted as one of the Top 10 Ethnic restaurants and has also been recognized as the Best Indian Restaurant in the Triangle for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Top review
lesley
Dined on May 31, 2024
Wait staff was superb. Attentive, polite. They have really good posture
A photo of Cary - M Sushi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (674)
$50 and over
Sushi
Cary
About the restaurant
M Sushi Cary is Michael Lee's second location dedicated to high-quality seafood. Our menu is small, purposeful, and uses only very special seasonal seafood received directly from Japan, Korea, and the US. The quality of our dishes is a direct result of our dedication to fresh ingredients, and our emphasis placed on maintaining traditional Japanese and Korean Cuisine. We specialize in traditional nigiri and sashimi courses in addition to a once in a lifetime Grand Omakase. M Sushi was ranked in 2022 in OpenTable's top 100 restaurants in American. Also, the only restaurant to make the list from North Carolina.

Please note that we do not offer highchairs or boosters.
Top review
georgel
Dined 7 days ago
As you know the fine restaurant scene in these parts is rich. M Sushi Cary did not disappoint. We enjoyed a wonderful, delicious offering of the finest sushi and sashimi just like M Sushi Durham. Durham was booked solid so Cary was a good option. Cary location is new and easy to get to at the brand new 15-minute “city” called Fenton. Jefferson helped navigate the offerings as I could not have the Omakase for one, it has to be for the entire party. We are looking forward to our next visit.
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