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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 PLUS Dueling Piano Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (426)
$30 and under
American
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Get ready for a fun-filled night at America’s largest dueling piano bar! Come prepared to eat, drink, sing, and dance the night away with our professional entertainers and friendly staff!

PLUS offers a delicious food menu from open to close - including an array of delicious appetizers, wings, pizzas, burgers, sides, and more! You’ll also find TWO FULL BARS for extra fast service!

We look forward to having you!

*PLUS is a 21+ establishment
*Friday & Saturday Showtime: 7:30pm

Top review
JodyR
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Great night out ! Atmosphere is great, guys on piano and singing are very talented
A photo of Trophy Brewing & Pizza restaurant
4.9
4.9 (264)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Raleigh
About the restaurant
A brewery and full service restaurant serving hand-made pizza and more in Downtown Raleigh. We feature Detroit style pizza on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4pm until they sellout, and calzones on Wednesdays. We have a full bar featuring inventive cocktails, great wine, cider, non-alcoholic options, and more!

We have several areas for private events and larger gatherings. Reach out to our events team for details: Events@trophybrewing.com

Top review
Deliciousvip
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food and great service as always! We love to go on Monday nights for Detroit Style pizza. Such a fun way to kick off the week!
A photo of Carolina Brewery - Pittsboro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (88)
$30 and under
Regional American (Southern)
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Carolina Brewery is a brewpub located in Pittsboro, North Carolina that specializes in serving craft beers and American pub fare. The restaurant features a lively atmosphere with a full bar, patio and numerous televisions broadcasting sporting events. Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a variety of menu items made using fresh, in season fruits and vegetables and locally raised beef. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, typical pub fare and desserts. Featured entrées at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro include chicken mac and cheese, down East BBQ plate, crab cakes, shrimp and grits and fish and chips.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Everything was good: Service was great, beer was refreshing, and the elk burger was a whole new experience -- AMAZING!
A photo of Five Star Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (19)
$30 and under
Asian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
For Parties of 11 or more, please fill out our large party form here:
https://www.fivestarraleigh.com/private-events-inquiry/
Five Star Restaurant has been honoring our Chinese roots since the year 2000. We aim to serve fresh, modern takes on Chinese and Asian Cuisine. Some of our most popular dishes are the Five Star Generals Chicken, Crispy Sesame Beef, and Heat Seeker Shrimp. Our kitchen can accommodate gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan diets on most of our dishes. We also have a constantly evolving Wine, Beer, and seasonal cocktail list. We proudly feature DJ’s every week, Wednesday- Sunday. Our DJ booth has been fortunate enough to host many world-renowned DJs and entertainers over the years — you never know who you might see spinning at Five Star Restaurant.



Top review
Billvip
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious food, good service, very fun place.  definitely recommend.
A photo of Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Cary restaurant
4.7
4.7 (563)
$30 and under
Mexican
Cary
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO NORTH CAROLINA'S AWARD-WINNING COLOMBIAN-MEXICAN TACOS Y TEQUILA JOINT! Currently serving Dinner and Drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
Food and waut staff terrific!! With their hours being so very limited i would think their seating and table clearing would be better. They seem to always be out of sorts at the hostess stand when busy. Too many hostesses not enough bus staff
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Raleigh restaurant
4.5
4.5 (214)
$30 and under
Chinese
Raleigh
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
Handsomevip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Great service and loved the packaged meal deal. Will serve back often
A photo of Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (202)
$30 and under
Regional American (Southern)
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Since 1995, we have been proudly serving the locals, students and visitors to Chapel Hill. A lot has changed in both our town and the craft beer industry since we opened our doors as the culmination of a business school plan I wrote my senior year at UNC. Today, we celebrate our North Carolina roots with a made-from-scratch menu focused on Carolina foods in a newly renovated building. I hope you enjoy a true Carolina experience here at Carolina Brewery and will look for our award winning beers on your travels throughout the Carolinas.
Cheers,
Robert Poitras
Owner/Founder

Top review
RobertSvip
Dined on May 27, 2024
Good food. New server (expected this time of year just after graduation) but being trained up and well-supported by the rest of the staff.
A photo of CO - Raleigh restaurant
4.4
4.4 (694)
$30 and under
Southeast Asian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
At CO - Raleigh, you will find uniquely inspired dishes with fresh robust flavors and handcrafted cocktails. Our menu is full of bright, bold flavors from Southeast Asia that everyone can enjoy. Explore new dishes or taste familiar ones; from noodles to pho, sushi to banh mi. CO is designed to be a place for gathering. Taste fresh, robust flavors, and cheers with signature cocktails made from scratch, designed to pair perfectly with a variety of dishes on the menu. Gluten-free and vegan options guarantee there’s something for everyone, every time you visit.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
A few friends and I ate here for my birthday and it was such a great time. The food was good, service was good, it wasn’t crowded and we all really enjoyed ourselves
A photo of Botanical Lounge restaurant
4.4
4.4 (28)
$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 Jun 28, 2024
Beautiful place, great service. Delicious food. Skip the dulce cake - it was stale but a great idea
A photo of Ay Por Dios! Mexican Bistro restaurant
4.4
4.4 (36)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
Jean
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Great food and service. A bit expensive but lots of food so took it home for another time!
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