You will find yourself having a hard time returning to one beloved restaurant in Chapel Hill. There are always innovative options that pop up amongst the traditional Chapel Hill favorites. Southern barbeque or shrimp and grits, vegetarian and vegan, seafood, Mexican, Italian, Pan-Asian, Japanese, Greek, and Latin American are just a start.

Chapel Hill Magazine’s Dining Guide

Chapel Hill is rapidly becoming somewhat of a hot spot for pop American cuisine – which is likely due to the college town's entrepreneur-friendly business startup environment, thriving small farms and national media attention surrounding a few local culinary notables, like Foster’s Market (Martha Stewart’s Living), Mama Dip's, Crook's Corner, Caffé Driade (Food Network’s “$40 A Day With Rachael Ray”), The Cackalacky Classic Condiment Company (Food Network's "BBQ With Bobby Flay" and "Rachael Ray's Ball Park Cafe Special," Comedy Central's "Insomniac," OLN's "BBQ All Star Showdown," Associated Press, Public Radio International, etc.), and The Lantern Restaurant (Food & Wine Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, etc.)

Chapel Hill Favorites:

411 West
411 W. Franklin St.
(919) 967-2782

Acme Food & Beverage Co.
110 E. Main St. 
(919) 929-2263

Akai Hana Japanese

Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar
206 W. Main St.
(919) 942-6848

Allen & Son
Barbeque: If you’re craving real Eastern North Carolina BBQ, cole-slaw, ice tea…
6203 Mill House Rd.
(N.C. Highway 86 N.)
"if you've gone to the railroad tracks you've gone too far. "
Open10am-8pm Mon-Fri; 7am (breakfast)-8pm Sat; closed Sundays
(919) 942-7576

Artichoke Basil
Pizzas, Salads & Burgers
153 East Franklin St.
(919) 929-9119

Bin 54
Steak, Seafood & Cellar
1201 Raleigh Rd.
(919) 969-1155

Carolina Brewery

Local Microbrewery and Grill
460 W. Franklin St.
(919) 942-1800

Carolina Coffee Shop
138 E. Franklin St.
(919) 942-6875

Carolina Crossroads
Contemporary Southern
Located inside the historic Carolina Inn
211 Pittsboro St.
(919) 918. 2777

Crook’s Corner
610 W. Franklin St.
(919) 929-7643

Elaine’s on Franklin
Contemporary Southern
454 W. Franklin St.
(919) 960-2770
Asian Fusion
2110 Environ Way
(919) 537-8780

Foster’s Market
Gourmet Café and Deli
750 MLK Jr. Blvd.
(919) 967-3663

Glen Lennox Shop. Ctr.
(919) 960-0555

La Résidence

French techniques with regional and seasonal foods
202 W. Rosemary St.
(919) 967-2506

Lantern Restaurant

423 W. Franklin St.
(919) 969-8846

Mama Dip’s Kitchen
Traditional Southern
408 W. Rosemary St.
(919) 942-5837

One Restaurant
Modern American
100 Meadowmont Circle
(919) 537-8207

203 W. Weaver St.
(919) 967-5008

Spanky’s Restaurant & Bar
American Bar & Grill
101 E. Franklin St.
(919) 967-2678

Sutton’s Drug Store
Grill and Soda Shop
159 E. Franklin St.
(919) 942-5161

Top of the Hill
American Bar & Grill
100 E. Franklin St., Ste. F
(919) 929-8676

Ye Olde Waffle Shop
Old-fashioned breakfast
173 E. Franklin St.
(919) 929-9192

Bakery, Dessert café & Lunch specials
140 E. Franklin St
(919) 929-2100

Talulla’s Mezze Lounge and Bar

Mediterranean cuisine
456 W. Franklin St.
(919) 933-1177

Trilussa La Trattoria

Mediterranean seafood, vegetarian, and pasta
401 W. Franklin St.
(919) 967-0057

Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom
Seasonal American & Microbrews and imports
102 E. Main St.
(919) 929-6881