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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Raleigh

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Raleigh? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses 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 Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar - Raleigh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (340)
$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
Cleanplate
Dined 4 days ago
We have eaten at L & L a number of times and it never disappoints. The cocktails are different and delightful (Indian mules and Andhra spicy margaritas). The appetizers are generous and spicy-delicious. The main courses (dosas and curries) have been consistently well prepared. The staff is very helpful if you have questions and are attentive throughout every course. Easily one of our top 3 favorite restaurants in Raleigh.
A photo of Gonza Tacos y Tequila - North Raleigh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1380)
$30 and under
Mexican
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Come experience Raleigh's Colombo-Mexican Tacos y Tequila Joint!

Hand Crafted Latin Cocktails
Extensive List of Tequilas & Regional Spirits
Carefully Selected List of Latin Wines & Latin Beers

Voted Best Latin Restaurant in the Triangle by Wake County Living Magazine!

Won the Indy Award for Best Mexican / Latin American in the Triangle!


Top review
LauraKvip
Dined 7 days ago
Consistently great food and drinks in a fun atmosphere.
A photo of Herons restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2947)
$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
Sandravip
Dined 7 days ago
Everything about our luncheon was excellent! The food, the service, and the setting. Can hardly wait to go back. Hotel staff members were also friendly and accommodating. As we were leaving, we stopped to admire the floral arrangement in the foyer. The concierge overhead us discussing what the plant might be and came over to answer our questions. First rate establishment!
A photo of On The Square restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1273)
$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.

Top review
TweetieM
Dined 7 days ago
The food and service is always outstanding! The wine selection is awesome as well. I highly recommend On the Square for a great dining experience!
A photo of Oak Steakhouse - Raleigh restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2024)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Incredible service and food! Bourbon flight also ah mazing!
A photo of Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (820)
$30 and under
Thai
Holly Springs
About the restaurant
Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi, named after the Thai word “osha” meaning, tasty or good, is more than just providing you, the guest, with good food. We are striving each day to deliver an atmosphere that is not only welcoming, but one that you will be happy to share with your friends and family. A consistent experience of authentic Thai food and sushi that will wake your taste buds up and have you asking for more.

For Take Out ordering online, please visit oshathaikitchennc.com

Please note that if you party does not arrive within 15 minutes of your reservation time, we may need to release your table and place your back on the waitlist (if exists) or offer the table to other customers. We will provide you with the current wait time so that you can make an informed decision. If you think you may be running late, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We may contact you about this reservation so please ensure your email and phone number are correct when setting.

Top review
EricT
Dined 7 days ago
Osha is consistently great! The food is always delicious and the service was great.
A photo of Oxford Oaks Distillery restaurant
4.8
4.8 (159)
$31 to $50
American
Oxford
About the restaurant
A Unique Dining and Libations Destination in the heart of downtown Oxford, N.C.

Oxford Oaks features a micro distillery, specialty cocktail bar and upscale restaurant where the community can gather and enjoy fine spirits, elevated cocktails and delicious cuisine.

Top review
Charlenevip
Dined 6 days ago
Very high end restaurant, service, drinks, & food. Comparable to any nice restaurant in Raleigh or Wake Forest. Will definitely go back!
A photo of cafe tiramisu restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1483)
$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
Foodie73
Dined 1 day ago
Everything was wonderful! We sat outside and it was a perfect night. Food and service was amazing!
A photo of Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (719)
$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
CollinJ
Dined 5 days ago
My wife and I love Amalia's. The food and service are always fantastic, our favorite date night or special occasion spot!
A photo of Cary - M Sushi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (629)
$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
Kelly
Dined 3 days ago
always great, can never beat the presentation or the quality and knowledge provided by the staff here.
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