Restaurants in Chapel Hill

43% Off Italian Food at Vespa Ristorante

Downtown Chapel Hill

$30 $17

Mediterranean tapas platters, prosciutto-wrapped pork loins, chicken parmaggiano, and tilapia prepared in a lemon caper sauce

50% Off at Dales Indian Cuisine

Multiple Locations

$24 $12

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Eatery infuses India’s culinary heritage into oven-baked tandoori & curry dishes

50% Off Greek Cuisine at Spartacus Restaurant

Durham

$30 $15

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Award-winning restaurant serves steak, seafood, pasta, and traditional Greek specialties including lamb kababs, moussaka, and pastitsio

45% Off at Gobblers Burgers

Durham

$10 $5.50

Paired with a fresh salad or oven-baked sweet-potato fries, a turkey or vegetarian burger makes for a healthful, low-calorie meal

Half Off Greek and American Food at Benetis Athena Restaurant

Durham

$14 $7

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American and Mediterranean dishes such as breakfast skillets, sandwiches, and gyros

45% Off Irish Pub Food and Drinks at James Joyce

Downtown

$20 $11

House-brined corned beef sandwiches, Guinness–battered fish and chips, and whiskey-marinated wings served in a rustic pub setting

47% Off Italian Cuisine at Cucina di Milano

Morrisville

$30 $16

Fine pastas and specialty Milanese dishes prepared according to family recipes

Up to 50% Off at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Apex

$20 $11

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Sandwiches, omelets, and homemade pancakes at restaurant with more than 400 national locations

45% Off New Orleans–Style Cajun Food at The Big Easy

Cary

$20 $11

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Authentic Cajun étouffée, gumbo, and jambalaya served amid photos of New Orleans' French Quarter or on an open-air patio

The Meat House – Up to 40% Off Artisan Sandwiches

Multiple Locations

$19.98 $12

Sandwiches with Certified Angus Beef & 9-year cheddar cheese or sweet-potato waffles with buttermilk-fried chicken using local ingredients

57% Off at Coffee & Crepes

Cary

$23.16 $10

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In addition to coffee, eatery offers dozens of hot and iced drinks and sweet crepes served with Nutella, whipped cream, cinnamon, and fruit

45% Off at Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Cary

$20 $11

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Sushi chefs craft dozens of sushi rolls, while grill masters prepare hibachi salmon, chicken, beef, and veggies

Half Off at Ashee Ethiopian Cuisine

Cary

$20 $10

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Authentic Ethiopian meals, such as curried-goat-and-lamb stew atop flatbread, are served at an eatery with coffee ceremonies

$12 for Seafood Fare at Tony's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Cary

$20 $12

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Seafood and American classics such as Cajun shrimp jambalaya, shrimp and grits, ribs, steak, burgers, and steamed oysters

Up to Half Off Steak, Seafood, and Sandwiches at The Village Diner

The Village Diner

$10 $5

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Steak, seafood, sandwiches, and breakfast cuisine served at homey diner with exposed-brick walls and padded booths

36% Off Mexican Cuisine at La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano

Multiple Locations

$20 $12.75

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Family-owned eatery voted Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row by Times-News readers serves up freshly prepared Mexican cuisine

Up to 51% Off at Angelo's Family Restaurant

Graham

$20.05 $11

Family-friendly restaurant bakes warm pizzas and creates fresh, authentic pasta to pair with appetizers

Up to 42% Off Italian Food at Moonlight Pizza Company

University

$20 $12

Artisan pies with 50 creative toppings, from pepperoni and tomatoes to local cheese and mandarin oranges

Half Off Pizza Buffet at CiCi's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

Pizza made with fresh dough lines the expansive buffet, along with pasta, salads, and desserts

Up to 36% Off at Sawasdee Thai Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$20 $12.75

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Award-winning noodles, curries, and stir-fries from Thai chefs, made with authentic Thai herbs and tailored to your desired spice level

45% Off Casual American Food at Brewmasters Bar & Grill

Downtown Raleigh

$20 $11

Chefs whip up salads with local greens, form burger patties by hand & infuse sandwiches with international flavors within a historic eatery

Half Off South American Cuisine at Guasaca

Northwest Raleigh

$10 $5

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Rice bowls, salads, avocado guasaca sauce, and grilled arepas stuffed with ingredients such as tilapia, shredded beef, and baked plantains

50% Off Italian Cuisine at Capri Restaurant

North Raleigh

$30 $15

Homestyle Italian meals such as filet of grouper, shrimp scampi, chicken marsala, veal piccata, and cheese-filled ravioli

Up to 52% Off at Mitchikia Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Garner

$40 $20

Entertaining chefs prepare hibachi steak and seafood at traditional teppanyaki grill-equipped tables; variety of apps and fresh sushi

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Chefs at Tandoor Indian Restaurant draw on the culinary traditions of India's northern Punjab region, an area known for complex flavors and vibrant presentation. Though lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, and meat samosas have always been a staple at the eatery, a recent renovation has reinforced the feeling of stepping onto another continent. “Following the aroma of classic Indian spices you arrive at a completely refurbished place,” says the Chapel Hill News, “filled with mythological art and sculpture, newly painted doorways, metal bird sculptures and butterfly topiaries as well as new booths, rugs, curtains, covers and cushions.”

The lilting, tangled choruses of Bollywood videos drift from televisions above the paisley booths. In the kitchen, chefs work quickly around a clay tandoori oven filled with licking flames, much like a pyromaniac’s vacation slideshow. Mango-chutney cheesecake and other colorful dishes match a dining room, which the Independent Weekly says “is filled with vibrant colors inspired by owner Binda Bhupal's homeland: mango orange, Kashmiri hot pink, Bombay yellow, peacock blue.”

1301 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

At Mint Indian Cuisine, it's the smallest parts of the dish that matter—the spices. With marinades, chefs infuse their meals with loud or subtle flavors that ring through the mouth like edible symphonies. A secret mixture of Indian seasonings soaks into their signature dish, the Mint chicken kebab, for a full night before the food gurus heat it in the tandoor oven. That oven also pours out freshly baked naan, which meets the standards of full flavor by donning layers of garlic or rosemary. Pounded spices accompany handpicked spinach and seasonal ingredients in vegetarian platters, which act as zestier alternatives to meat than imaginary steaks.

With so many herbs and flavors at its disposal, the kitchen experiments with Indian staples and more obscure dishes alike. Chefs cover the chicken tropical tang, for example, with a raw mango paste and a light coat of spices, simultaneously evoking and augmenting West Indian traditions. Guests can sample this and other dishes that range from fiery to sweet while live sitar music spreads a sense of serenity throughout a dining room accented by white tablecloths.

504 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Tony, the owner of Bandido’s Mexican Cafe, learned the tricks of the trade while working at his family’s Mexican restaurant as a teenager. Today, he and his wife own and operate three Bandido’s locations, which serve sizzling fajitas, crisp tacos, and burritos stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, or sautéed spinach. The Herald-Sun's readers praised Bandido's as the Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009, and the restaurant returns the favor by awarding individuals who finish the El Gigante burrito—a massive compilation of steak and chicken fajitas, rice, black beans, and shredded cheese—with a T-shirt and gentle pats on the back. The restaurant often hosts live entertainment, and the Durham location supplements its selection of lunch and dinner fare with a Sunday brunch menu served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

159 1/2 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Talulla’s re-creates traditional Ottoman cuisine in an opulent milieu, surrounding visitors with antique rugs, vibrant draped fabrics, and waves of eclectic, ambient music. Seated on plump cushions, guests can take in an authentic dinner menu of centuries-old Turkish recipes, lovingly coaxed into being with top-quality meats, organic flour and vegetables, and upside-down belly dancing. Meals may begin with one of Talulla’s Mediterranean mezzes—small, savory plates including the patlican ezmesi ($7), a smoked eggplant purée served with chopped walnuts, yogurt, and tahini—before continuing to robust entrees such as the sebzeli musakka ($17), a layered concoction of eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, peas, onions, and potatoes, topped with cheese and béchamel sauce. Flash syrupy grins between bites of authentic desserts ($5–$7), or stop by for lunch to chow down on char-grilled lamb kebabs ($10) or Turkish-style pizza ($8–$10).

456 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

The Tedesco family draws upon freshly sliced meats and ingredients from local producers in a kitchen that fills with a jangling symphony of pots and pans. As they work, scents roll into the dining room, hinting at lobster ravioli, blackened salmon, and thin-crust Brooklyn-style pizzas. Bartenders dole out cups of wine and imported beers from brands including Peroni, and delivery drivers rush past, bearing bruschetta and shrimp scampi to diners staying in for the evening or pretending that they aren’t stuck in a hammock.

1404 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Archira Thai and Sushi's kitchen staff boasts several Thailand natives, who dedicate their efforts to reflecting the modern, 21st century culinary offerings of Thailand and Southeast Asia. An extensive menu sports classics such as pad thai, where stir fried rice noodles set the stage for an ensemble cast of chicken, bean sprouts, egg, peppered Nathan Lane, and crushed, roasted peanuts ($12). Archira's crispy duckling layers a crispy, honey-roasted bird atop a vegetal bed of bell pepper, onion, carrot, and fresh basil glazed with a sautéed garlic chili sauce ($18). Cast a net around the caterpillar roll—a tightly wrapped union of eel and cucumber with avocado, shrimp, and unagi sauce ($12). The spider roll catches unsuspecting tongues in its web of soft-shell crab and avocado ($11).

2110 Environ Way
Chapel Hill,
NC
US