Restaurants in Durham

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

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

Half Off at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

$60 $30

Southern-influenced menu crafted from locally sourced ingredients wafts gourmet aromas throughout historic Carolina Inn

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

Up to 45% Off at Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Morrisville

Morrisville

$10 $5.50

Huge menu intersperses burritos, chalupas, and fajitas with veggie-friendly options including chiles poblanos, served in festive dining room

47% Off Italian Cuisine at Cucina di Milano

Morrisville

$30 $16

Fine pastas and specialty Milanese dishes prepared according to family recipes

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 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

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 Half Off at Buffalo Brothers Pizza & Wing Company

Wake Forest

$10 $6.25

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Signature buffalo-chicken pizza with a blue-cheese base, mozzarella, and house wing sauce highlights a menu of American eats

$11 for Seafood at Blue Fin's Bistro 

Wake Forest

$20 $11

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Fresh seafood, ribs, and pastas served in a mood-lit bistro with exposed-brick walls, nautical paintings, and shaded outdoor seating

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

Select Local Merchants

Six Plates Wine Bar minimizes customers’ food indecision with a concise menu that pairs six upscale small plates with six wines by the glass. Despite the menu's diminutive size, there's no lack of variety—the foodies in the kitchen constantly swap out dishes to make use of as many local ingredients as possible, while a clipboard bears a list of more than 150 wines, and 30 beers, sold by the bottle. Mentioned in the New York Times for its use of local food, Six Plates Wine Bar puts an upscale take on comfort foods with its plates, which are about half the size of a traditional entree.

Six Plates Wine Bar's resident wine lover, Matthew Beason, curates a wine list that hails from around the globe—from behind the bar, he'll recount the tale of his first wine love, a 1995 JL Chave Hermitage Blanc that broke his heart when it eloped with a bottle of Boone’s Farm. Each glass romances tongues beneath crystal-drenched chandeliers in the warmly lit dining room, where eclectically framed vintage photos and mirrors share space on exposed brick and deep-amber walls. Diners can recline on red-upholstered armchairs, at the bar, or at intimate, candlelit tables flanked by backed barstools.

2812 Erwin Rd
Durham,
NC
US

Towering brick walls reach up to the exposed wooden rafters and modern, spherical chandeliers hang from 604 at West Village's high ceilings. Beneath this rustic, yet refined decor, plates of contemporary Italian dishes travel to tables, loaded with locally sourced produce, wild boar from Broken Arrow Ranch, and housemade pastas. Every day, chefs incorporate new ingredients from the Durham Farmers' Market into their risotto and craft the pasta primavera exclusively from fresh, seasonal vegetables. During warmer months, the restaurant hosts live jazz performances on its outdoor patio, allowing diners to enjoy the music and eat with silverware made from smelted saxophones.

Sharing the location, but offering a more casual dining environment, The Pizzeria serves oven-crisped pies alongside a similar selection of refined entrees with locally sourced ingredients. Although the chefs are equally comfortable with tossing thin-crust, new york style pizzas by hand and sculpting thicker, sicilian-style pizzas, their signature creation is the Grandma pan pizza with garlic- and basil-spiked tomato sauce. Although The Pizzeria's dining room shares the same brick walls as 604 at West Village, it creates a more lounge-like feel by lining them with neon beer signs and vintage posters advertising low-definition TVs.

604 Fernway Avenue
Durham,
NC
US

While flipping through television channels, you might spot Chuck Hayworth slicing up spaghetti squash or sculpting a vegan meatball on his own cooking show, Thankfully Local. The skilled chef is a passionate proponent of eating locally sourced foods, having overcome stomach cancer on a diet of farm-fresh produce and fruits. In the kitchen of Worth It Café, Chef Chuck works with a colorful array of fresh ingredients—95% of which originated from local North Carolina purveyors. To craft his signature "stuffwiches", Chuck packs hollowed-out farmhouse bread with barbeque pulled pork, crispy chicken, and house-roasted beef.

Diners gather around tabletops in the cafe's airy seating area, sipping freshly brewed iced tea and lingering over last bites of freshly baked brownies. Some opt to grab one of Chuck's takeaway dinners—such as chicken pot pie or spinach lasagna—to bring home and enjoy with their family or the pack of wild dogs they've come to love like a family.

2945 S Miami Blvd
Durham,
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.

2806 S Miami Blvd
Durham,
NC
US

It's been more than a half-century since the first Char-Grill opened its doors on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, but not much has changed at this beloved local chain. Whether in the original cinderblock building or one of the 10 locations that have been added since, people still approach the counter to jot down orders, pass them through the window, and then look on as cooks grill half- and quarter-pound steak patties over charcoal flames.

In addition to the signature smoky-flavored burgers, Char-Grill also fires up grilled chicken, chili dogs, and pulled-pork sandwiches. Milkshakes and fries add to the eatery's classic feel, helping land it on USA Today's list of 51 Great Burgers and reminding guests of simpler times when hamburgers were used as currency.

1125 W Nc Highway 54
Durham,
NC
US

While steak, seafood, salads, and wines share the spotlight, it's the fondue pot that transforms the dining experience at The Melting Pot Durham into an interactive one. Bubbling at the center of the table, steel cauldrons steam with cheese blends such as aged cheddar and lager beer, or fontina, butterkase, and buttermilk blue. Diners spear slices of granny smith apples, artisan breads, and veggies, before dipping them into the thick, creamy cheese. While a wine and cheese fondue pairing may suit the evening on its own, a fresh salad followed by lobster and steak turns the experience in to a three-course event. Continue the dipping feast by adding one of nine velvety chocolate fondues and diners can gather around the table to dunk strawberries, marshmallows or chunks of cheesecake.

7011 Fayetteville Rd
Durham,
NC
US