Durham Restaurants - Culinary Epicenter of the Triangle
These restaurants in Durham, NC are chef-owned and highly recommended for an enjoyable fine dining experience.
Five Star ★★★★★ The Best of All in Food and Service (Reservations Recommended)
Nana's 2514 University Drive. 919-493-8545 Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30-9pm. Closed Sunday. Our all-time favorite restaurant. Owner Scott Howell excels in sublime yet simple using the freshest local fare.
Four Square 2701 Chapel Hill Road 919-401-9877 Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30-9:30pm Closed Sunday. Stellar American contemporary cuisine produced by chef & owner Shane Ingram. Located in restored Victorian-era mansion.
Pop's 810 West Peabody St. 919-956-7677 Open seven days 5:30-10:30pm Excellent lighter northern Italian fare served in a loft warehouse setting.
Vin Rouge French Café 2010 Hillsborough Rd.919-416-0406 Hours: Tues-Sun 5:30-10pm. Closed Mondays. True French Bistro: Best steak & frites and calf's liver in the Triangle.
Rue Cler 401 E.Chapel Hill St. 919-682-8844. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm: Tues-Sat 5:30pm-10pm. Outstanding Parisian-style restaurant in Downtown Durham. Three-course prix fixe menu can't be beat!
Blu Seafood 2002 Hillsborough Rd. 919-286-9777 Hours: Lunch 11am-2:30pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-10pm. Closed Sunday. Upscale, casual fresh seafood with innovative regional classics. Chef Tim Lyons resides with the fish monger.
Metro 8 Steakhouse 746 Ninth Street 919-416-1700 Nightly 5-11pm. Twist on classic American steakhouse. Chef/owner Francisco Pirillo reflects his Argentine heritage on several dishes.
Chamas Brightleaf Square 919-682-1309 Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Sat 5:30-9:30pm Closed Sunday. True Brazilian steakhouse experience
Mt. Fuji Asian Bistro Brightleaf Square 919-680-4968 Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-3pm Dinner nightly 5-10pm. Large sushi bar and best Chicken Pad Thai
Café Parizade 2200 West Main St. 919-286-9712 Hours: Lunch Mon-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner nightly 5:30-10pm. Spacious restaurant where Mediterranean flavors are at play.
Bleu Olive 1821 Hillandale Rd. 919-383-8502 Hours: Lunch 11am-3pm, Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm, Dinner Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm. Closed for dinner on Sundays. A new Mediterranean Bistro from the owners of Papas Grille in Durham, NC
Watts Grocery 1116 Broad Street 919-416-5040 Hours: Lunch 11am-2:30pm, Dinner 5:30-10pm, Closed Monday. Late Night Menu 10:30-1:30PM. Bistro Café offers updated, distinctive take on local North Carolina cuisine by chef/owner Amy Tornquist.
Foster's Market 2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. 919-489-3944 Open 7 days 7:30am-8pm. Sarah Foster's gourmet food market/cafÃ© in a retro setting.
Q-Shack 2510 University Dr 919-402-4227 daily: 11am-9pm The very best North Carolina BBQ served in a very relaxed atmosphere
Tonali 3642 Shannon Rd. 919-489-8000 Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm. Authentic gourmet Mexican menu prepared by chef/owner Andre Macias