Best Restaurant in Durham

Discover Durham’s Culinary Scene at the Best Restaurants

One thing is certain when you visit the Triangle, Durham is the culinary epicenter making it a foodie’s delight! To help you decide where you want to eat, we’ve gathered the best restaurants in Durham that are near our award-winning Durham bed and breakfast. You’ll never have to go far for a delicious meal when you stay at Arrowhead Inn. Our delicious three-course gourmet breakfast utilizes only the freshest of ingredients, including herbs from our gardens and local farmers’ produce so you can start your day off right.

If you’re looking for even “bests” in the Triangle, access our complimentary Durham, NC Vacation Guide. It’s full of local tips on things to do, places to shop, and of course, places to eat.

Savor a Variety of Flavors and Experiences in Durham’s Top Eateries

Here are some of our favorite, chef-owned Durham, NC restaurants, the “Tastiest Town in the South.” The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau also has an online database of all things foodie in Durham.  If you are looking for a more casual, mobile dining experience check out some of Durham’s Food Trucks.


Mothers & Sons Trattoria

Mothers and Sons Trattoria offers delicious regional Italian food in the heart of Durham! The menu features mouthwatering selections. Some of the incredible cuisines are marinated olives, tagliatelle al ragu, Grilled swordfish, Calabrian shrimp stew, mussels, and saffron potatoes. Browse their entire menu and find your favorite.  

  • Hours:
    • Monday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Friday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sundays

GoccioLina Restaurant

Another local Italian favorite is GoccioLina Restaurant! Their menu changes daily, so there is always something new to try. The fare is a delicious mix of Italian classics like antipasti and a combination of southern cuisine. Check their website for the daily menu and prepare to take your tastebuds on an adventure!  

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday and Monday


Vin Rouge French Café

Step into an airy and welcoming atmosphere at Vin Rouge French Café! This Fresh local favorite is known for its French New Wave style and delicious food! French cheeses, oysters, roasted chicken, escargot, and more are all available so you can escape to France in the middle of North Carolina!  

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Sunday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Sunday Brunch 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Closed Monday

Rue Cler

Named after the famous market street in the seventh arrondissement in Paris, Rue Cler offers guests a delicious taste of France. Executive Chef Todd Whitney is passionate about creating French dishes that will transport you back to Paris! Experience some of his culinary creations and make memories with friends and family. 

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday and Monday


Metro 8 Steakhouse

Metro 8 Steakhouse is where a classic American steakhouse meets Argentinean flare! Owner and chef Francisco Pirillo and his team offer both experiences, from your starter dish to dessert, or you can mix it up if you want! Enjoy shrimp cocktails, empanadas, filet mignon, and Dulce de Leche Crêpes. This is only the beginning of their menu, so review all the delicious choices and head on over!  

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday and Monday


JuJu Asian Tapas & Bar

Enjoy an exceptional meal at JuJu Asian Tapas & Bar! The restaurant offers a rotating menu with local ingredients. Featuring a wide selection of Asian cuisine, there is a dish for every taste. They have it whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s chicken, grilled lemongrass hanger steak salad, or NC shrimp dumplings. Pair that with a refreshing cocktail; you’ll never want to leave! 

  • Hours:
    • Lunch Monday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Sunday and Monday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Five Star Durham @ATC

Check out one of the areas newest restaurants Five Star Durham @ATC. Located at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. Enjoy some of your favorite Chinese dishes with the freshest ingredients around. Five Star Durham is a great place to not only enjoy a delicious meal but offers weekly entertainment featuring talented local DJs. You’ll truly enjoy the modern flare on Chinese that they offer! 

  • Hours:
    • Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    • Dinner: Monday – Thursday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Friday – Saturday 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Mediterranean Roots

Bleu Olive

The Papanikas family has run Bleu Olive since 1994. The family continues to provide the community with quality ingredients, consistent execution, and warm hospitality. Enjoy their dolmades, tzatziki, hummus, and more! The delicious cuisine here will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take a trip to Greece! 

  • Hours:
    • Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Dinner: Monday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


The restaurant Nikos brings inspiration to its dining and dishes through history, culture, family, and Philoxenia. Taste the traditions and love that go into the many delicious Mediterranean dishes served up during your dining experience.

  • Hours:
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • Friday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    • Saturday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    • Sunday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Local Fare

Foster’s Market

Enjoy a Durham classic and visit Foster’s Market! This family-owned restaurant has been serving locals for over 30 years. Foster’s Market offers breakfast, sandwiches, and salads to enjoy. They also offer takeout if you’re looking for a quick option! Be sure to review their menu and find your favorite dish! 

  • Hours:
    • Daily 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Founded in 2003 by chef Dan Ferguson and his wife Amanda, Q-Shack has served quality BBQ, brisket, turkey, chicken, and house-made sides for 20 years! This is the perfect place to enjoy homey Southern fare and slow your pace down. The food will help! Review the menu and order your favorite! 

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday and Monday

South American

Luna Rotisserie And Empanadas

Indulge in South American Fares at Luna Rotisserie And Empanadas, where they are best known for their crispy and savory empanadas and wood-fired rotisserie meats. They have a wide range of options including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free fares. These small plates, sides, and savory dishes will surley have you coming back for more!

  • Hours:
    • Lunch: Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Dinner: Monday – Saturday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    • Closed Sunday

Are you celebrating a special occasion during your visit? Finish off the day with our Relax and Un-‘Wine’ Package. It includes:

  • Complimentary wine tasting coupon for two to Rock of Ages Winery
  • Your choice of a red or white bottle of Rock of Ages wine
  • Your choice of antipasto tray or cheese & fruit platter in your room upon arrival
  • A delicious plate of hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries
Glasses of red, rose and white wine with grape, figs and walnuts in wine cellar. Food and drinks concept