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.

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Satisfy Your Cravings With the Best Restaurants in Durham

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.

Italian

Mothers & Sons Trattoria

  • 107 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC
  • (919) 294-8247
  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Friday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Reservations suggested
  • Regional Italian food in Downtown Durham with a focus on fatta a mano—handmade pasta.

GoccioLina Restaurant

  • 3314 Guess Rd., Durham, NC
  • (919) 973-4089
  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Reservations suggested
  • Excellent Italian comfort food in a small, intimate location not far off Interstate 85.

French

Vin Rouge French Café

  • 2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC
  • (919) 416-0466
  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Sunday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Sunday Brunch 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Closed Monday
  • True French Bistro with the best steak and frites and calf’s liver in the Triangle.

Rue Cler

  • 401 E.Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC
  • (919) 682-8844
  • Hours:
    • Monday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Outstanding Parisian-style restaurant in Downtown Durham with a three-course prix fixe menu that can’t be beaten!

Seafood

Saint James Seafood

  • 806 W. Main St., Durham, NC
  • (984) 219-7900
  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Closed Monday
  • Casual seafood restaurant with classic dishes including a raw bar.

Steakhouse

Metro 8 Steakhouse

  • 1116 Broad St., Durham, NC
  • (919) 416-1700
  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Twist on classic American steakhouse by chef and owner Francisco Pirillo who reflects his Argentine heritage on several dishes.

Asian

Yamazushi Restaurant

  • 4711 Hope Valley Rd. #6A, Durham, NC
  • (919) 493-7748
  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Authentic Japanese cuisine served with fresh, in-season ingredients amidst a peaceful, intimate environment.

JuJu Asian Tapas & Bar

  • 737 Ninth St. #210, Durham, NC
  • (919) 286-3555
  • Hours:
    • Sunday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Small plates with bold flavors, each creatively prepared with attention to Asian tradition.

Mediterranean Roots

Bleu Olive

  • 1821 Hillandale Rd., Durham, NC
  • (919) 383-8502
  • Hours:
    • Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Dinner: Monday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday
  • A Greek-Mediterranean bistro from the owners of Papas Grille in Durham, NC.

Local Fare

Foster’s Market

  • 2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC
  • (919) 489-3944
  • Hours:
    • Thursday – Monday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Sara Foster is a respected expert on simple, honest food prepared with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.

Q-Shack

  • 2510 University Dr., Durham, NC
  • (919) 402-4227
  • 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
  • The very best North Carolina BBQ served in a very relaxed atmosphere.

South American

Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken

  • Durham Locations:
    • 703A 9th St., Durham, NC – (919) 908-1597
    • 302 Davidson Ave., Durham, NC – (919) 220-9028
    • 3726 Mayfair St., Durham, NC – (919) 973-3707
  • Hours: Open daily 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • A casual Triangle favorite serving South American fare recognized for its mouthwatering rotisserie chicken.

Glasses of red, rose and white wine with grape, figs and walnuts in wine cellar. Food and drinks conceptTop Durham Wineries and Breweries

Once you’ve enjoyed some of the best places to eat in Durham, we recommend planning to visit some wineries and breweries in the Triangle area. Enjoy wine and beer on a more personal level and experience a tasting at our local vineyards or brewery!

  • Journey through the countryside to find the magnificent Rock of Ages vineyard and winery where you can sample their wines in the beautiful tasting room.
  • Located in Downtown Durham, Fullsteam Brewery and Durty Bull Brewing Company create masterful brews that are on tap in many local restaurants. You can also try Fullsteam brews at their brewery tavern! There are so many other breweries in Durham; you could spend a full day brewery hopping!
  • If traditional spirits are more what you are looking for, the Durham Distillery is a gin and liqueur distillery offering tastings and tours.

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

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