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Our Favorite Downtown Raleigh Restaurants

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We asked for your fave downtown Raleigh restaurants and boy, did you deliver! We received tons of responses with your fave restos and we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular ones below! So check out your choices for your favorite downtown Raleigh restaurants! 

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Taste the flavors of Italy at this authentic Italian Kitchen. Share classics like fritto misto and arancini before diving into their fresh pasta! Our fave way to dine at Mulino: out on the patio by pool!

🗓 TUE—SAT | 5PM—10PM
🗓 SUN | 4PM—9PM

📍 309 N Dawson St

A visit to this resto is an experience in itself. It’s light and airy and you’re greeted by books and lots of greenery. We can’t visit Brewery Bhavana without splitting the Shanghai-style mooncakes and the lap cheung fried rice! And of course you have to grab a pint of their unique beers!

🗓 FRI—SAT | 4PM—12AM
🗓 SUN | 11:30AM—9PM

📍 218 S Blount St


Dubbed Raleigh’s favorite patio, it’s no wonder Wye Hill made the list! Between their elevated bar food, small batch craft beer and cocktails, and friendly staff Wye Hill is an all-around great resto. Next time, try the deviled eggs and watermelon carpaccio. And if you’re a seltzer fan, their Dragon Chaser seltzer is a must! 

🗓 MON—THURS | 4PM—9:30PM
🗓 FRI | 11:30AM—10:30PM
🗓 SAT | 10AM—2:30PM; 4PM—10:30PM
🗓 SUN | 10AM—2:30PM; 4PM—8:30PM

📍 201 S Boylan Ave

Right in the heart of downtown sits this Italian gem. Caffé Luna has been serving up Italian food with a Tuscan flare since 1996! A great resto for gatherings, date nights, family dinners, and even weddings, this trattoria offers something for everyone. And don’t forget to save room for dessert!

🗓 FRI—SAT | 5PM—10PM

📍 136 E Hargett St


As Scott Crawford’s flagship resto, Crawford and Son focuses on delivering deep flavors with purposeful ingredients. Their seasonal menu feature bold flavors highlighting locally sourced ingredients. We’re currently obsessed with the grilled lamb merguez and the grilled heirloom tomato!

🗓 TUE—SAT | 5PM—10PM

📍 618 N Person St

Looking to try something different? How about Laotian! Bida Manda was founded on celebrating the culture and traditions of Laos. Through hand crafted cocktails and bold flavors, this restaurant has been a Raleigh fave since it’s opening. Our must eats: the luang lemongrass sausage and the green papaya salad  with sea bass!

🗓 FRI—SAT | 5PM—11PM

📍 222 S Blount St


Feel transported to Paris as you step into this lively French bistro. Savor French classics like escargot, ratatouille tarte tatin, and steak frites. For the best experience, dine al fresco on the rooftop patio surrounded by lush greenery!

🗓 TUE—SAT | 5PM—10PM

📍 620 N Person St

Turns out, Raleigh loves to eat their veggies! 100% of the menu at Element is plant-based meaning no meat, dairy, or animal by-products (like honey). But what they lack in meat, they make up for in flavor! Try the fobster roll that tastes so good you may not go back to eating real lobster.

🗓 FRI—SAT | 11AM—2PM; 4PM—10PM

📍 421 Fayetteville St Suite 103


Get your bar food fix at this Raleigh establishment. With the walls lined with old press clippings, and images from the namesake newspaper, The Raleigh Times is something uniquely Raleigh. Plan on ordering the Times nachos and the Times Peruvian grilled wings for the table, trust us. Plus enjoy their rooftop patio for some awesome views of downtown. 

🗓 FRI—SAT | 11AM—11PM
🗓 SUN | 11AM—4PM

📍 14 E Hargett St

In the mood for authentic Lebanese? Look no further than Sitti. Offering an array of hot and cold mezze (small plates), tasting platters—our personal fave because you get to try a little bit of everything—entrees, salads, and pizzettes; there’s something for even the pickiest of eaters! Go completely authentic and pair your meal with a bottle of Lebanese wine!

🗓 FRI—SAT | 11AM—10PM

📍 137 S Wilmington St


Savor traditional Southern flavors at Ashley Christensen’s flagship resto. This restaurant’s rotating menu features locally sourced, in-season dishes that will def nourish your soul. And no trip to Poole’s is complete without the mac ‘n cheese!

🗓 SUN | 4PM—8PM

📍 426 S Mcdowell St

Did we miss one of your fave downtown restos? Shoot us a message and we’ll be sure to check it out! Don’t forget to tag us in your food pics  @StuffToDoInRaleigh and use #stufftodoinraleigh for a chance to be featured on our page! And if you’re looking for other fun things to do, check the UNATION app and our City Guide.

Anna Brescia

Anna Brescia

Anna is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Raleigh City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Raleigh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinRaleigh on Instagram and Facebook.

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