Most Popular Restaurants in Chapel Hill

April 15, 2018 Kiesha Cripe

Calling itself "the southern part of Heaven," the town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is home to the grassy malls and brick walkways of the University of North Carolina's historic campus. The presence of the country's first public university has allowed a vibrant arts and culture scene to grow in Chapel Hill. Check out a concert by a local band, watch the star's fly at the Morehead Planetarium or catch a varsity game pitting the wildly popular Tarheels against their historic Southern rivals.
Things to do in Chapel Hill

1. Glasshalfull

106 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510-2266 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 59 +1 919-967-9784
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 179 reviews

Glasshalfull

Welcome to Glasshalfull, downtown Carrboro's own optimistic restaurant, wine bar, and wine shop. Here's your invitation to gather your friends for a festive exploration of our delicious contemporary American cooking and intriguing selection of wines from around the world. Plenty of free parking make it easy to meet for lunch or dinner, or simply a cocktail around the beautiful bar. So as the sun sets on the Carrboro countryside and the candles cast their romantic glow, you'll be forgiven for imagining you're in "Paris," after all.

Reviewed By gina22devine - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Lately I've discovered GlassHalfFull for lunch, and found it totally delightful. My personal favorites have been the appetizers. A few friends and a few appetizers makes for a whole civilized lunch event. Weather permitting, the outside seating is lovely, but inside, especially window tables, are plenty good too. This restaurant is also good for an after work glass of wine - great selection - and supper.

2. Al's burger shack

516 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2317 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 919-904-7659
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

Al's burger shack

Reviewed By Samuel D - Fayetteville, North Carolina

Delicious and juicy burger. Took longer than expected for a burger but it was worth it. I suggest to include even basic fries and drink as part of a combo

3. Weaver Street Market and Cafe

101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510-2370 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 919-929-0010
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Weaver Street Market and Cafe

Reviewed By oneupstatenewyorker - Binghamton, New York

Th Weaver Street market is a place to get great food at very good prices, and to sit outside in a lovely park-like setting surrounded by a few large trees, and by people sitting and enjoying food and friends, during the day or in the evening. Whenever we're in the area, we want to stop here, at least once, if not more. In addition to all the healthy and delicious food offerings including both hot and cold bars, a wide variety of yogurts, cheeses, coffees, sandwiches and many other grocery items, (as well as great ice cream pops) the market is also attached to a small mall with a handful of interesting shops to peruse.

4. merritt's store

1009 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-4715 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 919-942-4897
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 421 reviews

merritt's store

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Reviewed By mamaraff2015 - Parkersburg, West Virginia

This was our first time to Merritt's and believe me, we will go back! It's so good! Delicious bacon, breads and great atmosphere! I had a thick cut Turkey breast with bacon and it was huge and so tasty! My hubby got a North Carolina sausage and egg on sour dough that he was also thrilled with! We will visit every time we're in town!

5. Mediterranean Deli & Catering

410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Lebanese, Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 919-967-2666
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 686 reviews

Mediterranean Deli & Catering

Reviewed By marilynpearl - North Carolina

Like other reviewers, I was bowled over by the abundance of foods available here. My friend and I finally settled on a falafel pita, baba ganoush, lamb shawerma, and Lebanese potato salad. Everything was pretty good, though certainly not terrific. Maybe other dishes are better. But our biggest problem was the volume level reached in the place when the lunch crowd grew big. It became almost deafening, so don't go here if you hope to have much of a conversation.

6. Venable Bistro

200 N Greensboro St, Historic Carr Mill, Carrboro, NC 27510-1833 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 919-904-7160
Excellent
39%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

Venable Bistro

Reviewed By salsalisa - Cary, North Carolina

The food here is fantastic! We're so glad we gave it a try, and we'll definitely be returning. Everything I ordered was incredibly tasty, including the Truffle Artichoke Dip, Rotisserie Chicken, and Herb-Whipped Potatoes. The restaurant is cozy and the service is friendly, so all together, it was an excellent dining experience for dinner.

7. Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

1305 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3308 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 26 +1 919-933-1324
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 279 reviews

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

Bigger Better Biscuits for Breakfast and Lunch! In brief, Sunrise was established in 1978 in Louisburg, NC (actually 1977 but that is a longer story) and has been responsible for providing Bigger Better Biscuits for Breakfast and Lunch ever since. Our biscuit recipe is based on my Grandmother's recipe. Her biscuits helped give her the stamina to give birth to 17 children and live to almost 100. Our Award-Winning Chapel Hill location is a Drive-Thru Only Restaurant for your convenience. The Louisburg location features a Drive-Thru option as well as seating. Our regular customers particularly value our great food and fast, friendly service. In addition to biscuits, we also serve hamburgers and hot dogs. Our sandwiches include barbecue, chicken salad and tuna salad (chicken and tuna salad in Chapel Hill only and made on-site). A real southern treat is our sweet tea. Come by soon! Our Chapel Hill restaurant is located at: 1305 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 933-1324 Our Louisburg restaurant is located at: 208 S. Bickett Blvd. Louisburg, NC 27549 (919) 496-2609

Reviewed By Peter B

This place is the best - worth coming to NC just for this. Biscuits melt in your mouth and it’s so fast and cheap that it should be illegal. We had a chicken biscuit (just buy it) and a BLT biscuit with an egg biscuit in reserve.

8. Elements

2110 Environ Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517-4457 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Free Wifi Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 39 919-537-8780
Excellent
70%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

Elements

Reviewed By Rob B - Montreal, Canada

Had read about Elements, saved it on my maps and forgot about it, so was happy when my partner surprised me with reservations here, but...as we walked into the dinning room I thought we were walking into the cafeteria of a retirement home; linoleum floors, bright lighting , zero decor, zero ambience and no buzz- at 7 on a Saturday the crowd was easily 95% 55 and older. Mixed drinks were out of a Cheesecake Factory menu-not very inspired, and how does an Asian restaurant only offer three sakes??? The only filtered sake was too sweet for my liking. Sushi rolls were small and only better than average. Friends liked the salmon in a pastry puff, portion size of calamari is generous. Appetizer of blue fin Tina trio was good, service was friendly. Just fell super short on ambience and sake selection. If you're under 45 looking for a trendy spot, do not come here. Definitely not worth the drive from Cary.

9. Stoney River

201 S Estes Dr Ste 100A, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-7001 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 919-914-6688
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 115 reviews

Stoney River

Reviewed By TarHeel071 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I was very impressed that Chapel Hill finally has a decent steak house without having to go outside of the Chapel Hill area. We enjoyed drinks at the bar while awaiting the rest of our party to arrive--beer selection and prices quite reasonable. Atmosphere is trendy and wait staff attentive to our needs. Definitely will be going back.

10. Talullas

456 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313 Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 39 +1 919-933-1177
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 196 reviews

Talullas

When you walk through the shadowed glass doors of Talulla's, an instant transformation begins to occur. Your mind and body begin to relax. Your ears pick up on the eclectic mix of music. Your eyes wonder around the walls, decorated in Turkish rugs; then the ceilings, scattered with warm, unique lighting pieces; then the floors... the dark, hardwood floors; and finally, across the plush seating areas, disguised by cushions and pillows and fabric leisurely draped around the frames.

Reviewed By bubuli32 - Raleigh, North Carolina

I've eaten here dinners before, but this time we met a group of friends for a Saturday lunch. We had a great table, right by the street. I was surprised by their lunch menu and the size of portions-not much different from their dinner plates. The sea bass was excellent if one doesn't mind searching for fish bones. The appetizers were also very tasty. As for desserts-I prefer baklava with pistachio, but I guess that's a regional preference in Turkey to use walnuts (Iranians and Iraqis use pistachio more). The konafa was a bit dry on the top. I've had it before here, so this time it was a bit off, but overall great food and atmosphere . The restaurant is located right across from an ample parking lot-don't forget to feed the meters though...

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