J. Bestki’s serves Polish and German food in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Pierogies and schnitzel are star players of the generous menu, but there are also some surprises, like soy-sesame-spicy paprika marinade and bison flank steak. The management prides itself on using superior local ingredients, and the bread rolls are baked next door, the owner shops daily at the farmers market for greens, and the sausages are mixed and made on site. An excellent selection of beers and wines from Italy, Austria, and Germany complements the cuisine.
Vinos Finos is a departure from run-of-the-mill drinking and dining experiences. Located inside European-themed Lafayette Village, the wine bar is designed to sample tapas-style dishes and world-class wines. The staff here is more than happy to help with wine selection and pairings. Dark woods, leather furniture, and warm colors make the interiors feel like an old-world wine shop. Vinos Finos encourages patrons to converse, and the intimate, colorful setting is doubly suited for first dates or casual business meetings.
This vibrant cafe, bakery, and German restaurant can safely be called a local favorite. Seasonal menus feature eclectic German specialties made with only locally-sourced ingredients. The bakery offers a generous menu of breads, cakes, pastries, and cookies. Guglhupf’s interiors are stunning, and feature an interior terrace and courtyard, a beautiful patio for outdoor dining, and an atrium. The cafe also often hosts wine and local food-related events, and exhibits the work of local artists.
This restaurant is a dynamic tribute to grandmothers, the caretakers of Lebanese culture and food. Modern and airy, Sitti (or, “grandmother”) serves classic Lebanese dishes with a few twists, including falafels, zaatar roasts, and kabobs served alongside grilled ribeye steaks and salmon. Enjoy any one of a number of authentic Mediterranean dishes, grab a Lebanese beer, and take a seat at the restored art deco bar. Zitti offers spacious and elegant outdoor seating in one of the best patios in Raleigh.
Sola stands apart for its absolute dedication to coffee and its stylish, friendly atmosphere reminiscent of European coffeehouses. The cafe offers a rotating list of espresso, French press, and pour over coffees. On mornings and weekends patrons line up for hot mini donuts. There is plenty of outdoor seating from where you can enjoy a nice menu of sandwiches, flat breads, and salads. If you’re short on time, all of the coffee and menu items are available through a call-ahead drive-through.
Gonza is a colorful Mexican restaurant that specializes in tacos and tequila. The interior is eclectic: mannequins greet diners at the door, and Mexican artifacts are mounted on the dining room walls. The menu is a burst of flavor, combining classic Mexican dishes alongside some surprises. Start with a pitcher of strawberry margarita and move on to tacos prepared with chicken tinga poblana, or a scallop and pork belly combination. Patrons can order food online for pickup.
For a quick, light meal, drop in to Reflect Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant is located inside the gorgeous Cambria Suites. The food served here is light fare and is mostly burgers and sandwiches. The staff is professional and are knowledgeable about the menu. Ask for suggestions on pairings for your burger.
Enjoy a meal of contemporary Mexican here at Mez. The food is authentic, with a twist that is quite enjoyable. The service staff is polite and efficient and are knowledgeable about the menu. Ask for suggestions and try something different. The restaurant does get quite busy during peak hours. So if you want to skip a wait, make sure you reserve.
Treat your taste buds to a delicious Indian meal here at Azitra. Savor the complex flavors of the curry dishes along with the simple flat breads that perfectly complement the meal. The upscale restaurant has an ambiance that is quite vibrant. Some of the favorites here include Kaali Mirch Ka Murg - watch the spice in this one, Paneer Makhni, and the Seafood Kerala Curry. Check with your server what would be the best accompaniment with your main dishes. Since Indian dishes do use a lot of pepper and chilli, you might want to give that a check too!
There are few things that fill you with warmth the way the aroma of freshly baked bread does. Neomonde Bakery and Deli, with the scent of baked goods trickled in the air, makes you feel right at home. Bask in the comforts of this Mediterranean cafe, as you dig into decadent flavors. Kabob Platter, Kafta Kobab Pita, Tomato Olive Pie and Ratatouille are just some of the sumptuous offerings on the menu. In operation since 1977, the restaurant can always be relied on for quality cuisine, cozy atmosphere and great service.
Condé Nast Traveler calls it a 'culinary gem' and diners have no reason to disagree. Herons, found inside The Umstead Hotel and Spa, invites diners to relish authentic American fare in a charming setting. John Childers, Chef de Cuisine and Executive Chef Steven D. Greene weave a magical culinary experience, offering delights like luscious crab cakes, hollandaise and other contemporary American preparations. Its impressive wine list features more than 1500 exquisite selections, allowing guests to sip their chosen blends. The arresting art works and the ornate interiors add to a phenomenal experience, exaggerated by some picturesque views of the nearby lake.