Raleigh Dining

Greater Raleigh is a showplace for cutting edge culture, trendy restaurants on tree-lined streets, and hip nightspots serving tasty fare along with spirited libations. It's been noted that dim sum and risotto are as common as grits and corn bread on many Triangle area menus, but that doesn't signal a dearth of lip-smacking southern fried or barbequed traditional favorites.

Some of the best food experiences are to be found in one of the following places:

Five Star
551 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27603
+1 919 833 3311
Five Star is the answer to sophisticated Asian dining. With vibrant red walls, sleek black furniture and minimalist d├ęcor, Five Star is a decidedly urban oasis hidden in the heart of Raleigh's warehouse district. Guests enter through an unmarked door, reminiscent of a speak-easy, into a converted tobacco warehouse and are greeted with a serious dose of city chic.

Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
+1 919 781 2444
Serving steak and a wonderful selection of seafood, featuring lobster, marinated shrimp, soft shell crab, grilled tuna, salmon, stuffed giant shrimp pasta, crab claws. Also serving grilled vegetables and Three Cheese Pasta, both vegetarian selections. BBQ spareribs, lamb chops, rack of lamb, and BBQ beef ribs are some of the specialties offered.

Bahama Breeze
3309 Wake Forest Dr, Raleigh, NC 27609
+1 919 872 6330
American restaurant specializing in Caribbean-inspired fresh seafood, chicken and steaks, and tropical drinks. Founded in the 1990s by Darden Restaurants, Inc., their first location was in Orlando, Florida on International Drive. Today, there are 23 Bahama Breeze locations throughout the United States.

Big Ed's City Market Restaurant
220 Wolfe St, Raleigh, NC 27601
+1 919 836 9909
You'll encounter a line, but don't pass on the opportunity to sample the good Southern cooking dished out at this local treasure. Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast amid the rustic surroundings of well worn tables and antique farm implements adorning the ceiling and walls. Rumor has it that if you visit on Saturday morning, you'll be treated to a Dixieland band playing outside.

Tir na nOg
218 Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601
+1 919 833 7795
Raleigh's Original Irish Pub & Restaurant, this friendly pub and restaurant offers a full menu of traditional Irish dishes and traditional pub style dishes, complemented by a large variety of fine beers on tap. Live entertainment is provided five nights a week.