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The 15 Best American Restaurants In Raleigh

Updated: June 14, 2022

Looking for Raleigh’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in Raleigh.

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Second Empire Restaurant And Tavern

New American, $$$$, North CentralNew American, $$$$Raleigh, North Central
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

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The Pit

American, $$, CentralAmerican, $$Raleigh, Central
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2020

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    Hoodline, 2020
  • City Seeker

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The Rockford

New American, $$, HillsboroughNew American, $$Raleigh, Hillsborough
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Glenwood Grill & Annex

American, $$, WadeAmerican, $$Raleigh, Wade
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • City Seeker

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  • Hoodline, 2019

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Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery

American, $$, Five PointsAmerican, $$Raleigh, Five Points
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2020

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    Hoodline, 2020
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Wilson's Eatery

American, $$, East RaleighAmerican, $$Raleigh, East Raleigh
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2020

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The Flying Biscuit Cafe

American, $$, HillsboroughAmerican, $$Raleigh, Hillsborough
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

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Stanbury

New American, $$$, MordecaiNew American, $$$Raleigh, Mordecai
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
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Northside Bistro & Cocktails

New American, North RaleighNew AmericanRaleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Beasley's Chicken & Honey

American, $$, CentralAmerican, $$Raleigh, Central
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

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    Hoodline, 2019
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Crawford & Son

American, $$$, MordecaiAmerican, $$$Raleigh, Mordecai
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

American, $$, MordecaiAmerican, $$Raleigh, Mordecai
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Wral, 2018

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Tazza Kitchen Village District

American, $$, HillsboroughAmerican, $$Raleigh, Hillsborough
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

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  • Wral, 2018

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The Angus Barn

American, $$$$, Northwest RaleighAmerican, $$$$Raleigh, Northwest Raleigh
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
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42nd Street Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

American, $$, North CentralAmerican, $$Raleigh, North Central
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

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How did we curate these results?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best American restaurants in Raleigh. For these results, 823905 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 3295 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 212 lists and articles from City Seeker, Wral and Hoodline and others were carefully reviewed by boam. These top contenders have appeared in City Seeker - Best Breakfast & Brunch in Raleigh/Durham, Wral - Best brunch spots in the Triangle and Hoodline - Check out the 4 most popular spots in Raleigh's Glenwood South neighborhood. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Questions & answers

Crawford & Son, Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery, and The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Raleigh.

Crawford & Son, Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery, and Garland are the highest-rated American restaurants for a date night in Raleigh.

Crawford & Son, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, and Wilson's Eatery are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Raleigh.

Crawford & Son, Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery, and The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in Raleigh.

Crawford & Son, Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery, and The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in Raleigh.

Drink pairing tips

  • Go for Kentucky 75 with fried chicken

    For an elevated experience, pair your fried chicken with Kentucky 75. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail cuts the fat of the fried skin.


  • Margarita and grilled burger


    A cocktail, like Margarita, is a good partner drink to with grilled burger because balances the spice and salt of the burger.

  • The perfect match for your shellfish

    Experts often pair shellfish with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

Interesting facts

  • 18 pounds of delicious

    Joey Chestnut knows that you can never have too much of a good thing. They proved this by eating 18 pounds of chili con carne, setting a world record in the process!

  • hot dog milestone

    St. Louis is where hot dog has its roots, and those roots date back to 1880.

  • A classic meal

    When in The United States it would be criminal not to try out the hamburger. GIve it a go so you can say you had the full experience.

Parking tips

Parking in Raleigh can be notoriously tough. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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