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The 9 Best Lunch Spots In Raleigh

Updated: June 21, 2022

With gourmet sandwiches and homemade soups on every corner, there's no reason to skip lunch in Raleigh. To bring you only the best Lunch in Raleigh we analyzed top review, articles, and ranking sites. If you need quick service tacos or you have time for a sit-down buffet you will find your next lunch spot here!

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Brewery Bhavana

Asian, $$, CentralAsian, $$Raleigh, Central
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

The Rockford

New American, $$, HillsboroughNew American, $$Raleigh, Hillsborough
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Transfer Co. Food Hall

Argentine, $$, South CentralArgentine, $$Raleigh, South Central
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2020

    Explore the 4 most popular spots in Raleigh's South Central neighborhood

    Hoodline, 2020

Taste

American, $$, Five PointsAmerican, $$Raleigh, Five Points
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Explore the 4 top spots in Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood

    Hoodline, 2019

Union Special

Bakery, $$, East RaleighBakery, $$Raleigh, East Raleigh
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2020

    Your guide to the 3 top spots in Raleigh's East Raleigh neighborhood

    Hoodline, 2020

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

American, $$, MordecaiAmerican, $$Raleigh, Mordecai
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Explore the 3 most popular spots in Raleigh's Mordecai neighborhood

    Hoodline, 2019

bartaco North Hills

Mexican, $$, Six ForksMexican, $$Raleigh, Six Forks
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Check out the 4 most popular spots in Raleigh's Six Forks neighborhood

    Hoodline, 2019

Tazza Kitchen Village District

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

    Check out the 4 most popular spots in Raleigh's Glenwood South neighborhood

    Hoodline, 2019

Frank's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Italian, $, East RaleighItalian, $Raleigh, East Raleigh
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Explore the 3 top spots in Raleigh's East Raleigh neighborhood

    Hoodline, 2019

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Figuring out the best restaurants can take a long time. For these results, 823905 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 3295 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 212 lists and articles from Hoodline and others were carefully reviewed by boam. These spots have been featured in Hoodline - Your guide to the 3 top spots in Raleigh's East Raleigh neighborhood, Hoodline - Explore the 4 most popular spots in Raleigh's South Central neighborhood and Hoodline - Explore the 3 top spots in Raleigh's East Raleigh neighborhood. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Most common questions

Second Empire Restaurant And Tavern, Stanbury, and Saint Jacques are lunch restaurants with outdoor seating in Raleigh.

The highest-rated restaurants in Raleigh for group lunches are Second Empire Restaurant And Tavern, Stanbury, and Northside Bistro & Cocktails.

The highest-rated places in Raleigh for lunch and cocktails are Northside Bistro & Cocktails, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, and Wilson's Eatery.

Brewery Bhavana, The Fiction Kitchen, and The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar are the highest-rated vegan-friendly lunch spots in Raleigh.

Second Empire Restaurant And Tavern, Stanbury, and Northside Bistro & Cocktails are the highest-rated lunch restaurants that is good for groups in Raleigh.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level match for banh mi

    When having banh mi, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Mangose, a popular beer.

  • The best drink pairing for banh mi

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for banh mi can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some white wine, particularly a glass of Kabinett. This, sweet, white wine balances the spicy banh mi.

  • Go for Muscat de Alexandria with banh mi

    To elevate your banh mi experience, we recommend some Muscat de Alexandria to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this white wine cuts through the fattiness of the meat.

Fun facts

  • 290 skewers of kebab, please!

    On September 13 of 2018, Mihriban Kadap set a new world record after eating 290 skewers of kebab.

  • 1,653 pounds of flour taco

    1,653 pounds is the record for the biggest flour taco. We hope people were hungry!

  • The traditional bulgogi

    If you love of bulgogi runs deep, why not plan a visit to Korea, the home of the original bulgogi? The locals are so proud of their bulgogi that it is widely recognized as one of the national dishes.

Parking in the area

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