Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Durham dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Durham Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Come to Watts for the breakfast/brunch and stay for the fantastic wine list. Watts Grocery serves Low Country comfort food, fine dining style. The churros are amazing, as are the fried green tomatoes.

Billed as upscale comfort food, Guglhupf cooks up a menu of German-influenced dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients paired with estate grown wines. The bakery is excellent, and it's one of the best spots in Durham for Sunday brunch.

Tonali Restaurant

When you're in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to checkout Tonali Restaurant. The restaurant is located in one of the area's mostpleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine.The menu at Tonali...  Read More


Since 1992, chef-owner Scott Howell's restaurant has earned a loyal following. The warm, cosmopolitan d�cor features hues of mustard and cayenne, with colorful artwork dotting the walls. Cuisine is New American, with Italian and Southern...  Read More


A colorful fantasy-like painting adorns the ceiling of this unusual dining room, and thick red pillars, strands of Christmas tree lights and a metallic lantern overhead add to the vibrant design. Diners fill closely pack tables and feast on...  Read More

The glow of candlelight at each table illuminates the interior of this charming bistro. Framed photography collections and a fireplace line the deep red walls of one of the dining rooms, and a dark wood bar flanks the adjoining space. Authentic...  Read More

Fairview Dining Room

Located on the grounds of the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, this luxurious dining room features windows and a terrace facing the greens. Guests marvel at intriguing creations such as sea scallops with lobster orzo, lemon asparagus and...  Read More

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