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 Winston-Salem 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 Winston-Salem 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.

9 West End Cafe
You'll love this very casual neighborhood hang out. It's the kind of place where everyone knows each other and there is usually just a short wait for a table. The food is upscale gourmet food with a southern twist. Especially good are the flash fried oyster salad and the herb fried pork chop. Sit outside by the fish pond when the weather permits and enjoy the day. (336-723-4774)

8 Ichiban Japanese Restaurant
Ichiban offers several types of teriyaki, simple salad with ginger dressing, miso soup, and vast amounts of just about any type of sushi. For the less courageous but still curious newcomer, try the cucumber roll (with cucumber, kelp, and rice); more experienced customers favor the California roll or the tiger roll; while the bravest savor the squid and fish eggs. Not a large restaurant, yet it provides a sushi bar towards the back, a teriyaki bar along the front (where customers can watch meals being prepared), and general seating. A relatively young clientele, but anyone with a love of true Japanese food, prompt and courteous service, and a short wait will be comfortable at Ichiban. (336-725-3050)

7 Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub
Named after the last book written by James Joyce, Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub is a great place to tip a pint or two. Committed to giving their customers an authentic selection of ale and stout, they have various Irish brews on 12 taps, bottled beers and an extensive wine list. When hunger strikes, a menu of tasty appetizers, fresh salads and authentic Irish and Scottish dishes like Shepard's pie and fish & chips as well as other hearty dishes offer the perfect means to satisfy your appetite. Live music on Saturdays. (336-723-0322)

6 Paul's Fine Italian Dining
Although this restaurant is located in a strip mall, it serves great Italian fare. With superb culinary offerings, this restaurant won't disappoint you. White linen and colorful artwork and murals decorate the dining rooms while the Piano Room offers a nice place to relax with comfortable couches and chairs. (336-768-2645)

5 Arigato Japanese Steak & Seafood House
A genuine Japanese restaurant with appropriately delicate yet humble decor and, of course, chopsticks. It easily accomodates groups of up to 15 diners around a large table with a griddle in the middle. The chefs prepare and cook each teriyaki meal right in front of your eyes. Do not be surprised to see flying shrimp, vegetables, or even spatulas as the chefs enjoy performing and showing off their racing micro-slicing skills or catching objects in their looming chef's hats. Their performances may become even rhythmic and entrancing. Expect custom-made, tantalizing, and filling meals and a highly enjoyable performance. A consistent favorite for families and businessmen alike. (336-765-7798)

4 Village Tavern
An award-winning wine list and a spectacular menu make this friendly restaurant a favorite among locals. Wood-fired ovens and grills turn out tasty entrees of aged beef, fresh fish and chicken, specialty salads, pizzas, burgers and homemade desserts. (336-748-0221)

3 Noble's Grille
Noble's Grille is that dependable place to head when you want a good Southern meal with flair. Chef Jim Noble's New Southern style cuisine is carefully prepared and inspired. The atmosphere is warm and inviting which makes it a great place to have a business dinner, or to celebrate a special occasion. With service that is superb and food that is consistently fulfilling, this restaurant has you yearning for a return visit to check out the selections from another daily menu. (336-777-8477)

2 Ryan's Steaks, Chops & Seafood Restaurant
The wooded area of this restaurant offers beautiful views and a romantic setting for that special night out. The Maine lobster appetizer sauteed with shiitake mushrooms, shallots, brandy and brie cream over puff pastry is a delectable choice and sets the stage for an even more exciting entree of tasty steak or seafood. Private dining rooms are available with access to the outdoor deck offering a great view of the creek and woods. (336-724-6132)

1 Fabian's
This unusual restaurant offers an eternally changing menu and a one time dinner hour. The meal begins at 7:30pm and the menu is the same at all eight tables in the tiny, yet cozy restaurant. The five-course meal is quite reasonably priced and will leave your stomach utterly satiated. (336-723-7700)


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West End Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - INT
COST: $
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Ichiban Japanese Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - INT
COST: $
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Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Irish, Scottish
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Live Music, Smoking (bar only)
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - INT
COST: $
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Paul's Fine Italian Dining 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (bar only)
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - INT
COST: $
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Arigato Japanese Steak & Seafood House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - INT
COST: $$
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Village Tavern 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - INT
COST: $$
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Noble's Grille 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking
Neighborhood: Airport - Int
COST: $$$
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Ryan's Steaks, Chops & Seafood Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - INT
COST: $$$
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Fabian's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Ethnic
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - INT
COST: $$$$
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