Whether it's a special occasion or a splurge, go to these Durham restaurants for top-notch food, service, and atmosphere.
Bar Virgile serves cocktails, small plates, and globally inspired dinner items at its cozy downtown location.
Enjoy fresh seafood and cocktails at Blu Seafood, located in the Ninth Street district.
Counting House offers a seasonally inspired menu and craft cocktails in a dining room filled with modern art.
Fairview Dining Room, the onsite restaurant at Washington Duke Inn, offers upscale dining overlooking the Inn's golf course.
Littler serves seasonal cuisine in an intimate, 36-seat space. The downtown restaurant is open Wednesday through Monday for dinner.
Mateo is a Spanish tapas restaurant with a Southern twist. The owner-chef is James Beard Award semifinalist Matt Kelly.
Metro 8 is an Argentine-inspired restaurant serving steakhouse classics on Ninth Street.
Enjoy Italian fare at Mothers & Sons Trattoria. This downtown restaurant serves hand-made pasta as well as hearty vegetable and meat dishes.
NanaSteak, another Scott Howell creation, is a modern steakhouse adjacent to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center.
Parizade has served Mediterranean-inspired dishes for over two decades in Durham. Go for lunch or dinner.
Pizzeria Toro offers specialty pizzas, antipasti, and wine at its downtown location.
The Restaurant at The Durham serves New American food in a mid-century dining room. Go for brunch - often accompanied by a retro DJ set - or dinner.
Rue Cler is a Parisian-inspired bistro in downtown, offering dinner, lunch, and brunch. The restaurant is well-known for its beignets, available by the dozen or half dozen.
Vin Rouge, a provincial French restaurant near Ninth Street, offers an extensive wine list and classic cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.