While “dining in” used to be all the rage when it came to prestigious date nights that actually impressed that special somebody, outdoor seating has quickly become the envy among diners everywhere. Everyone loves health-conscientiousness, and there’s nothing like you and your boo being a good 6 feet away from the nearest table. Privacy and safety? Someone light the candles already. Looking to pull a ‘Lady & the Tramp’ in Chapel Hill sometime soon? Then look no farther than this list.
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Lantern is a marriage of Asian flavors and North Carolina ingredients sourced mainly from local farms and fisheries. It has been named one of “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” and “best farm-to-table restaurants” by Gourmet Magazine, one of “America’s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences” by Food & Wine, and named as “Restaurant of the Year” in 2009 by The News & Observer.
100 Meadowmont Village Cir, Suite 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Fusion Fish offers a selection of dishes featuring both Asian and American recipes, creating the perfect combination of global and local. Among their dishes, you’ll discover everything from potstickers to pulled pork ravioli to grilled salmon and poke bowls. They also have a premier selection of wine, sake, beer, and cocktails.
211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
With its distinctly Southern soul and North Carolina Spirit, Crossroads infuses your experience with energy, great food, and a comforting sense of place. They serve authentic Carolina cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and exemplary service in a luxurious yet relaxed restaurant atmosphere.
737 9th St, Suite 210, Durham, NC 27705
Juju: Asian Tapas + Bar is a new Asian fusion tapas dining experience in Durham. Juju is the exciting sister restaurant to Chapel Hill’s acclaimed Jujube, and serves up small plates with bold flavors, each prepared creatively with attention to tradition, whimsy, local integrity, and, of course, deliciousness.
718 Slash Pine Dr, Cary, NC 27519
Amberly Local offers a delicious selection of sandwiches as well as meat and cheese boards. They encourage patrons to enjoy their great beer and wine selection along with their patio and their TVs to watch games.
8030 Renaissance Pkwy, Suite 910, Durham, NC 27713
Firebirds is an American Restaurant and Steakhouse known for its scratch kitchen, bold flavors and inviting atmosphere. Their signature menu items include hand-cut, aged steaks and fresh seafood or their specialty crafted cocktails and select wines.
307 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510
The menu at Luna captures the unique and varied cuisines of South America, yet respects its roots in the American South. Luna has a full bar and serves South American inspired cocktails, wines, and North Carolina craft beers.
621 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
With over 70 games, a 7,000 square foot outdoor patio and gaming area, private event space, a Neapolitan-style pizza kitchen, and a full bar including 24 craft American drafts (and featuring a wide variety of local beer, liquor and wine)–Boxcar has a little something for everyone.
406 Blackwell St, Suite 150, Durham, NC 27701
Southern Soul, Caribbean Flair, Euro-African Roots. Mixing the best of Puerto Rico and the South in the heart of the America Tobacco Campus.
3117 Guess Rd, Suite B, Durham, NC 27705
Craft & Drafts is a crafting bar & bottle shop in North Durham that sells beer and wine along with various craft options for completing on site. They are currently disinfecting all craft items that are used.
307 S Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701
The Wine Feed offers a full-service modern wine bar, monthly wine clubs, informative classes, private events, and international wine tours. The online patios at both the Raleigh and Durham locations are open for enjoying glasses of their international wines.
600 Ledgestone Way, Cary, NC 27519
Pizzeria & Cocktail Bar
Tazza is a high energy eatery centered on made from scratch wood fired cooking, thoughtfully sourced ingredients, and craft beverages. They currently offer in house and patio dining for dinner by reservation only. Tables are limited to 90 minute sessions. Their seasonal menu highlights brick oven pizzas, tacos, salads, sharable starters and mains, craft cocktails, beer, and wine.