The North Hills destination in Raleigh reminds me a lot of the Domain in Austin. They’re both outdoor gallerias with upscale shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. I often find myself spending full days in North Hills, mostly because once I leave Carrboro for Raleigh, I want to milk my time to make the drive worth it! The more time I spent in North Hills, the more it dawned on me that I could tell you about your diverse options for dining in this area! I hope you find this guide to where to eat in North Hills helpful for the next time you’re in the area!
Italian Entrées al fresco at Mia Francesa
Located on the ground floor of the Renaissance Hotel, Mia Francesa’s is an Italian restaurant with a beautiful space. When the weather is nice, dig into a bowl of fresh Italian pasta on Mia Francesa’s verdant patio. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation. I promise. And because you’re on a mental vacation, treat yourself to dessert.
4100 Main at North Hills St #114, Raleigh, NC 27609
41Hundred Keeping it 100
Also located inside the Renaissance Hotel is the upscale casual 41Hundred. Their seasonal menu changes often, which keeps us on our toes! The servers are so kind and hospitable, you may never want to leave. I’m hoping this fall/winter they’ll bring back their hot chocolate cheesecake.
4100 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609
Classic French Cuisine at Coquette
A longstanding establishment in North Hills, Coquette is a Raleigh classic. They are open all day for lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner. I love coming here for their French onion soup, the croissant burger, and the most amazing truffle fries. (They were also mentioned in my extensive brunch guide to the Triangle.)
4351 The Cir At N Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609
bartaco keeps it fun with their secret menu
Sugarface and I go to bartaco at least monthly! Sometimes a couple of times a month. We enjoy their secret menu that they change up fairly often. (Currently, it’s fried oysters!) I’m in love with their duck tacos and duck quesadillas. Another current favorite is the cheesy corn fritters! I joke that as often as I eat here, I haven’t encountered one taco or item of theirs that didn’t make me nod my head in dumb agreement.
4121 Main at North Hills St Suite 105, Raleigh, NC 27609
Vivace for Italian Feasts
Another Italian option in North Hills for you is Vivace. I love that they serve their breadbasket with hummus, such a unique experience! I could make an entire meal of just their bread (a la bruschetta and breadbasket and hummus). I’m glad I didn’t because I also enjoyed their seasonal salads and squid ink risotto. I am drooling just thinking about the risotto.
4209 Lassiter Mill Rd #115, Raleigh, NC 27609
Rock the Sushi Boat at Mura
I celebrated my last birthday here with a few of my lady friends and was SO impressed by Mura’s service and rolls. Most of us have never visited before, and we all walked away with raving reviews. Their chef’s choice sushi boat was all so good, I probably could finish the whole thing on my own! (Glad I shared though.)
4121 Main St #110, Raleigh, NC 27609
Happy + Hale for healthy and delicious eats and smoothies
Happy + Hale has a very health-conscious menu that always makes me feel proud of myself for incorporating self-care into my diet. Their breakfast burrito was so surprisingly flavorful. They make my favorite avocado toast in town (pro tip: add a fried egg). Your body will thank you for the time you spend at Happy + Hale.
Happy and Hale
The good kind of STIR crazy!
Stir opened with a big bang this summer! Such a great place to slurp oysters and enjoy their specialty cocktails. When you go, make the wonderstruck kid in you happy and request an ice demo.
(P.S. I loved their shrimp and grits!)
4242 Six Forks Rd Ste 100, Raleigh, NC 27609
Get a bird’s–eye view from Level7
Level7 is one of my favorite hangout places. The rooftop patio has such an uplifting vibe on a pretty day. Their cocktails are always on point and they have a great snack menu.
101 Park at N Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609
Can’t decide between burgers and sushi? Try Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar.
I didn’t want to believe it but I’ve tried both the rolls and burgers here and they are delicious! They have bento boxes with burger sliders and rolls for you if you cannot decide between sushi or burgers. Pictured above are the truffle cheeseburger and a jalapeno and cream cheeseburger. I stand by both of those orders!
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
4208 Six Forks Rd Ste 100, Raleigh, NC 27609
If I could eat a regional kind of food every day of my life, it’ll have to be Asian food. CO provides an Asian inspired menu to satisfy your noodle and dumpling cravings! I quite loved these edamame dumplings from them!
101 Park at N Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609
And that concludes my Where to Eat in North Hills guide for now…
But I can’t wait for Rosewater to open and see where else my North Hills exploring will take me. As always, I’ll update you as I fill my belly with new foods!
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