The Best Restaurants in Raleigh are Just Around the Corner


It was a long and vital decision-making process, to move your family to a new home in Fuquay Varina at South Lakes. A thriving job market, excellent schools, and a superb central location, no question weighed heavily on that choice. A family-friendly and safe community certainly was another selling point. From a social perspective, the close proximity to the bustling city of Raleigh is also an added benefit. You have just a short drive to world-class theatre, music, sports, and more. In addition, it is also a city across the country for some of the finest eateries anywhere around. Award-winning chefs and a second to none selection honestly give you access to dining experiences you have nowhere else. Thus, in this three-part series, we will use actual customer testimonies to compile the Best Restaurants in Raleigh. Whether a night out for two or a special occasion. A family gathering or anything in between. A real treat awaits at any of these establishments.

The Top Ten Best Restaurants in Raleigh

(Our list is based on customer rankings and reviews at Trip Advisor with at least 275 reviews as of June 7, 2021)

10.) Winston’s Grille, 6401 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh

The first entry we have is a restaurant that screams two things: family and tradition. Winston’s Grille was founded on co-owner Charles Winton’s desire to follow in his parents’ footsteps in owning a restaurant. To follow his dream he partnered with the manager of one of his parents’ eateries. Then in 1986, with a new vision, and what they imagined became reality. Since, it has grown to become a landmark among the Best Restaurants in Raleigh. 

Whether you are looking for a great steak, mouth-watering chops, seafood entries, or one of their unique daily features, Winston Grille is genuinely a Raleigh classic that you don’t want to miss. A perfect example of the place Winston’s holds in the heart of the Raleigh community was in the following customer review. “Winston’s never fails to please. For 36 years, we lived in Raleigh, and for all of the years, Winston’s has been open…sit has been a favorite. Whether it’s a burger or Prime Rib, it will be done correctly. Thank you, Winston’s, for your exemplary restaurant.”

Distance from South Lakes: 23.8 miles

9.) Gonza Tacos y Tequila, 7713 Lead Mine Road, Ste. 39, Raleigh

This state-wide, award-winning Colombian Mexican restaurant has risen among the ranks of the Best Restaurants in Raleigh in a hurry. Want to talk authentic? How about Gonza’s hand-crafted Latin cocktails or wide variety of tequilas? That’s not all, though, as while they have many regional spirits, they also feature a nice assortment of genuine Latin wines and beers.

While the authentic drink selection is impressive, when authenticity is spoken of here, one look at the food menu, and you know you’re in the right place. Not only are the tacos to die for, but specialties like the Enchiladas Con Mole or Chile Relleno are more an experience than just a meal. Likewise, sure they have amazing burritos, quesadillas, and more, but don’t take our word for it. Listen to what the following satisfied customer had to say, “If you’re getting tired of that mediocre standard for Mexican restaurants, which at best tantalize your taste buds with an “out of the box” flavor, you should visit Gonza’s and experience delectable.”

Distance from South Lakes: 27.6 miles

8.) Glenwood Grill, 2603-151 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh

The Glenwood Grill is self-described as “Low Country in the Heart of Raleigh.” This fantastic establishment offers a different taste to the others listed before, as they make cuisine inspired by the coastal Carolinas and the American South. As stated on their official website explains, Chef John Wright and the “Glenwood” “serve flavorful, elegant food paired with a stellar wine list and professional service.”

This entry of the Best Restaurants in Raleigh offers up amazing appetizers such as lobster mac and cheese or poached mussels. Likewise, their lump crab cakes, fried oysters, and incredible filet mignon are all local favorites. One happy diner referred to this spot as the “best ever.” He went on to say, “love this local spot. Everything on the menu is awesome.” Enough said!!!

Distance from South Lakes: 20.2 miles

The Top 7 are Still to Come

As you can see from the numbers 8-10 Best Restaurants in Raleigh, there were two things we were 100 percent honest about in our intro. First, there is an amazing array of variety in Raleigh’s dining options. Second, all of these award-winning eateries are just a quick trip down the road from your new home in Fuquay Varina at South Lakes. In our second post in this series, we will continue our listing of the Best Restaurants in Raleigh. We can guarantee you that regardless of your preference in these places, both the variety and close proximity to you will remain constant.

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