Dining out in North Carolina is an easy way to relax, unwind, and reconnect with friends and family. Whether you find yourself craving BBQ, steaks, Mexican, or other special tastes, the following 12 bucket-list restaurants in North Carolina will satisfy your every whim. And guess what? With 12 of them, there’s one for every month of the year!

It’s easy to see why dining out can sometimes be so difficult in the Tar Heel State. It’s just so hard to narrow down all of the wonderful choices. Hopefully, these 12 bucket list restaurants in North Carolina help to steer you to quicker decisions in the coming year.

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Bucket List Restaurants In North Carolina & Related Info

What are some other bucket list restaurants in the state I should try?

Although they may have a bit of a wait to get in to eat, the following are some other bucket list restaurants in the state that you should check out:

  • Kindred, located in Davidson, is a nationally popular restaurant with a constantly changing menu
  • Charlotte’s Passion8, which you may be able to get into a little easier for brunch
  • Heritage Food and Drink in Waxhaw features simple, yet creative, dishes
  • Cúrate in Asheville offers Spanish cuisine
  • Colington Cafe in Kill Devil Hills for fresh seafood
  • Table 16 Restaurant in Greensboro features a unique four-course tasting menu concept that allows guests to try a bit of everything
  • Beasley's Chicken and Honey in Raleigh has southern food and a bar found below the restaurant
  • Snappy Lunch in Mount Airy just may have the best sandwich in North Carolina!
  • Dan'l Boone Inn Restaurant in Boone, a landmark since 1959
  • Catch in Wilmington, another place for some amazing seafood


Which restaurants in NC have the best scenic views?

The following restaurants in NC are a few of the excellent options for dining with a view: