12 Best Restaurants in Cary NC {Menu + Directions}

Posted by Will Fitzgerald on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 6:58am.

The 12 Best Restaurants in Cary, NC

WARNING: This article is likely to make your mouth water.

Best Restaurants Cary, NC

As a local real estate website our goal is to bring to you the most up to date and interesting information on the Cary, North Carolina area while also helping you find great homes! There are a lot of reasons why folks feel Cary, NC is a great place to live and the excellent restaurants is certainly one of them! We also wrote about the best restaurants in Raleigh if you're interested in that as well.

We sent Realtor®, Will Fitzgerald, on a mission to find us the 10 best restaurants in Cary and he ended up with 12 (we still haven't figured out how that happened).

Here is what Will had to say:

It was a difficult job eating at so many great restaurants, but somebody had to do it.

It just so happens I love to eat, and I am guessing you do too! So without further ado, here we go...


If your goal is to be ‘full as a tick’ as it is said in the south, then what better than with a complete southern style dinner? You can definitely find your hunger to be vanquished after a full plate of any of Lucky 32’s awesome options.

Whether you are from the south, or you are a Yankee and have never had a real southern meal, Lucky 32 is a great spot for everyone to enjoy themselves with friends and family.

Lucky 32 is very well known for their beautiful outdoor patio. They were awarded the 2017 Best of Cary Award for Best Southern Cooking & Best Outdoor Patio/Dining. Also, they won the 2017 Maggie award for the best date night restaurant!

Located at 7307 Tryon Road, Lucky 32 offers brunch as well as lunch and dinner. They have a variety of different types and styles of food that will leave your mouth watering! From seafood to ribeyes to burgers and sandwiches and some varieties of southern-style cooking. Their menu is known to change with the seasons so you can experience all year long meals.

Although they also have a Greensboro location, they aren’t exactly the same in terms of their hours. Cary’s Lucky 32’s hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday 11:15 AM - 10 PM

Friday & Saturday 11:15 AM - 11 PM

Sunday 10 AM - 10 PM

If you are trying to find a place to eat that you haven’t been to before, give Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen a try and you will be happy you did!

Click here to visit their website and make a reservation!

Dean’s Kitchen and Bar

Next up on our list of best spots to eat we have Cary’s own Dean’s Kitchen and Bar! Whether you are hungry, bored, or looking for a place where you can relax and hang out with friends, Dean’s Kitchen and Bar is a great option for you to choose! With their top of the line service and great menu options from the food to the drinks, you can’t go wrong!

Dean's appreciates everything that North Carolina has to offer. They get the ingredients for their delicious food from all over North Carolina’s farmers. They have a menu that will keep your eyes occupied until you just can’t take it any longer because it’s all making you so hungry! It gets tough to decide what to order because of all their options. Whether you’re in the mood for an individual meal or want to create your own course, they give you the freedom to make your plate however you want it!

All-day, every day $3 craft beers! It sounds like a match made in heaven. With choices of many different locally crafted beers, you will know you made the right choice with Dean’s. They also offer many different styles of cocktails and list of wines.

Located at 1080 Darrington Dr. it is the perfect place to make some memories with great friends and family, and a spot that you all will want to come back to!

Dean’s Kitchen and Bar’s hours are as follows:

Monday-Saturday 11 AM - 10 PM

Sunday Brunch 11 AM - 2 PM

Sunday Dinner 5 PM - 8 PM

Click here to visit their website and make a reservation!

Doherty’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

Ahhh, is there anything better than a good evening with friends or family at a pub? Well if you can think of something let us know! Doherty’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is a great venue in Cary but has the feeling that you are enjoying a night in Ireland. If you are looking to go out with friends then grab a drink at Doherty’s because as they say in Ireland, ‘Two people shorten the road’. An awesome place to have an awesome time.

But the fun doesn’t end there! Wait until you get a look at their menu. From options that really bring the taste of Ireland to your front door! The menu is filled with traditional Irish meals from breakfast to lunch to dinner.

Doherty’s loves to have people join them when they have their special events! They bring out live music for your entertainment. Now not all of us have the greatest singing voice, and that’s okay because at Doherty’s everyone has the chance to try karaoke on nights they are having it!

Awarded as the 2016 Wake Living Reader’s Choice Award and 2016 Maggy Awards BEST of Western Wake. Also, they were awarded 2017 Best of Cary. Well deserved too!

Located at 1979 High House Rd.

Also, with a location in Apex, Doherty’s hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday 11 AM-Midnight

Friday-Saturday 11 AM - 2 AM

Sunday 9 AM - Midnight with brunch ending at 2 PM

Click here to check out Doherty’s Irish Pub and Restaurant's website!

The Big Easy Oven and Tap

Moving back west across the Atlantic from Ireland and now getting some New Orleans style cooking involved! The Big Easy Oven and Tap knows the true definition of southern hospitality, and it shows with their top-notch service and family-friendly environment! A locally owned treat for anyone that needs a big serving of some awesome gumbo or any meal on their menu of your choice!

The Big Easy brought Mardi Gras to the Triangle! They want to bring their roots from New Orleans and share it with the fine people of North Carolina. They have done an excellent job at that! They have created a seasonal menu to offer choices for you depending on the time of the year. But a long list of great options makes up their awesome menu!

This is a great establishment to have a good time with friends, family or to take a special loved one out to a nice meal. No matter the mood you are in, The Big Easy will deliver and leave you satisfied and full!

The Big Easy is located at 231 Grande Heights Dr. and offers a very special treat for you on Tuesdays. Got a good poker face? The Big Easy wants you to come to join them as they host the World Tavern Poker event from 7 PM - 9:30 PM. They offer you other daily entertainment such as darts and pool. An awesome place to get together with some friends and enjoy your evening!

Open 11 AM - 2 AM every day to make sure you have a full day to swing by and grab a beer or a delicious plate of food!

Click here to visit their website!

Tribeca Tavern

Time to check out some of the best handcrafted burgers you will ever have! Have you ever been hungry and just craved a burger and fries? Well, look no further than the Tribeca Tavern. “Handcrafted burgers and Homegrown Beers” is what this tavern is known for! They want to bring the rich, locally crafted beers from their sister restaurant, the Mash House Brewery in Fayetteville and serve them to you with a delicious meal. A beer with a burger sounds like the perfect recipe for a full and satisfied stomach! But if you aren’t in the mood for their homemade, delicious beer, Tribeca also has a fully stocked bar ready for you at your command!

If burgers aren’t for you, that’s okay! They have a large variety of different options. Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, steak, green salads or a delicious sandwich, the Tribeca Tavern has it all for you! Give this place a chance and you will be telling all of your friends and family about it!

A beautiful place to check out with your friends and family. If you are looking for a romantic date with someone special, the Tribeca Tavern is a great spot for that as well!

Located at 500 Ledgestone Way. A great location so stop on by! The Tribeca Tavern’s hours are as follows:

Sunday - Thursday 11 AM - 10 PM

Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 12 AM

Click here to visit their website!

Enrigo Italian Bistro

If you have an Italian side to your family, then you 100% have had an amazing Italian full course meal. Honestly, is there anything better than leftovers? Because nine times out of ten, my Italian mother would make enough food for the entire neighborhood even though it was just our family having dinner.

Now Enrigo brings out the inner-Italian in all of us, whether you have any Italian heritage or not! An amazing place to bring family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal and enjoy some delicious wine. In our opinion, nothing goes better with a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmesan, chicken alfredo, etc. with a nice glass of red wine. The flavors combine tremendously and leave you wanting more.  

If you have never been quite a fan of Italian, don’t worry! They accommodate for that! They have a list of delicious pizza that comes out golden and baked to perfection! Now imagining that must have your mouth watering, I know ours are!

Enrigo brings a warm, family-friendly atmosphere with awesome service from the extremely friendly staff! If you are looking for somewhere to eat and are craving Italian, then you know after reading this where you are going next!

Located at 575 New Waverly Place Suite 106.

Buon Appetito!

Enrigo Italian Bistro’s hours are as follows:

Monday 4 PM - 9 PM

Tuesday - Saturday Lunch 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Tuesday - Thursday Dinner 4 PM - 9 PM

Friday - Saturday Dinner 4 PM - 9 PM


Click here to visit their website!

Rey’s Restaurant

Date night? Or maybe you just want a nice evening with friends and family. Rey’s restaurant is the perfect place for just that! Rey’s has an elegant atmosphere to it and the lighting tones the mood just right. Their motto is ‘Fine Dining With a French Quarter Flare’ and oh boy do they live up to that!

Perfect place to take someone or a group out to have some nice laughs and enjoy some nice food, drinks, and company! With service that is out of this world and food that will make you say “Mmmmm, that’s amazing” you won’t want to pass up on Rey’s! Mind your manners though, as everyone that eats at Rey’s is there to enjoy a nice evening! Although, it will be hard to not try and steal some food from your friends’ plates!

One of Cary’s best restaurants, Rey’s raises the bar on what it takes to stand out among the other restaurants! If you’re not hungry but just looking to grab a drink with friends, Rey’s offers its voodoo lounge. A quiet, comfortable area in the restaurant where you can relax and share some laughs and stories with other people. They offer live music there for your entertainment. No matter what, you are going to enjoy your time at Rey’s!

Rey’s Restaurant’s hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday 5 PM - 10 PM

Friday & Saturday 5 PM - 11 PM


Click here to visit Rey’s website and make a reservation!


Looking for a great burger joint? Well, Corbetts is at the top of our list for that! Such a fun place to go with friends or bring the family, especially when you are craving a nice juicy burger or hotdog!

Great locally owned spot for anyone that wants to get a great taste of some great food! Stop by and grab one of their signature burgers or hotdogs and nice cold soda pop. They offer a variety of different style burgers and dogs grilled to perfection, however, you want it! Also, they have a large variety of soda pop, From local brands to international brands, they have a great supply for you!

Corbett’s is not your typical burger joint. This place is a great spot to hang out and enjoy some delicious food at any time of the day. They have very interesting different types of burgers and dogs. You will definitely have to read each description so you can see exactly what we are talking about! They have an option where you can put the hotdog on the burger and make it a combination of both! Don’t know about you, but we are starting to get hungry!!

Corbett’s hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 8 PM

Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 8:30 PM


Click here to visit their website and check out their menu!

The Verandah

The Verandah is a high-end restaurant that resides within the Mayton Inn. It brings an elegant atmosphere along with its delicious choice of options of foods. The Verandah adds a southern style to their food and has brought it to Cary.

Whether it be for breakfast, lunch or for dinner, you will get a treat when you eat at The Verandah! If you are feeling adventurous, try the frog legs! Not many people are able to say that they have eaten frog legs before. The food is delicious and the setting is very top of the line!

The Verandah delivers a spectacular southern casual atmosphere, along with some extremely tasty southern dishes! With large windows for you to look out over a beautiful scene. It brings a very elegant feel. But if a quiet dinner is not exactly what you want and are hoping for some entertainment, the Verandah offers live music on Friday evenings from 6 PM to 9 PM. They offer complimentary valet every day. The Verandah does it all!

The perfect place for a fancy date or just enjoy a delicious meal, the Verandah will not disappoint!

The Verandah’s hours are as follows:

Sunday - Monday 6:30 AM - Midnight

Click here to visit their website and make a reservation!

Danny’s Bar-B-Que

A great local spot in Cary that will be one of your favorites! Nothing better than some southern barbeque. Danny’s food is some of the best barbeques we have ever had. They don’t mess around when it comes to smoking up some chopped pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, the list goes on and on.

Danny’s brings a very friendly atmosphere, where you can expect great food and service! They make sure that you are comfortable and that everything comes out exactly how you asked for it. People always tell us to check out Danny’s BBQ in Cary, so we had to make sure that this place lived up to their expectations and they sure did deliver!

They are a great place if you are looking for catering as well! They are very easy going and will make sure you are left satisfied. They offer their own homemade sauces that are to die for. These sauces really bring out the flavor of any meat you wish to put them on. Two of them are their High on the Hog, a sweeter sauce, and their Hot Lips, a hot sauce.

Danny’s Bar-B-Que’s hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 8 PM

Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 8:30 PM


Click here to visit their website and check out their menu!

Maximillian’s Grill & Wine Bar

If you are searching for a great place to have a nice dinner and glass of wine, Maximillian’s brings the taste of pure enjoyment off the grill. With a casual and quiet atmosphere, it’s a great restaurant for a group or just a date with another.

People that have eaten at Maximillian’s have raved about their awesome experience, and you will too! With their very unique flavors that will leave your taste buds watering, Maximillian’s menu has many desirable options.

They like to attract younger crowds as well as older crowds by bringing in live music for entertainment. Their different styles of musicians bring the restaurant to life for the customers.

From seafood to poultry dishes, the prices are a bit high but reasonable for the deliciousness that will be brought to your table. You will be leaving there wanting to return for another fantastic dinner. Telling your friends about the great time you had at Maximillian’s will leave them with the same high expectations you had, and they too will leave satisfied.

Maximillian’s hours are as follows:

Tuesday - Thursday 5 PM - 9 PM

Friday & Saturday 5 PM - 10 PM

Click here to visit their website and make a reservation!

Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar

Are you looking for a fun and enjoyable time with friends and family? Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar brings the ocean right to Cary’s front door! A great place to get some delicious seafood and more importantly, outstanding oysters! If you are not a big fan of seafood, the Shuckin Shack may not be for you, but they do have a few other options on their menu. Make sure to check out their menu before you decide! You can always go and enjoy your time with friends and enjoy one of the many delicious cocktails that they offer.

For those absolute seafood lovers like we are, then we can promise you that Shuckin Shack is an awesome recommendation you! We, along with a lot of our close friends, absolutely love the Shuckin Shack. We always have a great time and leave having eaten more food than we had anticipated.

With a very friendly staff, you will love your experience at the Shack. We take our seafood reviews very seriously. Having lived all along the east coast, we have gotten to try a lot of different spots. Finding Shuckin Shack and trying it out was awesome!

Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar’s hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 11 AM - 10 PM

Friday & Saturday: 11 AM - Midnight

Sunday: Noon - 10 PM

Click here to visit their website!

Thank you for taking the time to read over our reviews of what we believe are some of the best restaurants in Cary, NC! If you have any restaurants that you know about and love, feel free to drop a comment and we will consider adding them to the list!

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Will Fitzgerald Raleigh RealtyHi! My name is William Fitzgerald and I am a Realtor® here in Raleigh, "The City of Oaks"! I enjoy making long-term friendships with the folks that I work with. I focus my time and effort on finding 'their perfect home'. I hope that you found the information above helpful. Thank you for taking the time to read over the article! If you have a strong passion for real estate as I do or if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you! 


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