Headed on a roadtrip and swinging by Cameron Village aka Village District anytime soon? It’s always good to know where to get good food while you’re in town. Going out to eat in a new town is fun, and Cameron Village has an eclectic selection of restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for a fresh salad, some savory tacos, or classic “diner” food- this charming town in North Carolina has got that all and then some. So sit back and relax while you take a look at these great Cameron Village restaurants!
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401 Daniels St | Raleigh | cafecarolina.com
Opening in 1995 Cafe Carolina & Bakery has been the neighborhood cafe to relax, enjoy good conversation, and even greater food. It’s a great spot if you’re looking for high quality flavor in every single thing they make, from the sweet to the savory. Located right in Cameron Village, Cafe Carolina & Bakery is also a great option if you’re in need of a quick bite and rest during your shopping trip.
On the menu, you’ll find a wide selection of grilled paninis, flatbreads, hand-tossed salads, soups, and sandwiches. Some of the local favorite dishes include the Chipotle Chicken Panini, Cream of Broccoli soup, Turkey Berry Salad, and their French Toast Sandwiches with Ham & Cheddar for brunch. Want something sweet? Try one of their famous Cafe Blue cupcakes or Freshly Baked Cookies! Yum!
“Me and my friends love coming here to study! The atmosphere is really good and the workers are super friendly every time we go. I normally get the mocha latte and today I got an everything bagel with veggie cream cheese. They were both delicious.” -Yelp Review
A bowl filled with tasty curry that’ll leave you wanting more! Image courtesy of the ko●an Instagram page.
2800 Renaissance Park Pl | Cary | koancary.com
Kō•än is a casual fine dining restaurant focused on having a good time while eating mouth-watering South Asian cuisine that you might not have heard of before. They “find inspiration from and pay respect to the cultures of that region” and they use the best ingredients that are sourced locally and are best-in-season to make their food.
You can enjoy Craft Cocktails and other drinks with dishes like Vietnamese Fried Shrimp, Thai Red Curry, Bone-In Ribeye Filet, Banh Mi (foie gras pâté, pork belly, pickles, sambal aioli, cilantro, baby green salad or crispy sichuan potatoes), Mandu (crispy dumplings, tofu, cabbage, & glass noodles sweet gochujang), and more!
They are all about the experience by providing excellent service and creating sustainable hospitality, so you know if you go to Kō•än, you’re going to have a great time.
“BEST BEST BEST SUSHI and environment. Every time I have to make the hour drive to the airport my kids beg me to take them. I just wish they opened at 4. Great service, always friendly and delicious food!” -Yelp Review
Bite into tasty cheesy pizza at this Cameron Village restaurant! Image courtesy of the Piccola Italia Instagram page.
423 Woodburn Rd | Raleigh | piccolaitalianc.com
There aren’t many that don’t love Italian food, and at Piccola Italia, you can enjoy some of the best Italian food in Raleigh! Since 1982, guests have flocked to Piccola Italia for their authentic dishes, friendly service, and cozy dining space. All of their sauces, soups, and dough are made from scratch using the personal recipes of owner Frank Amato, thereby ensuring high-quality savory dishes are delivered to your table.
On the menu, you’ll find classic Italian plates like the Chicken Parmigiana, Baked Penne, and Mussels Marinara. Pizza, pasta, calzones, and strombolis are also available. You can even customize your own pizza pie or pasta bowl. You can find the full menu on their website so you can pick ahead of time what you want!
“Our server Doug was welcoming, attentive, and very helpful with his spot on recommendations. Food was cooked perfectly and served with little wait. Highly recommend the parmigiana meatball sandwich for dinner and the tiramisu for dessert.” -Yelp Review
A bite full of flavor both sweet and spicy! Image courtesy of the CAVA Instagram page.
403 Daniels St | Raleigh | cava.com
CAVA is a popular Mediterranean restaurant where you can customize your meal just the way you like it!
On their website, they have one simple goal and that is “to bring heart, health, and humanity to food.”- and with their over 200 locations, they are certainly succeeding! CAVA believes in making food that’s truly good for you and giving back to those who help make and supply the ingredients, from the farmers and team members, to the planet we live on.
On the menu you can try out their Balsamic Date Chicken bowl, the Crispy Falafel, Greek Chicken Pita, Pita Chips with delicious dipping sauces like their Hummus & Tzatziki, along with deserts, a fully fledged kid’s menu, and more make CAVA a great place to grab something to eat.
“CAVA is my fave! It's so easy to order online, and their curbside pickup is prompt and reliable. I've been really happy with the quality of the food, as well as the price. It's a great, fast option that actually is veggie friendly, healthy, and flavorful. Highly recommend!” -Yelp Review
Cooked hot, served hot, and truly delicious, that’s good pizza! Image courtesy of the Tazza Kitchen NC Instagram page.
432 Woodburn Rd | Raleigh | tazzakitchen.com
High energy but set somewhere casual, that’s Tazza Kitchen District in Raleigh, North Carolina. They are all about making food that’s going to test the best and that’s by having a seasonal menu using local ingredients. Whether you’re coming for a nice night out, a break from shopping out on the town, or to meet up with someone new, Tazza Kitchen District is the place to be!
“I highly recommend Tazza! We share the chorizo nachos, white sangria, kale salad and sausage pizza. It was all recommended by our server and everything was excellent. Can't wait to come back and try the tacos and main dishes.” -Yelp Review
1028 Oberlin Rd Suite 220 | Raleigh | lacarretaraleigh.com
La Carreta Mexican Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy some delicious and authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices. Their lunch specials and happy hour deals are especially popular among regulars, and for all newcomers, it makes for a nice treat!
Whether you’re looking for a fresh margarita or a hearty plate of fajitas, you can find both of these and more at La Carreta! Some of their most popular dishes include the Enchiladas Verdes, Bollywood Burrito, Chuletas, Pollo Ranchero, and Arroz con Pollo. Whatever you order, don’t forget to order a drink to go along with it like a mojito or margarita. Enjoy!
“This is the best Mexican place that we have been to! It is so authentic and takes you away from Raleigh to a fun date night celebration. The margs are great and get you feeling even better and the food is the best! Absolutely go there if you have the chance!!!!!” -Yelp Review
2016 Clark Ave | Raleigh | flyingbiscuit.com
If you consider yourself to be a big breakfast lover, then the Flying Biscuit Cafe is the place to check out. This cafe in Cameron Village is the ultimate spot for fresh and delicious breakfast plates. For over 25 years, locals have been coming in droves to Flying Biscuit Cafe for its all-day breakfast menu. That’s right, Flying Biscuit serves breakfast all day!
On the menu of this award winning restaurant, you’ll find a wide selection of omelettes, benedicts, breakfast bowls, scrambles, vegan/vegetarian options and more! Some local favorite dishes include the “Smoked Salmon Scramble,””Pancake Tacos,” “Meggxican Wrap,” and “Southern Style Benedict.” Coming with someone who isn’t as into breakfast as you? No worries, Flying Biscuit also offers classic lunch plates like Oven-Fried Chicken and their Classic Burger.
“We stopped here for breakfast while overnight in town. Everything was delicious! From the hot biscuits they serve when you sit down to the coffee and every breakfast dish we ordered! Highly recommend the chorizo hash!” -Yelp Review
Foods that all go together to make something tasty is top tier. Image courtesy of the Tupelo Honey Instagram page.
425 Oberlin Rd | Raleigh | tupelohoneycafe.com
Tupelo Honey is dedicated to serving Southern cuisine that remains faithful to its roots in the Carolina Mountains. All of its dishes are made from scratch using only responsibly-sourced ingredients. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Tupelo Honey is the perfect spot for celebrating a special occasion, or simply enjoying a nice night out on the town.
Tupelo Honey’s menu changes by the season, allowing you to look forward to trying something new on a regular basis. Some of their current dishes include their Spicy Cauliflower Bites, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Blackened Mahi-Mahi, Original Honey Dusted Fried Chicken, Tupelo Shrimp & Grits, speciality drinks, and more! Make sure to check out their website for their ever-rotating menu to see what’s in store for when you go.
“Such a fun hip place. Literally everything was so good. We ordered several items to share. The fried green tomatoes were the best I've ever had. And you must try their blueberry compote” -Yelp Review
433 Daniels St | Raleigh | 18restaurantgroup.com
Cantina 18 is a casual, laidback restaurant that is known for its mouthwatering Mexican fusion dishes and craft margaritas. All of their dishes are made with fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms. Cantina 18 offers fun drink specials all throughout the week, so ask to see what they’ve got going on when you order!
Nachos, quesadillas, salads, burritos, tacos, and entrees all await you at this lively restaurant. Just some of their dishes include the Spicy Braised Short Rib tacos, Pulled-Chicken Tinga burrito, Hawaiian Pork Belly Quesadilla Quesadilla, and Short Rib Nachos. Check out the full menu on their website.
“Love this place every time we go. It's wonderful that there is a menu from 18 Seaboard available in case you don't want Mexican. Connor was our waiter and he was Exceptional. There is a reason we keep coming back and that is because food and service is top notch.” -Yelp Review
427 Woodburn Rd | Raleigh | ajisai3.com
If you’re a fan of quality Japanese cuisine, then Ajisai Japanese Fusion aka Ajisai is the place to go when you’re in town. This trendy restaurant in Cameron Village is known for its fresh sushi dishes and creative Japanese plates. Inside, you’ll find a cozy, upscale dining space that is perfect for everything from a casual lunch or a formal dinner.
As for the food, Ajisai offers savory plates like the Wasabi Tuna Dumpling, Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, and Thai Curry with a choice of chicken, shrimp, and vegetables. A full sushi bar is also available, and includes a wide selection of both simple and extravagant rolls.
“Absolutely delicious and beautiful serving. I ate with my family indoors most recently but they do have outdoor seating. I have never had such fresh tasting sushi. I absolutely loved it!” -Yelp Review
428 Daniels St | Raleigh | villagedrafthouse.com
One of Village Draft House’s main selling points is that they feature 100 beers on tap, along with a comfy friendly atmosphere. Flat screen TV’s are on the walls showcasing the latest game, and while you're watching and enjoying the company of your friends you can take a look at their award winning food menu so you can chow down on some food while you have a good time.
On the menu you can try out their Pickle Chips, Loaded Tots, Nachos, Chicken Apple Harvest Salad, Steak Tacos, Cajun Shrimp Bowl, Chipotle Chicken Stack sandwich, the Quesadilla Burger, and more! Pair any meal with a nice cold drink and you’re sure to have a good time.
“This is what you'd expect it to be- a great sports bar. Reasonably priced, good selection on their menu & taps. The perfect spot to watch a game or spend your evening! Go to order: blue moon & Buffalo chicken dip or chicken nachos- never fails me!” -Yelp Review
There you have it, those are some of the best Cameron Village restaurants! Whether you’re looking for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or desert, these places have a bit of everything to enjoy!