10 Popular Raleigh Lunch Spots That Will Satisfy Any Appetite


Hungry and looking for a midday escape from the office? Leave your leftovers in the fridge and head out to one of the tried-and-true Raleigh lunch spots! Whether you work downtown or from your home office, you’re never too far from restaurants and cafes that offer amazing lunch options. Here are a few sure bets for a great lunch.


Neomonde Mediterranean

Score a satisfying and good-for-you midday meal at Neomonde Mediterranean. The restaurant’s menu boasts a large selection of authentic Mediterranean food, including several vegetarian and vegan items. When in doubt, order the lunch box special, which includes half of a pita wrap or sandwich, two sides and a free dessert or beverage.



Guasaca is a Venezuelan eatery known for its delicious arepas. The corn-based bread looks similar to pita and is stuffed with almost any combination of food. The popular Raleigh lunch spot offers seven signature arepas, or you can build your own or order a bowl or salad instead. Complete your meal with chips and freshly-prepared avocado salsa.


Carroll’s Kitchen

When you’re looking for a Raleigh lunch spot downtown, head to Carroll’s Kitchen. The eatery serves contemporary comfort food including sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods. The spinach feta kolache is a must when you’re grabbing a quick bite on the go. Eat good while also feeling good that you’re supporting the non-profit business, which hires homeless women and teaches them skills to help them get back on their feet.


Jose and Sons

Spice up your usual lunch routine with tasty Mexican grub from Jose and Sons. The DIY Lunch Taco Platter includes your choice of filling, sides, garnishes and corn tortillas. Up for something a little unusual? Try the Plantain Steak Sandwich with sliced ribeye, crisp plantain, lettuce, tomato, mayo, salsa and queso fresco!


Irregardless Cafe

When you’re looking for a Raleigh lunch spot serving fresh-from-the-farm, healthy meals, Irregardless Cafe has you covered. The restaurant’s lunch specials include a number of vegan dishes including the Quinoa Burger Wrap and Vegan Lasagna. Omnivores can select from fish, seafood, poultry, beef and lamb entrees, as well as flatbreads and sandwiches.


The Pit BBQ

If you love barbecue, go hog-wild and treat yourself to a meal at The Pit Barbecue. Famous for its whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue, this downtown eatery serves sandwiches, platters and burgers. Their famous plates include your choice of meat with two sides, such as the Pulled Pork with hand-cut fries and fried okra.


Capital Club 16

Classic dishes and time-tested family recipes are the names of the game for Capital Club 16. Its lunch menu offers American favorites, made from scratch. Ask about the Daily Ordinary Lunch Plate, which changes daily based on the season and what’s fresh locally. For a lighter option, opt for the Harvest Quinoa salad made with quinoa, market greens, shaved cabbage, carrots, chickpeas, dried cranberries, pecans and thyme-maple dressing.


The Oak

Take your next business lunch to The Oak, which has an elegant atmosphere and superb Southern fusion food. The bourbon bar has become a popular Raleigh lunch spot thanks to its gourmet sliders and inventive entrees like the Bourbon Cherry Prime NY Strip. Create your own mini-feast from the bar bites menu, which includes elevated snacks like Tuna Tartare and Fried Sprouts.


Winston’s Grille 

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Another popular spot for business lunches, Winston’s Grille is known for its amazing salads. You’re in for a delicious and nutritious meal, whether you go with the Crabcake Salad or Southwest Salad. It’s the perfect spot to bring even the pickiest coworkers because the menu has something for everyone, from gumbo to hand-rolled sushi.


Barry’s Cafe

Who says breakfast is only for the morning? Not Barry’s Cafe, where breakfast is served all day! The charming diner is outfitted in firefighter decor, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. Settle in for a breakfast platter such as the Country Fried Steak & Eggs, order an omelet or if a sandwich is more your speed, try the Reuben served with coleslaw.


Caffé Luna

Enjoy affordable and delicious pasta and other Italian food at Caffé Luna. Start off with an antipasto and then choose a pasta or an entree to complete your meal. Not sure what to order? The restaurant’s beloved Lasagna is an excellent choice, layered with ragu bolognese and bechamel.


As you can see, there are a number of great Raleigh lunch spots. What restaurants have you tried and loved for lunch? If you have a recommendation, we’d love to hear from you! If you’re looking for a new home in Raleigh, we’d like to invite you to stop by Park Central Apartments for a look at the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at ParkCentralRaleigh.com to schedule a tour or call us directly at (919) 800-0619.


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