15 Best Restaurants in Greensboro, NC to Try!

Greensboro is an all-around fantastic city nestled in the piedmont triad region of North Carolina. Although it’s near Winston Salem, it has its own quirky personality that draws in visitors from all over. One such allure is all the tasty creations being cooked up on the bright and burgeoning Greensboro restaurant horizon. There are over 500 dining destinations in this city alone. The Greensboro restaurant options are endless! 

There’s an eclectic range of eats to taste, from authentic Italian to Asian fine dining to good old-fashioned Southern comfort classics. When we visit Greensboro, we make sure to go hungry and save room to savor as many delectable dishes as possible while in town. Below are all the best restaurants in Greensboro that we can’t wait for you to try. 

Best Restaurants in Greensboro

Blue Denim

Blue Denim greensboro

Blue Denim is a staple for Cajun creole fare on the Greensboro foodie scene. It’s a fine dining affair within an intimate setting. Exposed brick and curated works of art really set the scene here. The plates are all carefully presented, and each bite tastes like a mouthful of heaven. 

They’ve really brought New Orleans to this North Carolina city. Each dish feels hearty and packed with flavor in an impressively elevated way. The Etouffee and Gumbo Yaya are supreme examples. What more do we need to say than crawfish beignets? We were also pleased to find an extensive list of local craft beer and international wines available. 

Crafted the Art of the Taco

Crafted The Art Of The Taco

Using fresh local ingredients and inspiration from around the world, you’re in for so much more than just your average taco here. They’ve become a fast favorite of visiting and native foodies alike. When they say that they aim to make affordable gourmet meals, we really think they’ve hit a home run, a true testament to their taco art craft.

The hardest part can be which menu item to choose, so you may want to leave room either in your tummy or itinerary to go back more than once. Try the Big Truck Tacos with pulled pork and mac and cheese or the Fedora with seared tuna and kimchi. There are other options for any non-taco fans, like burgers and burrito bowls, but we always recommend sticking with what a spot is known for. 

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles

Dame’s Chicken And Waffles

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles is an absolute must as one of the best restaurants in Greensboro. Their unique pairings of this classic Southern dish really blew us away. Sometimes we still think about one of their signature creations called the Buff Brahmas, two cutlets on a classic waffle with a peach and apricot shmear and a whiskey cream sauce drizzle. 

The space has a relaxed, no-frills feel that is super friendly and welcoming. You can also create your own by choosing a world-famous waffle, a schmear of flavored butter, a drizzle and nut topping, and an a la carte protein choice. Plus, we always love to support any black owned business when we can. 

Hops Burger Bar

Hops Burger Bar Greensboro

Hops boast some of the best burgers in the state. They sustainably source all their produce and meats, making for a super healthy and fresh tasting product. You can pick the size of your own patty, either six, eight, or twelve ounces, and exactly how you’d like it cooked. We love any eatery where we can have our meal made just so, as it always feels like an added bonus. 

If you like it spicy try the Diablo with pepper jack, guacamole, and jalapeno bacon on a sriracha bun. As the name may imply, there’s a wide range of local brews on their roster, so try out a few taps to wash it all down with. There is also a whole wall of fries to enjoy, even the sides are never boring. They feature a new and exciting burger creation each week, so be sure to ask what the special is. 

Jerusalem Market on Elm 

Jerusalem Market On Elm Restaurant Greensboro

Jerusalem Market is a long-standing fixture in Greensboro and has been feeding the hungry masses for decades. It’s easily the best Middle Eastern food around, family run with authentic recipes that have been passed down over generations. There are extensive vegetarian and vegan options available here. 

Get it to go or dine in at the casual brick cafe setting. The garage door even opens up for an added bit of rustic charm. The shawarma is roasted in-house daily, and the flavors always pack the perfect punch. Falafel, hummus, tabbouleh, and kabobs are all expertly crafted and seriously delicious. It also doubles as a market so you can stock up on snacks and supplies. 

Liberty Oak

Liberty Oak Restaurant Greensboro

Liberty Oak is well known throughout the city for innovative and upscale fares. It’s set in the only oldest commercial building still standing in the heart of downtown historic Greensboro, which certainly adds to its charm. The food is contemporary takes on American and European classics. The ambiance is elegant, furnished with dark woods and white tablecloths. 

The Maryland-style lump crab cakes served with Texas caviar and a creole remoulade is one of their most famous dishes. There’s a range of freshly caught seafood and gourmet cuts of meat, as well as handmade pasta. The patio out front is the perfect place to enjoy some refreshing dining al fresco making it one of the best Downtown Greensboro restaurants on this list!

Bandito Bodega

Bandito Bodega Restaurant Greensboro

Odds are, you’ll see the Bandito Bodega food truck making its way around town while in Greensboro, but nothing beats a stop into the real deal. They seamlessly marry two of our favorite types of cuisine, Mexican and Asian, for mouthwatering creations you’re sure not to find anywhere else. 

We get it if you’re skeptical at first, but these flavors seem to be a match made in heaven. It boasts a super modern menu and ambiance. The decor feels simple and Southwestern with a few artistic touches. We advise trying the crispy grilled tacos with Korean ground beef or the poke burrito to really see what this place is all about. 

Scrambled Southern Diner

Scrambled Southern Diner Greensboro

For breakfast all day, no one does it better than Scrambled Southern Diner. The menu features all the favorite classics as well as some eclectic eats you may not expect. Almost all the ingredients are produced and made in North Carolina. There are seven types of benedicts, and you can build your own biscuit breakfast sandwich. 

The atmosphere is cozy and quaint. It’s not easy, but it’s wise to do your best to save some room for their house-made desserts as well. The cocktails here are also amazing, so don’t be afraid to get your booze on, breakfast or not. Start your day (or your dinner) off right at this delightful local diner. 

Sticks and Stones 

Sticks And Stones Restaurant Greensboro

It’s always essential to know which place in town has that perfect pizza slice, and Greensboro Sticks and Stones is always our go-to. Local and organic are more than just buzz words here. The menu is seasonal, and all ingredients are from neighboring farms. Even the flour is made at a mill nearby. The space itself is eco-friendly and charmingly rustic. 

There are plenty of choices for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free pizzas, so all dietary restrictions are welcome here. The wood-fired clay oven is a thing of beauty and turns out pies that are just as pretty. The Let It Ride with fried chicken, prosciutto, collards, mozzarella, and shallot cream sauce is something special. There are plenty of small plates for snacking and 16 rotating taps to pair with your pizza as well. 

Stamey’s Barbecue

Stamey’s Barbecue Restaurant Greensboro

Stamey’s secured a spot on the North Carolina BBQ Society’s Historic Barbecue Trail (yes there is such a thing), and we can definitely see why. They have one of the biggest and best pits in the entire state. Pork shoulders are smoking over hot coals for at least six hours a day at all times. 

Large black and white photographs grace the walls and vintage memorabilia is placed around the down-home joint full of warm woods and exposed beams. It says old-fashioned right on the sign out front, and they’re definitely not lying, in the best way possible. You can get pork or chicken plates served with slaw and hushpuppies or chopped chicken or pork sandwiches and choose from all the favorite fixings like collard greens and mac and cheese. 

Agni Indian Kitchen

Agni Indian Kitchen Restaurant Greensboro

It may not seem like much from the outside (or the inside for that matter), but Agni Indian Kitchen is bringing all the flavors and spice to Greensboro. The name means fire in Sanskrit and it’s very apt if you ask us. Sometimes an outstanding plate of food at a great price is enough to tempt us into trying. 

Go for the lunch buffet and you will not be disappointed. Whether you order a curry, masala, or tandoori, be sure to get extra garlic naan with it. There are plenty of scrumptious vegetarian options here where you won’t even miss the meat. Every bite is just right at Agni Indian Kitchen. 

Lucky 32

Lucky 32 Restaurants Greensboro

Lucky 32 features farm-to-table Southern cooking at its finest. The outdoor veranda is a scenic place to enjoy a fresh breeze and some sunshine with your bites. Their Cornmeal Crusted Carolina Catfish is a beloved dish of the area, and not just for its superior alliteration. Have you ever had Buttermilk Fried Chicken Livers? Well now might just be the time to try. 

There’s a well-curated selection of fine wines from all over the world, crafted cocktails, and locally brewed beers to round out your delightful dining experience. The ambiance is upscale without being stuffy, with dark colors and warm lighting. It’s a super seasonal menu as everything is made with local and organic ingredients. They even have an adorable fresh veggie stand out front! It runs on an honor system and feels just like stopping at a mini farmers market. 

Print Works Bistro 

Print Works Bistro Greensboro

Print Works serves up French-style fare in a cozy bistro atmosphere. There’s an ample wine list of over 75 varietals, so be sure to find the perfect pairing for your plate. Go for any meal of the day – the menu is inventive and full of fresh and local culinary creations. The craft cocktail program churns out seasonal beverages that are always phenomenal. 

You’ll find choices that are both modern and traditional versions of European classics. The Seared Scallop Risotto and the Beef Bourguignon are just two superb selections here. There’s always a different daily plate to indulge in as well. It’s one of the best restaurants in Greensboro for a splurge or celebrating a special occasion. 

Boba House

Boba House Restaurant Greensboro

Boba House comes highly recommended by anyone that’s eaten there. It’s an elegant establishment making mouthwatering Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. Everything is made in-house from scratch using all the best ingredients. All our meat-free readers can rejoice as the menu here is one hundred percent vegetarian! Everything can also be made vegan or gluten-free if needed. Each dish feels fancy, healthy, and hearty, the true tasty trifecta of foods. 

For lunch, there’s a create your own feel where you can pick from several bases and decide on whatever proteins you wish. For dinner, it’s an upscale affair with any of the impressive specialties. We love the Hula Pot, a red curry made with lemongrass, bamboo shoots, and sweet potato, and the Woking Noodle, flat rice noodles with uchoy wok-seared for a smoky flavor. 

Lindley Park Filling Station 

Lindley Park Filling Station Greensboro

The food at Lindley Park Filling Station is fresh and colorful for an all-around vibrant experience. Every sandwich is named after a different neighborhood in Greensboro, which really gives it that fun local feel you want as a first-time visitor of frequent feaster. The Brice Street and the Greenway are two of the fan favorites. 

It’s also one of those places where you almost want to make an entire meal out of the appetizers, with choices like Buttermilk Fried Oysters. They also have wraps, salads, hot dogs, and burgers, so there really is a crowd-pleaser for every palette. The atmosphere is super quaint whether you sit inside the adorable dining room or outside on the scenic and rustic patio. There’s plenty of craft beer on tap and it’s a super spot for gathering with loved ones, you can even bring the dog!

About Natasha

Natasha moved to North Carolina for college years ago (but she's not trying to age herself here). Her days were spent reading a book on the beach and enjoying a cold glass of sweet tea in between classes at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Upon graduation, she met her partner, Cameron, and they traveled the world together crossing 85 countries and six continents. After, six years of international travel they settled down and launched Lost in the Carolinas to share their experiences about and travel tips on South Carolina and North Carolina.

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