The Ultimate Winston-Salem Restaurant & Bar Guide

We’re cutting out the fluff and giving you key words for each location instead. Click the name to read more details about each. In alphabetical order….

  • 1703 Restaurant: bougie, just right for a special occasion
  • Bobby Boy Bakeshop: sophisticated pastries, French desserts, rotating lunch meal
  • Carving Board: perfect for to-go and picnics, love the sandwiches
  • Forsyth Seafood: best fresh seafood; you can pick what you want and they will cook it for you! Don’t miss the oysters
  • Heff’s Burger Club: best burgers ever; a 2023 James Beard Nominee
  • Mission Pizza: great date night option; love the Prix Fixe for unique and delicious dining experience; NYC-vibe; a 2022 James Beard Nominee
  • Mizu: best lunch deal for sushi; good sushi, udon noodles
  • Mozelle’s: THE place for a date night; favorites include fried pickles, tomato pie, edamame hummus, and any seafood option
  • Riverbirch Lodge: a favorite for the after-work crowd, we love their drinks, salads, and “teacher chips”
  • Salem Kitchen: super convenient take-away meals; buy one to take to your neighbor
  • Sweet Potatoes: Southern food with a soul, they make the best fried chicken; don’t miss the fried okra and green tomato basket or their brunch offerings; a 2022 and 2023 James Beard nominee
  • The Porch: a Tex-Mex staple, we do a lot of happy hours over their margaritas and Tres Amigos (chips served with guac, queso, and salsa); filling salads are always a highlight
  • Timmy’s Hot Chicken: Nashville hot chicken tenders, cheap and tasty
  • Tulum Mexican: best margaritas and restaurant tacos
  • Vintage Sofa Bar: best chicken wings
  • West End Cafe: so many good options; favorites include burgers, salads, black bean burrito, grinders
  • Young Cardinal Cafe: downtown breakfast and brunch staple, can’t go wrong with anything on the menu


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