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Winston-Salem Restaurants

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When seeking Winston-Salem restaurants, you can find examples of almost all the large chains, from steakhouses to international fare to fast-food burger and fries. But if you are willing to get away from the city’s main retail areas, you can find a good range of food choices at moderate prices. There is plenty of traditional American fare from dirt-cheap to surprisingly expensive; southern and comfort food restaurants from cafeteria style to white-table cloth establishments; and a heavy dose of diners. Farm-to-table restaurants that buy local fresh produce from area farms (many organic) are on the rise.

Where are the Ethnic and International Flavors?

What Winston-Salem lacks is a broad range of ethnic and international flavors. Sure, there is an abundance of Mexican, sushi and Chinese takeout. But if you want Middle Eastern, El Salvadoran, Cuban or Vietnamese, you have about one choice in town. Interested in Korean, Brazilian or African? You’ll need to get in the car and drive to Greensboro or the Triangle.

The Winston-Salem restaurant list below should not be considered comprehensive. New restaurants open and close every day, sometimes with little notice. It also does not include national chains – you can find them listed in the phone book or with a quick web search. The list also leaves out hotel restaurants. Again, nothing personal, but if you’re staying in a hotel you’ll know about them. Instead, we tried to focus on the independents or local chains. And in each category, we’ve included a suggested list of best bets based on quality, price, service and value.

Winston-Salem Restaurants : Category Listing (Alphabetical)

American Restaurants in Winston-Salem

American restaurants bring together the best of our different regions, ethnic groups and traditions to create something unique and different. There is an abundance of restaurants in Winston-Salem that serve some degree of American food. Here are some recommendations:

5 Points Restaurant (or Five Points)
109 S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem (Stratford Rd)
336-448-0970

Recently opened in the former Big Shotz/Lucky 32 spot on Stratford Road and aptly named 5 Points according to its location offers upscale American fare often with a Southern slant. Read our review.

6th & Vine Winebar & Cafe
209 W. 6th Street, Winston-Salem (Downtown/Arts District)
336-725-5577

6th & Vine is an eclectic wine bar. It has a wide wine selection and offers tapas, flat bread pizzas, salmon, steak and ribs. My favorite is their baked brie (pictured) and their fruit and nut salad. Be sure to stay for the live music!

 

 

 

Bibs Downtown Restaurant Winston-SalemBibs Downtown 
675 West 5th St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-722-0007

Housed in an architecturally interesting building that was a Firestone auto shop in the ’60’s, Bib’s Downtown sits at the corner of 5th and Spring Streets, Bib’s specializes in barbecue beef, pork, chicken, turkey and sausages all smoked on-site with plenty of yummy side dishes. The finger-lickin’ barbecue and hushpuppies more than make up for the styrofoam plates. Patio seating available in warmer months.

Breakfast of Course Mary's Too eggs benedict Mary’s Gourmet Diner (was Breakfast of Course, Mary’s Too)

723 Trade St., Winston-Salem (Downtown/Arts District)
336-723-7239

Nestled in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown Winston-Salem, Breakfast of Course, Mary’s Gourmet Diner is one of the city’s favorite funky farm-to-table restaurants, focusing on fresh breakfast dishes, often with a twist. Many vegetarian dishes are offered. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8AM-3PM and Sundays 8AM-2PM. Mary’s Diner is only open for dinner the first Friday of each month (Gallery Hop). Enjoy Mary’s eclectic salt and pepper collection and Hello Kitty fetish while you’re there!

  • Mary’s Gourmet Diner: Menu

 

The Carving Board
318 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Thruway Shopping Center)
336-748-9118

Offering “Creative Cuisine To Go”, The Carving Board is a dependable delicatessen and cafe with a wide range of meats, pasta, salads, made-to-order sandwiches and desserts. There are so many delicious options I can never decide, so I get the “Tri-Salad Plate” for variety. Plates and to-go containers are priced by weight, your bill can add up quickly but the food is delicious every time.

 

Community Arts Cafe quesadillaCommunity Arts Cafe
411 W. Fourth St. (Downtown)
336-793-8000

A great place to grab a quick lunch downtown. We especially love the sweet potato avocado quesadilla (pictured), the turkey reuben and their burgers! Breakfast served all day at a great price. (Think sweet potato pancakes.) If you have venture downstairs to view the galleries.

​​Deacon Tower Grille at Bridger Field House (CLOSED)
475 Deacon Blvd
Winston Salem, NC 27105
336-896-8624

District Bar & Grill
770 Liberty View Court, Winston-Salem (Downtown/Arts District)
336-462-8882

Offering Winston-Salem’s only rooftop bar, the District Bar & Grill has the best views of our gorgeous downtown skyline. Their affordable American and upscale Southern cuisine can be enjoyed on their first level with white tablecloth dining, or if you prefer a more casual setting, head upstairs to the bar and booth area, but either way, you must check out the stunning views from the rooftop. Try their barbecue sandwich and Winston-Salem favorite, Moravian chicken pie. Reservations accepted. ($10-$30)

Encore American Bistro (restaurant currently closed but re-opening soon, nightclub remains open)
411 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)

Firebirds taste of colorado restaurant gluten freeFirebirds Wood-fired Grill
1215 Creekshire Way, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall Blvd area)
336-659-3973

This restaurant is part of a small chain founded in Charlotte, NC in 2000. Introducing the flavors of Colorado to the Carolinas, the restaurant is known as much for its beautiful decor as its great food, with its stonework, hardwoods and open kitchen. We love that it also offers a gluten free menu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flashback Smoothies & Grill
1003 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem (Downtown/West End)
336-724-2363

Flashback Smoothies & Grill offers Angus burgers and all-beef, turkey or smoked sausage hot dogs on toasted buns, wings and sub sandwiches, as well as their healthy smoothies, with health supplement options. Too many to choose from? Try the “Marvtastic” berry smoothy, a word coined by Winston-Salem’s annual National Black Theatre Festival’s late founder, Leon Hamlin, combining the words “marvelous” and “fantastic”.

 

 

 

Foothills Brewing
638 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-777-3348

Foothills Brewing is an award-winning handcrafted beer brewery and a restaurant with a menu to compliment those beers. Start with the alehouse shrooms and then try the Brewhouse pork ribs or buffalo burger. Trivia Night every Tuesday & Thursday at 9pm. Reservations accepted.

Foothills Brewing Menu

 

 

Grace’s Cafe at Whole Foods 
41 Miller St., Winston-Salem (Ardmore/Miller Street)
336.722.9233

Why put a grocery store on this list? Because the food is good, fresh and fairly inexpensive. Choose from a hot bar with a menu that varies daily, a cold bar, sushi, pizza or gelato, and that’s just to get started.

Hutch & Harris 
424 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336 721-1366

Great location, thoughtful and varied menu, knowledgeable servers and a comfortable but grownup atmosphere. Selections include fish, beef, a traditional chicken pie and vegetarian dishes. The mashed cauliflower is my go-to side dish.

 

 

Jeffrey AdamsJeffrey Adams on Fourth (former site of NOMA)
321 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-448-1714

Jeffrey Adams on Fourth is a sister restaurant by the owners of The Old Fourth Street Filling Station just down the street. The food is similar – wood-fired steaks, pasta, seafood and salads, in a more contemporary setting in the center of downtown activity.

 

 

Lighthouse Grill Restaurant

Lighthouse Grill
905 Burke St., Winston-Salem (West End)
336-724-9619

One of Winston-Salem’s oldest diners, the Lighthouse Grill (a.k.a. The Lighthouse Restaurant) has been serving up classic diner fare since 1954. Serves up classic diner grub for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the Mediterranean salad, the open-faced roast beef or the spaghetti with meaty sauce. Closed weekends.

Mary’s Gourmet Diner (formerly Breakfast of Course)
723 Trade St., Winston-Salem (Downtown/Arts District)
336-723-7239

Nestled in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown Winston-Salem, Mary’s Gourmet Diner is one of the city’s favorite funky farm-to-table restaurants, focusing on fresh breakfast dishes, often with a twist. Many vegetarian dishes are offered. Gluten-free breads from Three Sisters Artisan Bakery are often available. Enjoy Mary’s eclectic salt and pepper collection and Hello Kitty fetish while you’re there!

  • Mary’s Gourmet Diner: Menu

 

Midtown Cafe & DesserteryMidtown Cafe & Dessertery
151 S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem (Stratford Road area)
336-724-9800

A favorite for brunch, Midtown Cafe offers pancakes, omelets, french toast as well as hand-pattied burgers, salads and sandwiches. Dinner options are also available, as well as 25 dessert choices (drool at their cake display).

 

NOMA Urban Bar and Grill (closed, Summer 2012 – NOW Jeffrey Adams)
321 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)

 

 

 

O'So EatsO’So Eats
299 Jonestown Rd., Winston-Salem
(336) 293-6371
O’So Eats serves lunch and dinner with Southern, Italian and Greek features. We LOVE the delicious nod to Winston-Salem history, the RJR Club: grilled chicken with ham, bacon, American cheese served with honey mustard on a pretzel roll, and don’t forget the sweet potato fries!

 

 

 

 

The Old Fourth Street Filling Station
871 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (West End)
336-724-7600

The Old Fourth Street Filling Station was once just that, an old gas station. Now, it’s a lovely restaurant and bar with a historic feel. Enjoy your lunch, dinner or weekend brunch by the roaring fire when it’s chilly, or out on the patio when it’s nice out. We especially love their Carolina Crab Dip and Fried Green Tomatoes Stack before having their grilled salmon salad. Reservations are accepted but not required.

 

Screaming Rooster- NOW CLOSED
301 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem (Downtown/Brookstown Area)
336-722-9090

Located in the former location of Mary’s Breakfast of Course, the Screaming Rooster is a fantastic farm-to-table restaurant serving up breakfast and lunch daily, dinner on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday brunch, made with fresh ingredients from local and organic farmers and farmers markets. The restaurant has a French Country theme. Their brioche French toast is a favorite (especially the pumpkin brioche French toast when in season) and worth the $10, as are the local Yellow Wolf Farm brats! Outdoor seating available.

 

Skippy’s Hot Dogsskippy's hot dogs pretzels
624 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-722-3422

People in Winston-Salem aren’t as passionate about hot dogs as they are barbecue, but it’s close. Pulliam’s, Kermit’s, and PB’s Takeout all have great dogs, but it you want something different, try Skippy’s. They serve all beef franks on grilled pretzel rolls with 13 topping options!

 

 

 

Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar
450 N. Spring Street, Winston-Salem (Downtown)
www.springhousenc.com
336-782-2824

Previously the estate home of wealthy industrialist, Agnew Hunter Bahnson in the 1920’s, on what was then known as “Millionaire’s Row”, the historic restaurant is located beside the Forsyth County Central Library on N. Spring Street. The restaurant offers a white tablecloth fine dining experience of New American Cuisine with a strong New Southern influence and seasonal cooking by Chef Timothy Grandinetti as well as artisan cocktails at their bar.

 

Tavern in Old Salem (formerly Old Salem Tavern)
736 S. Main St., Winston-Salem (Old Salem/Brookstown)
(336) 722-1227

Look for what the Moravian’s do best – like Moravian chicken pie, pot roast the lunch menu. Menu changes regularly, so check their website. Also a great spot for Sunday Brunch! Be sure to try the gingerbread cake with lemon sorbet for dessert.

Ted’s Famous Chicken, AKA Ted’s Kickin Chicken
4695 S. Main St., Winston-Salem (South Winston)
336-650-0290

Ted’s has grown from a dive with a cult following. Stick with the chicken – half birds, quarter birds, sandwiches, wraps or wings. You can get a chopped chicken sandwich with “fixins” for $3.75. Bike night every Thursday.

Village Tavern
221 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem (Reynolda Village)
336-761-8392

2000 Griffith Rd., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336.760.8686

There are two locations for this chain based in Winston-Salem. The original Village Tavern located in historic Reynolda Village is a cozy favorite of locals and Wake Forest families. The Griffith Road location, although in the congested mall area, is much larger with lodge atmosphere, and thus, has a shorter wait for tables. The food is reliable with a wide variety of price points and choices ranging from salads, sandwiches and small pizzas to an almost $30 steak. Favorites include the spring rolls, pork chops, and homemade chips with ranch dressing. Gluten-free menu available. Great outdoor seating at both locations.

Vin205 Wine Bar at Wine Merchants
205 S. Stratforrd Rd, Winston-Salem (Stratford Rd area)
336-765-8175

The menu here is extensive for a wine bar, Vin205 offers lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday, wine dinners (check their website for dates) soups, salads, tapas, sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, burgers and desserts and a selection of over 390 wines by the glass and craft and artisan beers on draft and by the bottle.

West End CafeWest End Cafe 
926 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown/West End)
336-723-4774

With its pretty little koi pond in front, you can almost forget this casual restaurant is steps from downtown. The café’s specialty is chili, with sandwiches and salads rounding out the lunch menu. The dinner menu expands to also offer surprising culinary delights. With many vegetarian and made-to-order options, you can fill almost any craving here.

West End Cafe : Menu     

 

 

 

Willow’s Bistro
300 South Liberty Street Suite 125 (Downtown/Brookstown Area)
336-293-4601

Another of Winston-Salem’s farm-to-table restaurants, Willow’s Bistro serves up fresh, local, organic ingredients from local farmers, as well as fresh seafood. Willow’s Chef Will Kingery is also known for King’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar on Fourth Street Downtown. Enjoy the art of locals on the walls and the open kitchen while you wait for your food, or dine outside on their patio complete with ceiling fans. They share the parking lot with the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, so it’s a convenient stop after a fun day with the kids. Enjoy half-priced bottles of wine on Monday nights and $3 bloody Mary’s and mimosas during Sunday brunch.

     More Winston-Salem American Restaurants

First Street Draught House
1500 W. First St., Winston-Salem (West End/WFUBMC)
336-722-6950

Acadia Grill
200 W. Acadia Ave., Winston-Salem (South Winston)
336-724-1911

Big Shotz Tavern (now closed- new site of Five Points)
109 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford/Five Points)

Billy Bob’s Silver Diner
1650 Hanes Mall Blvd., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-768-0654

Bleu Restaurant & Bar
3425 Frontis St., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-760-2026

Boomr’z
3441 Myer Lee Drive, Winston-Salem (Business 40)
336-293-4349

Cafe Arthur’s
1416 S. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem (Ardmore)
336.725.4548

Cagney’s
2201 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem (Ardmore/WFUBMC)
336.724.0940

Carriage House Restaurant
1409 G. South Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-765-8082

Cities Grill & Bar
2438 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-765-9027

Cloverdale KitchenCloverdale Kitchen
22251 Cloverdale, Winston-Salem (Ardmore/WFUBMC)
336-725-4701

Corbin’s Bar & Grill
520 Hanes Mall Blvd., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-768-3301

 

Diamondback Grill
751 N. Avalon Rd., Winston-Salem (Buena Vista)
336-722-0006

Downtown Deli and Cafe
1 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-721-1750

Duke’s Restaurant
4875 Country Club Rd., Winston-Salem (Country Club/Jonestown/Peace Haven)
336-768-1192

Goody’s Family Restaurant
599 Bethesda Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-765-3100

Grill-Ville
902 E. Sprague St., Winston-Salem (North Carolina School of the Arts/ Waughtown)
336-788-7282

Jimmy the Greek’s Kitchen
2806 University Parkway, Winston-Salem (Coliseum area)
336-722-0184

Johanne’s (pronounced “yo-hanz”)
​3870 Bethania Station Rd
(University area)
336-923-5583

Kernel Kustard (closed, Winter 2011)
1630 Fox Trot Court, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)

310 W. Fourth St. (Downtown) (closed, Spring 2012)

 

 

K&W Cafeteria
North University Parkway, Winston-Salem (University Parkway)
336-661-0504

3169 Peters Creek Parkway Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-785-4972

3300 Healy Drive, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-768-1066

Kopper Kitchen (now closed, soon to reopen as Small Batch Beer Co. in Fall 2013)
241 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)

Mayberry’s Ice Cream Restaurant Mayberry Restaurant and ice cream parlor
50 Miller St. #A, Winston-Salem (Ardmore/Miller Street)
336-724-3682

900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem (Old Salem)
336-499-7953

114 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem (now closed)

Mr. Waffle
649 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (West Salem/Peters Creek)
336- 724-1294

Mountain Fried Chicken restaurantMountain Fried Chicken
507 Akron Drive, Winston-Salem (East Winston)
336-767-1675

5908 University Parkway, Winston-Salem (University Parkway)
336-377-2010

 

O’Brien’s Deli
4001 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem (South Fork/Country Club)
336-765-9722

We love that this deli uses Boar’s Heads premium meats!

Olde Orchard Diner
2991 Old Salisbury Road (Waughtown)
336-650-1612

Omega House
1488 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (West Salem/Peters Creek)
336-724-5262

O’So Eats
299 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem (Jonestown)
336-293-6371

Pane e Vine (formerly Simplyummy)

122 Reynolda Village

336-724-9779

PB’S Takeout
1412 S. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem (Ardmore)
336- 748-8990

Ranch-O-Drive In Restaurant
3020 Kernersville Road, Winston-Salem (Waughtown/UNCSA)
336-784-5353

River Birch Lodge
3324 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem 27106 (Polo/Robinhood/Sherwood Forest)
336-768-1111

Salem Kitchen Salem Kitchen gourmet meals to go
50 Miller St., Winston-Salem (Five Points/Miller Street)
336-722-1155

Simplyummy– Now CLOSED & reopened as Pane e Vine
122 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem (Reynolda Village)
336-724-9779

Stratford Station Grill
828 Stratford Road (Stratford)
336-659-1983

 

Twin City dinerTwin City Diner
1425 W. First St., Winston-Salem (West End/WFUBMC)
336-724-4203

 

 

 

 

Village Tavern
221 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem (Reynolda Village)
336-748-0221

2000 Griffith Rd., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-760-8686

We love that the Village Tavern has a gluten-free menu!

Waldo’s Wings
2855 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem (Buena Vista/Reynolda Historic District)
336-703-0230

Asian Restaurants in Winston-Salem

Maybe it’s related to the city’s small Asian population, but Winston-Salem doesn’t have much to offer in the way of excellent Chinese, Japanese, Thai or any other foods that typically fall under the category of Asian, although when it comes to Thai food and sushi there are some options. Here are some recommendations:

Cha Da Thai
420 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem (Jonestown)
336-659-8466

Good selection and wonderful food with offerings far afield from pad thai. Authentic decor, although it is in a strip mall. Service is typically outstanding without being obtrusive.

Ichiban
270 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Thruway Shopping Ctr)
336-725-3050

One of the first, if not the first, sushi restaurants in Winston-Salem. Whether you eat at the sushi bar or a table, you’ll enjoy top-quality sushi, although not the most inventive. Any dish on the teriyaki menu will be reasonably affordable and plentiful.

Ishi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar
121 Stark St., Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-774-0433

Ishi can be difficult to find in its location tucked back off of Stratford Road, but keep looking – it’s worth it. The sushi varieties are more inventive than other sushi places in town, including vegetarian sushi choices. On more than one occasion we’ve spied pepper plants and herbs growing in pots outside the restaurant.

Sampan Chinese Restaurant
985 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-777-8266

The proprietress of Sampan keeps the restaurant dimly lit, which sets a romantic atmosphere but also hides years of wear in the dining room. But compared to most Chinese restaurants in town, it stands out for its beauty. There’s no buffet or sushi, but you’ll find the choices typical of most Chinese restaurants in the U.S. For a different and more satisfying experience, explore the extended authentic menu with its hotpot and casseroles.

Thai SawatdeeThai Sawatdee (Inside Harris Teeter)
2281 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem (Ardmore/Miller Street/WFUBMC)
336-725-1332

3064 Healy Drive, Winston-Salem (Stratford/Olde Vineyard area)
336-760-4455

Thai Sawatdee recently opened a second location at 3064 Healy Drive. Let’s hope the new restaurant finds the same magic — food prepared quickly, very fresh, with generous servings and spiciness to order. We love the green curry chicken.

Wen Hwa Asian Fusion Cuisine
134 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-723-1400

If Wen Hwa would just call itself an Asian Fusion restaurant … The décor is gorgeous in this intimate yet affordable restaurant. Some of the dishes on the menu are found maybe in only one other restaurant in Winston-Salem. So go for the pho, the lemongrass chicken or the Singapore street noodles, or the Vietnamese black pepper shrimp and chicken.

Xia Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
102 W. 3rd St., Liberty Plaza, Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-293-7925

This recently opened contemporary Asian-fusion restaurant features a sushi bar, beef, chicken and seafood dishes and a full-service bar.

More Winston-Salem Asian Restaurants

Arigato Japanese Steakhouse
2995 Bethesda Place, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-765-7798

Asian Café
386 E. Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem (Coliseum area)
336-377-3888

China Buffet
984 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Cree/Peters Creek)
336-722-9818

China Restaurant
2510 Somerset Center Drive, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-768-8898

3491 N. Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem (North Winston)
336-744-1223

Downtown Thai
219 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-777-1422

Dynasty Buffet
1986 Hanes Mall Blvd., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-659-3868

Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
3548 Yadkinville Road, Winston-Salem (Coliseum area)
336-922-5300

Hong Kong King Buffet
1237 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-725-9880

Kanpai Japanese Steak & Seafood House 
1438 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-768-7799

Kowloon Restaurant
2255 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem (Ardmore/Miller Street)
336-724-6907

Kyoto Fantasy Express
204 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Thruway Shopping Ctr)
336-724-2235

 

Mandarin Malay Chinese
336-722-7750

Mr. Lu Restaurant
1479 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem (East Winston)
336-725-9969

Miyako
5086 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-785-3638

Nine Dragon Palace
5083 N. University Parkway, Winston-Salem (University Parkway)
336-767-7743

No. 1 Chinese
2822 University Pkwy (WFU/Coliseum area)
336-727-8883

Oriental Cafe
612 Hanes Mall Blvd., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-774-9098

The food here (Chinese, Japanese, Thai) is great, despite the outward appearance. Sushi rates high, but service doesn’t always live up to the food standards.

Peking Kitchen
3214 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-659-0295

Sakura Japanese Restaurant
548 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford)
336-777-8744 336-777-8744

Soup’s Vietnamese Pho and Grill (now closed)
219 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)

Sushi Thai
826 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford)
336-765-7890

Szechuan PalaceSzechuan Palace
3040 Healy Drive, Winston-Salem (Stratford)
336-768-7123

 

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse
1111 Salisbury Ridge Road, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-722-5009

Tokyo Shapiro
215 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-725-4141

Tomo’e Japanese Steakhouse
984 Peter’s Creek Parkway
(336) 725-0886

This Japanese steakhouse gets consistently good reviews for staff, food and sushi.

Bakeries & Coffee Shops & Ice Cream in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is the home of Krispy Kreme, so we take our sweets and coffee very seriously. But there are plenty of options for people who prefer baked treats that are less sugary. Here are some recommendations to help fill your cravings:

Ardmore Coffee (formerly Cafe Roche)Ardmore Coffee window and logo
1316 S. Hawthorne Rd (Ardmore)
​336-331-3284
Bagel Station Bagel Station
129 Oakwood Drive, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-724-3949

For 20 years, the no-frills Bagel Station has been turning out delicious bagels. Other stores have come and gone but the Bagel Station survives on its quality, simple menu and friendly service. You’ll find what you need here in terms or bagels and spreads and it’s all extremely fresh.

 

 

 

Bubbling Well Bead and Tea BarBubbling Well Bead & Tea Bar
612 Trade St., Winston-Salem (Arts District Downtown)
336-293-6542

This serene tea and tonic bar has over 90 loose teas available as well as health tonics, but there best-kept secret is perhaps their yummy superfood smoothies and raw chocolate drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cafe Gelato

Cafe Gelato
845 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem (West End/West Highlands)
336-725-9110

Cafe Gelato is an adorable little gelato shop along “antique row” across from Hanes Park on Reynolda Road serving up fresh handmade gelato and sorbets often with local ingredients. Note that it is only open Thursdays – Sundays.

Café Roché (CLOSED- now Ardmore Cafe)
1316 S. Hawthorne Rd (Ardmore)

 

 

 

 

 

Caffe Prada
330 N. Broad St. & Fourth St. (Downtown/West End)
336-793-2468

A caffe with European flair, this venue has a lot to offer: wine and beer bar, daily roasted coffees and espresso drinks and baked goods, but they are probably most famous for their daily handmade gelato and sorbets.

 

 

Camino Bakery 
211 E. Third St. (Downtown)
336-721-9990

Camino Bakery is an artisan bakery in the hub of Downtown Winston-Salem that sources most of its ingredients from local and organic farms. Fresh-baked baguettes, almond brioche, cakes, and vegetarian sandwiches are just a few delicacies they serve up with Krankies coffee, beer or wine and they have a mini-grocery of essentials. Each night they offer a La Boheme special: 2 glasses of the featured wine, a demi-baguette, and a piece of gourmet cheese for $11.95.

 

 

 

 

Dewey's Bakery Blue Ridge Ice CreamsDewey’s Bakery & Blue Ridge Ice Creams 
262 S. Stratford Road (Thruway)
336-725-8321

Dewey’s Bakery
2820 Reynolda Road (Wake Forest University)
336-724-0559

Dewey’s Bakery has been a Winston-Salem tradition since 1930. Notable sweets include their pink lemonade cake in the spring and summer, and with options including cake squares, éclairs and turnovers, there’s something for about any appetite. You can also order birthday and wedding cakes here. The Thruway Shopping Center location now offers handmade Blue Ridge Ice Creams as well, with signature flavors like Dewey’s pink lemonade cake ice cream with actual chunks of the frosted cake, and Dewey’s Moravian spice cookie dough swirl.

Flashback Smoothies & Grill
1003 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem (Downtown/West End)
336-724-2363

Flashback Smoothies & Grill offers Angus burgers and all-beef, turkey or smoked sausage hot dogs on toasted buns, wings and sub sandwiches, as well as their healthy smoothies, with health supplement options. Too many to choose from? Try the “Marvtastic” berry smoothy, a word coined by Winston-Salem’s annual National Black Theatre Festival’s late founder, Leon Hamlin, combining the words “marvelous” and “fantastic”.

Haute Chocolate

Haute Chocolate
916 Burke St., Winston-Salem (Burke St./Downtown)
336-653-9924

Winston-Salem’s first chocolatier, Jiliana serves up amazing truffles and cupcakes in fun flavors.

 

 

 

KilwinsKilwins Ice Cream & Chocolates
Thruway Shopping Center
308 S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem
336-

Krankies Coffee
211 E. 3rd St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-722-3016

Krankies roasts their own coffee beans on-site daily in their “warehouse” location and often host music and art events. Treats from Camino Bakery are available as well as specialty drinks and beers.

 

Krankies airstream coffeeKrankies Airstream & Coffee Park
1208 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem

Coffee Park KrankiesThis fun Krankies Airstream offers drive-up service on both sides & their friendly baristas serve up the tastiest cup in town as well as teas, sandwiches & baked goods from Camino Bakery. Can’t go wrong with their lattés. Tip: Bring your own commuter mug to get a regular coffee for only $1.25. Now take a seat at Coffee Park just behind the Krankies Airstream, where you’ll find local goodies to go with that cuppa

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Company 
259 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford)
336-724-2484

We’ll make an exception to focus on independents over chains when it comes to Krispy Kreme, which is headquartered in Winston-Salem. If you’ve only tried Krispy Kremes from a grocery or convenience store, you haven’t had the true doughnut experience. Stop when the “Hot Doughnuts Now” sign is lit to watch behind glass as doughnuts come off a conveyor, float through hot oil and travel through the glazing machine.

Midtown Cafe and desserteryMidtown Cafe & Dessertery
151 S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem (Stratford Road area)
336-724-9800

A favorite for brunch, Midtown Cafe also offers 25 dessert choices (drool at their cake display over choices like Italian cream cake, macadamia nut carrot cake and their seasonal 5-flavor poundcake with fresh strawberries.

 

 

 

 

 

Ollie’s Bakery 
300 Marshall St. South, Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-727-0404

Locals swear by the artisan breads baked at Ollie’s. It is a true bakery, offering breads, pastries and dessert with the freshest ingredients. The selection of breads available depends on the day of the week; go early for the most choices. Ollie’s also offers baking classes.

 

 

 

Popcorn Fanatic Popcorn Fanatic
3216 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-705-1208

This locally owned popcorn shop gives you a lot of bang for your buck. With over __ flavors on a given day. Popcorn Fanatic offers flavors from sweet to savory with flavors like Dill Pickle, Cinnamon Toast, and my favorite when it’s hot: Chicago Mix. The “candy” flavors come in an array of colors, making a mix of the colors of your favorite Super Bowl team or favors in your wedding colors an easy tasty gift!

Raven’s Roost Coffee 
(mobile unit) corner of Hawthorne Rd & Trenwest
​Beside Forsyth Hospital

Rosie’s Coffee & Tea CLOSED
305 West Fourth Street (Downtown)
(336) 722-0217

Winkler Bakery – Old Salem Winkler Bakery Old Salem Moravian
527 S. Main St., Winston-Salem (Old Salem)
336-721-7302

A visit to Winkler Bakery brings history to life and plenty of mouth-watering choices to fill your tummy. Bakers in period dress explain how the bakery operated when Old Salem was an outpost in the wilderness. Choose from impossibly thin Moravian ginger or sugar cookies, Moravian sugar cakes and breads. You can also pick up packaged mixes of your favorites to bake at home.

 

Wolfies frozen custardWolfies Gourmet Frozen Custard
420 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-245-2400

Part of a tiny chain (mother location in Northport New York), Wolfies is Winston-Salem’s first custard creamery located in the heart of downtown. We’ve never had a custard we didn’t like, but we are partial to the “Southern Sundae”: vanilla custard with pecans, maple syrup and whipped cream! Wolfies also serves up frozen custard cookie sandwiches, custard pies and locally roasted Krankies Coffe.

More Winston-Salem Bakeries, Coffee & Ice Cream Shops

Brynn’s Frozen YogurtBrynn's Frozen Yogurt Bar
Stratforrd Tower Shopping Center
205 S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem
(336) 331-3935

Chelsea’s Coffee Shop & More 
533 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-703-1503

Simplyummy – NOW CLOSED
122 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem (Reynolda Village)
336-724-9779

Starbucks
Multiple locations

Barbecue Restaurants in Winston-Salem

Quite frankly, Lexington is the self-professed “barbecue capital of the world,” so most places in Winston-Salem are trying to keep up. A few are worth a special mention but if you want a slew of choices, head south down U.S. 52 for all that Lexington offers.

Bibs Downtown
675 West 5th St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-722-0007

Specializing in smoked beef, pork, chicken, turkey and sausage with plenty of yummy side dishes. It’s like upscale barbecue compared to many joints in Winston-Salem.

Little Richard’s Lexington BBQ
4885 Country Club Road (Jonestown/Country Club)
336-760-3457

Little Richard offers chopped pork, pulled pork and coarse chopped pork in quantities ranging from trays to plates to the pound for to-go orders. The restaurant is known for its tangy “dip,” which is heavy on the vinegar and pepper. Barbecue chicken is also available on the weekends. There’s a second Little Richards at 5353 Gumtree Road.

Mr. BBQ barbecueMr. Barbecue (& Miss Fried Chicken)
1381 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-725-7827

Mr. Barbecue (& Miss Fried Chicken) offer Lexington-style chopped pork, fried chicken and hot dogs. Their hush puppies are considered the best by many. We like their potato salad and selection of homemade pies, banana pudding and peach cobbler. The almost  campy Southern atmosphere is worth the trip alone!

More Winston-Salem Barbecue Restaurants

Don’s BBQ and Restaurant
113 Old Hollow Road, Winston-Salem (East Winston)
336-767-0422

Hill’s Lexington BBQ (North University)
North University Parkway
336-767-2184 336-767-2184

Honky Tonk Pig Smokehouse
145 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem (Jonestown)
336-794-2270

J.S. Pulliam Barbecue
4358 Old Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem (North Winston)
336-767-2211

Pig Pickin’s
3650 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem (Reynolda Road/Old Town)
336-923-2285

Red Hot & Blue BBQ
613 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem (Coliseum/WFU)
336-770-4BBQ

Ted’s Kickin’ Chicken
4695 S. Main St., Winston-Salem (South Winston)
336-650-0290

Cafeterias in Winston-Salem

Cafeterias are a Southern tradition, where you can find a wide range of comfort food for a low price. We’re talking chicken fried steak, chicken and dumplings, gravy with all kinds of meat, and pies with mile-high meringue. You’ll also hear them referred to as “meat and threes” for the main dish of meat and three sides. Here is a recommendation:

K&W CafeteriaK&W Cafeteria
3169 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336.785.4972

3300 Healy Drive, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
36-768-1066

800 E. Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem (Coliseum area)
336-661-0504

For the best bet in Winston-Salem, try K&W, a locally owned chain known for its good home-style cooking, and a staff that is quick with the “hons” and “dears.” And they’re sincere when they say them, too.

More Winston-Salem Cafeterias

Bell and Sons Cafeteria
4374 N. Liberty St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-767-0703

Meta’s Restaurant
102 W. Third St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-750-0811

Murphy’s Lunch
207 W. Third St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-723-5378

Delis in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is far from New York in nearly every way, and that’s not a bad thing. Still, our city still boasts some good delis and sandwich shops.

Here are some good choices:

Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub
901 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem (West End/Reynolda area)
336-724-6600

The Carving Board
318 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Thruway)
336-748-9118

A dependable deli with a wide range of fresh and pasta salads, choice cooked meats, made-to-order sandwiches and desserts. Since the plates are priced by weight, your bill can add up quickly but the food is delicious every time.

Hero House deli sub sandwich shopHero House Deli-Style Sub Shop
914 S. Stratford Rd (Stratford area)
336-768-3944

2951 University Parkway (University/WFU/Coliseum area)
336-761-0078

1375 Peters Creek Parkway (Peters Creek area)
336-631-3030

Dioli’s Italian Market  
2898 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem (Reynolda Road)
336-724-9900

Not to be confused with their Italian restaurant on Fourth Street in the Steven’s Center, there’s nothing like Dioli’s Italian Market in Winston-Salem. It offers an ample deli, as well as a bakery that uses authentic Italian recipes to create tiramisu, cannoli, sfogiatelle, zeppole and cream puffs. Or choose from coffee cakes, cinnamon roles, turnovers and other delights.

O’Briens’ Deli
4001 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem (South Fork)
336-765-9722

The sandwiches at O’Briens’ aren’t cheap, but they sure are big. The deli itself is tiny with only a few tables. But the service is quick so you might as well get your orders to go. People rave about the corned beef sandwiches, the Rueben, and O’Briens’ chicken salad.

The Olive Tree Deli
580 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-723-4224

The Olive Tree is a sandwich shop, not a deli. However, the sandwiches are dirt cheap and high quality. Housed in a former Taco Bell, the flavors are more Greek than American with a menu heavy on gyros, souvlaki and pita sandwiches.

SILO Deli Wine & CheeseSilo deli wine cheese
114D Reynolda Village
336-608-4359

This wonderful dining addition to Reynolda Village is nestled in the old stable area near the silo. Enjoy sandwiches, soups and salads as well as wine and cheese. We especially love the “Parisian Picnic” panini with brie, Granny Smith apples and fig chutney; or try “The Coop” tarragon chicken salad on croissant. Outdoor seating is exceptional!

 

 

 

 

Washington Perk
228 W. Acadia, Winston-Salem (Washington Park area)
336-332-3251

301 W Fourth St (Downtown)

336-448-5197

The original Washington Perk location is a favorite hangout, coffee and tea bar, deli and grocery in the Washington Park neighborhood just outside of Downtown Winston-Salem that offers mostly organic groceries, local organic meats and an extensive wine selection. This is one of the few, if not the only deli that offers gluten-free bread. Great deck for enjoying the outdoors. Their second location downtown, “Downtown Perk” offers groceries with local selections, deli and coffee. Gluten free bread available.

More Winston-Salem Delis

Bagel Station
129 Oakwood Drive, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-724-3959

Center City Grille
One West Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-331-0129

Downtown Deli & Cafe
1 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-721-1750

Mrs. Pumpkin’s Bakery and Deli
3645 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem (Coliseum area)
336-924-9797

Rose’s Deli
5000 University Parkway, Winston-Salem (WFU/Coliseum area)
336-744-9543

​TJ’S Deli
5017 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem (Country Club/Jonestown/Peace Haven)
336-760-0488

Upper Deck Grill
200 W. Second St., Winston-Salem (West End)
336-777-0772

Fine Dining Restaurants in Winston-Salem

Fine dining in Winston-Salem doesn’t always mean white tablecloths. It’s a broad category that suggests you’ll feel more comfortable in these establishments if you change out of a t-shirt and shorts. In fact, one restaurant regularly reminds prospective customers that it has a dress code. So bear that in mind when considering this list of “fine dining” restaurants.

Here are some recommendations:

Bernardin’s at the Zevely House
901 W. Fourth St. Winston-Salem (West End)
336-725-6666

Bernardin's restaurant Zevely HouseBernardin’s recently moved from a tired strip mall into a historic West End home known as the Zevely House, upping the atmosphere. Before the move, Bernardin’s was described in a local newspaper as the Triad region’s only five star restaurant. The dinner menu offers what you’d expect, as well as ostrich and Australian lamb loin. Meals typically run $40 a person with wine. Built in 1815, the historic house was the oldest standing house in the former city of Winston and was moved to its current location in 1974 from Oak Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro restaurantMozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro 
878 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-703-5400

Another of Winston-Salem’s wonderful farm-to-table restaurant, Mozelle’s is a tiny restaurant with a big presence. Serving lunch and dinner, it’s hard to go wrong with any of their Southern-inspired dishes, from Lobster Sloppy Joes to their Pimento Cheeseburger, or my personal favorite, the Tomato Pie (trust me). Great patio seating under cheery yellow umbrellas. Don’t worry, if it’s chilly, they’ll offer you a cozy blanket in their signature green. Reservations recommended for dinner.

 

Noble’s Grille 
380 Knollwood St., Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-777-8477

Noble’s feels like fine dining from the moment you walk through the door. The food is well thought out, the presentation is outstanding and the service is attentive but not snobby. The chef features regional food on his menu in inventive ways.

Ryan’s Steaks, Chops & Seafood
719 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem (Coliseum)
336-724-6132

Ryan’s is an old-school choice, from the décor to the menu. That said, the food is consistently good, the portions are plentiful and the service is typically friendly. The dining room windows look out on a wooded landscape.

Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar
450 N. Spring Street, Winston-Salem (Downtown)
www.springhousenc.com
336-782-2824

Previously the estate home of wealthy industrialist, Agnew Hunter Bahnson in the 1920’s, on what was then known as “Millionaire’s Row”, the historic restaurant is located beside the Forsyth County Central Library, at 450 N. Spring Street. The restaurant offers a white tablecloth fine dining experience of New American Cuisine with a strong New Southern influence and seasonal cooking by Chef Timothy Grandinetti as well as artisan cocktails at their bar.

Sweet Potatoes 
529 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-727-4844

Sweet Potatoes may have the most buzz of any restaurant that has opened in the arts district. With its focus on upscale southern foods, it’s a comfortable place for lunch as well as a fine dining establishment at dinner time.

More Winston-Salem Fine Dining Restaurants

1703 Restaurant
1703 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem (Buena Vista)
336-725-5767

Bleu Restaurant and Bar
3425 Frontis St., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-760-2026

Christopher’s Cuisine (now closed)
712 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem (Downtown)

Deacon Tower Grille
475 Deacon Blvd (University/WFU)
336-896-8624

This restaurant offers views of BB&T’s Wake Forest Field from seven stories up and upscale Southern flavors such as shrimp and grits, angus steak, Cajun catfish and more. Pizzas start at $8, while veal rib chop is $28.

Fabian’s Restaurant
1100 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem (Buena Vista)
336- 723-7700

Meridian Restaurant
411 S. Marshall St. #101, Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-722-8889

Milner’s American Southern (home of the famous breaded pickle)
630 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-768-2221

New Town Bistro and Bar
420 Jonestown Road #U, Winston-Salem (Jonestown)
336- 659-8062

Ombu Wood Fired Fusion (now closed)
615 Saint George Square Court, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)

Par 3 Bistro
3870 Bethania Station Road, Winston-Salem (Reynolda Road area)
336-924-5850

River Birch Lodge
3324 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem 27106 (Polo/Robinhood/Sherwood Forest)
336-768-1111

The Vineyards (now closed)
120 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem (Reynolda Village)

Greek Restaurants in Winston-Salem

For all the restaurants owned by people who are of Greek descent, there are few really good Greek restaurants in Winston-Salem. To be sure, half the cafes and diners in town have souvlaki or Greek spaghetti on their menus. But only a few have more than those offerings. Here are some recommendations:

Athena Greek Taverna
680 S. Stratford Road (Stratford area)
336-794-3069

Athena is the only semi-upscale Greek restaurant here in town. Here you’ll find saganaki (cheese set aflame in brandy), a yummy kalamari, as well as moussaka, pastitsio, lukaniko and a sampler platter of dishes. They even have some good vegetarian choices.

The Olive Tree Deli
580 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-723-4224

The Olive Tree is a sandwich shop, not a deli. However, the sandwiches are dirt cheap and high quality. Housed in a former Taco Bell, the flavors are more Greek than American with a menu heavy on gyros, souvlaki and pita sandwiches.

More Winston-Salem Greek Restaurants

Alex’s Cafe
750 Summit St., Winston-Salem (West End)
336-722-9080

Goody’s Restaurant
599 Bethesda Place, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-765-3100

Grecian Corner
101 Eden Terrace, Winston-Salem (Ardmore/WFUBMC)
336-722-6937

Greek MarketThe Greek Market

3255 Healy Dr., Winston-Salem (Stratford Rd/Olde Vineyard area)
336-406-1384

 

Jimmy the Greek Kitchen 
2806 University Parkway, Winston-Salem (Coliseum area)
336-722-0184

Teddy G’s
3478 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem (Polo/Robinhood/Sherwood)
336-760-3711

Indian Restaurants in Winston-Salem

It seemed like Indian was all the rage for a brief moment in the city’s recent history, but that moment passed quickly. What remains are three restaurants, each with their distinctions. Golden India has a wonderful Indian grocery store that offers fresh produce, and Nawab offers an elegant atmosphere. But many folks give Turmeric first place when it comes to the quality and variety of its menu, which features dishes from the northern and southern regions; the helpfulness and friendliness of its staff; and its overall value.

Turmeric Indian RestaurantTurmeric Restaurant and Bar
3088 Healy Drive, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-794-8282

Golden India Restaurant
2837 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem (Wake Forest University)
336-777-0004

Nawab Indian CuisineNawab Indian restaurant
129 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-725-3949

Irish Restaurants in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem’s two Irish restaurants are within blocks of each other. Finnegan’s has a good reputation for brunch and as a fun place to hang out as a bar. The Celtic Café is the place to go to hear Irish music. Both places have their loyal fans with favorite dishes, although Finnegan’s appears to have more traditional dishes while the Celtic Café actually offers pizza and wraps.

Celtic Cafe (now closed)
924 S. Marshall St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)

Finnigan's Wake Restaurant Finnegan’s Wake
620 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-723-0322

Finnigan’s Wake is a classic Irish Pub and restaurant, complete with dark woods, full bar and Irish fare. You can’t go wrong with their fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage or Guinness stew. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try their Scotch Eggs – hard boiled eggs, wrapped in Irish sausage, then deep fried. Their famous all-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration takes over the entire street for the day with buffet, Irish dancers and bands.

Italian Restaurants in Winston-Salem

You can find the chain Italian places in Winston-Salem such as Olive Garden, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. And truth be told, they are stiff competition for the locally owned restaurants. But some of the independents are excellent in every way, just off the beaten path. Here are some recommendations:

B.L.L. Rotisserie Factory
380 Knollwood St., Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-725-7071

Many locals don’t know this place exists even though it’s just off well-traveled Stratford Road. It’s a tiny place, but the food is fantastic, with thick, not-too-sweet, not-too-salty sauces, a wide selection of pasta dishes with veal or chicken, and the usual strombolis, calzones and pizza. The prices may seem a little high for the atmosphere, which is laid back and friendly. But the food is worth it.

Dioli’s Trattoria CLOSED
401 W. Fourth St.

Located in the heart of downtown in the Steven’s Center, Dioli’s serves authentic Italian, offering a convenient lunch buffet while offering fine wines, small plates, pastas, seafood, veal, chicken and pork entrees for dinner. Finish off your meal with tiramisu, cannoli or Italian cream-filled puffs.

Francesco’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
336 Summit Square Blvd., Winston-Salem (University Parkway)
336-377-3332

420-M Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem (Jonestown)
336-774-8758

Francesco’s also has a location off of Jonestown Road which was previously called Franco’s. What does Francesco’s do right at two locations? Well, the food is extremely fresh, the portions are large and the prices are reasonable. They know Italian food – the co-owner grew up in Naples.

Pane e Vino
Reynolda Village
2201 Reynolda Rd
336-758-5584

Full breakfast menu and coffee bar serving locally roasted Krankies coffee with fresh baked goods from Dioli’s Italian Bakery, paninis and salads for lunch and a wide tapas and entree selection for dinner.

More Winston-Salem Italian Restaurants

Elizabeth’s Pizza Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
3278 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-768-0605

fratellis italian restaurant

Fratelli’s Italian Steakhouse
2000 Reynolda Rd

(336) 448-1704

Paul’s Fine Italian Dining
3443 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem (Polo/Robinhood/Sherwood Forest)
336-768-2645

 

Vincenzo’s
3449 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem (Polo/Robinhood/Sherwood Forest)
336-765-3176

Latin Restaurants In Winston-Salem

With the closing of two restaurants in the last year, this category is noticeably thin.

Miami’s Cafe (Cuban/Carribean)
2225 Old Salisbury Rd, Winston-Salem
336-788-9440

Rumba Cafe
1527 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
​336-293-4266

Rana Loca (now closed)

411 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)

Mexican Restaurants in Winston-Salem

For many years, the only choices for Mexican food in Winston-Salem were at restaurants so fully Americanized you were lucky to find a jalapeno, never mind a habanero. But luckily the city’s growing Latin population has helped bring more flavor and authenticity to town. Here are some recommendations.

La Botana
1547 Hanes Mall Blvd., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-768-6588

The food critic for the local paper loves La Botana for its authenticity and inventiveness. The chef is always changing up the menu, which also features outstanding regional and traditional dishes. The only downside is its location in a non-descript strip mall, but the food and service will make you feel miles away.

Las Estrellas
845 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-724-1893

Las Estrellas is in a former Pizza Hut, but don’t let that dissuade you from giving it a try. They have an extensive list of seafood dishes, including fish tacos and a seven-seafood soup. For a cheap meal, ask for the Mexican tacos – just chicken or beef, cilantro, a dusting of Mexican cheese and some chopped onions, all in a soft, homemade tortilla.

El Triunfo — Salvadoran
7842 North Point Blvd., Winston-Salem (North Point)
336-896-8600

We mention El Triunfo not because it’s great but because it’s different. It may be the only Salvadoran restaurant in town. You’ll find a menu with excellent pupusas and plantains on the side.

Señor Bravo
241 S. Marshall St., Winston-Salem (Brookstown/Old Salem)
336-725-1888

A more upscale Mexican restaurant than its mothership, Las Estrellas, Señor Bravo, located in the former South by Southwest location, offers a finer Mexican dining experience, with tablecloths, a bar, and colorful decor, but don’t worry, they still have soccer playing on all the televisions.

Taqueria Guadalajara
980 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-724-9299

Guadalajara’s dining room appears to have two well-divided sides – one for the Americanos and families, and the other for groups looking for a good time. On the family side, you can expect the waitresses to kiss any baby in the room and make sure your every need is met. Try the tortas (sandwiches), which are piled high, as well as the pozole. Also, you’ll receive several different kinds of salsas as well as pico de gallo, all spicier than the next.

More Winston-Salem Mexican Restaurants

Monte De Rey
4922 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem (Country Club)
336-765-1424

El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant
5079 University Parkway, Winston-Salem (University Parkway)
336-767-3333

El Torero Mexicano
5900 University Parkway, Winston-Salem (North University Parkway)
336-377-3339

La Carreta
725 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem (Coliseum area)
336-722-3709

137 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem (Jonestown)
336-774-3010

1989 Peace Haven Road, Winston-Salem (Peace Haven)
336-768-7881

La Perlita Tacos Y Restaurante
1001 Waughtown St., Winston-Salem (Waughtown, UNCSA)
336-788-6888

Mi Pueblo
2095 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem (Wake Forest University area)
336-722-5772

644 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford)
336-765-5174

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
3028 Healy Drive, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-765-2933

1227 Silas Creek Parkways (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-773-0300

Pancho Villa’s
799 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford)
336-768-6886

Taco Riendo
613 E Sprague St., Winston-Salem (Waughtown)
336-785-9112

Tequila Mexican Restaurant
2802 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem (Wake Forest University area)
336-727-9547

Pizza Restaurants in Winston-Salem

One benefit of having more Northern transplants in the area is that the quality of pizza available in Winston-Salem has greatly improved in recent years. You can find traditional New York style pizza, gourmet pies with fancy toppings, and a range of options when it comes to crusts. We’ve included three small North Carolina or regional chains on this list: Brixx, Mario’s and The Loop.

Here are some recommendations worth trying:

Burke Street Pizza
1140 Burke St. N.W., Winston-Salem (West End/Downtown)
336-721-0011

3352 Robinhood Rd., Winston-Salem
336-760-4888

Burke Street Pizza restaurantBig, New York-style slices. Order them individually or by the pie: try Voodoo Chicken  Pizza for a little kick, or my personal favorite, Chicken Pesto Pizza. Wings, salads, subs and some killer garlic knots are also available. The funky location on Burke Street is a great place to people watch in the afternoons or evenings, and a popular spot with the late-night crowd. Burke Street opened a second location in the Robinhood Road area with a larger dining area and is making plans to open a third location in Greensboro soon.

The Loop Pizza Grill 
320 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Thruway)
336-703-9882

A small or “indy” pizza from The Loop is enough for lunch and a little more. The Loop makes the recommendations list for its thin, almost cracker-like crust and the freshness of the tomato and basil on its margarita pizza

Mario’s Pizza
1066 Hanes Mall Blvd., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-768-0057

2205 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem (Ardmore/Miller Street)
336-602-1410

Mario’s Pizza leads to cravings that nothing but Mario’s can satisfy. The cheese is generous and the crust is thin and chewy. To eat a slice neatly, you must fold it in half and be prepared for the possibility that a little grease and sauce might end up in your lap. You can buy a whole pizza or just a slice, and the salads with the house dressing are tasty too.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Pizzeria RestaurantMellow Mushroom
314 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-245-2820

Mellow Mushroom is part of the funky pizzeria chain, located in the center of it all downtown. The multimedia mosaic walls are the handiwork of local artist Millicent Greason. Offers gluten-free pizza crust, vegetarian and vegan options. Take a seat on their mod patio and outdoor seating for great people watching on Fourth Street.

More Winston-Salem Pizzerias

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
1295 Creekshire Way, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-837-0667

Coppola’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
3512 Yadkinville Road, Winton-Salem (Reynolda Road)
336-922-1190

Elizabeth’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
3278 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336-768-0605

Francesco’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
336 Summit Square Blvd., Winston-Salem (University Parkway)
336-377-3332

420-M Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem (Jonestown)
336-774-8758

Upper Crust Pizza Parlor
1816 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek)
336-748-0200

Seafood Restaurants in Winston-Salem

Maybe Winston-Salem’s inland location explains the city’s lack of seafood restaurants. There’s not much on this list, especially when you eliminate chains such as Red Lobster and Bonefish Grill. But here are two recommendations:

Big Mussels (CLOSED)
2730 University Pkwy
336-725-0740

Forsyth Seafood Market and Cafe
108 Martin Luther King Drive, Winston-Salem (MLK Drive area)
336-746-0793

The seafood is really fresh and the prices are reasonable. Plus it’s one of the few places in town with a shrimp burger, as well as an oyster burger and a soft-shell crab burger, on its menu. Those are reasons enough to give it a try.

Mayflower Seafood Restaurant
850 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem (Silas Creek/Peters Creek area)
336.725-3261

Mayflower is a North Carolina-based chain of restaurants. We mention it here because when the restaurant on Peters Creek Parkway burned down a few years ago, more than a few loyal customers went into deep mourning. A rebuilt restaurant opened in 2009 in the same location. Most of the fish dishes on the menu are fried – expect to wait 20 minutes for a broiled order (according to the menu).

Jimmy’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
3440 Frontis St., Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area)
336.659.1490

King's Crab Shack and Oyster BarKing’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar
239 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-306-9567

Great bar atmosphere and outdoor patio for casual dining. Order the Dreamy Steamy Bucket for two and you are sure to feed 3-4 people with steamed crab legs, mussels, clams, shrimp and more!

Yacht House Restaurant 
4881 Country Club Road (Jonestown area)
336-768-3370

Soul Food Restaurants in Winston-Salem

This list is a short one, unfortunately. It seems like soul food restaurants struggle to make it in this town and that’s a true shame. Here are a few recommendations:

Dr. J’s House of Soul Food (CLOSED –  now Cafe Rumba)
1527 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem (MLK area)
336-771-7663

Sweet Potatoes 

529 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-727-4844

It seems almost wrong to put Sweet Potatoes on this list because the restaurant describes itself as serving Southern food, and the atmosphere is more fine dining than funky. But the menu includes dishes with ingredients such as collard greens, fried okra and dirty rice, so maybe it qualifies.

More Winston-Salem Soul Food Restaurants

Meta’s Restaurant
102 W. Third St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-750-0811

Southern Restaurants in Winston-Salem

Southern restaurants have found their footing in recent years as people search out the tastes and memories of the meals their mamas and grandmas used to make. Or maybe Southern food has become trendy. Whatever the case, these three recommendations all offer a good meal at a similar price. Why not try them all?

5 Points
109 S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem (Stratford Rd)
336-448-0970

Recently opened in the former Big Shotz/Lucky 32 spot on Stratford Road and aptly named 5 Points according to its location offers upscale American fare often with a Southern slant.

Deacon Tower Grille
475 Deacon Blvd (University/WFU)
336-896-8624

This restaurant offers views of BB&T’s Wake Forest Field from seven stories up and upscale Southern flavors such as shrimp and grits, angus steak, Cajun catfish and more. Pizzas start at $8, while veal rib chop is $28.

District Bar & Grill
770 Liberty View Court, Winston-Salem (Downtown/Arts District)
336-462-8882

Offering Winston-Salem’s only rooftop bar, the District Bar & Grill has the best views of our gorgeous downtown skyline. Their affordable American and upscale Southern cuisine can be enjoyed on their first level with white tablecloth dining, or if you prefer a more casual setting, head upstairs to the bar and booth area, but either way, you must check out the stunning views from the rooftop. Try their barbecue sandwich and Winston-Salem favorite, Moravian chicken pie. Reservations accepted. ($10-$30)

Johanne’s (pronounced “yo-hanz”)
​3870 Bethania Station Rd
(University area)
336-923-5583

Milner’s American Southern 
630 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-768-2221

Milner’s offers some great tasting Southern food but brings it upscale in presentation and taste, playing down the salt and playing up the freshness. There are so many good choices to try, including the frogmore stew, buttermilk fried chicken with collard greens, and tomato and summer squash cobbler. The chef really knows the menu and is quick to substitute for food allergies or other special concerns.

Mountain Fried ChickenMountain Fried Chicken

5908 University Parkway, Winston-Salem (University/Stanleyville area)
336-377-2010

507 Akron Dr., Winston-Salem (WFU/Coliseum Area)
336-767-1675

6409 Sessions Ct., Clemmons
336-712-9311

Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro
878 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-703-5400

You can dine outside at Mozelle’s, and the staff thoughtfully places light blankets on the chairs on chilly nights so patrons can cover up if needed. Inside the restaurant, space is tight with a view of the open kitchen. For appetizers, try the fried pickles with honey mustard or the southern spring rolls; for dinner, consider a tomato pie or the gourmet meatloaf.

Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar
450 N. Spring Street, Winston-Salem (Downtown)
www.springhousenc.com
336-782-2824

Previously the estate home of wealthy industrialist, Agnew Hunter Bahnson in the 1920’s, on what was then known as “Millionaire’s Row”, the historic restaurant is located beside the Forsyth County Central Library, at 450 N. Spring Street. The restaurant offers a white tablecloth fine dining experience of New American Cuisine with a strong New Southern influence and seasonal cooking by Chef Timothy Grandinetti as well as artisan cocktails at their bar.

Sweet Potatoes 
529 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-727-4844

Sweet Potatoes may have the most buzz of any restaurant that has opened in the arts district. With its focus on upscale southern foods, it’s a comfortable place for lunch as well as a fine dining establishment at dinner time.

Steakhouse Restaurants in Winston-Salem

Far from the grasslands of Texas, Winston-Salem is heavy on the national chains, with words like Texas, cattle and outback in their names. If you know the chains, you know that some are better than others, and a few allow you to throw peanut shells on the floor. But if you want to find a Winston-Salem take on a steakhouse, here are a few recommendations:

Putter’s Patio & Grill
3005 Bonhurst Drive, Winston-Salem (Wake Forest University area)
336-724-9990

Putter’s is a place where you can feel comfortable in flip flops and an untucked shirt. The atmosphere is more sports bar than fine dining, but word has it they prepare a great steak at an extremely reasonable price. It’s a popular spot with Wake Forest students, fans and alumni.

 

 

Ryan’s Steaks, Chops & Seafood
719 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem (WFU/Coliseum)
336-724-6132

Ryan’s is an old-school choice, from the décor to the menu. That said, the food is consistently good, the portions are plentiful and the service is typically friendly. The dining room windows look out on a wooded landscape.

More Winston-Salem Steakhouses

Noble’s Grille
380 Knollwood St., Winston-Salem (Stratford area)
336-777-8477

Twin City Chop House
115 S. Main St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-748-8600

WS Prime
425 N. Cherry St., Winston-Salem (Downtown)
336-722-5232

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. “I’m a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn’t an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this “My Winston-Salem!”

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19 Comments on "Winston-Salem Restaurants"

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Susan Perry Gurganus
Susan Perry Gurganus

Where can I take my dog when meeting friends for lunch? (Near 40 and Hanes Mall area)

Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

Hi Susan,
I cannot think of any full service restaurants in that area that allow dogs (not to say that there aren’t any but I just do not know of any off the top of my head). However, there are many quick service options with outdoor seating where dogs would be welcome including: Chipotle (right off the I-40 Hanes Mall exit), Qdoba (Hanes Mall), Panera Bread (Hanes Mall). Hope that helps! Hi to your pup!

Susan Perry Gurganus
Susan Perry Gurganus

Thanks for the leads!

Alex Schenker
Admin
Alex Schenker

Hi restaurant quester 🙂
I’ll let Kristi respond to the Dr. J question. Ardmore Coffee is now open where Cafe Roche used to be, and we love it so far!

always on a restaurant quest
always on a restaurant quest

Thanks, first of all, for compiling this list. I wanted to try Dr. J's, but one site said it had closed, and another restaurant, "Rumba Café" (serving, from what I could gather, various Latin-American stuff) was listed as having the same address.  When I called Dr. J's number, I got no answer. Can anyone verify?
Also, there's a "new" café now open where Roche was…don't know anything else about it.  Thanks again!

Alex Schenker
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Alex Schenker

Hi Amanda,
Sorry to hear about Turmeric! I do have some good news however; Ardmore Coffee (run by the owner's of Carlile's pub next door) has opened in the old Cafe Roche location. We tried it and loved the new decor and coffee. They've got cool cement slabs jutting out of the wall as tables, and completely redid the inside (paint, bar, decor, etc.). Curious to hear what you think!

My Winston-Salem
My Winston-Salem

Thanks for the info Lori! We have updated the post! 

Lori Keiper
Lori Keiper

Could you please add our telephone number to our listing? It is 336-722-1227.
Our menu changes every 3 months and we post it on our web site. Our Sunday Brunch menu changes every week…no two Sundays are alike.
WE HAVE NEVER SERVED SAUERKRAUT STEW….however we do make all of our own sauerkraut from organic cabbages ( they ferment better!! ).

Amanda
Amanda

Turmeric was my favorite Indian restaurant but alas they have closed.
Also I'm pretty sure Cafe Roche is closed as well.

Anonymous
Anonymous

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Anonymous
Anonymous

My spouse and I just recently visited Salem, and I came across your website while searching for things to do in Winston Salem, and this restaurant guide helped us out so much when it came to our meals! One of our favorite’s was Dr. J’s soul food, the staff was so friendly and treated us like we were locals, plus the food was to die for! I just had to come back here and thank you for sharing this, made our trip what it was!

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