Best Outdoor Dining Spots in Chapel Hill

The mild climate of North Carolina means dining outdoors is always a great choice. You’ll rarely be too hot or too cold, and in Chapel Hill you’ll find many dining options near your apartment that give you this option. The team at Chapel Hill North put together a list of our local favorites.

Merritt’s Grill
Home of the best BLTs in North Carolina, Merritt’s Grill offers an outdoor patio that often hosts live musical performances. The menu is a favorite among students because of its low prices and home-town favorites, like toasted cheese sandwiches for less than $3. This restaurant also has several options for vegetarians.

Al’s Burger Shack
Al’s Burger Shack is almost entirely outdoor seating, though it does have a covered patio for rainy days. While it may look like a hole-in-the-wall, it is one of the best places in Chapel Hill to go for burgers. In fact, it was voted the “Best Burger in America” in 2018. The fries are also quite well known for their exceptional seasonings.

Mediterranean Deli and Catering
The Mediterranean Deli and Catering gives you the chance to sample your choice of Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, served deli style. You may find yourself overwhelmed by the myriad of choices in the display cases as you head up to the counter to make your selections. Eat inside, or take your food outside to the sidewalk tables to enjoy the fresh air while you dine on pitas, falafel, and hummus.

Crossroads Chapel Hill
If you want an elegant meal experience, but still want to dine outdoors, consider Crossroads Chapel Hill. This gourmet restaurant has a beautiful patio with fans and lighting that allows you to enjoy your meal outdoors to the fullest. Dine on dishes like seared diver scallops and sip some of the best cocktails in the area. The restaurant is located on the UNC campus.

Squid’s Seafood Market and Restaurant
If you’re in the mood for seafood, but want to eat outside, Squid’s Seafood Market and Restaurant is a great option. From crab legs to shrimp risotto and even swordfish, you’ll find all your favorite seafood items here. The patio is filled with live plants, so it’s a beautiful place to dine. An oyster bar is open daily at 4.

For Asian tastes outdoors, head to Jujube, a Vietnamese fusion restaurant on Raleigh Road in the Glen Lennox Shopping Center. Dumplings, scallops, and pokes are all served here. The menu features Asian favorites along with chef-inspired creations that you can’t find anywhere else. A tasteful patio allows you to dine outdoors, while an indoor dining option is available as well.

Within Chapel Hill, you will find something to match everyone’s tastes, and most of the options have an outdoor seating area. Enjoy the beautiful climate and some tasty food with one of these restaurants.