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Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill

4.4
4.4
196 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Since 1995, we have been proudly serving the locals, students and visitors to Chapel Hill. A lot has changed in both our town and the craft beer industry since we opened our doors as the culmination of a business school plan I wrote my senior year at UNC. Today, we celebrate our North Carolina roots with a made-from-scratch menu focused on Carolina foods in a newly renovated building. I hope you enjoy a true Carolina experience here at Carolina Brewery and will look for our award winning beers on your travels throughout the Carolinas.
Cheers,
Robert Poitras
Owner/Founder

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Sat 2:30 pm–12:00 am Sun 2:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 942-1800
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Carolina Brewery provides catering for events held in the restaurant or offsite. In addition to plated meals and buffets, we also offer full bar service. Contact us for more details: catering@carolinabrewery.com
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Neighborhood
    Chapel Hill
  • Parking details
    We offer free parking for our patrons which is behind our building. Access is located on Rosemary St. We do offer free valet to our guests which can be accessed at 420 W Franklin St. There are also multiple metered parking lots within walking distance as well as street side parking.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 196 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Hot spot

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Lively

  • Durham

    Kid-friendly

  • Durham

    Good for groups

  • Durham

    Hot spot

  • Durham

    Lively

196 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I completely enjoyed my experience. We loved it! Thank you all!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Meh. Sat by kitchen for no reason. Server was meh. Asker for burger medium - it was burned. Just not even worth the money. I would have done better at 5 guys.

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  3. markd

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice to discover another good restaurant in Chapel Hill. Only disappointing part was no beer menu at a brew pub. Seriously other than that food was great and great vibes

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  4. CarleyE

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was tasty and server was great. Accomodated our party of 6 to be near the TV so we could watch football. Very patient when discussing food allergies.

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  5. Father

    Raleigh

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Server brought more expensive burger than I had ordered…it was good…just not what I wanted.

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  6. Evan

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got a veggie burger and regular burger. Both seemed to be made in house and were good.

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  7. SherryS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great family outing! Watched game of choice while enjoying food and beer!

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  8. JanW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was disappointing but the service was fine. It used to be one of our favorite spots in chapel hill. Not sure if we will back and try again.

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  9. AndrewC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Sat near the open rollup window/door. Street noise was a bit excessive, but a great experience overall. The waiter very kind and attentive to our order and requests at the table. I will definitely be visiting this restaurant again.

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  10. foodie

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great beer. Love Copperline and wish we could get it again (bottles, or cans for home) . The food was fresh and creative and the staff were all super nice and seemed happy to be there -except I’m sure the female staff especially would probably feel better in just Carolina T-shirts not the fishing shirt gear which is pretty manly looking . The booths and table, seating, area, could use more upbeat, aesthetics/, colors (how about just using the Carolina theme & blue?!) & lighting but the place was clean – although the bathroom was pretty drab and not that clean. Bar seating area could use hooks where purchase in bags could be put..ie under counter, etc. Overall a decent experience for a college town.

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  11. MichaelR

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, outstanding service, very convenient with reservations. Will return!

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  12. Mack

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our server last night (10/16). He was very attentive and came with great recommendations.

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  13. JoeL

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Not impressed… bartenders weren’t aware of bar service areas, waited for silverware after meals delivered and never got requested items from server. Just ok but too many other options in town to go back again.

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  14. BillyC

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service in a Friday night. Really liked the Oktoberfest. Great quesadilla. Go Heels!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very loud. Pedestrian menu. Great beer selections.

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  16. PatrickS

    Raleigh

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Came here after church on a Sunday. Seated promptly despite being 15 min late for our reservation. Wait staff was prompt and courteous. Food was delivered shortly thereafter. Food was good and about what one would expect from a bar. Portion sizes are a little small but not minimal. Price is reasonable.

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  17. BillyC

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome spot. Windows were open letting in awesome weather on a beautiful night. We had great service. A few beers, salmon salad, quesadillas. All great!

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  18. DebiN

    Charlotte

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    party of 6 on game day and the noise level was loud in a good way!! street tacos 🌮 yum! cold beer, good food and all the games were on! great pregame atmosphere 🎉💙🖤🏈💙🎉

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  19. SusanM

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, service (Ashley was outstanding!) and food/drinks before the Carolina/App game. Took the shuttle to the stadium which was quick and easy.

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  20. Bruce

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordinary food. Not a great beer selection. Uncomfortable seating. Better values for your food dollar out there

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lauren C crushed it. She was spectacular helping everyone and supplying the drinks. She was super considerate and understanding of our unique situation and totally made every accommodation. She needs a raise

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  22. CarterM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Extremely busy day for Chelsea v. Wrexham match. Our waitstaff Julia was phenomenal under these conditions. Hats off to her

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  23. JohnB

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was pretty good. Have had better beers but still not bad.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. The mimosa mason jars are amazing and only $10!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Italy

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It took over an hour to get our food. Yes it was Mothers Day but we had reservations

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Prompt and courteous service. Chicken quesadilla was very good.

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  27. BrianGreig

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! The food was higher quality than the regular type of "bar food". The fish and chips and steak quesadilla was amazing.

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  28. angelicaP

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were in North Carolina touring colleges and ate here our last night. Menu looked tasty but unfortunately the food was just not good. House made guacamole was average and needed seasoning. They skimped on the chips. Steak and frites were both overcooked and thankfully my son got the sauce on tbe side as it had a very odd taste of horseradish in it. My husband said his burger was ok but his sweet potato fries were undercooked. My other son’s quesadillas looked great with all the fixings- beans, rice etc but he couldn’t eat it because of the dead flu on his plate. Unfortunately I couldn’t touch my salad after seeing that but note their dressing options are limited and the ranch was extremely watery. If you try the beers I recommend getting a sample 1st. I was disappointed that mine tasted more like a Miller Lite than an IPA. Service was also lackluster until the manager came over to apologize for the dead fly. So bummed this was how our visit to UNC ended. 😑

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here while on a trip. Beers were very good.

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  30. LyndaS

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great beer and food! Fish and chips were very good as was the chicken burrito bowl.

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  31. Father

    Raleigh

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was trying to cover a very large top…they were very demanding…consequently other diners had wonky service…management should have stepped in.

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  32. KarenR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Not impressed with the lack of knowledge of alcohol and service was not consistent

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  33. ortho

    Tokyo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great beer and atmosphere for a happy Friday night!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was good.

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  35. GREGGD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Dee was fantastic. She really helped make our mini reunion special.

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  36. Marmor

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We reserved a high top table weeks before. When we arrived, they said they could seat us now, but not at a hightop. So they seated us upstairs in a room with zero ambience. Looking at the next room by the window with several open high top tables. service was slow. Food was good. We didn’t end up eating much. We liked the beer.

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  37. raync

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Used reservations for the first time for Carolina brewery and that was fantastic. We were seated immediately and had ordered within two or three minutes of sitting down given that we were familiar with the menu. Food was good although not hot. Generally the table that we were sitting at was just cold. I think because we got air that was shooting through from the front to the back near the hostess desk. Service was very good. We had a new server but she did a great job and was attentive to our needs.

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  38. Cameron

    Greensboro

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time and Sam was a fantastic waiter!

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  39. Father

    Raleigh

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a tried and true neighborhood go to…food is usually consistent and well prepared. Like most post Covid restaurants the staff often is struggling.

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  40. TonyZ

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great staff with excellent service and food. Always a good crowd and fun to be in Chapel Hill.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill using the Order Online button. Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 942-1800.

Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill is rated 4.4 stars by 196 OpenTable diners.

Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill

460 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Chapel Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Sat 2:30 pm–12:00 am Sun 2:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We offer free parking for our patrons which is behind our building. Access is located on Rosemary St. We do offer free valet to our guests which can be accessed at 420 W Franklin St. There are also multiple metered parking lots within walking distance as well as street side parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 942-1800
  • Catering
    Carolina Brewery provides catering for events held in the restaurant or offsite. In addition to plated meals and buffets, we also offer full bar service. Contact us for more details: catering@carolinabrewery.com
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
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