Whether you’re a Wolfpack alumnus back to visit your alma mater or a current student’s family in town for a visit, chances are you’ll want to fully enjoy your trip, including meals! Take a break from the typical – although delicious – college fare one night and enjoy a fine dining experience at one of these outstanding restaurants nearby.

Exceptionally convenient in location, Frazier’s Wine Bar is a fine dining gem among the more casual college joints you’ll find on Hillsborough Street. Here, the entrees include mouthwatering dishes such as brown butter sage risotto, duck confit and grilled hanging tender, and the wine is really, really good.

Several miles down the road, Iris, the Museum Restaurant is a great place to go if you’re looking for something else to do right before or after your meal. Take a stroll through the North Carolina Museum of Art, which houses Iris, and walk the Art Park grounds to work up an appetite before you say bon appétit.

Irregardless Café leans toward the casual side of fine dining, but you wouldn’t know it from the exquisite cuisine you’ll enjoy. The extensive menu offers gluten-free and vegetarian dishes, as well as plenty of dishes made with only the freshest and most local ingredients.

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