Food & Drink

Discover Winston-Salem, a fabulous destination for foodies

Delicious food and drink are Winston-Salem's bread and butter. Shaped by Moravian traditions, farm-fresh ingredients, and cutting-edge cuisine from acclaimed chefs, the city has long been considered one of the tastiest towns in the South. Add in our collection of downtown breweries and award-winning distilleries, as well as dozens of nearby wineries, and it’s easy to see why Winston-Salem has become a destination for foodie-focused travelers. Today, you'll find a mix of creative mixologists, bold brewmasters, and innovative chefs in every corner of the city – all offering fresh spins on Southern classics, with a dash of culinary magic.

Culinary explorers can learn about Winston-Salem’s James Beard-nominated chefs and why foodies are flocking to their restaurants. Because we’re in a temperate area, many folks find dining outdoors relaxing and enjoyable for much of the year. Check out some of the top restaurants in Winston-Salem to discover where to stop for a quick bite, or enjoy a full fine dining experience.

Winston-Salem’s rich history has influenced many breweries located in the downtown area. For beer enthusiasts, a great resource is the Craft Draft Crawl, where you can plan your own downtown brewery tour. For award-winning wines and stunning views, Winston-Salem is the gateway to the Yadkin Valley Wine Region where you’ll find 45 wineries within a 45-minute drive. Find more information for oenophiles in our Wine & Dine Guide

For answers to all of your questions about dining out in Winston-Salem, visit our Dining FAQ page. Dig deeper into our city's culinary heritage and restaurant offerings when you download our culinary guide now.

 

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Outdoor Dining Spots You Won't Want to Miss

Pair delicious food with great company and a table in the fresh air, and you have a recipe for a memorable dining experience! Choose a cafe with sidewalk seating, a garden-inspired outdoor setting, or a charming patio, then savor some of Winston-Salem's best cuisine.

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Create Your Own "Craft Draft Crawl"

Craft beer aficionados simply can't go wrong in Winston-Salem, where you'll find nine excellent craft breweries in an easily walkable 1.5-mile radius. With an ever-changing rotation of seasonal and specialty flavors, these local breweries offer plenty of reasons to return for a mini "beer-cation" throughout the year.

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Fitz on Main

A beloved downtown Kernersville diner serving familiar breakfast and lunch plates in an unpretentious atmosphere.