A Guide to Winston-Salem Restaurants

By: Allysen Mahaffey
Administrative Professional, WFU Law International Graduate Programs

Downtown Winston-Salem (www.dwsp.org)

Moving to a new city can be overwhelming, exciting, and frustrating all at the same time. I moved from southern California to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in August of 2010 for a new job and adventure. Luckily, the World Wide Web has made moving across the world, or moving across the country in my case, a little bit easier. One of my favorite things to do is to go out to eat or get coffee with friends, which can be hard to do if you don’t know what restaurants, bars, or coffee shops you’re looking for.  After some google and yelp research, as well as asking local friends for advice, I’ve spent the last year and a half trying out new places to eat and hang out in Winston-Salem. It’s become somewhat of a tradition of mine now- to try out new places every week for lunch with a friend who went to Wake Law school and knew his way around better than I. Additionally, my friends and I take advantage of downtown restaurant specials who participate in the “Big Eat” every Tuesday during the months of January and February.

English Conversation Club lunch at Rose’s Deli

Also, here at the WFU Law International Graduate Programs office, we decided to reignite the “English Conversation Club” with our LL.M., S.J.D. and V.I.R. students by going out to lunch once a month. The students practice their conversational English skills and we all get to try out a local restaurant. Between trying out new places with friends, taking advantage of the “Big Eat” specials, and organizing the English Conversation Club lunches, I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of good, local establishments with pleasant atmospheres and friendly people. To help new students out with finding places to eat and hang out, I have compiled a list of recommended restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars.  I love a good atmosphere, reasonable prices, and unique dishes.

Sit-down restaurants (some also have bars)

Kimono Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

4910 Old Country Club Road

It’s cheap, fast service, and the shrimp sauce is to die for. Favorite dish: Hibachi Chicken

Fourth Street Filling Station

871 4th Street

American southern food.-The atmosphere is great, especially when it’s nice outside. Drink specials include half-off wine Wednesdays. They also have a great Sunday brunch.

Village Tavern

2 locations in Winston but I’d recommend this location for the outdoor patio: 221 Reynolda Village

American Food. The crab dip appetizer is delicious.

Willow’s Bistro

 300 S Liberty st ste 125

American/Southern . It’s located in an old train station, has a great selection of beer and wine, and outdoor patio. You have to try the fried green tomato BLT

Wen Hwa Asian Fusion Cuisine

134 N. Spruce Street

Asian fusion food- very unique and good atmosphere.

Cloverdale Kitchen

300 South Liberty Street Suite 125

American comfort food, super cheap and still good

Sweet Potatoes

529 North Trade Street

American/Southern food. It has one of the best brunches in Winston-Salem.

Mellow Mushroom

314 West 4th Street

Pizza and Bar. Also serves sandwiches, salads, etc. Some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. All their specialty pizzas are super unique. My favorite one is the Funky Q. Chicken or Gourmet White pizza

Breakfast of Course

723 Trade Street

American breakfast food. It has late hours, breakfast is served all day, located on Trade Street. My favorite dish is the Apple Butter baby breakfast sandwich


411 South Marshall Street

Mediterranean and local cuisine. Haven’t actually been yet but heard great things. A little more expensive.

Milner’s American Southern

630 S. Stratford Rd

The best steak in Winston-Salem…gourmet (expensive) Southern food…it’s delicious!

6th and Vine

209 West 6th Street

American Food, great wine. It has a very nice ambiance and backdoor patio. Also great for going out at night. Also has really good beer specials.

Lighthouse Grill

905 Burke Street

American Food. Really cheap for a lot of food.

West End Cafe

916 West 4th Street

American Food. Great sandwiches and lunch spot, but also open for dinner.

District Roof Top Bar & Grille

770 Liberty View Ct (upper Trade street)

A brand new bar/restaurant in Winston-Salem, awesome for its outdoor patio and view of downtown Winston-Salem

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

1045 Hanes Mall Blvd

Chicken wings galore

La Botana

1547 Hanes Mall Blvd

Delicious Mexican with tons of vegetarian options

Putters Patio and Grill

3005 Bonhurst Drive

American Food- lots of options for lunch & dinner, and many say they serve the best steaks in town.

More casual restaurants & cafes


Dioli’s Italian Market

2898 Reynolda Road

Great sandwiches and Italian goodies and close to campus

Carving Board

318 South Stratford, Thruway Shopping Center

Delicious salads and sides, good for lunch


Several locations in Winston-Salem, including one on campus, but my favorite is 1925 Peace Haven Road

Fast food but it is delicious!

Favorite dish: Spicy chicken sandwich.  (hint: try out all the side sauces they have, especially the Chick-Fil-A sauce)

Thai Sawatdee

3064 Healy Dr (inside the Harris Teeter)

Best Thai food in Winston, and the cheapest!

Favorite dish: Chicken Yellow Curry


4505 Kester Mill Road

Delicious milkshakes!

Five Guys

3273 Robinhood Rd

Southerners favorite place for a burger and fries

Bob’s Big Gas Subs and Pub

901 Reynolda Rd.

Great place for unique sandwiches and they have a bar

PB’s Takeout

1412 South Hawthorne Road

You have to try the chili cheese dog

Burke Street Pizza

1140 Burke Street or 3352 Robinhood Rd

Good, cheap pizza and open late

Olive Tree Deli

580 S Stratford Rd

Delicious greek gyros!

Rose’s Deli

5000 University Pkwy

Really great sandwiches and discounts for WFU students


128 Hanes Mall Circle

Delicious Mexican fast food…the burritos are HUGE

George’s Grecian Corner

101 Eden Terrace

Greek food, casual atmosphere, and cheap!

Alex’s Cafe

750 Summit Street

A family-owned Greek restaurant that has great breakfast and lunch. Favorite dish: chicken souvlaki with their homemade potato chips

 Breakfast Only:

Bagel Station

129 Oakwood Drive or Whittaker Square Shopping Center

The best bagels in Winston-Salem, great for breakfast or lunch

Waffle House

There are several- click on the link for all the locations

Don’t expect fancy…they have delicious hash browns and chocolate chip waffles…open 24/7, a late night favorite

Coffee shops:

Krankies Coffee

211 East Third Street

My favorite coffee shop in Winston. Also is a venue on the weekends for bands, local shows, and has an art gallery

Washington Perk

228 West Acadia Ave.

Local coffee shop and grocery store


Camino Bakery

 310 W 4th Street

Best desserts in Winston-Salem and delicious bread, plus great coffee and drinks

Winkler Bakery in Old Salem

529 South Main Street

Delicious lemon pound cakes and Moravian cookies


1263 Creekshire Way

Delicious frozen yogurt bar…mix and match frozen yogurt and all the toppings, pay by the ounce.


33 Miller Street OR 3384 Robinhood Rd.

 Another delicious pay by the ounce frozen yogurt bar.

 Bars/Nightlife (some places also serve food)

Recreation Billiards

412 W 4th Street

Play pool and check out the darts and other games downstairs

Finnigans Wake Irish Pub

620 N Trade St

A local favorite…they have trivia every Tuesday night, about 40 beers on tap, and live music every weekend

Tate’s Craft Cocktails

279 West 4th Street

Kind of pricey but delicious cocktails

First Street Draught House

1500 West First St

Tons of draught beer,  really great food and outdoor patio

West End Opera House

853 Reynolda Rd

A WFU favorite…you can play pool here too

Old Winston Social Club

1131 Burke Street

Nice ambiance, great bar

Single Brothers

627 Trade St.

Unique cocktails and beer selections. Quite small inside the bar, but they have a large covered outdoor area.

Swaim’s Neighborhood Pub

232 West Acadia Ave.

A relaxing/quiet place to enjoy beer.

Allysen Mahaffey joined Wake Forest Law staff as the International Graduate Program’s Administrative Professional in August of 2011.