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Where to Celebrate Special Occasions around Chapel Hill

If you want to celebrate one of life’s special moments, book a reservation at one of these incredible local restaurants. Each of these Chapel Hill restaurants offers flavorful dishes, refreshing drinks, and a fabulous setting perfect for any special occasion. Best of all, they are just a short drive from Southern Village. Read on to learn more about three special occasion restaurants near our Chapel Hill apartments:


Perfect for any celebration, local hotspot Elements never disappoints. Indeed, this eatery is one of the most popular restaurants in the area. At Elements, Chef Michael Chuong partners with local farms to source the finest ingredients in the area. With his unique menu, he highlights the season’s bounty and creates delicious New American cuisine. Chef Chuong is especially well-known for his creative twists on familiar classics. In the dining room, you’ll find an elegant setting with colorful works of art and dark wood accents. While the menu often changes, recent dishes include walnut prawns, jerk pork tenderloin, and soy bourbon chicken.


An American eatery, Glasshalfull calls downtown Carrboro home. It invites guests to celebrate special occasions both big and small inside its dining room or outside on the patio. In terms of cuisine, the chef draws inspiration from Mediterranean food. Meals include steak frites, braised chicken legs, and pan-seared market fish. Round out your meal with a berry and peach crumble served with vanilla bean ice cream.

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

Top of the Hill has won over 35 “Best Of” awards, including “Best Restaurant in Chapel Hill” and “Coolest Place on Franklin Street.” On a nice night, you can enjoy the outdoor patio. With a stunning view of downtown Chapel Hill, this spot is the perfect place to kick back and sip on some cocktails. Popular dishes include the French Quarter jambalaya, the whiskey and Coke braised beef, and the buttermilk fried chicken.

Now that you know all about the best restaurants in Chapel Hill for celebrating a special occasion, it’s time to check them out for yourself. If you need a present, stop by a nearby gift store for a one-of-a-kind find. To learn more about Southern Village, please contact us. We would love to take you on a tour of our apartments in Chapel Hill, so you can see all that our vibrant community has to offer.

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