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About One Restaurant - Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
One Restaurant - Chapel Hill offers a modern, innovative take on Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy your meal with friends and family in a cozy atmosphere with friendly and efficient service. Try mouthwatering dishes, including mushroom strudel, Spanish octopus and saffron farfalle.
One Restaurant - Chapel Hill also offers the best of land and sea with a range of beef, lamb and seafood dishes to choose from. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a delectable dessert and wash it all down with a crisp beer or world-class wine. Dine on the best contemporary Mediterranean cuisine at One Restaurant - Chapel Hill.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30 until Close.
W. Barbee Chapel Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Watch the kitchen brigade prepare their gourmet masterpieces in the open kitchen, viewable from any seat in the restaurant.
Ample parking on site.
Service by Chapel Hill Transit Authority.
Kim Floresca & Daniel Ryan
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact reservations to reserve your private dining experience.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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We've lived all over the country and the world and have had occasion to dine in some world-class restaurants. This is the best dining experience we've had locally so far, and it holds its own with the great restaurants of major cities. Phenomenal service. Outstanding food. Cool ambience. Well worth a 'treat' night here.
Second visit, this time ordered off the menu instead of doing the chef's tasting. Watching the kitchen work in the open environment is quite interesting (nothing like the yelling and chaos on Gordon Ramsay's show). Service was fantastic, help with wine selection was spot on. Food beautifully plated, quite tasty, although I'm not sure I've ever had some of the ingredients before. Lots of nice little touches from the friendly greeting to fresh flowers on the table. Portions aren't large, but didn't go away hungry.
Asked if we have any food allergies during reminder call. Greeted immediately by a host who acknowledged our special event. Beautiful interior. The completely open kitchen is spotless. Server attentive and knew the menu well. Everything we ate was delicious, complex in flavor and presented beautifully. Broccoli starter not to be missed. Steak and pork entrees cooked perfectly. Lemon and chocolate desserts not to be missed either. We enjoyed watching the chefs, who move quietly and calmly around the kitchen, and the servers who silently cluster at the window and then serve everyone at a table simultaneously. ONE Restaurant is not to be missed.
We have been meaning to go to One for a long time and just got around to it. The decor is cool, clean, a little warmer than industrial but spare. The food was good but somewhat oversauced with special service to apply the final sauce. I think the descriptors were a little off on some of the dishes. The scallops that were supposed to involve avocado, somehow, must have included transparent avocados or else they were infused into one of the sauces. I couldn't tell. Also, the menu was very overpriced as compared to the many local excellent restaurants of Chapel Hill/Durham. I'm afraid we won't be back again.
We love One for its unique one of a kind cuisine and its wonderful ambience. This is a true gem of a restaurant and fast has become our triangle favorite. The swordfish was a unique treat unlike anywhere else in the triangle. We sked them to just surprise us with a chocolate dessert and it was in one word-- stunning. Go for the food but you will comeback for the absolute delight this little gem creates on all levels whenever you visit.
Highest recommendation-- if you have not tried One yet-- you should and will I believe become a convert overnight.
This a great restaurant for food snobs who prefer a fancy atmosphere and expensive wine over a good meal. I did like my $32 chicken entree. My boyfriend found his $37 ribeye to be just OK. We only ordered an entree each. Our bill came out to be $75.25 after tax. Then we had to tip on top on that of course. My boyfriend was hungry later that night. The portion sizes are just enough for someone who weighs 120 lbs. The food is artistically displayed on your plate though. I prefer taste and a whole mean over preaty food though.
One is a very upscale restaurant. The food is delicious and well prepared. The wait staff is very attentive. You name wine, they likely have it. It is on the higher end of the price scale so I would not recommend it for a casual night out but it is perfect for a special occasion, a celebration or to treat yourself!
Sorry to hear that this restaurant will close April 2, 2016. I will say that the artistry of food presentation was nothing like what we had previously experienced with the Chef's tasting menu. The previous experience was like eating 'art'. It was incredible! This past time the food was very good, but didn't have that same 'wow' factor. Good luck to all!
*The reason for not recommending is due to the fact that it's closing.
This was our second time to dine. We arrived early to have a cocktail in the bar. It was a little early and there were few people there so we had the full attention of the bartender. He was quick, friendly and very helpful. Moving on to our table, we could not have been more satisfied with the wine list, food selections and the service. Each person in our five person party opted for the tasting menu and selected different items. We each shared and were delighted in the variety, presentation and flavors of each dish.
We will be back.
I reserved a table two nights before, and when they called to confirm the reservation I mentioned we would be coming from me proposing. Upon our arrival they had roses on the table, glasses waiting, and a server pour for us. Most of the staff discreetly congratulated us on entering or leaving. I searched the bill afterwards and it was all complimentary. I was really impressed and so thankful for the thoughtfulness and service.
On top of that, every dish was amazing. The portions appear small but the quality and arrangement was so good that it ended up being just the right amount of food. This is an incredible place that I'd happily return to.
One ranks up there with some of my most memorable and finest dining experiences, including those, around the world, with more than one Michelin star. The service, wine list, food presentation and execution were top notch. I loved the open kitchen. I have a Master's degree in Enology and I was impressed with the wine list. I don't always want to order an overpriced wine with my meal, so I pleased to find a few top class choices on the wine list for under $50. I also appreciated the personal note on the table wishing my husband and I a Happy Anniversary. A real gem of a restaurant in the Chapel Hill area.
We dined at the One restaurant on valentine's day and the food is of a high quality.
The staff were well trained and greeted us upon entering so we were rapidly seated, with menus in-hand. The wine list was interesting and wines by the glass of good quality. As we were going our separate way on the menu we chose by the glass.
The menu was interesting but needed explanation, as the presentation was a little unusual.
The appetizers were diverse I had the veal sweetbreads and my wife had the tuna tartare both were well balanced with interesting flavors. We found wines by the glass that complicated each dish.
My wife continued the seafood route with the scallops and I went with the ribeye both dishes arrived with a flourish being garnished as the source was explained. A nice touch for a special evening, again we found a wine to match the dish.
Dessert brought well balanced red velvet cheesecake with flavored raspberries and aniseed icecream.
There is much to be admired here with a few tweaks this could be the place for special occasions in Chapel Hill.
This restaurant had a unique and varied menu of choices. Between the three of us, we ordered 6 items and all were beautifully presented, contained and interesting combinations of flavors and delicious. We found the menu, however, to be a bit limiting without traditional salad choices and side dishes that seemed designed for sharing (and served as a separate course). The entrée portions were pricey, a bit small but tasty. The atmosphere is modern and quiet and, perhaps, a bit too formal. If you are a true foodie, this is probably the place for you -- for us, it was a bit over-the-top and not on our list for a second visit.
The food quality varied from great to just ok. The appetizers and desserts were outstanding. Our two fish main courses were overcooked. The food was imaginative, only spoiled by the inability to get the fish right. I would go back, but order something else as the main course.
interesting menu and creative but portions are shockingly small
best advice is not to arrive too hungry
dinner for two was >$200, the most expensive dinner out I think I have ever had in the triangle in more than two decades
definitely an interesting restaurant, but they might consider serving just a bit more to eat, and charging at least 50% less
if this were New York City, no problem
but this is the triangle area
The food as always was creative , incredible flavors and amazing presentations. The chefs table was wonderful - great interactions with the passionate folks who creat the food drama and those that pair it with unique wines . The main room however is boring - poor lighting - no excitement - how many ways can I say -dull. Solution - put three fixed video cameras in the kitchen area and OFFER folks in the dining room the use of an iPad so they can follow the action in the kitchen - if gazing into their date's eyes is not enough - great draw for foodies .
I was visiting Chapel Hill for the first time -- a short business trip. I had a fabulous dinner at One. I began with a broccoli and lentil starter that was excellent followed by a scallops entree. Both dishes were nuanced and delicious. Service was impeccable, and the restaurant has an interesting wine by the glass list. All in all, a real find.
My wife and I have dined at One many times over the years and continue to rate it as the best in the entire Triangle region. It is the finest blending of taste, innovation, and presentation into a whole -- one never trumping the others and always, always spectacular. The service matches the cuisine, attentive and never cloying. And the wine list, by the glass or by the bottle, is superb with lots of interesting finds recommended by the knowledgeable staff. The price to value for a meal is surprisingly reasonable; the two of us had three courses with a cocktail and wine and the bill was $200, comparable to the finer restaurants in the ares. (We're from New York City where this meal would cost double that.)
If you are looking for a unique experience in dining, this is the place! The chef is an artist and creates the most delectable flavor combinations and extraordinarily beautiful plating of anywhere in the Triangle. Service is always wonderful here, as each course is presented at the same time by a team of servers. It is one of our family favorites for special occasions and we will surely go back again. A word of caution however - the price tag is a bit steep so be prepared to spend several hundred dollars!
Every bit we took impressed us, as did every server we encountered. Ambience isn't particularly romantic or cozy...more like a high end modern hotel restaurant. We will certainly be back for special occasions. Every dish is so thoughtfully crafted and packed with creative flavors.
On our previous visits, we felt that One was an exceptional restaurant- interesting, memorable food at reasonable prices, the best restaurant in the triangle. This visit was a disappointment.
The food was ok- not memorable. We were surprised by the lack of an amuse-bouche and by the higher prices. I'm not sure we'll be returning.
This is the second or third time we have eaten here. It's pricey and the menu is highly unique..and difficult to decipher. The plated food is artistic and beautiful and lovingly prepared. That said, except for the tuna tartar, I can't say I loved the dishes to justify the price. Portions are small, but that didn't bother me. Also, for that price point, it would be nice to have cloth table coverings.
As someone who really enjoys fine dining and tasting menus, I had not expected to find a restaurant that can deliver a solid tasting menu in the Triangle, but One really delivers with their "impromptu chef tasting menu". For those who are seasoned foodies, the closest comparison I can come up with is ONE seemed to me to be a blend of the now closed WD-50 in NYC and McCrady's in Charleston. Southern ingredients elevated and while the dishes are slightly less adventurous (than WD-50), they deliver on taste more consistently.
The wine list is very capable especially if you lean towards French and domestics. The service was attentive without being hovering which can be a delicate balance. I look forward to coming back soon.
Exceptional food and amazing service! A great choice for a special occasion. We have dined at One a couple of times and it always exceeds out expectations. The front and wait staff were top notch- very knowledgeable about the menu and dish preparation which was of excellent quality. The in house sommelier also provided great recommendations. We tried the tasting menu, which proved to be a great introduction to the chef's vision. Prep, plating, and service was flawless. Overall, a spectacular meal.
This restaurant ratchets up what's available in an already great dining scene in the Chaple Hill/Carrboro/Durham area. We always do the tasting menu (you pick 4 dishes from the menu, including just one from the main course list, and the rest between the salads, appetizers, and desserts.) The dishes aren't large, so you get an amazing array of flavors without feeling stuffed at the end. This quality of meal would be be much more expensive in NY, DC, or other major urban areas. The chefs at One are truly gifted. Each dish has a variety of distinct flavors balanced just right so that they create a surprising gustatory harmony. Using mostly locally sourced ingredients, as well as their own in-house creations (they make their own butter, age it for some dishes and specially flavor it for others), every dish surprises. This is not your place if you want comfort food, or if you want every dish that you order to be your favorite. But if you want a creative dining experience that will surprise your tastebuds and make you truly appreciate what good chefs can do when they're unleashed, go to One.
We went early, having flown into RDU that afternoon. The room is elegant, modern and inviting. The menu is inventive and the service is warm, engaging and knowledgeable. I wish One was closer to me! The food, ambience and service were all extraordinary and more than worth the price, which was very reasonable.
Great, as always. There were a few hiccups with service. At this caliber of a place, I don't think you should have to ask for anything more than once, and we asked for bread three times starting with our second course, for it to finally appear before dessert. However, I'll be back without question, food is fantastic.
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