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“A Chapel Hill staple”

411 West Italian Cafe
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Ranked #8 of 292 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Chapel Hill, NC
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Chapel Hill staple”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

411, part of the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, is a Chapel Hill tradition, from the dill rolls to the wood oven pizza. The menu includes standard fare (e.g., lasagne, spaghetti bolongese) to more contemporary ones (Lemon linguine, with shrimp and scallops) and ever present specials. Popular with the University crowd a reservation for dinner is a good idea. But you can wait at the bar and mingle with students to profs while checking out sports on one of two TVs.

Visited January 2014
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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Truly excellent service; some good food”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We went to 411 West for a New Years' Dinner with a number of friends. I can honestly say that this was some of the best service we've ever had at this popular Chapel Hill dining spot. Most of the food that our group had was very good; however, those of us whose meals included shrimp were disappointed as the shrimp were overcooked and dry. I'd definitely eat here again, but will try something other than the shrimp.

  • Visited December 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank kaldri01
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Carrboro, North Carolina
1 review
“Quick, Casual, Quality Italian”
Reviewed November 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Quality food, great atmosphere, and very quick! Ask to order your entree after you get your apps if you want to better pace it! Specials are always great.

Visited October 2013
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Boston, MA
Level Contributor
94 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice meal for a special occasion”
Reviewed November 20, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

On a recent trip to Chapel Hill, I took friends and relatives to 411 West, remembering it as a good evening choice from years past. We were not disappointed. The appetizers were terrific, especially the shrimp wrapped in proscuitto, which got raves. The portion sizes on our entrees were spot on - no one needed more than a small sized one. The only critique was from one (Italian) family member who said the bolognese sauce had a bit much sage.

My only issue with our entire evening was our seating. We were in a room with some visiting soccer-related group that was very noisy throughout the dinner. At the end, one member of the group came over and thanked us for putting up with their festivities, which made everyone in my group very happy . . . delighted with their courtesy. We wished them all well.

Finally, the service was very good, starting with the hostess. We will return.

Visited November 2013
Thank Malchus W
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fabulous wines and good food!”
Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Great downtown restaurant. Pay parking lot adjacent. Delicious rolls, fresh salads ( the grilled pear was good), and the risotto special was really flavorful! The apricot sorbet was especially yummy, light, and refreshing. I could have used a refill on my drink but I didn't ask and it wasn't done. To balance that out and more imperative to me was that we chatted a long while on a Friday night but never felt rushed along by our server. Delightful dinner!

Thank Heels13
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