University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill.
Rating: ** 1/2.
Prices: entrees $11 to $16.
Atmosphere: open and dramatic.
Service: usually efficient.
Recommended: crab cakes, tuna tartare, braised beef spareribs, lemongrass souffle, green tea creme brulee.
Open: lunch and dinner daily.
Reservations: recommended on weekends.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club; full bar; smoke-free; vegetarian-friendly; kid-tolerant.
The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in four categories:
**** Among the Triangle's very best.
*** Rewarding experience.
** Generally acceptable.
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e-picurean column and check out the searchable restaurant database at http://triangle.com/dining/.