The Mecca Restaurant

Diner, American Restaurant, and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Central Raleigh
13 E Martin St (at S Wilmington St.), Raleigh, NC 27601, United States
Closed until 7:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 7:30 AM–Midnight
  • Fri–Sat
    • 7:30 AM–2:00 AM
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

The Mecca is much more than good food. The Mecca truly has its own personality and charm. Many establishments have come and gone, but the Mecca has managed to resist much change and that, in large part, is the beauty of the place.


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  • What you need to know
    Jeanie W.
    "... very popular are the rinky dinks, yum! Ask the bartender about drink..."(2 Tips)
    Todd W.
    "Their fried chicken is so good it makes me want to slap my mama."(5 Tips)
    Matt D.
    "Whoa, that peach cobbler?"(2 Tips)
    William V.
    "Wonderful old school Raleigh location and excellent breakfast menu!"(4 Tips)
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  • rinky dinks
  • breakfast food
  • good for a quick meal
  • sandwiches
  • fried chicken
  • barbecue
  • biscuits
  • grits
  • meats
  • salads
  • beer
  • homemade food
  • staff
  • inexpensive
  • pigs
  • turnip greens
  • dinner
  • drink specials
  • lunch
  • Morgan T.

    Everything here has an extra dash of TLC. The food, the staff and the lived-in feeling of this precious step back in time. You can tell it's been owned by generations that take pride in their work. 👌

    Morgan Talbot · July 22, 2015
  • Todd W.

    Literally like stepping back in time. And for me, it's pure comfort. Their fried chicken is so good it makes me want to slap my mama. Blackberry cobbler is mind blowing good. Love it!

    Todd Williams · September 2, 2014
  • The News & Observer

    Mecca's doesn't offer gourmet dishes. People come here for comfortable atmosphere and simple, but delicious homemade food. Fried chicken is a common favorite. Read more

    The News & Observer · July 10, 2012
  • Jeanie W.

    The fried chickens great it dies take 15mins bcz they drop it when you order it. Also very popular are the rinky dinks, yum! Ask the bartender about drink specials!!

    Jeanie Webb · September 26, 2011
  • Angela H.

    Older looking was pretty good, portion size was really good. Didn't leave there overly stuffed after having a burger for lunch. Prices were good too!

    Angela Hardwick · July 26, 2013
  • Gregory D.

    The charbroiled angus patty is awesome! Hold the roll and fries, and skip the salad dressing for a great paleo meal.

    Gregory Dahlin · April 20, 2013
  • Katie V.

    The Pig in a Pup on the late night menu was delish! Just wish the late night menu started a little later than 9pm!

    Katie Vuocolo · October 9, 2011
  • Tammy G.

    Had a great breakfast. Sausage, egg & cheese on homemade biscuit. Loved the genuine 1930's diner ambience.

    Tammy Gordon · November 16, 2011
  • Molly J.

    The aesthetic of this place is perfect, and the food is great too!

    Molly Jernigan · September 12, 2015
  • Yajhayra M.

    Established 1930 Old school joint with greasy breakfast! You don't see too many places like this anymore.

    Yajhayra M · August 23, 2014
  • Tom N.

    Not sure if they have vegetables, but both the grits and the biscuits are delicious

    Tom Nudell · March 2, 2015
  • Asa G.

    2nd time here...bbq is amazing, burgers are right on! Really fun atmosphere.

    Asa Gregory · August 29, 2013
  • Zack D.

    Pass on the Rinky Dinks and load up on the Pigs in a Pup. Yes these are real menu items.

    Zack Davenport · November 25, 2014
  • William V.

    Wonderful old school Raleigh location and excellent breakfast menu!

    William Vaughan · February 11
  • Jessica T.

    They have a big salad that's delicious if you're being health conscious :)

    Jessica Thompson · September 18, 2014
  • Donovan P.

    The steak sandwiches are the best thing ever! The only thing I ever get.

    Donovan Patterson · August 21, 2010
  • Will S.

    Get anything it is all good but Thursdays the lasagna is the deal!

    Will Spencer · November 12, 2009
  • Zack D.

    Oldest bar in Raleigh. Head here before going to Neptunes. Great cheap beer and food.

    Zack Davenport · July 3, 2013
  • Karr T.

    Really cool place to hang out. Straight from the 1930s.

    Karr Tyson · November 20, 2012
  • Hunter W.

    Sandwiches make for a good, quick lunch. Try the Double Decker.

    Hunter Wilson · August 2, 2012
  • Andie H.

    Late night grumpy crew... no thanks - i didnt order my meal with a side eye roll.

    Andie Horan · March 17, 2013
  • Charley T.

    Guys! Hush puppies WITH pulled pork inside. Nuff said.

    Charley Todd · September 12, 2015
  • Davina v.

    The turnip greens are awesome!!

    Davina van Buren · December 17, 2010
  • Jerald P.

    Good friendly environment with good food.

    Jerald Prince · March 21, 2015
  • Rachelle

    Ask for Kaylee, she's the best

    Rachelle · July 14, 2013
  • Jesse M.

    Get the chicken salad sandwich with a tomato!

    Jesse Moschler · November 14, 2011
  • Angela R.

    Best locals bar in town. Go here.

    Angela Robson · October 9, 2011
  • Matt D.

    Whoa, that peach cobbler? Yeah make sure you get on that

    Matt Doherty · January 26, 2011
  • Sharon J.

    Pig in a Pup...

    Sharon J. · April 26, 2013
  • Mital P.

    It doesn't get more real than Mecca.

    Mital Patel · January 16, 2014
  • Ron K.

    Lemon pepper chicken on Fridays

    Ron Kelly · January 10, 2014
  • Andy S.

    Monday special! Fried Chicken!

    Andy Sentgeorge · November 21, 2011
  • Nikhil

    Fried chicken. Do it.

    Nikhil · August 12, 2011
  • lee B.

    the food was great

    lee Batchelor · May 5, 2013
  • Hannah C.

    Pigs in a pup.

    Hannah Choe · April 29, 2014
  • Califonza!

    The San Fran Chicken!

    Califonza! · April 1, 2014
  • brandon b.

    Love this place!

    brandon burns · February 14, 2012
  • Charity

    Yummy breakfast!

    Charity · September 15, 2012
  • Gabi B.

    Terrible service.

    Gabi Benschop · July 24, 2011
  • Daniel M.

    Jihan's bdAy

    Daniel Martinez · April 30, 2011
  • Forrest W.

    Jk. #justjam

    Forrest Williams · April 6, 2013

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