Restaurants in Durham

Best Restaurants

Szechuan Mansion Hotpot Durham 746 9th St, Durham Hot Pot • $$
746 9th St, Durham

“This is easily one of the best restaurants in Durham! My husband and I came here for date night and we had a great experience. We got there around 6:00 and didn't have to wait too long to be seated (they don't take reservations, fyi). We got the Combo B, which should be enough for 2-3 people. It was our first time here and the waitress was kind enough to explain everything. We couldn't finish all the food and we were so stuffed lol. We had to bring home the leftovers and actually got 2 more dinners out of it. I like going to places where I feel like I get my money's worth, and this restaurant is definitely in that list. Highly recommend it!”

4.9 Superb211 Reviews
Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar - Durham 811 9th St, Durham Indian • $$
811 9th St, Durham

“Was suggested this place to try and I'm glad we did. Husband and I shared lamb appetizers, and it was delicious. We came just for a small bite and almost ate the entire menu. First time truly having Indian food and this place did not disappoint. Service was impeccable. Atmosphere was great. Can't wait to come back and try more items whenever we visit NC again.Dietary restrictions: Gluten free options”

4.8 Superb254 Reviews

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Ekhaya

Ekhaya 406 Blackwell St, Durham African • $$
406 Blackwell St, Durham

“Fantastic food, drinks, service, and atmosphere. My wife and I came in from Raleigh, and we can’t wait to go back to try other dishes. Everything was so flavorful and delicious.”

4.5 Superb113 Reviews
Alley Twenty Six 320 E Chapel Hill St, Durham New American • $$
320 E Chapel Hill St, Durham

“Benjamin made my Earl Please (an alcohol free cocktail from their menu) and was so kind and attentive. As a graduate student who can't drink alcohol much due to disabilities, places with options for me me to enjoy delicious and fancy beverages are special. The only thing that makes me sad is that I'm not rich enough to order more than one a day! ?? Someone pay me more money! It's so tasty! Best non-lavender mocktail ever!Dietary restrictions: Alcohol free cocktails; non-alcoholic beverages”

4.7 Superb98 Reviews
M Sushi 311 Holland St, Durham Sushi • $$$
311 Holland St, Durham

“My absolute favorite restaurant in Durham. My fiancée and I come here to celebrate our most special occasions as well as when we just want to have an incredible dinner. Whether you go a la carte or do the grand omakase, you're sure to have an amazing time.Great food, great staff, incredibly experience”

4.6 Superb374 Reviews
Viceroy 335 W Main St, Durham Indian • $$
335 W Main St, Durham

“Excellent food and craft cocktails - the spicy papi should not be missed. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Only criticism is that it was a bit loud, but most places are these days.”

4.7 Superb89 Reviews

Restaurants by Cuisine

Indian Monsoon Restaurant & Bar 105 W Morgan St STE 100, Durham Indian • $$
105 W Morgan St STE 100, Durham

“Really great food! We enjoyed the Paneer Makhani and Lasooni Palak. I also ordered the Tandoori Chicken. We enjoyed our meal, loved the atmosphere, and the service was great. My only complaint was I wish the Tandoori Chicken came with more chicken - there were only 4 chicken wings for $17. Other than that, I would recommend.”

4.6 Superb99 Reviews

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Nanas

Nanas 2514 University Dr, Durham Fine Dining • $$$
2514 University Dr, Durham

“First time here tonight. 10/10 experience. The kitchen is absolutely on point. Love the attention to detail and quality towards every ingredient of every dish (ordered about 7 different things) They combine incredible flavors, perfectly executed. Really just had the perfect meal. Thank you for that and all you do to make it happen.On the same level as the food was the service. Our server was as good as it gets. She was genuine, perfect timing every time, not intrusive, and extremely intelligent, top level. She took a bunch of extra time to share her deep knowledge of the menu and give us the ultimate dining experience. Couldn't have been better in anyway. Beyond appreciated. Her name was Kate F.Bravo Nana's... dope spot that I will definitely be recommending to a bunch of people. I've been a foodie/industry worker for a long time, always in search of experiences like this. Looking forward to coming back.”

4.5 Superb137 Reviews
Urban Turban Indian Grill and Bar I Durham 1125 NC-54 #301, Durham Indian • $$
1125 NC-54 #301, Durham

“I've been here twice since they opened. Got the vegetable samosas with the 2 chutneys and the butter chicken with garlic naan and everything has been SO good. Samosas hot and crisp out of the fryer. Chutneys and butter chicken on point. So glad a great Indian restaurant opened up in this little neighborhood of south Durham!”

4.8 Superb105 Reviews

Restaurants with Delivery

Bleu Olive 1821 Hillandale Rd # 101, Durham Mediterranean • $$
1821 Hillandale Rd # 101, Durham

“Great meal. Sat at the bar and received excellent service. Good value, as well. Restaurant is located in an upscale strip mall, but that's pretty standard. Not my favorite type of setting, but the food and the staff made up for it. We will return!”

4.6 Superb226 Reviews
Lulu Bang Bang 5418 Page Rd, Durham Cocktail Bar • $$
5418 Page Rd, Durham

“LuLu Bang Bang is my new go to for some great sushi. The sashimi blue fin tuna was amazing. The salmon was perfect, not to cold with the taste and tecture that I have been looking for. The presentation with the flower and the micro greens added to the experience. Now for the combination of the tuna, salmon, and micro greens. All of these combinations gave flavore beyond your traditional sushi and was "FANTASTIC". Anyone going here needs to have the sashimi dinner to start.”

4.3 Superb110 Reviews
Vin Rouge 2010 Hillsborough Rd, Durham French • $$$
2010 Hillsborough Rd, Durham

“Our first time at Vin Rouge was a wonderful experience for two reasons: excellent food and great staff. We ordered four things from the menu (salmon, a salad, and two appetizers) and all of them were prepared to perfection. If you have a meal at Vin Rouge, we feel confident that the quality of food you experience will confirm our judgment. Our greeting lady was very pleasant. Our waitress, Kate, provided excellent service and handled everything superbly from start to finish. Semih is an outstanding manager, very professional and polite. He took the time to speak with us and impressed us as the exactly right type of person for what he is doing. A big thank-you to Vin Rouge for a great evening!”

4.5 Superb362 Reviews

Online Reservation Available

Gatoronthegrill.com 3820 S Roxboro St, Durham Food Trucks • $$
3820 S Roxboro St, Durham

“This place had a food truck set up on main Street in Wake Forest on Easter Sunday and I got the shrimp quesadilla. It was by far the best one I've ever had! The guy that took my order was extremely friendly.”

5 Superb53 Reviews

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Nikos

Nikos BrightLeaf Square, 905 W Main St Unit 21B, Durham Greek • $$
BrightLeaf Square, 905 W Main St Unit 21B, Durham

“The food was so tasty and fresh and flavorful. We loved it. Excellent service, and they really went out of their way to make our birthday celebration special. We left very satisfied.”

4.6 Superb140 Reviews
Seraphine 324 Blackwell St Suite 4, Durham Cajun/Creole • $$$
324 Blackwell St Suite 4, Durham

“Their is a little hidden gem right behind the parking deck adjacent to the Durham Bulls baseball park. Seraphine was absolutely amazing!! I loved the Dragos Oysters, Croquettes, and the Boudin Sauage. Amazing Louisiana cuisine! Come check them out y'all!! ? ? ?”

4.6 Superb138 Reviews

24 Hour Restaurants

Local 22 Kitchen & Bar 2200 W Main St, Durham American • $$
2200 W Main St, Durham

“Nice place to hang out with friends and family to enjoy each other company, try different specialty food and beverages on the menu. Great recommendations from the menu. The servers are helpful and kind. You won't be let down.”

4.5 Superb213 Reviews
Taberna Tapas 325 W Main St, Durham Spanish • $$
325 W Main St, Durham

“Absolutely love this place!!! They are clearly passionate about the actual preparation of food. Requested customizations were accepted graciously and executed with the perfection of a chef who appreciated the request. The staff are amazing. I'm so upset I only recently discovered this place!!”

4.5 Superb186 Reviews
Mezcalito Durham 706 Ramseur St, Durham Mexican • $$
706 Ramseur St, Durham

“This place is always fun, sometimes crazy crowded and loud but always worth it. If sitting in the shade with tacos and margaritas is your thing, Mezcalito is a standout. Also you can walk over to Ponysaurus across the street.”

4.5 Superb183 Reviews

Takeout Restaurants

Sushioki 4900 NC-55 #510, Durham Sushi • $$
4900 NC-55 #510, Durham

“Best flavor in the Triangle. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out. I prefer the bowl option. The entrees are enough food for two good meals, which makes it super affordable.”

4.7 Superb79 Reviews
Metro 8 Steakhouse 1116 Broad St, Durham Steak House • $$
1116 Broad St, Durham

“I had a few people recommended Metro 8 but never had the chance to make it here until last week when I took some colleagues here for a business dinner. The service and food were both excellent. The steaks were cooked perfectly and fantastic flavor. Three dsserts were shared between the 6 of us and it was just the right amount with how rich they were. The only more neutral observation was that my 32oz ribeye was slightly smaller than I expected yet the flavor made up for it. Would definitely come here again. Oh, the rolls and the jalapeño cilantro cream cheese that came out before appetizers was the best rolls I've ever had in a restaurant!”

4.5 Superb170 Reviews
Succotash Durham—Southern & Creole Kitchen 3219 Old Chapel Hill Rd #200, Durham Southern • $$
3219 Old Chapel Hill Rd #200, Durham

“This place was OUTSTANDING!!! The service was excellent they just didn't have enough to cover the max capacity crowd. Food was impeccable. Mix high-end quality cuisine with southern charm/flavors at your local comfortable and cozy dive bar--VOILA-- SUCCOTASH! I highly recommend the smoked brisket plate and the rum cake dessert. And to top it off (on certain nights)...A LIVE BAND... I will DEFINITELY return! Oh, did I mention, I ate at the bar. This hidden gem is wildly popular. It's best to get a reservation.”

4.6 Superb107 Reviews

Drive-Thru Restaurants

Vici Ristobar 1125 NC-54 Suite 804 & 805, Durham Italian • $$
1125 NC-54 Suite 804 & 805, Durham

“Vici Ristobar's offerings for the Triangle Restaurant Week are beautiful. The grouper and spinach were delicious, as was the cavitappi and Italian sausage. The tiramisu and canolli were light and a perfect finish. I also very much enjoyed the bread and the pear and gorgonzola salad.”

4.6 Superb105 Reviews
Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar 501 Washington St C, Durham American • $$
501 Washington St C, Durham

“One of our favorite restaurants in Durham. The different flavors are amazing. The menu changes seasonally and they always have different interesting food. Great atmosphere as well.”

4.7 Superb75 Reviews
Juju Durham 737 9th St #210, Durham Asian Fusion • $$
737 9th St #210, Durham

“Some recipes have been changed not for the best... Dining outside is great compared to the noise inside. For the price, may we recommend a little bit more of table setup like a paper place mat? Also, a wiser way to place / space customers would be highly appreciated especially when a crazy table of students is sitting next to us, while we are in the middle of a calm and lovely time.”

4.4 Superb321 Reviews

Cheap Eats

NanaSteak 345 Blackwell St, Durham Steak House • $$$
345 Blackwell St, Durham

“Nana Steak was fantastic! My friend and I came before a show at DPAC. We weren’t able to get reservations so we arrived a few minutes before they opened and sat at the bar. The food was out of this world, and the drinks were perfect. I ordered the prime rib medium rare and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. We shared fries and my friend’s filet was excellent. A brownie with bourbon caramel wrapped up our meal. I can’t wait to go back!Kid-friendliness: While the staff was friendly and I did see some older children in the restaurant I wouldn’t choose to bring small children here at the price point and with the menu options.”

4.4 Superb313 Reviews

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Glori

Glori 101 W Main St Suite Lo2, Durham Cocktail Bar • $$$
101 W Main St Suite Lo2, Durham

“This place was the first place we went to for drinks. It had a speakeasy vibe to it with the low lighting. Their menu had a few drinks to choose from so we ordered the Marg, PCN, Cold Days In the Sun, and Feelin' Emotions. The drinks came out fairly quickly. The Marg was not bad, the Cold Days In the Sun was good and the Feelin' Emotions was tasty. It definitely was something I could see others try out too. The amount was not too much so it was good. Good place for drinks if you're in the area.”

4.7 Superb43 Reviews
Cucciolo Osteria 601 W Main St suite c, Durham Italian • $$
601 W Main St suite c, Durham

“All aspects of the service at Cucciolo Osteria Durham are outstanding. The wait staff is knowledgeable and very friendly. Every request is listened to, and possible. Service is prompt and comes with a smile. I highly recommend going to eat here!”

4.4 Superb228 Reviews
Saltbox Seafood Joint 2637 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham Seafood • $$
2637 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham

“You have to wait a while for the food but man oh man is it worth the wait. Best fishI have had in the Triangle. I usually go with the Spicy Mahi plate and the potato side is delicious too. You must go here..it is an institution of Durham and it actually lives up to the hype.”

4.3 Superb111 Reviews
Queso Monster 2212 S Miami Blvd, Durham Food Trucks • $$
2212 S Miami Blvd, Durham

“5 stars all the way around! I had called twice and no one answered (big order) so I was ready to head out and to my behold they call me back! Like I’ve never had a food place call me back! We placed our order over the phone. EVERYTHING was correct! Not a sauce was missing! Customer service is amazing! Food portion is generous we couldn’t it all in one setting! Beautiful people! I’ll recommend a thousand times over. God bless”

4.7 Superb58 Reviews
Ponysaurus Brewing Company 219 Hood St, Durham Brewery • $$
219 Hood St, Durham

“In Durham’s heart, where craft and flavor meet,Ponysaurus reigns, a brewery elite.With beers that dance, and pizzas that delight,Each sip and bite a mirthful, joyous rite.Their Mexican brew, with lime and salt’s embrace,A masterpiece that time shall not efface.Each gulp a journey to a sunlit coast,A liquid treasure, Durham’s pride and boast.The crust, the cheese, the toppings rich and bold,A tale of culinary prowess told.In every pizza, art and science blend,Creating feasts that to the heavens ascend.So raise your glass, let cheers and laughter sound,In Ponysaurus, true happiness is found.A haven for the soul, a feast for the heart,Where every visit is a brand new start.Shakespeare himself, with pen in hand, would writeOf this fine place that shines so bright by night.For here, amidst the ale and savory fare,We find a joy beyond compare, so rare.”

4.6 Superb73 Reviews
92 Korean Chicken 2107 Allendown Dr #101a, Durham Chicken Wings • $$
2107 Allendown Dr #101a, Durham

“Grabbed some wings and dumplings for lunch. The wings are spectacular. Perfectly crisp, sweet, savory....a total home run! The dumplings were good but the dipping sauce was a little salty, I like it a little sweeter. Bonus for the free sample of kimchi, really nice!”

4.5 Superb100 Reviews
Mateo Bar de Tapas 109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham Tapas Bar • $$$
109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham

“Easily, EASILY one of the top 5 food experiences, of my entire life. They have a dish called "Marrow" w bone marrow and short ribs - served in the Bone! It was awesome. Plus as a bonus the full experience is to have a shot of Sherry or Bourbon down the bone channel after - I left that picture out - it was epic. A must try dish/experience (and side note they have a really good Special right now: a Turnip dish with Ramps, which I had never heard of before but was great)”

4.3 Superb92 Reviews

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M Pocha

M Pocha 101 E Chapel Hill St, Durham Korean • $$
101 E Chapel Hill St, Durham

“Food was so flavorful and refreshing. If you like spice like I do, you will love this place. It’s a small restaurant so you may feel a little rushed out but I understand why. Will definitely come back!”

4.4 Superb145 Reviews
Nantucket Grill 5826 Fayetteville Rd #101, Durham Bar & Grill • $$
5826 Fayetteville Rd #101, Durham

“We love the patio at the location on Fayetteville Road. It is quiet and green, away from the traffic. Their crab cakes are excellent, filled with crab rather than fillers. I had a Greek salad with a Crab cake on top and it was delicious! Service outside is always attentive, which is often not the case with outdoor dining.”

4.4 Superb141 Reviews
Thali Indian Restaurant 5311 S Miami Blvd #8073, Durham Indian • $$
5311 S Miami Blvd #8073, Durham

“I ordered extra spicy chicken tikka masala and garlic naan. The tikka masala was perfectly spicy, flavorful, creamy, and delicious. The garlic naan had fresh bits of garlic on it, but the garlic wasn't overpowering and it paired really well with the tikka masala. Service was very generous and kind. Overall, 5/5 experience and meal.”

4.5 Superb87 Reviews
Parizade 2200 W Main St, Durham Mediterranean • $$
2200 W Main St, Durham

“Havent been here in awhile and went to celebrate a birthday. I noted this when I made the reservation as well as mentioned it to our server but unfortunately the birthday wasn’t acknowledged in any way; disappointing. In addition we had a reservation for a table for 5 and put us right next to the bar, also unfortunate since it was thoroughfare for staff and service people. Checked out the menu on line before choosing the restaurant and particularly went here for a specific dinner entree listed. Come to find out the actual menu had changed and the entry was no longer available or on the menu. Those are the negatives. The cocktails were good; fresh like springtime. The food was also very good. Everyone in the party enjoyed what they ordered and we all had a variety of items…steak, pasta, and seafood dishes. We ate indoors but outside dining is also available. Ive never had a bad meal here.”

4.3 Superb316 Reviews
M Tempura 111 Orange St, Durham Japanese • $$$
111 Orange St, Durham

“Wow, one of the best meals and dining experiences these foodies have ever had! We added the wine and sake pairings for each course. That was nice and made the decision making easy. Each of the 7 courses was fantastic. We'll be going back for sure. It was cool being able to chat with the chef as she was preparing the meals. She was busy so we made sure to limit the chatter, but that interaction and the highly knowledgeable wait staff took the whole experience to the next level.”

4.4 Superb132 Reviews
Xpert Nutrition 3825 S Roxboro St UNIT 139, Durham Juice Bar & Smoothies • $$
3825 S Roxboro St UNIT 139, Durham

“Temporarily moved from Ca to NC and didn’t think I’d be able to find what I needed for the gym. This store had everything I needed and more and you can’t beat their holiday sales and membership discount. This shop has the supplements you Want.The staff is super nice and remembered my name EVERY time I walked in. I made a lot of trips to this store and I will miss it.*ALSO: the only store in Durham county where I could find Folic Acid 5kmg”

4.9 Superb32 Reviews
Outback Steakhouse 3500 Mt Moriah Rd, Durham Steak House • $$
3500 Mt Moriah Rd, Durham

“Micaela C is an amazing waitress! Thank you for being so patient with our huge group of people tonight! Everything was amazing and your service is top notch! Thank you so much! ❤️❤️”

4.3 Superb239 Reviews
Bull City Ciderworks Durham 305 S Roxboro St, Durham Brewery • $$
305 S Roxboro St, Durham

“One of the best atmospheres in Durham. I moved here, did not know a soul, and have made some of the best friends I’ve ever had in my life thanks to this establishment. The staff is wonderful, and I always feel like I belong. They know a ton of the patrons by name making it a very comforting environment. The ciders are fantastic, and for those who aren’t as inclined to ciders, there are plenty of other drinks like pilsners, ipas and cocktails.”

4.7 Superb43 Reviews
Vista Restaurant Parking lot, 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham American • $$
Parking lot, 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham

“We dined for a Valentine's Day lunch (dinner was completely booked!). The service was excellent, polite and courteous. The food was outstanding. Definitely would recommend it to those seeking a place relaxed but tasteful, with a nice atmosphere and high quality service.”

4.5 Superb69 Reviews
Fairview Dining Room 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham Fine Dining • $$$
3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham

“I enjoyed a perfect Tea Party birthday celebration thanks to the Washington Duke and my beautiful party-perfect sister! Jonathon was wonderful! The food was plentiful and delicious.. topped off with the Washington Duke's signature birthday decadently delicious chocolate cake!”

4.3 Superb166 Reviews
Hayti Collective Kitchen & Cocktails 908-101 Fayetteville St, Durham American • $$
908-101 Fayetteville St, Durham

“I’ve been going for Open Mic on Tuesdays for a couple of months now because I absolutely love hearing the live band. They have some delicious margaritas with a bartender who knows what he’s doing. And finally, last night I went and had the Chicken Philly - it was sooo good. So delicious.”

4.6 Superb47 Reviews
The Glass Jug Beer Lab - RTP 5410 NC-55 V, Durham Brewery • $$
5410 NC-55 V, Durham

“Pleasant staff and very welcoming to all. The service is above and beyond here. I enjoyed the Ginger beer that's on tap. I appreciate being able to try the beer before I purchase. I came here on a Friday night for a free comedy show. The comedians Cabell and Tony were the funniest. I like that there was a food truck on site but I had food at home before arriving. The ambiance here was okay for a brewery space. The outdoor area was gravel and patio picnic tables which weren't the most comfortable but bearable for a free comedy experience.”

4.8 Superb31 Reviews
Corpse Reviver Bar & Lounge 715 Washington St STE B, Durham Cocktail Bar • $$
715 Washington St STE B, Durham

“I went on a Wednesday evening to meet a friend. There was no trouble getting a table. I didn't try any food, but the service, the cocktails and the vibe was awesome. Perfect place to chat the night ”

4.6 Superb45 Reviews
Tandoori Bites 5318 New Hope Commons Dr unit 201 a, Durham Indian • $$
5318 New Hope Commons Dr unit 201 a, Durham

“We love the buffet! Unfortunately, the buffet switched from weekdays to the weekend. We still prefer this Indian buffet over all the other in the area. The buffet changes daily, and there's always plenty of good vegetarian and meat options. They also separate the meat and vegetarian options at the buffet, which I think is a big plus. Not all their food is spicy, but some is. If you like spice, this is the Indian restaurant to try.Vegetarian options: One section of the bar is completely vegetarian!Parking: Never an issue with parking”

4.4 Superb83 Reviews
Pizzeria Toro 105 E Chapel Hill St, Durham Pizza • $$
105 E Chapel Hill St, Durham

“Delicious pizza. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. They do table sharing, so be prepared to dine with strangers. It's a fun experience and you might make new friends.”

4.3 Superb145 Reviews
It's a Southern Thing - Ellis Crossings 1051 Yunus Rd #110, Durham Southern • $$
1051 Yunus Rd #110, Durham

“Dined there with friends Friday evening. The drinks, food, and service were outstanding. I loved the atmosphere as well. I've already recommended it to others. Looking forward to returning.”

4.4 Superb81 Reviews
West End Wine Bar of Durham 601 W Main St Suite E, Durham Wine Bar • $$
601 W Main St Suite E, Durham

“This is the most amazing place that I found in downtown Durham the guy Brian was fabulous and very welcoming Mike made fabulous drinks and had a great time! What a wonderful place!”

4.7 Superb35 Reviews
Tobacco Wood Brewing Co, Durham Taproom and American Gastropub 2500 Meridian Pkwy, Durham Brewery • $$
2500 Meridian Pkwy, Durham

“Overall Rating: 4.2/10The venue offers a spacious setting with a relaxed atmosphere, but the culinary experience falls short of expectations. While the environment is inviting and clean, the food's lack of flavor and dryness detracts from the overall dining pleasure.Atmosphere: 6.1/10The establishment provides a comfortable and unhurried vibe, allowing guests to enjoy their meal without feeling pressured. Its spaciousness, coupled with clean indoor/outdoor seating options, adds to the appeal, although the decor is described as unique yet basic.Service: 5.2/10The service model, offering both tab and upfront payment options, is friendly and accommodates different preferences. The half-service, self-seating approach works well within the casual setting.Food:Signature Burger: 4.1/10Despite its appealing presentation, the burger disappoints in taste. It's described as extremely bland, with both the beef and sauce lacking depth of flavor. Even the bun, although basic, ends up dominating the taste experience due to the meat's underwhelming presence.Mac n Cheese: 3.3/10This dish suffers from dryness and a lack of creamy cheese sauce, leading to a less enjoyable meal.Chicken Wings: 5.2/10The wings meet the basic expectations for taste and cooking but don't distinguish themselves from offerings at other venues.Value: 5.2/10At $45 for a meal for three, the pricing is considered reasonable, aligning with the average quality and quantity of the food served.”

4.4 Superb79 Reviews
India Gate 105 W North Carolina 54 Suite 247, Durham Indian • $$
105 W North Carolina 54 Suite 247, Durham

“India Gate has become a special place for me. The food is incredible. The spices and seasonings are curated per dish to absolute perfection, while the portions are plentiful and flavor packed. Every bite gets better throughout the meal. The only disappointment I have is that unfortunately, every meal must come to an end, and I'm left wanting to order more! The staff is extremely pleasant and courteous. I cant say enough great things about this place, I'm so glad they opened right up from where I live! Support this place with me, so we all can enjoy many more years of excellent food and service here!”

4.6 Superb42 Reviews
Flying Bull Taproom 752 9th St, Durham Brewery • $$
752 9th St, Durham

“We stopped at the Flying Bull after the Duke game. They have a really cozy outdoor dining/lounge area with fire pits at each table, which is where we sat.Everything we had was delicious…..roasted cauliflower, wings, salad, and wine. Service was spot on as well. We also heard the couple behind us commenting on how amazing the food was. We will definitely be back!!”

4.9 Superb24 Reviews
The Glass Jug Beer Lab - Downtown Durham 545 Foster St Suite 10, Durham Brewery • $$
545 Foster St Suite 10, Durham

“Love this bar! Great drink selection, lovely bartenders, and a friendly neighborhood vibe. Also, it's very clean ✨ and usually there's plenty of parking nearby (in the parking lot by the farmer's market and side streets around it)”

4.7 Superb32 Reviews

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M Kokko

M Kokko 311 Holland St Suite B, Durham Korean • $$
311 Holland St Suite B, Durham

“Kailey, Quamey, and chibeze are the absolute BEST SERVERs! My food was delicious, they were such attentive servers and made sure we had the best night! If you want yummy food, and great hospitality please go to M kokko. Chef Daniel is exceptional and knows how to make some great food!”

4.4 Superb69 Reviews
The Refectory Cafe 2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham Vegetarian • $$
2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham

“The only thing better than the bright, sunny atmosphere here is the incredible food. It’s real, nutritious, and so amazingly delicious. You can never leave The Refectory feeling anything but incredible! The food feels nourishing in a way that many restaurants are incapable of achieving but The Refectory makes it happen. I would recommend The Refectory to anyone because it meets all diets and needs without sacrificing amazing taste!”

4.2 Good313 Reviews
Mez Contemporary Mexican 5410 Page Rd, Durham Mexican • $$
5410 Page Rd, Durham

“Nice place to sit chat and eat. No real pressure here. Staff were courteous and nice. Appreciated waiting until we were all done to bring the bill rather than putting it on the table half way through with the *no rush* comment. We will re visit forbaure.”

4.1 Good105 Reviews

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Littler

Littler 110 E Parrish St, Durham New American • $$$
110 E Parrish St, Durham

“Excellent experience. The food was absolutely delicious. Each dish was just perfect. I couldn't even the slightest fault. Wine list and cocktails were fantastic. Service was impeccable. Littler has been in our regular rotation for years.”

4.2 Good62 Reviews
Happy + Hale 3103 Shannon Rd Suite 102, Durham Salad • $$
3103 Shannon Rd Suite 102, Durham

“First time there the salad I had Thai chicken cruncho was amazing. Can’t wait to try the other ones. It’s very clean inside and out with good customer service.”

4.4 Superb64 Reviews
Gocciolina 3314 Guess Rd, Durham Italian • $$
3314 Guess Rd, Durham

“The food is phenomenal! Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the food and drinks. I am a big fan of the "bring food as it's ready" model, we shared everything and were thrilled with the freshness, taste, and temperature. The menu is super accommodating for gluten free diners.Dietary restrictions: Lots of gluten free options”

4.1 Good99 Reviews
It's a Southern thing - Downtown Durham 605 W Main St, Durham Southern • $$
605 W Main St, Durham

“Came here for my wedding reception. We had a very small & intimate courthouse wedding. It’s a Southern thing was very accommodating even without a reservation. They treated us like royalty! It was a pleasure dining with them. We went for brunch and the food was good. Great restaurant atmosphere and wonderful service.”

4.2 Good241 Reviews
Durty Bull Brewing Company 206 Broadway St #104, Durham Brewery • $$
206 Broadway St #104, Durham

“Durty Bull is an excellent brewery. I had the rice lager and two hazy IPAs while there. All are excellent beers! There’s tons of outdoor seating but the main taproom area has a small cozy feel. The mojo of the place is great and it has a nice vibe overall. Craig, who was working, is extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Lots of beers on tap and a good selection of to-go options. I’d definitely recommend this brewery.”

4.5 Superb42 Reviews
Nasher Cafe 2001 Campus Dr, Durham American • $$
2001 Campus Dr, Durham

“Food was better than I expected. Our server, Sarah, was attentive and polite. It was chilly and the seats are a little uncomfortable after a while. Probably to ensure turnover. We would definitely come back though!”

4.3 Superb81 Reviews
Tony Roma's 151 Tatum Dr, Durham American • $$
151 Tatum Dr, Durham

“Jessie was absolutely amazing! Her level of care and attention to detail is impeccable!! I dined at this location one year ago once, and she remembered everything that my hubby and I ordered precisely. It was mind blowing because I barely remember the menu and she refreshed my memory on what I preferred and she was absolutely right! I ordered it again excellent customer service. Jessie really makes it personal and made us feel like family while visiting the North Carolina area and dinning at Tony Romas. Thank you for providing excellent customer service!!”

4.2 Good166 Reviews
LouElla Wine, Beer & Beverage 316 W Geer St A, Durham Wine Bar • $$
316 W Geer St A, Durham

“Love having this place in the neighborhood. They are so knowledgeable about wine, but in a really friendly and personable way. They also have really fun tastings pretty much every Saturday. The people watching on the patio is also fun.”

4.6 Superb28 Reviews
Sho Nuff Seafood 1104 Broad St, Durham Seafood • $$
1104 Broad St, Durham

“This was a referral and I'm glad I followed up. The service was great, the staff were very friendly and the food was VERY good! I ordered fried shrimp and oysters.....my seafood "go-to" spot!!”

4.2 Good96 Reviews
China Star 4639 Hillsborough Rd, Durham Chinese • $$
4639 Hillsborough Rd, Durham

“First time getting food from here and will be my go to for Chinese food. The food was great and even the packaging was amazing. Will definitely be back. Keep up the great quality food!”

4.8 Superb17 Reviews
Crab Sea 4831 NC-55, Durham Seafood • $$
4831 NC-55, Durham

“The ingredients are fresh and the seafood is plentiful. The Cajun taste is really delicious, the chicken wings are my favorite, highly recommended. The staff are very friendly.”

4.2 Good88 Reviews
University Club 3100 Tower Blvd #1700, Durham Fine Dining • $$$
3100 Tower Blvd #1700, Durham

“I had the most amazing experience at my niece’s rehearsal dinner in June. From the moment I arrived to the end of the night, everyone was sooo personable. The food was top of the line as I was served the entree I chose prior to the dinner! I enjoyed the recommended wine choice by our server! Absolutely the best! The view was soooo stunning from the 17th floor! ( I think) Charge my memory not my heart since it has been a few months since I dined there. This will always be one of my fondest memories due to the ultimate dining experience and the fact that our families celebrated the the most precious people in our lives! Thank u for everything!!!”

4.7 Superb19 Reviews
Thai 55 Restaurant 2223 NC-54 STE Q, Durham Thai • $$
2223 NC-54 STE Q, Durham

“The food here is excellent. It might take a bit, as they are always busy and they have a smaller staff. The guy that runs the place takes care of his customers, and he even gave us complimentary tea for our wait time. Definitely worth the wait.”

4.2 Good79 Reviews
The Restaurant at The Durham 315 E Chapel Hill St, Durham American • $$
315 E Chapel Hill St, Durham

“We had such a great experience at The Restaurant at the Durham Hotel - our waiter was phenomenal, food was great - could have been slightly hotter, and we were out in plenty of time to see our show at DPAC.”

4.2 Good78 Reviews
Tandoor Indian Restaurant 5410Apex Hwy 55 Suite I, Durham Indian • $$
5410Apex Hwy 55 Suite I, Durham

“Had an awesome night here. Working away so eating alone. I was treated so well and the host spent a lot of time talking to me and getting to know me. As an Englishman, I am very used to Indian restaurants and the food was everything I have come to expect. If you are in the area and used to good quality British style Indian restaurants I can't reccomendthis place high enough. I had the Lamb Rogan Josh and it was fantastic. The naan was disapointing but not enough to distract from the experience.”

4.3 Superb46 Reviews
P.F. Chang's 6801 Fayetteville Rd, Durham Chinese • $$
6801 Fayetteville Rd, Durham

“I loved eating here. The Changs spicy chicken and Great Wall of Chocolate was delicious. William was a great server! He was kind, caring and attentive. Lauren, the manager was so helpful!!!!!!! Thanks for a great night!”

4.1 Good212 Reviews
Counting House 111 Corcoran St, Durham Cocktail Bar • $$$
111 Corcoran St, Durham

“Had drinks night of seeing a show at DPAC, also stayed in the Museum 21c Hotel. Drinks were great and service was speedy, kind, and accommodating. Has brunch the next morning. Short Rib Benny was delicious and the Creme Brûlée French Toast was fantastic and not too sweet. Coffee was a little bitter for my wife but I like strong tastes. Would def come again.”

4.1 Good209 Reviews
Melo Trattoria & Tapas 1821 Hillandale Rd, Durham Italian • $$
1821 Hillandale Rd, Durham

“We ate here for Valentine's Day. I ordered the Chicken Marsala, my sister & niece got the lobster ravioli, and the hubs ordered the lasagna. We all LOVED our meals, with the exception of the hubs. The lasagna was not layered, it was more deconstructed. Bread and service were outstanding! The place was clean and quaint! A nice little authentic Italian gem!!”

4.3 Superb42 Reviews
Mothers & Sons Trattoria 107 W Chapel Hill St, Durham Italian • $$$
107 W Chapel Hill St, Durham

“Wonderful meal with a well rounded wine list to accompany the food. Sara was an informed, friendly and excellent waitperson with assist by other staff. Several starters, pastas and one entree to share with the 4 of us. The desserts were creative and delicious.”

4 Good66 Reviews
Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar Erwin Square Plaza, 2200 W Main St A-140, Durham Seafood • $$
Erwin Square Plaza, 2200 W Main St A-140, Durham

“I visited this restaurant today and ordered the fish and chips and fried pickles and it was delicious! Kind workers and delicious food I highly recommend this restaurant for delicious seafood!”

4.2 Good60 Reviews
Mediterrasian Bistro and Catering 105 W North Carolina 54 #225, Durham Mediterranean • $$
105 W North Carolina 54 #225, Durham

“Although not publicly advertised, the majority of the food here is Halal (except the beef stakes). Make sure to ask before each visit just to be sure in case things have changed. The staff are friendly and the many of the kitchen crew only speak Arabic. Will definitely come here again.”

4.2 Good59 Reviews
China Palace Restaurant 5210 Garrett Rd, Durham Chinese • $$
5210 Garrett Rd, Durham

“China Palace is a small, family run restaurant. The food is excellent, and more authentic than many. The service is casual, pleasant, and prompt. The no frills atmosphere is reminiscent of Joyce Chen's all Eating Place.”

4.3 Superb37 Reviews
West 94th St. Pub 4711 Hope Valley Rd # 6C, Durham Pubs • $$
4711 Hope Valley Rd # 6C, Durham

“We enjoyed the quiet booths in the rear of the pub. The burger was excellent and I especially loved the sweet potato tots. The beers on tap were varied and there was a very interesting cranberry cider. I am always happy when there is an option that is not the boring, watery cider that I will not name because I am too polite. We wanted to be able to talk, so we opted for a Tuesday night when there was no karaoke or pub trivia. But if you are looking for those pub activities, check out their website for the schedule. Our server was the bartender, and he was most pleasant. It’s in a strip mall, so plenty of parking. We will return for sure.”

4.3 Superb36 Reviews
Melina's Fresh Pasta Shop 2717 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham Pasta • $$
2717 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham

“Melina's is my go to when it's time to make lasagna. Fresh pasta is a game changer. Take the extra time to drive over here to get some. Lots of other fresh pasta options too.”

4.6 Superb16 Reviews
Carrabba's Italian Grill 5312 New Hope Commons Dr, Durham Italian • $$
5312 New Hope Commons Dr, Durham

“I went with something new. A new dish that I never tried before. I ordered take out. And I when I got home to finally enjoyed it. By my own mistake it was not as good as I hoped it would be. Not because the chefs didn’t cook well but I could not take the spices and seasoning. I came the next day to see about a refund. And the manager over at hope valley had no problem refunding me. And also inquiring what was it that made me unhappy. Which to me that showed me that he was really concerned. I want to thank Malcom he is the waitress that also assisted me. Very good clean restaurant I will be back to try something new. Jose is the manager who so kindly refunded me thank you so much!”

4.1 Good100 Reviews
Hi-Wire Brewing Durham 800 Taylor St #9-150, Durham Brewery • $$
800 Taylor St #9-150, Durham

“I love this place. Beer is eh but the bartenders are solid ~ they are authentic real people serving beer. It feels like a little piece of home. And it’s a buzzing atmosphere ~ there are lots of fun outdoor games and events. It’s definitely a family friendly atmosphere. If you go on monday, wear yellow ?”

4.1 Good82 Reviews
Blue Corn Cafe 716 9th St, Durham Latin American • $$
716 9th St, Durham

“Food was very good and reasonably priced. The Cuban sandwich was not what I am used too. It was not pressed and there was no mustard. That being said, it was still very good.”

4.1 Good79 Reviews
Convivio Restaurant 104 City Hall Plaza STE 100, Durham Italian • $$$
104 City Hall Plaza STE 100, Durham

“Best Italian food in the Triangle. Great ambiance and service. Only place in the Triangle that serves fresh authentic Italian Truffles plus amazing wine selection.”

4.1 Good77 Reviews

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MILKLAB 105 W North Carolina 54 Suite 265, Durham Bubble Tea • $$
105 W North Carolina 54 Suite 265, Durham

“My favorite boba place in Durham! They have multiple milk options if you're vegan/dairy-free. I've taken multiple friends there, including people who are weirded out by boba, and they can still get something they like (hot chocolate, normal tea, etc). Cute seating area by the big window plus more quiet spots in the back.”

4.1 Good69 Reviews
Majin_An, Tea House 8312 Massey Chapel Rd, Durham Japanese • $$$$
8312 Massey Chapel Rd, Durham

“* Google images does not do the location justice. It looks like a normal home and that is intentional. It is a tea house, for private events, not open to the public. *Their transition from restaurant to tea ceremony was masterfully done. While it's a very different experience, they definitely kept to the same standard as their restaurant. From the moment you arrive (even before you exit your car) until you leave you are their only focus.It's a smaller and more intimate experience yet did not disappoint. The explanation of what's about to happen and setting expectations made it work seamlessly. There were also plenty of opportunities to ask and engage in questions / provide feedback.As you look around you'll find that everything was hand crafted, even the tea house itself. You are given ample time to enjoy the experienced and are never rushed.Definitely well worth it.”

4.9 Superb8 Reviews
Tea Bar Cafe inside Hayti Collective Kitchen & Cocktails 908 Fayetteville St #101, Durham Cafe • $$
908 Fayetteville St #101, Durham

“Randomly came to this place with friends for a quick bite & some tea. The breakfast melt was delicious as well as the Southern Black Girl tea. It was not too busy which gave it a cozy vibe on their couches, I loved it. Will be a go-to spot for sure.”

4.4 Superb17 Reviews
Ricky's New York Pizza 5279 N Roxboro St, Durham Pizza • $$
5279 N Roxboro St, Durham

“I have tried many pizza places, but none had a margarita pizza like Ricky’s NY pizza. The basil with the garlic and the perfect sauce with cheese was delicious! This is a new menu item and it has been a huge hit with my family! The service is friendly, clean place and the owner is very nice. We will be back!!”

4.1 Good53 Reviews
ZenFish Poke Bar 810 9th St, Durham Sushi • $$
810 9th St, Durham

“One of my favorite restaurants in Durham. High quality ingredients, always fresh, reasonably priced. Great service and vibes. Perfect for a quick healthy takeout.Dietary restrictions: Lots of veggie, gluten free, and organic options.”

4.1 Good49 Reviews
IL Forno Italian Kitchen 402 Chapel Dr, Durham Italian • $$
402 Chapel Dr, Durham

“A cozy place to dine with great Italian food, good service and a fair price. This little gem deep in the Ardennes, in the nice town of Redu, hasn't gone unnoticed. Many people, locals and (mostly Flemish) tourists alike, have already discovered it. Best to make reservations during the tourist seasons and certainly during the weekend. You won't regret eating here!”

4.1 Good48 Reviews
Newton's Restaurant & Lounge 4700 Guardian Dr, Durham American • $$
4700 Guardian Dr, Durham

“It was our 40th wedding anniversary and we had an amazing experience at Newtons. Our server Dee was very nice and made sure we had everything. Our favorite was Brie. She made sure everyone was happy and even made us this beautiful dessert plate big enough for our entire family. We will def come back.”

4.2 Good20 Reviews
Pulcinella's Italian Restaurant 4711 Hope Valley Rd #1e, Durham Pizza • $$
4711 Hope Valley Rd #1e, Durham

“When I travel, I like to visit local restaurants instead of the national chains. I saw Zuppa di Pesce on the menu and picture on their website and had to cruise by to get some. The bread is excellent. It reminded me of my days in Germany. I asked for a bag so that I could take my leftover bread back to the hotel. The server brought me a bag with some bread in it. Definitely would put Pulcinella's on the list of places to go the next time I'm in town.”

4 Good90 Reviews
Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant 3003 Guess Rd, Durham Chinese • $$
3003 Guess Rd, Durham

“Absolutely fantastic. Went 3 times in 1 week. Anyone that’s given less than 5 stars can reach out to me personally as I will defend this place to the moon. Haven’t felt closer to a big city in any other restaurant, this place is a diamond.”

4 Good79 Reviews
Isla Bonita 315 Foushee St, Durham Latin American • $$
315 Foushee St, Durham

“I love the taco truck! I got a pastor quesadilla, 2 chorizo tacos and 1 pollo taco and some horchata. I absolutely love everything that is on their menu but this is my constant order everytime I go. I will only eat here and no where else for tacos!!!”

4.8 Superb5 Reviews
Chuck E. Cheese 3724 Mayfair St, Durham Pizza • $$
3724 Mayfair St, Durham

“I had my 13 Birthday Recently here and i live far away once I knew they had amatronics here I knew I had to book my birthday here and my parents did The games were fun the prizes were cool and I recommend going I will go next year if I can but why were the amatronics not playing?”

4 Good56 Reviews
Toledo's Carniceria y Taqueria 2223 NC-54, Durham Mexican • $$
2223 NC-54, Durham

“This place is really a gem!We stopped by here before leaving nc since we're from outta state and this is the most authentic Mexican food I've ever had! We got the barbacoa & chicken fajitas and the mango Agua fresca! The food was all very hot and delicious!The only issue we had is were not fluent in Spanish so ordering was a bit difficult but one of the employees knew English. They do have a order online option to make it easier tho!”

4.1 Good17 Reviews
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 8030 Renaissance Pkwy, Durham Steak House • $$
8030 Renaissance Pkwy, Durham

“We went here on a Saturday night. Definitely make reservations! We only had to wait a few minutes but people without had to wait 1.5 hours! Our waitress was super nice and on top of things. The food was delicious! It did take a while to get our dinners, but it was worth the wait. Highly recommend the mushrooms and the au gratin potatoes as side dishes!Parking: The restaurant is located next to the mall, so depending on the time of day you may have to hunt for a spot or park further away.”

3.9 Good379 Reviews
Maggiano's Little Italy 8030 Renaissance Pkwy #890, Durham Italian • $$
8030 Renaissance Pkwy #890, Durham

“My husband and I had dinner here to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary and it was amazing! The kindness of our waiter ( Mr. Sebastian) and the food was delicious. The dessert was amazing as well. We will definitely be back!”

3.9 Good254 Reviews
The Melting Pot 202 NC-54, Durham Fondue • $$$
202 NC-54, Durham

“It was my child's first experience and he gave it a 9/10. Why they didn't receive a 10 because chicken was plain but overall he enjoyed it. I am a regular one of my favorite places.”

3.9 Good129 Reviews

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