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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Brewery
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“An original in every sense of the word. One of the earliest breweries on the Durham scene, it's been a neighborhood staple since 2010. You can't go wrong with any of their award winning beers but I'm currently loving the Durham 150.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Bakery
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“When it comes to eats, start your day at the Guglhupf Bakery. You will find tasty bread and pastries, as well as scones, muffins, tarts, and other desserts. There is something for every taste.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Bar
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“In the evening, head to Mateo Bar de Tapas, housed in the old Book Exchange building in the heart of downtown. It mixes traditional Spanish recipes with ingredients from the South. The food is accompanied by an impressive wine list and the largest range of sherries in the country.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Their pizza is killer. Everything else on the menu is equally as delicious - we sometimes order from the antipasti menu without even getting pizza!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Both a restaurant and bar, this place is centrally located in the bar area with tasty food. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Café
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“Bakery, but also serves a killer breakfast. Very creative food and drink options. If you aren't in a group, you can sit at the counter and get service a lot quicker.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“This is a brewery/restaurant BUT it is one that has a "kids corner." This is a small area with a play kitchen, some toys, books, puzzles and coloring table crammed in a corner. It makes it so easy to take a 2 year old out to eat with you though!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Best Tacos hands down! I love coming here for their unique twist on tacos - the street meats are my fav!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This bar across from The Durham hotel serves great cocktails along with a small side menu.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“For lunch, make your way to Foster’s Market, which focuses on homemade food from scratch. You will find soups, salads, casseroles, and sandwiches, as well as some impressive desserts such as Maple Walnut Pie.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Consistently yummy, affordable fare. Outside dining possible, extra-friendly owners and staff, fab soups and salads and Italian-style panini.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Hotel
“A Must See- 24 hour Art Museum in a art deco hotel built by the same people who built the Empire State Building. Artwork also in the bar/restaurant and definitely visit the old bank vault in the basement. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“Restaurant and gift shop located in historic downtown Durham, NC- 6.9 miles away. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Diner
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“This is a local favorite, just check out the 2300+ reviews! One of the things that attracts people is that you can order breakfast anytime. I'm not sure if that's a "southern thing" but your host remembers having "breakfast" for supper many times growing up. The "diner" experience offers a real feel fora friendly atmosphere. I don't think you'll be disappointed. They are 3 miles from your stay.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Noodle House
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“Great spot for ramen. Late nights, hip atmosphere and good food. This Japanese pub is worth your time.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Highly recommend this place for a good cup of coffee. They also have jazz shows quite frequently in the evenings. Just check out their calendar or call ahead of time.”
  • 27 locals recommend