Durham’s distinctive dining is arguably the most sophisticated in the state, thanks to a thriving colony of nationally acclaimed chefs who call Durham home. Overall, there are more than 300 Durham restaurants located throughout the city. Some of the more notable are listed below.

For a more official Durham dining guide, go to
Durham Dining Guide.

Bullock's Bar-B-Que
Southern Living says "at Bullock's, the lines form early for chopped or sliced pork great hushpuppies too."
3330 Quebec Dr, I-85 Exit 173
(919) 383-6202

City Beverage Lounge & Restaurant
coffee, cocktails, and cuisine
4810 Hope Valley Rd.
(919) 401- 6500

Four Square
New Southern gourmet cuisine. Bon Appétit calls Four Square "exciting" 
2701 Chapel Hill Rd
(919) 401-9877

Magnolia Grill
New Southern gourmet cuisine. One of "America's Best 50 Restaurants" . The James Beard Foundation has named chef-owner Ben Barker  "Best Chef in the Southeast"
1002 9th St. Ninth Street District
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-3609

Contemporary Mexican
Off I-40: Exit 282: Page Road
(919) 941-1630


Condé Nast Traveler listed Piedmont on its Hot List of the world's newest, hottest, sexiest restaurants, calling the eatery's rustic Italian and French influences " appealing combination of farm-fresh earnestness and contemporary style."
401 Foster St. Downtown
(919) 683-1213

Pop's - A Durham Trattoria
Seasonal cuisine
810 W Peabody St., Brightleaf District
(919) 956-7677

Rue Cler Restaurant
Parisian style brunch, lunch, and dinner
401 East Chapel Hill St., Downtown
(919) 682-8844


French bistro cuisine with extensive wine selection. Named one of Durham’s best restaurants by The Boston Globe.
2010 Hillsborough Rd, Ninth Street District
(919) 416-0406

Photo Credit: Heather Jacks and Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau