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Tonali

3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-8000
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Ranked #2 of 637 restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Chapel Hill NC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We went back to Tonali's last night which was our third visit after a very long time. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and helpfulness of the serving staff, they are not fast but who wants to be rushed? Language is a bit difficult for some but good enough, menu is totally readable with good explanations of the dishes, prices are... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Food was delicious.....but pricey for serving size. We both had Paella which was cooked perfectly! Full of salmon, mussels, chorizo, and shrimp. Great blend of flavors. Wonderful flan for desert. Presentation was terrific on both. Good fresh flavored margarita. Chips a little greasy but the salsa was very good!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We went to this place after we heard about how authentic the food here was. It's in a small strip mall so parking can be a bit difficult. The decor and setting looked authentic and not typical of 'chain' restaurants. The staff seemed mostly Spanish-speaking - with a bit of English perhaps. Our waitress had trouble understanding what we ordered.... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was the first place we dined at during our visit to Durham and I wanted to go back every night after that! They accommodated my children, the food was fantastic. I had fish tacos prepared three different ways, my husband had tuna empanadas and we shared mussels in a red sauce. All three were fantastic. It was a fresh... More

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USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Setting was good for sit-down casual dining. It looks like part of their menu is regularly the same and part changes nightly. The chips and salsa that we started with were unlike anything that I had had before, in a good way. For an entree, I had the soft shell crab with salad, but parts of which exceeded my expectations.... More

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King, NC
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

The food was good, but we didn't get exactly what we ordered. Two in our party are bilingual and gave orders in both English and Spanish bc waitress seemed confused. We also pointed on the printed menu to what we were ordering. There had also been confusion with our reservation. We had made it well in advance due to graduations... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Amazing little Mexican restaurant tucked into an upscale mini-mall next to a ballet studio. Menu changes regularly and is heavily influenced by whatever is currently being harvested locally. Mixed drinks are very tasty and pretty unique, this was authentic Mexican with a very sophisticated polish.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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88 reviews 88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Four of us visited for our first time after reading reviews. The restaurant is in a strip mall and is not a place to go for a special occasion. However, if you want freshly made food served steaming hot and full of flavor - this is the place. It certainly is not Tex-Mex as we enjoyed a chicken dish, paella,... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The menu is relatively small compared to what some patrons may be used to. However, the selections are unique, varied and the selections our table had were all delicious. Between two couples, we ordered two green salads which were shared. We then order the NYstrip, a lamb dish, skirt steak and a paella dish. All were delicious! They have wine,... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Went there while visiting the area with my wife. We decided on the place thanks to the excellent reviews on here and glad we did. Don't expect your typical Mexican order by the numbers. This gourmet food prepared with great care. A bit more expensive than typical as well, but well worth it. We were served by the very nice... More

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