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3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-8000
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I am in the area from California and had dinner at Tonali based on the good reviews. Although I don't always agree with the the ratings on TA, Tonali definitely deserves the 4+ stars. The restaurant is clean and the ambience informal yet quaint and very Latin. The service was excellent (although I arrived shortly before before closing so there... More

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Durham, NC
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We went to this restaurant after hearing great reviews on trip advisor. We were very excited to try this place. Overall we are relatively unimpressed. The prices were pretty cheap compared to other places around. However the food was only so-so. My girlfriend and I ordered the grouper fish tacos appetizer which was actually very very good. For main courses... More

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Durham, North Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I wouldn't advise going out of your way to eat here. However if you're in the area, I would advise to try it. I think you'll be glad that you did. It's not your typical refried beans and rice Mexican restaurant. The service was slightly hampered by a possible language barrier but this pales in comparison to the food! The... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Great food, great service, great servers willing to accommodate you. The food is not typical mexican but authentic with offerings that include cactus and masa excellently prepared. My only complaint is the portions could be larger.

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Durham, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have been to Tonali several times, and I am always pleased. The food is fresh, interesting, and feels like it's made at home. The flavors are subtle and combine together so well. We have had the salmon dishes, ceviches, and several kinds of fish tacos, and have never been disappointed. The portion sizes are just right, too, not overwhelming,... More

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Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We lucked into Tonali this past weekend, after an online search for a highly rated reasonably priced restaurant in the area around 15-501/University Drive. Four 20-somethings and two 50+ foodies agreed on Tonali, and we couldn’t have been more pleased. Pork ribs over potato/plantain mash, grouper tacos, yellowfin tuna empanadas, pork carnitas--even the house salad with hibiscus dressing was memorable.... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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123 reviews 123 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Fantastic experience. Constantly attentive service. Unbelievable menu which changes based in availability of fresh local ingredients. Had the shrimp ceviches tostadas. They were so good I had to order something else so I could try more of their menu: the heirloom tomato and queso fresca salad. It too was incredible. Wish I was a local so I could eat here... More

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Chapel Hill NC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 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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Additional Information about Tonali

Address: 3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
Phone Number: (919) 489-8000
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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