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Tonali

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3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-8000
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Sunday
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
a jaded palete wakes up.

Having lived in southern Californa for many years, I don't usually think of the cuisine as particularly interesting any more. Tonali's was a palate changer for me. The restaurant accommodated 13 of us with gracious, friendly and efficient service. Many of us are artists and appreciated the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
JackBlack1952
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Washington
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Washington
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Having lived in southern Californa for many years, I don't usually think of the cuisine as particularly interesting any more. Tonali's was a palate changer for me. The restaurant accommodated 13 of us with gracious, friendly and efficient service. Many of us are artists and appreciated the beautiful environment Tonali's presents. Colors, paintings. The chile relleno I had was very... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is really good Mexican food. There are no burritoes or Tex-Mex stuff on the menu. The fish tacos (whether mahi mahi or ahi tuna, bur especially the ahi tuna) are delicious. The owner is a classically trained chef, who decided to go back to his Mexican food heritage when he opened his own restaurant. The sauces on the main... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Tonali's food is fresh, authentic, and delicious. The staff are friendly and add to the ambiance in that their first language is Spanish and communicating in English can be a challenge. The menu is FABULOUS! The huaraches are so good, fish tacos fresh, and the food is cooked fresh.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My husband and I decided to to try this restaurant after reading some good reviews. it certainly lived up and exceeded my expectations. The service was very good and the the food was excellent. The atmosphere is charming and not too large. We had a reservation for 6PM and at first there was plenty of room but within a few... More 

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knoxville
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

In town to visit our son at Duke and were very pleased with this place. This is not your typical mexican restaurant. Everything we ordered from salmon to scallops was very well prepared and seasoned. The aztec stew was an extremely pleasing appetizer. Would definitely return.

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Winston-Salem
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I told the waitress I wanted my salmon entre without butter, explaining that I was on a diet. The cook took a little more time, but what came out was not only low calorie, but the best salmon I ever tasted. He made a great mix of vegatables in a flavorful sauce that was out of this world. The fish... More 

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Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary and Tonali did not disappoint us. We had nopales (cactus) and a shrimp sincronizada. They were very different but very good. We had the chocolate cake for dessert and it was also delicious. This is an upscale restaurant so don't expect cheap tex mex.

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Hickory, NC
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Outstanding! When you visit most "upscale" Mexican restaurants , the food is usually really Southwestern. Not Tonali; this is true upscale Mexican food! Expertly prepared with fresh ingredients. Innovative , unique menu. Not the most food but you leave satisfied. Excellent prices for quality. Service very friendly but quick; not for a long romantic night out ( but nice facility)... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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175 reviews 175 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Second visit to this restaurant. First was a year or two ago. The second visit wasn't as good as the first. A salad and a vegetable empanda appetizer were outstanding. A couple of taco specials were not quite as good. Menu was poorly organized with one side having what looked like regular menu items and the reverse showing specials, many... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Just returned from our second dinner at Tonali, I am sure we will be back soon. Once again everything we ordered was excellent. We both started with the butternut squash bisque which was wonderful, for entrees we ordered the vegetarian empanadas and the crawfish and shrimp quesidillas, both were excellent. Service was attentive. Highly recommended. The restaurant is not downtown... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: (919) 489-8000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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

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