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3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-8000
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The fish tacos were truly fresh and very delicious. The atmosphere is comfortable and "homey". This is not a typical "American styled" Mexican restaurant nor is the food. You are getting freshly prepared Mexican cuisine made with fresh ingredients which could explain why some reviews note that the menu differs from what is served. If they cannot get the item(s)... More 

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4 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
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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
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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
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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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127 reviews 127 reviews
98 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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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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