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3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-8000
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English first
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106 reviews 106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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170 reviews 170 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 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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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
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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