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Tonali

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

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Personal Favorite

My wife and I love this place. The environment is very intimate, the owners are incredibly welcoming, and the food is both creative and authentic to its source. This place can make a great date night spot and the menu is sufficiently interesting to enliven anyone who has had more than their share... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Durham, North Carolina
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English first
Durham, North Carolina
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Went on a Saturday for lunch and my wife and I were the only people dining....interesting. The waitress had a scowl on her face from the moment we sat down to the moment we left. If I needed a refill or any other attention, I had to call her over. Seriously! One would think that this waitress would give just... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

My wife and I love this place. The environment is very intimate, the owners are incredibly welcoming, and the food is both creative and authentic to its source. This place can make a great date night spot and the menu is sufficiently interesting to enliven anyone who has had more than their share of Mexican food both in and out... More 

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North Carolina
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Good fresh food made with fresh local ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised. However, if you're looking for a large tex-mex menu, this is not the place to go. Tonali is more of a boutique Mexican restaurant with few selections, but those selections they do have are always changing and fresh. Well worth a trip to try it out for yourself.

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London, United Kingdom
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114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We fancied some Mexican food and took ourselves to Tonali on a Friday evening. Our initial disappointment was that guacamole was not on the menu. We shared empanada and taco starters, then I had a beef dish and my wife had pork. My beef was quite tough. The sauces were not too heavy as in some Mexican places, but were... More 

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Washington
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24 restaurant reviews
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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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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
9 restaurant reviews
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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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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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8 restaurant reviews
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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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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 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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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 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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