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3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-8000
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Durham
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Tonali's is a standout for interesting freshly made, with local ingredients, dishes. The meal begins with house made tortillas and salsa, Great vegetarian selection. Authentic food and not the typical Mexican restaurant menu. Appetizers are so interesting, you might consider a couple of appetizers for your meal. Great service, frequently including a visit from the chef/owner to check on your... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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162 reviews 162 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

I was hoping for something good based on the positive reviews here, but didn't expect it to be as good as it was. It was probably the best Mexican food I have ever had outside of Mexico City. The atmosphere is fine, but nothing special. The service was great. The hostess, waiter, other staff were all friendly, happy to have... More 

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New England
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Durham is a great college town,and there are lots of places to eat, but finding this little gem of creative authentic Mexican food was delightful! The atmosphere was pleasant, but the food, wine and the service was exceptional. Go venture forth, and be adventurous you wont regret it! Heide

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Durham, NC
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91 reviews 91 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Is an overlooked restaurant with phenomenal food. The menu changes weekly and they serve only locally sourced fresh pork, chicken and seafood. I had risotto which isn't a Mexican dish but had a little spice which made it wonderful. My stepdad lived in New Mexico for 8 years and said his carnitas were the best he'd ever had. Would highly... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Tonali's chef never fails in making exquisite healthy tasty food that has Mexican flavors but none of the heaviness of beans and rice. Tonight we had lovely red snapper Vera Cruz style over fried green tomatoes and a delicious flan. Unfortunately its location in a small strip mall doesn't do it justice, and this restaurant does not seem to attract... 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 September 21, 2012

Great family restaurant with carefully handcrafted meals that have a masterful blend of fresh fresh fresh local ingredients, textures, flavors and color. Clearly the chef is really back there in the kitchen. No waiting, friendly service and imaginative cocktails. The quince peach sangria was a treat. Dessert was light flavorful and press coffee is rich, dark and full of flavor.... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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87 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

I am never disappointed with Tonalis. The food is fresh and perfectly prepared. The fish tacos are absolutely wonderful. Great margaritas, traditional and some unique ones. The staff is pleasant and attentive. We feel quite at home here.

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Durham, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

When I take friends and family to this restaurant (the ones who haven't eaten here) have to be told that this isn't your regular taco/burrito/refriedbeans Mexican restaurant. The style is Oaxacan so they occasionally serve moles. Their soups are phenomenal! Recently, I tried their watermelon gazpacho that was fabulous. Last October they had a wonderful pumpkin soup on the menu.... More 

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241 reviews 241 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012 via mobile

Had tried to dine here several times but always caught them on their night off. Glad we finally were able to eat there. Wonderful, seasonal food. The wait staff were a little timid but pleasant. Nice sangria as well. Worth seeking out for fresh Mexican gourmet in Durham.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Excellent cuisine. Several levels above the routine Mexican restaurant. Several entrees reflect an innovative variation on a conventional Mexican entree. The chef/owner takes pride in his preparation of the items on the menu.

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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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