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Crook's Corner

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American, Bar
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610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
+1 919-929-7643
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Boone, North Carolina
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband has talked about Hoppin' John for years and I am so pleased it lived up to the hype and I walked away with a signed cookbook containing the recipe! We loved the shrimp and cheese grits, tomato plate appetizer (homegrown), and collard greens. The dessert and drinks are to die for and the service was excellent! Sit outside... More 

Thank drleo2
Durham, North Carolina
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436 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I admit to going into this place with a hefty recommendation as best shrimp and grits in the area. Wow, definitely not. There is parking at this place, behind the restaurant, but not a lot of it - but better than most places in Chapel Hill. We went in for brunch recently and got some drinks - mimosas were just... More 

Thank ckassotis
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff was extremely friendly and competent which made our time there a pleasure. The food was...not bad, exactly. Mostly odd. Maybe I'm just not used to southern food? The hush puppies were dry and everything else passable.

Thank Kate R
Cary n
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WRAL did a piece on this restaurant and I was excited to try it. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. Location: Awful. No Parking. This is Chapel Hill after all. Atmosphere: Awful. Did not know that you had to request the PATIO to sit outside. The inside seating was sparse, cramped, ugly and dirty Service: Good even though courses came too close together Food:... More 

Thank ritzgirlnc
Orchard Park, New York
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53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in Chapel Hill area to visit My step son and his girlfriend on way home from Charlotte . It was kind of a celebratory dinner for him completing his masters while working on his doctorate. Went went on a weekday but reservations are recommended . They have both been there before and it's one of their faves. We... More 

Golden Valley, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our yummy southern dinner on the bamboo-enclosed patio. The signature dish-shrimp & grits was fabulous. The Vichyssoise with the NC-shaped cracker was zippy and the tuna was perfectly cooked to order. Highly recommend.

Thank KBMeyer2003
Clearwater, Minnesota
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We stopped here on the way back to our hotel one evening for snacks and drinks. We were not disappointed. We came in 15 minutes before the kitchen closed and were still able to get some good appies that were hot and chilled. I had the Mt. Airy Chocolate Souffle and it was light and sweet but not over-powering. My... More 

Thank Ellyn B
Stony Brook, New York
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

We were with a friend and got there as they opened for dinner. Although we had reservations, we got into the que. Seating went very quickly and we were seated in the courtyard by the bamboo. Sun was setting and for June, the weather was perfect and without humidity. Our server brought drinks to us quickly and the ladies had... More 

Thank Peter F
Simpsonville, South Carolina
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

The food here was pretty good. It had great flavor and was a bit eclectic as we expected. We sat outside on a rainy Sunday morning which was also a good time. The part that they missed was providing an appropriate level of service on the patio. The service inside seemed to be more attentive but we were without water... More 

Thank Jennifer C
Carrboro, North Carolina
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Since the late Bill Neal acquired it around 1980, Crooks Corner has been ground zero for modern explorations of southern cuisine in an upscale setting. Bill Smith has carefully nurtured Crooks for many years now with no decline in its high quality of food, service, or excellent bar. Can't go wrong for a want to impress dining experience.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-929-7643

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?