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Dain's Place

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American, Bar, Pub
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754 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Like the tv show Cheers, Dain's is a neighborhood bar and grill that give you that feel, like you belong here. The food and beer is fantastic. The staff is always spot on. My wife and I have been there many times. Go early and beat the Duke students.

Thank wtowner911
Lebanon, Virginia
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204 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Our midday visit found good burgers and a very good server. The burgers were well done but still juicy. I ordered blue cheese and my wife had American. The homemade bun was truly the hero. They advertise an "8 oz." burger but, having been raised in a family burger joint and a frequent burger eater, they looked closer to 6... More 

Thank ClinchMtnMan
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Good burger and tater tots, especially if you are craving some tots! Also has a good selection of beers.

Thank Anne F
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Fantastic food. Perhaps the portions are too big, if that can be said with a straight face:-). I had a customized Reuben. I only ate half....and took the rest home. The cheese and bacon fries were just enormous. Tap beer was outstanding. Prices very good. DON'T OVERTHINK YOUR CHOICE, JUST GO AND HAVE FUN.

Thank Geoff R
Durham, NC
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307 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

Ninth Street is becoming a cool place to visit as the area of the former Erwin Cotton Mills transforms itself to reflect the 21st century. Dain’s is in the heart of the gentrification, and is a lovely place to hang out. The local pub is small thus getting a seat may be difficult at times. I met my friend on... More 

Thank MagyarNC
Durham, North Carolina
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444 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

Originally heard that Bull City had the best burger in town, but The Dainer at Dain's was considerably better than I've had elsewhere. Great combination of flavors, and exceptionally good tater tots and fries. Even for someone that isn't much of a beer-lover, there were plenty of options I enjoyed. Well-placed TVs around the interior so everyone has a clear... More 

Thank ckassotis
Manassas, Virginia
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63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

I went here because it was on the food show "Man vs Food". I had the "Dain's Homemade Steak Soup" and my wife had the "Cheese Steak Sandwich". The food was well prepared and very flavorful. The Bar/Restaurant was small with outside seating also. It was an nice atmosphere and cool decorated well with quotes from different famous persons about... More 

Thank Serbio_Bombilla
Columbus, Georgia
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

In a world where restaurants race to the bottom by cutting back on quality and quantity, this place is a breath of fresh air. My son and I visited this place on a recommendation from a local police officer, and I would do the same for any friend or family member looking for a great place to eat. Owner is... More 

Thank Westy31006
Shelby, North Carolina
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102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Forget the great Hamburgers, or Hot Dogs deluxe, but go for the Dark N Stormy or the Moscow Mule in the copper cups! This neighborhood bar has lots of beer choices and they cover most mainstream bourbons, scotches and such, but come in early before 7 and order a DNS or Mule. You will think you are in Hamilton.

Thank Bob B
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296 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Have always wanted to go here but on weekends it's packed. Went on a rainy Tuesday night and all the tables were filled, some spots open at the bar (I think the place honestly holds about 35 people) and two seats in the front window at their own wall mounted counter top. We chose there to sit. Wait staff is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 754 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 919-416-8800

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