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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
+1 919-416-8800
11:00 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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Coleville, North Carolina, United States
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68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This joint is small and jammed packed! Hard to sit at the bar and be not crammed, but there is a reason why...the burgers and tots are fantastic! Cheap beer and a lot of "eclectic" atmosphere. Supreme this place isn't rated higher, but Durham is a haven for exceptional restaurants!

Thank Be C
Durham, NC
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112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Having just moved from Durham to Philadelphia, we went here on my last night for cheeseburgers. Despite all the burger places around town this is still my go-to place for a great cheeseburger. They also have a ton of American beer on tap and in bottles.

Thank Andy M
Lewiston, United States
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80 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

So...I gave Dain's a decent rating despite not being able to customize my burger patty. This time I decided to go for a chicken sandwich. Tots are still deliciously crispy and plentiful. However, my chicken sandwich was so lame they should be ashamed to even serve it. The chicken patty was thinner than the bun. So thin I questioned if... More 

Thank tren2no
Wrightstown, New Jersey
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Small local hang out just off Duke University campus. We visited while touring the school with my daughter. Met some local friends and enjoyed great burgers and appetizers. Reasonably priced and very casual atmosphere. Think neighborhood pub hangout.

Thank KBD1990
Liberty, Missouri, United States
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222 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Ok, so if you're not comfortable with a couple grades-above a college bar, then this may not be up your alley. Place is a bit dark, loud, etc., but I'd say don't be discouraged. The beer selection including local was really good, service and friendliness of the bar-staff was great, and the burger I ordered was delicious. And to have... More 

Thank Dan A
Lewiston, United States
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80 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Nice burger with delicious crispy tots. They will do half fries half tots if you can't choose. I would have preferred my burger on the rare side and was not given this option. Overall, though, not a bad joint if you've got a hankerin for a burger.

Thank tren2no
Ft Lauderdale
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

Have been to Dain's place before just for one of their great local craft beer's but this time had a hamburger with tots. It was great. The burger was cooked perfectly on a good bun with just the right amount of cheese and the tots were cooked to perfection. Of course on of their wide selection of great local craft... More 

Thank Jane C
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

I wanted to try someplace new in Durham. While walking down 9th Street, I asked a guy who appeared to be a local for a lunch spot recommendation. He asked what we were looking for and I told him:Low key, laid back, good food with decent beer selection. He immediately suggested Dain's and it was all of the above and... More 

Thank maryann246810
Durham, North Carolina
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 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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234 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget
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: +1 919-416-8800

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