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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
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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All hours
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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Lewiston, United States
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51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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10 reviews
7 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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220 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 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 

Thank ClinchMtnMan
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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306 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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477 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, 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?