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The Q Shack

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2514 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 402-4227
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been to this restaurant on several occasions, whether is was for a casual lunch or dinner and the food has always been great. The beef brisket is awesome!

Thank pamelasD1289NU
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After hearing so much about The Q Shack, I decided to give it a try. I ordered ribs without bbq sauce. The ribs were very tender and delicious! I ordered sides, but, the next time I will leave them off; didn't think they were seasoned adequately. I ordered my food as a takeout. If you enjoy dining in a "country/western... More 

Thank Savai S
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Solo dinner. Regular rib plate with BBQ beans and mac&chz. All was fresh and very tasty. It has a local feel, and good tunes as well.

Thank Ljbrewer87
Durham, North Carolina
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My favorite is the Cobb salad - loaded with diced smoked brisket and smoked turkey. Their brisket chili is also excellent - a bit spicy though. Down side is that parking is very limited.

Thank Dan S
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is not a gourmet restaurant, but of course with a name like Q Shack you'd hardly mistake it as such. Still, the fare, "Southern" style BBQ and other meats and fixin's and sides that one would typically associate with bbq, is mighty fine on my taste buds. I say "southern" because I find the taste hard to pin down.... More 

Thank Paul J
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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194 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Q Shack had me as soon as I stepped out of the car, the aroma sucked me right in. We had the grand kids, ages 8 & 13 with us and they are picky eaters, but the menu contained ample choices for all of us. Loved the chopped pork Que plate with 2 sides. I got collards and fried okra,... More 

Thank beachcomber1947
Austin, Texas
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had to have some NC BBQ while in town. The Q Shack was so good. We had more food than we could possibly eat, but we enjoyed every bite. This place is popular, so parking is a bear. It took us a while to get a spot, but we are glad we did. Fun bluegrass band was playing while we... More 

Thank KC_Texas2014
Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
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122 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for lunch and was very pleased with the selections. The hush puppies that come with all sandwiches are wonderful. Pulled porch was great as well as the brisket. Quick, friendly service

Thank wkassotis
Vail, Colorado
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A local told me this was the best bbq in Durham. I got pulled pork and ribs. I was so excited when it came out. I was good but not great. Maybe I had too high of expectations. I thought North Carolina bbq was supposed to be amazing. It was good, not amazing. You could get bbq like this in... More 

Thank VailLocal970
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I are avid BBQ diners so happily went to this place our first night in Durham, based in the ratings of Trip Advisor. What a disappointment. The ribs were very dry, the mac and cheese flavorless. I had the daily special which was a pimento cheese BLT. It was okay. The ONLY positive part of the visit... 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
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2514 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: (919) 402-4227

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