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3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-8000
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

This place is superb! If you remember the old Magnolia Grill, it's as if this was their Mexican restaurant - it's that good! The food is as fresh and local as possible, and prepared individually and painstakenly. Family owned and operated and as genuine as it gets. The food is the star here. The space is very nice inside, but... More 

Thank Michael Patrick H
Durham, North Carolina
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82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Given how reviewers have rated this place, we weren't sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised. Our meals had fresh ingredients with flavorful and interesting combinations; there was a lot of seafood on the menu, which you don't often see in a Mexican restaurant (e.g. blue crab and crayfish quesadillas). Both my husband and I were pleased with... More 

1 Thank RobinL270
Durham, North Carolina
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Tonali is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The food is Mexican, but in the unlikely event that you see a taco or burrito it will be homemade and part of some wonderful dish--nothing like the standard dishes in the chain restaurants. All the food is homemade with wonderful flavors. There are seafood, pork, chicken and beef entrees as well as... More 

Thank Practicality
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105 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We are not fans of Mex food. But family took us here. Liked what we had. Mussels were very flavorful. I had the salmon which was very good BUT THE PORTION OF SALMON WAS THE SMALLEST I HAVE EVER GOTTEN IN THE RESTURANT! The place is larger than it looks from the outside and very nice inside.

Thank JerryDEBO
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Went for lunch with a group of girlfriends to celebrate a birthday. The decor was inviting and the restaurant was close to empty..only two-three other clients, which was nice for a group of chatty girls. Despite the almost empty restaurant at lunchtime the service very slow. Ordered fish tacos which was a serving of three small soft tacos. However, only... More 

3 Thank A G
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

I recently visited Tonali and was extremely disappointed. Although there were hardly any customers, the service was poor. We requested for salsa several times before getting two tiny condiment cups for a group of 8 after multiple requests. The tortillas were fresh but the fish tacos had barely any fish. One of the tacos only had a piece of batter.... More 

1 Thank hararo
Brighton, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is a true foodies delight!! It's not your typical Mexican food, here you are served fresh, homemade, and inventive dishes. The chef changes the menu ever week or two, so nothing is ever the same. I had the cream of asparagus and chicken soup, which was served piping hot - had it not been it would have been... More 

Thank Consmom18
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

Great place for classic Mexican food! So good, try it! Not a taco joint. This is real Mexican food. The menu varies from week to week and always has something for everyone.

Thank Wondraa
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

The food was outstanding. The atmosphere is simple and comfortable. The prices are reasonable. The list of menu items is short but covers steak, seafood and vegetarian. The bar choices are many and varied.

Thank BrainsLink
Raleigh, North Carolina
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441 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Ate here with my daughter for lunch we were the only ones in the restaurant at around 1:30 on a Friday. While in a relatively plain building the restaurant has colorful paintings and nice place mats that accentuate the atmosphere. Like others have said the lighting is pretty dim and if you have problems eating in dark places this place... 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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: (919) 489-8000

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