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Reviewed June 19, 2021 via mobile

High expectations got us there. Beating those high expectations will get us back there. Excellent food and service at a reasonable price.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 3, 2021

Small, intimate and eclectic with great service and delicious, well prepared food. When we arrived with our reservations, there wasn't room inside but they have an outside seating area with quick service. When a table was available they moved us inside. Loved the place

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed February 23, 2020 via mobile

The food was good but the bartender seemed to enjoy negatively talking about one of the prior guests. I think they should focus on providing good service and making drinks that aren’t leaking down the sides of the cups. The food was good for the...portion size and price.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

This place has great food, service and excellent drinks! Perfect place to take a first date or out with some friends.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2019

Drinks are very good but unfortunately the staff were so rude and asked us that ordering food is a “must” to be seated

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 11, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I were taken here by our son who lives in Durham. Logan and John are superb mixologists and they are entertaining as well! Thank you guys!! Gary.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 2, 2019 via mobile

We tried the small plates - Cheese Mac n' Cheese with Bacon, Chive, Bread Crumb, fries and Brussels sprites and they were delicious. This place has a New Orleans ambience and the bar has a wide selection of drinks . It’s in Durham downtown and...good place to grab a cocktail and quality foodMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 18, 2019

We stopped by here on our way to dinner and we were very pleasantly surprised. The drink we had had peaches in it and balsamic, something I never would have thought of. But oh my it was so delicious we had to have another. The...bartender was a true artist, as he took time to make the drink perfectly.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 18, 2019

Most caprese salads have a tomato slice with a piece of mozzarella and basil on top. This was halved cherry tomatoes of various colors that had been grilled. It had burrata cheese and greens with it as well. I have never had a warm caprese...before, and this one knocked it out of the park. The flavors and colors were outstanding. The pork chop was cooked perfectly - it was thick and juicy. The grilled pineapple on top added a sweetness that was amazing. My dining companion had the Hanger Steak Frites that was seasoned well and cooked exactly as asked. The fries were thin and crispy. And, as always, an Amaretto Sour that is the best in the area.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 13, 2019

We stopped in for a celebratory drink after our son getting into Duke Law. The bartender was very interesting and professional. He made several unique drinks. The bar was cozy and comfortable. It was fun to watch him make drinks you can't get anywhere else.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 30, 2019 via mobile

Excellent establishment for quality cocktails and a meal. Small , but quick, unless you want a beer. Emphasis is on the cocktails, so bartenders spend more time on making those and they do an excellent job. If you're a beer drinker, you'll wait a bit.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed June 26, 2019 via mobile

A cozy speakeasy bar/restaurant. We were there for cocktails only this time, but have eaten there in the past. A great place for pre-theater dinner. Get there early or expect to wait, but well worth it.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 20, 2019

Classic and innovative new cocktails made with excellent ingredients by professional bartenders are the lynch-pin of the place. But the food competes with that very well, the burger we had last week as out-of-this-world good. The frites are real frites, the desserts are top-notch. We'e...been dining at this place for several years now; early on we just didn't bother to mention it to anyone because it is crowded enough all the time. It's still crowded, but we thought we should give them the credit they deserve, hence this review. Service over the years has been consistently good in a very crowded environment -- since this stays the same even with turn-over, someone is doing a good job keeping it up. Be prepared to wait and have a little patience, and you will be rewarded with superior comestibles.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019 via mobile

While I wouldn't describe the reception warm or inviting, Bar Virgile clearly has an exceptional bar program. I walked in to see 2 smartly appointed gentlemen expertly pouring/stirring/shaking 2 cocktails at a time which was both entertaining and efficient. The Theologian is a wonderfully balanced...rum/Campari cocktail, and the sky-high Ramos Gin Fizz visually impressive. We shared some of the best deviled eggs I've ever tasted and enjoyed picking from several charcuterie and cheese options. Suggestion: either arrive early or bring your patience and grab a cocktail while waiting for a seat- there are only a few tables and the bar on a Tuesday was packed. I'd likely visit again.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 14, 2019

We eat here three or four times a year. They open at 4:00 pm on Saturday which fits our schedule. The menu changes regularly. Yesterday is the first time I had the pork chop entrée. It was outstanding. I hope it will be on the...menu the next time we dine there. It is a little on the spicy side, but was just right for me.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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nancylynn1948
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Response from Jonesk13 | Reviewed this property |
We did not try making a reservation and had no problem getting a table both nights. Call ahead would be best.
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