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“Neighborhood Mexican” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tonali

Tonali
Ranked #87 of 761 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Mexican”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

The menu is relatively small compared to what some patrons may be used to. However, the selections are unique, varied and the selections our table had were all delicious. Between two couples, we ordered two green salads which were shared. We then order the NYstrip, a lamb dish, skirt steak and a paella dish. All were delicious! They have wine, beer and margaritas.

Visited February 2014
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Probably the best Mexican I've had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

Went there while visiting the area with my wife. We decided on the place thanks to the excellent reviews on here and glad we did. Don't expect your typical Mexican order by the numbers. This gourmet food prepared with great care. A bit more expensive than typical as well, but well worth it. We were served by the very nice and helpful owner's wife. Ambience is the only down side here. Hope this place becomes the hit it should be and they're able to upgrade to a nicer place.

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London, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Promising Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

I went to this restaurant after reading the great reviews. I agree--the atmosphere isn't particularly impressive compared to the obvious work that goes into the food. Menu wasn't as limited as I expect: there were about 12 different entrees, with vegetarian choices too. I ordered empanadas as an appetizer and a chili relleno poblano pepper. I thought it was very flavorful and good, but I do think it was missing that extra something that makes you go "wow." Perhaps because they use a lot of local ingredients then eating there in the spring when more things are in season would be a better idea. $60 for appetizer, dessert, poblano, lamb dish, and 1 beer and not including tip

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Durham, United States
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure in a rising food town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

We had a wonderful meal there tonight, a party of 10 so we tried a good fraction of the available entrees (small menu depending on available ingredients), and everyone enjoyed what they got. With a drink, entree and desert (!) the tab was $30 including a well-deserved tip.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Richard R
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durham, nc
Level Contributor
46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“a great surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

What a wonderful surprise to find an authentic Mexican restaurant in Durham! I did not miss the sombreros or painted velvet artwork on the walls or the typical music being piped through the speakers. A wonderful meal and I look forward to returning there.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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