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American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary
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914 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701-2025
+1 919-680-8611
08:00 - 02:00
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Sun 08:00 - 02:00
Mon 17:00 - 02:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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74 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My business associate told me about this place and the food was amazing. We ordered the Pork Belly Sandwich which I ate with a knife and fork. So very delicious. It also came with Brussel sprouts that were fine. The other person ordered the Nachos which were piled high. This will be my go to spot when I come back.... More 

Thank Sandy R
Durham, North Carolina
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265 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

My buddy and I had a super lunch the other day there. I had a bratwurst on a pretzel roll with mustard and a side salad with a great vinaigrette dressing. He had a taco of pork that you really made yourself, unusual and he liked it a lot. Large portion, he took have of it home and had another... More 

Thank robert r
Greensboro, North Carolina
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79 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

The sound of the menu is way brought me in. Everything sounded original, fun and tasty. I met a few friends there and was excited to jump right in that menu. We ordered the pulled pork nachos for an app to share. The chips were either a tad old or had been popped under the heat lamp a little too... More 

Thank Alex R
Ottawa, Canada
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100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Squeezed between gritty, traditional sports bars on Durham's Main Street, not far from Duke University's East Campus, this higher end pub attracts profs, students, tech start-up entrepreneurs, Southern hipsters and the occasional boomer couple. People come for the energetic vibe, personable servers, superb sandwiches (try the awesome avocado or the scrumptious turkey sandwiches) but most of all the excellent selection... More 

Thank Ted J
Durham, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

First time her and definitely enjoyed it. My wife had the mussels in a butter garlic soup with a salad I snuck a little taste of it and it was very good. I had a breadless hamburger with mushrooms and bacon and it was really good I asked for it rare and they honored my request and it was so... More 

Thank Ken L
Easton, Pennsylvania
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206 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Upscale pub food located across from Brightleaf Square. Had the opportunity to sit outside on a beautiful night. Very interesting beer selections. I always love when I find Ballast Point! Different food options. I had the avocado sandwich which was really good. Several others had salads and my son had the tenderloin which was delicious. Only disappointment was that one... More 

Thank Ortho3311
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Visited this place with 2 friends that had been here before. Unfortunately, this time was not very good. Table was sat next to us 20 minutes after we arrived and their appetizer arrived before ours. Our server assured us it wasn't her fault, it was the kitchens. When someone from the table got up to get silverware and napkins, our... More 

Thank hurleyfl
Morehead City, NC
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Everyone talks about burgers and there a few good places in Durham, but we sat at the bar at Federal and met some great folks and somehow the burger was even better. I like places where locals hang out and stop on their way home from work. The drinks were cold and the pour was solid. Their garlic fries are... More 

Thank MagicNC
Durham, North Carolina
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Spent an enjoyable afternoon at Federal. Nice selection of entrees and fresh salads. Chose to sit outside in the sunshine, watching the pedicabs ride by. This restaurant is located in the Bright Leaf area, just a couple of blocks from Duke's East Campus. Pets were also welcome in the outdoor seating. Fairly extensive beer menu.

Thank DrB131
Fairfax, Virginia
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

I had their outstanding classic hamburger, served with a heaping amount of roasted garlic-topped fries. Absolutely delicious. Two of my companions ordered the black bean sliders and raved about those as well.

Thank Cindy C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 914 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701-2025
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-680-8611

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