Came in mostly for burger but unfortunately i misunderstood what “medium” means for a burger. My server is very kind to help me made into what I want. Burger is slight salty but can tell the beef quality is good. The beef tartare is great but the wings are slightly overcooked. Overall the food is okay and the service is great.
Dec 22, 2022
How great was the food? Enough for you to fall in love. ‘Twas a chilly December evening, and I was on the fifth date with this amazing woman. The restaurant’s decor was so pretty, the service was so friendly, the vibes were so good, and the food was so immaculate that she and I decided to make our relationship official. Ten out of ten, definitely would recommend and go back again!
Aug 10, 2022
I had so much fun at Alley Twenty Six. A great place to go with friends or a date... Anniversary, etc... The vibe is awesome and upscale, the service was great and the food and drink were exquisite, creative and smart.
As a New Yorker who transplanted to NC a decade ago, I felt like I was back in Greenwich Village and the cafe lifestyle of NYC.
Downtown Durham is the real deal and Alley Twenty Six is its flagship.
Aug 2, 2022
Great bar. Would give five stars; but have never been wild about Tiki drinks, which were fare for the time we went. Would like to go again when they feature whiskey drinks.
Jul 20, 2022
It’s really nice when local institutions live up to the hype! I was impressed with our drinks and the standard of service, but absolutely wowed by our food. I got the burger on a whim, it’s easily among the best in an area with steep competition. Kudos to the kitchen!
Jul 6, 2022
To be honest Alley twenty six popped up on my radar before the James Beard, but that just solidified my desire to go. Spoiler, it did not disappoint. Tropical themed cocktails to start off, delicious. Pork katsu, perfectly cooked. If you ask for medium rare on your burger, expect a cool pink center because the kitchen knows what they're doing. They were out of pineapple upside down cake, but we were treated with a little taste from the bar as compensation for our perceived loss by Ben, our amazing server. All in all a lovely experience. Will be back again soon to try a completely different set of menu items (looking at you poke nachos...).
Jun 21, 2022
Tiki drinks were great! The ambiance of the alley was very nice too. Inside would have been a bit loud for me - if you want a quieter meal I recommend making an outdoor reservation.
May 21, 2022
Neat bar with outstanding craft cocktails. House made syrups and mixers elevate the drinks beautifully. Limited but tasty menu.
May 2, 2022
Food was amazing, fantastic cocktails, super knowledgeable staff, and gorgeous inside and in the alley dining. Parking deck next door makes it very easy to get to. Can't wait to come back!
May 1, 2022
My favorite bite: The Alley 26 burger (8oz. Ground Chuck & Brisket, Black Truffle Cheddar, Bourbon-Bacon Jam, Chipotle Aioli, Arugula, Potato Roll, House Cut Fries). The News and Observer "Burger Bracket" brought me here.
What to know for next time: There's a smaller version of the Alley 26 burger -- same deliciousness!
Pro tip: Make a reservation online, tell the server if you're celebrating a special occasion. You get a special treat from the bar!
What gave me pause: Nothing! The burger was phenomenal!
Apr 29, 2022
I can see why this place has won a James Beard award. It was great! The food certainly surpassed my expectations and Lily, who waited on us could have been better. For once, I believe that five stars weren't enough.
Apr 4, 2022
We love Alley Twenty Six! Since moving to Durham this has been our go-to restaurant for special occasions or a much needed date night. Everyone working there is kind and helpful, their drinks are impeccable and the food never disappoints.
Mar 29, 2022
Great cocktail bar with knowledgeable bartenders. Be sure to check out their collection of bitters and stray from the usual collection. The menu is limited but very interesting. While there's not much special about a burger, Alley stands out because it offers two different size of burgers so you do not have to eat half a cow and regret it the next day.