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Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken


302 Davidson Ave
Durham, NC 27704
Phone: (919) 220-9028
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Photo of Shakira Austin Shakira Austin
Jun 7, 2019 5

Delicious jerk chicken dinner! Yummy plantain! Great portions! To top that off they are a Grade "A" restaurant!!!

Photo of Laura Villegas Laura Villegas
Feb 19, 2019 5

If you are hungry, this is where you want to go. Food is simple and honest and actually very very tasty. Great value. Huge quantities. Chicken is well seasoned and delicious. Even the breast is juicy, so don't shy away from"white" meet. The sides of rice and salad are very decent too (I only had the rice and salad). The cilantro vinaigrette is very nice. The ambiance is nothing incredible but for the price range, this is the best place to eat in Durham. Another amazing feature is the cleaning process. Roasted chicken is messy to eat because inevitably you will use your hands. These guys have a very practical set up for cleaning after yourself, they provide wet wipes with which you can clean the table. I loved this particular feature. Alpaca is my favorite place for food in Durham.

Photo of Heidi S Heidi S
Mar 3, 2019 5

What a treasure! Stopped here randomly on a Sunday afternoon with the family and LOVED it! Hands down the best chicken you'll have. The seasoning was fragrant and delicate with a savory lingering taste to remember. Everything thing we had was delicious. Definitely will be back.

Photo of gijs aarden gijs aarden
Jun 3, 2019 3

First time here... Food was good, however we ordered a whole chicken (8 pieces) to go. When we came home there were indeed 8 pieces but 1 breast was cut in half, so we had 3 breast pieces. Also, we asked if we could have only dark meat and I literally asked 4 times to make sure it's all dark meat, cause we really prefer it. Either way, felt like we didn't get a whole chicken, didn't get what we ordered, so service was under par, taste was good

Photo of Sonia (JusObservnt79) Sonia (JusObservnt79)
Jul 15, 2021 4

Food is always on point. Never disappointed. Their online ordering system works well and no problems when picking up food. Just a fan of their menu and choices. Family meal is always my go too. Black beans, rice, and 8 pc meat AND Green sauce me please 😋

Photo of Stefan Kowalewski Stefan Kowalewski
Jul 10, 2022 5

I've been here several times and have always had great food. Food is cooked fresh to order and has great flavor. Staff is friendly and welcoming. Will definitely be back.

Photo of Susan Hughes Susan Hughes
Jun 23, 2021 5

We stopped here on our travels. This is a walk up and order kind of olace...so it's quick and right off the exit. Great Peruvian chicken. This was so much better than getting fast food!

Photo of Tiffany T Tiffany T
Apr 25, 2021 5

I really enjoyed eating at this place they had the sauces in a pump format the chicken was fabulous the green beans were really good. The corn was canned corn and so it didn't quite meet my expectations. The chica morada was great. The caramel cookie with powdered sugar was fabulous as well.

Photo of Margaret Cody Margaret Cody
Mar 14, 2021 5

I dream of the mustard sauce. All the food is delicious and well-balanced. But that sauce. Yum.

Photo of M B M B
Mar 9, 2021 5

Dont know what you put in that chicken but I'm hooked. Cole slaw to die for and black beans and rice will have farting and happy till the cows come home. Just go😁😁😁

Photo of Manuel Joly Manuel Joly
Feb 3, 2021 5

I ordered the 1/2 chicken meal which comes with 2 sides and I added on a 3rd side to make this one meal become about 3 for me. I got regular fries, green beans and salad. While the fries could've been a little more fresh and crispy, everything tasted pretty good and as consistent as my other visits.

Photo of Jenna Heinzelmann Jenna Heinzelmann
Jan 3, 2021 5

Got the whole chicken with rice and beans and green beans. Everything was perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection! This is our new go-to spot in Durham!

Photo of Lydia Pittman Lydia Pittman
Nov 16, 2020 4

Extraordinarily friendly staff. Everything was very fresh. We had the white and dark quarters. The white quarter was a little bland and dry even for breast meat. Green sauce was fresh and herbaceous. Slaw was a nice creamy contrast. Rice was well cooked. Fries and beans were good, but a bit bland. Needed salt. Would definitely recommend.

Photo of Laura Maddox Laura Maddox
Oct 31, 2020 5

I haven't actually eaten here only done business with them for Doordash pickup and they are always pleasant and food is always ready.

Photo of Carl “Gromo60” Carl “Gromo60”
Oct 14, 2020 4

LOVE this place. The location is not the best but it is WELL worth the trip, order and pick up is the best, bring it home. I love the chicken, green beans, black beans, plantains, and especially the green and yellow sauce!! Would give it 5 starts for food, but 4 stars is only for dine in. Great people, great place, great food!!

Photo of Steph L Steph L
Sep 24, 2020 5

Yumm, delicious Peruvian chicken. Chicken was moist and flavorful. Great value

Photo of Pecola Holmes Pecola Holmes
Sep 15, 2020 5

Food fresh, delicious, staff is fast and courteous!

Photo of Christopher Lennon Christopher Lennon
Sep 20, 2020 5

Great Food Awesome atmosphere quick fresh food very delicious

Photo of IAmCxdy IAmCxdy
Aug 26, 2020 5

It's different from the normal "fried" chicken it's honestly really good

Jul 30, 2020 5

The restaurant is off the beaten path and not in the best area but the food is great. Employees went out of their way to make my order correct and they were very nice. Food was good and I will return!

Photo of Meilinn Tram Meilinn Tram
Mar 1, 2017 5

This is such an awesome restaurant. They cook whole chickens daily and the sides are delicious. Not to mention, their green and yellow sauces enhance the flavors even more bringing it to a whole new level of deliciousness. Nothing was overly salty or seasoned. The sides complimented the chicken well. For the two of us, we ordered a whole chicken that we got with two free sides (15.50) and upgraded the sides to premium (additional 0.50 cost for each) and it cost us under $20 with left overs.

Photo of Joseph H. Vilas Joseph H. Vilas
Jul 2, 2020 4

Inexpensive, good food. Good portion size. Yummy chicken and steak (I had the steak salad). Desserts are a little small, but worth it for the price. People are wearing masks and socially distancing. Call in for takeout or use an app for delivery (don't do that, though, because restaurants lose $$$ that way). I wish the fries were a little crisper, but they're generously cut. No wait last time I came. FWIW, this business used to be Mama Nori's.

Photo of Juicy Jaz Juicy Jaz
Jun 28, 2020 4

The food was great and so was the customer service but we had to turn around because they forgot to put our chicken in the plate. But the food was awesome.

Photo of Melissa Melissa
May 24, 2020 5

I ordered from here yesterday . First time. Food was outstanding. Perfect seasonings.

Photo of Peter Kwok Peter Kwok
Dec 15, 2018 5

The food taste fresh and delicious. Staff was friendly and awesome. I love the Peruvian rotisserie chicken taste

Photo of Adiel Zuniga Adiel Zuniga
Mar 13, 2020 5

Had the Thursday special, I have to say their food has really good flavor. Definitely need to come back again.

Photo of mignate mignate
Feb 22, 2020 5

Great customer service and delicious food for a good low price!!

Photo of Bill Taylor Bill Taylor
Feb 22, 2020 5

Food was great and servings were huge. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Seemed like they couldn't do enough for you.

Photo of Jarred Burns Jarred Burns
Jan 18, 2020 4

Great service, with a small dinner feel. Food is good, but plates are small for a hungry man. Good spot for lunch thou.

Photo of Iyonah Brown Iyonah Brown
Jan 21, 2020 5

The best peruvian food I've ever tasted. I think this food actually deserves a 10/10 but a 5 will have to suffice. The seasoning, the presentation, the melting of the food in your mouth, it's all so overwhelming perfect! I can't wait to come back and visit, this will be my first stop!

Photo of Amman Jordan Amman Jordan
Dec 28, 2019 5

The food was great! Located on 9th Street, its the perfect location. The yucca fries were on point too!

Photo of Nicholas Becker Nicholas Becker
Sep 24, 2019 4

Went in at 815 (they close at 9) they already liked like they were closed. There sauces and the sweet tea were already taken to the back. The chicken was warm not hot and kind of dried out. When we showed up they also had no till in the drawer like they had already closed the register for the night. All minor things but if you're going to be open until 9pm then act like it. I've been to other locations and had awesome experiences, was slightly disappointed after this experience. I will be going to the 9th street location in the future!

Photo of Shady Shane Shady Shane
Sep 19, 2019 5

Great place to get rotisserie style chicken. I have been to a couple of their restaurants and they all seem to pay attention to cooking and serving you great food. They have the wait time down to a minimum even if The restaurant has a long line of people waiting to order their food. I never felt that I was waiting too long to get my food. The staff keeps the restaurant clean at all times including tables, loors and the condiment area. I have always enjoyed my meal when eating there.

Photo of Jackson Marshall Jackson Marshall
Jan 1, 2020 5

The chicken and all the food is really good. Something different about their chicken.Really really good and if you like spicey stuff that green sauce is right on.

Photo of tj firewater tj firewater
Dec 9, 2019 5

Oh YUM! The chicken with the black beans and rice is the best way. Get the spicy green sauce to go with it.

Photo of Clyde Zuber Clyde Zuber
Aug 8, 2019 5

Kind of a hybrid of fast food and helpful service. I enjoyed it much more than I expected to. The food was good with unique Peruvian soda from the fountain.

Photo of Venessa Nieves Venessa Nieves
Jul 27, 2019 4

Wow what a wonderful surprise! In town for only one day and was looking for some real food after airport sandwiches and snacks. This place had great reviews, so took a chance. The food was amazing, "scrape the plate" good. Only issue is with the dining area, it could have used a little tlc along with the drink/utensil station, could have used a little cleaning; but perhaps they were just really busy and couldn't get away from the kitchen. Will definitely come back next time in town.

Photo of John Watkin John Watkin
Sep 11, 2019 5

Last night was my first time eating at Alpaca. What an exceptional restaurant! The food is almost too good to describe. All freshly cooked to order. And the staff is the nicest of any restaurant I’ve been to in a very long time. I will be a loyal customer forever!

Photo of Jer Harwood Jer Harwood
Jun 27, 2019 5

Good healthy food that tastes great and is very reasonable in cost for an individual or family. Quick turnaround from order time as well.

Photo of Kerry Graham Kerry Graham
Jul 6, 2019 5

We stopped here for lunch while visiting Durham. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, but Alpaca knocked my socks off. The chicken was delicious. My favorite sides were the Maduros (sweet plantains) and rice & black beans... I could make a meal just from those. We loved the chicken meals so much that we decided to indulge (aka stuff ourselves beyond reason)

Photo of Alvin Jordan Alvin Jordan
May 5, 2022 5

Food was good. Customer service was amazing. I especially loved the way they engaged with my child. They treated him as if he was his own customer which made him feel special. Highly recommend!

Photo of Dave C. Dave C.
May 27, 2022 5

After many visits to Peru and Cusco, it's truly a pleasure to enjoy great Peruvian style dishes in the United States. Frankly, the Peruvian styled rotisserie chicken is probably one of the best chicken dishes in the world. Alpaca does a great job of matching the taste and style of the restaurants and great cooks in Peru. Couple this with the authentic sides (and American styled sides) and you have a great Peruvian meal lined up.

Photo of Twilight Howl Twilight Howl
Apr 17, 2022 5

Charcoal rotisserie? Well, sign me up! This local hot spot fills up quick for a reasonably priced and hearty lunch. Before you even enter you are hit with waves of roasting meat and charcoal aromas. The sides were all okay, but nothing I can celebrate in a review. The true hero is the chicken and it is a true marvel worth stopping for.

Photo of Cassandra H Cassandra H
Jun 21, 2022 5

The food is delicious here! And the service was good. Definitely a must try if you like chicken and fries. They have quarter pound and half pound servings available of white and dark chicken. Recommend trying the green sauce too!

Photo of Debbie Valentino Debbie Valentino
Aug 14, 2022 5

The food is spectacular! The flavors are amazing! We had the chicken breasts, black beans and rice along with the green beans and sweet plantains! My favorite stop when traveling on I85 from Charlotte NC to Virginia.

Photo of Jon Flaspoehler Jon Flaspoehler
Aug 28, 2022 5

Better than I remembered. Used to eat here frequently when we lived in Durham. Prices back then (2018) were much lower, and I always felt Alpaca was more about the value than the flavor. Eating here in August 2022 I am pleasantly surprised with how delicious it is, especially the chicken and the green beans. Will be back.

Photo of Jessica Jessica
May 24, 2022 5

Consistently delicious across every location and you can order online. This location can get kinda crowded in the parking lot but that's not their fault.