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Boricua Soul


705 Willard St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (984) 888-5365
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Photo of Kendra W Kendra W
Jul 21, 2019 5

Photo of manuel Castro manuel Castro
Jun 5, 2019 4

Very clean

Photo of Rachel Knopf Rachel Knopf
Jan 31, 2019 5

Best Mac & Cheese!!!!! Great empanadas as well!

Photo of Sarah Newman Sarah Newman
Jan 20, 2019 5

I got the empanadas and Mac and cheese on a whim and was immediately regretting not getting a dozen. Flaky, delicious and soulful!

Photo of Eronger Kornegay Eronger Kornegay
Apr 15, 2019 5

Amazing souls food and Latino flavors merged together for the win!!!

Photo of Felicia Deloatch Felicia Deloatch
Oct 14, 2019 5

Amazing empanadas..mac and cheese and food always served with a smile. I love Boricua Soul 💕

Photo of LaRhonda Davis LaRhonda Davis
Jun 20, 2020 4

Ordered Mac and cheese and chicken and beef empanada. The Mac and cheese was perfect! The empanadas were the right combination of crispy and soft. I didn’t get to try the sauces because I didn’t know they had them! Service was SLOW. They opened at 4:30, we were the 3rd group (group of 2) to order food and we didn’t get our food until 5:30. When we got our order, upon checking the bag - it wasn’t our order at all (so glad i thought to do that). We’d gotten someone else’s bag. I returned it and we were able to get our order pretty quickly. I’d go back, if I have a hour to spare.

Photo of Pat Ryan Pat Ryan
Jun 17, 2020 5

Delicious! It was so nice to sit on the patio in the American Tobacco campus and enjoy an amazing meal. There’s also a great story behind the restaurant and the type of food that the owners are service. I highly recommend stopping in here for a meal and you’re only a few minutes walk from downtown when your finished.

Photo of E. Johnson E. Johnson
Jun 3, 2020 5

Great food, great people. You will NOT be disappointed as this is one of my favorite eateries. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!

Photo of Holly Hogarth Holly Hogarth
Jun 3, 2020 5

Wow! I knew I was going to love the food because of my experience in the past with their food truck. But my whole family agreed that this was, hands down, the favorite meal we have picked up during stay at home orders. Everything was hot, nothing was forgotten, service was spectacular and MOST IMPORTANTLY food is delicious!

Photo of Indulge Catering, LLC Indulge Catering, LLC
Jan 6, 2020 5

Absolutely love everything about this place.. amazing owners, dynamic food... just wow... you will not be disappointed AT ALL!!!!

Photo of Ronneshia Jackson Ronneshia Jackson
Mar 7, 2020 5

Nestled in the American Tobacco District, is an mesmerizing experience waiting to happen at Boricua Soul! If it’s your first time, GET THE BOWL! The Mac & Cheese is so good! Put a little sweet chili sauce on your pork and OMG! The owners really care about their customers and it shows in the customer service and food. Definitely a place for good Latina fused soul food that keeps you wanting more along with the customer service that keeps you coming back! JUST TRY IT ALREADY!

Photo of Trei Post Trei Post
Jan 15, 2020 5

Absolutely amazing! The fusion of flavors is perfect, and the prices are worth it, regardless of which menu item you choose. Wish I lived closer to frequent this place more often.

Photo of Linette Knight Linette Knight
Jan 13, 2020 5

Boricua soul is a wonderful place to get good food, and have great fellowship with friends. I go to Boricua when I want the taste of culture but also the taste of home. I'm always greeted with a smile and even if it takes a little longer than usual I don't mind waiting because there are always good conversations.

Photo of Katelyn Moore Katelyn Moore
Dec 23, 2019 5

I LOVE the food truck and now the restaurant! I usually get empanadas, but those bowls at the restaurant are THE BEST.

Photo of Ferrari Ferrari
Dec 21, 2019 5

This place is amazing. We used them to cater our holiday party at work. The food was so good that I needed to bring my family to experience the food. Great owners with really good conversation. Can you tell that we really like the food?!?!

Photo of Miguel R Quezada Miguel R Quezada
Dec 14, 2019 3

We order a chicken soup, what could go wrong with that? A Lot! The only good thing about it was that it had good quantity of shredded chicken, immersed in a salty water with nothing else! Not even a piece of potato, or carrot, nothing else! No good! I tried an empanada, well, not good enough to return...Update. I appreciate your honesty and customer service, I received the refund, thank you! I will give it another try, your customer service deserves another star, thank you for paying attention to these reviews

Photo of Patrick Kea Patrick Kea
Dec 7, 2019 5

So I see this place today for the first time and I'm like oh, that looks interesting. At the end of the photo shooting that I'm doing I tell them I'm hungry. Give me everything you got.and so they do. The macaroni was good the bowl was good the fries were good. What can I say but thank you.

Photo of Matthew Cloues Matthew Cloues
Dec 6, 2019 4

Counter order deliver to table type spot that merges soul food and latino. I tried 3 empanadas (1 beef, 1 chicken, 1 pork) and mac n cheese. I really enjoyed the texture of the empanadas. Not falling apart and nice and firm bit but not hard. I would rank them beef, chicken, and then pork. Pork was supposed to be NC BBQ style, but I thought it was a little dry. Please note this is a minor criticism and they also have an assortment of sauces which were delicious and took care of that problem. Really enjoyed the beef and chicken empanadas. Mac n cheese was delish. Bunch of there sides I would like to try. Was really eyeing someone else's right and peas which looked great. Nice spot though and I will go back. Nothing seems to ever survive in their location of ATC but maybe this was the right model. I should have added that staff were exceedingly friendly which was nice. Small place so not a ton of seating.

Photo of Dredlin Rodriguez Dredlin Rodriguez
Dec 3, 2019 5

Where to start.... we went looking for this place late on a Tuesday night. We are not familiar with the area so we called to ask for directions. The guy that answered the phone was very attentive and helpful. We got to the restaurant like 40 minutes before closing time, but we were greeted and welcomed immediately. All the staff was very nice and friendly. We ordered beef empanadas as appetizer. Those empanadas were DELICIOUS!!!!! For main course we had a bowl of arroz con gandules, tostones (fried green bananas) and pernil (pork). The whole thing was amazing! Very flavorful!! I can happily say that I finally found a great caribbean food place with lovely people and an outstanding service!!I almost forget, they served us a yummy sweet potato 🍠 empanada 🤤🤤🤤 for dessert! It was to die for! Location is very nice, specially at night in the Christmas season.

Photo of Josh Higgins Josh Higgins
Dec 6, 2019 5

I have been wanting to try Boricua Soul for quite some time. Finally tried it today and WOW! Unbelievably delicious and when you finish your empanadas you will be stuffed but want more because the food is so good. If you have been waiting to come and eat here STOP waiting and come feast.

Photo of Crystal D'Auria Crystal D'Auria
Nov 5, 2019 5

The food is always amazing and fresh.

Photo of Sharon F. Sharon F.
Apr 11, 2022 5

My friends and I took a day trip to downtown Durham and decided to try this restaurant. So glad we did…The food is amazing!!! The staff is so welcoming and helpful. Make sure to try Los chicharrones thigh bites, Mac and cheese and the collards!! You will not be disappointed 🥰

Photo of Elika Elika
Feb 26, 2022 5

We had a great time here; the food was absolutely amazing, we got the wings and empanadas, and they were both delicious... They were so nice too, we brought a cake and they brought out little trays and forks for us... The outside seating was really nice. We'll definitely be coming back! 💖

Photo of Kellie Muse Kellie Muse
Mar 12, 2022 5

Great experience every time that I dine on Boricua Soul! My usual has always been the empanadas. This time I tried "The Best of Both Worlds" plus a side of greens and plantains. It-was-EVERYTHING! Left overs the next day were even better! Thank You Team Boricua Soul!🙌🏾

Photo of Brandon Loye Brandon Loye
Mar 13, 2022 5

I grabbed some food from here to go, MAN was that a great choice. I got their Boricua Bowl so it was a variety of foods and each component dish was incredible. I've had my fair share of variety plates where maybe one or two things are exceptionally delicious but it's pretty rare that it will go five for five. Great job, I'll be back.

Photo of Denise Morales Denise Morales
Feb 5, 2022 5

I ordered for pick up! First time eating here. I'm so happy I found this place. I moved to NC from NY and have been having trouble finding a good Hispanic food restaurant. This food is beyond amazing

Photo of Family Dunlap Family Dunlap
Jan 31, 2022 5

Super friendly staff. They have a great setup for C19 safety. The food is incredible. Highly recommend this as a food stop while enjoying the American Tobacco Campus area or a Bulls game.

Photo of Alicia Kelly Alicia Kelly
Jan 27, 2022 4

Menu was not extensive at all but did have some interesting selections. Ordered the Soul Bowl and it was pretty good and gave you a taste of the macncheese, collards, and the spanish rice! The fried chicken pieces were more like a really small appetizer instead of a lunch portion. Overall, food was tasty and would visit again if the Durham Downtown area.

Photo of Nicci McIn Nicci McIn
Oct 13, 2021 5

My family and I absolutely LOVE Boricua Soul! Their menu is unique and the flavor is full. The bonus is the wonderful family that created this brand. Check out the menu!!

Photo of Cherise McManus Cherise McManus
Oct 31, 2021 4

Not a alot of food for $10 but it was very delicious. The flavors was great and their plantains was absolutely to die for. I will definitely be back.

Photo of Adam Bernot Adam Bernot
Nov 22, 2021 5

Surprisingly good service for a fast casual restaurant. Probably some of the better food I've eaten out of a paper tray. I'm glad I decided to try this over Moe's. I feel like I made the right choice.

Photo of Cierra Cierra
Nov 11, 2021 5

The Boricua Soul Bowl was so good! The pork was tender the mac and cheese was hitting and the greens were delicious. I will get this again and again and again and again. Did not expect the greens and mac and cheese to be as good as it was but glad it was. I'll be going back and will try to taste other menu items but it's hard to sway from a meal that I really like. If you're at American Tobacco road you should try this place.

Photo of Matthew Pennisi Matthew Pennisi
Aug 3, 2021 5

I've been following this restaurant since they started their food truck. The food is fabulous. The new location is great with lots of seating in the shade. Live music on Sundays too. Don't sleep on their pique sauce.

Photo of Jade Jade
Aug 3, 2021 5

I’ve been here several times and it’s always great! I love the ambiance as well with plentiful outside seating. I recommend this spot to anyone looking for good eats in Durham.

Photo of Alyssa Portes Alyssa Portes
Jul 16, 2021 5

The BEST Boricua Soul food I’ve had here!! Customer service was amazing and everyone was so friendly. I will definitely be back.

Photo of Antonio Burt Antonio Burt
Jul 25, 2021 5

We enjoyed the food. Authentic tasty and worth the wait. The outdoor atmosphere was inviting.

Photo of Toya Toya
Jul 11, 2021 5

I used to come here a lot, and returning after almost 7 years- I was not disappointed. The atmosphere was still spectacular. We ate outside on a hot day. It was shaded and open. With only one cashier/waiter working we still were served very quickly. It’s in a perfect location for if you want to walk around or just relax after s meal. Live music once a week too! Empanadas were delicious.

Photo of The Polymathic Professor The Polymathic Professor
Jun 21, 2021 3

1. I ordered delivery and the gentleman calling to confirm my order, address and phone number along with a contact less handoff was great. 2. Collards and rice were amazing. 3. Jerk chicken was flavorful but I didn't eat all of my wings because of the excessive chicken hairs. I'm not accustomed to eating chicken with hair on it.

Photo of Melyssa Estremera Melyssa Estremera
Jun 5, 2021 5

Definitely worth the drive from Holly Springs, this place did not disappoint!! We had the pernil bowl with rice and beans and an extra side of mac n cheese, so good! Great location, great vibes. Definitely coming back!!

Photo of Eric Figueroa Eric Figueroa
May 30, 2021 5

So worth the trip. Thank you for the great service and most definitely the food. WEPA!]

Photo of Yolanda Ray Yolanda Ray
May 22, 2021 4

The pork was flavorful, juicy, and tender! The rice and beans were OK but I recognize I am biased because I’m accustomed to eating rice with some type of sauce. I was not a fan of the cheesecake empanada and would not order it again. For almost $9, I was expecting a larger portion for the pork plate but I would still return for the pork alone!

Photo of Sandra Sandra
May 11, 2021 5

Absolutely delicious. The friendly service alone would have you coming back for more. But the food can stand on its own. The 26 mile ride, this will definitely be our go to for delicious authentic Puerto Rican food with a taste of soul. Sorry no pictures of the pernil and collard greens.

Photo of Cocoa Cinnamon Cocoa Cinnamon
Apr 28, 2021 5

Excellent authentic food from good local folks. So delicious and such a pleasure.

Photo of Susan Jennings Susan Jennings
May 2, 2021 5

Wonderful! My friends and I went here for dinner and we all loved it. We all got empanadas which were all delicious. They only have outdoor seating right now because of the pandemic but it is all covered and it was very pleasant weather. Service was excellent and fast as well. The slushy machine was broken, which was a bummer.

Photo of Bri Aguilar Bri Aguilar
Apr 18, 2021 5

This place is fantastic 👌 Customer service 10 Food 10 Environment 10 Can’t wait to come here again.

Photo of Megan Trum Megan Trum
Apr 1, 2021 5

Food is super yummy and great customer service. I'm definitely eating here again :)

Photo of Keith Burns Keith Burns
Mar 5, 2021 5

Excellent food and the outdoor eating atmosphere was great.. Can't wait to go back.. Love the fusion of cultures.

Photo of Shea Smith Shea Smith
Feb 19, 2021 5

Boricua Soul probably has the best empanadas that I have ever had in my life! They are truly amazing! I usually get them with a side of tostones. The combo makes for a truly wonderful dinner.

Photo of Adam Ezell Adam Ezell
Feb 20, 2021 5

The boricua soul bowl was my go to and then I had the wings. Wings are incredible. This spot is best food in American tobacco by a mile right now and it’s very affordable.

Photo of Josh Ebert Josh Ebert
Feb 21, 2021 5

My friends and I had a first rate experience here. The food was amazing and great portion sizes. The customer service was top notch. I can’t say to return. Get the Soul Bowl for a taste of it all.

Photo of Jeff Carrington Jeff Carrington
Feb 6, 2021 5

Wish I got a extra Soul bowl..That was delicious!!! With that hot sauce... my goodness...

Photo of Michelle Richardson Michelle Richardson
Feb 8, 2021 5

Amazing food and great customer service! One of my favorites in the Triangle Area!! Such a cute area to sit outside or get it to go. You will not be disappointed!

Photo of Stefan D Stefan D
Jan 24, 2021 5

Mojo chicken empanadas and the Mac & cheese for the win! Outdoor seating with heating stands. Friendly staff too!

Photo of Josh chhabra Josh chhabra
Feb 4, 2021 5

The food here is absolutely delicious. I just happened to finish my run yesterday and saw their sign in front of the campus and just had to check out their menu. Being vegetarian, I am ecstatic they had options for me. I loved the tostones, maduros and the veggie empanada (Greens, beans & queso) was amazing! Definitely going to be visiting this place on a monthly basis and roommate gives it a 5 start too. Just need to keep crazy running to burn off that great soul food!

Photo of Eric Walker Eric Walker
Jan 4, 2021 5

Top notch Puerto Rican soul food. Every bite is great. The arroz con gandules alone is perfect for a quick snack. Or order a full meal if you’re hungry. Recently, I ordered a pernil (Puerto Rican pork shoulder with the skin) for a take and bake for NYE and it was so good, had perfect marinade and had fool proof instructions. Highly recommend.

Photo of Shantel Richardson Shantel Richardson
Dec 29, 2020 5

Very filling and tasty food everytime. I make sure I get some whenever I'm walking around ATC.

Photo of Ralph Rojas Ralph Rojas
Nov 17, 2020 5

Boricua Soul was pleasantly surprising. The food was outstanding and authentic. It is what you would call homestyle Puerto Rican food. The Pernil (Pork) was packed with flavor and cooked tender. The sides were fire (rice and tostones) There wasn't anything about my meal that wasn't delicious. The beef empanadas were also outstanding. Crisp, freshly fried, and wonderful flavor. They have good beers on tap at a very fair price which is always a winner in my book. They offer lots of beverage choices as well. The service was great and the staff friendly. The only downside to this place is that I when I go back I will definitely over indulge. A Triangle, gem..

Photo of Deena Horowitz Deena Horowitz
Nov 16, 2020 5

This is the best place to get amazing empanadas + sides in a welcoming outdoor space right in the middle of Downtown Durham. The owner is so nice and really cares about keeping the place clean and compliant during COVID. I highly recommend the beef and chicken empanadas, and their house-made hot sauce is great!

Photo of Angela Ward Angela Ward
Nov 13, 2020 5

I have searched the Triangle for authentic PR food for YEARS and was always disappointed. The food here is absoloutely delicious. Seasoned and cooked to perfection. Definitely one of the BEST places for a tasty plate.

Photo of Jewel Dunn Jewel Dunn
Oct 18, 2020 5

Delicious food and great people..... I love the whole vibe there.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 4, 2020 5

I love Caribbean food and enjoy Soul Food as well. We tried the Chicharrones De Pollo Soul Bowl. Unfortunately I did not research what a chicharrones was in advance, so wast a little off put by the chewiness and seemingly limited chicken in the fried pieces.

Photo of Big C Waffles Big C Waffles
Aug 27, 2020 5

They should actually have 10 Stars They are the Best in the Triangle for a reason My go to is the Jerk wings, Mac n cheese and Greens. Great atmosphere, bring your family and friends !!

Photo of Lawrence Spivey Lawrence Spivey
Aug 23, 2020 5

Great food and amazing service!

Photo of Caroline Denning, Esq. Caroline Denning, Esq.
Sep 9, 2020 5

Absolutely amazing!

Photo of Rose Degen Rose Degen
Sep 8, 2020 5

Excellent place

Photo of Big C Waffles Big C Waffles
Aug 27, 2020 5

They should actually have 10 Stars They are the Best in the Triangle for a reason My go to is the Jerk wings, Mac n cheese and Greens. Great atmosphere, bring your family and friends !!

Photo of Kris David Kris David
Aug 5, 2020 5

The food is for lack of better words AMAZING! It took me back to living in the Bronx. If authentic Puerto Rican home cooking is what your looking for, search no further.

Photo of Erika Gaddist Erika Gaddist
Jul 31, 2020 5

Food is absolutely amazing! Ordered on Ubereats last night loved it so much we ordered here again for tonight’s dinner. The Boricua soul bowl is absolutely delicious. The empanadas amazing!

Photo of Crys B. Crys B.
Apr 24, 2022 4

Location is great. Food is great. Customer service is phenomenal. I drove from Charlotte to try thus place out. I'm so glad I did. Will definitely go back. The pork is amazing. The adult "Capri sun" like drink is bomb!!!!

Photo of Tasliymah Thornton Tasliymah Thornton
Jun 11, 2022 5

Great location great food!! They also offer vegan options that are crazy good!!! Love the guy that took our order!! Very bubbly, energetic, and he wasn't afraid to laugh with us while he took our order and he also made great recommendations!!! Can't wait to go back!!!

Photo of Turner Dubler Turner Dubler
Jul 24, 2022 5

Staff? So friendly. Food? Best fries I’ve ever had. Seriously. $3. Drinks? They have bags of boozy frozen peach drink for $8. Atmosphere? There’s water, there’s shade, there’s awesome live jazz music. Do yourself a favor and come try this spot!

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Jul 30, 2022 5

Great food and the ordering at the table with virtual me yes makes things easier and smooth. They have some lawn games for the kids and it’s really fun. Great place to eat when it’s hot because their seating area is shaded and it’s got the stream right next to it.

Photo of Alphonza Faison Junior Alphonza Faison Junior
Sep 16, 2022 5

Just flavorful amazing cuisine. You will feel touched by the Caribbean head to toe. The empanada was the crisp and creamy. But the star of the show was the platter. Hit all the notes I was looking for from visit abroad.

Photo of Shay Millon Shay Millon
Jun 23, 2022 3

I highly recommend the American Tobacco company for a date night. I went up during daylight hours to get dinner. However the view of the fountains and waterfalls are so much better at night. Boricua Soul was an ok restaurant. The food wasn't bad, but felt like it could have been better, more flavorful, and authentic! You get a small amount of food but prices are reasonable. We got our food to go because there are other various seating options around campus! However the total combined experience was amazing and relaxing. Side note: we were able to walk off dinner afterwards around the campus!

Photo of Fernando Martinez Fernando Martinez
Jun 22, 2022 5

This is a small business, so I don't want to be too critical it's just not my bag. I can't say if the food was good or not, it's just not my thing. I'm a Puerto Rican guy that just didn't fall in love with this food. The people were nice, the atmosphere was awesome, the location was cool, but the food just wasn't for me so. I'll pass on giving my opinion on the food, but I can tell you this, you will enjoy yourself at this location. I did in spite of me having reservations about rating the food. So give it a try, people seem to be enjoying the food. My taste buds are a little different and this food wasn't for me.