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Bull City Burger and Brewery

4.4

107 E Parrish St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 680-2333
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Photo of riggercheck riggercheck
Nov 10, 2019 5

First time here, I like it. Live over a hour away. Had a burger with goat cheese, well done, it was fantastic. Ordered a hot dog, it was good but not a fan of toasted buns. Burnt bread doesn't taste good to me(my opinion). Fries were perfect. The fried pickle chips were good. I would come back for another bite to eat.

Photo of Carlo Quagliaroli Carlo Quagliaroli
Nov 10, 2019 5

Great burger and great beer. Do not come here expecting a strawberry-kiwi-chocolate infused stout. In here, you will get a properly executed stout, Pilsner or any other beer made here. The burger is grass fed local, bread made in house. If you are going to complain about the price of the items.... that’s what the real price of real local food and not mass produced is. If you want cheap mass produced food, this is not your place

Photo of Marek K Marek K
Dec 2, 2019 5

Great burgers. They have the best baked sweet potatoes in town. The restaurant is very cozy and staff is super friendly. Cool selection of beers and fountain drinks. Got to try Birch Beer first time.

Photo of Ben Friberg Ben Friberg
Dec 8, 2019 5

The fun atmosphere and "punny" vibes make the beer and burgers taste even even better. Impressed with their burgers is an understatement. It was delicious.

Photo of garrett brantley garrett brantley
Jan 27, 2020 5

The location is downtown and the area is quaint. Parking was found off the street. Watch the signs on times. The area was clean on a quiet Monday night. I believe there is one other in a nearby city as this could be a small chain. The burger joint is in a historic building and has a cool vibe. The brewery operation can been seen through class.

Photo of Adam Jauss Adam Jauss
Feb 4, 2020 5

During our first visit to Durham, this was our first stop on a cold and rainy afternoon while we went out to experience the city. Once we got inside, we were greeted by the bartender, Cameron who helped us select our first beer, and offered a few tastings to help us decide. Both me and my girlfriend loved the beers. As we got to talking to Cameron, he was more than helpful in telling us about the area, good breweries to stop at next and he gave us some insider information on where to get some really good food outside of what we had already ordered there. We tried the pretzel crusted fried pickle chips and the mini onion loaf. Both were excellent, although the serving of pickle chips could have been a little larger. If you get the onion loaf, ask for the bbq sauce, as it's laced with beer and bacon and really makes a great combo. We didn't get a burger, but they looked really, really good and more of a hand pressed patty vs. something pre-made. Overall, between the beers, the service and the food, it was one of the highlights of our trip. Highly recommended!

Photo of Scott Jablonski Scott Jablonski
Feb 22, 2020 4

With being new to downtown Durham, my wife and I have been wanting to try out new places, so we gave this place a shot. We heard that the burgers were voted best in the city. I love that this place has a dog-friendly patio, so we were able to bring our dog. They even brought her a bowl of water. I also love that they offer vegetarian options. We chose a veggie burger and the pimento cheese and kale dip. The burger was really delicious and the dip was tasty. We also liked the beer! The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was due to the price. It was a little more than I was expecting to pay.

Photo of Taohid Latif Taohid Latif
Feb 23, 2020 4

I had the beef hamburger (with blue cheese, mushrooms and caramelized onions), dirty fries and fountain soda. They make their own fountain sodas without any high fructose corn syrup and it tastes way better than any other soda on the market. The combination of the toppings with the beef was also pretty good.

Photo of Cassandra Craig Cassandra Craig
May 26, 2020 4

Food was really good! The duck frites were crispy and well seasoned. My only problem was that the veggie burger I got was a bit too thick for my personal tastes, but the burger was still really good overall!

Photo of Gabriel Young Gabriel Young
Oct 7, 2018 5

Very fun place. We got two burgers, one with blue cheese and bacon, the other with cheddar and caramelized onions. One with the duck fries, one with regular. Burgers were great, cooked as ordered, big, juicy. Regular fries were great. Duck fries could have been more impressive. They were fine, thinner, crunchier. In house soda was really good too. They have their beer making stuff set up so you can see it through the glass next door, and they have a lot of fun things on their walls. Its a really nice burger place, especially for large groups.

Photo of Abbie Haynes Abbie Haynes
Jun 24, 2020 5

Tried this place on a whim while in Durham for a work trip. Saw the good reviews and was enticed. This place lives up to the hype! I did take-out, and drove ten minutes back to my hotel and my burger was still the perfect temperature, with pink inside. One of the best burgers I’ve had. Highly recommend for any burger lovers out there that are in Durham!

Photo of judith khavogoi judith khavogoi
Jun 24, 2020 3

Server were nice. The burger was surprisingly not that great. It was ok. I've had the burger before and it was great. Maybe it was the bccb sauce I tried or the onions were caramelized with something different 🤔. Anyway nice atmosphere. Especially during this pandemic season

Photo of Gabriela Cervantes Gabriela Cervantes
Jun 27, 2020 3

As a new resident of Durham my fiancé and I have been attempting to try a new place once a week. We were excited to try BCBB after reading several “5 star” reviews and hearing they were voted “best burger in town”. Right now just the patio is open due to COVID and you have to order at a walk up window. I found the menu to be confusing, especially when I only had a couple minutes to order as people were waiting behind me, they do not automatically give you the regular sides with your burger (lettuce, onion, tomatoes, etc) so you have to remember to ask. The lady taking our order had a pretty short attitude, she asked if I wanted anything else on my burger so I asked what it came with, unaware of needing to ask for standard “extras” which she sarcastically replied “bacon and blue cheese” with a tone that sounded like she was rolling her eyes. I asked for my “extras” and then had to amend my fiancé’s order because he was also unaware of this menu fact. We also ordered sweet potato fries that to be fair the menu states have a dusting of sugar on them (I found it contradicting to be dipping sugar fries into ketchup , maybe a mallow sauce would be more appropriate?) and they came out VERY burnt, could only eat about half before giving up. The worst part was the burger. I lifted it up and immediately water began pouring out and completely soaked an entire napkin. After wringing it out the water/juice eventually stopped. There was a minuscule amount of blue cheese, I really thought they had forgot to put any on the burger until I began digging around and lifting the lettuce and pickles up, I did not get a single taste of blue cheese till about half way in. The “patio” area is really a space between two buildings with noisy machine (AC unit I think?) nearby. No actual chair seating, all picnic tables, which most probably don’t mind but for me sitting at a picnic table isn’t the most comfortable and it would be nice to see some various seating options. It wasn’t entirely unenjoyable so I would give it a solid “3 star”. They do have good soda (cane sugar type not corn syrup) and my fiancé enjoyed the beer he ordered.

Photo of Christy Parker Christy Parker
Jul 28, 2020 5

Cannot say enough good things about this place! The burgers, the fries, the desserts, the BEER... all so good! Most things made fresh in-house, and the flavors prove it.

Photo of Wesley Hayward Wesley Hayward
Aug 25, 2020 4

Nothing to celebrate but also nothing to complain about. Burger was cooked perfectly, prices could be reduced.

Photo of Ryan Rodriguez Ryan Rodriguez
Sep 8, 2020 5

Best burgers in Durham! The outdoor dining area is also well spaced out, and their takeout is quick and easy.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

We wanted lunch and to try some local flavor so we stopped in and sat at the bar. The staff was very attentive so we got our beers and decided on the burger special of the day which was thick and juicy loaded with bacon and filet of beef. It was a little pricey burger at $15 but worth every penny, we will be back.

Photo of Christina Glen Christina Glen
Aug 30, 2020 5

Always a great place to be. Everything is so well done in keeping social distance and having everything well marked! Thank you for making us feel super safe!

Photo of Dan D Dan D
Oct 14, 2020 5

The best burger spot in Durham. Locally sourced and a staple in the downtown food scene. Burgers and fries are always delicious. Lots of options and unique burgers (e.g. tarantula burger) a restaurant representing the best of the Bull City. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter and for a free burger in your birthday month!

Photo of Joanie and Jenni Beaver Joanie and Jenni Beaver
Sep 25, 2020 4

On a recent visit to Durham, NC we made a stop at Bull City Burger and Brewery. It was a early Sunday evening when we stopped by for our visit. Due to COVID the actual dining room was closed, so we had to sit in the outside eating area which is an alley shared by 2 other restaurants. It was quite crowded, but were able to find a nicely, shaded picnic table to sit at. We pulled up the menu on our phones and the choices were abundant. We had heard that their burgers were huge and since we were not over the top hungry we decided to try 3 of their appetizers: Stuffed Jalapeños, Fried Pickles, and French fries (fried in duck fat). They all were delicious, but those Fries were the Bomb.com. The food was yummy. The outside seating was nice, but very noisy. But, the one thing that was not the best was the panhandler that approached our table wanting food. We gladly offered her some of what we had, but she informed us that she did not want that and walked on to the next table. lol The joke was on her, because she missed out on some YUMMY fries.

Photo of Alec Boykin Alec Boykin
Oct 17, 2020 5

Interesting space with a pretty good menu. Service is great. Highly recommend asking for the secret burger.

Photo of Grazina Bielousova Grazina Bielousova
Nov 25, 2020 5

Great burgers - and a wonderful winter addition of mulled wine - make this a must visit eatery in Durham.

Photo of Robert Fergione Robert Fergione
Jan 23, 2021 5

Really enjoyed my burger from here. The staff is very friendly and the service is quick. Definitely recommend it.

Photo of Solanke Omimuyegun Solanke Omimuyegun
Feb 26, 2021 4

I always love to eat here. The food is always good. The customer service is always good as are the drinks. Now, the food ain't cheap, a burger with the fixings are going to cost you around $15 but it is definitely worth it. Also, they have a lot of tasty gluten free options, no so many vegan ones though. Lastly, they are not currently allowing any dining in - only takeout or dining out on their back porch.

Photo of Luna Hugs Luna Hugs
Mar 14, 2021 5

They came to the Woodcroft club to deliver food. I got the green monster burger. It was delicious! I liked the balance of Gruyere cheese and poblano peppers. I like spicy so I added fresh jalapeños, which I recommend for this burger. I am not a fan of their french fries though. They are the thinly cut ones. Almost got the fried pickle chips but they are cut thinly as well. I just feel like you end up eating more breading when it’s that thin. Can’t wait for them to come back to deliver at Woodcroft, so that army support the local economy and enjoy a good grass fed burger. Forgot to take a picture because I was so excited about eating my green monster.

Photo of Manuel Joly Manuel Joly
Apr 3, 2021 5

I enjoyed my Bull City burger experience. I was visiting Durham during COVID so I experienced this place on the patio out back. This was a good, safe setup but I can't really comment on the indoors since I really didn't go in. I am far from a foodie but I do love a good burger and I can say that I was happy with the Bacon and Blue Cheese burger I ordered here.

Photo of Brian Haebig Brian Haebig
Apr 7, 2021 3

Good food - burgers with a flair.....but everything (fries onion rings or chips) are extra. Friendly staff.......but COVID makes this just an overpriced drive-in with alcohol.

Photo of Alex V Martinez Alex V Martinez
Apr 17, 2021 5

Loved this place! It has different things going on the weekends, today I was able to witness a comedy show. It was pretty neat . I don't know if the food truck changes too but I highly recommend this place to mellow out and have a good time . Great staff too

Photo of S Alston S Alston
May 1, 2021 5

I had to come back and edit my initial review. The customer service is impeccable! We placed our first curbside order and had a slight hiccup. Management reached out to acknowledge the issue and I couldn’t be more pleased! Great food, but the above and beyond customer service is what will keep our family coming back! Thank you all for your hard work and genuine care to get it right!

Photo of Nicole Luck Nicole Luck
May 8, 2021 5

The BCBB burger was amazing! Great outdoor seating and staff. Also loved the Rogers Lager

Photo of Melissa Urch Melissa Urch
Jul 12, 2021 5

I have no words. This place is AMAZING!! Went here the first night my fiancé and I moved to Durham. We had such a great time and the food was delicious. Highly recommend!

Photo of S Ross S Ross
Jul 20, 2021 3

This place wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It's just, fine. There are legitimately fantastic burger places, but this is not one of them. Plus the staff person just sort of threw my plate (with one napkin under a greasy burger) at me and said "here you go" before walking off. Not a huge deal, and everyone else was nice, but overall this just was not a spectacular or remarkable meal.

Photo of Jorge Hernandez Jorge Hernandez
Aug 21, 2021 5

I had the bacon and blue burger which was amazing. They also have a great selection of craft beers! The outside seating was comfortable and cozy.

Photo of Alex Alex
May 28, 2021 4

Stopped here for lunch and enjoyed it! There’s a lot of room inside the restaurant (great for social distancing) and their staff was super nice. The menu lists a few burger types + you can build your own. The sides aren’t included with burgers but you can choose some quirky fries separately if you want. It goes without saying they have a solid list of drinks some of which are made in-house. Our burgers were good and I’d give them 4/5. They were not average, but not top of my list either. I think prices are a bit too high for the value.

Photo of Monica Taylor Monica Taylor
Sep 19, 2021 5

The best burger I've had (other than homemade;) in Durham!! Is it pricey a little bit however...the products command it! Everything is homemade (99% anyway) and Chef Cici is The Real Deal!! Locally sourced and sustainable is the level they're all about!

Photo of Joseph Bullaro Joseph Bullaro
Oct 19, 2021 5

Great vibe. Great drinks. Solid burgers. Definitely would like to try this place again to see what else their menu has to offer!

Photo of Brian Miller Brian Miller
Oct 31, 2021 5

This place gets better and better every time I dine here. The staff is super cool and the food is delicious. I initially thought it was a bit pricey BUT when ya consider that all the ingredients are locally grown & raised and hand delivered to your table on the juiciest burgers in town, quality costs... go check this place out. You WILL NOT be disappointed.

Photo of Em Kerstie Em Kerstie
Sep 28, 2021 5

It was one of the best burgers I’ve had! I got a gluten free bun and had no reaction to the food, so it was great! They make everything themselves from pickles to burgers and it was all very tasty - I highly recommend their lemonade too if you like old fashioned sweet lemonade. I was told fries/duck frites do not have gluten on them, but are made in the same frier as battered things so they are not safe from gluten cross contamination. The place is cute and clean, and the staff is friendly. No complaints!

Photo of Heather Jones Heather Jones
Dec 11, 2021 5

We've visited this spot a few times now when we're in town visiting family, and we absolutely love it. The service is both insanely fast and friendly, and our appetizers are always out no sooner than we've managed to take a seat and settle in, with our actual meals close behind. Everything here is fresh, thoughtfully made, and with a ton of different options and unique flavors. Their burgers are amazing, with dozens of different toppings to choose from. Their house made organic sodas are phenomenal, and we often talk about them for days after the meal. An absolute must on their menu is, of all things, some fries: the duck frites are hands down the best fries I've ever had. So much flavor! The laid back ambience really caps off the experience every time. Great restaurant, especially if you love a good burger with a unique and very creative touch.

Photo of Kristin J Kristin J
Dec 15, 2021 5

We went back a 2nd time and I had to give them 5 stars. The food is delicious and the service is still great. I hope they keep up the great work. The prices were a bit steep but you can understand it because of the location and the fact that they are serving organic homemade food. The sodas are all homemade too without all the additives that are found in store bought sodas.

Photo of Chris Rouse Chris Rouse
Dec 18, 2021 3

Came for lunch for our first visit. Food was pretty good. However, I don’t like seeing credit card processing fees passed along to consumers directly. Build it into your prices or offer a cash discount, but don’t charge me 3% for using my credit card. I appreciate a business wanting to pay its employees better, but I have no idea if that claim is legit or not. All I see is an extra fee for coming to eat at your restaurant. Since I pulled up the menu online just to see what I wanted to order, I didn’t even see the notice about the fee until after paying. At least put a sign up on the register or something.

Photo of Amy Sonder Amy Sonder
Jan 14, 2022 5

True to its namesake, come here for delicious burgers and beer. We went on a Saturday night in the beginning of November and they had a very long line, a great sign that the food will be worth it. What I never expected with visiting a restaurant in the South was that tomatoes are considered a seasonal item, so all of the menus said they were gone for the season. But every other topping was, thankfully available and they also offer a wide variety of sauces. It was my first-time having pimento cheese on a burger and I’m not sure how I’ll ever go back to American. The burger was cooked perfectly, very flavorful and was a great portion size. An abundance of fries that were all crispy and delicious. I enjoyed that you could choose how many beers you wanted in the flight and loved the board it was served with. The location is right in downtown so you’ll find street parking and a few lots as well as a garage close by. It had your typical mico-brewing atmosphere and was just a great experience for an easy Saturday night dinner. If I lived nearby, I’d be back for sure. Even with it being very busy, the staff was efficient and friendly.

Photo of Nathan Drapela Nathan Drapela
Sep 29, 2019 3

The beer is fine but nothing to write home about and definitely not the best in town. I had a very dry veggie burger and the acoustics are such that it tends to be pretty loud in there. Service was quick and employees were nice. Fine for a quick, casual beer but there are better places in the vicinity. I probably won't be back.

Photo of postoffice cb postoffice cb
Sep 22, 2019 3

3.5 stars for a cool local brewpub serving fantastic beers downtown. Hip, popular place that only serves at the bar (order at counter if sitting at tables). Ordered a couple burgers which weren't too bad and frites frustrating to eat because they were short and matchstick-like (instead of long and slender). One burger was $14 and to our surprise did not come with a side, which seemed pricey. Service was good. Would definitely return for the beers, which were delicious!

Photo of Emily Shirey Emily Shirey
Jun 11, 2019 5

My husband and I took my dad here last night and were really surprised by how much we loved it! The food was so, so good. There wasn't a thing we didn't love! The fried pickles were unbelievable, probably the best I have ever had. All of our burgers were great and all of the different kinds of fries were delicious. The beer and selection were good, too! The staff were friendly, the atmosphere was great, and you just can't beat that EVERYTHING is made in house. This might be one of our new favorite spots in Durham!

Photo of Paul Roberts Paul Roberts
Jun 12, 2019 4

Cool local brewery and restaurant. Community seating, which I like. Great place to come network, eat, and drink in downtown Durham. My sister ordered a cheeseburger and fries, she said it was delicious. They make their own hotdogs! Hopefully can make it back for dinner soon!

Photo of Jason Lazarus Jason Lazarus
Jun 9, 2019 4

Excellent burgers and fries. Solid beers, I wouldn’t come just to drink them but they pair very nicely with the food. A bit on the pricey side but everything is fresh and locally sourced. There is an outdoor patio in the back. It is very busy at lunchtime and all weekend. Serve yourself wine dispensers and 128 oz at your table beer dispensers available.

Photo of Chris O'Connell Chris O'Connell
Apr 26, 2019 5

Was visiting Durham from out if town and stopped here for dinner one night. Good burgers, great atmosphere, incredible beer. I had their Bryant Bridge Golden Ale and loved it. Staff is also very friendly. Would recommend.

Photo of Loren Tatum Loren Tatum
Apr 4, 2019 5

Burgers have always been good or great especially the burger of the day. Beer is good and they usually have a decent selection of their in house brewed beer. We go pretty often especially on the weekends. The outside seating is much bigger than you'd expect. Although all the seating tends to fill up fast we've actually never had to wait for a table oddly enough.

Photo of John Cardinale John Cardinale
Jun 22, 2019 5

Amazing burgers love the food! Gluten free and all! They have this over easy burger that almost killed me it was so good. Also got side of duck fries, I'm dead. So good, so dead...