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City Barbeque and Catering

4.5

208 NC-54
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 237-9509
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Photo of Martin R. Martin R.
May 18, 2019 5

The establishment is very nice. I loved the atmosphere there. It was cool, calm, and charming. I thought the staff there were wonderful. The food, man, out of this world! When I am back in town, this is one of the first restaurants I am visiting! Outstanding!

Photo of Ann Vogler Ann Vogler
May 28, 2019 5

I really enjoyed the smoked turkey salad with potato salad on top. So delicious and unique for a BBQ joint. My husband didn’t think the pulled pork sandwich was anything special compared to most places; however, we thought the hush puppies are some of the best we have had.

Photo of Timothy Justin Taylor Timothy Justin Taylor
Apr 17, 2019 5

We love City BBQ, but this location is the best! They make the most delicious food and the customer service is outstanding. We met with the manager while here for dinner and were extremely impressed by the level of care taken in the preparation of our meal. Highly recommend the brisket, ribs, and chicken tenders, but honestly, everything is delicious. We will be back!

Photo of Matthew White Matthew White
May 29, 2019 4

This is some great food! I lover the sauce and love the environment. there is a good variety of BBQ plates. I like how they serve on metal trays!

Photo of Alex Solomon-Romshe Alex Solomon-Romshe
May 31, 2019 3

The food is good, truly, but only if they get your order right. My husband and I have gone to this location numerous times since it opened and nearly every time there is some sort of headache-- which is especially frustrating because it's a bit pricey as well. Most often it's when we get to go orders: either an item gets forgotten or we place an online order, get there, and they can't fulfill the order but no one calls to let us know. However, even if you are eating in, be prepared to do a lot of waiting! It's kind of mind-boggling how long it takes them to get through a line and then deliver food to a table. Some of the staff are incredibly nice people but something just doesn't work quite right at this location.

Photo of Ann Vogler Ann Vogler
Jun 25, 2019 5

I really enjoyed the smoked turkey salad with potato salad on top. So delicious and unique for a BBQ joint. My husband enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich and had us come back again. We thought the hush puppies are some of the best we have had. Mac and cheese and fries are also good.

Photo of Matthew Cowles Matthew Cowles
Jun 25, 2019 5

Great food at decent prices. Served fresh and fast. You can see into the kitchen from the line and see the food being carved/plated/served. Most meals I've had there end up costing $10-$12 depending on a drink, for lunch and $12-$14 for dinner. Very reasonable. And the fries travel decently (sturdy, but crisp). Many gluten-free options as well. Very friendly staff. Lots of sauces available for the meat.

Photo of Stacie Caputo Stacie Caputo
Jul 3, 2019 5

Love this place! The chicken is always tasty. The potato salad is worth the whole trip. Real homemade banana pudding. The chocolate cake looks to die for. Did I mention I love this place?

Photo of John Morris John Morris
Jun 29, 2019 5

Great prices. Great food. Great service. Cleanliness 4/5. Workers had gloves on. Cashiers were manning the registers instead of touching money and cards and then preparing your food. Food preppers were wearing gloves (one or two hair nets?). Tables needed a little more attention however it was pretty crowded so they focused on addressing the dinner rush which was fine with me. Service 4/5. The cashier was a little spacey and seemed confused, but was kind and forthcoming and didn't have any issues with our order. Food came out fast! Quality 5/5. This food tastes great! So many sauces to choose from. So much smokey goodness (love it) baked right into the meat! Price 5/5. You can buy a rack of ribs at Harris Teeter for $14 - $16.99. And you'll still have to cook them. But here, they'll do that part for you for around $5 more and it'll taste better. Not a bad deal, and the ribs were meaty. Not small like baby carrots. We will definitely be back.

Photo of Lisa Olscamp Lisa Olscamp
Oct 5, 2019 5

Melt in your mouth delicious bbq! We ordered the beef brisket, pulled pork, collards, potato salad and corn bread. Everything was cooked well, tender and loaded with flavor! The staff were courteous and quick. Highly recommended! If we have the opportunity we will definitely go back!

Photo of Corey Walker Corey Walker
Oct 10, 2019 4

The full cut brisket is amazing! And the fries are really good as well. Other than that, the BBQ beans are pretty good, but were not a huge fan on their BBQ sauces or pulled pork. The full cut brisket as stated above is the best I've ever had however. This is one of 2 spots that always comes to mind when we think of BBQ around the Durham area

Photo of Mitchel Church Mitchel Church
Sep 24, 2019 5

We stopped here last. Igor for dinner , food and service was incredible. I spoke to the owner while we were leaving and he insisted that we try the ribs , so he stopped what he was doing and went and got us a rib sample and even gave us some rib rub to try at home. We will definitely be returning soon.

Photo of Collette Jackson Collette Jackson
Oct 10, 2019 5

Omg! The food is amazing! The meats are tender, the ribs come right off the bone, the smoke flavor in the meat is on point. The peach cobbler took me back to my childhood days, eating at my great grandma table for the holidays. Excellent customer service. I will most definitely be back.

Photo of Chris Reddaway Chris Reddaway
Aug 1, 2019 5

Really good variety of BBQ food and sauces. Limited beer selection. But the quality of the food is TREMENDOUS. The quantity is good, I could have used more pulled pork on my sandwich but sides were a good size. Atmosphere is fun and great service. Highly recommended for that area between chain BBQ and roadside shacks.

Photo of Joshua Packer Joshua Packer
Nov 14, 2019 5

BBQ is awesome. Good flavour, hush puppies are always served hot and they have a tone of sauces to pick from. Friendly staff and good prices. I will definitely be coming back.

Photo of John Vollmer John Vollmer
Nov 14, 2019 5

Really good barbeque! Wide selection and combos, super stew, corn pudding & peach cobbler! Lots of spicy topping choices. Helpful staff. Comfortable laid back rustic style interiors. Expected, reasonable pricing.

Photo of Mariah K Mariah K
Nov 27, 2019 5

I'm just relocated to North Carolina and I was surprised when they had great sliced brisket. It was very delicious. Definitely recommend! Didn't take long (probably helped that it was 8pm)😂 Also decorated nicely. Over all very great restaurant!

Photo of Michael Roberts Michael Roberts
Nov 27, 2019 5

I've gone here a few times and they never disappoint (except when they're sold out of those delicious ribs)! The staff has also been really great. I really wish I remembered her name but the cashier I had the other evening was very personable and fun.

Photo of Alan Finn Alan Finn
Dec 30, 2019 5

Absolutely great ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. Lots of BBQ places do a good job on the meats and then just have some sides. City BBQ also does a great job on the sides - probably the best overall of anywhere around. The collards, hush puppies, baked beans, and tangy slaw were delicious. If I had to find fault, the french fries were only average and the brisket was a little fattier than I prefer. Nevertheless, this is now my favorite BBQ place.

Photo of M k M k
Dec 25, 2019 5

Phenomenal! From start to finish, the service down to the food, everything was excellent! The catering allowed us to enjoy a stress free Christmas and make it memorable, thank you. We'll definitely be back.

Photo of Alex Rosen Alex Rosen
Jan 5, 2020 4

This is a well run restaurant with quality barbecue, many options for sides and sauces, a clean peaceful dining area, and a very friendly staff. If it were anything but a barbecue restaurant I'd give it five stars, but I think I'm particularly tough on barbecue. It's great to have City BBQ in the neighborhood.

Photo of Chef Chrissie Lapidow Chef Chrissie Lapidow
Jan 24, 2020 5

Where can you find the best BBQ in NC?? RIGHT HERE. Generous portions, friendly and fast service, and ridiculously good food!! I loved the collards and fresh cut fries. You have to try this place... wow. I need to come back soon to try the ribs!

Photo of Taras St Jean Taras St Jean
Feb 28, 2020 5

Best brisket I think I've ever had. Lively atmosphere and the staff were over the top awesome. I've never had hospitality like lthis restaurant has shown. I told them the food was off the shelf amazing and they offered me a sample of all their sides and topped it off with chocolate cake. This day couldn't get any better. All thumbs up for City Barbeque.

Photo of Gregory Sterner Gregory Sterner
Mar 23, 2019 4

Small but nice Barbeque place! Great brisket and ribs for a good price! Limited beer (in bottles) but do have craft beer that are not the run of the mill type. Some outside seating is available.

Photo of Karimah Bennett Karimah Bennett
Apr 10, 2020 5

Xavier was awesome. Very calm, cool and collected. Very polite, AND he gave us samples!! Awesome service and great food. Even if you don't go in they'll take your order outside and bring it back out to you. I wish it was like this all the time, but of course I don't want covid-19 to stay around. Much better customer service than other restaurants right now.

Photo of Dennis Dennis
Jun 20, 2020 5

This is one of the few restaurants that we've tried to support during Phases 1 & 2 of state virus-restrictions, and I'm reviewing yesterday's carryout of a City Sampler plus two upgraded sides. My order was ready on-time, and very efficiently packaged and located for safe pickup. As always, the large staff was super friendly and accommodating, and even graciously included some of their great pickles at my request. The sampler of 4 "meats" was quite good, and their potato salad & cole slaw good as usual. I would recommend but one thing: CB might want to reconsider offering "pulled" pork for their carry-outs, which has a tendency to get dry, in favor of chunks or slices of pork that customers can simply adapt to their own tastes.

Photo of R D R R D R
Jun 21, 2020 5

I love BBQ and now I have a new favorite. Brisket was really good, also beans and slaw. My son had the pulled with fresh cut fries and loved it.

Photo of Sandy V Sandy V
Jun 29, 2020 5

DELICIOUS pulled pork, green beans, hush puppies, and corn pudding today...really, the best bbq meal I think I've ever had. And living in the land of bbq, that's saying something. The only off note was the peach cobbler: too few peaches and too much almond extract - its flavor was dominant, whereas peach cobbler should mostly taste like peaches. Highly recommend this place.