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Clouds Brewing


905 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 251-8096
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Photo of Sonof Mike Sonof Mike
Jun 30, 2019 5

Drove by this place over 20 times a week for a couple of years and had no idea it was even here. I guess it’s one of Durham’s best kept secrets because my wife and I went here last night and was treated to some great brews and amazing food. If you can successfully sneak past the Brightleaf parking Nazis it’s well worth the trip. Will be back.

Photo of robert bridges robert bridges
Jun 29, 2019 5

Stopped here for a quick bite and a beer. The Nacho plate was huge and delicious. The stuffed mushrooms were so good! We let our server choose our beer, and we were not disappointed. And if you like a Jalapeno Margherita- there's was really good. The place is huge, so definitely a crowd pleaser. We will be back

Photo of Brenda Knight Brenda Knight
Jul 6, 2019 5

We recently had my son's engagement party at the CLOUDS BREWING in Durham. We had a very nice experience. We worked with Brandon and his team. Our entire process was delightful. All communication was prompt and informative and all questions were answered quickly (prior to the event). The room was ready and clean prior to our arrival. All staff was helpful and very cooperative. All requests were handled immediately. The food was simply delicious and the display was outstanding. Everyone commented on how beautiful everything was and how tasty each dish was. The portions were very generous! All guests really enjoyed the "downpour experience".The outside courtyard made a gorgeous backdrop for our pictures. I would highly recommend this venue! Thanks to Brandon and his staff for doing such an amazing job helping us celebrate our special couple.

Photo of Paul Allen Paul Allen
May 31, 2019 4

Nice biergarten atmosphere. Nice selection on draft, even more bottles/cans. Tasty food too.

Photo of Eladio Bobadilla Eladio Bobadilla
Apr 29, 2019 5

A bit out of the way, but good selection and never that busy. It's a nice place to have a beer if you don't like going to places where you can't hear the people you're with. Here, you'll be able to chat over a nice drink in peace.

Photo of Jamie Garrett Jamie Garrett
Apr 16, 2019 4

Fantastic beer. Great location. I only had beer, so I can't rate the food. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because there's too many TVs. Like most restaurants these days, there's too much visual stimulation.

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Apr 21, 2019 4

Service was good but a little slow. I wish they had a vegan option on the entree menu or at least a vegan burger option. That said, the place is nice and looks like they can do very large groups well. Everyone enjoyed their beers.

Photo of Caleb Shore Caleb Shore
Jun 8, 2019 4

Rented out the room for a private event. Staff was really nice. Manager was freaking out a bit because she thought we were stealing drinks (which was 100% false). When renting a room they provided wrist bands for drinks for the self pouring station. The bands kept hitting the “cap” and having to go to the bar to “unlock” them when we had 1 or 2 beers. Kinda annoying but overall good experience.

Photo of Amy Clements Amy Clements
Oct 21, 2019 5

My husband and I love Clouds! We enjoy the food and service so much that my husband's family hosted the rehearsal dinner for our wedding here. Our guests all complimented the food, drinks, and friendly service, and the downpour wall was a big hit. Brandon is a pleasure to meet and work with. We look forward to coming back soon!

Photo of Karen Santamaria Karen Santamaria
Oct 12, 2019 5

The staff here was excellent and took great care of us for our event. We loved the food and there was a great variety of drinks available too.

Photo of Deena Horowitz Deena Horowitz
Aug 18, 2019 5

This place is wonderful for a small hangout or for a large party. I’ve had numerous get-togethers here with friends, including two larger food platter type events. The food is great, the service is phenomenal! Management is always super helpful when you’re organizing a larger group. They provide a ton of space and they are attentive to all the guests. The beer is great and they have plenty of cocktails too. If you are hosting an event or just want to go for drinks and food, you really can’t go wrong with going here!!

Photo of April meech April meech
Sep 16, 2019 5

Always a fun place to go. I've some of the best beer in my life here. They need to make the German chocolate stout a regular menu item!

Photo of Holly Cox Holly Cox
Sep 5, 2019 4

Waiter was great, I got the wings with dry rub. They didn't have much dry rub on them and they were pretty tough. The beer wall where you pay per ounces you drink is a neat idea though and it had a good atmosphere. Maybe a wings just aren't their thing, others I was with seemed to enjoy their food.

Photo of Helen Lindsay Helen Lindsay
Mar 15, 2022 4

The atmosphere was great! We tried a couple of different beers which we enjoyed while watching a basketball game. We snacked on the cauliflower bites and fries which were both tasty and then we ordered mains. I had the Vegan Burger and was unimpressed, the main flavor was salt. The texture of the burger is more geared to someone who likes a meaty texture burger, but it still needs more flavor (some garlic or something similar would help). All in all, would recommend for drinks/atmosphere but maybe get dinner elsewhere.

Photo of Chercez Mangum Chercez Mangum
Mar 14, 2022 5

I was super impressed with Clouds Brewing. I went for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I had the Blackened Chicken Pasta which was perfect. Their root beer is made in house, and that was really good as well. it is a great Durham downtown lunch option. The waiter was super nice and the food came out quickly. There is lots of parking nearby so that is great too.

Photo of Troy Toney Troy Toney
Dec 14, 2021 5

Excellent food. Usually with breweries your lucky if you have better than average food to accompany your beer. At Clouds Brewing I would say there food quality and flavors are excellent. Will definitely makenthis a regular gathering spot.

Photo of kim miller kim miller
Oct 3, 2021 5

AWESOME SERVICE!! Was there w/ a group of like 20-25 people on Fri 10/2, & had a freaking blast! Definitely a place to have a great time!!! Drinks & food served up asap & with a smile- - Will for sure be back again!😁👍

Photo of Madison Hornstein Madison Hornstein
Sep 7, 2021 5

Our experience at Clouds Brewing was awesome! The pretzel is a MUST. It was served with beer cheese and dijon mustard, and I wish it could have been my meal. My fiance and I both thoroughly enjoyed our beers and our entrees - I got a burrito bowl, and he got the London broil. I loved every bite! We also loved the ambience outside. Will be returning soon!

Photo of Juli Juli
Aug 28, 2021 5

I loved this place. The outside seating was so quiet and relaxing. I brought my dog and she just chilled underneath the table. The food was excellent and the service was great. Highly recommend.

Photo of Gary Rains Gary Rains
Sep 1, 2021 4

I have been here many times and always had good service, food, and beer. My only complaint is that during my last visit the waiter was not wearing a mask. Even if he was vaccinated this is unacceptable for me during a pandemic. I'll spend my money at places where my family feels comfortable. Hopefully, the managers at Clouds will change their policy or COVID numbers will improve.

Photo of Victor Fosser Victor Fosser
Jul 27, 2021 5

We brought our two dogs and sat outside. They were obviously dog friendly and we had zero issues. The food was very well prepared. My wife and I were fighting for bites of the short ribs. Delicious and incredibly tender. Staff was friendly and prices are reasonable. We will be back again!

Photo of Sarah Miller Sarah Miller
Jun 27, 2021 5

Go here. Just do. You will not regret it. In fact, if you don't go here you will finish living with the knowledge that you passed on an EXCELLENT experience and potentially the best upscale burger and beer of your life. Was passing through on a road trip with my boyfriend and stopped here for dinner - we each got a beer flight and shared the stuffed mushrooms and BBQ pork belly burger. Not only were the stuffed mushrooms absolutely worth driving 7 hours roundtrip to come back again next weekend (let me tell you, we are TEMPTED), but the staff even so kindly brought the burger out already split and separately plated with generous portions of fries and dipping sauces for each of us. The burger completely blew our minds. I know I sound like a raving lunatic at this point, but I have zero negative things to say about this charming spot with the food worth driving for. There is plenty of variety on the beer menu, and each one was totally unique and a flavor adventure for sure. We loved them, but got a full Mango Weiss and Edward Teach Teaches Peaches (so good!). The outdoor seating was well arranged and peaceful, as well as child and pet friendly. The atmosphere was cheerful and the service was incredibly prompt without hovering. Elizabeth (I'm pretty sure!) helped us tonight and was amazing - we never had an empty water glass or waited for anything but did not feel overwhelmed either. Every staff member was friendly and helpful. My only recommendation would be : please open a location closer to the coast!

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Jul 31, 2021 4

Service was good but a little slow. I wish they had a vegan option on the entree menu or at least a vegan burger option. That said, the place is nice and looks like they can do very large groups well. Everyone enjoyed their beers. Recent edit: they now have a Vegan burger and it’s good. Comes on a Pretzel bun!

Photo of Briana Johnson Briana Johnson
Jul 3, 2021 5

Drinks were great! I got the spiked root beer and it was awesome! My husband and dad got beers and loved them. The pretzels are to die for! Great wings, BBQ sauce was yummy!

Photo of Tim Becker Tim Becker
Jul 5, 2021 5

INCREDIBLE food. Really blew me away how good it was. It reheated well too. The steak omelette was good enough to get every time I go back. Cool view too from the outside seating.

Photo of Jackson Wright Jackson Wright
Jun 16, 2021 5

Best spot in Durham, hands down. Cooks, servers, bartenders, managers, etc are all awesome. Can't go wrong here regardless of whether you're out for food, drinks, or both.

Photo of Matt Dockery Matt Dockery
Jun 14, 2021 5

This is a really cool spot in the middle of Brightleaf Square. Even with Covid restrictions, they do a great job of accommodating inside and outside. They have some awesome varieties of beer on draft with everything from sours to porters to seasonal lagers. The food is also incredible and could thrive alone just on that. Lastly, I want to shout out the staff - we came with a large group and they made sure we had a large enough table outside. Despite a few last minute additions to the group, they were really flexible and friendly and made us feel welcome. This is definitely going to be a regular spot for me.

Photo of Elizabeth Harvey Elizabeth Harvey
Jun 11, 2021 5

Great customer service by our server, manager, and host! Also, very delicious food. highly recommend!

Photo of Anthony Morris Anthony Morris
Jun 8, 2021 5

Great food, alcohol, service and atmosphere. Bartender was great, very helpful with helping to understand the selection of drinks and had a fantastic personality. Overall a wonderful experience and would recommend to anyone.

Photo of Caitlin Scarcella Caitlin Scarcella
Jun 6, 2021 3

Went for some beers and food. The beer was average to good. My husband got a flight of beers and said that they were good. I got the Mango Weisse and enjoyed it. We shared a pretzel and then each got dinners. The Buffalo chicken wrap and fries were tasty and something I’d get again. The chicken sandwich was disappointing. Not much flavor to it and cheap ingredients. My daughter had a burger and veggies off the kids menu. Burger was literally a slab of meat with a piece of cheap American cheese. Veggies were good. Everything was average, but not sure if we’d be itching to go back.

Photo of KC Chen KC Chen
Apr 27, 2021 5

Nice beer, Nice food, Nice dining area and experience! Sweet potato waffle fries is the spot! Cloud 9 is also the recommended beer!

Photo of John Roberts John Roberts
Apr 16, 2021 5

Wonderful variety of beers. Food, sports on TVs and great service. Indoor and outdoor seating.

Photo of Bruce Phillips Bruce Phillips
Apr 4, 2021 4

Stopped in Cloud's to watch some Final Four action and liked place. Good beer and food! Lots of space and TVs.

Photo of Thomas Olson Thomas Olson
Mar 24, 2021 5

Fantastic beer, food, and people. I’m honestly amazed this place isn’t more popular. The staff are attentive, the food is truly fantastic, and the beer is top quality. If you are looking for a place to relax after work, or a place to grab a bite to eat with a cold beer this is the place to go. I personally recommend the El Hefe and the Shortrib entree. I’ve not had a better Hefeweizen since my time in Germany! 10/10

Photo of Cruz Nestler Cruz Nestler
Mar 27, 2021 5

Awesome brewery with really great food, staff, and even better beer! HUGE facility with plenty of room to accommodate lots of people. I would highly recommend dropping in and paying these guys a visit next time your in Durham!

Photo of Chelsea Sloggy Chelsea Sloggy
Feb 27, 2021 4

Overall enjoyable experience. Good beer and food. Only four stars because they asked us if we wanted food/let us order our food at 8:30, brought it out at 9, then told us they close at 9 (we were unsure of the closing time because of changing COVID rules) and then started closing up around us. They were stacking chairs, etc. And we felt rushed to get out.

Photo of Mckenzie Garcia Mckenzie Garcia
Feb 7, 2021 3

This place definitely has a wide selection of beer, I had the mango weisse, and found it to be rather good. My friend ordered a beer that was on sale and it seemed as if the keg had gone bad. I will be returning at some point for another beer to give it another chance

Photo of Shannon Taylor Shannon Taylor
Oct 31, 2020 4

Good menu of house drafts and other NC beers. I'm sure the atmosphere is much more energized when Covid isn't a factor.

Photo of Karen Chaney Karen Chaney
Oct 24, 2020 5

The Griiled Salmon was absolutely delicious! The staff was friendly, welcoming, and attentive! Hubby and I each had a cocktail. But I highly recommend trying the Cloud 9/Belgian Golden Strong! And I don't usually like beer...

Photo of Jacqui Cohn Jacqui Cohn
Oct 18, 2020 5

Tried a couple different beers (Octoberfest, Milk Stout, and "Mean Girls" Sour) and all were really good. We'll definitely be back!

Photo of Nicholas Broad Nicholas Broad
Sep 1, 2020 5

Friendly staff. Have seating inside and outside during the pandemic. I got nachos and they were ok. Not my type of cheese; it was not cheesy enough. They made it very liquid and spreadable, but I'd rather it be closer to regular cheese. Beers were good. Cool interior with lots of wood.

Photo of Patrick Holland Patrick Holland
Sep 18, 2020 5

Excellent prepared salmon.

Photo of Jessica Phillips Jessica Phillips
Sep 3, 2020 4

Lovely place to sit outside and have dinner. Good bar apps, and a nice array of specials throughout the week. I wish I could have made it for half price wine night on Wednesdays! I also appreciated the Caesar salad was heavier on green than white, and the hot pretzel and beer cheese dip was spot on for starting out evening.

Photo of Nicholas Broad Nicholas Broad
Sep 1, 2020 5

Friendly staff. Have seating inside and outside during the pandemic. I got nachos and they were ok. Not my type of cheese; it was not cheesy enough. They made it very liquid and spreadable, but I'd rather it be closer to regular cheese. Beers were good. Cool interior with lots of wood.

Photo of e gerringer e gerringer
Sep 4, 2020 4

Best beer of the day after going to a few other breweries that day. Not much happening inside due to Covid but they had correct safety measures in place.

Photo of Lauren Wallrichs Lauren Wallrichs
Jul 24, 2020 5

I’ve been here at least 5 times, and every time it has been fantastic! The service is great, and the food/beer selection is even better. Do yourself a favor and order the giant pretzel with beer cheese; you won’t regret it!

Photo of Michelle Jacobs Michelle Jacobs
Jun 17, 2020 5

Thank you so much for my to go growler for my husband's birthday! Thank you for the conversation and help picking the perfect beer! And of course for the sample! See you soon!

Photo of Kira Heikes Kira Heikes
Jun 12, 2020 5

Very friendly, fast service and great food and beer selection. They also have good practices in place for COVID-19 social distancing.

Photo of Sarah Chittenden Sarah Chittenden
Feb 23, 2020 4

Cool vibe and a huge space. Had drinks at the bar and watched basketball. Lots of tvs and seats to watch them. Will likely be back for dinner sometime soon.

Photo of Gabe Brown Gabe Brown
Mar 14, 2020 5

This place is GREAT. Food is amazing and the drink menu is limitless. What really put this place over the top is the staff. Bartenders are personable and have a great knowledge of the beer selection. The manager greeted us right away and continued to check in throughout our visit. Everyone here is down to earth and treats everyone as family. Wish I lived close enough to be a regular!

Photo of Alec Moore Alec Moore
Mar 13, 2020 5

Fun spot to have a beer (or two) and watch the game. Had the HOP J.A.M. and Hawaiian Burger and both were on point. The guy behind the bar was nice and joked about how bad the Cubs were going to be this year and as a Cardinals fan we bonded over that. Funny guy! All in all it was great experience and I will definitely be back soon.

Photo of Jonathan Ptachcinski Jonathan Ptachcinski
Feb 22, 2020 4

Cool place. Good appetizers and good beer selection. Burgers seemed like they were frozen before but they had some interesting concepts for burgers.

Photo of Shoba Kumar Shoba Kumar
Feb 27, 2020 5

Our go to place for groups or just a casual hangout with upscale bar food and drinks. I am not a beer person but they have a great selection of beer along with the option to self pour and pay by the ounce. Great daily specials as well!

Photo of Jennifer Hennigan Jennifer Hennigan
Jan 14, 2020 5

This is a recently discovered favorite for me, I've been here 3 times now. The staff has always been friendly and attentive. Also, I feel like it's difficult to make a standout chicken caesar salad wrap, but their wrap is amazing! It comes out warm, and the chicken has a great flavor. The dressing is also unique and not overly creamy.

Dec 27, 2019 3

Twice now I've been to this brewery. The beer is cold and tasty but the service is nothing short of a dumpster fire. The tap wall is a nice touch but the fact that the beer tender stares at you like you have 4 heads is quite annoying. The first time I shrugged off the service as the server had a bad day. The second time around, different person and same attitude. Calamari was pretty good though 🤷‍♂️

Photo of Chelsea Greenhaw Chelsea Greenhaw
Dec 3, 2019 5

Really good beer and a great food menu. Bar bites are $3 from 4-6pm weekdays. Awesome deal.

Photo of Nikhilesh Chowgule Nikhilesh Chowgule
Dec 1, 2019 5

The food there was quite an surprise. Most breweries have BYOF with food trucks parked outside. But Clouds Brewing has some of the best food. Plus they have bracelet style self serving beer. A very nice experience in all.

Photo of Briona Blair Briona Blair
Oct 29, 2019 5

Food Was Amazing. Tried The American Burger With The Bacon & Cheese Fries. It Was Great. Quick Service & Friendly Host. Thanks 😊

Photo of Will Herbst Will Herbst
Apr 16, 2022 5

VERY large cubic room filled with comical amount of tables. Food is solid and the peanut butter pie is to die for. The tricks on Thursday nights is one of the better in the area. The questions are more geared toward facts and geography than millennial culture as so many are. However, the questions are often hard to hear. Beer good.

Photo of Yowanna Harvey Yowanna Harvey
Apr 29, 2022 5

The service & food was very good. I ordered the shrimp and grits. It was absolutely delicious. The cauliflower bites & short rib nachos as appetizers were also delicious. I will definitely be visiting again. Kudos 👏🏽

Photo of Terri Murray Terri Murray
Jul 23, 2022 5

Great beer, food and service. What more can I say. Paula Ann was wonderful and was very gracious. When we told her we were cold, she helped us move to a more comfortable table. We had a great evening.

Photo of Robin Marcus Robin Marcus
May 9, 2022 5

Hadn't been in some time, but brunch was so good, we'll definitely be putting Clouds back into a regular rotation! The grits are absolutely the best (pro tip: ask for some of their housemade hot sauce to add on top!). The poblano chicken grits were new to the menu since I last visited, and they were so colorful and flavorful. After we each had an entree, we shared (demolished) the bananas foster French toast - delicious! Love that you can order a carafe of mimosas. Great outdoor dining space. All around wonderful brunch experience.

Photo of Maggie Connors Maggie Connors
Jun 12, 2022 5

Stopped for any evening social hour and got to sit outside! Service was a little slow to get started (hostess wasn’t very informative), but our server was great and the live band playing in the courtyard was fantastic. Great chill experience for people visiting Durham!

Photo of moviegeek80 moviegeek80
Aug 23, 2021 5

Food, service and not to mention the beer was fantastic! Our waitress was vert attentive and took care of everything thoroughly. I recommend the Octoberfest and Caribbean Kolsch brews. Very warm, inviting atmosphere, with friendly folks situated in the tobacco district of Downtown Durham.