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Dame's Chicken & Waffles


530 Foster St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 682-9235
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Nov 9, 2019 5

Went to restaurant for the first time with my two boys (11/9/19). I planned to sit in the car for a wait since I couldn't book a 10:30 rsvp online. Got there at 10:40, the staff was gracious from door to table. Desmond, our server, was just the right amount of support. The food was seasoned and hot...my picky boys both complemented the grits-no cheese of course.

Photo of Gail Birkby Gail Birkby
Dec 18, 2019 3

We made a reservation for a party of 10 at 1pm because we were told it wasn't possible to seat us at 11:00 am. When we arrived we still waited for the tables to be cleared up. They wanted to seat 10 of us at a table only big enough for potentially 8. When we couldn't fit they refused to accommodate us and some of us had to sit at a table nearby but not with our group. Later I noticed a back room they had closed off that was not being used with several tables large enough to seat our reservation, but it was never an option for them as we had to accommodate them. The server was prompt and outstanding. I'd never been to Dames so I ordered the chicken and waffle. The waffle had black specks all over it like they don't clean the waffle maker. It was also disappointing as it was soft, cold, and moist. The chicken cutlet was perfect and the smear (butter) was tasty. The Mac and cheese was flavored like Thanksgiving stuffing , so a little strange but it was OK. The syrup container was frustrating as I had to shake and shake it to get the syrup to come out. Overall, I was puzzled about why people rave about this place.

Photo of Will Sutton Will Sutton
Dec 10, 2019 5

The waffles we're soft and moist....the chicken was flavorful. The Mac and cheese was the bomb! It blew me away. I can hardly wait to try everything on the menu. This is my first time visiting since leaving the location on main street. I suggest they put a bigger sign out front so it will be easier to find.

Photo of Michael Fogle Michael Fogle
Dec 28, 2019 5

Family has been on a kick to eat at restaurants that have a more limited menu but do those items very well and Dame's doesn't disappoint. Was pretty crowded for lunch on a weekday when we went. Chicken was not over done. Waffles were firm and not doughy. Definitely recommend it.

Photo of Chandler Younts Chandler Younts
Dec 23, 2019 5

This place has always been one of my favorites and never fails to disappoint. Any waffle, chicken, and shmear combination will be tasty! I also love the Mac and cheese! I also think the paper and crayons is a fun touch!

Photo of garrett brantley garrett brantley
Jan 27, 2020 5

Tasted amazing and that's what matters most. I think their vegan waffle is the best waffle I have ever eaten; the strawberry shmear and caramel-walnut drizzle were both delicious but I could have eaten the waffle on its own. The chicken was tasty too! Our server started out great but I think she got overwhelmed by the number of people she had to attend to. Not a big deal though.

Photo of Melissa Melissa
Jan 19, 2020 5

Gingerbread Waffles, maple pecan smear, whiskey cream drizzle with fried chicken cutlet. I recommend the cup of fruit on the side, cutting up the apple slices and adding on top. This was a great combo, highly recommended!

Photo of Jeyoncé4life Jeyoncé4life
Feb 11, 2020 5

Its always good food when I'm here. Just as good as when they were at the other location. The chicken is down right delicious. The waffles definitely complement them but in my opinion not needed. I mean they taste great too, but that chicken. Great food for a great price. You cannot go wrong. Not to mention the mimosas. This is a place I recommend for everyone. They also validate parking.

Photo of Lea Dickson Lea Dickson
Feb 8, 2020 4

Waitress "Precious" was excellent and gave great suggestions. Got the Classy Hen- fried a little too long and chicken was a little dry. Other than that, good food. Waffle was very flavorful & the sauteed squash & onions were tasty. Overall everything needed a pinch of salt. Not a fan of the oregano in macaroni & cheese. Would definitely go back to try something else.

Photo of sean canty sean canty
Feb 1, 2020 5

Today was my first time going to dames chicken and waffles. I sat at the bar. The food was good. I like the atmosphere of the restaurant. Will was my waiter. He was great, he took the time to walk me through the menu. The rest of employees that walked near me was nice and took time to have a small conversation with me when I engaged them.

Apr 23, 2020 3

3 stars because the chicken is delicious. However, your side dishes need a lot of work. The mac n cheese has wayyyyy too much oregano. And who makes potato salad with sour cream. And yes we can taste the difference. If you need help or tips send me a message.

Photo of Anthony D'Anna Anthony D'Anna
Jun 12, 2020 5

Best takeout service I've ever had... BY FAR! I mean, takeout is usually "let me know when you are ready to order", but not here. We talked about the entire menu, what I like, what I wanted and what is really good. I definitely made the right choice too cause I can't see ever picking anything better. Come on man, that is some next level service.

Photo of Jan Stevens Jan Stevens
Jun 11, 2020 5

This place is one of my favorite spots to eat. The food and drinks are really good, BIG portions, and the staff is always super cool.The atmosphere is awesome too, whenever I’m in phoenix I always try to go...

Photo of Annette Bailey Annette Bailey
Sep 9, 2019 5

A delightful experience. My sweet potato waffle was scrumptious. I tasted my grand son's macaroni and cheese...so very good. The potato salad, some of the best, give it a try. I'm really picky about potato salad but this was particularly good. And of course the chicken was good, nice and crispy on the outside but tender and moist on the inside. Try this place for yourself. Make a reservation because it's very popular but with good reason.

Photo of Trinitee722 . Trinitee722 .
Oct 12, 2019 5

Had a wonderful evening with family and friends to celebrate the engagement of some very special people. Management and staff were very accommodating and not to mention the food was great. Love the new location and look. Definitely will be my place to go when in Durham and especially if I am looking to host an event! Thanks DCW for making this event memorable.

Photo of Carlotta Jackson Carlotta Jackson
Jul 19, 2019 5

I wish I could give more stars. The hostess and the male waiter greeted me at the door. They were very friendly. My waitress Sarah was very knowledgeable, helpful and professional. I like my eggs fried hard, initially I didn't ask, so I sent them back. I apologized to my waitress. She was understanding. She had the cook make the entire plate over. I had classic waffles, chicken cutlet, eggs and grits. The food was delicious. A gentleman came to my table to ask if the eggs were better. I told him they were. Once Sarah came with the check, I inquired about the gentlemen. She told me he was the owner, Dame. I am so impressed with their hospitality. I live in Florida, however if I find my way back to Durham, I will be patronizing Dame's. I encourage patrons to do the same. Keep up the good service!!!

Photo of postoffice cb postoffice cb
Sep 22, 2019 3

Casual restaurant in downtown Durham, recommended to us for the chicken and waffles. Family-friendly, clean, good service. Ordered chicken n waffles, in oatmeal/vegan waffle, with sides of collard greens, grits with cheese, eggs. Food was respectable but, compared to another place (in Raleigh) this did not have the flavor and crunch and wow factor we expected. Uniquely they offer "schmears", a kind of Crisco-based flavored spread for waffles, which is a cool idea but we weren't sold on it.

Photo of Denise Williams Denise Williams
Sep 26, 2019 5

I always enjoy my experience at Dame's. This is my first time to this location since they moved from Main St and I really like the design. This location is bigger than when it was on Main St. The instruments on the wall is a nice touch to the dining area. The food, as always is on point!

Photo of Kiran Greer Kiran Greer
Apr 22, 2019 5

My first time going, a friend with me did not know they had moved into bigger and nicer place. I had classic chicken and waffles with squash and mac & cheese and it was very good. Had about 30 min wait, it went fast and they just text you when table is ready. I will go back the next time I’m in Durham . Basic fried chicken and waffles. Different kinds of sauces are presented with the chicken. Good food. Waitress very pleasant , attentive and helpful. A bit expensive for chicken.

Photo of Adam B Adam B
May 29, 2019 4

TL;DR -  Relocated to a new location, good chicken and waffles, but not as good as the original. (detailed review below)Went to the original many times, was sad when they closed. Was very excited to see they had reopened in a new location. The Google Map address is correct. It seems like this restaurant is under new ownership and management. The location is much larger than the original, and some of the food items are different. Would still recommend games but miss the original.Food: * * * *Service: * * * *Value: * * *Atmosphere: * * * *Restroom: * * * *[if the restroom is clean, then kitchen should be as well. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most hated places for employees to clean]

Photo of Jami Murphy Jami Murphy
May 20, 2019 5

Was middle of day 3::00 when we arrived. Restaurant was clean. Staff was very friendly. I had the Sweet Potato Waffle with chicken cutlet honey mustard squeeze and orange smear. I also enjoyed side of Spicey Collards. Excellent combination!

Photo of Rideshare Foodie Rideshare Foodie
Apr 18, 2019 5

- The only spot I know with Flavored butter!! called Smear! Strawberry, blueberry, peach etc.This is definitely my new favorite location. My waitress Allie was very knowledgeable and informative about the how ordering worked and the menu options. Allie had to leave so Sydney took over and was also remarkable. I met the owner Dame who was nothing but polite and courteous and valued each of his customers. This place was very welcoming and had prompt service. I will definitely be returning and highly recommend this place! The food is delicious and very reasonable as well. P.s. ask for the hot syrup and you'll get a small personal glass bottle of hot syrup. Delicious!

Photo of PM Giles PM Giles
May 11, 2019 5

My first time visiting the restaurant in Greensboro NC, awesome service. The food was superb. Definitely my kind of southern cooking. Will definitely visit again when I'm back in the area. Adding to my top restaurant choices.

Photo of Forrest Wrede Forrest Wrede
Jul 6, 2019 5

Came here while on vacation and literally could not recommend this establishment more highly. Service from Allie was absolutely phenomenal (very organized, knowledgeable, and helpful) and the food was...is it too strong to say life-changing? I'm going to say life-changing.

Photo of Aidan Morrison Aidan Morrison
Jul 7, 2019 4

Friendly service! Food was brought out quickly despite the business. Perfect downtown location, walking distance from other places. Shmier flavoured butter was unique and tasty!