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Dame's Chicken & Waffles

4.4

530 Foster St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 682-9235
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Photo of Ray Hernandez Ray Hernandez
Aug 5, 2020 5

In terms of cleanliness during the virus, I felt like they were pretty good. They had lines outside the restaurant for pickup with spots to be socially distant (although, not everyone followed those spots). While all employees seemed to have masks, not all of them wore them over their noses which was kind of odd.

Photo of Steve Kiyonis Steve Kiyonis
Aug 1, 2020 5

Waffles were light and fluffy. Chicken was nicely crispy and juicy on the inside. And just the right syrup. Great comfort food dining experience.

Photo of Luminoso-Kenneth Cruz Luminoso-Kenneth Cruz
Jun 7, 2019 5

Tasty and filling. I don't normally like waffles, but they're very good here. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

First time came pre-corona and just visited again during the corona virus. Food-wise, the chicken and waffles are awesome. Just about what you'd expect. I felt like the chicken was delicious, crispy, and well seasoned. However, I felt like the waffles were pretty average. Service was pretty slow.

Photo of Dennis Paz Dennis Paz
Aug 22, 2020 3

The cleaning of the store is amazing, the staff is friendly but the wait on the food is little bit crazy! Waited almost 45 minutes for Two people! It will be okay if they can let you know how long the waiting time is before they sit you.

Photo of Alejo R Alejo R
Aug 28, 2020 5

Awesome place, fantastic chicken 🐔, terrific . You have to go to this place if you are in Durham, NC

Photo of Christina Robinson Christina Robinson
Sep 7, 2020 4

Food was good, customer service... not so much. The host made sure we were well taken care of, she’s really the only reason we stayed.

Photo of Brandi Harris Brandi Harris
Sep 1, 2020 5

Food is amazing. We did take out and came from abt an hr away to get it and it did not disappoint!

Photo of Jessie G Jessie G
Sep 10, 2020 5

A must try! Heavy portion size but worth every bite.

Photo of william kizzie william kizzie
Sep 19, 2020 5

It was cool a different kind of place

Photo of Mimosa Mimosa
Sep 13, 2020 5

Great tasting food with huge portions at fair prices. This was our first time having chicken and waffles and we left with smiles on our faces and full bellies. Aaron provided great service and handled all of our questions with a smile on his face. We will definitely be coming back here.

Photo of Bonnie Batterson Bonnie Batterson
Oct 8, 2020 5

This place was awesome. Atmosphere great and bright. Nicely themed interior. Greet staff was nice and smiled. My waiter was A1, I am at a loss of his name but we talked about his journey of his stretched ears. He was polite and knowledgeable of the menu. Wings, waffles, grits w/cheese, collards and ice tea all were fantastic.

Photo of Chef Kyle Durkin Chef Kyle Durkin
Nov 19, 2020 5

Excellent chicken and waffles. Waffles had crispy outside, light and fluffy inside. Chicken was well seasoned, crisp skin and moist. Flavored butters were outstanding. Mac and cheese was NOT a sauce made from milk and america cheese.. excellent. And the little glass bottles of syrup was a really nice touch. I've never been a big fan of chicken and waffles but Dame's changed my mind real quick. Well done!

Photo of Tomie Beatrice Tomie Beatrice
Jan 1, 2021 5

The Blackened Salmon was juicy and not dry at all. The mean collard greens, Southern potato salad and Vegan waffle were delicious. Definitely going back again for another round.

Photo of Eternity Mickens Eternity Mickens
Feb 9, 2021 5

First time here today and I am pleased. Food was hot, fresh and just delicious. I got the sweet potato waffle, chicken cutlet, and orange honeycomb shmear with honey Dijon drizzle. It was so good and the cashier helped us understand the menu after asking if it was our first time there. I appreciated this place a lot.

Photo of Joanie and Jenni Beaver Joanie and Jenni Beaver
Sep 25, 2020 3

On our recent trip to Durham, NC we were told we had to try Dame's Chicken & Waffles, so we did. It was Sunday afternoon and the line to dine was quite long. We put our name on the wait list and finally an hour later we were sitting down at the table. Our visit was during COVID, so we were required to wear a mask unless we were at our table. They were extremely busy, so it was quite difficult to hear the waitress, so she had to almost yell to explain the menu and take our order. I had actually never had Chicken and Waffles, so I thought trying it at a place famous for the best I could not go wrong. The menu provides you will already paired smears and sauces, but they also have the option to create your own combo. I went with the Classic Chick, nothing too crazy. The smear and sauces are on the side so you can apply as much or as little as you want. Jenni decided she just wanted the fried chicken, which she really enjoyed. With her meal she had a side of squash and I had the potato salad (which was really yummy). If you are in Durham, NC and you are looking for something with a little Southern flare then you should really try Dame's Chicken and Waffles.

Photo of Julie Wahman Julie Wahman
Oct 2, 2020 5

A big thanks to the team for allowing us to pick up our order after closing time while you were cleaning up for the day. I had promised my daughter chicken and waffles we were going to make at home for her birthday but her little sibling decided to come into the world a bit early so we decided to order them to make it easier on everyone. As life will have it, things take longer than expected so we called to see what to do since we couldnt get there. They assured us while they were closing up that we could still get our food and it gave us just table extra time we needed and was still delicious(!) even though it had sat for a bit (our fault not theirs!) Thanks to the Durham Dames Team, we will be back again and again!

Photo of John Wallace John Wallace
Jan 30, 2021 4

It was good. Waited for table. Not too bad. Seating was good. Waiter Mike was fantastic and knowledgeable. Shrimp 🍤 and grits were tasty and plentiful. Friend had chicken 🐔 and waffle. Was tasty. Waffle could have been hotter. Spread was a pecan type. Very tasty. Overall very good.

Photo of M. Jeddah M. Jeddah
Mar 21, 2021 5

The pairing of crispy fried chicken with the soft, subtle sweetness of waffles is unbeatable. Nowhere is this more true than at Dame's Chicken and Waffles. The servings are ample and leave me filling happy and sated each and every time. I tend to have a very large appetite and so devour every morsel in one sitting whereas others would probably feel compelled to tote what they can't eat home. Ever wonder why there's always a line out front? Try it once and you'll get your answer.

Photo of Percy Johnson Percy Johnson
Apr 3, 2021 5

Wifey and I ordered the "Sassy", the chicken breast and waffles (w/ a side of drumsticks), scrambled eggs and a Carolina Mimosa. EVERYTHING was awesome! A bit of a wait but well worth it. Definitely will be back!

Photo of Ethan Jarrell Ethan Jarrell
Mar 28, 2021 5

This is hands down the best chicken and waffles I've ever had in my entire life. Also, its the first chicken and waffles I've ever had, but that's beside the point. The sweet potato waffles create a spectacular sweet and savory flavor profile when paired with the crispy chicken. The vanilla almond and strawberry toppings are also a fantastic compliment to the dish. I'll definitely be back. Also, the lady working the carryout door needs a raise for having to put up with the attitudes from all the door dash and grub hub drivers.

Photo of Julie Garnett Julie Garnett
May 12, 2021 3

For the experience I had today I would give Dame's one star. But since I have had decent experiences in the past I am giving an overall 3 stars. There was just no excuse for how poor our visit was today. I know staffing is short and online orders are outrageous. I honestly do not mind waiting for decent food. Waiting wasn't the issue. Our party consisted of 4 people. We each ordered an entree and a drink. 45 minutes after being seated part of our order was brought to us. Of the food brought to the table ONE of the meals was complete. My meal as well as my husband's was missing our side and drizzle. My son's meal was non existent. 20 minutes after our partial order was brought to us I got frustrated and spoke to our waiter. Slowly my son's meal, my side and drizzle was delivered. They did bring us an extra cutlet because my son ate my husband's while waiting for his meal. I didn't even realize until we left that my husband NEVER got his side or drizzle for his waffle. We were comped the price of my son's meal. The reason given for poor service was short staffing. Again. I don't mind waiting for my meal. The waiting wasn't the issue. The incomplete delivery and having to ask for our meal to be completed after waiting over 20 minutes from being partially served is the issue. Super dissatisfied and disappointed. I'm glad that Dame's food still tastes good cold because believe me everything was stone cold by the time we were able to eat. I'm not sure what's going on but this location certainly needs some support from someone in upper management. Someone dropped the ball. Of course everyone was nice as they always are. They need support from someone.

Photo of Nicole Ellis Nicole Ellis
May 20, 2021 5

The absolute BEST veggie chicken and vegan waffle I have EVER had and being plant based I have never been able to find "chicken" and waffles that fit in those restrictions! Delicious, flavorful food, wonderful and friendly staff! Atmosphere was very warm and inviting and they also had a lovely selection of beer which is always fun to have with your brunch😜 10/10 will be back! Thank y'all so much!

Photo of Keishyia A. Keishyia A.
May 28, 2021 4

First time coming here. LOVEDDDD it. I would give it 5 stars but I don’t like the fact that they were short staffed. Our waiter was doing the best he could but I felt bad for him. I think he was the only waiter there. Poor thing. (His name was Ky(I think), he was a absolutely amazing despite running around like a chicken with his head cutoff) Other than that, the food was absolutely amazing. I would definitely go back

Photo of Amany A Amany A
Jul 13, 2021 5

The flavors were incredible!!! Everything from the chicken to the waffles and schmear all complement each other so perfectly for a splendid culinary experience. I also ordered mac n cheese on the side and it was the best mac I have EVER had. The service was incredible. The entire experience reminded me of how much I love southern charm. Wait times were very long on a Saturday at this location though, but in my opinion food was worth the wait.

Photo of armando urbina armando urbina
Jul 11, 2021 5

Shout out to management at this establishment taking care of their customers. We had a group of 6 and was able to online que to get a table. Management checked on us constantly to make sure we were taken care of. Our server was amazing as well. The food, superb as usual. Never a bad time here. Plan for a line if you want to go, but it's well worth the wait.

Photo of Fanny Mixter Fanny Mixter
Aug 6, 2021 5

This place was recommended by several people. Decided to check it out and yeah, absolutely 🔥! So good. I got the Breakfast Honcho. Eggs, Grits, Chicken cutlet and Sweet potato waffle 🤤with Vanilla & Almond Shmear (flavored butter). Also tried the Mac and cheese (not very traditional, more like very seasoned pasta), and the greens. All tasty and would recommend!! My hub got the wings instead of cutlet and said one of the top wings he’s ever eaten. (His pic attached).

Photo of Aiden Bundy Aiden Bundy
Aug 13, 2021 5

I highly recommend this restaurant. Decided to go here on my lunch break (probably one of the busiest times of the day) and was seated and given my food within 10 minutes. The quality of the food was highly impressive and the service was immaculate. My waiter was extremely friendly and patient. If you’re ever looking for a new place to grab some food, this restaurant is the perfect place for you.

Photo of Antonia McPherson Antonia McPherson
Sep 1, 2021 5

Overall I would give Our Experience Here a 100% Perfect. From China (Host) Being Well Mannered and Genuinely Polite . Too Mat (Waiter) Being so Helpful and Kind; Mike with his great assistance with everything else. We appreciate the staff and We felt appreciated from the minute we step in the door to the Second it was time to leave! We definitely will be recommending all of our Friends and Family Here! TO TOP IF OFF OUR FOOD & DRINK WERE AMAZING

Photo of Taylor rae Taylor rae
Sep 8, 2021 5

What a fantastic spot ! My server Bianca was WONDERFUL! She was knowledgeable about the menu, offered great suggestions, so so sooooo friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious, the chicken juicy and awesome. I honestly can’t say enough good stuff about this place, the food and the employees

Photo of Chef Angel Lynn Chef Angel Lynn
Aug 11, 2021 5

This place is the Bomb! The service is exceptional which is becoming hard to find these days so BIG BIG SHOT OUT AND THANK YOU TO THE STAFF, YOU ROCK AND ROLL!! The food is soo good you want to share but you really don’t 😂😂. It’s family friendly and the children loved it. Keep up the great work. I’m telling all my friends and family to check them out. Enjoy!

Photo of Alyssa Geddes Alyssa Geddes
Jul 15, 2020 4

Delicious! Dare I say the best waffle I’ve ever had. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the sauce, it reminds me of a mumbo sauce, was just what it needed! I got a side of Mac and cheese and greens. Both were ok. I prefer my Mac & cheese baked and my greens a little sweeter. I still ate it tho!

Photo of Georgia Schumacher Georgia Schumacher
Jul 24, 2020 5

Delicious food and friendly service. We've heard about this place for a while but this was the first time we've gone and the food was worth the hype. We will definitely be back!

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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.

Photo of LORIELLE B LORIELLE B
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!