Food was not bad but not great. It’s kind of like a fancy Panda Express. When we went, the Vibes were strange. Scallion pancakes were significantly worse than they were a couple weeks ago. Beef dish didn’t have much beef but flavor was nice. Green beans were okay. Soup dumplings were okay (not the best I’ve had, but fine). Overall underwhelming. Better Chinese can be found.
Feb 11, 2023
Amazing bartenders Will and Chris, creative drinks, great company, and the very best food! Highly recommend crispy green beans, mushroom dumplings, scallion pancakes and sesame beef. Will be regulars here just like we were in Raleigh at their old location. Such a cool vibe, so much fun!
The Simple Travels
Feb 9, 2023
Would rate higher, but service was only just adequate. There were several within our party that had ordered and one had a food allergy to chili’s. It was sent back several times because it kept coming back with chili’s in her dish. All that aside, the food was good and presentation looked yummy. Although we’d eat here again, we likely will not seek it out for any special reason.
Feb 8, 2023
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The new FIVE STAR in Durham is super cool with the colorful graffiti walls and old school hip-hop vibes.
🥗 For lunch, I really enjoyed the beet salad, while eyeing the lomein! 👀 Full table service was provided.
Wasn’t busy at lunchtime but I think this will be a popular restaurant in the area! I’ll definitely be back.
Feb 6, 2023
We had trouble finding the entrance (we were on the wrong side of the building - 318 Blackwell is not actually the entrance), so we called the restaurant and the guy came out to the street to guide us. Now that was going above and beyond! The service was good and so was the food - not extraordinary, but enjoyable and decently priced. The scallion pancakes were particularly good. I would go back and try it again.
Feb 6, 2023
We visited on a Friday night. Food and service weren’t as good as Raleigh location, but I’d give them another try on a different night of the week. The crispy green beans and heat seeker shrimp apps were the most popular at the table. The mushroom dumpling filling and sauce were delicious but the dumpling was undercooked and hard where the skin wrapper was thick on top. The peanut noodle salad was the least enjoyed for the table. Our server was nice but we felt forgotten since she had so many tables. She only came to our table to bring us our order, no one checked to see how everything was going or if we needed anything else. Drinks took 10 minutes or more for some some to come out to table and didn’t have a strong enough flavor as described. Water wasn’t refilled. The restaurant was smoky throughout visit and front door was opened, with weather in the 30s, and cold draft came through the restaurant to the bar. We heard several complaints from tables around us and some even mentioned it to the server. Hopefully we will have a better experience when we come back in the future.
Jan 28, 2023
Food is great, people are friendly, location is nice.
They are still getting timing down with food and Dpac shows etc. Once they work out their kinks, I'm sure Five Star will be 5 Stars. But currently it took an hour for an entree and the second entree was 20 minutes later.
You should definitely try it out, just prepare for a wait.
Jan 20, 2023
Came with ten people for a birthday party. They were so kind and accommodating (especially because I had booked the wrong location). The food and drinks were excellent. As was the staff. Already have a reservation to come back
Jan 13, 2023
This place is fantastic! So glad we have one in Durham now. Might be the only thing I miss about living in raleigh. The entire menu is super tasty.
Jan 12, 2023
Great ambiance at the bar, AMAZING food from top to bottom. Dumplings, scallion cakes, 5 Star Chicken, and Beef & Broccoli. Best I’ve had in the triangle.
Jan 10, 2023
Can you guys add to the menu a few things not as sweet? Diabetic so need to watch my sugar intake. Something like Mongolian Beef/Szechuan Beef would be a great addition - Thanks!
Jan 6, 2023
My friend and I had such a delightful time here. Will, our server, was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and incredibly attentive. Excellent service. At his suggestion, we ordered the scallion pancakes, which were incredible. We also had the mushroom dumplings, green beans, and chicken, and enjoyed it all of it. The price was very affordable, considering the portion sizes and food quality. This restaurant is a great addition to Durham, and to American Tobacco Campus. We'll definitely be back!