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Hope Valley Diner


3710 Shannon Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 419-0907
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Photo of Melissa Porter Melissa Porter
Nov 6, 2019 4

I enjoy eating at the diner. I split an appetizer of their fried oysters with a friend, and the oysters tasted fresh and sweet. The batter was crunchy, which I liked. I hang an omelette for my main course, and it was okay...I like fluffier omelettes, but the filling was good as well as the biscuit. My friend had a steak and baked potato which she said was good, and it was a good-sized portion. The waiter made a fresh pot of coffee for me, and kept our beverages filled. They serve breakfast all day, and have a good selection of hot and cold sandwiches, plus the staples of diner food, like meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, Mac and cheese, and a kid's menu. They often have a fruit cobbler on the dessert list, and those are homemade and are even better served warm with a scoop of ice cream. It's a wide menu, if you want some diner food. Lots of regulars are in there, so that says a lot about a place.

Photo of B. Bowen B. Bowen
Nov 22, 2019 5

Great little diner....That has delicious food and nice and friendly wait staff! This is a little place off the beaten path, with good prices and a nice selection of comfort/country cooking options. They also have large cakes to choose from if you have got a hankering for your sweet tooth :)

Photo of Iesha Pagan Iesha Pagan
Nov 24, 2019 4

I enjoy their breakfast. Very small and usually busy in the morning. To-go orders take a little longer than expected. But overall a quiet place to meet with someone to chat.

Photo of Terez Generette Terez Generette
Dec 16, 2019 5

I went to the diner for brunch. Breakfast is served all day they told me. I wasn't in the mood for eggs. That was not an issue for them. I could order a variety of lunch items. I decided to keep it simple. I ordered a chicken salad sandwich on a croissant with homemade chips. It was delicious and I could hardly eat it all. The serving was substantial. I also recommend the crab cakes. Being from MD I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with their flavor and no filler.

Photo of M G M G
Feb 13, 2020 5

My husband and I ate there yesterday after his appointment at Duke. We were looking for something different and are so glad we found this place online. The food was very good. The carrot souffle was yummy! The hamburger steak was very good as well. It was very crowded as it was 12:30. The waitress and hostess were very nice. We hope to return again when we go back to Durham.

Photo of Lori Thompson Lori Thompson
Feb 15, 2020 3

I would give the food 5 stars, but the service is so bad that I'm only giving them 3 stars. The food is very good and it's why I keep going back, but they seriously need to retrain the staff. They are not very friendly, so slow to bring out the food, and they don't listen to your requests. Every time. Today might have been the last straw for me. I'm not sure if I'm going back there again.

Photo of Ana Caldera Ana Caldera
Feb 28, 2020 4

Hubby and I came for lunch in the rush during the week. It was busy but the staff was really nice. The food was tasty. Southern Comfort at it's finest.

Photo of Laura Rampersad Laura Rampersad
Mar 1, 2019 5

I got a vegetable plate and everything was so fresh and delicious! The server was friendly and attentive.

Photo of James Mc James Mc
Feb 22, 2018 5

Hope Valley Diner is one of those hidden gems in the area. The food is always fantastic, I wish I could describe the menu to you but it's better to think of it like southern cooking with a little bit of everything on the menu. Breakfast is served all day and is good anytime you order it. There are new specials every week and I've got to say I've never had a bad dish here. The staff is friendly but you can tell when they get busy that there isn't always enough staff. Despite being under staffed sometimes I've never had to wait longer than 30 mins for my food, not sure who's running the kitchen but they do an excellent job. Overall, can't beat the price, quality of food or the quantity, make Hope Valley Diner your stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner sometime you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Susan Montani Susan Montani
Mar 20, 2020 5

Really comfortable place! Lots of locals Friendly staff, good food. Very broad menu with much to choose from. Good options for breakfast, lunch & also dinner.

Photo of David Bottjen David Bottjen
Jun 7, 2020 5

I love this place and its food. Curbside pickup worked well.

Photo of Iesha Pagan Iesha Pagan
Jul 2, 2020 4

I enjoyed their breakfast. Very small and usually busy in the morning. To-go orders take a little longer than expected. But overall a quiet place to meet with someone to chat.

Photo of Carolyn Richardson Carolyn Richardson
Jul 14, 2018 5

We had a 50th birthday party at the venue. Hope Valley Diner is a wonderful place to have events, formal or semi-formal or special gatherings. The food was excellent, the park was great and the staff was wonderful.

Photo of Tommy Briley Tommy Briley
Sep 8, 2020 4

Great food, great service. The crab cakes are the bomb. I just wish they offered those potatoes from the catering menu.

Photo of RavenKittyTaylor RavenKittyTaylor
Aug 30, 2017 4

My boyfriend really liked his Ruben but my vegetable soup was really bland. Service was quick and waiter was friendly.

Photo of Tyrisse McMillan Tyrisse McMillan
Sep 20, 2020 5

I would definitely go back our server was very beautiful with her short hair cut and her service was amazing!! We also loved the old fashioned southern food!!

Photo of Jenyawhine Love Jenyawhine Love
Sep 7, 2020 5

Very tasty

Photo of Stephanie Murphy Stephanie Murphy
Sep 29, 2020 5

1st time here. Great food! Mac and cheese was baked to perfection! I will be back! Thank you for the ice cream with my apples!

Photo of anne sharrar anne sharrar
Nov 9, 2020 5

Hope Valley catered our daughter's wedding on Saturday and it was wonderful. The food was just as we wanted, and all delicious. The staff was neat, courteous, pleasant to work with, helpful and accommodating to all our requests. They were punctual and very professional. Thank you for contributing to making our children's wedding day a great celebration.

Photo of Millie Kwan Millie Kwan
Dec 2, 2017 4

Although I thought that the omelet that I had the first visit was a bit small, the flavor and ingredients were very good as was the fruit. The food that my friends got also looked very good. I also have had the chicken salad sandwich and although it is more like tuna salad (not chunky) it was tasty and there was a good amount in the sandwich and even though it's November, the tomato tasted like a tomato. I had fries with my sandwich and they were hot with some crunch the way I like them. I also have had their hand made potato chips with ranch dressing (you can order this through their catering) and these are addictive. Their menu also has some unique items and many daily specials. Service here was friendly and fast. Overall, I have had good experiences here and would say this is an above average diner.

Photo of Marlene Lucille Marlene Lucille
Oct 26, 2020 5

I have used Hope Valley's catering services for several years now and I am NEVER disappointed! They are courteous, professional and their food is AMAZING! My favorite "go-to" is their baked potato & salad bar. You can add variety with sweet potatoes and/or soup. It's all fresh & delicious and the best part: their reasonable prices! It's comparable to fast food/chain restaurants yet made with fresh ingredients and much more healthy without the additives. Hope Valley is a must try if you're on the fence.

Photo of Page Ballenger Page Ballenger
Nov 7, 2020 5

Picked up brunch from Rick’s, I mean Hope Valley Diner, today and it was soooooo delicious! They have really upped their game, even though it’s always been high quality. Great grab-n-go experience! Everyone in our diverse eater group got something they really enjoyed, and the staff was great!

Photo of erika Robinson erika Robinson
Jul 22, 2019 5

I found this restaurant in a search for catering and a banquet hall for my family reunion this past week. I live in a different state, so all of the arrangements were made by phone or email. Lynn, the manager was so helpful and patient with my ever changing needs based on budget. The catering for the cookout was efficient, delicious and well-serviced thanks to Lynn, Brad and Chef Andy. We were late due to a flat tire and Lynn even volunteered to pick us up. The burgers were especially a big hit. The banquet hall is a beautiful intimate room that has a separate entrance from the main restaurant. Again, Lynn was there to greet us and support our questions and needs. The waitresses Brittany, Kelly and Brad were pleasant at all times and helpful, especially with the elderly family members. The fried chicken was amazing as well as the mac and cheese. The desserts were fresh and delicious. I can only say great things about this restaurant. Thank you for making the 2019 Bishop Family Reunion a success!

Photo of Vikinguy . Vikinguy .
Sep 16, 2019 5

I eat here often. A few nights ago my friend and I came in for dinner and had Katherine serve us. She was fantastic. So personable and fun. We really enjoyed our experience. She's a great server and a cool lady. Now the hostess is another story. No clue how she is still employed. She must have something on the owner. Literally the rudest person I've seen in an eating establishment.

Photo of Terri Blake Terri Blake
Oct 14, 2019 3

Love the food at this eatery. A first time experience wasn't good for one of our guest when the order was warm and not prepared as requested. It was busy, and the manager replaced her meal with something else. I'm a regular and will continue to eat here.

Photo of Doug McKay Doug McKay
Sep 15, 2019 5

This was our third visit for breakfast and the food has been great every time, and I highly recommend the home fries (think they may be among the best I have ever had). Also the was exceptional today, Lisa took great care of us.

Photo of Melissa Showman Melissa Showman
Aug 25, 2019 5

Great experience. Food was really,good and waitress was helpful and polite. Good price and quality price.

Photo of George Linney III George Linney III
May 16, 2019 5

Perhaps my favorite place for a local breakfast meeting. Best guest? My daughter, Kathryn. We still call it "Ricky's Diner." Excellent food and Excellent service.

Photo of Nancy Rauh Nancy Rauh
Jun 6, 2019 5

Food is home made.. Very good and good variety. Staff is very friendly 😊 and helpful.

Photo of Krisitan Gemisic Krisitan Gemisic
Mar 30, 2019 5

Food is great. Value is great. Only true diner I could find in the area. Needs to clean up a bit. Change the plastic black table covers. Not good. But this is about food. So 5 stars.

Photo of Nichole Hinton Nichole Hinton
Apr 13, 2019 5

Delicious food! Our group had steak, salmon, meatloaf and spaghetti. All meals were prepared perfectly. We came in one half hour before closing and still got amazing service.

Photo of Janet Jackson Janet Jackson
Jun 22, 2019 3

Well, the food is always good, but their customer service is a little off if you catch my drift. Some people get a lovely greeting and smiles, tables wiped. This lady wiped every table except ours. When they get busy they don't come around as much. Seems like the elderly get treated really well. I mean, not that the shouldn't, but how about everyone. I will continue to go because the southern food rocks. I wish they would upgrade the inside. The chairs are rickety andTtttttttT old. They are too close together for my liking.