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J. Lights Market & Cafe


800 Taylor St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (984) 244-7103
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Photo of Bugs Subu Bugs Subu
Nov 7, 2022 5

Excellent location and interesting and eclectic menu! We had craft beers at Highwire and got dinner, and sat out enjoying the beautiful night lights. It's a wonderful restaurant and I'm definitely going back. quite a few vegetarian options as well.

Photo of melanie stokes melanie stokes
Aug 31, 2022 5

This place has such a great vibe! All of the staff were super nice and welcoming. It’s a seat yourself and order at the counter type of place. The food was to so tasty!! It’s in a darling historic Tobacco plant.

Photo of Mike Mike
Jul 30, 2022 5

Allen served us drinks tonight and couldn’t have been better! We had some really good whiskey sours and enjoyed the service. Have eaten food here too and it’s very good! Great Atmosphere as well at Golden Belt

Photo of Charlie Cooper Charlie Cooper
Jul 29, 2022 3

I've been getting food from here every month or so since they've opened. Decent entry level food, nothing special. They get the order right about 85% of the time.

Photo of Donna Tuck Donna Tuck
Jul 7, 2022 5

My colleague and I have immensely enjoyed various lunch items from J. Lights. Everything we have ordered has been delicious! The salads are fresh, wings are amazing, and the salmon cooked just right. The presentation of their food is beautiful and makes you want to eat it. This is our new favorite lunch spot!

Photo of Trevor Anderson Trevor Anderson
May 19, 2022 4

The manager at J. Lights was very responsive in taking action to right the situation. It seems the trained bartender was sick, so it was a staffing issue that is not the norm. I will give them a try again in the future. — I tried reaching out via email and Instagram prior to writing this review, but I had a horrible J. lights experience on Tuesday. My girlfriend and I ordered two drinks from the bar. The two employees (very friendly) told us they had never bartended but thought they could make our drinks. The drinks were undrinkable. We ordered the two simplest drinks (a mule and spiked soda) to make it easier for the employees but the mule had probably 2 ounces of simple syrup and ginger ale (not beer) and my spiked soda was spilled when the worker tried to flip the soda bottle into the cup - it was also horribly sweet (tasted like there was no liquor). The employees were VERY stressed so I didn’t want to complain to them, but I would truly appreciate a refund for the $20 drinks we could not even enjoy. I wish the employees had just said the bar was closed - if you are going to advertise a full bar, at least have employees who know how to make simple drinks. We frequent golden belt but will not return to J. Lights.

Photo of Danielle Reyner Danielle Reyner
May 13, 2022 4

Our family loves Golden Belt, and we’re excited to have finally tried J Lights. I had a burger and fries, and even with a couple changes (cheddar cheese, medium well) they accommodated. My husband and girls both got the chicken sandwich and enjoyed it. The fruit is great! It’s fresh, delicious, and no melon like we often see other places. The portions were plenty big, and I love Boylan sodas and was glad to see they had several flavors. I would’ve given them 5 stars but we had a very long wait. We ordered around 6 (thinking we’d have plenty of time for two roosters afterwards) and we didn’t get our food - after having to check on it - until 6:45. As good as it was we probably wouldn’t be able to go back with our kids (5, 3, & almost 1) but highly recommend it to others! And the wait may be atypical for them, but they weren’t super busy.

Photo of Carmen Cubilla Carmen Cubilla
May 5, 2022 5

Our family loves J. Lights Market & Cafe! We started coming because we followed our favorite trivia duo for music bingo on Fridays. We always get the loaded fries-plenty of toppings (on busy days can be a little on the cool temp side) and plenty of fries we can share with toddler. The salmon blt , and any sandwich are delicious. The kids PBJ is BIG for toddler and great fruit cup as a side. Wings are also a great choice, as I have never found them over done or dry. OH yeah the selection of drinks! My husband loves trying new beers, so having the bottle shop and different breweries on tap is a great option. I love a Coke in glass situation, so I am happy to have that option too.

Photo of Deena H Deena H
Apr 3, 2022 3

For our first time trying this restaurant, we placed a small online order for takeout on a Saturday evening (around 6) while we were at hi-wire and the food was expected to take around 45 minutes. Instead it took over an hour and was missing fries - those took an additional half hour for them to provide. I’m not sure if this was unusual for them but needless to say, the service was not great. The food was good, however - the chicken sandwich is super crispy and their fried okra is tasty too. I would be willing to give the place another try on a different day/time.

Photo of Kimberly Slentz-Kesler Kimberly Slentz-Kesler
Feb 28, 2022 5

Music Bingo! Too fun. 😄 Also good food, and great drinks.

Photo of Nick Hayes Nick Hayes
Feb 2, 2022 5

My sweet potato sandwich was delicious! I also got a glass bottle coke with real sugar. I had a lime and cherry added to it :) This meal put a smile on my face.

Photo of Justin Lyons Justin Lyons
Dec 29, 2021 5

This place is great. Best option is the chicken sandwich! Be sure to get extra champ sauce!