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James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant

4.4

912 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 683-3022
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Photo of A L A L
Mar 29, 2022 5

A staple of the area James Joyce is a comfortable Irish pub run by good people. Have a tasty bite and a good pint in a no pretense allowed place.

Photo of Claire Jones Claire Jones
Apr 4, 2022 5

The food here is really good! We weren't expecting much from a bar, but it was great. The best fish and chips we've had in awhile. The curry was also great, next time I'll try the curry on fries instead of mashed potatoes. The bartender was working real hard as there was no one else to take orders or make drinks.

Photo of John Price John Price
Oct 24, 2021 4

Odd. Good proper Guinness pour. Burger was good. However if I didn't know any better I'd swear they were running the restaurant nextdoor too because the staff would disappear randomly for a while. A few people came in and sat at the bar and left before anyone served them.

Photo of Cameron Baker Cameron Baker
Jan 17, 2022 5

Had a great James Joyce burger. Great Irish pub. Local vibe good food..

Photo of Trevor Fagan Trevor Fagan
Feb 25, 2022 5

Had a great night at the James Joyce Irish Pub. The Fish and Chips was delicious, and the staff were amazing. Treated us so well and were fun to interact with. Great little Irish pub. Definitely will be back.

Photo of Ryan Burch Ryan Burch
Nov 27, 2021 5

This place has THE BEST fish & chips in Durham. Hands down. A great, dark, wonderful little corner of Ireland with fantastic food and a great vibe, the Joyce will surely please your group with a wide selection of libations and excellent food to give you a happy tum tum.😋 The clam chowder is phenomenal if you can catch it as the soup of the day! A real treat for your friends and family.

Photo of Sally Price Sally Price
Dec 23, 2021 5

This has such a local bar feel to it -- people just hanging out together relaxing. Trivia night was awesome too. We sat at the bar beside the clue giver and he was fantastically friendly even though the trivia was insanely difficult! The burger was perfect too.

Photo of Grant Guerard Grant Guerard
Dec 3, 2020 5

A real hidden gem. Incredible food, great drinks, lively down to earth atmosphere. I moved here from a ways away last year and this place is the most pleasant social micro environment I’ve found in the area.

Photo of Gustavo Cornejo Gustavo Cornejo
Nov 7, 2020 3

Food was fair nothing exciting the layout is nice

Photo of R G R G
Nov 14, 2020 5

Overall one of our favorite pubs in Durham. Amazing food, local well priced beer, great staff and a friendly environment. Go to when friends and family come to visit.

Photo of Jacob Hinton Jacob Hinton
Nov 20, 2020 4

Pretty great atmosphere, always a cool local spot. Seems to be pretty dead during Covid,/both a plus and a negative. Their outdoor patio section is a great spot to hide away in Durham, and the staff is always pleasant. James Joyce is a Durham landmark, it is always a good place to bring some friends.

Photo of thomas wilson thomas wilson
Nov 2, 2020 4

Absolutely phenomenal pork chimichanga!

Photo of Alan Alan
Sep 12, 2020 5

Good drinks and food at good prices. Great staff

Photo of Triangle Food Tours Triangle Food Tours
May 7, 2020 5

A great traditional Irish pub with delicious food & tons of atmosphere. This place is so great, we spotlight them as part of our Durham Walking Food Tour!

Photo of Dick Brown Dick Brown
Jan 14, 2019 5

Superior atmosphere and staff. Great mix of clientele. Easily one of the best spots in Durham.

Photo of Ian Johnson (THaloHarbinger) Ian Johnson (THaloHarbinger)
Mar 1, 2020 5

The atmosphere is incredibly approachable, the regulars are friendly, and the fish and chips are absolutely stunning. All for their hottest wing sauce on the side. You'll thank me for it.

Photo of Benjamin G Benjamin G
Dec 26, 2019 5

Nice pub atmosphere. Good food and good tap selection.

Photo of Jesse A Jesse A
Dec 15, 2019 5

Extremely delicious menu. I was extremely surprised how great this pub / restaurant was!

Photo of Lynn Holabird Lynn Holabird
Nov 4, 2019 4

It was a Sunday night, so pretty low key. Bartender was nice initially but walked off to do his own things because there were few patrons and we only ordered drinks. Would go back when its busier.

Photo of Rita Dilandro Rita Dilandro
Nov 12, 2019 5

Excellent service, and even better food! I started with the Brussels sprouts that were out of this world! And for my entree I got the fish and chips. The batter was crispy and delicious. Fresh cut fries that were also delicious. I highly recommend checking this place out!

Photo of Kwesi Booker Kwesi Booker
Aug 17, 2019 4

Great burger. Good Irish pub vibe. Chill spot with many regulars

Photo of J EvysHydxvyedhurdgy. J EvysHydxvyedhurdgy.
Sep 15, 2019 5

Most come here to drink and it is good. Anthony rocks the bar. I come to eat. Brandon knocks the burgers and specials out of the park. Save some for me.

Photo of Monica Meza Monica Meza
Sep 5, 2019 4

First time being there. Good food and options. Really good service. Parking was decent in a rainy day.

Photo of John Dinyari John Dinyari
Apr 27, 2019 5

A Durahm institution. Great staff serving excellent food and drink. Best burgers in town. Keep Durham gritty.

Photo of Barbara Lovelady Barbara Lovelady
Jun 12, 2019 5

Food was surprisingly good and the bartender/waiter is awesome! Some patrons were so lots we couldn't hear our own conversation, but that's kinda part of the atmosphere.

Photo of Rhian Carreker-Ford Rhian Carreker-Ford
Apr 25, 2019 4

Stopped in the other day. It wasn't really busy when I went and the food was brought out really fast. It was somewhat unusual because the bartender was also the waiter. But the for was good.

Photo of Kathleen Carrell Kathleen Carrell
Feb 24, 2019 3

Atmosphere is true Irish Pub... dark wood and cozy. Menu had a lot to offer and more creative than just typical pub food. Service was friendly and attentive. Why only 3 stars? It was so dirty! It just felt and smelled like there is little dusting, wiping and mopping that goes on in this facility. Other options for Irish pubs that are cleaner exist and sadly I won’t be back.

Photo of Ted T Ted T
May 28, 2019 4

This is a nice Irish bar in a very nice location. There is a patio with outdoor seating for people watching. The service was very good and the bartender was funny plus helpful. The Bangers and Mash was exceptionally well made. The sausage links were perfectly soft with great flavor. I am glad that I took the time to try James Joyce Irish Pub.

Photo of sher m sher m
May 22, 2022 4

Ordered food online, but when arrived for pickup was told they didn’t receive my order due internet connections.. but they were glad to work on it and gave the two of us a complimentary drink. So all is good! I would definitely go back again

Photo of Jennifer Killen Jennifer Killen
May 13, 2022 5

Absolutely incredible. Restorative. Where else can you go to have glorious food and drink, jokes with the staff, and a dance with your old man out back? This is a beautiful, magnificent beast of a night spot. James Joyce, you are my Winchester.

Photo of Stacey Craig Stacey Craig
Apr 24, 2022 5

Great food but the people made the experience even better! Sat at the bar and got to chat with the bartender and owner and both were so kind and friendly! We will be back every time we are in Durham!

Photo of Craig Leibowitz Craig Leibowitz
Jun 7, 2022 5

Lovely and authentic Irish pub. Parking was a bit of a pain, but the food was great and they made one hell of an old fashioned

Photo of Regina Singell Regina Singell
Jul 25, 2022 5

It was really a great experience for our entire family for my hubby's birthday. The bangers and mash were on point and my mil enjoyed her fish n chips. The Irish coffee was very pretty. Would definitely return!

Photo of Keith Phillips Keith Phillips
Oct 13, 2021 5

Enjoyed the best ever Irish food and drinks tonight. The 2 of us ordered Bangers and Mash with Guinness Gravy and the Sea Dog. The Sea Dog is a hot dog size fish sandwich with homemade tartar sauce and cole slaw. The fries were fresh and crunchy - (not at all soggy as another reviewer had falsely claimed) which came with the Sea Dog were drizzled with fresh garlic and parsley. Yummy! The Bangers and Mash were also delicious! For dessert we shared their Rasberry Donut Crumbles cheesecake! Service was fast too.. Definitely will be back!