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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Kwesi Booker Kwesi Booker
Aug 17, 2019 4

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

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 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 Jesse A Jesse A
Dec 15, 2019 5

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

Photo of Benjamin G Benjamin G
Dec 26, 2019 5

Nice pub atmosphere. Good food and good tap selection.

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 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 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 Alan Alan
Sep 12, 2020 5

Good drinks and food at good prices. Great staff

Photo of thomas wilson thomas wilson
Nov 2, 2020 4

Absolutely phenomenal pork chimichanga!

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 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 Gustavo Cornejo Gustavo Cornejo
Nov 7, 2020 3

Food was fair nothing exciting the layout is nice

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.