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Makus Empanadas


1125 W North Carolina 54
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (984) 888-5302
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Photo of Ron Viles Ron Viles
Aug 21, 2021 3

Food really hot, no dine in... take out only. Was my first visit and I guess I was expecting more. Flavors were average. Kind of like what you would find in an airport.

Photo of Ryland Pigg Ryland Pigg
Apr 16, 2021 4

Delicious. I come here often. Ham and Cheese are my favorite. Edit: the chimichurri sauce is what makes the meal, but over the past 12 months it's been getting spicer. I liked it when it was milder, but now avoid it. Dropping a star.

Photo of Dave Pcolar Dave Pcolar
Dec 15, 2021 5

We dropped in for a quick bite before shopping. The service and food quality were excellent. Really delicious and affordable.

Photo of Brad Zieff Brad Zieff
Jan 5, 2021 5

Awesome empanadas. Ordered the gluten-free option to bake at home. Curbside pickup. In and out in a couple of minutes. Friendly service.

Photo of Mark Foley Mark Foley
Dec 22, 2020 5

Nice people and great, fantastic tasting food. A little pricey but worth it. Plus, who doesn't want to support our local businesses.

Photo of Nicole Ellis Nicole Ellis
Nov 4, 2020 5

Empanadas straight from heaven 😇😇 Literally perfect. Delicious, crispy, tasty salads and the Dulce here is AMAZING!!! I could eat these all day🤤

Photo of Michael Fogle Michael Fogle
Oct 18, 2020 4

Great empanadas - flakey and crispy on the outside, delicious hot filling on the inside. Every empanada is clearly marked on the outside in pastry dough with the kind of filling it has within. My favorites are the onion-and-cheese and ham-and-cheese.

Photo of Jym Wright Jym Wright
Sep 28, 2020 4

Visiting from Md., I ate here. Empanadas were good. Recommend the beef overall

Photo of Bre Mooney Bre Mooney
Sep 29, 2020 5

So incredibly tasty. I love that they have so many vegetarian options. The way they label them is ingenuous, too! Definitely the best empanadas I've had in North Carolina. Definitely worth a trip!

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

Love the empanadas, especially the Pork chimichurri and the Beef. The place had a strong sense of family, reunion and he taste was just like in Buenos Aires. Congratulations to the people behind making the empanadas !! Keep it up!! I highly recommended this place.

Photo of Ms. K. Ms. K.
Sep 5, 2020 5

I ordered from here on a whim for dinner this evening. I had a Makus meal which includes three empanadas, a side, one sauce, and a drink. You choose the flavor of empanadas, and side. I chose coleslaw and for the empanadas: sweet corn, onion and cheese, and beef. I loved everything and order from here again! The empanadas are marked with the flavor they are which was a neat touch.

Photo of Woody Feffer Woody Feffer
Aug 20, 2020 3

Solid empanadas at a great price. Flavors are a little mild or plain, but you won’t dislike anything you get here. It just won’t make you beg for more.

Photo of Matt Wil Matt Wil
Aug 1, 2020 5

Great food, clean and quick.. The sauce they put on the make is delicious.

Photo of Dave Baker Dave Baker
Mar 27, 2020 5

We got the dozen special today. Kudos to Makus for the promotion and food. My favorite was the pork. Chicken came in a close second (too much onion for some, just right for me).

Photo of Stephen Alsop Stephen Alsop
Mar 18, 2020 5

The best food and customer service. I was there on 3/17/2020 and the two guys working were awesome!

Photo of Cynthia Haliburton Cynthia Haliburton
Mar 15, 2020 5

Always fresh, delicious and too hot to eat right away so please be patient. Just the right amount for a healthy lunch option. Enjoy!

Photo of Shannon Saunders Shannon Saunders
Feb 24, 2020 5

Very good food the restaurant is very nice and clean . Staff was very knowledge on the culture behind the type of empanadas. I loved that the crust has a letter baked on it for the type of empanadas you have it has the C for Chicken the B for beef and HC for the Ham & Cheese I tried the chicken beef and ham and cheese it was delicious the sauce was amazing also thanks

Photo of Travon Elliott Travon Elliott
Feb 21, 2020 4

The few times I've been here I felt like the staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was welcoming. The food is really good. I enjoy trying the different empanadas. And the 3 additional empanadas you get on Mondays and Fridays are always a good reason to keep coming back.

Photo of Emily Liles Emily Liles
Feb 8, 2020 5

This food amazing. Have a good day? Empanadas to round it out! Have a bad day? Empanadas to cheer you up! Found some money on the ground? Order empanadas! I use Uber Eats to get it bc I'm far away but that service charge worth it. Stuff is addictive. 10/10

Photo of Amy Armstrong Amy Armstrong
Jan 29, 2020 5

I love these empanadas! They never disappoint.

Photo of Xinwei Wang Xinwei Wang
Jan 8, 2020 4

Great food. You can't go wrong with any flavor.

Photo of Jessica Adam Jessica Adam
Dec 2, 2019 5

First time order through grubhub. Well-rounded lunch with phenomenal flavour! I got the Spinach, Pork Chim., Onion Cheese meal with spinach salad, chipa, beans & rice. The chipa bread is delectably smooth with a variety of spices. Chimichurri sauce - i now need to learn how to make that, looks simple, but oh so good. Sure, when you order some of everything on the menu it can be expensive, but your tummy will thank you :)

Photo of Aimee Aimee Aimee Aimee
Nov 10, 2019 3

good food..went there twice but almost always I perceive it as it's closed everytime but I think they just close early some days

Photo of Mr/Mrs Vungtautwi Mr/Mrs Vungtautwi
Oct 25, 2019 4

Very flavorful for baked style. Easy for kids to eat. Like the value of the family meal.

Photo of Lea Penniello Lea Penniello
Jul 31, 2019 5

We tried one of each empanada and they were all delicious!! The establishment is clean and inviting. We met one of the owners and he was super friendly and welcoming!!

Photo of Sean B Atwood Sean B Atwood
Aug 11, 2019 3

Not bad, but definitely nothing like unnamed food trucks or homemade. I will say, the chimichurri sauce was addicting. I really could've used a whole cup on each empanada. The staff was really friendly and jovial and the food came out quickly, which I really appreciated. Also, pretty inexpensive. I'd go back.

Photo of Barbara Bell Barbara Bell
Sep 5, 2019 5

I've ordered Makus Empanadas a few times when catering lunches and dinners, and they are fantastic. Their empanadas are delicious, and their service is top-notch. If you need to cater for a crowd, these guys are tops! Responsive, arrives early, sets up everything, provides all the plates, utensils, and napkins you'll need. Seriously - great delivery! Great catering! Thank you for good food and being great backup when a gal needs to cater to a crowd. When out doing errands and running around, we've also popped into their restaurant located on Hwy 54, and we love the food and the experience. I love that you have a number of different options with the empanadas, without it being an overwhelming number of options. Their combo lunch/special is the perfect thing to hit the spot.

Photo of Bill Sanders Bill Sanders
Aug 8, 2019 4

Interesting place. Great service, friendly. I did beef, chicken and sweet corn versions. I’d go back. Tasty food with quick delivery to my table.

Photo of Liane Albert Liane Albert
Jul 2, 2019 3

Food is phenomenal but expensive for portion. How does it take 40 minutes to get 4 empanadas to go when you're the only one in the store the entire time? Slow service...

Photo of Cleibe Souza Cleibe Souza
May 15, 2019 5

Awesome empanadas. Several different flavors. Love it there.

Photo of Daniel Englebretson Daniel Englebretson
Feb 24, 2019 5

Great food, excellent for small kids. As a parent of a 2yo and a 4yo, this place is perfect for me. That is not to say that it is not also good for adults. Personally, the pork chimichurri was a cut above the rest. And I know this is not totally relevant, but the ice cream place next door is a legit one-two punch.

Photo of Kristopher Buckley Kristopher Buckley
May 25, 2019 5

Having been to Argentina more than once, these are truly authentic Argentinian empanadas. Chicken and ham & cheese are my personal favorites.Great chimichurri. Staff is always personable and friendly (Jack, Karina)

Photo of Corrine Englert Corrine Englert
Jun 11, 2019 4

Yummy food! Good for a quick bite of something a little different. Clean facility & kid friendly.

Photo of Alaina Barnes Alaina Barnes
Apr 15, 2022 3

Nothing was wrong with the empanadas I ordered, but like others said they are a little dry and bland. I wouldn't order the chicken again, but the pepperoni and sweet corn fillings were really good. Loved the rice. I was looking for a healthier alternative to all the fried fast food in the area. I'll probably come back.

Photo of Eliza Biehl Eliza Biehl
Jun 21, 2022 5

Great empanadas. The baked crust was great and not nearly as heavy as I'm used to empanadas being, and in the little letters stamped into the different types was cute and made them easy to navigate. Ordered pork, chicken, sweet corn, and beef. I liked all of them! The sweet corn was surprising - I don't know why, it's literally corn and cheese. Chicken was probably my favorite. I would order ten more easily.

Photo of Sarah J. Littleton Sarah J. Littleton
Jul 8, 2022 5

Makus is officially one of my favorite places in Durham. I’m lucky enough to work close by and decided to give them a try, and they did not disappoint. The Veggie, Sweet Corn and Spinach empanadas are great for fellow consumers of little to no meat. The service was incredible and good enough to the point that I made my husband come back with me to try it for himself. Portions are really good and the price is more than reasonable for the area. If you’re looking for a new spot to check out I highly recommend Makus!

Photo of Greg Wood Greg Wood
Jul 8, 2022 5

Empanadas were all very good as was the beans and rice. Prices are reasonable. Good variety of empanadas and can’t wait to try one of them. Staff was very nice and friendly.

Photo of Greg Wood Greg Wood
Aug 14, 2022 5

Empanadas were all very good as was the beans and rice. Prices are reasonable. Good variety of empanadas and can’t wait to try every one of them. Staff was very nice and friendly.

Photo of Luna Hugs Luna Hugs
Aug 14, 2021 4

This was my first time eating empanadas from here. I got the beef empanadas which are supposed to be the most popular, and the sweet corn. I wasn’t that keen on the beef one. It had like refried beans or something in it, I prefer empanadas prepared a different way. That’s what’s great about empanadas there’s a wide variety. Anyways I never tried a sweet corn empanadas though and that was surprisingly delicious. I will definitely return and get the sweet corn empanadas and try other ones. No complaints on service or ordering.

Photo of Kimberlin Schmidt Kimberlin Schmidt
Aug 2, 2021 5

SO yummy. Got a veggie one (pictured) and ham and cheese one. 10/10 would go back! Small but filling! Good price! PS: they bake a letter into the outside edge to let you know which empanada is which! - so cute!