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5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 251-9794
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Photo of Edwin Timberlake Edwin Timberlake
Jul 3, 2019 4

This place is very nice and unique. It would have gotten 5 stars but the female server with the hair locks always has an attitude and NO personality at ALL! Sometimes she is even rude. She can ruin your experience if she is around for to long. But besides her everyone is extremely courteous.

Photo of Bart Hubbard Bart Hubbard
Jun 23, 2019 5

I visited Namu recently for their open mike night. Their beer hall has a fantastic selection of beers, so I chose a NE IPA and wandered outside to find seating. Their courtyard is GORGEOUS. Friends all reported that the Korean food was delicious. You order inside and they bring your food to your table, which makes finding and moving seats more casual than a typical restaurant -- a nice feature for such a beautiful venue. I'll be back to enjoy that courtyard.

Photo of Susan Dodson Susan Dodson
Jun 1, 2019 4

Very interesting layout. There is room for studying indoors, or a great patio for meet ups. The food came out promptly, there was a lot of staff that brings the order to the table. Delicious food for a fair amount.

Photo of Jared Bownds Jared Bownds
Jun 17, 2019 5

My wife and I have been here a few times. Food is always great and the location is awesome! Outdoor seating is legit. Indoor it's spacious and laid out very well.

Photo of Samuel Grossinger Samuel Grossinger
Jun 12, 2019 5

Very casual, relaxed atmosphere. Order at the counter and the food is brought to your table, indoors or the outdoor courtyard. Awesome food, slightly slow service. My bimbimbap with spicy chicken was delicious, fried beef dumplings were tasty and generously filled, veggie pancakes were very good. I'll be back next week.

Photo of Monique Gareau Monique Gareau
Jun 1, 2019 5

Consistently delicious. I spend more money here than I care to admit. The food is so fresh and flavorful and the employees are always incredibly friendly. I love the vibes here. Sometimes I work remotely and love coming to Namu to work inside- good ambiance and great background music. I also love enjoying their outdoor garden/patio area. Ordering online for pick up/take out is also super easy. Love this place! One of my favorite Durham spots.

Photo of Sarah Chittenden Sarah Chittenden
May 30, 2019 5

This place is a lot of fun with a diverse crowd and atmosphere. You can come here to work on your computer, watch sports. Drink beer with friends or have a quiet meal. The food is great and well priced for what you get. Highly recommend. Parking is a little sketchy but seems to work out even when they are busy.

Photo of Mike Mike
Apr 3, 2022 5

Really cool layout, snaking paths and dividers make you feel like you're transported to a different place. Some tables offer privacy but the more exposed tables give you a chance to look at their fish pond. Good food, attire is business casual

Photo of Patrick Edwards Patrick Edwards
Mar 27, 2022 5

Absolutely delicious every time. I come here many weekends and the vibe is always a 10/10. It's good for any occasion. If you need to study, the coffee side is perfect for productivity, and if you wanna be social then the beer hall or the outdoor patio are both a fun time. The Bo's special is quite good (though I hate that they charge extra for the beef). Also wish Namu would do something about the sticky sauce bottles (tip: use a napkin when picking the bottle up to avoid getting your hands all nasty).

Photo of Diego Castillo Diego Castillo
Feb 19, 2022 4

Always a great time with excellent service. The seating is very convenient with both inside and outside options. Edit: Food and Drinks are wonderful, I think this is one of the best spots in Durham; however, the last 4 times food has been cold to luke-warm. I love this spot and believe it's just due to my timing/ busyness and misfortune. I really hope they are able to fix the temperature issue because I don't mind mine paying a premium for great food, but a 20$ meal for cold food is unfortunate.

Photo of Heather B Heather B
Dec 8, 2021 5

This place was great! It's hard to find at night though so just go slow and trust your GPS. The food options were a little different but everything we got was so good! It's kind of a cross between counter service and table service. The beer choices were out of this world. They have something for everyone! I will definitely be going back. I fully expect this place to be packed when the weather is nice!

Photo of Congruence Learning Congruence Learning
Mar 11, 2021 3

The food is really good, interesting and the space is awesome! The people who bring the food out to tables are always friendly, kind and helpful. Ordering at their counter, it often feels like an imposition on the counter staff to place an order and then they ask you how much you want to tip which I find off putting. Seems they would really benefit from some good old fashioned customer service training. Still, I highly recommend for the food and the atmosphere.

Photo of Neha Kaul Pankow Neha Kaul Pankow
Feb 19, 2022 5

This place has the most gorgeous outdoor space ever. The area is surrounded by bamboo groves. There's a waterfall with a pond full of fish in the middle. The tables are spaced apart enough with some having patio heaters beside them. There are tables of different shapes and sizes, something to suit every occasion. There are unconventional spaces, with room for either a large group or a quiet conversation. It's unusual to have something for everyone at a single venue. This place could be good for couples, groups, kids, and everything in between. There were high chairs available. They might need a few tweaks to make it perfectly wheelchair accessible. They'd need handicapped parking with a strip of non-gravel parking lot and ramp accessibility all the way to the patio.

Photo of Christopher Walton Christopher Walton
Jan 23, 2021 5

This was my first experience with Korean BBQ after my wife and I decided to branch out one evening. The Bibimbap and Bo’s Special were both delicious. We also ordered the Beef Bulgogi and Veggie Pancakes for our children, which they quickly devoured. We ordered for curbside pick-up, so I can’t speak to the atmosphere; but the online ordering process was smooth and very fast. I have to admit that I was more than pleasantly surprised and we will definitely be back.

Photo of Tonya Mackey Tonya Mackey
Jan 15, 2021 5

Best Koren BBQ and beer selection. Also the beer garden has always been a great place to eat and/ or drink. But with social distancing and outdoor eating being a necessity. It is both beautiful, relaxing AND safe!!

Photo of Kristin Shaffer Kristin Shaffer
Jan 13, 2021 5

Really great spot! Kinda quirky location but they made an incredible oasis there in their garden space. Lots of outdoor seating and even indoor seating was well spaced out. People respecting mask ordinance, will definitely be back. Food service was a bit slow but we also showed up right when a bunch of other orders came in too, so I get it.

Photo of Charles Vinueza Charles Vinueza
Sep 20, 2020 5

Some of the best Korean BBQ in Durham with a great outdoor space. Their bulgogi is consistently fresh and flavourful. They seem to be taking COVID seriously which is a big plus. When it's open, the beer hall is a great indoor space for socializing and drinking

Photo of Scott Jablonski Scott Jablonski
Nov 8, 2020 5

Talk about a hidden gem! My wife and I decided to come here on date night. From the road it doesn’t look like much, but the outdoor seating (in the garden) was huge and very cool ambiance. The food was really delicious! I think we’ve found a new hangout. Can’t wait to try their coffee shop.

Photo of Bryan Shalloway Bryan Shalloway
Aug 15, 2020 5

Hands down the coolest place in the triangle. This location has gone through many hands in the past and I'm happy this place is making it work . Edit 2020, August, Covid19 suggestions -- would appreciate if they closed trunk for you when doing curbside delivery. Also, had problems with online ordering -- would be nice if had way of placing order via phone.

Photo of Bonnie Batterson Bonnie Batterson
Oct 8, 2020 5

Came out on a Tuesday night to hear my daughter, Sarah Summers, sing. Loved the easy, casual atmosphere and the craft beers. I have always enjoyed Korean food but this was slightly different. It had the traditional Korean flavors but very light and airy. (I guess it’s called fusion food?!) I had the KBBQ Burrito bowl.

Photo of Harris Meilleur Harris Meilleur
Sep 21, 2020 5

So I was unsure of the Covid-19 protocols and it is brilliant. Show up. Grab a number. Go to a table. Order online. All brought to you. Wear a mask when getting to and leaving table. Felt so safe. Also, staff was so courteous. Finally, the food was really amazing.

Photo of Lucas Thornton Lucas Thornton
Sep 20, 2020 5

They're cheesy kimchi waffle fries are delicious and nothing short of awesome. The parking lot is a literal nightmare though.

Photo of Emily Damone Emily Damone
Sep 11, 2020 5

Great food, service, and beer selection. We will definitely be back and highly recommend!

Photo of Louis Pinault Louis Pinault
Aug 21, 2020 5

First time trying. My wife sent 10 years in South Korea. We will sometime cook Korean food at home but love it when someone else does. We were not disappointed. Excellent choice for Korean fare.

Photo of Lisa Scheibner Lisa Scheibner
Aug 22, 2020 5

As others have said before, it was wonderful during the pandemic because everything was so spread out. The food was delicious. Just don't forget to order before you show up so that you get your food in a timely fashion.

Photo of J. Octavio Perez J. Octavio Perez
Aug 19, 2020 5

My wife had been insisting we try Namu, but it's all the way across town I told her. Finally, I gave in and I had instant regret of not trying Namu any sooner. Tried the order of tacos, 2 Bibimbaps with 4 side sauces, and Mandoo (dumplings) all were really tasty. Definitely recommend this place and a cool atmosphere in the outside dining area.

Photo of Jacqueline Soriano Jacqueline Soriano
Aug 11, 2020 5

Spontaneously came across this place while visiting N.C. and I LOVED it. Staff were kind and welcoming. I felt safe dining out during the pandemic because of outdoor dining area being spacious and beautiful.The food was scrumptious, I recommend the loaded quesadilla and fries! Wish they had a place like this back in NYC. I would come back again and recommend any one to try this place out.

Photo of Katrina Vacca Katrina Vacca
Jul 23, 2020 4

Namu is the best! Their tofu bulkogi is amazing. Wonderful environment inside & out! They have a lovely mini bamboo forest with lots of seating. Just giving a 4 start review as the staff, both at the beer hall and coffee shop sections, are consistently (yes, pre-pandemic) unwelcoming and standoffish.

Photo of Helena C Helena C
Jul 17, 2020 5

I loved Namu before, but in the midst of a pandemic Namu has become my go-to spot. I appreciate their attention to mask, sanitizing, and contactless ordering from their website straight to your table for outside dining. This spot was already built for handling COVID with plentiful outside dining.

Photo of Elijah Clary Elijah Clary
Jul 2, 2020 3

Great outdoor area. Not great service and food seemed to come with no dressings or condiments. If it weren't for the excellent conversation with my dinner guest it would have been a very mediocre experience.

Photo of Will Potter Will Potter
Jul 3, 2020 5

Everything we tried was delicious! The garden area is a wonderful place to eat.

Photo of Taylor Jones Taylor Jones
Jun 26, 2020 5

Best quarantine spot in Durham! By far! Great space for social distancing and better yet... the food is amazing! This spot is great for any size group and cozy dinner for two. The food, which is ordered from your cell phone, is so tasty. And the tacos and to die for! Yummy yummy!

Photo of Simon Katan Simon Katan
Apr 30, 2019 3

Very nice place, nice atmosphere but not a place for breakfast / for me. They have good coffee but if you want an omelet, they do not have until 11. Very nice decoration, nice music. I didn't see anything Korean.

Photo of Tracy Helms Tracy Helms
Jun 13, 2020 4

I ate a this restaurant with a guest. It was my first time dining here. There was adequate parking in their gravel lot. Our food was picked up from an online order, but we ate onsite in an outdoor dining area. Due to the corona pandemic, indoor dining isn't an option at this time. They required facemasks if you were anything besides seated your table. Signs were posted to indicate this and I actually saw that they enforced their policy. The food was reasonably priced and portions were sufficient. There was no table service. I will likely return to this restaurant and would definitely recommend you give it a try.

Photo of Laura Eidem Laura Eidem
Mar 23, 2020 5

I love Namu! Great place for studying or gathering with loved ones. Scenic, serene, VAST garden patio seating and cozy indoor areas too. The food is great- I love their bibimbap. I recommend this place to all my friends.

Photo of Alex Leonov Alex Leonov
Mar 3, 2020 5

This place is so unique. They have a tap room with great food and beer that's more suited to hanging out with friends, but they also have a more low-key coffee shop. Although they are very different environments they both manage to maintain the essence of the whole place.

Photo of Laura Farris Laura Farris
Feb 25, 2020 5

There's not enough I can say about my first impression of this gorgeous place! The bamboo garden is the true star, but they also have a full bar, a Korean restaurant & a coffee bar all situated in a very cool atmosphere. As a first timer, the staff made me feel welcome & though it was a bit tricky to navigate (mind you, I miss BIG SIGNS directly in MY FACE), once you know, it becomes such a wonderful experience!

Photo of Game Gun Game Gun
Feb 3, 2020 5

The food was great. One of the best things about Durham are the great food choices. We ordered Korean bbq tacos and fried chicken with waffle fries. They were flavorful, just the right amount of spice and cooked perfectly. There is also a great beer, coffee and cider selection, all for about the price you would expect. I would recommend trying the 6 different sauces from the bar area, they add a lot to your food.

Photo of Timothy Holland Timothy Holland
Jan 14, 2020 5

Beautiful location and layout. Feels like you've entered some other world. Food is tasty but unique. It blends Korean, American, and taco truck culture. Without a doubt it can't be missed.

Photo of Jonah Schwartz Jonah Schwartz
Jan 27, 2020 5

Very nice, cozy environment. This is more of a complex, with several buildings. Food was delicious, and fresh and worth the price, even if a little expensive. I will definitely be back. It's a good place for low-key group meetings. Parking can be tight and spotty but I've managed to find a place both times I've been here. It's a good location but easy to miss the entrance. Also, it's never been too crowded, so there's ample space.

Photo of Tim Becker Tim Becker
Jan 10, 2020 5

What a unique and fantastic place. I also really appreciate the chart with what the different kinds of espresso+milk combos are -- helped me pretend I know what I'm talking about. It was hard to find where to order, but I honestly see that more as a positive. There were signs so I never felt lost. It's such a large, sprawling property it's easy to get a nice private-feeling space. And it's all so beautiful. Very unique layout, we had a great time.

Photo of David Muller David Muller
Dec 23, 2019 4

Unique atmosphere and great food. Only reason for not giving a 5 star was the food temp was moderately warm... which was very uncharacteristic.

Photo of Mark Easley Mark Easley
Dec 6, 2019 5

Quirky place (in a good way!) with lots of good space for working and chatting. Kind of a hip take on a coffee shop atmosphere. Did not realize it was so big inside.

Photo of Alise Willis Alise Willis
Nov 24, 2019 5

One of my favorite places to visit. It's tucked away so it started off as somewhat of a hidden gem but I think the secrets out! The atmosphere is great for meeting up, for studying and reading or just to grab a bite to eat. The outdoor spaces are also worth checking out. You order at the counter and they bring your food to you (usually within 10 minutes). I almost always get a rice plate with BBQ beef and add a fried egg. I could eat here every day! Only downside is the parking. Most of it isn't paved and during peak hours you sometimes have to park down the road.

Photo of Mariah Leroux Mariah Leroux
Nov 23, 2019 5

Delicious coffee and food, great service, and amazing atmosphere. Very unique layout with tons of space, large tables, and beautiful decor. I normally can't study in one place for too long but I was here for 9+ hours and didn't want to leave. Will definitely be returning.

Photo of Bryana Killion Bryana Killion
Nov 18, 2019 5

One of my favorite spots! The burrito bowls are on point and the atmosphere is laid back and perfect for a casual night out. Love the spicy chicken!

Photo of Tyler Whitmore Tyler Whitmore
Nov 21, 2019 5

Awesome Korean fusion in Durham. This place is a go to if we can't decide what to eat. Everything is delicious, and the only problem is try not to order the whole menu. Not only is the food good, they have a great beer selection. There are also several TV's throughout if you want to catch a game. Stop by for some interesting takes on the food you already love.

Photo of Emma Killion Emma Killion
Nov 2, 2019 5

Let me tell you, this is a place that you want to go! The atmosphere and the food cannot be beat. Guys, the sauces. Do you like sauce? I am a saucey person, but even if I wasn't, I promise you that these sauces are ones you will DREAM of. 10/10 def recommend going here. You're welcome.

Photo of G B G B
Nov 14, 2019 4

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, great beer and cider selection and the spicy pork dumplings were good (could have used more spice/heat). I'll definitely go back and try other items. There were a lot of families with small children running around, I gather this is not the usual state and probably an event.

Photo of Amy Dandridge Amy Dandridge
Sep 30, 2019 5

BEST KOREAN BBQ EVER!! I absolutely love the very easy, laid back set up. Excellent atmosphere.

Photo of Lenore Hill Lenore Hill
Aug 14, 2019 5

Namu has wonderful vegetarian food (among other things) and is one of my favorite places to eat. The Korean pancakes and their matcha lattes are out of this world! I wish they stayed open on the coffee side until at least 10 instead of 9 on weeknights, because my conversations have been cut short twice now, but that happening is still worth it for the amazingly delicious food!

Photo of e g e g
Oct 9, 2019 5

Awesome place to study or dine in! There’s tons of seating and food options! The staff was very nice and the seasonal drinks and desserts were great!

Photo of r largo r largo
Aug 25, 2019 4

great place to grab coffee, meet up with friends, do some studying, or come get some beer during their open mic nights and just chill after work. Love their hours! 4/5 - only because food quantity and quality has decreased over time. Menu items not worth the price!

Photo of Georgia Schumacher Georgia Schumacher
Oct 5, 2019 5

This food here is delicious, with a good selection of beers. The space itself is huge and I love eating in the outdoor garden! Also you can get tofu with almost anything so it's a good place for vegetarians too!

Photo of Valerie Merritt Valerie Merritt
Jun 9, 2022 3

I have enjoyed the food in the past but the last two times I have attempted to order food from Namu I have had disappointing customer service. I don’t think I’ll be going back for a long while. A few weeks ago I stopped by the restaurant to order takeout and was told there were 20 tickets ahead of mine instead of being simply and kindly greeted while taking the order. It was clear the staff was exhausted and found no reward in kindness. I was another number to them. Today I called to order ahead to avoid that issue and was told to use toast tab. In the time I spent speaking to the staff member they could have had my order placed. They wanted me to use a third party, pay for that service, use my own gas to drive over to them, and also please don’t take their time to speak to them. Wow. The food is decent and not worth the lack of empathy and downright poor customer service. Why are they in this business if not to serve? If the restaurant wants to use a third party service that takes orders for them and doesn’t deliver — the business should eat that fee not their customer.

Photo of Mia Valentine Mia Valentine
Jun 9, 2022 5

I like to be consistent and leave reviews when things are good and bad. This one is a good review. Namu is definitely one of Durham's little gems. Customer Service 5 stars Social Distancing & Cleaning 5 stars Food & Drinks 4.5 stars I didn't catch the bartenders name but he was great. Came just to switch up my work from home Scenery and it was excellent. I'll definitely be back.

Photo of Josh Lee Josh Lee
Jun 26, 2022 5

Has a great outdoor seating area that gives off a garden vibe with a mini bamboo forest. The food is Korean fusion and the portion are very generous. If you're not feeling food they have a cafe and an extensive selection of beer. I def recommend.

Photo of C Recks C Recks
Jul 12, 2022 3

Atmosphere was nice. Good ambiance. Food was decent. Nothing to write home about. They do charge 18% gratuity on everything. However, the ordering is done via an online app and the servers just brings you the order nothing else and you bus your own tables.

Photo of artimanar artimanar
Jul 16, 2022 5

Loved it. Went on a co-worker’s recommendation and am grateful. Thank you Sean. Spacious outdoor seating is plentiful. You sit down, order from your phone and pay - and they come out with your food. Which is delicious. You serve yourselves water and sauces. For those with rambunctious kids - fair bit of space to run around too. Food is perhaps on the expensive side but don’t let that stop you from treating yourself. Definitely recommend!

Photo of Aaron Hawkins Aaron Hawkins
Aug 10, 2022 5

The food is unique and tasty depending on what you get. I've had a few things there that weren't great, and I've had some really good stuff there. Honestly, exploring the restaurant is probably my favorite part. It's got a Japanese garden kind of vibe and just kind of goes on forever. Staff has always been friendly and attentive.

Photo of RayDel “Deli” Gardner RayDel “Deli” Gardner
Aug 11, 2022 4

The food was really good, atmosphere is likely great later at night. The staff was nice, laid back, and helpful. The food took a rather long time to come out and it was fine piecemeal. The appetizer was the last thing to come to the table. I got my food about 15 minutes before my friend and the appetizer about 12 minutes after that. We were in the beer hall soaybe that was part of the issue versus the cafe part. I would go again though. The food was very good.

Photo of Anne Zhao Anne Zhao
Apr 28, 2022 4

I’m a big fan of Namu but haven’t come back since pandemic. We ordered Bo’s special, Galbi, and 3 tacos with spicy chicken/pork. Food was great as always, and the outdoor seating was beautiful. The only thing I’m not satisfied is their new scan-to-order policy. You will need to pay your bill including tips before you get your food. We paid decent tips but didn’t get any service after the food was delivered. Hope they could make an improvement on service.

Jul 1, 2022 5

The food is great! Everything we tried was delicious! I love the Bugulgi rolls and bibimbap. and tacos were juicy and tasty with corn tortillas, but were a little bit expensive. Also the coffee had special flavors which I enjoyed a lot. Good environment for hanging out and work or study.