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Rookie's Sports Bars - RTP


4911 Central Park Dr
Durham, NC 27703
Phone: (919) 474-8833
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Photo of Gary Crispens Gary Crispens
Oct 16, 2019 4

I have worked two exits down from Rookies for the past 3 years and never knew it existed until yesterday. It has plenty of parking and an outdoor patio that makes me wish I had known about it in June. The lunch buffet is perfect for office workers that need a quick lunch. It includes a well appointed salad bar and two pizza buffet bars, one for vegetarians and one for meat eaters. EVERYONE in our group commented on the quality and excellent taste of the thin pizza crusts. There was at least a dozen pizzas on each bar which included every combination of all of your favorites. Each of the two owners stopped by our table and thanked us for coming in. They said they only leave the pizzas on the buffet for 20 minutes to keep them fresh. A surprise at the end was several dessert pizzas that were thoroughly enjoyed by our group. Rookies definitely impressed on many levels with a nice interior, caring and attentive owners and a quality fresh lunch buffet. I can not wait to return for weekend football watching and dining to explore more of the menu.

Photo of Christopher Lansing Christopher Lansing
Oct 9, 2019 5

Good food, great beer and better service! The manager Patrick is a champ and super welcoming. Any time I'm in Durham, I come here at least once a week.

Photo of jocelyn rowley jocelyn rowley
Aug 31, 2019 3

I work around the corner from here and frequent this bar about once a week. I have never had food I don't like from here, even the pizza bar is great! I only gave it 3 stars because I have never had a great experience with the staff. No matter when I have come it never seems like they have enough servers to give good customer service. Glasses are always empty, and when you order a drink from the bar it takes at least 20 minutes. I have had to stop ordering from my server a few times and just order drinks from the bar. It is disappointing as they have great food.

Photo of brent stoney brent stoney
Oct 2, 2019 3

Good food. Slow service. The fries are too thick. The waitress was not very personable. Owner was really nice. Convenient to my hotel.

Photo of Jenny Smith Jenny Smith
Sep 30, 2019 5

Had dinner here tonight and the food was wonderful and the service was great. Thanks for an enjoyable experience. Definitely will be back.

Photo of Julia Rodriguez Julia Rodriguez
Nov 13, 2019 5

I was here a couple of weeks ago because I had an appointment at the building next door, I hadn't had nothing for breakfast, so I was really hungry and had to wait for my husband to pick me up, I hesitated a little because of the bar thing on the name but it was early, so went in and the girl who meet me was super nice, took my order that was to go, gave my drink and told me if you need a refill let me know before you leave. The manager came out and handed me my food very polite, WOW!! Great experience and food was delicious!!

Photo of Karen Snipes Karen Snipes
Nov 18, 2019 5

The wings are great especially the honey barbecue wings. Great service will go again. Great place for people traveling

Photo of Synthia Mayfield Synthia Mayfield
Dec 18, 2019 5

Food = Dope. Drinks = Dope. Waiters = Dope. Great place. Great service. Amazing food. Would love to see more on the draft selection for the local breweries (sour beers!). Will be back on the next visit to NC!

Photo of Justin Gorney Justin Gorney
Dec 8, 2019 4

Lots of televisions and decent daily drink specials. A great place to hang out for football Sundays.

Photo of Demetrius Mundy Demetrius Mundy
Jan 12, 2020 5

Excellant!!! Traveling from Chicago and wanted something quick to eat. Rookies was recommended by the hotel staff and loved the food. The atmosphere was great with the football playoffs on and everybody was having a great time. Definitely will return when in Durham, NC.

Photo of Rich Nagle Rich Nagle
Jan 15, 2020 4

This is a mom-and-pop restaurant and I really want to like it. The food is pretty good and the beers are ice cold. The place is a little dated and needs a major overhaul of cleaning and painting. The staff is friendly and it's in a great location.

Photo of Smokahontas99 Smokahontas99
Mar 10, 2020 3

So I get to the pizza buffet about 11:30 and I'm the first one there of course, but let me just ask to see if they are serving the buffet today cause it looks totally dead with no lights at the pizza bar, no music and puzzled staff. I ask the older man with glasses at the register 'Are you all serving pizza today?. 'WHAT?! was his reply. I repeat myself and I guess it registered then cause he nods with a 'yeah yeah and gestures his hand towards to sitting. Ok. I go to pick a seat and nobody comes to my table. So I go to wash my hands to comeback and sit. So I'm waiting, other people starts to walk in with friendly greetings from man at register. They sit, and a young man that wrapping silverware jumps right up to bring them silverware and drink request. I'm just looking wondering is anybody going to acknowledge me and my daughter? So I wait and no avail. So I get up cause obviously I have to get their attention. I walk up. Same older man with glasses I ask, 'Can I get some utensils? 'WHAT?! He replies. I'm pretty much disgusted at this point and I say, 'I'm sitting over There and I'm eating Here, can I get forks and knives and something to drink?? He was about to tell me they don't have the box juice for my daughter but I told him that's what I usually get cause he wanted to offer juice from the fountain. I assume he found it and brings the juice and aggressively puts my drink down. 😆. Wth yo I say to myself. Finally we eat. More people walk in as the available staff rushes to get drink orders 😏. So can I get a refill? I place my empty glass at the edge of the table to no avail of course. As I'm gathering to leave here comes the older man asking do I want a refill to me it's a little to late for that as we are motioning to the register. And now I'm standing at the register cause I didn't get my check, finally the one waitress (whom was very nice) on the floor rings me up at the bar. I don't know what was going on today but I do know they was short of staff but that doesn't explain the rude disposition of service. Anyway the pizza was good as it is early. But the customer service today was trash. I'm always cordial and polite regardless of what they got going on but today I seen something totally different. I don't spend my money at places to get service like that and I will not.

Photo of Christine Becker Christine Becker
Mar 11, 2020 3

I've been here on a number of occasions, and the food was pretty good, That's why I had been excited to go back.. However, i was super disappointed on this trip, because I'd been waiting all day to dive into the pizza bar for lunch. Sadly, the items under the warming light looked dried out, and they had no plans of bringing anything else out because there was not much of a crowd. I didn't have a whole lot to choose from or a whole lot of time to wait for them to make something new, I guess they hadn't noticed that it was pretty depleted? Sigh ..

Photo of Michael Whitley Michael Whitley
May 8, 2020 5

Love it, love the service. Andrew and Alex are great people with great personalities. Food is great although a little bit pricey for my taste. But definitely worth it. You definitely get what you pay for.

Photo of Travon Elliott Travon Elliott
Jun 13, 2020 4

I've been here twice for a birthday gathering and the atmosphere was good. Really chill staff and really good food. I would recommend going early on for a quieter time because it does seem to turn up a little the later it gets.

Photo of Paul Tabor Paul Tabor
Jul 5, 2020 5

The service is always great and the food is quite exceptional. At first I came here for the pizza buffet (pre-covid of course), but occasionally ordered off the menu - always good. Their burgers are quite good and surprisingly the buns are exceptional - not sure if made in house, but they seem like they are. Can't go wrong ordering anything off the menu!

Photo of Alice Szydlowska Alice Szydlowska
Apr 21, 2019 3

An OK bar. Several TVs to watch a game or whatever else you might be in a mood for. Food - could be better. The appetizer we ordered was good - hot so we knew was just made. The meatballs on our meatball sandwich were simply cold. It seems as if they were pulled out of a freezer, tossed onto the bun and toasted. The bun warmed up and cheese melted but meat was simply defrosted. I ordered side salad and fries, lettuce was old (yellow) but fries fresh, hot and crispy. Beer selection decent. A manager on duty was very professional, nice, and attentive. Cannot say the same about the wait staff. The two bartenders simply seemed indifferent to our presence.

Photo of Julie Harlow Julie Harlow
May 17, 2019 5

Great little bar and grill! Love the atmosphere and the staff is super friendly. They make a killer margarita and the food was fantastic. Salad and pasta were hot and fresh and the shrimp was cooked perfectly. Would happily recommend this place. The even have Cornhole games set up outside. Loved it!

Photo of Will Sutton Will Sutton
Jun 12, 2019 4

The chicken quesadillas we're nice! And a also the Philly Roll was a delicious surprise with the dipping sauce. Service was very friendly and pleasant. Can't wait to try other things on the menu.

Photo of Matthew Thomilson Matthew Thomilson
Apr 9, 2019 4

I frequent the RTP area for business and swung by this spot for dinner. The staff were attentive and I ordered the nachos, which turned out to be a massive amount of nachos. The atmosphere was lively, but not unpleasant, and they had a pretty good beer selection. The bar chair I sat in was extremely unstable, but it added character. I'll find a more stable chair next time.

Photo of Shalabh Srivastava Shalabh Srivastava
Mar 20, 2019 5

We went here for lunch. They had Pizza buffet available and all of the pizzas were super delicious and freshly baked. They even customized the pizzas as per your taste. Great place and excellent service staff. Will definitely visit again. 5star rating from me.