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Tobacco Road Sports Cafe


280 S Mangum St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 804-0764
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Photo of Mish M. Mish M.
Mar 22, 2022 4

Pretty nice restaurant. Casual setting overlooking the Durham Ball Park. The food had been good every time I have visited. On a baseball game night or concert night at DPAC don't expect to get seated right away.

Photo of Johnnyboy Johnnyboy
Apr 7, 2021 5

The food was impeccable , the service could need a little up grade. I worked in food service for years , and you should not leave your table more then 10 minutes with out dealing with your guest. You should know who the food belongs to off a number system. I asked for a drink in a tom collins glass , they brought me a on the rocks glass . If you want to keep a good rate in your establishment you must have the service all round 100%.

Photo of Deborah Ruffin Deborah Ruffin
Jan 14, 2022 4

It was a surprise birthday dinner for me given by family members. My 1st time there. The food was Good, the service was AMAZING( Heather was our waitress), the drinks were Awesome, the location is Great. The area we were seated in was very nice, roomy and intimate, however, it was a bit too dark to see the menus. We all had to use our phone flashlights..I walk with a cane and had to walk up several steps to get to the entrance and to exit the restaurant. If there was a handicap or disabled entrance, it was not clearly accessible...

Photo of Brittany Zorn Brittany Zorn
Mar 13, 2022 4

My husband and I came here before seeing a show across the street. We added ourselves on the waitlist 8 hours earlier but they were so busy that we weren’t able to get a table. However, the host at the front desk told us that the bar in the back had just opened up and that we would likely be able to grab food and drinks pretty quickly wt the bar. She was right. The food came out pretty quickly and it was delicious. The drinks were okay. There was only one bartender and after about 5 minutes, there was around 30 people waiting to order drinks. He did a great job for the amount of people there.

Photo of James Mickey James Mickey
Feb 27, 2022 4

Overall this is a good place to check out. Food was delicious and service was generally pleasant. I ordered chicken wings (sold by the pound) and I was overall disappointed in the quality to price ratio. For wings that cost so much (and only getting 6 of them), I expected excellence. Food was overall enjoyable though. Service wasn't bad, but also wasn't stellar.

Photo of Jennifer Walker Jennifer Walker
Jan 16, 2021 5

You can enjoy a game and an amazing dinner... without COVID of course. Delicious! A+ dining and customer service Thank you!

Photo of Harold Cooper Harold Cooper
Dec 29, 2020 4

Great place to watch a game. Food average but not.the reason to go. Enjoyed it

Photo of Renee Page Renee Page
Sep 4, 2020 5

Plenty of outdoor dining options, broad menu, good service

Photo of Jonathan Wali Jonathan Wali
Oct 4, 2020 5

The food was impeccable , the service could need a little up grade. I worked in food service for years , and you should not leave your table more then 10 minutes with out dealing with your guest. You should know who the food belongs to off a number system. I asked for a drink in a ton collins glass , they brought me a on the rocks glass . If you want to keep a good rate in your establishment you must have the service all round 100%.

Photo of Kordel Schaper Kordel Schaper
Sep 19, 2020 4

Good environment and friendly staff. Food was decent and good beer selection. Plenty of games on the tv

Photo of Lucas Madsen Lucas Madsen
Sep 17, 2020 5

Omg food was so amazing!!! And drinks were lit. Can't wait to go again!

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 4, 2020 5

Nice little sports bar overlooking the Durham Bulls stadium. Hot chicken sandwich on point! Spicy Cole slaw wasn’t really spicy and slightly lacking in sauce. Kind of dry. Make their own beer, IPA was solid. Hazy as hell, but not too hoppy. I highly recommended this place.

Photo of Loyal Customer Loyal Customer
Sep 7, 2020 3

Ate at the Durham location tonight. If you want Buffalo Chicken Egg rolls or Beef Ribs, call before you go. They were out of both.

Photo of Patrick Gargano Patrick Gargano
Sep 10, 2020 3

Service was sub par, but the food was delicious. Ordered crab cakes for the appetizer. Wish I could tell you how they were! Never got them.

Photo of Melissa Guzman Melissa Guzman
Aug 24, 2020 4

Nice atmosphere. We liked the covered outside seating area and were able to take our dogs. Food was good.

Photo of charlie jamieson charlie jamieson
Aug 28, 2020 5

Here for wedding rehearsal dinner. Food choices excellent, portions just right even for folks with big appetites. Dessert was also awesome. REALLY glad we went.

Photo of jeremy windham jeremy windham
Jul 31, 2020 4

We ate here couple weeks ago and it was great. There server was very polite and friendly, food was good, no complaints!!

Photo of Chris Mulvey Chris Mulvey
Jul 17, 2020 5

I ate the frizzle drizzle chicken entree. It was delish. Good crunchy fried boneless chicken breast with scrumptious mashed potatoes. The accompanying sauce was a little too sweet, so next time I'll ask for it on the side. Great bar and service. Excellent restaurant.

Photo of Warren Smith Warren Smith
Jul 6, 2020 4

Large indoor and outdoor seating area. Good food and good service

Photo of Karen Lamach Karen Lamach
May 3, 2020 5

This is a great place for a game watch! We go here to watch NFL games. The service is always fantastic and tasty food. Great sports atmosphere with very friendly, attentive staff.

Photo of Will Sutton Will Sutton
May 6, 2020 5

Take out during Covid... Let me tell you..this burger was the bomb. I was quite surprised so after Covid is over, I will have to hit this restaurant up again and again. It had the right touch of heat on it.

Photo of Mike Finn Mike Finn
Mar 11, 2020 5

Great place to get a drink after a DPAC show while waiting for the Uber prices to go down. 😉

Photo of Michael Haag Michael Haag
Mar 7, 2019 4

Great views of the ballpark with solid food. We visited early on a Saturday night and sat outside. The service was just OK, had to flag down our server a few times for various things. The food was quite tasty, really good fries. This is also a brewery with their own set of beers that were good.

Photo of Mary Escobar Mary Escobar
Dec 1, 2019 3

Stopped by dinner prior to a show. While we understand we aren't the only ones doing so, the food was taking a significant amount of time to arrive, especially considering we all ordered sandwiches and salads. The manager at the time, a man named John, was incredibly rude considering all we wanted was to know how much longer it would be. He said it was "incredibly busy" as we sat by multiple empty tables and then acted like a teenager by angrily wallong away when we pointed out it had been 40+ minutes and the restaurant wasn't full. For what it's worth the food was fine. We can't complain about our meals. We were just blown a way that someone is a position of leadership would behave in such a manner.

Photo of Norra Church Norra Church
Dec 5, 2019 5

CB Howard Perry & Walston's Durham office had our 2019 Christmas party here. We were out on the patio, it was very comfortable, we had a whole wing to ourselves and it was grand! Nice selection of food and the space was perfect. Lots of tables set out to sit and eat and plenty of room to mingle. Our server Lisa visited regularly -which we appreciated, Thank you Lisa! I noticed several other groups were taking advantage of Tobacco Road's setting as well.... we know a good place when we find it! After all, it is one of the places where Major Bull hangs out!

Photo of Alaina Barnes Alaina Barnes
Feb 27, 2020 5

The food was good. I got the Cashmere IPA and it was one of my beer favorite beers I've had in awhile. Service was slow, but they might have been short staffed. I'd definitely come back in the future and I'd like to try the Raleigh location because it's closer to me.

Photo of Alex Williams Alex Williams
Jan 2, 2020 4

Went here a couple of times. Only had one server/bartender that was high quality. Everyone was alright. Food is alright. Great place to watch a game, however.

Photo of Stephen Daniel Stephen Daniel
Jan 4, 2020 3

Food is pretty good -- tasty but high in calories. Lots of TVs. Service is very spotty. Feels like too few servers for the number of tables. Gluten free menu is a QR code there points to a site that doesn't work

Photo of Miss workingitout Miss workingitout
Dec 6, 2019 5

The food was good. The restrooms were clean and the service was exceptional. The menus was nice and quite inexpensive as well.

Photo of Trey Sanders Trey Sanders
Nov 16, 2019 4

Layout is very nice! 25 TVs along 1 wall! Recliners, rounded booths, tables & bar areas. Atmosphere is awesome! Seating is extremely slow considering we saw 2 empty 4seat tables & 6 empty seats along the bar top. Entree options looks good. Tasted even better. Got the BBQ ribs with rice & black beans, and sweet potato mash. Wife got the Greek Lemon chicken with sweet potato mash. Both entrees were delicious! Definitely will be returning! Aside the slow seating, I'd have given 5 STARS!

Photo of Andre Adderley Andre Adderley
Oct 15, 2019 5

Happy Hour + Tuesday = Dreams Do Come True! Was off work early and decided to pop in the place just before 5pm to grab a nice Local Draft Beer in a place with some ambience. As Serendipity would have it, Beers are $2 of on Tuesdays! ... PLUS I arrived during Happy Hour, so Appetizers were 1/2 off! I ordered a sampling of Sliders first and then ordered wings to go. Everything meet and exceeded expectations. Will definitely be going back! FUN FACT: Smoking is generally NOT allowed in the American Tobacco District (where this place is located).

Photo of John Singeltary John Singeltary
Aug 23, 2019 5

Visited tobacco road for the first time to see our daughter from Philadelphia today. The place was packed which was understandable due to a baseball game and show in town which our daughter explained may be the case. Nonetheless the service was exceptional and the food was above anything we expected (huge portions). Our server Ryan was very attentive and the busers who cleaned our table were also very friendly. Will definitely be back.

Photo of josh M josh M
Sep 28, 2019 3

The food was awesome, the view of Bull Durham stadium was excellent as well! Unfortunately, on this evening we did not get the best service. My two companions had to go to the bar for drinks as the waitress didn't show up for 15 mins after we were sat. It didn't get much better from there. I always leave a good tip regardless, but I thought this should be known.

Photo of Reggie Strange Reggie Strange
Sep 21, 2019 5

Chicken wings and cheese dip to start and at least three rounds of beers as the Charlotte Knights beat the Durham Bulls this evening. The game was fun to watch even though we couldn't hear any of the announcements. Then another friend arrived and we had an order of the Memphis nachos. A massive portion of chips that was more stuff than anything else. Delicious and a lot of it.

Photo of JustSomeGuy JustSomeGuy
Jul 6, 2019 5

More than just a sports bar! Yes, of course the have all the sceens like you would expect in any sports bar, but they go so much farther than what you would consider standard "sport bar" grub. They have an incredible chef, and virtually everything is prepared from scratch. Charlene our server was great, when we were talking about the food, you could tell she loved the food there as well.

Photo of michael mathews michael mathews
Jun 11, 2019 5

Add usual, the service and food were outstanding! highly recommend trying if you haven't. You won't be disappointed!

Photo of Charles Craichy Charles Craichy
Jun 6, 2019 5

I had the lamb pita. It was extremely flavorful, although a bit heavy. Our server was great! Great place to sit down for lunch if you're in town.

Photo of Julie Hagerman Julie Hagerman
Jun 8, 2019 3

I ordered frizzled and drizzled fried chicken with honey and pepper gravy, galic mashed potatoes and seasoned green beans. So disappointed. Very little honey taste and zero pepper gravy, garlic potatoes zero garlic, seasoned green beans zero seasoning and they were cold. I wanted a strawberry daiquiri but go figure they didn't have a blender to make that. So i ordered a white zinfandel and only got a quarter glass way overpriced We asked our sever to clean our table 3 times because the first time it was wiped down with a stinky stale rag. Never happened. I had to ask 3 time for to go box. So 28.00 for this. Won't go back

Photo of Matthew Barefoot Matthew Barefoot
May 20, 2022 5

Sat outside in the sun due to the wait but it wasn't that bad as long as you have sunglasses. Great outdoor view of the bulls stadium/field. Would be great to eat here while a game was live. Food and beer were good and didn't seem over priced.

Photo of John Thomas Kong John Thomas Kong
Jun 12, 2022 5

Tobacco Road goes above and beyond the usual sports bar to include good drinks and great food. Our expectations were superbly exceeded. Located with a spectacular view of the Durham Bull’s valley field, Tobacco Road boasts a great atmosphere for a casual lunch to catching up with friends and family. When you visit Durham, make sure to swing by Tobacco Road and treat yourself to a good time. You might even catch a baseball game!

Photo of Kathy Cole Kathy Cole
Jun 19, 2022 4

Food was very good. The staff seemed a little short handed. Bartenders were extremely busy but no sense of urgency or smiles. In fact I don’t think I saw a server smile either. However, we did talk to the manager Alex. Super nice and made sure we had a great visit there. We will certainly be back. I hope they get some more help to take the pressure off the ones there.

Photo of LA Adkins LA Adkins
Jun 26, 2022 4

Me and a couple of friends dined here on an early Saturday evening after an event we were hosting. There was a rush of people that came in after this so please keep this in mind if you decide to dine here during the weekend. This location is close to where we held our event, and it is conveniently located in downtown Durham. There was street parking available, and there is a parking deck adjacent to the restaurant, if you prefer to park there. We chose this location because we were especially looking for somewhere that had outdoor seating and somewhere with decent food and drinks. While we didn't watch any sports games while we were there, there are large TVs scattered throughout the restaurant so it's the perfect spot to watch a game. The staff that were at the host stand greeted us when we came in and were very friendly. They laughed and joked with us as they led us to where we would be sitting. I ordered the crab cakes (remember to ask for these without the ham if you don't eat meat), which were pretty good. There was a piece of hair cooked into one of our crab cakes so we sent it back for them to remake. The staff were very apologetic about it and agreed to remove the item from our check. I also ordered the shrimp tacos, which I wasn't crazy about, but it was one of the few options I could choose from since I'm a pescatarian. We had two servers, one of which was being trained. They were very kind and seemed to be enjoying having us as guests. The other server (trainer) was very rude and asked us several times only a few minutes apart if we wanted to order anything else, which we interpreted as them being ready for us to leave. I gave this place four (4) stars because of the hair we found in our food and the unfriendly server we had.

Photo of David Chang David Chang
Jul 27, 2022 5

Tobacco road has superb food and drink. There's plenty of screens with just about any sport you can think of. The atmosphere and vibe has great energy. I would definitely come back!

Photo of Paul Timuscuk Paul Timuscuk
Feb 20, 2021 5

Excellent place to have our first meal in Durham!! A great draft beer list from pale ales to stouts and a large choice of food on the menu. We had the salmon and the "frizzle and drizzle" chicken and both were delicious. The salmon included creamed spinach, large slice of squash and a lemon cream sauce. The chicken included 2 large boneless breasts, smashed potatoes, mixed veggies and a honey cream sauce. The waitress said the chicken was her favorite and we can see why!!

Photo of Mesha B Mesha B
Apr 30, 2022 5

Went there on Monday April 25 around 2 a delightful young lady named sammelia greeted us at the door and was our server. She made our experience very enjoyable. They just had a rush and it was 3 servers and the bartender. Those girls just got there butts handed to them but delivered food and drinks with a smile. Management it's very hard to find good help I know I work in the same industry everything was great my fries were cold only bad thing but the service great will be back with more people thank you so much

Photo of Mario Monti Mario Monti
Jul 17, 2022 3

Nice enough atmosphere, but they got the order wrong on me both times I was there In the same weekend. Among other things we ordered, both times I ordered a Caesar salad with grilled chicken, and emphasized no croutons. (No bread of any type for me) While I'm pretty sure both the wait staff got my order right, the kitchen brought out the order with croutons both times. My ribs were overcooked, overly charred. Also on my second visit, the chicken wings were slightly over cooked. Finally, the brussel sprouts were overly dry, perhaps overcooked as well.