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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 Arvian “Sparkles” Duval Arvian “Sparkles” Duval
Jan 26, 2023 4

Some of my coworkers and I visited this restaurant today for our team luncheon. We were seated, given our menus, and asked if we wanted anything to drink in a timely manner. The restaurant was fairly empty, so we didn’t have any competing noises or anything that would distract us from our moment. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable. She helped to maintain a good atmosphere. She also checked on us periodically. For the most part, everyone enjoyed their meal; however, one person ordered a salmon dish but was never asked how she wanted the salmon cooked. The salmon was more rare than she liked it, but she did not want to send it back. My spicy dry rub wings were fantastic! The spicy flavor was not overpowering. The wings were seasoned well, had the right level of crisp and texture, and were a decent size. The portion was good for a lunch-size plate. I could have used more blue cheese dressing though. The amount of sauce provided with the wings was not sufficient.

Photo of Marianne Ward Marianne Ward
Jan 22, 2023 4

01/22/23 review: we had lunch here before a show at the DPAC. We were seated promptly in the enclosed, heated patio overlooking the ballpark. We had the chopped salad with shrimp and the fried Buffalo chicken thigh sandwich. My salad was excellent. The Buffalo chicken thighs were not very tasty. The tater tots were pretty good. Our server was friendly and attentive. The prices are very good for this downtown restaurant. Portions were good.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.