Within walking distance or a short drive of DPAC are a wide variety of upscale and festive options. Many offer pre-show dining discounts and after show specials. Show nights can be very busy, and reservations are strongly suggested where available.
New to DPAC!
Alivia's Durham Bistro will offer a light pre-show food option for DPAC guests. See their menu here, and place your order here before the show. Or you can order from LIV's Food Truck parked outside DPAC. This is a test to see how popular it will be with our guests. Please let us know how you like it!
604 Fernway Avenue (0.7 miles from DPAC)
604 at West Village is located just a few blocks from DPAC. We offer the rustic charm of Downtown Durham's warehouse district with the elegance of Italian fine dining. Our bar provides the perfect setting for a pre-show cocktail with friends or a post-show bite from our late night menu. The dining room sets the stage for an intimate dinner while our patio offers a more relaxed atmosphere for dinner under the stars. For a larger group, book our private room to customize your special evening. If you'd prefer something a bit more casual, check out the more traditional menu of The Pizzeria, located just next door. For reservations call 919-680-6333 or visit www.604westvillage.com.
Hours: Dinner Tues - Fri 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.-9 p.m.; Closed Mondays
2002 Safeway St (2.2 miles from DPAC)
Drawing on his experience in Key West, Chef Tim Lyons delivers culinary treats directly from the sea to your plate in a comfortable, Keys-casual environment. Stop in before a show for dinner, to sample seasonal cocktails at our bar, or after a show for our delectable desserts. Our well-trained staff will be happy to assist you and get you to the show on time. Present your ticket or program to your server for a 10% on dinner. Visit Blu Seafood and Bar.
Hours: Closed Sundays; Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm
107 East Parrish Street (0.4 miles from DPAC)
At Bull City Burger and Brewery we make pretty much everything from scratch. We’re like a fine dining burger joint. We make the mayo, the mustard, the pickles, and the relish, bake the buns, make the hot dogs, make the veggie burgers, grind 100% NC pasture raised beef daily and of course we make all our own beer. Try Durham’s newest brewpub just 2 blocks north of DPAC at the corner of Mangum and Parrish streets. We are family friendly and even have a kids play area. We’ll have plenty of napkins on hand pre-show and post so come by to "Eat Pasture Raised Beef and Drink Freshly Brewed Beer." First come, first serve seating.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:11am-11pm; Sun 11:11am-8pm
200 N Mangum St (0.6 miles from DPAC)
In an encore performance to Jujube, restaurateur Charlie Deal introduces Dos Perros restaurant, offering fresh and truly authentic Mexican cuisine, house-made aguas frescas, an extensive microbrew list, innovative cocktails, and premium tequilas, all served in a warm but upscale environment. Ideally located, Dos Perros is just a short walk from the DPAC, perfect for pre- or post-performance dining. Dos Perros.
Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Mon-Sat. 5pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm
3001 Cameron Blvd (3.4 miles from DPAC)
The Fairview Dining Room is locally, regionally and nationally renowned for its seasonally inspired contemporary cuisine, exceptional service, extensive wine list and its glorious vistas of the prestigious Robert Trent Jones-designed Duke University Golf Club. Executive Chef Jason Cunningham leads the talented staff that creates the restaurant’s AAA Award-winning fare. The Fairview, perfectly appointed with English antiques and fine paintings, boasts decorative fabric in rich hues and offers guests a luxurious dining experience. And its outdoor terrace is the perfect place to enjoy both the extraordinary cuisine and the region’s fine weather.
Dine in style before the show. Enjoy a delicious pre-theatre 3 course dinner and complimentary valet parking. For reservations call 919-493-6699 or visit washingtondukeinn.com.
Hours: 7am-10:30am, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sat & Sun Piano Brunch 10:30am-2pm
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers
410 Blackwell Street (0.2 miles from DPAC)
You are cordially invited to submerse yourselves into the psychedelic subculture that is Mellow Mushroom. Who are we? We are pizza. And each restaurant is a different doorway into the Mellow Mushroom world that beckons you to stop and Taste Life. Our restaurants evolved from Bohemian roots of the 60’s and 70’s and cosmically transcends you from then to now and beyond. Visit Mellow Mushroom - Durham. First come, first serve seating.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11:30am-9pm
2200 W Main St (2.2 miles from DPAC)
Parizäde is the Crown Jewel of the Giorgios Hospitality Group. Located in Erwin Square, a short drive from downtown, Parizäde offers diners a stunning decor, featuring the fantastical art of North Carolina’s Henrik Fantazos on the ceilings and walls. An open kitchen runs the length of the dining room, supplying patrons with the aromas and sizzle of the chef’s creations, ranging from grilled meats to seafoods and pasta. There is a specially priced Early Dinner Menu daily from 5:30 to 6:30. Parizäde is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and Dinner every night of the week. Please call 919.286.9712 for reservations or visit Parizade.
605 West Main Street (0.5 miles from DPAC)
Since 2001, our Durham restaurants have supported local farmers, local breweries, and all of our fellow small business owners within the Durham community. We are proud to be a part of the ever changing Downtown Durham scene...at Rue Cler in the style of a Parisian neighborhood restaurant, and at Pop's in the style of a quaint romantic Italian Trattoria.
Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm; Dinner Sun-Thurs 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom
324 Blackwell Street (0.15 miles from DPAC)
Carrboro’s long-time favorite taproom is also in Durham! Next to the Durham Bull’s Athletic Park and DPAC, Tyler’s offers 60 of the finest craft and specialty import beers on tap. Serving business-paced lunches by day and casual dining at night, Tyler’s offers American comfort food with a seasonal twist. Outdoor dining is available, as well as a private room for all occasions. After dinner, make your way to The Speakeasy to play some pool or watch your favorite team on one of three HD plasma TV’s. Visit Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom. First come, first serve seating.
Hours: Open Daily 11am-2am
Area Dining Options
Durham’s distinctive dining is arguably the most sophisticated in the state, thanks to a thriving colony of nationally acclaimed chefs who call Durham home. Overall, there are more than 300 Durham restaurants to please the palate. Visit Durham CVB Dining Options.
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123 Vivian Street
Durham, NC 27701