Pre-Show Dining

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.

Discounts apply to show nights only.

107 East Parrish Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

At Bull City Burger and Brewery we make pretty much everything from scratch. We make the mayo, the mustard, the pickles, and the relish, bake the buns, make the hot dogs, make the veggie burgers, grind 100% local NC pasture-raised beef (no added hormone, no antibiotics) daily and of course, we make all our own beer. We are also Durham's oldest brewpub located 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.

Please note this restaurant has the following offer available to our Truist Broadway Season Seat Members: Free Pickle Chips with the purchase of any combination of two burgers, hot dogs or veggie burgers. Our Legendary pickle chips appetizer is guaranteed to be the best on Parrish Street; also the only on Parrish Street.  Offer valid only on DPAC show nights. 

  • Hours (open 7 days per week): 
  • Sun-Thurs 11:11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:11am-11:00pm
111 Corcoran Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Bold. Local. Social.


Local cuisine meets the bold flavors and playful techniques of executive chef Jeff Seizer at Counting House.  A social experience set amongst the art of today, designed to provide you with an easy-going escape that will feed your soul. Inspired by old school European techniques and simple preparations, his menu is familiar, yet unexpected.


The bar and lounge is a vibrant and welcoming place to taste innovative house-made cocktails sip aperitifs, sample local craft brews and explores broad bourbon and wine lists. Located inside 21c Museum Hotel Durham, rotating exhibitions of contemporary art carry over from the adjoining hotel into the restaurant space and can be explored free of charge.


Enjoy a pre-show dinner service beginning at 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, brunch before a matinee on Saturday and Sunday, or a post-show cocktail in the bar and lounge. Walk-ins are welcome at the bar and lounge. Reservations are recommended for the dining room. Valet parking is available.​


200 North Mangum Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

When Chef Charlie Deal opened Dos Perros 10 years ago, he was one of the first to see what downtown Durham could (and has) become: a food mecca, with some of the best and most creative menus in the Southeast. Dos Perros has proudly served as Durham's go-to spot for deliciously inspired Mexican food, incredible handmade margaritas, and local craft beers since 2009. With our casual yet refined atmosphere and a location just a few minutes' walk from the DPAC, we're the perfect choice for pre-show dining.


Choose from perennial favorites such as our hot guava margarita, house-made guacamole, braised beef enchiladas or the classic chile relleno — which just happens to be vegetarian and gluten-free. In fact, we've made quite a name for ourselves with our extensive menu of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options — so good you won't even miss what's not there.


Visit us at and while you're there, check out our private room available for your next special event.

202 Corcoran Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

All-day eatery at the Unscripted Durham Hotel presents updated takes on traditional diner fare.

410 Blackwell Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Stop into Mellow Mushroom Durham today. We serve up fresh, stone-baked handcrafted pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Locally owned and operated, we provide great customer service and high quality food. Our menu showcases natural flavors and the freshest of ingredients in a creative menu assortment of pizzas, burgers, hoagies, salads, calzones, appetizers and vegetarian and vegan options. Gluten free crust and a kids menu are also available.

Special Offer for Season Seat Members: Get a free appetizer with the purchase of a medium or large pizza on a show night when you show your show ticket. Offer only valid on show nights. Must show tickets to performance that night.


  • Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm
  • Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
  • Sun 11:30am-9pm
345 Blackwell Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

NanaSteak opened its doors in February 2016 in a newly built space located next to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Aloft Durham Downtown Hotel.


The restaurant boasts a beautiful corner location with abundant natural light. In homage to Durham's long tobacco history, the bar top and tables are inlaid with real tobacco leaves, artfully crafted by Artisan Leaf.


NanaSteak offers high-energy upscale dining at its finest.  Enjoy drinks and appetizers with friends at the beautiful and well-appointed bar or dine from a menu full of local North Carolina fare.  The award winning wine list offers many unique and interesting selections to compliment any meal.  With an impeccable attention to detail, this is the perfect backdrop for an extraordinary evening.


Current dinner hours:  Wednesday - Saturday 6pm to 10pm & Sundays 5pm to 9pm


Reservations can be made directly through our website: or anytime Wednesday - Sunday after 2pm by calling 919-282-1183

102 City Hall Plaza
Durham, North Carolina 27701

We’re a casual Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant with a fine-dining approach to the food.  We make just about everything from scratch including the crust, the sauce, the pepperoni, the gelato and the mozzarella cheese. We use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible and as seasonally as possible.  All of our meats are local and pasture-raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones. Our pizza is handmade and wood-fired, created around a core of flavors. We change the pizzas from time to time and with the seasons. We are also family friendly withe a kids play area and outdoor patio seating just two blocks north of DPAC. Join us for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza.

Please note this restaurant has the following offer available to our Truist Broadway Season Seat Members: Offer only valid on show nights: One free house Boppy Salad or a single scoop of house made gelato with the purchase of any specialty pizza.


  • Closed Mondays
  • Tues-Thurs 11:12 AM to 10 PM
  • Fri-Sat 11:12 AM to 10:30 PM
  • Sun 11:12 AM to 9 PM
315 East Chapel Hill Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
Phone: 919-768-8831

Dine at The Durham before the show. Join us for dinner in the Restaurant; our airy glass-walled dining room features striking mid-century design and a New American menu highlighting NC meats, seafood, and vegetables.


Before or after the show, take in city views from the Roof. Our sixth-floor bar overlooks the Durham city center and features a menu of craft cocktails, craft beers, estate wines, and small plates inspired by local producers.


Book our Night Out package to receive $20 food & beverage credit per guest to be used on the Roof or in the Restaurant. After the show, enjoy a leisurely stroll back to The Durham for a relaxing end to the evening in one of our comfy, midcentury-designed rooms or suites.


For more information and hours of operation, please visit this page.