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Crook's Corner

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610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
+1 919-929-7643
10:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun 10:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Madison, Georgia
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83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2013

The food here is outstanding. The food is somewhat expensive, but portions are large. This is not a place for children under 14. Cocktails are very good. Expect to pay for 4 anywhere from 120 - to 200 dollars including cocktails. It is one of favorite places. Make sure you call for a reservation as it might be hard to... More 

1 Thank woop9p
San Diego, California
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106 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Crook's Corner has been around since I went to UNC Chapel Hill in the 1980's. I am back in 2013, and it has not changed one bit. From the quirky wood-carved pigs and other animals outside, to the bamboo courtyard outside the little bistro on the corner of Carrboro and Chapel Hill border; this place will blow your mind. It... More 

2 Thank KMartinGardner
Chapel Hill
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108 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2013

Have lived in this area for 10 years and have always heard about Crooks. Finally went last week and was pretty disappointed. Expected more atmosphere - small inside - loud. The hostess and staff were not very friendly - didn't seem to value my business at all. The food is just average - can get better food in other places... More 

1 Thank pinapuna
Clinton, NY
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158 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2013

Fortunately we had reservations, but on Sundays when Crook's Corner opens for brunch there is a line waiting outside. I think you would get in right at 10:30 (when they open) without a reservations, but why risk it. My daughter and her family (with two small children) took me there for my birthday. I had the Eggs New Bern, which... More 

1 Thank Dot13
Eastern NC
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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2013

First time at Crook's and will be back. My friend and I enjoyed the shrimp and grits, the sweet potato tamale appetizer and house salads. Our waitress was great, not intrusive but perceptive. The inside is tiny and somewhat noisy. It was a little too warm inside, but not unbearable.

Thank StephanieEasternNC
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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115 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2013

This place was one of the trailblazers in the Southern Food renaissance. A funky, casual, unique decor outside and in; the best time to enjoy it is during pleasant weather out on the patio. However, the patio is covered and heated for year-round use. Inside space is tight with tiny bar and tables exposed to entrance and traffic to patio... More 

1 Thank Anita H
State College, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2013

Salad was overdressed and just tasted of vinegar. Tried the turtle soup on the recommendation of our waitress and it was under seasoned and kinda of flavorless. In fact, most soups I've had out of a can have been better. Best part of the meal was the cabbage side with the steak. Asked for a sweet white wine and got... More 

1 Thank clydestrawberry
Budapest, Hungary
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144 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2013

Crook's Corner is one of Chapel Hill's premiere restaurants and has been ever since it opened. Brunch there is a local tradition. Crook's prepares locally produced food using tradition Southern ingredients often with an eclectic flare. Diners can order more traditional dishes like fried chicken and barbeque, or friedNorth Carolina seafood, as well as steaks and vegetarian dishes. Brunch is... More 

1 Thank mboyd71
North Carolina
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134 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2012

The food was good but no better than many places right in Durham where I live and not as good as say, Alivia's, Another Broken Egg. We went for breakfast on a Sunday, conversation not possible at a normal tone.

1 Thank NorthCarolinaSandie
North Eastham, Massachusetts
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114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2012

Had a brunch here on Sunday. Six of us including two young grandchildren. This place is very typical of the South we are finding. Everyone who works in these Chapel Hill restaurants is so accommodating and seems so happy to be working there, it warms my cold New Jersey heart. We are so accustomed to indifferent service, being greeted the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-929-7643

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?