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3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707-3769
+1 919-489-8000
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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New Haven, Connecticut
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93 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2014

Great food, great service, great servers willing to accommodate you. The food is not typical mexican but authentic with offerings that include cactus and masa excellently prepared. My only complaint is the portions could be larger.

Thank Carencaren
Durham, North Carolina
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46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2014

I have been to Tonali several times, and I am always pleased. The food is fresh, interesting, and feels like it's made at home. The flavors are subtle and combine together so well. We have had the salmon dishes, ceviches, and several kinds of fish tacos, and have never been disappointed. The portion sizes are just right, too, not overwhelming,... More 

Thank Sonja W
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We lucked into Tonali this past weekend, after an online search for a highly rated reasonably priced restaurant in the area around 15-501/University Drive. Four 20-somethings and two 50+ foodies agreed on Tonali, and we couldn’t have been more pleased. Pork ribs over potato/plantain mash, grouper tacos, yellowfin tuna empanadas, pork carnitas--even the house salad with hibiscus dressing was memorable.... More 

3 Thank Lisa W
Wilmington, North Carolina
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359 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Fantastic experience. Constantly attentive service. Unbelievable menu which changes based in availability of fresh local ingredients. Had the shrimp ceviches tostadas. They were so good I had to order something else so I could try more of their menu: the heirloom tomato and queso fresca salad. It too was incredible. Wish I was a local so I could eat here... More 

Thank GuyfromILMNC
Chapel Hill NC
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We went back to Tonali's last night which was our third visit after a very long time. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and helpfulness of the serving staff, they are not fast but who wants to be rushed? Language is a bit difficult for some but good enough, menu is totally readable with good explanations of the dishes, prices are... More 

1 Thank AngusChapelHill
Greensboro, North Carolina
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Food was delicious.....but pricey for serving size. We both had Paella which was cooked perfectly! Full of salmon, mussels, chorizo, and shrimp. Great blend of flavors. Wonderful flan for desert. Presentation was terrific on both. Good fresh flavored margarita. Chips a little greasy but the salsa was very good!

Thank Carolyn G
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We went to this place after we heard about how authentic the food here was. It's in a small strip mall so parking can be a bit difficult. The decor and setting looked authentic and not typical of 'chain' restaurants. The staff seemed mostly Spanish-speaking - with a bit of English perhaps. Our waitress had trouble understanding what we ordered.... More 

Thank desimd
Mobile, Alabama
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

This was the first place we dined at during our visit to Durham and I wanted to go back every night after that! They accommodated my children, the food was fantastic. I had fish tacos prepared three different ways, my husband had tuna empanadas and we shared mussels in a red sauce. All three were fantastic. It was a fresh... More 

1 Thank Susie1122
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Setting was good for sit-down casual dining. It looks like part of their menu is regularly the same and part changes nightly. The chips and salsa that we started with were unlike anything that I had had before, in a good way. For an entree, I had the soft shell crab with salad, but parts of which exceeded my expectations.... More 

2 Thank William Y
King, NC
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2014

The food was good, but we didn't get exactly what we ordered. Two in our party are bilingual and gave orders in both English and Spanish bc waitress seemed confused. We also pointed on the printed menu to what we were ordering. There had also been confusion with our reservation. We had made it well in advance due to graduations... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707-3769
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-489-8000

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