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Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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2512 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707-2152
+1 919-489-8226
11:00 - 21:00
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't understand the poor review of fish tacos. I loved them with the mango-jalapeño salsa, rice and veggie black beans. We were there when very crowded but line moved and seating was available when we got our food. Parking is limited during peak times but will definitely go back next time we visit Durham.

1 Thank JWin77
Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
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137 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is going to become a must visit whenever I am in town. Wonderful food, great service, friendly atmosphere, and reasonably priced. Can't say enough.

Thank wkassotis
Asheville, North Carolina
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

.. I don't think that's a thing here, but you can get tacos and we went on a Saturday. The line was out the door when we got there, but we able to order within 15-20 minutes. Kid friendly, alcohol options, dessert options, and affordable. Recommend it. Plan to search for a parking space on a busy evening; you're not... More 

Thank ALWP
Durham, North Carolina
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Fresh and tasty, I enjoy eating here. Love the salsa bar. The restaurant is usually very crowded. Since we live close by, we often get our meal to go.

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28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

After 4 trips over a couple of months with different people in tow and sampling several items, time to summarize.As some the less favorable reviews show, the fish tacos are not the best here - typically overcooked and not much flavor - avoid and you'll be happier on your visit. Shrimp tacos rated good by three in our party, but... More 

Thank FreeEats
Durham, North Carolina
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541 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Meals here are consistently excellent. Three taco meal is well priced, and the diversity of extremely flavorful meats is always fun. Try the lamb, you won't be disappointed, though there are some really unique meats that I have yet to get to and would like to. Fun atmosphere, food is great and ready quickly, and the meals are filling. Three... More 

Thank ckassotis
Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

In the age of Chipotle, Moes, Qdoba, etc., NanaTaco is a breath of fresh air. The food is tasty, fresh, and reasonably priced. I've eaten here several times and it's consistently yummy. The burritos are huge and tacos are decent sized too (the 2 taco lunch meal will fill you up). I wasn't overly impressed with the garlic beef or... More 

Thank Jameson M
Durham, North Carolina
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107 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This restaurant is just different than most Mexican restaurants, and I mean it in a good way. You need to go there to check it out for yourself. I highly recommend it!

Thank ncst8fan
Coleville, North Carolina, United States
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68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Options galore and something for more adventurous eaters as well!! I chose the lengua, duck and lamb cheek tacos...really tasty. Great salsa bar as well. Place is always packed but they get people through the line pretty quick.

Thank Be C
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8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Liked it alot! Tuna tacos and Tomato jam, scrumptious combo. Kids loved the rice and beans. Large portions and selection of salsas. Go hungry.

Thank donna f

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2512 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707-2152
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-489-8226
Relatively new, opened by the same people who run Nana's in Durham, but a different location and very different type of place.

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