Dos Perros
Dos Perros

Dos Perros

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://dosperrosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 919-956-2750x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Mon.-Sat. 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sun. 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Charlie Deal
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Sit down dinners for up to 50, Heavy Appetizers for up to 100, and light appetizers for parties of all sizes. Please contact us at 956-2750 to discuss details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room large enough for up to 50 for dinner or 70 for a reception. Personal bartender, 60" flat screen with data port for presentations or even sporting events.
  • Private Party Contact: Diana Deal 919-956-2750x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Parrish
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking as well as 3 parking garages within 2 blocks.
A word from Dos Perros
We're unlike anything else in the Triangle.
Dos Perros offers fresh and truly authentic Mexican cuisine, an extensive beer list, and carefully chosen wines. Our house-made aguas frescas (horchata, hibiscus, and more) are delicious by themselves or in several of our innovative cocktails. And we serve it all in a warm but upscale environment.
And for groups of up to 50, we offer a warm, cozy, downstairs private dining room, perfect for private parties. Our 60" high-definition flat screen adds to the possibilities; think business meetings or presentations, movie night, or that big game.
Ideally located, we are downtown, just a couple-minute walk from the Durham Performing Arts Center, making us a popular pre- or post-performance restaurant destination.
Dos Perros Restaurant. A Mexican Place in the Heart of Downtown
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Dos Perros reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)neighborhood gem (47)great for outdoor dining (36)good for groups (24)hot spot (21)special occasion (17)great for lunch (14)romantic (13)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • just mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I did not find any filling in the tacos. The grouper in the taco was cut into small pieces and fried. They were so small you really couldn't tell if it was grouper, most fish tacos use a fillet. The shrimp in the tacos were few as well. I ordered the tres leche cake which was very old. It must have been made earlier in the week. The cake was crumbly and stale with the milk/cream on it. I have had the homemade and restaurant made many times in California and this was not even close. The service was good as well as the prices. I would rather pay more and get better quality.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not what we expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We brought two friends with us after having had two nice evenings previously. This time, the service was REALLY slow, the food poorly cooked (overdone crab cakes, bad chicken soup with gristle, very small main course portion for $19.00, etc) Very disappointing. Embarrassing after all the anticipation. New chef, off night, not sure. But won't go again any time soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Drinks were good
    KellyIVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were relatively happy with our food and drinks but the service was slow and I was surprised by that, particularly that they were slow to come back to refill drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food/Good atmosphere
    Darrell
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Arrived for our reservation at 6:30 and was promptly seated outdoors as requested. Beautiful evening and good cocktails. By 7:00 the place was packed and with good reason. My wife had the trout and I had the duck enchiladas. Both dishes were wonderful. Complimented the dinner with a couple of really tasty margaritas, leaving no room for dessert. Waitstaff and hostesses were all very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place for Mexican food
    AnneDurham
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been to dos perros several times and have always been impressed by the atmosphere, the delicious food and cocktails and the great and very friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food, service, and ambiance. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    luv2chew
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious and enjoyed by each member of the party. In general, cocktails a bit too bitter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dos Perros still fantastic
    JBHarris
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've been eating at Dos Perros for more than 4 years, and it's still fantastic. The food changes in amazing ways, and is always reliably great. Pair that with a great location, great outdoor dining, great drink menus and great service and you get a wonderful experience every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why can't I give them six stars?
    tsmyther
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Even the leftovers were amazing the next day for lunch!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistenly good
    patF
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    we visit dos perros frequently and find the service, food and experience consistently good. It is "thoughtful" mexican cuisine, not your typical fare. We love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch, too!
    DrmFoodLvr
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've only ever been here for dinner, but lunch is of the same high quality. Service was fast and attentive, the food (mine was barbacoa quesadillas) was spectacular, and the drinks were on-point. The outdoor seating is fantastic and covered. Perfect for a quick or leisurely lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Vegan Beer dinner!
    jvrw
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Loved the Vegan Beer Dinner! We'll be back if you do it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • omnivore
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Delicious, creative take on south-of-the-border food with local produce. Good drinks, friendly and efficient staff, reasonable prices. Casual atmosphere. Overall a very worthwhile addition to the foodie heaven that is Durham. I ordered an appetizer which, after some delay, the waiter confessed they couldn't deliver -- some mixup in the kitchen that I never understood. The chef sent me, with apologies, another appetizer that was better than the one I'd ordered. Compliments of the kitchen. Nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy Mexican Food
    Foodfarmer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dos Perros is always a reliable Mexican restaurant when in Durham. The ambiance is very nice and they have a great outdoor section. The food is above par Mexican food. The prices are little high for Mexican food but the place is so cool that it's ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Meal - Service Lacking
    JeffRup
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We have eaten here about a dozen times. We are rarely dissatisfied with our food but we have noticed that our table service has been disappointing lately. Our hope is that the staff will work the kinks out and return to previous standards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new old favorite
    Eliza
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dos Perris has come to be one of our favorite restaurants in Durham. We love the food menu, and the drinks are outstanding. We always have a great time there. The service is reliable and the whole place is run very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Taco Night
    Goodfoodhunting
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Dos Perros has good food anytime, but Taco Night (Sun. and Mon.) is fun, inexpensive and yummy. Add a $5 classic margarita and you are set. My favorites are the shrimp, and fish tacos. My friend from Denver, said her favorite was the mixed veggies and she "would eat tacos every night if she could get tacos this good." Want more than tacos? Burritos and platters are also offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    SuSu
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was delicious, fresh and plentiful. We had the classic margaritas and loved them. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Veganista
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Loved the vegitarian/vegan options and the "make your own margharitas"! Wonderful option before a show at DPAC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, little high on the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    good restaurant for finding something different - an upscale, authentic Mexican restaurant. Lots of large tables for seating and interesting decorative dining place. However, the price was a bit on the high side for me. The food was good but not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really interesting Mexican menu
    MaxtheDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is not you "normal" Mexican restaurant. The menu is really interesting and unusual with lots of dishes. The stuffed trout is my favorite but I have been branching out and every dish so far has been fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently a hit
    HungryBear
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Fresh ingredients and a creative interpretation of Mexican cuisine, coupled with professional and prompt service, always bring a smile. Children in our social group especially enjoy taco night. One can clearly taste blue agave in the excellent margaritas. Viva Dos Perros!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Mexican
    JohnnyHoggz
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I'm a fan of real Mexican style cooking & when I heard Dos Perros took on a new chef, I figured it was time to give them a good look. I made a reservation through open table & went with my family (2 adults & 2 kids under 12). We arrived a few minutes early and were promptly seated at our table which was in the courtyard outside, which is a cozy little patio area for great outdoor dining. Chef Paul came out & said hello so I took the opportunity to ask him to make for us for whatever he was his favorites to make- wow did he not disappoint! We had a great sampling of everything from apps to desserts & the 'ritas were among the best I've had in some time. Had a great time to go along with a great meal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, uneven service
    JKozVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Second time at Dos Perros, 1st time for lunch. The food here is slightly upscale Mexican that aspires to be known as cuisine. Watered down and less tasty version of standard fare. Interesting bar with tasty drinks using house-made mixers and juices. The service is consistently inconsistent. Sometimes doting and overattentive, then suddenly too bust to check in, inattentive to things like empty glasses. Like most of Durham, simply not professional service at all. My advice, seek out one of the amazing real mexican restaurants in town, the drink won't be as interesting, and the napkins will be paper, but the food will be much better, the price much less, and you will feel like they actually value your business.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your typical taco place
    Suzanna
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Some Very unique menu selections! Lamb tacos were awesome! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NightoutVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    One of my favorites! Food is always delicious and we try many different dishes.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold enchellada and dry service
    DJFJ
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Taim and slow service and temp cool enchelladas were not worth of the price ;$18-20 for a mexcan entry....I expect just out of oven/broil dishes from the kitchen with enthusiastic service. It was okay but not a great dining experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Mexican Cuisine
    MikeG
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The menu listed dishes that are not found on the typical Mexican restaurant. The taste of the food was excellent. In addition a small plate of home made hot sauce allowed you to make the food spicier if you wish. Portion sizes were variable. Some dishes seemed large, but a few were quite small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesday night treat
    chplhl
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    A friend and I dined at Dos Perros after attending an evening event in Downtown Durham. What was meant to simply be "dinner", ending up being the highlight of the evening - what a find! My friend, who grew up in Madrid and is an excellent cook, and I both enjoyed artful use of spices; the the Chile de Nogada was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Moves up for us
    RossMcKVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We've been to Dos Perros a few times, but the previous two were on the disappointing side. This time, dinner for six on a Thursday night was excellent. It's very casual, but fun. All of the mains we tried were excellent. None are huge - you'll probably want at least two courses - and don't expect a taco, tamale, and enchilada combo plate - this isn't that sort of Mexican restaurant. I had Chile en Nogada - a picadillo stuffed poblano chile. Excellent. And their Mexican chocolate ice cream - really excellent! We'll be back. Either we had bad nights before, or they've improved, but this was a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Taco Night!
    JeffRup
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Our first visit to Dos Perros on Taco Night. As expected everything was delicious. My Sangria was excellent, rice and beans and fish cooked perfectly. Our server that night was not as friendly and outgoing as others have been in the past, I got the feeling he was a little frazzled all night and only stopped by just long enough to ask if everything was going ok. That said, Dos Perros is still one of our favorite spots in Durham to eat before our shows at the DPAC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative Mexican
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Dos Perros is rightly considered one of the stars of the burgeoning downtown Durham dining scene. A light, airy ambience unusual for a Mexican restaurant. The menu and preparation are also top notch for the genre. Sunday and Monday nights features taco night, with a reduced but still excellent menu. Recommend the pork Carnitas tacos especially.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll return again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Absolutely delicious food. I've visited Dos Perros for dinner and brunch. For dinner, I think it's a both a romantic spot and good for a lively evening. The flavors of the food are wonderful, the drinks are well-made, and the price is affordable. I'll definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • most accommodating!
    durhamgal
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Talented bar maid and good table service. Group of six easily enjoyed dinner with time to amble down Magnum for DPAC curtain.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taco Night
    Tricia
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Taco night menu includes other item. I had quesadillas that we're excellent and prepared like no others I've had. Even the salad (greens,apples,pomegranate dressing) was outstanding. We sat on the patio that offered some shade. go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inedible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    With so many restaurant choices in a town that is proud of being a destination for foodies, I was not expecting an inedible meal at Dos Perros. DPAC, friends, and family recommended it for a special meal with a visitor from Houston. We could not eat our veggie tacos until my friend requested sour cream and cheese, which helped not only the burning spices but also the flavor. Thanks to my friend we finished, but did not enjoy, our meal and experience. I deliberately mention that my friend is a Texan so it would be clear that we aren't just wimpy about spice. Ugh, this place was definitely for the dogs.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Quite disappointed this visit
    tortogleVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I dined here a few times. I considered them a couple notches above the typical Mex joint, offering more interesting, well-prepared and upscale menu items. I was very let down this past Sun. First, the menu was limited to nearly only tacos of various kinds (not interested, I can get tacos/burritos at any Mex place). I ended up ordering mixed green salad w/goat cheese; and the lamb enchilada (1 of 3 non-taco entrees). The salad was a handful of flat/old greens and a tiny piece of cheese. The pomegranate dressing nearly non-existent. The enchiladas were VERY ordinary with hard/overcooked edges...all served by a lethargic waitperson. Drinks were good. I wouldn't mind the $95 bill for 2 if satisfied, but Taco Bell would have been just as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    Wtdurham
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've been to Dos Perros on several occasions and it is always excellent. Great food, unique drinks (the ginger margarita was so refreshing on a hot night), and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Non-Traditional Mexican Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We gave this a shot after reading an article about new restaurants in Durham. We had no wait for seating on a Friday evening! My mom, husband and I all had margaritas (each tried a different flavor), which were delicious and ranged from $9-$14. My stepdad tried the Mexican Logger beer, which he enjoyed. They provided bowls of tortilla chips for the table to share, as well as a unique tomatillo salsa that packed a medium amount of heat without overpowering the flavor. We all enjoyed our entrees, and while the menu wasn't extensive, we liked that it gave a range of non-traditional options while still remaining true to Mexican fare. Small space, good furniture, good colors. It could use a little more decor in the main dining area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient to DPAC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We parked at the DPAC, walked to Dos Perros, had a great dinner and walked back. Safe, convenient and super tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate