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Pop's Durham
Pop's Durham

Pop's Durham Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pops-durham.com/
  • Phone: (919) 956-7677
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday - Monday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Stinnett
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We also offer a private room that can accommodate groups from 15 to 45 people.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pop's Durham
Pop's Italian Trattoria is situated in the tobacco warehouse district of Brightleaf, alongside Morgan Imports and Fowlers Market. Opened in 1995, Pop's Italian Trattoria has been committed to a single, simple purpose, offering the best that a restaurant of this caliber can offer consistently. Pop's offers lunch and dinner menus as well as an extensive wine list. Choose from salads, pasta, meats and of course, our famous wood fired pizza with delicious toppings like house smoke chicken, pesto or brie, among others. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We told the waiter we were celebrating two birthdays that night in a party of 4. They then delivered 2 wrong meals--to the birthday boys. Immediately took them away and left the other two of us watching our food get cold for 20 min. Had to ask for bread. They didn't refill the olive oil even though place was uncrowded this weekday night. No adjustment on bill or free appetizer or dessert. Never going there again. Awful celebration."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Farm to table Italian. The fresh ingredients make the meal unforgettable. Unfortunately, the fresh okra will be out of season soon so unless you hurry you cannot get the fried okra Gorgonzola and tomato salad. Also with the Granny Smith and brie pizza is not to be missed."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Nice spot for a casual dinner. They offer some interesting combinations of flat bread pizza which I enjoyed. Skip the more sophisticated entrees, such as the fish offerings. Service was personable and efficient, atmosphere felt very current, good upbeat energy without overwhelming noise. We will go back."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Over priced for the little you get. Slow service and you would expect the place to be prepared given an event at DPAC and a Baseball game in the area on the same night, which happens often so shouldn't have been a big surprise for them. The bar area is a mess of random bottles scattered across the back counter top."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "One of my favorite spots. Food is fresh, excellently prepared to your request, flavorful and wonderful. Service excellent and atmosphere very comfortable and enjoyable."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was wonderful and the staff was very friendly and helpful. It is a little noisy though and the tables are very close together making it difficult to tune out the conversations of those around you."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "First time, and quite taken by surprise with the overall quality. From atmosphere to concierge , to table, to waiter, to drink, to food, it was a great experience and evening."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a show to catch at DPAC and our waitress was VERY accommodating. The specials were delicious. The atmosphere is very nice. I always get a good meal at Pop's."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We have only been inside in Pop's once. The interior is OK, but they fall into the pit of having tables lined up against a wall, where half of the people sitting get to look at the person they are dining with, and a wall. It can also be pretty noisy when it gets busy. Seems like there should be a better option, and there is, but its not inside. We only go to Pops when the weather is good enough to eat on the patio. The back patio is an open quite and very pretty area. The only issue is it is very narrow, so it doesn't work for iffy weather. But when its nice out, the patio at Pops is the place to be. It would be really nice if they would add a canvas awning or something to make it available in poor weather."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Pop's used to be a nice restaurant experience in its old location with its old menu...now it is just a small step above a pizza place...the food is unexceptional - if you happen to be in the neighborhood it is fine...but I wouldn't go there as a restaurant of choice."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I'm a long time Pop's patron, and usually dine in the bar area where service is usually great. However, on this occasion with a large party, we were sat in the dining room, where our waiter seemed to feel that every request was an imposition. I ordered the vegetarian lasagna, which is consistently excellent, but I was given the meat lasagna and had to wait for an additional 30 mins for the waiter to finally return with the correct dish. He gave no apology and acted as if it was my fault. Lesson learned. Stay in the bar!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great pasta dinner before a show at DPAC. Service was impeccable and charming. Great atmosphere. Want to go back and sit at the bar - that looked like fun."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Excellent as always. Delicious daily special. One of our favorites!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner last Saturday night. No problem getting a reservation 10 days ahead. Food was delicious - as always. We ordered a variety of dishes, starting with the best Caesar Salad around and chilled Cantaloupe Soup. Dinner included Chicken Cooked Under a Brick (including a side dish substitution with no issue), Pesto Ravioli, Fettuccine with Clams & Shrimp and Baked Penne with Sausage & Mushrooms. Everyone loved their entrees. One thing was off - the Pesto Ravioli portion was oddly small for Pop's. I've ordered ravioli there many times and often taken some home but this time it was an appetizer portion at best. Too bad because it was just wonderful! The restaurant was, as usual, lively and friendly. Overall, a great evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I hate to say it, but Pops has poor service. We've been multiple times and always say "well maybe our server is having a bad day?" But after consistently bad service, we can no longer make excuses for them. Pops is very slow and the server will often neglect you for a long period of time (30 mins while you are out of water). Anytime we substitute a side, it comes out wrong and we have to kindly send the dish back and wait 15 mins. Our waiter didn't come by the table after our food was delivered by the kitchen, so we had to ask another server to help us by correcting the order, filling our glasses, and bringing more bread. Our server still did not come by till we had finished eating, and did not apologize."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "After looking for multiple places near the Performing Arts Center, we made this choice that fit our search. What a great find! Menu was very appealing, food was delicious, service was excellent, dining experience was very satisfying and pleasurable. I am happy to spread the word among the ADF community. Price range was on the up-scale side, but all in all a wonderful place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I finally got a night out without our son and had a great dinner at Pop's. The food was exceptional and the wine was great. We had a new server who did her best and really provided pretty good service. I have been to Pop's three times now and absolutely enjoyed it every time. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was excellent! Excellent atmosphere. The hostess tried to put us in a crummy seat - there were very few people in the restaurant. I was upset and ready to leave. Then I saw her seat another couple in a crummy space they asked to move to a comfortable table. I understand if the restaurant is full and you are squeezing guests to be seated. When the restaurant isn't half full - why would you do this? She placed us and the other couple, In very undesirable tables, barely enough space to put plates, silverware, much less a glass and certainly not food."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
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    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We always choose Pop's for our out-of-town guests. The food and service is always great. Great Durham welcome!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "we has a special offer for fathers day and the Chef cooked whatever he wished and it was delicious"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was pretty good, it it was all rather oily (varied antipasto tray and pepperoni pizza) and the mussels were "squishier" that I'd like. I might be back, but it's not one of my top spots in downtown Durham. I also wish the dipping oil were flavoured with some vinegar and herbs."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "2 martinis = $21! Bar did not have Beefeaters. Bar did not have any high level gin. Ordered Tanqueray because Seagrams was the well brand."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Pop's when we had to be in Durham on a Friday evening, and though I had not been to the new location or the old for a long time, I was not disappointed. I had the bowl of mussels, they were awesome, you will need extra bread to sop up the tomato garlic broth. For dinner I had the scallop risotto and that was great too."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Took a group of women from various states, in town for a work-meeting, to Pop's Durham -- they all loved it, thought the food & service was wonderful! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My wife just got back from a long train ride and this is just what we needed. A relaxing atmosphere and a very attentive bartender. We'll be back!!!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Our server was fantastic. She had been there for years and knew her stuff. When we needed something and she wasn't around, another waiter was pleased to help us and rushed us what we requested. I really enjoyed pops. The food was a bargain for how delicious it was, and I don't say that lightly. I'll be going back, for sure!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Do not plan to return. Pizza and Mussels not as good as Caraba's."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Kelly was our server. He was appropriately attentive and responded to our questions knowledgeably. Kelly was also quite personable."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Service and food met all expectations. Nice outdoor environment. Relaxing atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We went to Pop's - last minute decision - got reservations on a fairly busy Saturday night. Great service; great food. Always count on Pop's to hit the spot!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The atmosphere was noisy, the place wasn't sparkling clean or polished. It was a nice, casual place and the service was very informal. The food was tasty, but not exciting. Cool place to check out, but I wouldn't go out of my way."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were going to a show at DPAC and have had previous issues trying to dine within walking distance of DPAC so looked up some places within a quick driving distance. Had a great meal, and service was prompt once we told them we were seeing a show. We had a variety of dishes and everyones was excellent! Would certainly go back again based on or first experience there!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food is fabulous, as is the restaurant itself. The service is excellent, especially Doug, who always greets you with a smile and is helpful in every way! The prices are more than fair and the portions are better than expected everytime. Can't beat the mussels, steak, pizzas and chicken. Wish I could expect this kind of food and service everywhere I go!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Food was flavorful, but drink was short. For the same price there are better restaurants in Durham. When I told the waitress I thought the drink was short she said that's how they make them here! As the drink was $9.25, I expected a full glass. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I've eaten here many times and have always had great service until tonight. We waited a LONG time after being seated before getting any drinks, and the waiter forgot to put in our appetizer order. Food was good but not great."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We had an amazing experience at Pops on Saturday May 3rd! The atmosphere, food and service was great. I will definitely be back again next time I'm in the city!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I wanted to love Pops, and there were things that I did enjoy. Especially the Brick on a Chicken dish, which was good, although very heavy. I also enjoyed the gorgeous paintings on the walls, the fantastic thought that went into the layout of the open air kitchen and the abundant light that permeated each room. But too often Pops was two steps behind great. The service was lack luster. We rarely saw our server, and we came early, the dining room was not yet busy. The food was very heavy on butter, oils and cream. I would have preferred a lighter touch. I would come back, but probably stick to pizza with friends. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We've dined at Pop's several times but this last time we had a very disappointing visit. With so many great restaurant choices in the area, it's doubtful that we will return. Our food and bar beverages were extremely slow in coming. Once the food did arrive, it was lukewarm at best and re-orders from the bar never made it to the table. The manager did comp our meal, which was nice, but our dining experience had already been compromised."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Shrimp risotto is to die for....definitely coming back for more. Creamy balsamic dressing is also fabulous and lovely green salad with fresh greens and grated cheese to start was delish."
    Dined on 4/29/2014