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About Primal Food & Spirits

Farm to fork, locally sourced, Wood-fired, Gluten Free.

202 N.C. Hwy. 54
Suite 107
Durham, NC 27713
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Sunday Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Closed Monday
Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday : 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Friday & Saturday Dinner only 5:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.


Cross Street:
Fayetteville Street and 54

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 248-3000

Website:
http://www.primalfoodandspirits.com/

Parking Details:
There is a public lot available for our customers.

Executive Chef:
Tim Lyons

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Primal Food & Spirits can accommodate all your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Greg de Marchi,: (877) 362-2422

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy hour at the bar every night 5-7 p.m $4-$7 apps.
Taco & Tequila Tuesday-2 Tacos $5,
monthly wine dinners

Primal Food & Spirits Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Gluten Free Options (20)
Local Ingredients (16)
Special Occasion (14)
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Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Healthy (11)
Casual (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Organic (8)
Seasonal (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Business Meals (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vegan (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I have dined here several times this year and enjoy it each time. Had four of the appetizers
that my friend and I shared plus a bowl of yummy soup. We were both stuffed! Our server
was awesome and timed everything perfectly. Quite a few vegetarian options.
Wood fired cooking gives a nice homey feel and with low lighting it was a very relaxing
evening. Thanks!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious food and great service.

I do wish they still had the pancakes, but was extremely happy with eating the shrimp and grits dish. Definitely recommend for brunch!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We're never disappointed at Primal. There food is great, the service is great. You can't go wrong.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our party had varying degrees of hunger. Some ordered appetizers only. Some ordered appetizers and entrees. Most enjoyed dessert.

Sidecar - sooo refreshingly good. Deviled eggs - unique and delicious... loved the bacon and sauce. Octopus - grilled to perfection with Mediterranean flare. Chopped kale salad - just the right amount of filling. Ribs - my teen daughter is thoroughly knawing her leftovers tonight. Peach cobbler with cornbread croutons and coconut ice cream - ridiculously soul satisfying, but still light.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

You walk into Primal, and immediately appreciate the wonderful wood burning smell. I went with a girlfriend of mine for dinner this past Friday, and as usual, wasn't disappointed. The deviled eggs with candied bacon app. was delicious. I had the grilled octopus with fennel appetizer and a side of grilled asparagus, and both were tasty. The octopus portion was a little on the small side. My friend had a pasta dish that she said was very good, which can be challenging at a gluten free restaurant. They have Presecco on draft, and it was nice and bubbly.
I don't mind eating gluten, so that's not why I enjoy Primal. Their menu has lots of good options, the service is always good, and I've never had a meal there that I didn't enjoy. Two thumbs up!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had lunch at this gem. Very close to South Point. Fantastic salads and good beer selection.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent service and great food. Have visited several times...great meal and service everytime so far.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our dining experiences at Primal have convinced us to make it a favorite. The consistency of the delicious food and excellent service are compelling!

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always delicious. Great original cocktails. Very friendly and accommodating team.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great food and great service. Today’s meal was the average meal for this great restaurant. Their average is way above many restaurants and awesomely GF.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Primal is such a great restaurant, from the standout cocktails to the wood fired grill in the kitchen. The food is so good you wouldn't know it was gluten free. The servers are so nice and knowledgeable about the menu it makes it easy if you have any other allergies.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was fabulous with great attention to detail, even on a very busy Friday night! Salmon was perfectly done. Gluten free bread is to die for! Management was very kind to allow my homemade gluten free bday cake, even though they had just changed their policy unbeknownst to me. Very understandable, they ran into problems with cross contamination in the past. I cook and bake for my celiac sister , so we really appreciate their diligence!!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Having a completely gluten-free menu makes it a wonderful choice when a family member only eats gluten-free food. Brunch was particularly delicious.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always a good experience at Primal. Knowledgeable staff, well-executed meals.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 16, 2017

A nice place to have dinner with friends. We enjoyed the meal and loved the coconut ice cream dessert.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Primal has really amazing food that stands on its own. The best part of it, however, is definitely the fact that the entire restaurant is gluten free!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always a good experience at Primal. While all items are gluten free, the staff is also knowledgeable about other allergies; like dairy and nightshades. Most of the menu items are prepared to order so being able to go out and have a GF/DF meal is a treat.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Love the bartender and the drinks and the food and the COMFY CHAIRS in the bar and also the music. Great casual but hip spot. Go.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Primal has long been a favorite of my friends & family. It is so wonderful to dine out without worrying about gluten contamination in any food on the menu. The food is absolutely delicious. The wait staff are courteous & really make it their business to provide a lovely dining experience. I highly recommend this establishment.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Enjoyed brunch outdoors, very good scrambled eggs.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Friendly service all the way. Delicious shrimp and grits and asparagus/crispy pork shoulder/poached egg appetizer. Amazing French press coffee with irish whiskey and Bailey's on the side to mix in as desired - best irish coffee ever!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Overall one of the worst dining experiences ever .

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

The atmosphere was really bizarre. The music was weird rock music and there were either no lights on or super low lights. Kind of weird for a business lunch. The waiter/host was nice but wasn't very in tune with our needs. The food was good although I would not go back. I ordered the steak and it was served on top of what looked like creamed corn. Nothing green was on the plate so it was a very bland presentation. There is a huge divider in the middle of the room that is all firewood. If you are seated beside it, you almost feel claustrophobic. All in all, I think if they made some adjustments, this could be a cool spot but it really lacks ambiance currently.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We had an excellent dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the Celiac gluten free friendly menu!! Don't find these very often.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Primal is easily my favorite restaurant in Durham. The salmon is always perfectly prepared. I love that everything is gluten-free. The flourless chocolate torte is to die for! Hands down my favorite spot, no matter the occasion!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Organic, Cozy
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I had hanger steak and it was tougher than usual. I love the creamed corn however found that I was served a lot less than my friend who had the same meal. I have had Hanger steak here and never encountered such a tough piece. ..I was a little disappointed. It was made up my the service. The young lady who served us was outstanding...so it made up for the steak...that wasn't impressive and the small serving of corn.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had the best time at Primal! Our waiter was so much fun and offered really helpful suggestions. Both of our meals were fantastic!

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Super healthy food from local farms. Great gluten free options.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Organic
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Our team of 10 celebrated a colleague's retirement who is gluten-free and found this restaurant on-line to accommodate them. Everyone in the group enjoyed a fabulous meal! The variety and presentation were excellent! The customer service was flawless and extremely nice. You don't have to be gluten-free to enjoy this beautiful place.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

We have now had dinner at Primal twice, once in May and again last week (August). Both times we met with a group of six. The first time I had the shrimp and grits. I highly recommend this dish as it is delicious. I had the chicken caesar salad at my second visit. The romaine was grilled whole, a bit soggy, and it was difficult to cut up and eat. The chicken, however, was very tasty. I give this dish a B minus. The ginger turmeric hot tea was wonderful. We had great service. I recommend this restaurant as a gluten-free option.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Very disappointing. Food under seasoned or badly seasoned. Omelette overcooked, tacos so thin they fell apart, Poached eggs very well done except whole arepa dish was harsh, vinegar tasting or terrible hollandaise type sauce. Drinks very expensive. Service indifferent. No manager to even say anything to at all. $80 for 3 for brunch - wow, will NOT be back and will not recommend.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great service and food. I advise going for some of the more creative dishes as those are sure to be good. We enjoyed the deviled eggs, grilled asparagus, jalapeno creamed corn, shrimp and grits, and stroganoff.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Healthy, fresh, tasty menu with delicious dressings and sauces.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The food here is outstanding but the service is distracted, disjointed and slow. Very unfortunate.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food and service are always great. I was there for dinner last night and brunch today. One reason I like to go there, even though it's a 20 -30 minute drive is for the food and service and it's a gluten free restaurant. The French toast is great! Don't add the maple syrup... until you taste it first?

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 (Key West)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had friends visiting and one is Celiac. We chose Primal because it's fully gluten free. Our friend was so pleased by the fact that he was able to enjoy the entire meal from appetizer, to main, to beer and dessert without any issues. The food was amazing. They didn't hesitate to accommodated the requests we had concerning our food. (We also had two people who can't have sugar) I also have to say how great our waiter was. He was so personable and helpful. You can't go go wrong eating here whether Celiac or not.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Dinner was wonderful. The best shrimp and grits I have had at a restaurant! I have been really fortunate to have Lisbeth serve our table the last 3 times. She is great!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Food was quite salty (both of the vegetables and the entree), and it took two tries for them to get the order right (we had asked for two modifications). Salmon was cooked well and people were nice.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Always great food and service. Feel so comfortable knowing I can eat anything on the menu and not worry! Convenient location as well.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Primal is already gluten free but they were also so accommodating to our party member on a Low fodmap diet. They answered every question we had about ingredients and were so friendly. Also the food is just delicious!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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