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About Primal Food & Spirits
Farm to fork, locally sourced, Wood-fired, Gluten Free.
Durham, NC 27713
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Sunday Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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.
Fayetteville Street and 54
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a public lot available for our customers.
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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