Permanently Closed - Primal Food & Spirits

4.4
476 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Farm to fork, locally sourced, Wood-fired, Gluten Free.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(919) 248-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
BO Peterson
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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.
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Private party contact
Dale Foskey: (877) 362-2422
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Catering
We offer a box lunches, take-out, and full service catering. Please contact info@primalfoodandspirits.com to inquire more.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fayetteville Street and 54
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Parking details
There is a public lot available for our customers.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JA
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for 15 and when we arrived the place was closed with an eviction type notice on the door

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MS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I immediately recommended the restaurant to family who are gluten free as the food was delicious and the menu had a nice selection yet wasn’t over whelming.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere; rustic and comfortable. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was delicious and I could choose ANYthing on the menu because it was all gluten free! What a treat!

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KN
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not noisy at all. Great place to eat even if you aren’t gluten free.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Our family met at Primal to enjoy brunch together. I made our reservation for 10 of us - 6 adults and 4 children (3 little ones). I requested the private room, if available, because of the little ones. We have been to Primal many times, and have often been seated in the private room, so I figured that request was okay.

When we arrived, there was a table set for 10 of us, but not in the private room, and not set up for 3 small children, as requested. No one was using the private room. The manager came out and told us that the separate dining area now has a minimum of $200. We weren’t notified of this ahead of time, and we weren’t sure what we would spend, so we just took the table that they set up for us. The manager also told us that the total of $200 did not include the tip. That was interesting, since the tip is included with a party of 6 people or more.

Our reservation was for 11:00. We asked if we could order food right away for the little ones, and they were very agreeable to that. The children’s food came to the table at 12:05.....over an hour later. Our food came to the table at 12:15, and half of us had cold food.

I felt bad for our waitress. She did the best she could with an extremely slow kitchen. Since the food was SO late, a few muffins to hold the kids over would have been nice. At one point, we looked around and not one table in the restaurant had their food. You can see the kitchen, and the cooks had absolutely zero sense of urgency. I’m glad the work atmosphere is relaxed, but with food coming out over an hour later than the order, I would think they’d step it up a bit.

The sanitation grade was 94, which is the minimum that I’ll go. My daughter in law got potatoes with her order, and got about a third of what they usually serve.

I’m disappointed because our family has always enjoyed brunch there, but we won’t be returning.

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Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was okay. Flat iron steak was cooked like I ordered, but was on the tough side. The vegetables were very bland.

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L
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

While I would be willing to recommend this restaurant to a friend, it would be with some caveats. The service was really quite good - sufficiently attentive to be sure that everything was okay, but not "hovering". The ambiance was nice, and the noise level was certainly acceptable that a conversation could be easily had without having to worry about offending other tables or being offended by other tables. The food was good, but not great. For an appetizer, I had the whipped brie with thyme and apricot preserves with small pieces of to toast. I was surprised when the brie was served cold, as that is a cheese that usually has much more flavor when served warmed or at room temperature. As a result, the brie itself had almost no flavor - completely masked by the thyme and apricot preserves. My three guest all had the lobster bisque, and while they enjoyed it, they each commented that it was rather bland. For an entree, I had the flat iron steak, medium rare, served on a bed of succotash. The steak was cooked as I had requested, but was under-seasoned. Some additional salt and pepper would have helped. My wife had the airline chicken on a bed of quinoa. Her comment was that the quinoa had more flavor than the chicken, which she felt needed more seasoning. My other two guests had the flat iron steak and the crab cake. Only my daughter with the crab cake said her dish was properly seasoned. Again, nothing was bad, but just not terribly flavorful.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place. I have celiac and feel completely safe here.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. A bit under staffed but I understand the lunch traffic is a bit unpredictable. We had the egg appetizer, delicious chicken sandwich, and pound cake for dessert. The blueberry cucumber gin drink was fabulous. Not too sweet!

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife there for our 30th Anniversary. She can not have gluten and I saw that they were gluten free. I was hesitant about how the food would be. But I was surprised. It was awesome.
Our waitress was excellent she had a very cheery disposition and was very attentive.

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TH
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Healthy choices that tasted great. Tables are well spaced out so conversation was easy. Very knowledgable server. This was my first time at this restaurant, but I will return.

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KL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not realize it was a totally GF facility. Made ordering so easy!

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R
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

First time going to this restaurant - we did the lunch for Triangle restaurant week and had a 1:30pm lunch reservation so place only had 2 other tables with patrons. They were out of chicken even though it was part of the special menu, and waitress suggested a grilled fish alternative. My husband's fried green tomato sandwich came out wrong and had to be redone, but he didn't get it until after my daughter and I already finished our entrees. My daughter's pork tacos were excellent and the desserts were very good. Service was not up to par, and the restaurant was cold and lacking in atmosphere.

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DD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dessert was over cooked dry cake everything else was delicious with generous lunch portions

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Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good, but not great. Went for Triangle Restaurant Week and not many folks there. Some of the other places we went were much better.

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MH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Being a Celiac patient this was a Wonderfull experience and I could hardly choose what to try!! It tasted amazing, I liked the atmosphere and the waiter was very nice. She could have been more talkative. Also, I recommend putting more background to the restaurant and food in the menu, like you have at you website!

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D
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was good. Service was terrible. The restaurant only had a couple of tables on a Tuesday night and the server was very slow and acted like we were annoying him. Likely he didn't care because 20% gratuity was included for a party of 6. The restaurant was also very cold (temperature). Too bad because the food and overall ambiance were good -- could have been a positive experience.

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DH
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Went for Sunday brunch. They only had 2 waitstaff & spreading themselves thin so we had to wait for almost everything. What I ordered was not good - omelette with pimento cheese & sausage was dry and WAY too much cheese (and I love cheese). The muffin was really dry but jelly & butter helped. We will try for lunch one day. Nice to see a gluten free even though I am not gluten free.

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D
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time we went this week. Accommodating

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DL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very innovative selections. We made our meal by sharing appetizers, small plates and a main course. The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and was helpful in describing the selections. I think a little light on the tables, a candle perhaps, would add to the ambience. We'll go back for sure.

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RH
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Duck and pork dishes were amazing!!! Dessert pound cake was a bit dry, will probably go for appraisers next time instead after seeing other reviews. Nice atmosphere overall; however, Led Zeppelin made of an odd choice for background music, not overly relaxing at the end of a long week. Will be back again for a main courses!

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T
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food and service very good, but out of a few dishes for lunch before we even ordered (hardly anyone there for lunch so it wasn't that they sold out) and carbonation machines down so no carbonated beverages.

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R
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service with knowledgeable wait staff. Not afraid to share opinions when asked. Steaks and chops were excellent!

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JB
Raleigh
61 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dining at Primal Food & Spirits. The total gluten free dining is so wonderful. The gingerbread cake was so delicious!

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K
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a casual dining interesting menu

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RR
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

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KM
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was pricey but really great, all gluten free options and very tasty, even the "bread" and butter!

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SM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant with reliably delicious food. My favorites are their deviled eggs, shrimp club, pimento-cheese burger with house bacon, and their duck. They are also tremendously skilled with fish, grilling salmon and trout over wood-fires until perfection. Last year, they also had a Christmas dinner take-out option that featured an absolutely phenomenal prime rib. I hope Primal Foods adds the prime rib to their regular menu.

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JG
Raleigh
47 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible. We had only been for dinner so when we discovered they did brunch - it was a MUST!! And as expected, Primal did not disappoint!!

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M
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went on a weekend forgetting that there may only be a brunch menu available. My omelette was very good but would like to go back during the week to check out the lunch and dinner options. Service was very good!

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DP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service! Got us out in time to be early for the theater.

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VC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Lighting could be improved very low lighting made menu review difficult

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RB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch menu was fantastic. The service was unparalleled.

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DF
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, great food. Very healthy menu items. but delicious.

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h
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Deviled eggs were awesome

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D
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was really good and the Owner engaged us in conversation several times. My only complaint was that they seemed to be understaffed the evening we were there and they were somewhat slow to return to the table.

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BR
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Getting to brunch early is a must if one wants to choose from the whole menu. A 1pm reservation, some of the items were no longer available. The food and the service were excellent as usual. Despite running out of items, Primal Food & Spirits is still one of my favorite places to eat.

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A
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

All gluten-free so safe for celiacs. The food was mediocre at best. Service was slow and inattentive.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, we had a very good Sunday brunch experience and service. I just wish my sweet potato benedict, which was good, was bigger! It was quite small on the plate and left me looking for more food.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gluten free. Excellent service and restaurant

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