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Little Bull, Durham, NC

Little Bull

4.8
4.8
329 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Little Bull is sincere, nostalgic comfort food, inspired by the palates of first-generation immigrant kids.

Pocho cuisine is not a gimmick. Like Oscar, it’s a little bull-headed, but with no bullshit. It means more than loaded terms like “New American” or “modern Mexican.” And it’s authentic to Chef’s personal experience.

“American food is undefined. But it’s been designated to certain ideas and people. It’s actually evolving, as much as our landscape is a melting pot. As much as my own identity as a first-generation American and chef.”

Pocho started as a term used by people in Mexico to poke fun at the “American” kids who speak Spanglish. At Little Bull, pocho cuisine showcases the evolution of being a chef in America, inspired by every immigrant and their growing influence on our food.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Latin, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 251-8989
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 329 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham

    Best Food

  • Durham

    Best Ambiance

  • Durham

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Hot spot

  • Durham

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Durham

    Most Booked

329 Reviews
  1. GenevieveB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m so happy I found this gem of a place! The menu is creative, the food is delicious, the drinks were excellent and the ambience is nice. Don’t sleep on Little Bull.

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  2. LuisP

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Like always, excellent service by Leslie H! And delicious food of course!

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  3. Bman

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall great but very loud last night. We love Little Bull!

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  4. KarlG

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyable great waitress food really excellent. Very pricey

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  5. Drew

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was absolutely worth the price, our server was knowledgeable and opinionated about the food, which we absolutely loved!

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  6. RhondaW

    New York City

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was beyond yummy and service impeccable! Great variety of all types of dishes and desserts. A true neighborhood gem!

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  7. TrudyS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely place for brunch ( Easter). Little Salad was actually big and tasty!

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  8. Pipe

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place never disappoints. The menu is so creative, delicious, and absolutely perfectly executed!! The cocktails are great too! One of my favorite restaurants in Durham at the moment.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vibes were immaculate, food was incredible, drinks were great, and playlist was perfect

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  10. BryanP

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food! Civiche was the best thing we had. Next time we will skip the dessert. Churro balls were a bit inconsistent and icecream was very icy. Def will be back. Cocktails were also excellent

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every single thing we tasted was cooked to perfection and the presentation was beautiful. Everything was hot, described impeccably and was unique and delicious. Can't wait to go back!!!

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  12. TammaraW

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Brunch was not as good as dinner. Dinner is awesome.

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  13. Wisteriagirl

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Odessa was a wonderful server and the food was amazing. Loved the Tom Yum ceviche

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  14. RUBINSF

    San Francisco

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing spot in Durham! Our first time there, the shared plates, the wide range of the menu and the creative dishes were such a hit. We also loved the fine wine and the cocktails. What a fun spot. A great ambience and wonderful service!

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  15. LuisaG

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food! Yum! Extremely friendly staff! Can’t wait To be back

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  16. DougH

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A tremendously fun and creative meal. Along with a meal at Foul Witch in Manhattan, one of the two best meals I've had in 2024. Really superb.

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  17. HarmonCT

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time dining at Little Bull was as great as the first. We shared 4 starter plates, each better than the last. Wonderful and creative blends of flavors. Easily one of the best restaurants in the area.

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  18. ConnieR

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went to dinner before a show at DPAC. Made reservations in advance. We were seated immediately in a cozy booth/ table style area. Our server was just wonderful and attentive throughout our meal. We ordered 4 small plates. I was unsure of the grilled octopus, but after reading review after review about how delicious...decided to go for it! So glad I did! It was absolutely delicious! Everything was amazing! Best food we have had in a long time! I ordered the Cardi Bee and Fig Mint cocktails. Both great!!! Will definitely be back!

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  19. sbbBK

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a while! 10/10!!

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  20. NCtoNYC

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, service and atmosphere every time! A very Durham-unique place & special!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Food came out fast, food and drinks were perfect. Will definitely be back.

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  22. BarbaraH

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed the food, presentation, service, and ambience. I was disappointed that the scallops listed on the website weren’t offered and that the ceviche didn’t have more identifiable seafood. I loved the thin plantain chips though and the taste of everything was a delicious fusion. I think you should offer caiparinas as a cocktail!

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  23. KOTarHeel

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The whole chicken dish was amazing! Great service from waitstaff, Ashley! Will be back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food! Great drinks! Service can be faster though!

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  25. DeniseL

    Raleigh

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Odessa our server was amazing!!!! Steak tartar was a bit olive forward (still good), Yukon mash with the pork chop was dry but otherwise food was very good. We still cleaned our plates. We had the empanadas and pork chop. The bread pudding was outstanding!!!! Hope it stays on the menu.

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  26. AllinF

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic new restaurant for us to visit. Our server was completely perfect! She made the night wonderful. 

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  27. JenniferB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I reserved a table for our small group online, based off of Google reviews, and draw of their attractive website and menu options. The food and drinks at Little Bull are, hands down, the best I've experienced in the Triangle. Possibly anywhere. The "Gambas a la Plancha" and "Plantain Empanadas" were amazing, as was the cocktail "Overburg" (ordered by multiple in our group.) In total, our table ordered 6 smalls, 1 entree, and 5 drinks.. every single item exceeded our expectations. We are absolutely looking forward to a second visit to Little Bull!

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  28. AGall

    Miami

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved our server and the food…. Nice atmosphere. Love this type of restaurant in Durham— i was pleasantly surprised!!

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  29. Bruce

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Tapas restaurant with a neighborhood bar atmosphere and great food. Terrific service. Would definitely come again.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and drinks. Unique and delicious!

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  31. CamO

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location! Food was unique and delicious. Only downside was tough to find parking.

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  32. KathrynM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is sublime, the service is lovely. But rather pricey

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  33. MadisonS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, and the small plates we got were moderately sized versus some places where they’re tiny. The service was slightly slow - we may have ordered more had they come back sooner but that wasn’t a huge deal. Overall good, I’d like to go back and try more dishes before deciding if I love this place.

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  34. DinoM

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, beautiful presentation, great service. Shall we We are so impressed every time we go.

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  35. KenM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food choices, excellent service, the patio is a fun option, and we really enjoyed our time there (also not hurried, which was nice). The prices are quite high, which was a bit disappointing, but we certainly enjoyed the experience!

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  36. JamesW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was inventive and very good. Service was excellent. Little noisy but ok.

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  37. CrystalK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I got a few small plates and shared them. Every single dish was incredible, I can’t pick a favorite. From the goat birria dumplings to the Brussels sprouts.. each plate was delectable! Definitely get the pastry dessert with the goat cheese and guava jelly. AMAZING.

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  38. WilliamJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Worth the drive from Raleigh. One of our favorite date spots. Great service. Oscar’s sauces and layers of flavors are wonderful. The octopus and the NC crudo are two of our favorites!

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  39. KatieC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was even better than the reviews or the menu let on. The flavors were unexpected and spectacular.

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  40. Quinn

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, service, and food. Our first three small plates were the potatoes, shrimp, and bone marrow, and they were SUPER good. We got the bao-rito for our last plate and were less happy with that one, but that was the only downside. The drinks and service were great. I would highly recommend for a great date night!

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FAQs

Little Bull offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 251-8989.

Little Bull is rated 4.8 stars by 329 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Little Bull

810 N Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701-2260

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Latin, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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