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Little Bull, Durham, NC

Little Bull

4.8
4.8
296 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

7:30 PM


Booked 39 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 296 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
  • 4.4Value

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

    Lively

  • Durham

    Most Booked

296 Reviews
  1. MadisonS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. DinoM

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  3. KenM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing tapas experience with great cocktails!!!!!

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  10. ProvidanciaH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing! The bar team is dope!! Love the atmosphere of the restaurant and EVERY dish was cooked to perfection! HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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  11. KimberlyM

    Greensboro

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat out on the patio for dinner. There were 4 or 5 heat lamps going and it was toasty. We tried several small platters such as the octopus, the goat birria, and the Brussels sprouts. All were wonderful. We ordered the prix fixe for our main course and we shared it. Also had the carne asada dish which was wonderful. We had the Manhattan and the Harvest Old Fashion, and both were well made .Overall the ambience and the wonderful dishes, and the friendly staff made this a wonderful experience. We’ll be back!

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  12. GregoryRSL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite restaurant in Durham by far! Menu and service are amazing.

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  13. ShirleyG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved it, everything was perfect. The food and drinks were great along with the ambiance.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good but service was not… our wait staff disappeared several times and our two meals were brought out, no joke, 30 minutes apart. Thankfully we were willing to share or one of us would have been waiting an hour for food. We literally thought they forgot to put the order in and then when it finally showed up, it was really too late.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, on par with M Sushi. inventive, fresh, great drinks.

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  16. AllW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything we ordered! Delicious food and drinks. Looking forward to going back.

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  17. Bman

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu and great team. Keep up the awesome work!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the little bull was so good!!!!!!! From service to the food Matt our bartender knew his stuff but most importantly he knew his recommendations! Definitely recommend this place!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Little Bull for my birthday, and it really blew us away! Every dish we tried was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

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  20. LuisP

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, drinks and exceptional service! We will definitely be back soon.

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  21. ericqi

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and decor. Some dishes were incredible (bone marrow and brussel sprouts) while others were a miss (octopus). Unfortunately, the service really grinded to a halt towards the end of our dinner. We waited around 25 minutes for our last dish, while the other came out much much faster. Despite this, our waiter made sure we were always accomodated! Still a worthwhile experience.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience at Little Bull- my boyfriend and I agreed it is one of our favorite restaurants we’ve been to. Very friendly and fast service, helpful recommendations on drinks/meals from our waitress, and intimate quiet atmosphere. Ordered the ceviche, market vibez, birria dumplings, tongue & cheek, halal gueys. Very happy with the portion sizes, everything tasted amazing!

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  23. MaryP

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a wonderful dinner at Little Bull. The restaurant is beautiful, the staff excellent, and the food was amazing. We will definitely go back and highly recommend.

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  24. Stephanie

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Let me start with the good by stating that our server, Maria, was fantastic when my husband and I dined last night at Little Bull. We ordered multiple small plates, one large plate, and a dessert. The Brussels and Plantain Empanadas were delicious. Now, the bad: we ordered the Oysters Ranchofeller which, thankfully, the manager comped. We received 4 oysters that were pretty much inedible. They were incredibly salty, and I couldn't really discern any other flavors. Maria notified the manager and explained to us later, that there was a preparation error. We ordered the Tuna Bull Gogi which was tepid at most. It was good, but it would have been nice if it had been hot. Last, we ordered the Churro Balls, they arrived cold and hard. Overall, our experience was disappointing. Perhaps the kitchen was just having an "off" night? Some items were good with others very disappointing.

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  25. KeithM

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us went to dinner here for the first time and we all left saying it was our favorite meal in a long time. Our waitress, Brittany, was fantastic and gave us perfect recommendations for drinks and small plates. The drinks were amazing and each plate that came out was better than the last one. My new favorite restaurant in the Durham / Chapel Hill area. Can’t wait to come back!

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  26. robert

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and excellent drinks. We were a table of 6 and were able to try almost all the small plate items on the menu. They were all great! Can't wait to go back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I drove from two counties away to eat here and it was incredible. Could easily keep up with fancy NYC restaurants, all of the flavors are quality were just amazing. Tuna crudo, grilled octopus & the plantain empanadas were so good I had to order a second place. I hope I can come back soon.

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  28. JackieJ

    Northern MI

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were fantastic! Tons of flavor and lots of small plates so you could try many things. Our waiter was helpful with menu suggestions and very attentive. We will be back!

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  29. ElizabethN

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and creative food. Very professional wait staff. Inviting ambience. We loved it.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress and the food were both amazing. We sat next to the door on the patio on a very cold night, which is the only downside, but the staff truly did all they could to keep us warm. Service was excellent, and we are still raving about the food and cocktails. Will 100% be back A LOT.

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  31. BobJ

    Philadelphia

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service by Odessa. Loved the scallop crudo, snapper ceviche, tomato heirloom, octopus and empanada. One of the Best restaurants in Durham. We will be back.

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  32. Glennaldo

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat outside, which got a little cold when doors opened and closed, but it was tolerable, and they had plenty of heaters of various types. The food was amazing, and we recommend getting a bunch of smaller plates and (if there's two of you) one entree. All the dishes had plenty of food. And, being a big bread person, I thought theirs was outstanding. Apparently they have it shipped in from NYC.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service were mediocre, esp. for the price point. Eating there once was enough.

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  34. greengreengreen

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    An enjoyable range of small plates. We left full and delighted by the inventiveness of the menu.

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  35. BrandonH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend wanted to take me because I'm basically a foodie anyways. It was amazing. Their whole chicken dish was killer! I'm gonna try and make it, it was so good

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  36. PatriciaP

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went for the first time to Litle Bull and we were very surprised by the nice relaxed atmosphere. We had a great server Brittany who was amazing!! We absolutely loved every me of the small dishes and desserts we tried!! Love the concept, love the flavors. Definitely 💯 recommend this place!!!

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  37. wigetcy

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent Restaurant and an incredible atmosphere. A must go

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second time here. Let me put it in an easy-to-understand way: if restaurants were the Olympics, this place is Michael Phelps. I defy you to find a better, more innovative, thoughtful or exquisite meal in the Triangle. I’ll wait…

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  39. BrianF

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Got 6 small plates to share and honestly can’t pick a favorite one- all were delicious

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  40. RoyA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was pretty out there but surprisingly good. Server we had was awesome.

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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 296 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 39 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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