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Mavericks Smokehouse and Taproom

3.8
48 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Maverick's Smokehouse and Taproom is a downtown Durham restaurant featuring Carolina, Memphis and Texas style BBQ and more!
At Maverick’s, guests can enjoy a relaxed, rustic indoor experience or take advantage of downtown Durham’s best outdoor patio. Smoked pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken are available to satiate your appetite. Maverick’s menu also includes all the down home fixins and sides you’d expect. Grab a plate or a sandwich or sit down with friends and family for a family style meal. Sides include classics like mac and cheese, fried okra and collard greens with a creative culinary twist, along with Maverick’s classic onion hushpuppies.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 48 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The boozy shakes were great, but the food was not hot and the sides were not great. Heard multiple other people complaining about food quality, temperature. There is a lot of better barbecue in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good food

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vipdanr
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were visiting Durham and looking for BBQ. We found this place on open table but when we got there it was really fast casual - not a problem at all. We over-ordered (highly recommended) and everything we ate was delicious. Cravable-delicious. Even great local beers! There was a small staff probably because of Covid but food came out reasonable fast and like I said it was delicious. I would go back again for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Was a bit load but it didn’t bother us at all. :)

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vipCatPen
Raleigh
48 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the chili... it’s amazing!! Loved every single thing we ate!!

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kimbo
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was so disappointing!!!! Do not go here. The food is horrible. Loud rap music playing. The wine was bad. There were two other tables of folks in the restaurant on Friday night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Second time there. First time was great. Good food. This time was awful! The food was bad the service was ok. Got order wrong.

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IrisN
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The portion size of the barbecue and the brisket was slim but tasty. The mac and cheese was dry and the sweet potato fries were just ok. I would still go back.

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LoriR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at Maverick's and the food and service were excellent! Would definitely recommend if you want to go to a great smokehouse. Prices were reasonable and platters were easily shareable between two people. Make sure to order extra huspuppies because meals only come with three.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there to grab a quick dinner and it was so good. Service and food were fantastic, and one of the better frozen margaritas I’ve had in a while. Highly recommend checking it out.

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Bill
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service spotty and slow, food nothing special, not great not bad, best described as ordinary stuff. Waited too long on slow night for order taking, food delivery and water refills. Fries greasy but bourbon beans very good. Memphis ribs best choice, chicken and cue fair and unremarkable. Prices very reasonable

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HeatherA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was pretty good but still quite comparable to other BBQ places. The service was not the best. We ordered some margaritas that were WAY sweet and sour and instead of offering to fix our drinks or bring us something different, the bartender chalked it up to the mix.

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DoreenR
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We heard great things about this place and decided to give it a try. Unfortunately it was not a good night for the staff as they where short. Our waiter had lost his voice and from what we could u derstand- he was needed to work as a waiter so not sure what his original position is but hoping it is not as an asst manager because his service and responses to our problems where NOT customer friendly at all. We placed our orders and waited 40 minutes only to be told they were out of several things we had ordered- like Mac n cheese! He blamed it on catering and a big wedding that day. After we selected our substitutions we waited another 30 mins. Although the food was ok, some items where cold or had been sitting around. Totally disappointed in the waiter as he made no attempt to correct how our meal went. A simple offer of a Comp dessert or partial Comp of a meal that was still brought out wrong and missing items that we had to select a second time is just unforgivable. We will not make an effort to come here again as it is obvious that management is not watching out for their customers. This is just my honest opinion and so dissapointed because this was also a special night for our son who is graduating and we had a surprise that was delayed due to this meal.

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JeffBye
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Drove from Raleigh specifically for the smoked wings which they were out of by 630 on a Saturday night. Also out of the smoked sausage which apparently is one of the favorites. Food slow to come out even though restaurant was not very busy nothing we had was particularly delicious.

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LynneE
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Mavericks twice on trips to Durham. We love their smoked wings, beef brisket, gruyere mac and cheese, hush puppies and extensive draft beer offerings. The service is good, and we especially love the ambiance when the large doors are open.

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JosephineR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our waitress was very nice but inattentive. Food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal. Quick, friendly service. Good value. Will be back.

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Rchristy
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was terrible, will not go back
Cole slaw was1/4 ate,
chili was not even fixable with sour cream or barbecue sauce 1/3 ate
Deviled eggs were sour to much vinegar ate 2
Bourbon baked beans just as good as out of a can 1/4 ate
Memphis ribs were very tough and way to much seasoning 1/2 rack was ate
Service was slow, but my waiter also had a table of 16
Paid at the bar, wasn't going to wait for 3 girls folding silverware and napkin.
I lived in memphis and i have eaten bbq in many states south and north.

They do offer bbg and sauce from north and vinegar for south.

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Americanwanderer
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been to four other barbeque places in the Triangle and this was the best.

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MLml
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Apparently they had a 2000.00 order that they accepted and they could not handle. Peple walked out. Our order and meal took an.hour. wish they did not accept our reservation when they new they could not handle. No discount. No owner or manager appology. No warning. Just unproffessional.

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CoryE
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible. Zero organization or management. After being seated we waited for 20 minutes while multiple wait staff asked us if we had been taken care of. Finally got a waiter. Ordered and were told food was running behind and it would be 20 minutes or so. 20 minutes went by and we asked if our drinks were coming. Were told that drinks were tied to the food order. Made no sense. Another 20 minutes go by and we asked where our food was. Told it would be another 10-20 minutes. Asked for the bill for the drinks as we were not going to wait that much longer. The waiter went away and appeared 2 minutes later with the food. And it was cold. Stay away.

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vipemmyt8
Raleigh
60 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Nothing about this place was stellar, I'll be honest. We arrived and gave them our name and they said "uh we don't see the reservation but we'll seat you" - but they didn't even seem to look. Then they said with a broad wave of a hand "you can have that table" as they swept past 4 empty tables a few feet away. So we just sat down at one and they looked over and seemed confused "oh you want that table ok." - What?? Our waiter was ok, the food was ok, but we weren't overly impressed. The food did come out quickly, and I'll give a plug for the Okra that it was delicious and perfectly salted, and the pork bbq was good. I felt like the mac and cheese and particularly the bun of my sandwich could've been alot better. We happened to leave something there when we left, I called multiple times to see if I could come and pick it up, but each time I called I was told "oh your waiter already left so call tomorrow", "oh i was your waiter we don't have it", "no one that was working at that time is here call back later", and then without hesitation "nope we don't have it". Very frustrating that they don't have a place where they put things that are left, and that it took me almost 24 hours of calling to get so many different answers. The actual meat was good, the other food was fine, but the general lack of customer service was disappointing.

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HowardM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a first date. There were a few other restaurants in the area however, the reviews for Mavericks gave me confidence to set an appointment. Awesome experience!

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BeckyW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful ambiance. Want to go back soon.

JT
vipJTMMD
London
44 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent new spot in Durham. Very convenient for a pre-concert or show meal and easy access to DPAC. Excellent local beer selection that matches well with the barbecue.

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WHITNEYS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Just stay away. Save your money and your taste buds.

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vipAlpine
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great BBQ and service! The hush puppies were amazing!

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TashaC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday celebration. The wings were everything. Just amazing!! The servers were very attentive. Great place!!

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vipAndre
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Exceptionally good brisket and fun atmosphere. Will return!

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vipRKMaverick
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Overall the food was tasty but served cold with the exception of the sweet potato fries and hushpuppies. There seemed to be serious communication issues between the wait staff and kitchen. On a night when they were not that busy we waited over 30 minutes for our food and it was served cold. The waitress indicated she was going to bring us hot bbq which should have taken 2 minutes from the kitchen. Instead we waited another 30 minutes. The chef brought out bbq with sides we didn't order and apologized but said he was the only one in the kitchen. The place has great potential but the manager really needed to put away his laptop (yes we could see you on the patio) take care of us and support the wait and kitchen staff as they were clearly frustrated and under staffed.

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terra23
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my husband for his birthday. We love smoked meats and the authentic smokehouse is hard to find. The brisket was perfect, the smoked wings were crispy, smoky and sweet, the meat quality was top notch. The service was friendly and helpful and the location is great. We'll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Terribly disappointed. Ordered the 2 meat plate. Chicken was great but the brisket was cold. Green beans were good but macaroni was cold. Best part of the meal - hush puppies.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service, friendly, and great food.

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Chris
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for Monday evening and walked over to celebrate our son's birthday (he wanted BBQ), but found out that they are closed on Mondays... I'm not sure why they accept reservations when they are closed, but it was a pretty poor experience.

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Cappbo
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The barbecue was excellent and the sides were exactly what you would want and expect. We found the service to be a bit slow for drinks considering the sparsity of other patrons when we were there. The food came very quickly.

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susan
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Enjoyed eating outside on a great spring evening. We each tried bbq from a different region and they were all good.

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MLml
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meals. We all had something different and shared. Everything was delicious. But the best was the banana pudding . Be sure to get one. But plan on nit sharing it.

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Todd
Raleigh
34 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I can’t speak to the food, because we never got that far. The service was atrocious. We had a reservation, arrived on time, and waited for 10 minutes, while the 2 servers completely ignored us, walking past many times without a word. There were only 2 tables with people. When a server finally came to see us, he was extremely rude. We left at that point. There are too many good restaurants in Durham to waste our time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brisket in town!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We made a reservation for 6pm and arrived at our scheduled time. We were seated by the hostess, ordered drinks from our waitress, looked over the menu and finally decided on our choices.

It was our second time there having come back because our boys craved the ribs that Mavericks is known for.

My son ordered the ribs only to be told that they don’t have any. The oven (or smoker) was not functioning and we were told they may have some around 9 or later.

Now I understand things happen, but we certainly could have been told no ribs were available when the reservation was made, or when the hostess seated us, or when the waitress took our drink order. I mean this IS a BBQ place!

We paid for our drinks and headed to The Pit instead. They had ribs.

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You can order delivery directly from Mavericks Smokehouse and Taproom using the Order Online button. Mavericks Smokehouse and Taproom also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Mavericks Smokehouse and Taproom also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 682-8978.

Mavericks Smokehouse and Taproom is rated 3.8 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.