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Tandem©saraharneson- - Tandem, Carrboro, NC

Tandem

4.6
4.6
1523 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tandem offers modern American cuisine in a sophisticated, yet comfortable atmosphere.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    "Kitchen Hours: Closed Monday Tuesday thru Wednesday 11am - 9:30pm Friday and Saturday 11am - 1030pm Sunday 10:30am - 9pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 240-7937

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Younes Sabouh

  • Catering

    Onsite, offsite, full service and drop off.

  • Private party facilities

    TANDEM RESTAURANT is perfectly suited to host a wide variety of private functions with four separate defined spaces that are flexible to the needs of our guests. We also offer Offsite Catering and Full Banquet Services in any location, from a drop-off lunch catering to a wedding for 500. Tandem is designed with the guest in mind and focuses on modern American cuisines with traditional international influence. Using bold flavors elegantly crafted with an emphasis on quality, Tandem believes in creating memories by offering exquisite food delivered by hospitality driven staff. With a detail-orientated events and catering coordinator on hand at all times, you are given expert advice allowing your special event to be tailored to exactly what you desire, at a price you can afford.

  • Private party contact

    Emma Dunbar: (919) 641-4441

  • Neighborhood

    Carrboro

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Monthly dance party

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Sunday Specials

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Ask your server about our specialty brunch cocktails. We're also featuring select $4 beers on tap. Ask your server about today's selection.

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What 1,523 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Durham

    Great for Brunch

  • Durham

    Outdoor Dining

  • Durham

    Most Booked

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  1. d

    debkapmac

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal, as always. Loved the charity cocktail (cucumber margarita) and of course the salmon is the best in town. Thank you.
  2. PM

    PennyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our waitress was very attentive nd helpful. She went out of her way to provide a great eating experience and checked on us including checking on a mix-up in the food I received. I had ordered an side of eggs with my avocado toast, but received a 2 egg full breakfast instead. Our waitress checked on this and we were not charged for another 2 egg breakfast. She also provided me with a to go order of iced tea before we left for a long drive home. I ordered a mimosa and it arrived in plain stem glass, just the champagne and orange juice. It was kay , but for the price I thought it could have been presented with an attractive garnish such as an orange slice on the rim with mint leaves or or a cherry with stem, something to make it look nice as well as taste good.
  3. LG

    LeahG

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delicious meal and fantastic service. Our favorite brunch spot!
  4. NC

    NCNancy

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of four- all ordered the salmon w/cauliflower in curry based sauce OUTSTANDING! Salmon was cooked to perfection. It was moist, tender& flavorful & left us wanting more( had we not already been full from the whole meal). Waitstaff was pleasant, prompt, professional, attentive. Ambience -comfortable, relaxing, pleasantly modern rustic with original hardwood floors from historic mill & original brick walls. All agreed it was the best meal we’ve ever experienced in a long time (& we all dine out frequently for over 30 yrs both locally & internationally). Kudos to their chef!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    they need GF bread and accommodation of GF eating needs
  6. AM

    AlexaM

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Brunch for a special occasion, arrived not busy- seated for 10 minutes before any service- when server arrived felt rushed to order everything at once. Both entrees supposed to be served with poached eggs that arrived fully cooked, temp luke warm. Did not live up to the hype, disappointing to say the least.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Food was below average.
  8. SM

    SamanthaM

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tandem has such a great environment and the food was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tandem food, service and ambiance was extraordinary as always.
  10. AF

    AltheaF

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent, love the ambience. Didn’t appreciate the cheekiness of our waiter throughout dinner.
  11. MM

    MarM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our granddaughter's 22nd birthday for lunch on a Saturday. Food was delicious, ambience relaxing and service superb.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and ambience.
  13. PT

    PatriciaT

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an interesting menu! I have roasted beet and brussels salad and it had a great balance of tangy and creamy. The beets were delicious. The service was attentive but not hovering -- did not feel rushed to leave. Their outside space was great as well, even in the summer heat!
  14. KD

    KDLin

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tandem was amazing, as it was the first time I went there - service, atmosphere, food. My boyfriend and I started with a 2 Cents from the Chef for me, and he had a Negroni. Cocktails were both amazing; mine was deliciously balanced and perfect for the muggy summer weather. We moved onto a half dozen oysters (best oysters my boyfriend could remember having in a while, and he loves oysters) and the risotto. Oh, the butternut squash risotto. I got it the first time I ever went to Tandem, and it had stuck in my mind for months and months. It was still as perfect and tasty as I remembered, and my boyfriend, who was at Tandem for the first time, was very much loving the risotto. For our entrée, we split the Shared Steak Supper. Beautifully and simply plated, with just the right touch of dress-up and sophistication, allowing for focus on the food - which was so good. We got our steak rare - very good steak - but the short rib stole the show. It was tender, and the bone marrow dip perfect with it. I let my boyfriend have the salad side, and I focused on the market vegetables, presented in a mashed (I forget which vegetable) with just-right cooked vegetables on the side. Chase, excellent bartender and server, whom I had the first time I went, served us this time too and suggested a wonderful wine pairing for the steak dinner. I wish we had room for dessert... next time.
  15. A

    kimA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Honestly this was one of the worse experiences I’ve ever had at a restaurant. I’ve never felt so out of place and never had worse food for the price. Our waiter was nice but could’ve helped us out a little more w recommendations and checkin on us. Was a little rude to my friend on her birthday. I just am very disappointed and hope for the downfall of this restaurant.
  16. U

    Umbrella

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sunday brunch on the patio at Tandem, avocado toast and Moroccan Eggs Shakshouka. Everything was done perfectly.
  17. A

    Adam12

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eat here regularly. Great vibe and look to the place. Food is terrific with terrific presentations. Red wine list could use an upgrade.
  18. MB

    MattB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tandem is just excellent - great service, food, and ambiance. We tried the Joyce Farms Chicken for the first time - a stellar, complex, and flavorful dish. Try it!
  19. RR

    RebeccaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been multiple times, always consistent and delicious.
  20. JS

    JohnS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food and knowledgable server. A bit slow to get service, but very attentive after. Arrived 6 PM - low noise and then grew to moderate with some spikes. Nice ambience and very fund social outing.
  21. B

    Brunch

    New York Area

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service and good food at Sunday brunch. My wife ordered fried chicken Benedict which was good but eggs were cold. My eggs shakshuka was delicious. Overall a good brunch experience.
  22. S

    Suz456

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Inattentive service made us feel like we were only annoying the waitress by our presence. No spoons included with the table setting - problematical because one dish ordered required a spoon to eat it properly. I gave up trying to make eye contact w/ waitress and went in search of the spoon myself. Another disappointment was the very few dishes w/out eggs on the brunch menu, and the preponderance of Hollandaise sauce on so many dishes. I like Hollandaise but also like to have other options, and it is a heavy sauce difficult for many to digest. We had hoped to order off the lunch (vs. brunch) menu, but that is not served on Sundays. Helpful would be to note this on the website. BLT was over the top with fried egg, preserved lemons, pork belly, etc. A good BLT is so delicious on its own, I'm reminded of the adage not to mess with a good thing . . . Have had delicious meals at Tandem, I would not recommend their brunch.
  23. MV

    MattV

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, food and drinks. This was our second visit and both were 5 stars.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Consistent every time we have been. Shrimp and grits as a modified surf and turf is a great Friday night special.
  25. s

    stlfan

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love tandem. Delicious, fresh, inventive food. Great ambience.
  26. DP

    DavidP

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was interesting & innovative - I enjoyed the mussels and the flounder with shrimp & succotash (the corn & shrimp were superb but the flounder was a tad overcooked for my taste, especially at the thinner end of the fillet.) Our waiter was attentive and eager to please, and on the occasion that he was unfamiliar with a detail of a complicated dish, he was quick to get an answer from the kitchen. Tandem has become our go-to place for birthdays.
  27. PG

    ParthaG

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Tandem has the ambience and food quality/presentation that makes it an outstanding restaurant to go to. We (Dad and son) really enjoyed the meal, which included an entree and three small plates along with a dozen oysters as the appetizer. Wine bottles were 50% off that day too. The service experience, however, kept it from being an overall outstanding experience; it was slower than average, and the appetizer took 15+ minutes to arrive - only to have the server acknowledge he inadvertently only entered a half-dozen vs. the ordered dozen. As context, we were there from about 8 to 9:30 PM on a Tuesday, so not very crowded then; maybe four other tables indoors and more or less the same outside? That said, my son enjoyed the shoulder of lamb, and Dad and I found the small plates very tasty and enough size-wise that we left satiated. Still enjoyed the outing, and if this service experience is atypical, I certainly recommend!
  28. LM

    LMNC

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Efficient and friendly FOH staff. Energetic vibe. Excellent, innovative dishes.
  29. LJ

    LibbiJ

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was inventive and delicious. Excellent service. Can’t wait to go back. :)
  30. JB

    JBug

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The setting and atmosphere including temperature were lovely. Service couldn’t have been better. Food superb; tasty, hot and well presented.
  31. M

    Mark

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service in a perfect outdoor setting.
  32. p

    punkyfelix

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great brunch, terrific server. price was fair. overall a great brunch
  33. A

    Amanda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always awesome as usual!! Sunday brunch was a hit. Everyone loved it!
  34. H

    Hannah

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my fiancé by for dinner last night since we’ll be hosting our rehearsal dinner at Tandem soon and he hadn’t yet been. Patrick served us and did a phenomenal job making sure we had everything we needed. The food and presentation were fantastic and the drinks were fun and delicious. We can’t wait to come back in September!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cuisine and attentive service
  36. D

    Disappointed

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    A bit too bright, a bit too loud, weird seating choices (the place was 2/3 empty and they sat all the tables right next to each-other instead of letting folks spread out a bit.) The food was "fine", we enjoyed our meals, but other diner's dinners did not look or smell appetizing (strangely smelly fish dinners.) The best thing we ate was the Beets and Brussels. Dessert was a waste of time, frozen and thawed cheesecake. There are just better places in the immediate area that provide a more refined experience for roughly the same amount of money.
  37. BM

    BethM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fresh and tasty lunch (Cobb salad for me and grilled cheese sandwich with soup for my friend) on the patio. The service was fast and attentive and the atmosphere was great!
  38. KS

    KathyS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The menu consist of many rich sauces accompanied with the meal. Service was extremely substandard. Most definitely the worse I’ve had. The waiter bought the wrong bottle of wine, placed in carafe on table. Did not uncork nor bring wine glasses. So much down time waiting I decided to check the bottles label. Good thing I did. Upon bill tally he had to ask us what we ordered.
  39. JR

    JeffR

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Despite clearly being a bit short handed that evening the staff worked hard to take good care of us. I'll be back!
  40. BJ

    BethJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Brunch has a nice menu--several vegetarian selections, and nice brunch cocktails.

FAQs

Tandem is rated 4.6 stars by 1523 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 21 times today
Google Map for Tandem

200 N Greensboro St A-1, Carrboro, NC 27510

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carrboro

  • Hours of operation

    "Kitchen Hours: Closed Monday Tuesday thru Wednesday 11am - 9:30pm Friday and Saturday 11am - 1030pm Sunday 10:30am - 9pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Younes Sabouh

  • Entertainment

    Monthly dance party

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 240-7937

  • Catering

    Onsite, offsite, full service and drop off.

  • Private party facilities

    TANDEM RESTAURANT is perfectly suited to host a wide variety of private functions with four separate defined spaces that are flexible to the needs of our guests. We also offer Offsite Catering and Full Banquet Services in any location, from a drop-off lunch catering to a wedding for 500. Tandem is designed with the guest in mind and focuses on modern American cuisines with traditional international influence. Using bold flavors elegantly crafted with an emphasis on quality, Tandem believes in creating memories by offering exquisite food delivered by hospitality driven staff. With a detail-orientated events and catering coordinator on hand at all times, you are given expert advice allowing your special event to be tailored to exactly what you desire, at a price you can afford.

  • Private party contact

    Emma Dunbar: (919) 641-4441

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