Raleigh >Duffy's Restaurant & Tavern
rude waitress. was only customer.i had to ask her to wait on me.she brought me my meal.asked me if i wanted anything.she habit of leaving me alone in dining room.to go to the bar and talk.i had to go find her to get the check.she gave me a nasty rude look,no tip.
Great food, great prices.
My wife and I enjoy trying new restaurants in Raleigh, but the place we stop in most frequently (since it opened in 1996) is Duffy's--and most frequently order a Duffy Burger, one of the best burgers in town (with lettuce, tomato, sauteed mushrooms and two slices of bacon--you almost can't pick it up).
We have never been in the bar, but it is BUSY, so if the parking lot is just about full, there probably are still tables (or roomy booths) in the restaurant side. As far as the smoke mentioned by a couple of reviewers, I'm very sensitive to it, but I only notice it in the entry (just down from the bar doorway) and the restaurant is smoke-free. We don't go for the decor, which is nothing special--we go for the very good, very reasonable food and good service. The portions are ideal, not so big you are tempted to overdo, but not small at all.
The burgers and sandwiches come with ruffled chips (holds down cost and calories), but if you order a side of fries or the excellent onion rings, plan on sharing! If you like shrimp, try the Shrimp Burger--a hamburger bun overloaded with large shrimp, perfectly batter fried. The salads are plenty to eat, freshly made and less expensive than the chain casual places everywhere. All the soups are tasty, not too salty, and the she-crab really is special--don't miss it! The desserts are mostly sized to share, like the cherry or berry cobblers (a la mode, of course!) but again, priced less than the chains. The daily specials top out at $12-$15 and, while not "gourmet," are very nicely done, served hot and always a good value. I like good sweet tea, and Duffy's is perfectly refreshingly sweet--and unlimited.
The big guy with the deep voice who asks you how everything was is Duffy--and those big oak booths that can hold a family of six must have been church pews. Note: they do accept American Express.
Bottom line: great place for very good food at very good prices, just not fancy.
friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. the longest booth benches I have ever seen they easily seat 5 - now that's a bench! Excellent rotating specials - the blackened anything is very good, Rib night is excellent, the fresh fruit side is always top notch. I never go in the bar so I can't speak to that. I have become a regular there, not because of its convenience, but because its friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere are a welcome relief to north raleigh hectic paced dining.
Smoke filled, stuck in the dark ages, pathetic middle aged restaurant!!!. Upon reading the reviews here, a large group of us, ages ranging from mid 20's to late 30's, decided to give Duffy's a try, karaoke on Saturday night, why not? That is a question that I unfortunately am now able to answer. As soon as you walk through the door, your are overwhelmed by a scent of nursing home, you know, that smell that you remember as a little kid every time you visited your extended family. Actual setup of the bar/restaurant, not horrible, so we decided to stay, have some brews and eat some sandwiches. Enter our second mistake! While the food tasted decent, I got the Turkey Reuben with slaw, the sickness that it induced did not taste well. At about 2:30AM, the reuben came back the way it went down, and let me tell you, it was not pleasent. Now lets move on to the patrons...average age 55, average level of karaoke singing, 5 years old, absolutely pathetic!!!! To see a bunch of mid life crisis level adults acting as belligerent as they were, completely pathetic!!!! Needless to say, we will not be going back to Duffy's and I warn you to follow suit and do the same! Question yourself as to whether or not you feel like purging all night from horrible food and partying with people stuck in the early 80's, if so, Duffy's is where its at!!! For me, I will be enjoying the fare across the street at the P.T., where they actually know how to serve a decent meal!!!
Amazing Burgers, Reuben, Well All Food Amazing, Service!!. New to the area..Came from Carelston, SC....Someone highly recommended this place so I went. Wow can't even begin to explain how good this place is I have already gone at least 20 times and i moved in July..Great Service, Food is amazing, Really nice bar with HD, good variety crowd...Im from SC i know good she crab..i can proudly say this is the top 3 she crab soups i have ever had...Probabaly my favorite restaurant now.. I read that this place is smokey? I did not get that at all the dinning room is nonSmoking didnt get why people said that?.. If you want great food and great service i highly recommend this place!
Awesome Place!. I love Duffy's. As a new comer I was a little skeptical, but I was impressed. The food is amazing. Best burgers, she crab, and the daily specials are great! Restaurant was family friendly and the bar is very fun. I love the pool room! They seem to have a lot going on in the bar (saw signs for Thursday Trivia, Friday Live DJ, and Saturday Karaoke).I also had excellent service. All the wait staff was very friendly and welcoming! I am now a return customer!!
rather stay home. food only okay... service third rate...low rent crowd... . physically a dump... awful karaoke...smoky... dirty... a disgrace to the neighborhood
Cozy Pub (but SMOKEY!). Small, dark, cozy little soup-n-sandwich pub. I live 2 minutes away. Duffy's is my living room. And everyone's right, BEST she-crab this side of Jupiter. Good burgers too. I know Dan, the waiter... he's great! I knew waitress Gina for years and she's such a sweetheart, but unfortunately, she's gone. The other waitresses are so nice (except the tiny thin one... she's RUDE!) (we told her our cokes were flat and she said "No they're not!" When I told her to see for herself, she rudely snapped "I'm not drinking your drink!"). I don't go to the bar area because I don't have a gas mask in my car, and I don't want to contract lung cancer tomorrow. I bring all my friends to Duffy's but I have to warn them of the smoke that can waft into the dining area. Besides the smoke (they really need to update their "smoke go away" machine), my only complaint is that they give you 3 drops of salad dressing, then CHARGE YOU for more dressing!! I HATE that. But I'm a Duffy's regular because I need my she-crab soup fix.
Run-Down. Food was great! But it's the only positive.The service was pretty bad, and the other patrons were some of the worst I've had the displeasure of being around. I made the mistake of going in the late evening and the 'Biker-bar analogy' was apt. The worst pool tables I've experienced! The decor also needs some improvement. It's not 1984!
gone down hill. In addition to the previous review the food is good. However, as a retired person who sits at the bar (not all day though) - this place has really gone down hill in the past few years. The place turns into what I can only liken to a biker bar without the bikes at night. And I agree that the wait staff is quite poor- they spend more time socializing and drinking than waiting on the customers in the bar area.
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