Pre-Show Dining

Within walking distance or a short drive of DPAC are a wide variety of upscale and festive options.

Many offer pre-show dining discounts and after show specials. Show nights can be very busy, and reservations are strongly suggested where available.

Discounts apply to show nights only.

107 East Parrish Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

At Bull City Burger and Brewery we make pretty much everything from scratch. We make the mayo, the mustard, the pickles, and the relish, bake the buns, make the hot dogs, make the veggie burgers, grind 100% local NC pasture-raised beef (no added hormone, no antibiotics) daily and of course, we make all our own beer. We are also Durham's oldest brewpub located just 2 blocks north of DPAC at the corner of Mangum and Parrish streets. We are family friendly and even have a kids play area.  We’ll have plenty of napkins on hand pre-show and post so come by to "Eat Pasture-Raised Beef and Drink Freshly Brewed Beer." First come, first serve seating.

Please note this restaurant has the following offer available to our Truist Broadway Season Seat Members: Free Pickle Chips appetizer with the purchase of any combination of two burgers, hot dogs or veggie burgers. Our Legendary Pickle Chips are guaranteed to be the best on Parrish Street. Offer valid only on DPAC show nights.


  • Mon - Closed
  • Tue-Thu: 11:11 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Fri & Sat: 11:11 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sun 11:11 AM - 9:00 PM
111 Corcoran Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Bold. Local. Social.


Local cuisine meets the bold flavors and playful techniques of executive chef Jeff Seizer at Counting House.  A social experience set amongst the art of today, designed to provide you with an easy-going escape that will feed your soul. Inspired by old school European techniques and simple preparations, his menu is familiar, yet unexpected.


The bar and lounge is a vibrant and welcoming place to taste innovative house-made cocktails sip aperitifs, sample local craft brews and explores broad bourbon and wine lists. Located inside 21c Museum Hotel Durham, rotating exhibitions of contemporary art carry over from the adjoining hotel into the restaurant space and can be explored free of charge.


Enjoy a pre-show dinner service beginning at 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, brunch before a matinee on Saturday and Sunday, or a post-show cocktail in the bar and lounge. Walk-ins are welcome at the bar and lounge. Reservations are recommended for the dining room. Valet parking is available.​


105 West Morgan Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Monsoon is very closely connected in India and has its influence on the lifestyle of Indian households immensely. Monsoon brings lots of freshness and lush vibrant greenery all around in India. Here in Monsoon restaurant, we make sure to bring that freshness and lush greenery all on your plate. Every dish will bring the joys of monsoon and makes you brim with happiness. Monsoon connects with many festivals in India that brings the family together. And no festival is complete in India without specially curated dishes associated with every occasion. This also highlights the rich culture and integrity of the Indian lifestyle. Monsoon is the season that brings happiness and hope in the household of the farmers as this is the time many crops are harvested. Rain is considered to be the source of prosperity, happiness, and hope in India. Needless to say that festivals are undoubtedly connected with the arrival of rains in entire India. Here in Monsoon restaurant, all the special festivals associated with the Monsoon season in India are celebrated and specially themed food is available during those festivals. Here once you step inside the Monsoon, you are bound to feel a part of lush green and vibrant rain-soaked India which is bound to bring you immense joy while you enjoy our special themed dishes. With the music of raindrops and the smell of mud-soaked monsoon rain, we assure you that you will enjoy every part of our monsoon special Indian food.


Don't forget to present your DPAC tickets for 10% off your meal!



202 Corcoran Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

From the Little Jack Toro group, Jack Tar & The Colonel’s Daughter is a southern-inspired restaurant located in the heart of downtown Durham. Just a few short blocks from DPAC, it’s the perfect spot for a pre- or post-theatre dinner.

Enjoy Executive Chef Gray Brooks thoughtful and delicious takes on Southern classics like Szechuan Peppercorn Hot Chicken, Tomato Gravy Fish and Grits, and Roasted Poblano Hushpuppies. Or try what Eater Carolinas calls an “Epic Burger,” Gray’s classic double cheeseburger with caramelized onions. Don’t forget to save room (and time) for dessert.


Tuesday-Saturday Dinner 5PM-10PM

Tuesday-Friday Brunch 9AM-2PM

Saturday + Sunday Brunch 9AM-3PM

410 Blackwell Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Stop into Mellow Mushroom Durham today. We serve up fresh, stone-baked handcrafted pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Locally owned and operated, we provide great customer service and high quality food. Our menu showcases natural flavors and the freshest of ingredients in a creative menu assortment of pizzas, burgers, hoagies, salads, calzones, appetizers and vegetarian and vegan options. Gluten free crust and a kids menu are also available.

Special Offer for Season Seat Members: Get a free appetizer with the purchase of a medium or large pizza on a show night when you show your show ticket. Offer only valid on show nights. Must show tickets to performance that night.


  • Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm
  • Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
  • Sun 11:30am-9pm
345 Blackwell Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

NanaSteak opened its doors in February 2016 in a newly built space located next to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Aloft Durham Downtown Hotel.


The restaurant boasts a beautiful corner location with abundant natural light. In homage to Durham's long tobacco history, the bar top and tables are inlaid with real tobacco leaves, artfully crafted by Artisan Leaf.


NanaSteak offers high-energy upscale dining at its finest.  Enjoy drinks and appetizers with friends at the beautiful and well-appointed bar or dine from a menu full of local North Carolina fare.  The award winning wine list offers many unique and interesting selections to compliment any meal.  With an impeccable attention to detail, this is the perfect backdrop for an extraordinary evening.


Current dinner hours:  Wednesday - Saturday 6pm to 10pm & Sundays 5pm to 9pm


Reservations can be made directly through our website: or anytime Wednesday - Sunday after 2pm by calling 919-282-1183

102 City Hall Plaza
Durham, North Carolina 27701

We’re a casual Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant with a fine-dining approach to the food.  We make just about everything from scratch including the crust, the sauce, the pepperoni, the gelato and the mozzarella cheese. We use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible and as seasonally as possible.  All of our meats are local and pasture-raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones. Our pizza is handmade and wood-fired, created around a core of flavors. We change the pizzas from time to time and with the seasons. We are also family friendly withe a kids play area and outdoor patio seating just two blocks north of DPAC. Join us for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza.

Please note this restaurant has the following offer available to our Truist Broadway Season Seat Members. One free Boppy Salad or a single scoop of house-made gelato with the purchase of any specialty pizza. Offer valid only on DPAC show nights.


  • Closed Mondays
  • Tue-Fri 11:12 AM to 9:30 PM
  • Sat 11:12 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sun 11:12 AM to 9 PM
321 East Chapel Hill Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Inspired by the communal spirit of potlucks and the lively neighborhood bar and grills of our adolescence, Queeny’s is a nostalgic reimagining of the casual, sit-down establishments that feel right on any occasion. Queeny’s is a passionate reflection of its hometown. Committed to magnifying the talents of local creative partners and amplifying the voices of like-minded neighbors, our wide-ranging happenings cater to the distinct interests and ideas comprising Durham’s remarkable identity.



  • Everyday 4pm - 2am.
315 East Chapel Hill Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
Phone: 919-768-8831

Dine at The Durham before the show. Join us for dinner in the Restaurant; our airy glass-walled dining room features striking mid-century design and a New American menu highlighting NC meats, seafood, and vegetables.


Before or after the show, take in city views from the Roof. Our sixth-floor bar overlooks the Durham city center and features a menu of craft cocktails, craft beers, estate wines, and small plates inspired by local producers.


Book our Night Out package to receive $20 food & beverage credit per guest to be used on the Roof or in the Restaurant. After the show, enjoy a leisurely stroll back to The Durham for a relaxing end to the evening in one of our comfy, midcentury-designed rooms or suites.


For more information and hours of operation, please visit this page.     


202 Corcoran St
Durham, North Carolina 27701

The Patio located at Unscripted Durham features an outdoor rooftop and poolside oasis. Enjoy sipping on craft cocktails and nibbling on seasonal bites while taking in the sounds that are uniquely Unscripted. The Patio transforms seasonally with winter wonderland igloos and a palm tree paradise in the summer. A calendar of cultural weekly branded events are activated throughout each season. Enjoy the beautiful views of Downtown Durham from a pool lounger to cabana or igloo.

Hours of Operation: Sunday: 12pm-8pm Monday: Closed  Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 4pm-9pm Thursday: 4pm-9pm Friday: 4pm-11pm Saturday: 12pm-11pm