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Ed Crabtree
· January 26, 2018
This place has such potential, but their ability to miss the mark is tragically bankable. They do mediocre nearly as well as Nosh, but they have better potential. Follow through is where they fail. A ...quick dinner tonight took about two hours. During the 90 minute wait for food, our beverages were refilled once. The promised bread never came. And perhaps worse, one of the waiters told the folks at the adjacent table that he put the order in and can’t control when they come out. There are awesome restaurants in rural NC where this would simply not be tolerated; why should it be allowed to thrive in Metropolitan Durham? And they could be so much better! See More
Teresa Chastain
· February 15, 2018
I’ve eaten there before and enjoyed the food. However, my husband and I went over to eat there Sunday around 1:30 PM. It was not terribly crowded when we got there but we waited 20 minutes just sittin...g at our table, and no one ever came over to take our drink order or anything. No acknowledgement of our existence. We finally got up and left, disgusted by it and ended up at a lovely restaurant nearby that had fantastic service and good food. I don’t think will go back. See More
Teyona Quick
· November 3, 2017
Thieves!!! Hope Valley Diner & Catering is the worst place I’ve ever eaten. Not only was my food made incorrectly (I did not complain I just ate it) Within 15 minutes of my leaving I noticed my air bu...ds were left on the table. I immediately called and was told by a hostess (not a manager) that I could not go inside and look to see if they were thrown away. Apple products release a sound while in lost mode and they wouldn’t even allow me inside to listen for the ping. Yes I called the police.... and still when I showed them that my buds were there according to my tracker on my phone I ended up leaving without a product that I paid for! A manager wasn’t informed of the incident until the police showed up which led to the owner showing up as well. I was told that they could be in the garbage bins out back and that I could search the garbage there. When I called and asked the hostess if I could check before they took the trash out she said NO and hung up on me... at that point it became stealing!! I proved that they were inside the building but they would not allow me to retrieve them.... See More
Lee Raymond
· July 15, 2017
I come here almost every Sunday morning with my mother, who is on a walker. We are careful to make a reservation and are always seated promptly, at an accessible table. The variety of selection, quali...ty of food and reasonable prices, on top of good service, keeps us coming back. It's been a favorite for over five years. See More
Betty DeRossett
· April 25, 2017
I have always loved your dinner and have been a loyal customer even before your move. I have recommended it .I brought many people there. I have always loved the food and service and considered it my ...go to place. However after tonight and the way I was treated by the lady at the hostess desk [ who really was a waitress] not only was she conceding to me she embarrass me because I was alone.So since you no longer what people who are dining alone to eat at the restaurant then you do want my family, my friends, or my ladies class at church. I feel like I have lost a friend to tonight. and you lost more that one single diner. See More
Amber Hayes
· November 4, 2016
I really really enjoy the food here. That being said, I wouldn't come back for the service. You come into the place and it says wait to be seated. Rarely is there actually a hostess up front. So your ...standing awkwardly in the entrance, while trying to make eye contact with someone to greet/seat you. Also, every time I come here, busy or not, the food takes forever and some of the servers are slow, or don't check on you. I come here once every other week. I've had a different sever everytime. Once I am ready for a check, the server is never anywhere to be found. Today, we waited over 10 minutes before someone even came to take our drink orders. A couple of tables were sat after us, and got their drink orders right away. Once the server finally came, he seemed very unenthusiastic when taking our order. He did perk up by the end of the meal. I swear if the food wasn't so good I wouldn't come back. See More
Mark Holland
· April 11, 2018
there good is so good very properly priced and portioned and taste buds always satisfied
Carl P. Jones Sr.
· August 9, 2017
Went here for breakfast yesterday and sat outside. Besides having to go back in and reminding the hostess we were still outside waiting, which is the 2nd time this has happened everything else was pretty good
Wanda Carter
· December 29, 2016
Service not so good. The waitress told me that I had to be seated where she wanted me to sit. The next older couple came in and the waitress sat them where they requested to be seated even after she p...ointed in the direction of where she would seat them.
I also felt that the waitress rushed me to order my food. The food was not that good. I had grits and salmon cakes. The cakes were fried really hard. Not going back!
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Thomas L Wood
· October 21, 2017
very good restaurant. great choices and friendly staff.
Rita-Nadia Whitlow
· February 6, 2017
Went to have lunch there and both the service and food was awesome! I'm surprised at the negative reviews! I will be going back and my friend and husband agreed! The fried green tomatoes are a side or...der and I like that! We had hummus as an appetizer! Fresh veggies and their croutons are to die for!!! Huge menu and food is great! Try it for your own experience! See More
Emily Milbert
· December 13, 2015
Tried to go here for brunch today and no one ever came and waited on us after 15 minutes. The waitress came and waited on the table next to us, but never came to us so we left. The food here has been ...decent in the past, but the service needs some work. See More
Holly Thomas
· March 13, 2017
My family's favorite diner to eat at. Try the chicken salad plate with a side of beets & broccoli and cheese rice casserole. You'll never need to look at the menu again.
Paige Ellis
· February 2, 2017
Love the food choices and the taste is awesome! It was a little crowded when we got there but, we still did not have to wait long. Great place for a date or a family dinner.
Richard Hogan
· October 1, 2013
My business partner and I always seek the best dining experience when we travel. There are those times you find a gem! Rick's Diner will hold you in anticipation at the thought of the experience of ...the enjoying the food as well as the great service. The anticipation turns to pure fun once the experience begins. Their menu is a long delightful list of flavors that cause you to wonder how so much could be offered in one place. Yet, every dish we tried was excellent! The worst part of the experience was completing our meal hoping we would have room for a piece of one of the great cakes for dessert. We were in Durham for a little over a week. We had four breakfasts and two dinners at Rick's and would have had more if time permitted. They made us feel at home and when you travel you can not ask for more. The people are the best. I guess you can tell by now we highly recommend you treat yourself and dine at Rick's Diner Durham, NC. See More
Michael Stewart
· July 20, 2017
Great food always one of my go to places for breakfast when peeps come in from out of town
Trevy A McDonald
· June 18, 2013
I have been a long time patron of Rick's first visit was during the week the opened in 1998, while I was preparing the manuscript for my first book. In fact I ate there each day during that... week so I could focus on the book. I enjoy their food and they have accommodated my recently discovered food allergies. My favorite is the Beef Oscar. See More
Liz Souza
· April 18, 2017
Awful slow service, food is just ok and prices are high for what you get! We used to love this restaurant but over the past two years they have changed for the worse!
Jamie Palmer
· February 17, 2014
just visited the restaurant for the first time today...everything was scrumptious. the staff was very friendly, the establishment was very clean, I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is hu...ngry that's for sure! doubt I will go back again. See More
Kelly Robin Harrington
· January 9, 2014
My husband & I visited the Hope Valley Diner based on the recommendation of the fine folks at UNC's Occupational Therapy dept. Boy, are we glad we went! The service was exceptional (Thank you, Manny!...!) as was the food! We ordered a variety of items to share and we both agreed that everything was spectacular. We can't wait to go back again!! :) See More

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