Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom
324 Blackwell St Ste 400, Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 433-0348
Fax Number: (919) 433-0348
Fax: (919) 433-0348
Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom-Durham
Tyler's Taproom and Restaurant
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Brew Pubs, Family Style, American, Take Out
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Specialties: American Restaurant, Receptions, American Food, American, Private Functions
Price Range : Average
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09/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I went there after a Durham Bulls game last weekend. My friends just got engaged so we were ready to continue the celebration. We went inside Tyler's and got a round of drinks. Inside was pretty dead, so we went outside. We saw the tables in the front of the restaurant, but noticed there was a ""please see hostess for seating"" sign. My friend went inside and spoke to the hostess. The hostess said it was fine that we sat there. As we all started to sit down, a very rude waitress came over and told us we couldn't sit there unless we were eating dinner. We explained that we spoke to the hostess (she knew we just got drinks and wanted to sit down), but the rude waitress continued to tell us we couldn't sit there even though we told her someone else said we could. She said there was ""first come, first serve"" seating around the corner. So, we hung around until there was a free table. After sitting down for a few minutes (at a table with 5 dirty glasses), we decided that we were actually pretty hungry. I saw a waiter walking by, picking up stuff off the tables, so I asked him if we could see a menu. He said that ""this section is closed"" and if we wanted any service, we would have to go to the bar. EXCUSE ME! He didn't even offer to drop off a menu nor did he take the dirty glasses. He just took the condiments from the table. This was the worst experience I have ever had. I can't believe that they would treat anyone that way. Especially since the proximity to the Bulls Stadium... you would think they would welcome the business in an otherwise quiet area. Thanks Tyler's for ruining a great night for my friends that just got engaged. We are still outraged.
We have lived in Durham for 4 years. We hate to admit it, but we have not even ventured out to the downtown area. Boy have we missed out!
Our experience at Tyler's was really great! Within 5-10 minutes they had us a table for eight set up outside by the water. The waiter immediately served our drinks, within a few minutes our salads & appetizers were brought out , followed at the right timing, our main meal. We had refills steadily. Food, service,& atmosphere was very good! We definitely plan on going back real soon.
05/02/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Tyler's Taproom has a great selection of beers. The restaurant has several different areas, so even when it's crowded, it doesn't feel overwhelming.
But the food was not that good for the price. I had the beef brisket. It's described as ""slow smoked."" A properly cooked brisket gets tender, practically falls apart and is easy to cut with a fork. This one was not. The three slices were all tough and chewy. I had trouble cutting them with a knife. The baked beans were also on the tough side.
I ate at the outdoor bar. Apparently Tyler's has had problems with people walking off because their policy is to hold your credit card at the bar. When I was ready to pay up and leave, they brought me someone else's credit card. I'm glad I noticed.
My girlfiend and i came to Durham for the blues festival, so we decided to go to tylers because it was close. we were freeted and seated fine. the waitress[ELIZEBETH] was good at getting our drinks and thats all. We recieved our food and we needed our drinks refilled, but she never came the whole time we were there, and we were at tylers fro a good hour or so. she never refilled our drinks and she never asked if we needed anything. she was an HORRIBLE WAITRESS,.elizebeth. but the food was great.
food was excellent, but cusomer satifaction is not good.
08/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Went for the first time before a Bull's game and had a great experience! It was a little loud, but the overall atmosphere was very warm and inviting. Looking around us everyone was having a good time including kids! That's right, kids! Tyler's is obviously very kid-friendly. I had the pork special and my husband had the carolina burger. Both were awesome! It was not a hard sell to get my husband to go with the variety of beers that they offer (all of which are served in their own glass!). I only wish we had one in Raleigh! I definitely recommend going if you haven't been before.
08/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I would not recommend eating or working at Tyler's Taproom. Recently a manager was fired for not reporting to work on his one and only DAY OFF. He frequently worked 50 and 60+ work weeks over 10, 11, and sometimes 12 days straight and they paid him NEXT TO NOTHING. In fact, all of his hours added up might get him about $4.00 an hour. When he didn't answer his phone because he was enjoying his day off, he returned to work where he was fired on the spot. Basically these people deserve what they get and I hope it's bankruptcy!
05/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Beautiful building. OK food. Toast the buns on the hamberger. Never serve cold buns!! The hamburger ain't got no flavor to it. The chips are good. I liked those a lot. The last time I got garlic fries and my OWN breath almost overcame me. That poor clerk at Food Lion, when I burped. Service was excellent.
02/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
To rate Tyler's on beer alone, it would most certainly deserve 5 stars (Tyler's has an outstanding number of foreign and domestic beers on tap), but this destination is let down by the poor quality of the food, which leads me to my average rating. My breakdown is as follows:
Beer selection: 5 stars (Belgian, US Microbrew, English ? you name it, its on tap)
Food: 1.5 stars (Reasonably priced, poor quality *** See comment below)
Service: 4 stars (Quick service)
Environment/Ambiance: 4 stars (A nice atmosphere in a renovated warehouse - loud when busy)
Facilities: 4 stars (A well equipped pool/games room adjacent to the main dining area, with a separate bar)
*** The food, the food. I visit Tyler's frequently for the beer alone, and steer clear of the food menu. Why? Well, it just does not taste good, the burgers are greasy, the pickle chips limp, French fries oily. I think that this is worrisome, because disappointed diners will stop frequenting the place, and as a consequence there is the danger that we will loose a potentially fine destination in the ATHD. The Tyler's cook/management should visit the Federal, to see how a bar can serve great beer and good quality food at the same time.
09/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have never tried their resturant, but their ""speakeasy"" (beer bar) is a great place to go after work. You can shoot some pool, sit on their couches and listen to the juke box, and try some of their 60 beers on tap. They also have a huge selection of bottled beers to try.
08/29/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to Tyler's several times and while I love the selection and the atmosphere, the bartenders usually seem pretty snobby. It's nothing overtly snobby - they just act like they have more important things to do than serve you. It's a beer bar, not an upscale wine bar!
08/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The speakeasy (back room) is a decent place to hang out, shoot some pool or play some Foos Ball. Sometimes it gets quite loud and crowded, especially right after a Bulls game. Lots of beer on tap. Beer selection spans the gamut from PBR/Miller Lite/etc to $20/bottle imports.
Food is ok though overpriced. Tables are ok, house cues are pretty rough. Nice big TV for watching game in the corner.
A decent place to hangout, but bring your own entertainment (i.e. group of friends).
04/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Tyler's for a basketball game during the NCAA tournament. Just before the game started we were informed that the back room had been rented out for a private party and that we would have to leave at a time that would occur before the end of the game.
I was a bit upset since no real efforts were made to accommodate us. We were told that we could move to the front of the house bar. We were understanding though since I am sure that the restaurant makes good money from a catered event. Without a fuss, with the promise that the TV would be tuned to the game when we changed our seats, we moved(we had arrived early to the back so that we could have seats).
When we arrived at the front bar the game was not on. I POLITELY asked a bartender to change the channel, with expressed urgency since it was midgame and in the last 10 minutes of a close game. He rebuffed me and said, ""I will get to it when I can."" Granted he was busy but the time that it would take him to fulfill my request was minimal and the urgency of changing the channel for an important game AT A BAR THAT INVITES PEOPLE TO WATCH SPORTS should be respected. He barely looked at me and dismissed my request as if I had asked him to do jumping jacks or a flip! What else could I do but wait for him to change the channel?
While I was complaining about the bartender to my friends a couple sitting beside us echoed our sentiments and relayed their encounter with the gentleman(I use the term loosely) and the ill treatment that they also received.
After the game was finished I asked to speak to the manager and relayed the details of the story to him. He was unapologetic and extremely rude. I had already paid my bill and had my jacket in hand so I was clearly not bucking for anything free. Now I know how that bartender can have such an attitude; it was the culture of service there.
I encourage you to spend your money at a place that values their customers and treats them with respect.
06/06/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've had several entree items that I wouldn't order again. BUT, several times I've sat at the bar on the main dining room side and had very good wings. Get them plain with hot sauce on the side. The other night we got the nachos and it was HUGE plate, loaded with meat and cheeses. The bartenders on the main dining room side have always been polite and knowledgable esp. Leigh and the girl that works Fri. nites. Also had the Philly Chicken s'wich which was good.
04/15/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have eaten at Tyler's twice in the past couple of weeks, and I have to say it is now my favorite all around restaurant in the Triangle. The menu is unique and plentiful. There are lots of interesting appetizers. So far I have loved the ""fried dill chips with ranch sauce"" and the triple dip platter. For the main meal I guess I am not qualified to comment on the menu since I had the ""triple cheese burger"" on both visits. It is so good. I know its just a cheeseburger, but it is ""to die for"".
Sitting outside at Tylers is a great option. The outside are provide a great setting and a lot of activity. This whole scene is something that Durham has that Raleigh and Chapel Hill do not. I highly recommend Tylers! (Oh, the beer is great too!)