Primal Food & Spirits

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 61 ratings
$$$Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility, Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu + 8 more

202 N Carolina 54 #107, Durham, NC 27713 Directions

(919) 248-3000
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    Celiac
    2 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    It’s gluten free but always bad service and the food really isn’t that impressive especially for the price.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    Primal is a hip restaurant with fancy, delicious food. They have GF options for kids and the whole kitchen is GF.

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    Celiac
    2 rating
    3 months ago

    Food is good. Be careful here if you have other food allergies! I am also intolerant to corn and asked the waitress if there was corn in the pasta. She told me no, I ordered the pasta, then had a reaction. The manager was very apologetic and refunded our entire meal, so I think this was just a one-off situation. But be careful if you have any other allergies or intolerances!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    Always fantastic food. You wouldn't notice that the whole restaurant is gluten free; they do amazing things with local meats and seasonal ingredients. Every time I go, I order something different, and I've never been disappointed. One of my favorites!

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    Celiac
    2 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    Look, let’s be honest, it can be difficult for celiacs to find a dinner on the fly. Thankfully a lot of restaurants are improving in creating a safe place for GF folks to eat. Short on time, I found this place...while it’s a completely GF operation....the food is really lackluster. The saving grace is that it’s impossible for my meal to be exposed to gluten. I appreciate the approach and concept of this place, but the execution could be significantly better. If someone who didn’t require GF food ate here, they’d feel really bad about those who require GF food (based on how bland the food was)...and would get a complete misconception of the celiac GF diet. If done right, GF dining is a minor revision to a delicious meal....not a complete restriction on adding flavor to food. Eat here if you are in a pinch for a safe meal....but not if you’re looking for decent meal at this price point. Service was OK, menu looked great, my meal was really bland. Had the Farmer’s cheese as my appetizer, and the duck as my entree.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    6 months ago

    Absolutely love it! Truly celiac friendly.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    Yep. The whole menu is Gluten Free! Great farm to table selections. So, not only gluten free, but healthful food otherwise as well.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    Simply amazing food and it's all gluten free. They have had GF beer on tap and always have one or two in bottles or cans to choose from. Get the ribs!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    10 months ago

    This is a Mecca for gluten free people! Wonderful!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    My favorite, hands down. Everything is great!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Great food. Tried deviled eggs, salmon, and crab dip with gf toasts. Excellent starter size and shared with 4 adults. Entree was chicken thighs to stay safe. Great flavors. Staff knowledgeable and calm atmosphere. Definite repeat next time in town.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    My husband and I went here once before my Celiac diagnosis and when I needed some cheering up after, we knew exactly where to go! Everything here is delicious and totally GF. The menu changes seasonally and it's a great choice in the area. A must try for people with gluten issues.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    All my experiences here have been great. The food is beyond delicious (although the gf bread is a little dry). Everything is a bit overpriced and the location doesn't look spectacular, but you can't have it all. The stroganoff is to die for! The wait staff is accommodating and usually very quick.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Just changed their menu, but still great!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    100% gluten free environment. Only a couple of non gluten free beers that are served in marked glasses.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    100% gluten free and very safe. That being said, it's quite pricey and not quite as good as I was hoping. I've heard great things about their brunch though, so I'm eager to give it a try!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    name is a little misleading, this place is not paleo. ate here twice while in town, once for dinner and once for lunch, was pleased both times. I had the duck for dinner and just had them leave the butter out of the sauce. my non restricted dinner mates had the hanger steak and both were pleased with the meal and portion size. lunch was good too, chicken salad and chicken stir fry both got the thumbs up. great service on both visits!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    great service and food. It was SO nice to be able to walk into a restaurant and not have to ask 20 questions or drill the staff on cross contamination. I felt like a "normal" person.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Mostly meat options, still amazing.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    All the food is gluten free which is perfect for people with Celiac Disease. I ate there twice and both times the food was amazing. Also, the service was great. Check it out!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Entire menu and building is gluten free except for spirits. Which are served in special blue glasses. Local sources food. Nice portions. Good use of spices and vegetables.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Perfect! So glad that this place exists! The food is amazing and it's so nice not to have to worry about getting sick. We've been a couple of times even though it's an hour drive for us.

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    5 rating
    2 years ago

    One of the best meals I have had! All the flavors were amazing! You wouldn't even know it's gluten free! It's such a relief you don't have to ask if it's GF! So happy I found the place! I will be back! 😀👍❤️

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    3 rating
    2 years ago

    celiac friendly but none of us enjoyed our meals. mostly issues with cooking (burned until black or still mostly raw in the case of "grilled" asparagus) or seasoning. but safe.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    A totally gluten free restaurant with great food! I got a basket of bread. A basket of bread, people! That never happens! If I am ever in the area again I will go back for sure.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Totally GF restaurant. I've been here twice. I had the crab cake benedict the first time which was pretty good (but I wish it would have been bigger). On the second trip I had the stuffed toast (huge portion) with sausage which was a well-balanced plate and my partner had the breakfast tacos which were not all that impressive. I'm on the fence between 3 and 4 stars so I'll go back to see if they sway me either way.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Awesome service & delicious food! Highly recommend! Will be back for sure!!! Our daughter who has Celiacs was planning what she would eat the next time because everything looked so good!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    The fact that they are a completely gluten free restaurant makes dining out a stress-free experience. I have celiac so even when I go to places that have GF options there's always that fear that someone might mess up and I'll get sick. As for the food, I had the crab cakes, grilled caesar salad, and NY strip steak. I can't remember the last time I had a crab cake, so that was a real treat. They also cook their food over a wood fire, which imparts a lovely smokey flavor. Everything was delicious. However, I found that most everything needed salt--as in, it was very obviously not salted at all. Curiously, they don't provide salt or pepper at the table, but I just asked the waitress and she brought some out--problem solved! Minimal seasoning is a small price to pay for the peace of mind you get from eating at a 100% GF establishment, at least that's the case for me anyway.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    Ever time I visit I get excellent customer service and the food is delicious. I have not had one meal that wasn't exquisite. I like that they bring your coffee out with a French press and a timer to let you know when to stop it if you like coffee mild, medium or strong. It's so easy to order off the entirely gluten-soy free menu. Great smell of campfire, wonderful ambience and one of my favorite restaurants.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Very gluten free friendly, but restaurant is but that amazing overall. At least try it if you're celiac or gluten sensitive, but it's just ok if you're not willing to comprise your restaurant experience just because of gluten.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    Love this place been here two valentines in a row and a few more times. Everything is GF except maybe a couple beers in the menu. Dedicated kitchen etc. also one of the only restaurants in Raleigh area that I feel safe eating the crab cakes and all the desserts.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    carrot coconut soup and shrimp avacado blt were to die for! my mom said at least 6 times "this is my new favorite restaurant" :)

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    What a great lunch! The coconut carrot curry soup was the best!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Awesome. Favorite place.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Completely and deliciously gluten free.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Amazing food in a fun setting. You'd never know its GF! Mostly paleo/primal with a couple of exceptions. Such a good meal. They are now making their own bread, too.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    Phenomenal food. My non-gluten free husband was in heaven! We had the calamari for an appetizer, and the short ribs and duck as our entrees. All 100% gluten free and delicious!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    So happy! I just moved to the area and was ecstatic to find a delicious gluten free restaurant.

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    5 rating
    3 years ago

    Can eat dinner and not worry!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    The most savory meal we have ever had !!! Highly recommend!!!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    So special menu for Valentine's Day with limited menu. Not often I'd risk eating a crab cake in a restaurant but with the restaurant being 100% GF figured I'd risk it. And I was impressed. I also had the duck over a sweet potato hash and will be having a lemon pound cake for desert.

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Food is always safe, on the salty side. The kale is amazing, along with the bread and deserts! They have outside seating that's dog friendly too. Just went for Sunday brunch - the french toast was amazing!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    100% gluten free. No worries and the menu is spectacular. I haven't had crab cakes in two years, theirs are fabulous. Best food from a restaurant in years. Gluten eaters will also enjoy the yummy options. A must if you are a foodie.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    100% GF menu -- they are also great about accommodating other allergies. Everything is delicious but portions run on the small side, so be prepared to order multiple appetizers in addition to an entree. Awesome for a date night!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    100% GF kitchen, great food, creative cocktails. Must try lasagna and crab cakes.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    really delicious food.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Amazing! 100% gluten free restaurant!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Wonderful!!!!! No need to worry about cross-contamination...

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Everything is GF! go go go!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    very tasty. draft GF beer, GF bread, GF crab cakes, GF everything! pricey and smaller portions but great for a stress-free no questions to ask date night.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Beer
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Crab Cakes
  • Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Bar
  • Farm to Table
  • Locally Sourced
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
Monday
5 pm - 9 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 2 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 2 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm
Thursday
11 am - 2 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm
Friday
11 am - 2 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm
Saturday
11 am - 2 pm, 5 pm - 10 pm
Sunday
10 am - 3 pm

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