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Spartacus Restaurant - 14 Reviews - 4139 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (919) 489-2848

Spartacus Restaurant

4139 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-2848
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Spartacus Restaurant - Durham, NC
Spartacus Restaurant - Durham, NC


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My experience at Spartacus is during the day and it is a great place to enjoy great Greek food. The buffet, available everyday, offers a real variety of traditional Greek food in...


With respect to earlier review(er)s, I don't know Chicago, but I do know Greek food, and this place isn't all it's been said to be. Dishes have been consistently weakly prepared a...

Let's be honest here, it was grosse. 1/30/2013

Let's be honest here, it was grosse. Poor quality. Poor everything. I've had Greek food from xeni that's better. I couldn't bring myself to go back. After the awful appetizer and funky salad, I changed my order to marinara pasta because I was scared to get anything else...mushy. Chipped plates. I can look past old decor if the food is good absolutely, but no. Service was just ok. My bf kept apologizing for suggesting it from online reviews. more

Poor Excuse formGreek Food 4/8/2012

I had been a regular customer of Nikos until the owner retired and closed the restaurant. I know what good Greek food should be. My wife and I went to Spartacus last nitht and as soon as we were seated in the drab, poorly decorated facility, we both felt like we were in an episode of restaurant impossible. The food was terrible, spinach pie, angel hair pasta with chicken, greek salad. While we were there, a waitress came out of the kitchen with a plate of the worst smelling seafood I have ever smelled. My wife said that food is rotten. About that time, the cook came out of the kitchen, we were seated nearby, and he chased her down to return the dish because I assume he knew it was rotten. The only conclusion I can arrive at in regards as to why anyone is in there eating is they simply have never had real, first class quality Greek food so they do not have any idea what they are eating. Trust me, do not go to this pathetic excuse for a Greek restaurant. more

Disappointed in service and poor manors of manager 1/3/2012

I Love the food but hated the evening. We have been going to this restaurant for years and this was obliviously not the night for it. There were five adults, three children around two years old each and a baby. I was holding the baby when the waitress took the drink orders so I wasn?t paying full attention to her. So when she didn?t check with me on it I figured my fault but when she brought the others their drinks and didn?t check with me then I though well that is kind of off service. We had ordered one appetizer and one cheese thing, green beans and carrots for the children to share as there meal then we placed the order for the adult?s food. The waitress brought out the kids food with the appetizer. So the children ate their food and then got bored and restless. This wouldn?t have been so bad had our food come out shortly after as is it took an hour to get our food. When one of the dads finally asked when ours would be out the waitress informed him as she breezed by that it was probably next. It wasn?t we had one more party in front of us before we were served our food. The food was burnt on the outside but good on the inside of 4 out of 5 of us. Then splitting the ticket the waitress had trouble with who was on what ticket and who needed a box. She also informed us she couldn?t split the kids meal onto two tickets. Either she didn?t know how or wouldn?t. Although past experiences at Spartacus they could or did. When she brought our tickets and a box she still couldn?t give it to the one person who had any food left on her plate. She kept trying to give it to one of the dads who had a few fries left and some bread on his plate. I am sorry but all we could think is can?t you see the one person with the full plate of food is the one who needs the box (we have now told you three times), As the kids got fed up and she couldn?t tend them and eat. Oh and here is some fun the waitress marked through our bill and wrote 18% her initials and the new amount at the bottom for us. So now we are all a little pissed she is telling us what to tip her. I am used to a party of eight or so getting the mandatory 18% and didn?t realize that 5 adults would or that children and a baby who can?t even eat the food got counted. So one of the moms goes to the manager. Just to say it was a less than satisfactory experience at his establishment. He only wants to know what she wants, keeps interrupting her and walks off while she was talking to him (or better to say trying to). He goes in the kitchen and we can hear his telling the waitress to handle her F*cking tables. How is that at all professional? I mean bad service is one thing but he is the owner/manager it is his place to be the face of his establishment. We have never had that happen before. It was just a disappointing experience. more


I have lived in Durham for almost 40 years and have been visiting Spartacus Restaurant since I was 18 years old. Today is my wife's birthday and she called Spartacus and asked if she could use her birthday dinner coupon at lunch. It was for 15 dollars off. When we were done eating the new racist manager told my wife that she was the only one answering the phone and implied that my wife was lying and informed us that she could only discount 1/2 off her lunch. We were lied to and discriminated against because of color. She was hateful, verbally abusive and not friendly at all. I asked for the owner and the only response that I received was, ""I don't know when they come in."" Horrible customer service. If you want to be treated unfairly, then Spartacus is the place to go. I will NEVER go there again or refer anyone to this place. more

I joined citysearch to rate this restaurant a 1 10/22/2009

None of the staff seemed invested in really providing a good experience for the customer. They were nice enough, but the food took forever to come out and they brought the wrong food to the table. When they returned with the right dish, it was burnt. They are running at $10 dinner menu on their website, which they were not going to honor ""because they weren't running that special anymore."" You can't do that. Somebody in our party eventually argued with them enough that they honored it for our check only. Also, half of the menu at this Greek restaurant is Italian. Not sure what is going on here. Pros: not sure Cons: service was slow, food was mediocre and expensive more

Not to shabby 2/15/2009

So first let me qualify my experience at Spartacus. On Valentine's day I made reservations there at 5 pm ath 7pm, because I had dropped the all, but atleast I was able to make the reservation. First the outside apperance isn't all that great, but if there was some nice landscaping it would look a lot better. The inside decor is nothing special, but I certainly wouldn't complain about it. Now before I went i previewed the menu online, but because of the holiday they had a limited menu. We got the fried calamari as the an appetizer and it was average nothing that special it was addequate. For a limited menu the service was still quite slow. I got the lobseter ravioli which was amazing. While my significant other got a greek sample type plate which is also quite good. I don't say I'm an expert on greek food but it was good to me. It was a little pricey, but you know i belive you get what you pay for. Pros: Food Cons: slow service more

Good restaurant! 2/8/2008

We just tried Spartacus for the first time and very much enjoyed it. We are new to the area (moved from LA, which is one of the best cities for great food), and this is the third mediterranean restaurant we tried in the triangle. Pros: Fresh ingredient, good comfort food. Cons: Obsolete decor, the price could be better for the ambience. more

May be the food was good... but..... 1/12/2008

...not suiting the indian taste... and i have had better greek food from other places...... and it was pricey for whatever they served... we came back hungry :( Pros: Good service Cons: may not suit everyone more

A Great Restaurant 12/3/2006

My experience at Spartacus is during the day and it is a great place to enjoy great Greek food. The buffet, available everyday, offers a real variety of traditional Greek food including Greek Salads, Falafel, Olives, Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, chicken parmesian, spinach spanakopita, tzadziki, and a bunch of great tasting stuff that I have no idea what it is called. Pros: Great Food Cons: I didn't see any cons in the restaurant- Maybe some ex-cons, but I doubt it more

Incredibly Delicious! 9/7/2006

I went here with my Meetup dining out group, and I have to say it was a most memorable experience for me... The food was incredibly delicious... I got the buffet, and could not believe the quality of the food.... Everything was absolutely delicious... I had a pasta dish with shrimp and feta and tomatoes that was absolutely the most delicous dish I have ever had in a restaurant... I had mussels in garlic sauce that was excellent also... I tasted everything on the menu and was not disappointed with one thing on the menu...It was ALL exceptional... The food is FAR above any that I have had in any other Greek restaurant anywhere... Pros: Incredibly delicious food, great service, reasonable prices more

What? 8/4/2005

With respect to earlier review(er)s, I don't know Chicago, but I do know Greek food, and this place isn't all it's been said to be. Dishes have been consistently weakly prepared and uninspired, and some (especially if they're from the much-touted ""buffet"") have been downright bad. Service is inattentive, and sometimes even vaguely hauty, leaving one to wonder what in the world there is to be hauty about. Cons: Ugly location, Indifferent service more

User review by swiiiila 3/11/2005

Some night when the wait at other South Square restaurants is an hour, why not try Spartacus, right across from Macaroni Grill where you can get in right away. The staff is super friendly, the food is excellent (try the rice pudding) and the atmosphere is cozy and colorful. At lunch there is a great buffet. Children are treated with respect too. Parking is ample. The price is a little high but not really considering the quality of the food and service. Pros: very friendly, no wait, great food Cons: not much more

OOOPAH !! 5/5/2004

I moved from Chicago where we have a Greek town where all the food is good. My experience at Spartacus was just as good as in Chicago. The Gyros were excellently cooked, as was everthing on the lunch buffet. All you can eat, and believe me, you want to eat more and more! Pros: great buffet, reasonable more

Great for Catering Parties! 1/13/2003

We had our Departmental Holiday Party for Duke University at Spartacus. The food was bountiful and superb! As the event planner for the group (250 people!), I was showered with compliments (which belong to Spartacus!) The service was FIVE STAR. The STAFF was AMAZING. We look forward to using them for catering during the year. Along with looking forward to future parties there! On top of great food, the atmosphere is TRENDY! Thanks! Janice B. Pros: Remodeled!, Food variety/quality!, Service! more

Great Greek Food! 6/27/2002

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Triangle. The food is excellent from the items offered on the menu to their buffet they have periodically. If you like Greek food at all, I would highly recommend this place. Pros: delicious food, great service, nice atmospher Cons: a little pricey more
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