Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Durham

3.8
517 reviews
£25 and under
British
At the heart of a characterful conservation area, Bill’s Durham restaurant is in a lovely Grade II listed building. Split level, with a private dining space seating up to 40 guests and a decking area overlooking the river, this is a particularly unique venue. Bill’s Durham restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.

Experiences

  • Get the gang back together

    Jan 17 - Feb 4, 2022

    Having missed out on time with friends and family in December, it's time to get the gang back together at Bill's with our special set menu offer. Indulge in this limited edition set menu and enjoy either 2 courses for £13.95, or 3 courses for £16.95 and get a Gin-uary Fizz cocktail on us! From Crispy Calamari to our delicious Beetroot Risotto, you'll find something for everyone to love. Including incredible vegetarian and vegan options, delicious desserts and of course a cocktail on us.
  • Valentines Set Menu including welcome cocktail

    £24.95 per person

    Feb 10 - Feb 15, 2022

    Love is in the air at Bill’s, enjoy our specially created three course menu with welcome cocktail for £24.95. Choose from dishes such as the seabass and prosecco Florentine, creamy truffle chicken, peppercorn steak frites and more! And finish your meal which a choice of desserts but personally we are going for the sharing profiteroles, although how much you share is up to you.. Guests can choose their starter, main and desert during their visit (menu can be found on Bill’s website).
What 517 People Are Saying
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AlanG
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to eat and drink. Nice and helpful staff.

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SandraC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening with my daughter. Table was right in the window not near any other table which was great. Service was fantastic.. as usual ..staff in there are excellent. Food was lovely and just the right timing in between courses. Really lovely evening.

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GilM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent early evening, good food good service.

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GillianH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little restaurant in the heart of Durham. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The drinks and food very first class. Definitely somewhere we’d visit again.

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EvieA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Have eaten at this particular restaurant a few times. I have always found the food to be tasty and of good quality, plus well presented. The service is good and the restaurant is cosy and comfortable if you get the seat of your choice, which we did. This was a birthday treat from a friend. She didn't study the bill in detail at the time and was surprised by the service charge, especially as we'd left a tip. Excellent value January cocktail on offer. My only issue was the soggy sweet potato fries. Everything else was very tasty. No doubt I'll be back.

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AnthonyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Food was hit and miss with some items being overcooked and others not being warm enough. I ordered a pot of tea that was only half full of water and had one tea bag in it and the tea went called almost immediately. Service was pleasant and friendly but the discretionary service charge of 12.5% is not necessary and places to much pressure on the customer to pay it when it may not have been a true reflection of the quality of the food.

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KarenI
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Breakfast menu finished at 11:30am, and we arrived at 12, so we left and went to another restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bill's is one of our "go to" restaurants in any city. Always great food, service etc. Never been disappointed.

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BenjaminP
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had walked passed Bill’s for many months and never actually been in. The food was delicious, fast and the service staff were very attentive and welcoming.

I’d happily recommend and have done to our friends in Durham. The fact you can book a table in advance is a big bonus, will definitely go back!

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SophieF
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very good time catching up on the latest news with beautiful food. The most important for us to book at Bills is that well behaved dogs are allowed, it all went well. We will go back for sure.

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CaitlinF
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fabulous food. We did seem to wait a while for drinks but the food came in good time. 3 of us with starters and mains and drinks came to £93.

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SteveL
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent polite service from staff at the bar in Durham

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MichelleM
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great service! Visited several times and it never disappoints

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LisaH
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good atmosphere, friendly waitress. Food tasty although there is not a huge menu to choose from

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AndreaC
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, excellent service, staff were very pleasant. Cost reasonable. Will definitely go again.

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AllyM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always, love this place

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LesleyT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice atmosphere and the loveliest staff . They couldn’t do anything more for us .
Definitely going back

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JohnJ
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Overall it was nice. The food I had (chicken with mushroom sauce) was very tasty. Unfortunately both my kids had the ‘medium’ Bills burger which wasn’t medium at all. At best it was rare !
Also, the sneaky £10 service charge snook in on the quiet annoyed me loads, especially as I didn’t see it until it was too late, on the way home. If I want to tip my waiter or waitress I would like the choice, not have to do it automatically ! Pretty bad

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FamilyH
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We won’t be rushing back. Food was ok but nothing special and several items were unavailable. Service was friendly and this was the best aspect of the visit.
Decided not to use the ladies toilets after one cubicle had no toilet roll and the other only had damp toilet roll.
Certainly not worth the price, there are nicer restaurants in Durham.

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Bwon
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Ran out of muffins for eggs Benedict and also wouldn’t allow us to use x2 gift cards.

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very busy but food and service was excellent!!

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JulietG
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent staff. Lovely food and good value for money.

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AlanF
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Size of portions were quite small. Had the minute steak, there was more lettuce than anything else. For the price you pay, we expected more.

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Chippy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great family and dog friendly central venue. Welcoming, efficient, helpful staff quickly made us feel at home. Spacious and comfortable. Good range of food and drinks to suit all ages. My steak was fab. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Lovely venue and usually rammed, but clearly a lot of cancellations due to covid concerns.
A real shame as it felt really safe and clean.
Staff as always very professional and attentive, food nice , pity not many in .

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CaroleD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We normally love Bills and it's our "go to" place in Durham. However we went just before Christmas and ordered from the Christmas menu. What a mistake that was. The starters were actually very good and led us into a false sense that the main course would be just as good. The turkey dinner was appalling. The actual food covered about a quarter of the plate, half was a gravy boat on the plate and the remaining quarter was just the empty plate. The sea bass was a very nice so no complaints there. This was supposed to be a great meal for a special occasion. It was memorable, but for the wrong reasons. I'll be thinking twice about coming back to Bills. Very disappointing!

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GemmaC
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great festive food and fantastic friendly service.

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alig
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, loved the Boris cocktail. Friendly staff.

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JamieM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding will definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends. We had the 3 course Xmas set meal , very good value for money. We will definitely be back.

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Yesleka
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were welcomed as soon as we entered bills by a really polite girl and had a lovely seat in the window. Service was really quick and the food was nice, only negative thing was that the steak was over cooked but other than that the food was good..Especially the triple chocolate brownie which was worth every penny.

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GillM
County Durham
5 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, especially the burgers. Friendly atmosphere and very good service. Will definitely be going back.

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JaneD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Retuning for a 2nd visit after 2 years. The food has not changed and is still excellent. The service has however and not for the best. The waitress was pleasant and willing but lacked attention to detail. Another member of staff, potentially some form of management was more keen on telling a busy staff member to assist us, rather than act on the request herself. Toilets left a lot to be desired. Will be back but mainly based on food quality.

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philR
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely atmosphere and lovely quaint location. staff and customer service is some of the best i've ever encountered, They are a credit to the establishment

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JoolzM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Great venue & atmosphere. Staff were very attentive & helpful. Food really let this place down, just 7.30pm & the only fish dish was no longer available.

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tima
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent eve out for my wife’s 60th birthday, she loved it

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BobM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The food was excellent the service was awful, which is probably why they automatically add the tip to the bill.

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AmandaP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Slow service, food not great and definitely overpriced

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CatherineG
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Expensive drinks at £10 a gin. Festive drinks were bake as ran out of reindeer motif which was a shame.

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Luke
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Several items on the menu weren’t available. Food was ok, but for the price we expected better. Tables were very crammed in and staff weren’t wearing masks. Waiter made me add up the bill myself when splitting which felt a little bit extra!

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LinziQ
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant meal with excellent attentive service thank you

FAQs

Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Durham is rated 3.8 stars by 517 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.