Durham >Food & Dining > Restaurant Eden
3211 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2770735.965005 -78.954779
Disregard all postings prior to 2009 – With all due respect I post this comment to inform readers that they should disregard all postings on this page prior to 2009 as they were for Restaurant Starlu which closed in 12/2007. All reviews prior to 2009 are for Restaurant Starlu, not Restaurant Eden.
To no avail repeated requests have been made to Citysearch to remove those old reviews. As the former chef/owner of Restaurant Starlu, I wish luck and prosperity to Restaurant Eden.
avoid – i have rarely eaten a meal that i consider inedible. The staff was apologetic. The restaurant had few customers. We were quite disappointed in that the menu looked quite appetizing. The snapper and meatloaf entree were beyond a simple miss.
Hopefully this was just an off night.
So sad... – Starlu has closed. Sam Poley, the former owner/chef of this great place, is now a part of Durham Catering Co. in Durham.
Tasty food @ reasonable prices. – If you are young and fashionable, Starlu wants YOU!!
Other than this place looking like a bingo night at a retirement community (majority of patrons are old),
the food is great. Monday night wine special (50% off on some selections) is a great offering.
If I had to take guests from NYC or across the pond to a "nice" restaurant in Durham w/o hurting my
wallet, I'd take them here.
Overpriced with limited choices – I work in the Starlu building, and, therefore, have eaten at this restaurant many, many times for lunch and dinner. The menu is very limited - the theory being that as it rotates regularly fewer choices are needed. However, it does not seem to rotate very often and there seems to be a struggle to find new burgers for each new menu. Some of the burger choices have been really strange - like the pork burger stuffed with pork barbeque. The salad dressing is never good - sometimes it's really salty, sometimes it's really mustardy, and sometimes it just tastes like oil. The focacia bread is also very salty. Some of the entrees are nice, but usually when dining at Starlu, at least one person at my table has had an entree that was not satisfactory. The staff really varies - some waiters are attentive and almost friendly, but others are surly and disappear once they take your order (our office joke is that it's like dining in France, but without the good food!). One birght spot is the desserts - they are consistenly good. Also, I could recommend Starlu for private meetings - they have a nice meeting room and the staff and food are much better than in the 'public' restaurant. Overall though, I think the emphasis at Starlu is 90% atmosphere and 10% food.
What a find! – I took our neighborhood dining out group there one evening and everyone loved their meal. The atmosphere is relaxing, upscale, but not over the top. Food was fantastic! Probably one of the best restaurants we have been too in the triangle area in the past year. Can't wait to go back again! A great value!
User review by gourmetgirl86 – Same menu MONTHS at a time, dry or over-salted entrees.
Service is commendable, and the appetizers were very good.
With so many great new dining options in the Triangle, Starlu isn't a "must."
Affordable, creative, comfortable – I've been going to Starlu since they opened and I love it! I've tried every burger version Sam has come up with (the tuna was my fave!) and most apps and entrees. I can't say I've tried them all, because he rotates new things onto the menu all the time. It shocks me that anyone would describe Starlu as anything less than an EXCELLENT value. The food is fresh and creatively presented and I can dine there without spending a penny more than any of the mid-range chain restaurants in town, but unlike those chains, it feels like I'm doing something special. Starlu is a great place to sit at the bar with a drink and get a little work done via the high-speed wireless connection.
Creative food and everybody knows your name – I've never written a restaurant review before, and I'm writing this one to try to offset some of the negatives I've seen in a few other reviews, which appear to be based on a single visit, or vague generalities, or both. If you go to Starlu, or any restaurant that reflects its owner's vision rather than the lowest common taste denominator, try to leave your preconceptions and predelictions at the door. And if you don't like the food, tell us why we might not like it. Otherwise, it's just your personal opinion, and Starlu deserves better than that.
Beautiful Decor, Disappointing Food – The dining room is very comfortable and attractive. The menu is extremely appealing. The wine list is good and fairly priced. Service was friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the food was mediocre at best. Two of our party of four had been several months prior and felt there had been a decline in the quality of the food. The bread was very good as were the steaks, however, the other seafood entrees, the three shared appetizers and our desserts were all rather bland and unremarkable. All in all, a very disappointing experience.
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