Nana's Restaurant
Nana's Restaurant

Nana's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nanasdurham.com/
  • Phone: (919) 493-8545
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm until
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Scott Howell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: minimal, usually only for very regular customers
  • Private Party Facilities: Elegant and intimate private dining rooms available for hosting your event. Please contact our private dining coordinator for details and to book your next business or celebratory event.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Weddington 9194938545
  • Special Events: Chef Scott Howell frequently hosts wine dinners and cooking classes at the restaurant. Please visit nanasdurham.com for event dates and details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: James St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is only for the restaurant and is available in the front and rear.
A word from Nana's Restaurant
The restaurant is very local in feeling, a lot of repeat customers. Cuisine is American Regional with French and Italian influences.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Nana's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)special occasion (92)neighborhood gem (58)notable wine list (54)romantic (53)good for groups (17)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (12)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Always Great
    TheDoctor
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We've been coming to Nana's for several years. The food is always fantastic. My wife and daughter love the roast Chicken dish. I usually try a different seasonal entree. I've ALWAYS have a great experience, from the food to the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nana's Food and Service
    Cmmarqu
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Two points on Nana's 1) The food is heavenly here. One of the top meals I have ever had in a restaurant. The ingredients were extremely fresh and unique. Additionally, they were cooked perfectly. 2) Yes you can get a good meal at many locations in Durham/The Triangle but what I think really stands out at Nana's is there service. Everyone from the manager to the waitress to the valet and hostess were top-notch. That is what truly stood out to me. Definitely 5-stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our anniversary
    Dperr
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I had been to Nana's once or twice when my company had been interviewing but I hadn't been there in a long while and it was my wife's first visit. We were in a smaller middle room, a corner table. It was a little noisy and you sit close to your neighbors. The service is impeccable, respectful and helpful. Things move a little more slowly here the food took a while to arrive but it was well worth waiting for. I had a simple soup (it was very cold outside) while my wife had a wild boar shank in pasta appetiser. Both were excellent though I wished I had been more adventurous in my appetiser as there were many interesting choices. Entrees were excellent as well steak and venison neautifully cooked, the sweet potato side was also really good, crunchy and flavored with cheese. My wife is a baker so the desserts have to be good to impress her and both apple crostada and pears in wine sauce passed with flying colors. A very memorable meal and a fitting place to commemorate our 20th wedding anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    A great evening celebrating Mom's birthday! We all enjoyed the tasting menu and wine paring. The flounder was excellent as was the slow cooked beef short rib. Amazing food! Service was outstanding. It was a busy Wednesday evening and we will be returning in the near future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad2bHereVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    excellent foo- we had swordfish steak which was prepared perfectly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Flounder, Ribeye, and Duck were all very good. I was especially impressed with the Flounder. Would highly recommend this restaraunt for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marci
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We live in Richmond, and we were introduced to Nana's by a friend several years ago. Whenever we make plans to visit the area, we make a dinner reservation at Nana's and we are never disappointed. Great food and service! Wish Scott had a restaurant in Richmond!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Great food sourced from local ingredients. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful flavor combinations
    IloveDurham
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My husband had the venison and sweet potato-plum side. He said it was the best meal he's ever had. We went back a second time two weeks later hoping the venison was still on the menu, and lucky us, it was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good and interesting
    CarolinaBeckyVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    For over 20 years Nana's has been my husband's favorite place in the Triangle region of NC. Other excellent and touted restaurants have arrived in that time but Nana's has continued to offer a dining experience that is excellent after having been one of the restaurants years ago that set a higher standard in the Triangle. The menu continues to evolve, to use locally sourced food and to be interesting without being absurd. The service is always excellent, the wine list is outstanding and the meal always well executed.This description may sound like I'm saying it's reliable (faint praise) but what I"m really saying is you're never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spot on Celebration
    CeleFood
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We selected this as a celebration spot for my wife's graduation. It was a treat that we'll keep in mind for a long time to come. The chef's sampler was fantastic and the wine pairings were quite fitting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointing
    JohnC
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    For all the hype we've heard regarding Nana's, we were very disappointed. While our servers were good, that was probably the most impressive part of dinner. I had a cast iron chicken where the chicken was slightly overcooked and stringy. The root vegetables were undercooked and hard. While my wife's pork chop was good, it was probably the best part of her meal. She was totally underwhelmed by her dinner. We won't be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tarheelmendi
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I have had several meals here. My favorite is still the chicken. On my last visit I tried the grilled pork chop. It was a beautiful thick chop; however, it was tough. It was not overcooked, so I'm not sure why it was not tender. I asked to have it served with the vegetable combination from another meal, which the kitchen has done a couple of times. The collards and sweet potato gratin were excellent. The service was perfect as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really delicious dinner
    wineandineVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Interesting and delicious menu with a variety of choices. Beautifully presented food with outstanding service. Impressive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful!
    rheakat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a delightful 5 year anniversary dinner here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    T2SPVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Nana's continues to provide excellent service, amazing dishes and interesting wines. Delicious seafood, delicate sauces and generous portions always await.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We requested a table away from the bar and kitchen when making our reservation and were very pleased with our warm welcome and the table selected. The service was Exceptional as Always! I have been several times over the years but the food has not always been consistent but tonight our expectations were completely met and beyond. The Grilled Venison Loin with Collard Greens & Balsamic Onions with Sweet Potato/Plum Gratin finished with Smoked Bacon Vodka Sauce was delicious! It was a Perfect Dining Experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Some hits, some misses
    CjonesVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Overall the meal was just okay. Some of the courses like the lox, risotto were good. The short rib raviolis, focaccia and the dessert missed the mark. I wanted to love it but don't think I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time not as great
    Anniversary
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This was our second time dining at Nana's and it left much to be desired. They sat our two person table along a wall between two four person tables. Needless to say we couldn't hear each other. After our first visit we would have said that it was our favorite restaurant, and while the food was still good it didnt campare to the first time and it was not good enough to keep that title.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything people said it would be
    FloridaBoy
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The menu was creative and regionally/seasonally driven, and the food lived up to the billing. Our server was competent but a tad aloof, but others on the staff were friendly and helpful. Valet parking was a nice and perhaps necessary touch, given the location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly and helpful wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was very good a little pricey for the portion size
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem in Durham, NC
    Go2nite
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We arrived at 6:30pm and were seated immediately. Our waiter asked about drinks (our friend ordered a bottle of wine) and he explained the specials for the evening. We had two appetizers, the pate and risotto which were delicious. Two of us ordered the salmon, one had the veal loin and one had the roaste d flounder. All agreed each choice was fantastic; the presentation and flavor were "spot on". We had the crostata and creme brûlée for dessert. All in all a superb evening of fine dining. Nana's is expensive but worth it for a special occasion. This was our first visit and we will return. It was a bit noisy but quieted down when everyone in the restaurant was eating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nancy
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Nana's is a lovely place for a meal. It was our first time there. I liked linens on the table. The homemade facacchio bread was Delicious. We ordered 2 appetizers and 1 entree. The wild mushroom soup was delicious. The chili Rolenno was good but it was supposed to have grilled duck inside it and if it was there, I couldn't taste it. We shared a lovely, large chunk of fresh grilled tuna. It was cooked the way we asked for ît and was excellent. The service was spot on but as the place filled it did get a bit noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our first time to Nana's and it did not disappoint! Great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Up to & Beyond Par
    durhamgal
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Glorious food, surrounded by vibrant paintings and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu and Service Superb
    Melerski
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The menu was delightful, but not really geared to a vegetarian. Beautiful on the menu and when served. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable and very quick to recommend his favorites and answer any questions.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was Expecting More
    RJSDurham
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I went here before a show at DPAC and had the tasting menu. The service was excellent, but the food just wasn't very inspiring or as flavorful and good as I was expecting based on previous reviews and articles in local media. The food seem cooked properly and was nicely arranged, the flavors just weren't there or didn't work well together. I might go back, but for the price I think I'd rather go back to Ruth Chris, Vin Rouge, or Revolution. This place was just average.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nana's a Perrenial Favorite
    rfgab
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    You cannot go wrong dining at Nana's. The duck "rellano" was a great start. My veal was like butter. My wife's duck entrée was enticing. If there is a complaint it's that we were seated next to the kitchen door. Now while we understand that someone has to sit next to the kitchen door there were other 2 tops available when we showed up on time for our reservation. One has to question whether the kitchen door 2 top is reserved for Open Table reservations. I also note when using OPen Table that there is never a table available at 7:00 pm. I will continue to dine at Nana's. I'm not sure I will continue to use Open Table for reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mid Week Getaway
    TAC49VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our party of four dined here on Wednesday, Sept. 17th. The restaurant is indeed very good and did not disappoint. Is it as good as people say...maybe...probably depends on the night. The service is very good, attentive but at times may seem a little slow. Bread choices were limited to two. Crab cake, short rib and pate' starters were all excellent. The flank steak and rack of lamb entrees were very good but the pork chop was not nearly as good. Blackberry and peach desserts were also very good. This was a very good dining experience and we will return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Htaylor
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Nana's. The unique combinations were delicious, cooked to perfection and portions were just right. Wonderful wine by the glass as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plan ahead - have a wonderful meal
    JudyNovember
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had an excellent meal and superior service. This place is very popular, so make reservations well in advance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anna's is great!
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had the steak special, as well as the steak on the menu, and one person had the fish. We had different appetizers also, from their heirloom tomato salad to the shrimp risotto. All fabulous, done perfectly, and accommodating to one party's food sensitivities. Brian was a fabulous waiter. All was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quite special
    Refinedine1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Nanas was truly a good choice for a special anniversary dinner. The wait staff was very attentive without being intrusive and made great recommendations on food and wine. Our meal was wonderful from start to finish. The ambience was quite nice and the sound level quiet so we could enjoy a relaxing evening. We definitely would say it is a special find and priced fairly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a date
    2cool4school
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I don't have much to say other than the food was incredible, and the service was excellent. I would most definitely return here for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always wonderful
    destinationdiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nana's is my go-to place. I have never had a disappointing dish, I have enjoyed each time the wine pairings suggested by our waiter, and always bring out of town guests to this gem of a place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Menu, Quite Good Overall
    CaptainDave
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had not been to Nana's for close to a decade, and both the food and the overall experience were better than I recall. Nana’s appeared to be very well managed with an attentive wait staff. Everything ran smoothly, from the valet parking to the frequent topping off of our glasses. I am a big fan of risotto, and the appetizer featured a pleasing blend of crisp vegetables and light, succulent North Carolina shrimp. My wife enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad which also presented well. We had the Kobe flank steak and the venison for our entrees and both were excellent, with the choices of sides (much of which was local produce) and sauces complimenting the meat. I expect we will be back much sooner next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food. Odd service.
    JMT0000
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything on the tasting menu was incredible -- rich, hearty flavors, big portions, fresh and interesting. Ambiance seemed conflicted between fancy and casual; service as well. Not elegant fine dining but also not relaxed and casual. Made for an uncomfortable experience. Tables too close together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always try the risotto
    lunchproVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It changes regularly and is a specialty at Nana's. Delicious every time and I am always pleased that I order it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Iris117
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food is great! So is the service. Duck breast is a little overcooked. The whole fish is highly recommended. Cantaloupe sorbet is a surprise, very refreshing!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not disappoint!
    MissBlush
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My boyfriend and I had high expectations in Nana's and it did not disappoint. We ordered the Chef's tasting menu and each dish was delectable. The flavors of each course always impressed us and we never gave back anything but an empty plate. The service was considerate and friendly. We would love to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.