Always dependable, always
Always dependable, always great. I have never been disappointed in a meal here, or the wine list. My kids (ages 18,16,13) love Nana's too
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party of nine included
Our party of nine included a three teens, a pre-teen, and five adults. Everyone had a fabulous dinner and relaxing, fun time thanks to excellent service and delicious food. Thank you to the wait staff and kitchen for making it a memorable evening for us and our hard-to-impress out-of-town friends who were very impressed!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, as always!
This is the second year in a row that we celebrated my daughter's birthday at Nana's. We are foodists, and scrutinized the local choices carefully, deciding on Nana's again since we had such a great experience there last time. The food is beyond reproach, as is the service. The atmosphere is charming and sophisticated while avoiding snooty-ness. Highly recommended.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good not great
Appetizer, 2 entrees, beer, 1 desert was just over $100. Food was good but I would say outstanding like I was hoping.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were great. The tables are quite close to one another which is a slight drawback but overall an outstanding restaurant.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Dining Experience
Nana's has an atmosphere of comfort as well as sophistication. The three of us chose to order the tasting menu paired with wines. This is actually a five-course dinner with every item carefully selected and skillfully prepared. Every dish was exquisite and every wine well chosen. Our waiter was incredibly knowledgable about the wines and also the special ingredients used in the dishes. He was informative, attentive and unobtrusive. Support wait staff were helpful and efficient. Our dining experience was enjoyable throughout. Nana's has long been an exceptional restaurant but, on this occasion, I believe it reached perfection.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative, local and fresh.
This was our second time at Nana's and we were glad we were back again. We brought another couple this time and all of us were pleased by the selection of tempting menu choices. The quality of the ingredients, preparation and service were all top notch.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Inventive, yummy food with a great staff working there.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the sample tasting menu at $50. They let me substitute a liver course for something else. My wife had Halibut. Food was really great. I would have given them 5 stars for service but it was well over 10 minutes we saw someone after they dropped the menu's. I have no patience and almost walked out. This restaurant is not expensive as one is led to believe. It was a Wednesday Night and the restaurant was packed with lots of Duke related eaters including my wife and myself
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic as always
We've been to Nana's a bunch of times for various special occasions and it never disappoints. The waitstaff were great, friendly and full of good advice. My wife had halibut and I had swordfish. Both were cooked perfectly and covered in a sauce that had us asking for extra bread so none would go to waste. The freshest of veggies made our tomato and okra appetizer beyond delicious. Can't wait to go back.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food but Too Loud
Appetizer, Main Course and Desserts were all excellent. Use of local ingredients was a real plus for quality and taste. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. My only complaint is that the tables are all so close to each other, it gets hard to hear your own conversation over your neighbors' (especially since we are on the quieter side and the guy right next to me sure wasn't).
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Super - fantastic food.
The highlight of Nanas is clearly the food. Very well prepared, uses local ingredients, attention to detail On the spices complementing but not overpowering the food. Friendly waitstaff.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and excellent food
First time at Nana's and already decided it was one of my favorite restaurants. My pregnant wife and I were celebrating an anniversary and had a great experience from our server . The food (risotto and heirloom tomatoes to start, duck and snapper for entrees) was stupendous. We will be back.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined at Nana's on
We have dined at Nana's on numerous occasions. On August 31 the service was not at the level we would normally expect. Our first glass of wine did not arrive until we were nearly finished with the first course. We felt extremely rushed as each course arrived without a break and a normal 1.5 to 2 hour dining experience was completed in just over an hour, prompting us to refer to Nana's as "fast fine food".
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
As close to perfect as you can get
Nana's, once again (the 9th time my husband and I have been there in the past several years) sets the bar. The chef is a master with fish - never overcooked or undercooked, flavorful. I had the Black Cod and the texture of the fish with the flavor of the accompanying broth....words cannot describe.
Skip dessert and spend on the wine and appetizers.
Never had to wait on water refills or additional servings of the warm wheat focaccia. Very attentive without hovering.
When in doubt, go to Nana's.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dream Dinner in Durham
Fine, yet casual dining in Durham. All dishes excellent. Risotto to die for. I've not had better in Italy. Both wife and I had marvelous fish, salmon and grouper. Superbly prepared. Service impeccable by Brian. We'll be back.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best restaurant in Durham!
Nana's never disappoints. We have been going here for years and somehow every time is better than the last. There is just nowhere like it.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have eaten here at least three times together and eash time the food has been excellent. Each course is a great experience. There has never been a bad morsel. I have tow issues; first you have to work to get the freshly made bread and second the noise level can, at times be excessive.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
From beginning to end Nana's was one of the best meals I have ever had. I will definitely be back!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing. Service
The food was amazing. Service just ok. Waiter seemed to be new and not as attentive as I expected for the reputation and cost of the restaurant. We made it known that this was our anniversary dinner and we were placed at a table at the front of the restaurant facing the door. Not that romantic, but our reservation was a bit last minute having been only a few days out, so this might be why we didn't receive better seating. Overall good experience and we would still recommend the restaurant to others.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, excellent
Wonderful food, excellent variety, attentive service. Nanas never disappoints.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We use this a special occasion
We use this a special occasion place. We've never been disappointed. While the ingredients may not be as fancy as some other local places and may not be local, the quality of the ingredients and the preparation is first rate.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food, fair service
Our meal was wonderful, both food and wine. Our service was extremely prompt, and our waiter quite attentive, but his brusque personality left something to be desired. I expect a certain amount of seriousness at a fancier restaurant, but our waiter was fairly humorless, and just seemed to be looking forward to the end of his shift, which left us feeling less excited about what should have been an all around stellar experience.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sorry - We're full
Upon checking in at the hostess stand, we were told that "sometimes OpenTable shows that tables are available when they're not - sorry, we're full." They then referred us to the bar area which is served first-come first-served. At a place as nice as this, I would expect a little more, but after giving the hostess a "you've got to be kidding me" look, we went to the bar.
We explained our situation to the bartender who immediately apologized and brought us a round of drinks followed by a plate of fried okra (amazing). When a table opened up, the server in the bar area grabbed us and seated us, refilling our drinks when we got to the table.
Our dinners were amazing. I got the lamb which was great. The service we received was also amazing.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never had a bad meal and dining
Never had a bad meal and dining experience at Nana's!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in the Triangle
Still the best restaurant in the Triangle. Superbly prepared and presented fresh local food in a lovely atmosphere. The pate is delicious, seafood is always great and the pork dishes are the best. If you have special dietary needs the wait staff and chef will cheerfully work out changes to the dishes to accommodate your needs. Still my favorite restaurant.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nana's was amazing. We had reservations for five as we were headed to another event soon after. The service was great we were seated immediately and taken care of cordially. I had the Quail and date had the Halibut, both fantastic. The ingredients were top notch and the presentation was amazing. We are definitely planning on visiting this restaurant again.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Table was ready (through OpenTable) when we arrived early. Service-knowledgeable/attentive. Food was INCREDIBLE. I dined with two amazing cooks/catering chefs that are terribly picky of other chefs and they were raving about their meals. The sauce with the halibut had layers of flavor that kept surprising you on different areas of your tongue. It's depth just intensified with each bite. We nibbled from each other's plates so we can have each experience (rate) each other's meals and the duck was just as as exciting (halibut edged it out slightly... because of that sauce!!). Kudos to the choice of vegetables. Then dessert! Panna cotta, creme brulee, apple dessert (not sure what they called it). Each equally flavorful not overly rich.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome for an occasion
Tasting menu for October is awesome. Friday night dinner for two at such a nice place in less than an hour and 15 mins. Perfect night.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very special evening
This was our first visit to Nana's. Had heard good things from other folks and it lived up to their praises. Very attentive service. Menu had many dishes that sounded so delicious that it made our selection somewhat difficult. We were extremely pleased with what we did order. Excellent combination of ingredients and flavors.
We will definitely be back bringing friends.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Anniversary Celebration
The snapper and salmon were delicious! They were fresh and cooked perfectly. Our waitress was very attentive.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed the food and the service. We spent two days in Durham and we are very glad we had dinner at Nana's.
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best in Durham
We've been to. Nana's three times now and it is consistently the best restaurant in town. This visit we have the fixed price menus with widen pairings and were now disappointed in the least. The food, service, and atmosphere made for a lovely evening.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
An oldie and a goodie
Nana"s has been our go-to special restaurant for many years. The menu is diverse enough to meet the tastes of everyone in the party, and the food is consistently well prepared. Our most recent dining experience was no exception. All of us agreed that the food was tasty, the portions were more than adequate, and the service was very good. Nana's remains my top overall choice for a top notch dining experience.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here was awesome! The service was pretty 3.5-4.0 stars...I will definitely return.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wanted to try everything on this menu! Was in from out of town, researched best restaurants in Raleigh Durham and this came up. Was reasonable priced, food was amazing, glad to see they always have a new menu which means they enjoy making food in a different and unique way. Just fantastic!!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is outstanding but too
Food is outstanding but too noisy for a special occasion dinner.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner before a show.
Everything was spot on from the service to the food. But the price also matches what you are getting. Expect about $100 a couple which is reasonable for what you get. The menu changes frequently along with ingredients available for that season. The quail and ribeye were excellent.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good Food, Great Service
Two out of three of my courses were great. I loved the butternut squash soup and the pumpkin spice cheesecake was delicious. My entree, which was a pork chop with a dijon sauce was good, not sufficiently flavorful for me -- the sauce was somewhat thin and runny. My friend had a salad, the swordfish, and the creme brulee, all of which she loved. Overall the meal was very good. The service was excellent and the noise level, although on the loud side when we came, died down as the night wore on.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great crème brûlée
Our party of three ate at Nana's recently. The salads were very good (especially the gravlax), although one lacked the advertised goat cheese. The halibut was excellent, and the salmon was reasonably good. But the highlight of the meal was the crème brûlée, which ranks as one of the two or three best crème brûlées I have ever had. Not overly sweet and crusted with just the right amount of crunch. Divine.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, not too fancy not
Good food, not too fancy not too casual, fair price
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful place for a special meal
I've been hearing a lot about Nana's since my wife and I moved to Durham in June. Coming to Nana's for a special occasion was definitely the right choice. We went with the tasting menu and wine pairings. At $50 for the tasting menu, it isn't inexpensive, but comparatively to other similar restaurants, I think it is reasonable. The tasting menu took us through a journey of interesting and innovative dishes, many of which we probably wouldn't have ordered on our own but loved nonetheless. The wine pairings for each of the five courses was exquisitely chosen. My favorite part was the fourth course, an extremely well prepared and tender leg of venison with a pairing of a merlot/cabernet/malbec that reminded me of a brunello. Wonderful!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently top of the game
I lived in the area fourteen years ago, when I first went to Nana's. It amazed me then and was an anchor in my appreciation for my love of food and dining out. I moved to Brooklyn at the ripe age of 25 and have been cooking and eating since. I returned to Nana's after a long absence last year and an annual event will keep me coming back!
My major gripe about eating out is that I can often make it better myself. The food is above and beyond anything I can duplicate or anything most restaurants can compete with. The menu changes VERY frequently, so you don't run the risk of getting bored with the menu.
The wait staff is HIGHLY knowledgeable and I trust them implicitly with helping to guide me to my best choice.
You cannot go wrong.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved it
We have been hearing about Nana's for years, but have never made it over there from Raleigh. We were looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion with a friend now living in Durham, and that was our opportunity to make it there.
We were not disappointed in any way.
We will look forward to returning there soon. We all had the pairing menu, and it was fabulous. Everything we saw being served around us looked fantastic, too.
Go there; use the complementary valet parking.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Tasting Menu!
We had a wonderful night out after a Sat matinee performance at the DPAC. The tasting menu was absolutely delicious! The service and ambiance are incredible!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I live some 25 miles away. Got to be a special occasion to come to Nana's. It's an excellent restaurant in all respects. Visit there 4 or 5 times a year. Regard it as best place to eat in Durham.
As for noise level, we were in the back room, party of three business associates. It was quiet. Actually, we were perhaps the loudes group there. . . .
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nana's with friends
Excellent dinner! Wait staff especially attentive. Wonderful evening.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Peter is awesome
Great recommendations. Wine, food, etc... I asked he delivered. Food was amazing and so was our waiter. Will definitely be back!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good restaurant; spotty serv.
I've been to Nana's numerous times over the years and always enjoy the food. I did feel some disappointment with the service. Our waiter was personable and attentive, however, there are two times when I was less than satisfied: the first when we had to get his attention to get the dessert menu and the second when he forgot to bring the hot tea with my dessert. I finished dessert and decided to do without the tea.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have eaten at Nana's for
We have eaten at Nana's for many years. They continue to update their menus. One wonderful aspect of their creations is their relationship to local growers where they feature locally source vegetables and supplies.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM