The Black House at Straw Valley
The Black House at Straw Valley

The Black House at Straw Valley

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://strawvalleyfoodanddrink.com/
  • Phone: 9194032233x
  • Hours of Operation:
    PLEASE CALL for special reservations including:

    -Parties of 6 or more
    -Private events

    Lunch
    Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

    Dinner Monday through Sunday
    Monday-Thursday 5:30-10pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:30-11pm
    Sunday 5-9pm

    We now accept reservations for lunch in The Black House and al fresco dining.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Adam Rose
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mount Moriah Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in two lots on the Straw Valley campus.
A word from The Black House at Straw Valley
The Black House offers a warm and welcoming dining experience with Chef Adam Rose’s interpretations of New American Cuisine. Hospitality and wine list by Master Sommelier Fred Dex. We now offer limited al fresco seating at our Drink Shack and in our courtyard.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Black House at Straw Valley reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (120)special occasion (117)romantic (93)notable wine list (85)great for outdoor dining (64)neighborhood gem (49)good for groups (33)hot spot (32)scenic view (25)vibrant bar scene (18)great for lunch (11)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food, unusual 70's retro
    mysons27705VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We liked the food and the wine. We are foodies, so "like" is a strong word for us. Pasta was great though not their specialty. Having half orders as a second course is appreciated and very unusual in smaller American cities. The seafood was very fresh and deftly prepared and accompanied. Steak perfectly done, with coffee rub and wine reduction. The patio is shaping up to be stellar and unrivaled in the area - curtained cabanas of lounge furniture. The service was really good, and the wine advice solid, but they should be advised not to interrupt table conversation if they want to be amazing. Avoid the 2 glassed-in patio tables in warm weather, because they are overly warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Black House is my new favorite restaurant in Durham.. It's got it all. Great food, great service, great space. I've been enjoying it since the first week it opened..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent meal
    RossMcKVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We went to Black House with friends. It's a distinctive building, with many small rooms, so conducive to quiet conversations and consideration of good food. Everything we were served was excellent. I can particularly recommend the ceviche. I also had the duck with tamarind sauce, and it needed more of side than the mustard greens with which it was served. That was our fault - the sides are there to ordered, we just didn't. Wine list is excellent and well chosen, and the service was mostly very good (there were steps in the dining process where they were a bit slow). We'll be back. None of the food was daring, flashy, or unique, but all of it was well prepared. A solid choice for dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice service, hit or miss
    Foodiemom
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We really wanted to enjoy this place and was looking forward to dining here. Unfortunately, at every stage of our meal, one drink or course was very good and the other awful. My rum cocktail and oysters were barely passable. I worried about the oysters... will never order them here again. But my whole snapper entree was delicious and fresh. The manager and staff were eager to please and attentive but the inconsistent quality of the food was dissappointing. We prefer Vin Rouge, Piedmont and Pancuitto for consistent fine dining in this area.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worth the wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food is highly original and truly excellent, with desserts the only shortcoming. Wine list is phenomenal, featuring numerous undiscovered gems from small vintners, with a special focus on southwestern France. This was my second meal at The Black House, and unlike my first visit, the service lagged -- though looking around, this did not appear to be an issue beyond our particular waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining with art
    Live2eat
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The personal art collection of the former owners adds a wonderful touch to each of the intimate dining spaces of this mid century house. The chef provided our group a history lesson of the property which enhanced our experience. Service was attentive but slow for lunch. The crab cakes got rave reviews from the group as did the salmon. Would return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and great atmosphere
    eastcoastfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    had never been to this restaurant and needed to pick a spot for a business dinner. The building is hard to find because it doesn't look like a restaurant at all and the signage is a little light. Both of my guests had difficulty finding it. Once inside though it is a delight and the food was outstanding. We tried a few appetizers and for dinner we had the duck, scallops, and the Bolognese with sides of 100 layer potatoes, peppers and onions, and bok choy. No desert for me but I was told that the peach dessert was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jadams
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Outstanding is every way. The wine was outstanding and every dish we had was excellent! We had several visiting relatives and they just raved over the experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely floored...
    JVinPAVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I dined at The Black House on Sunday night and had to have, what was, one of our top 5 meals ever. The service was top notch with staff quick to assist with any question or request. The appetizers of ceviche with black bass, the roast pork belly w mac&cheese and peach BBQ sauce & octopus (with bonus points on presentation on making the octopus look like an octopus) was top shelf. The chateaubriand entree with fois gras was absolutely amazing. The foie gras was presented perfectly as a melting addendum to a succulent roast. The sides of the 100-layer potato, 2 pak choi and hen of the woods mushrooms were just as spectacular. All in all, this place is a gem, and will be a place I will go to when I frequent the area for work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JTMMD
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a very unique dining experience. It is tucked away in an unusual location. Do not let the appearance of the surrounding shopping center or the outside bamboo and plants deter you from coming inside. The food is fantastic and the interior is pleasant and unique given its history as a residence. Has quickly become one of the best restaurants in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Daughter 13th B-Day Celebration
    CashamVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was our daughter's B-Day celebration, and they treated her like royalty. We were seated in the kitchen area, which I love. She really enjoyed herself, and as usual the food was amazing, as was the appetizers. I loved the scallops there, but the whole fried fish is out of this world! That will again be my entree pick when I return. I haven't tried out the wine area with the oysters, cheeses and chocolate, hope to do that very soon. The last week in this month is our 20th anniversary, so The Black House might see us again very soon, I want to see one of the films in the courtyard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So happy
    MyboyjVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I was sad to see Straw Valley change. I loved it as a coffee shop and mourned the change, but decided to go to lunch to get a feel for it and see from there. I am so glad I did. The total experience was awesome. Food, service, atmosphere and overall experience was exceptional. It holds up to the high expectations I had for Straw Valley and I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    garciauncVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our friends mentioned to us that Black House was a MUST, so we went. We(4) ordered different entrees to share. Thank goodness for that as I would have felt like I missed out big time. The pork tenderloin was cooked perfectly, melted in my mouth. The scallops are the best I have had in the Triangle. I won't list every portion of the meal (3 apps and 4 entrees ALL fantastic), but I could. Wine list is excellent and the beauty is that you just have to tell the sommelier what you like and he will do the rest. His suggestions were great and his paring to meet the tastes of 4 was spot on. Wine is quite reasonably priced as well. Food is expensive, so prepare for that, but worth it. Already one of the top 2 restaurants in Durham.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so close
    omnivore
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I expected too much. Of course the food was very good, but no better than our other top restaurants. Once everyone's curiosity is satisfied about the new place, I doubt savvy foodies will keep paying the notably higher prices unless they're assured of a notably better meal. The fresh asparagus appetizer was fine, but the delicate vegetable was lost under a shower of parmesan. My seared halibut was excellent, but not quite hot. The unlisted side veg (peas and chanterelles) turned out to be $15. Dessert and service were excellent, and wine pairings fine. The striking ambience is calm and roomy and conversation-friendly (too rare in Durham), but maybe a little dark for some. I'll surely come again, though. The potential's great. Patio's fab.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5 stars
    HArpz
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Incredible food and service, made it such a special night. Thank you Black House!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucked away gem
    Delphi
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were blown away by the flavors and freshness of the food; best in the area bar none. Original atmosphere and incredible service on top of that makes this place something truly special. At least 4 people touched our table regularly throughout our meal, and not in a stuffy or pretentious way. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. The wines by the glass selection is outstanding. The desserts are as good or better than the hot food. Lots of skill and positive energy at The Black House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • incredible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went there for out ten year wedding anniversary and were treated very well. The food was incredible and unique. The portions were not what I excepted at a high end restaurant, they were actually a decent sized and not small. The Chefs really knows their crafts. The only complaint and it is a minor one was that the service was slightly slow, but that could have been due to the fact that we are use to eating with a two year old. Would recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, Creative and Unique
    PattiC
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Wonderful evening in an interesting environment! The restaurant (which is actually a midcentury modern home) is filled with the art of the previous owners and if you explore a bit before or after dinner (discretely) you can easily surmise what it was like to attend a party when it was a private home. The food is wonderful and beautifully served. I would suggest taking the server's suggestions on your first visit. We opted to do so and shared a huge antipasti plate and two additional appetizers before splitting the halibut and red snapper entrees between the four of us. Adding a couple of seasonal sides made the portions perfect. Wine selection is excellent. Dessert, also shared, was a fresh peach dish and a cookie plate. We WILL be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Durhamite
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful master sommelier who excellently paired a wine with our food and explained his choice in a cogent and interesting way. All dishes were perfectly prepared and came to the table with excellent timing. Menu was varied and seasonal. On the expensive side, but was worth every penny. Definitely has become the "go to" restaurant in Durham/Chapel Hill for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Fod but Noisy!!
    myronfeinstein
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food, as usual, was EXCELLENT. Extremely noisy when crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Holy Bolognese!
    Lookingforyum
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had my birthday dinner here and it did not disappoint, appetizers for the table were beef tartare and octopus which were amazing, the veal chop with polenta was tender, juicy and cooked medium rare like we requested and the bolognese was so good I felt the need to stop by a church on the way home to repent it was so amazing! Wow! Sinfully delicious! Bottom line; I recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funky and fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Dined at The Black House on Wednesday evening. Food was superior from beginning to end, the kitchen accommodated a couple of special requests, the layout is choppy due to the rambling nature of the original property but it's been carved up in a way that creates interest and intimacy and the outdoor spaces are enticing. The service was spectacular - knowledgable, friendly and attentive without being invasive. The wine list and its presentation are as good or better than any in the Triangle. A note on wheelchair accessibility for diners: call ahead; manual chairs are manageable, power chairs or scooters will be difficult. A note on wheelchair accessibility for the restaurant: install a ramp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing....
    Figaro
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    my first time there, though we used to come to the place in its earlier coffee shop life......in short, simply amazing, highly creative, astonishingly delicious food....from amuse bouche to dessert, the whole food gamut was lovely, the server knowleageable and funny.And the wine list was great, not surprising as one of the owner/chefs is a certified sommelier. As well the physical building is lovely, restful, intriguing, different...note the moso giant bamboo lurking outside....and you can eat outside as well. Sigh....simply, to die for. Only caveat?....pricey, so it may get relegated to the "special occasion" class...but, you know, it's expensive, but worth it...which is rare. I plan on trying them for lunch soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Decor Good Food Nice Wine
    atina
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The Duck was flavorful and the skin pieces were tasty. The Red Snapper was great with the slightly spicey sauce. My friend liked her pork chop which was HUGE! The shots of soup was just enough to leave you with wanting more. Dessert was OK. I had the peach crisp but didn't reach the peaches until I hit the bottom of the dish. My friend loved her chocolate cake. The service was a little slow but the waiter was friendly and my dining partner thought he did a great job with describing the menu. I loved my wine! It is uniquely decorated and cozy. Great for a special occasion because it is a little pricey. Hint- to get to the restaurant enter from the road behind the building not directly from 15-501. Turn @ MT Moriah
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible gem of a restaurant
    idoctor300
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This restaurant has incredible food, very high quality, cooked to absolute perfection and seasoned perfectly. If asked, the servers were right on point with being able to explain dishes in detail. We went for an anniversary, and they brought us out a small drink to toast and an extra appetizer, both on the house! All the servers were very nice and professional. The environment is quiet and beautifully decorated. I never would have known such a premium restaurant is tucked away, hidden (both in view and sound) from the nearby highway and Wal-Mart shopping center. It's like I stepped into a whole new world! Will definitely go back and recommend to anyone looking for a wonderful, romantic, high quality place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I regret not coming sooner.
    happycamper
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had visited the cafe one morning previously in an attempt to try something new and learned of the Black House just by chance. It's in a slightly odd location, so I just hadn't gotten around to returning. I decided to give them a try with my boyfriend and I'm so glad I did. I ordered the hanger steak which was great. He ordered the snapper (fish). I have to admit, his snapper was probably the best fish I've had... to the point where we were talking about it for a couple of days. If it wasn't kinda pricey, I swear I would have returned the next day. I'm going to tell my friends about this place. I love the mid-century layout of the house, such a unique find. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So glad we found this restaurant!
    milton
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Stopped by the cafe with a friend for juices one evening and returned the next day for lunch. The following day I took my husband out for dinner to the restaurant. What a hidden gem! Food is wonderful, great selections, service superb and a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. I'm telling all my friends about The Black House at Straw Valley!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    triathletecece
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Presentation, ingredients, and flavor are outstanding. The wait staff are knowledgeable and can offer great suggestions for wine pairings. Outstanding in every way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch is great too!
    Rhoda
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Having enjoyed dinners here, tried lunch and was not disappointed. The burger is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oasis in Durham
    seedurham
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Amazing food in a unique setting. It's hard to imagine that such a unique and tranquil setting exists on 15-501 near I-40 next to a strip mall. You have to see experience it to believe it. All of the food that we tried was amazing. I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Outdoor Setting
    JazzLover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Weather permitting, sit outdoors in a huge courtyard ... with a "flaming water fountain." The night we went we heard great jazz, but I understand that some nights they put up a large screen for a movie and dinner. Excellent food, although a little pricey. Well worth return visits. We're headed back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive but good
    CookieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The chef is very creative and his products are excellent. The prices are high for this area, especially the appetizers. Side dishes are high also, a little is provided with the entree, so ordering a separate side dish seems necessary. Wait staff is friendly and helpful--but offered no second cup of coffee???
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Black is the new Yum!
    Bigchuck
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Loved our first visit to the Black House. Hard to find, kind of funky (in a good way) space, but the food was de-lish. Beet salad was best ever, same with halibut preparation. Sommelier recommended a very good yet reasonable red burgundy (St. Aubins?) that paired well with halibut and my lamb dish. Can't wait to return. We did not try the steaks but TBH must be very proud of them as their prices on beef would make Bin 54 blush! I think I will stick to fish, pork, lamb or fowl!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rough edges but a great finish
    Hannibalism
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Looked forward to a new option in the area. The house is to me a draw back. It's disjointed without charm. Low ceilings and cement walls render nearby conversations a cacophony in the many small rooms. Our room seemed more like a bunker. Service was fine, food was good though could have been better. Ceviche and tartare would have benefited from bolder flavors. Oysters had a refreshing granita, but the shucker did not sever the muscle so you had to deconstruct them first. Entrees, however, were excellent and flavorful. The whole snapper was the star (though a guest at the next table seemed baffled at how to approach eating it.) Overall it was a very good meal but not quite the match of other local establishments. Will try again though
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a gem
    NCgale
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is my 5th visit to Black House and my 1st for lunch. I'm never disappointed with the quality of the food, the atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff. I've recommended Black House to friends who also have loved it. I'm so happy to have this wonderful restaurant in my neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Miyaidan
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was some of the best I've had in a long time, fresh, simple and refined. The menu is file with contemporary American standards taken to the next level, one notable example being the beet salad. The restaurant was dealing with a flooding event and a special wine dinner on this evening, and the service suffered as a result. We were attended by 5 different people and had to wait a long time for service on occasion (for example 20 minutes for a beer). The restaurant interior was hip and original, a set of intimate boxy rooms, however noise level was high. Prices on the wine list tilt toward the high side, with very few selections below $40. The sommelier however was very helpful in finding choices to match our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great discovery!
    Lisa
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Our family thoroughly enjoyed a birthday dinner at The Black House at Straw Valley! You start out feeling like you've found a hidden treasure as you'd never expect this place to be where it is located. The house is a very interesting and artistic setting with no one room having more than three tables, so every room seems intimate. The staff were very attentive (almost too much so with people stationed near tables waiting for someone to need a refill), friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and very interesting! The only negative I would say is that it felt pricey for Durham, but this is one of the few times I have spent a lot of money on dinner and felt it was worth it! We will be back for a special occasion in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and a gorgeous setting
    halfgreen
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was fabulous and the setting is gorgeous. The next time I go I will plan on dining and then hanging at the beautiful outdoor bar for music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remarkable meal
    HungryTravelerNCVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our second visit to Black House at Straw Valley. And again the experience was superb. For some reason my wine palate was off, but the staff worked with me to find the perfect glass. Hats off to their patience. The bread was fresh and the olive oil flavorful. The ceviche was wonderful/ We had the red snapper which was so fresh it must have been caught that day. We also had the hanger steak, which was remarkably flavorful as well. Finally we had eggplant and waxed bean side dishes. The egg plant had significant Oriental influence, and the beans, southern Italian. However both seemed perfectly at home. Black House has, in my opinion, moved to the top of the local dining scene. Its not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • debnc
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The server let us know that this was one of the restaurant's first days serving lunch, so we knew they were still working out a few kinks. There were some excellent touches that made this a nice experience. The salt and olive oil were excellent. Many of us had the Salade Nicoise, though I believe we got the last servings of the day. The tuna was marinated rather than the seared tuna I usually receive in this dish; the marinated vegetables were delicious. The chef and owner came form Il Palio, so the food quality reflects his history. This restaurant presents an elegant, (rather expensive) lunch in a funky, interesting environment, so if you have the time and the money, you should definitely check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.