Watts Grocery
Watts Grocery

Watts Grocery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wattsgrocery.com/
  • Phone: 9194165040x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Saturday, Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Tuesday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday 5:30-9:30, Friday and Saturday 5:30-10
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Executive Chef: Amy Tornquist
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our sister company, Sage and Swift Catering, if a full service catering company. Please call 919-957-7889 or email info@sageandswift.com
  • Special Events: We host monthly wine dinners with the Hope Valley Bottle Shop. Please join our mailing list or friend us on facebook to keep up with these events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Club Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located right beside restaurant.
A word from Watts Grocery
Our menu of classic favorites and Carolina tradition is best defined by what is grown locally and seasonally. Please call for reservations for parties of 5 or more for all services and only reservations of 5 or more accepted for Saturday and Sunday brunch.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Watts Grocery reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (97)neighborhood gem (80)special occasion (49)great for lunch (25)great for brunch (24)good for groups (21)romantic (20)hot spot (15)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • ALWAYS WONDERFUL IN EVERY WAY
    Anniem
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great experience every time. Wonderful food and easy access on and off major highway.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tuna dish
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Excellent food, my colleague had the ribeye I had yellowfin tuna on a bed of cauliflower purée and sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon, it was a creative dish, nicely presented and tasted great. Service was excellent, although the place was a little noisy. Overall a good experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great experience! Loved every bit of the experience. Food was just about the best I have ever had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Smooth and tasty experience
    RedMike
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our first time at Watts Grocery for lunch. Wonderful food as usual and a waitress that let us dictate the flow of the meal. Good selection of sandwiches and salads. Enough choices for almost anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday celebration
    Mary
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    From start to finish our evening was very enjoyable. Local food prepared in original and tasty ways has always been the draw. Our son was home for the weekend, and we celebrated his birthday at Watts Grocery. Our evening was relaxing. The appetizers and entrees we ordered were just great. Service was very good, as always. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful again
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As usual Watts Grocery delivered. Brought guests from out of town and they loved every bite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & service; little pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Seafood special (red drum) was excellent. Service couldn't have been better - knew both food & wine menu well - rec'd excellent guidance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food amid cacophony
    Demanding
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had a terrific meal at Watts Grocery, but conversation was really difficult because of the din. It has to be the noisiest restaurant in Durham (and that's saying a lot). Some sound softening panels hung from the ceiling might work wonders. The eggplant custard was delicious, and the market fish (red drum wrapped in potato slices on a bed of kale) was perfectly prepared. The appetizer of fried okra was hot, crisp and so tempting that even those who'd chosen something less caloric couldn't resist them. Our server was pleasant and professional and unfailingly cheerful even as closing time approached.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh the vinegar!
    LikesLunch
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Two of us had salads, either as our "main" or an accompaniment. The extreme over-vinegaring of the salad dressing made us both have coughing fits. I think the restaurant should pay as much attention to salads and fresh vegetables as to its fried and Southern specialities.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointment
    foodieforeverVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been to Watts Grocery at least 10 times since it opened-the food is always excellent. However, on 9-27, our service was not at all up to par. Our server was significantly undertrained.She could not remember/recite the specials, could not answer simple questions about the entrees, and left our table several times to ask questions of the bartender & others while we waited for answers. We had to ask her to fill our water glasses numerous times. The straw that broke the camels back was this-my husband asked for a simple substitution of mushrooms for kale (that were clearly available as they were on my dish). The server went to ask the chef who basically said no..."not a part of her process".Other fine restaurants are happy to accommodate
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as expected
    EatNout
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've been to Watt's twice before and was extremely pleased. This visit was a bit disappointing. Wine we wished to order was not available -- although we got a good sub. Service was definitely off. Asked for salad with no bacon only to have it come out with bacon. Had to ask for bread three times before getting another serving to finish off appetizer. Waitperson seemed less concerned than he should have been with these glitches. Food was above average but the experience was disappointing overall. And we were entertaining a guest for whom this was a first visit. Wish it had been better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brown
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    After numerous awesome meals at Watts Grocery, we finally had an average meal. Hush puppies were undercooked. Fried okra appetizer was tough. Peanut slaw had an odd taste that was not good. One order was incorrect. Having said all that, we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good
    goodeatingVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have never had a bad food or service experience at Watts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's Up With Watts?
    rixxfaves
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    To be honest with you, the name of the restaurant merely suggest going to your local grocery store - au contrare! It was a chic, elegant venue with a mouth-watering menu fit for any foodie. I had a great time and will return soon!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pork shank is where it's at
    LocalDINKs
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Promised to come back sooner and I glad I did. The pork shank with grits and greens was perfect--meat fell off the bone and was moist and delicious, grits were creamy and cheesy, pickled peach relish was a perfect counterpoint. Evolution Syrah blend complemented the entree beautifully. Waiter appeared as needed, was friendly and helped cement our with selection. Skipped the soft dinner rolls--I prefer bread with a crust--but I think the bread changes. I seem to recall cornbread last week. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    TheDocIsIn
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always great at Watts! Great beer selection, great dinners, fantastic ribeye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great southern food
    Aefriedm
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was a great take on southern food. I had the fried fish and it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect fried flounder
    LocalDINKs
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Fried flounder was breaded (with cornmeal), cooked perfectly, and arrived piping hot. Grit cake was creamy and delicious. I love collards--and these were vinegary and fabulous--but their flavor obliterated every other flavor on the plate. The Albarino wine our waitress recommended was a nice complement and change of pace from the ubiquitous summertime Pino Grigio. I won't wait so long to visit again. My husband will want to try the scotch whisky flight and short ribs I spotted on the on-line menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet
    AmbienceChaser
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a lovely date at Watts Grocery on Saturday. I had requested a quieter place in the restaurant, and sure enough, we were beside a small wall which helped facilitate conversation. Most restaurants in Durham are as loud as a train station at rush hour. We are always grateful to be able to spend our few hours away from our kids in conversation, and Watts Grocery, besides having incredible and delicious food, was ideal for our date.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice spot for a nice dine
    thedevildinesout
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Watts Grocery is tucked a couple of blocks away from most of Durham's other dining options (and, curiously, it's not actually on Watts Street). It's worth the few extra minutes wandering off through residential streets and past billiard parlors to have a slightly more upscale dining experience, though. Not terribly expensive, either: the total for my entree, cocktail, and a dessert split with my date didn't even crack $40. The one downside is that, because it's somewhat popular, and because the dining space is rather closely arranged, it can be a little hard to hear your dining conversation over the din.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    BrachlVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went with two friends on a Saturday night. The food was excellent -- between the four of us we got 2 fabulous salads (one corn, one grilled romaine with blueberries), 2 orders of the market fish (which was tuna), 1 flounder, 1 steak, the black and white cake, and the peach sorbet. Everything was fabulous, although one should not get the market fish if one does not like chimichurri. Our server was terrific -knowledgeable and helpful. Our only complaint was that we sat at a table in the middle of the front room, and it was cold in that spot because of the vents. (Apparently, it is cold in many spots in the restaurant.) So bring a sweater or jacket when you go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, service ok
    CJ03
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have dined at Watts Grocery several times over the years and the food is always fantastic including our most recent visit. Our server was very friendly but we found that the service was a bit slow considering we were there before the Saturday night dinner rush so the restaurant was fairly empty. Our drinks came at separate times so by the time the last in our party received her drink, the first to receive her drink was nearly finished! We won't let this deter us from visiting Watts again but hopefully management will address these issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    cocciVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The decor us casual dull, the food was not that original and on the heavy side.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place to bring out of towners
    enjoyfinefood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Enjoy the fresh produce and menu. Everyone we bring enjoy the unique dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • durhamgal
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    An innovator: fresh food cleverly paired. Especially good bar drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh... Good but not that good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went in for lunch, small restaurant, food is good but nothing exciting. I would classify as a decent spot to eat, dinner is much better in my opinion. Dessert was the best part of the meal, Ice cream sandwich! Friend enjoyed his food as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great North Carolina Food
    DukeAlumna
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Watts Grocery is a great relaxing place with wonderful local food choices. The staff is very friendly and the food has always been excellent and interesting. Even without a reservation, you can get lucky and find one of the open tables in the front of the restaurant that cannot be reserved. The restaurant is not open terribly late, but many other restaurants in Durham close fairly early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch!
    Bosella
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The steak sandwich was especially good. Paired perfectly with the sweet iced tea.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a winner
    nytastebuds
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    One of the benefits of having my daughter at Duke is eating at Watts Grocery - food is imaginative, fresh, and local
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Livingwell
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Remembered previous dining experiences to have very creative food . Unfortunately my dinner was very bland & uninspired, especially after a very long wait for it to appear. Dessert was another long wait, plus no cutlery to eat it with. Three attempts with three different waiters, before we finally got forks, but dessert was delicious. However, poor service, high price for a bland vegetarian dish, and high noise levels made me decide I will not be coming back again. Did Amy change her management & chef? With all the restaurants Durham has, I think diners can do better.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy as usual
    TrishtheDish
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Another fantastic meal at Watts. Entrée was spectacular. Only down notes were very few patron peppers in the appetizer (and some not adequately cooked as they were all different sizes) and they were out of the only 2 desserts I was interested in. Otherwise, great food and great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great farm to table restaurant
    PhallVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    the tuna was wonderful as was the upside down peach cake we split for dessert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    Musiclover
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Whenever I send overnight in Durham, I try to make it to Watts. The menu is creative and executed with care. It is great to have an interesting meal that does not center around pork
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great in all ways
    diner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    this is one of our favorite go to places for a quiet twosome and a happy group place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I've dined at Watts Grocery a number of times for brunch. This was the first time I ever dined for dinner. It was amazing and everything was delightful. Days later, I'm still raving about the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Watts always uses very fresh local foods. I especially love their house-made cocktails and all the flavor they pack into vegetable dishes of all sorts. The rest of my family is most crazy about the hush puppies, of course. And I have always received outstanding service at Watts, as well: knowledgeable, helpful and appropriately attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Overall the food was very tasty. Some amount of spice but not too much. The steak was a little chewy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointing
    DandQ
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I got a chance to eat out together (without the kiddies) for the first time in a while, so we were very excited about our opportunity. Our server was really great -- attentive when we needed her, but very respectful of our conversations, etc. The food was only average, which was a bit disappointing considering all the great things we've heard about Watts. Our experience personally was great because we were not rushed out once done with our food and we got a chance to actually talk like adults. However, if you're looking for a fantastic "food" experience, this didn't cut it. The drinks were creative and tasty, though!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS!!
    DiningDiva43
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I took my best friend to Watts Grocery to celebrate her 40th Birthday..."BFF-Be Fabulous at Forty"! It was her first time there and my third. Watts Grocery did NOT disappoint. We were about 10 minutes late due to traffic, I called and informed the staff and they were kind and understanding. We were seated immediately upon our arrival and the wonderful experience began! From the service (Jessica, Jillian, Andrea...and the 46 year old man that looks like he's 20!)....to the cocktails (a Blackberry Mojito and a Peach Margarita)...to the AMAZING food (southern fried chicken....pecan crusted fish....and the BEST restaurant collards EVA!!!)...Watts Grocery is TOP NOTCH!!! We had a Fabulous time....and we will be back! #WattsGroceryRocks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    barseven
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I love Watt's Grocery and have eaten there many times. This was my first disappointment. The staff was friendly and efficient. But the restaurant seemed to be out of half the menu (wines included) that night and we were there for a relatively early reservation - 6 pm on a Tuesday. Nevertheless, I identified the market fish for my entrée. I was looking forward to the striped bass. This too however was a disappointment, the fish was pretty tasteless and dry. Certainly not fresh. Unfortunately, it will be a while before I go back again. There are so many good choices in town, it is hard to justify a risk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate