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
152 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (118)neighborhood gem (96)special occasion (72)great for brunch (38)great for lunch (30)romantic (29)good for groups (26)hot spot (15)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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  • 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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    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem of place
    DocAR
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The best melt in your mouth ribeye I have every had. Amazing blue cheese spinach which my husband loved, and he doesn't usually even try spinach. Bartender made the wonderful drink called Nuts and Berries, great dessert, notable wine list and the best service to top it off. Waitress and food runner and everyone very friendly and helpful and knowledgable about the selections. Will go back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • classy place
    futsalfoodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Right next to Duke is a wonderful restaurant, with great service and great food! We tried it for lunch, and it was obvious that great care and thought went into each menu item. From the hush puppies to the short rib nachos to the fried green tomatoes -- everything was high quality, fresh and delicious! Hats off to Amy and her team!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is a Great Time to Go to Watts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Since Watts Grocery locally sources so much of their food and it is veggie season, now is the time to go. Great flavors, tomatoes, fish and not overly priced. Nice pour on the wine by the glass with quality options.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LeoDines
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I dined here for the first time with two friends after an event nearby. Seating was comfortable and the service was excellent. Our only problem was that the noise was louder than comfortable due to the open ceiling design. It was a Saturday evening, and I might choose another night of the week for a return. Ofthe six courses we ordered, only one was a disappointment and the others were delicious. Despite its name, this is a friendly, sophisticated restaurant with excellent food, perfect for any happy occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Pappardelle
    aharrisVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I had the pork loin which was very good, but then I took a bite of my daughter's Pappardelle and realized my very good was not as good as the incredible Pappardelle. My daughter normally eats half an entree, but this night she cleaned her plate.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jane
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Outstanding, as always. Perfect place for lunch dinner with friends or clients.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great local ingredients
    diner21
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was very good and the ingredients were very fresh. I would recommend it to a friend. The heirloom tomato salad was excellent. The Parpadelle was also very good. The portions were not large but we did not leave hungry.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ckny
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Have been a long-time fan of Watt's. Maybe it was an off-day this time. Overall, menu wasn't very interesting. Cocktails were very good. Salad appetizers were pretty good. Both entrees were surprisingly mediocre. Service was spotty, which is not common here. I am hoping it was just a bit of a summer lull off-day.
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  • Excellent dinner spot
    Foodies
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been to Watts Grocery before, and never disappointed! Again, last night you exceeded our expectations with your service, friendly staff and food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Dinner at Watts
    Dinner42
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    What a fantastic dinner outing. From fried green tomatoes to pecan crusted flounder and greens with pork belly, the food was extraordinary. We made reservations on line at the last minute, and were rewarded with a wonderful taste treat. Plan to return often. Enjoyed a fine Cote du Rhone with dinner as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Creative plates and fantastic signature cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    dc2durhamVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I guess a Friday lunch in July is not a good time to come to Watts Grocery. My cobb salad was full of good tasting things, including great shrimp, but the lettuce was limp. They were out of hush puppies and my friend was a vegetarian. Not too many choices. At our request for bread (since there were no hush puppies) they brought stale sourdough and charged $3 for it!
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  • great choice
    celebrate2gether
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    celebrated a birthday at Watt's. food was very good. loved the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.