Counting House

4.3
610 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
Counting House is a modern restaurant located inside 21c Museum Hotel Durham. A showcase for high-quality seasonal ingredients, Counting House presents a global perspective on regional dishes and celebrates North Carolina’s rich heritage of fresh seafood with menus that feature rotisserie and roasting techniques. The bar and lounge is a welcoming place to taste innovative house-made cocktails, sip aperitifs, sample local craft brews, and explore broad bourbon and wine lists. Counting House combines contemporary design with historic details highlighting the building’s original terrazzo floors and arched windows and rotating exhibitions of contemporary art carry over from the adjoining hotel into the restaurant space.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Lounge: Monday - Thursday 11:00am-1:00am, Friday 11:00am - 2:00am, Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday 12:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(919) 956-6700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main St.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

The Private Dining Room, an intimate space off the main dining room of Counting House can host groups up to 32 and is perfect for a small event or dinner.

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Reviews from verified diners
610 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
56%
Very Good
29%
Good
12%
Fair
1%
Poor
3%
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Dinner with friends.

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LR
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on July 15, 2018

Fantastic food and drink. Lovely setting with interesting art. Great brunch!

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JG
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

The chef was very accommodating and created 2 delicious vegan dishes for us. Food was exceptional! I’d highly recommend.

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Raleigh
4.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

A terrific dining experience this time: great grouper special and scallops following excellent gazpacho, salad greens, and octopus for starters. This was a lovely dinner.

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KI
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

We like sitting is a side room where the noise level is less. Hostess gladly met request. All of the food is interesting, although the burger looks so good I am going to try it next time. The menu for a Saturday night was a bit light on choices we thought. I doubled up the tortellini appetizer.

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JB
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

Had a very enjoyable Fourth of July celebratory meal at the Counting House. A tasty meal, great ambiance and excellent service made it a fun day!

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M
4.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

I was disappointed that the restaurant was so empty since I was bringing a friend that had not dined there for her birthday. The other thing I was disappointed about was the dress of the wait staff. Our individual waitress looked very nice and was a bright star, but the other wait staff did not look professional in my opinion. I'm not sure I would bring my business clients to the restaurant if the staff did not dress more professional.

I also had to wait a long time to get my car from valet parking. Long enough that my two friends thought that maybe the car had been stolen and I started to be concerned as well.

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MB
4.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

The art atmosphere is great. Attention to detail. Needed more wait staff. Maybe some who are real foodies. Needs one chocolate offering for desert. Food was artfully presented.

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CH
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was unique and delicious. The menu changes every season.

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OT
Raleigh
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Sever was a bit rude to my mom, who was celebrating her birthday. Everything ended up being ok, but I don’t appreciate snobby service regardless of how good the food is.

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LE
Raleigh
3.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

While the food was artful and ingredients were uniquely paired, I was very disappointed with the flavor. I had the hen and it was served a bit cold and the flavor was extremely bland. I also tried oysters on the half shell, but the server did not describe the sauces that accompanied them, so I wasn't sure what I was eating. Cocktails were delicious, but the food could use some work.

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MS
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent service and food. Art collection upstairs and downstairs plus old bank vault with mirror hallway behind it. Looks like it can be reserved for cocktails.

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J
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

We were heading to a podcast at DPAC & enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Counting House.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

We went for our anniversary and we loved it! The food and the service were both top notch. We will be back!

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LA
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Where we go to Durham for a show or we will go to Durham for dinner from Raleigh. This is a first choice of places. Always many good things to choose from on the menu. This past weekend I could have chosen just about everything on the menu for great dining. Wait staff was great.

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NC
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 11, 2018

This is the second time we have had lunch at Counting House. Our meals were outstanding and the service was excellent. The French fries are to die for. We will be back!

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A
3.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

I got the swordfish, was just ok. My date got the pasta, which was very good. Service from our specific waiter was not very good, at all. Especially since it was very slow when we went (Sunday night). The other staff seemed to be performing well but our waiter was poor.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food and service. Greeted with a warm smile and friendly, professional service.

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t
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

I made the reservation on opentable and specified that it was my wedding anniversary. When we arrived at the table, there were 2 glasses of champagne on the table! Very nice surprise.

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OT
Western NC
4.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Triangle restaurant week try with $35 prefix 3 course. But a glass of wine was $18 so still spent over $100 and my hubs wasn’t fond of his pork - thought it might even have been undercooked but he did not say anything so there that...

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SM
Raleigh
4.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

The Counting House is unique in its decor. It has art work throughout. The food was fabulous and the wait staff very attentive.

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Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

We first went for the vegan challenge and found it so good we had to go back. The meals were so creative and imaginative and fantastic. We all raved about it all night. They have a solid menu of regular food but their veggies are fantastic

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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Quickly becoming our favorite place in Durham. Creative menu, nice bar area with very friendly staff. Perhaps the best burger in NC as well.

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m
Raleigh
4.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Terrible service but I must admit that the food was surprisingly stellar! Easily my top spot for brunch in the triangle at present. Very simple dishes but prepared impeccably. I even got the wrong side by my incompetent waitress's mistake and I didn't send it back because it was so exceptionally good. Highly recommend for the breakfast menu and will absolutely go back for dinner.

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L
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

Food was delicious, but service was very slow.

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TC
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

We had brunch on Mother’s Day, this was our first visit to The Counting House. The staff very friendly and efficient. The brunch menu at first glance seemed limited but, we had the Birds eye view of the orders coming out of the kitchen and our opinion changed. I personally started with one menu item in mind and changed my mind literally three times. We had a larger party and it was honestly the first time in quite awhile everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Can’t wait to try their dinner menu!

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e
Tampa
1.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

We were in town for a college graduation. Out of the 8 restaurants we experienced in Durham, The Counting House was by far the worst meal and the worst service! At 10:30am on a Saturday, it took 20 minutes to get a cup of coffee, prompting me to leave the table to find the waitress twice! The food, when it finally arrived, had been pre-plated, was soggy and unappetizing. We will never return.

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f
Western NC
5.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

We are staying at the 21c hotel and went to the Counting House for dinner. Great ambiance with imaginative art, friendly and helpful wait staff. We ate appetizers for dinner and loved the oysters, broccolini, shrimp and grits, and octopus. Found a great bottle of inexpensive languedoc wine in the wine list and loved the evening

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F
Raleigh
4.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent waitstaff. Interesting art. Restrooms need attention. Dirty and lacking soap. Interesting interior, tho. My meal of scallops was very good. Probably will not return

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Raleigh
1.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

How do you screw up a BLT? The bacon was cold and not crunchy-almost raw. The bread was burnt. Fries were greasy. Took forever to get drinks and there was only one other table and no one in the bar. (Did I say one-1 other table?) My husband's Eggs Benedict was absolutely raw-I would have sent it back. Overall a terrible experience-which I will never repeat.

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New York Area
3.0
Dined on May 4, 2018

Excited to try and intrigued by eclectic menu, location and love the artsy, contemporary decor. But the evening started off on the wrong foot with my interaction with the hostesses, and more issues ensued throughout meal: slow food arrival, disconnect with random arrival of some dishes, and entrees not brought out together. Didn't see our waitress for a long time, the wine steward came over and said one of our entrees was accidentally sent to a different table but no apologies and no comp for the delay. So one of our party sat for 30-40 minutes w/o dinner while the rest of our dinners were half eaten. And they forgot one of our side dishes which arrived undercooked. Overpriced considering all this. Seems there's some kinks to be worked out.

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Raleigh
5.0
Dined on April 30, 2018

We went for the Durham vegan challenge and were happy to find a lot of vegan/vegetarian options on the menu, all very imaginative and well presented. There were a lot of choices for our non-vegan friends. The food was excellent

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m
Richmond
5.0
Dined on April 29, 2018

Service and food were phenomenal. I highly recommend trying their craft cocktails with dinner.

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L
3.0
Dined on April 29, 2018

The service was great since we were one of two tables there. However, the food wasn’t worth the price in my opinion. The chicken and dumplings were way too salty and inedible. The burgers were great, just very greasy. We were there for a special occasion and were given a free desert for it which was nice. I do not see going back in the future though since the quality doesn’t match the price.

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SS
Raleigh
4.0
Dined on April 25, 2018

The food was terrific - portions are small. Service was good until dessert - waited about 20 minutes for that. Otherwise, I recommend this place for a special occasion or date. The food was worth it.

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Raleigh
5.0
Dined on April 17, 2018

Always a great place to go for a business dinner

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S
New England
3.0
Dined on April 17, 2018

I wanted to love Counting House. I've enjoyed all of 21c's restaurants (Cincinnati, Louisville, Bentonville) and was sure I'd love this, too. The staff is great. But we waited a LONG time for our drinks and an even longer time for our entrees (after our starters) which were just...okay.

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Raleigh
4.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

Our first choice restaurant was jampacked and did not take reservations so we looked on OpenTable to see what was available. I’m so glad OpenTable showed us this restaurant because it was outstanding. We were there with family including a toddler and a baby, and felt very welcome. The brunch menu had great variety and everyone loved what we ordered. The service was great and the atmosphere was too.

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TP
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

Counting House is a hidden gem in downtown Durham. You could walk by it and never guess it's there. The food is fresh, and it's very affordable. Highly recommend checking it out if you're in the area--and be sure to check out the 21c Museum that's occupies several floors in the hotel (and is open 24 hours).

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OT
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

Outside the people acting like 12 year olds who were representing Duke Alumni, the meal, drinks, and service were amazing.

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