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About Counting House

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.

111 North Corcoran St
21c Museum Hotel
Durham, NC 27701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Main St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 956-6700

Website:
http://www.countinghousenc.com/

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.

Counting House Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (25)
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Good for a Date (14)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Romantic (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Tapas (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fun (3)
People Watching (3)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

We had our office Christmas lunch there and there were 6 of us. The food was good, however we were told the soup was a white bean and kale so 4 of us ordered it. When the soup was brought out it was a butternut squash soup. It was delicious to 3 of us but 1 person did not touch hers and returned it as she does not like pumpkin soup. The waiter took it away and said he had not been told the bean soup had burned and this was a substitute. They did not bring this person anything in place and charged us for her soup! The chocolate cake dessert and pumpkin creme brule were wonderful as were the oysters and deviled egg starters. Overall the meal was quite good and came to $300 for 6 of us for lunch. A little pricey.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined 5 days ago

The Counting House is one of our favorite places. The oysters are superb. And the ambiance and service are always top-notch. Great place for a couples night out. Glad to have such a nice place here in downtown Durham.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was pre-DPAC event so a bit busy, but service was still good. Food was creative, tasty and very well presented. Very impressed by sides, as thoughtfully prepared as the entrees. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

I had a two-day business meeting a 21-c. I invited my daughter, son in law and granddaughter, who live in Raleigh, to come over to Durham for dinner at the Counting House located inside the Hotel 21-c. My daughter requires a vegetarian/gluten-free menu and she was very happy with the choices she had to pick from. We were all very pleased with the food and the service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food arrived in a warm state, but not hot. Staff seemed moderately interested in being at work and one wore a sweatshirt and jeans. Had much higher expectations for our meal based on the decor, atmosphere and hotel.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was very good and the serving staff and management were friendly and helpful with menu questions and recommendations. Unfortunately, the noise level was uncomfortably loud - it was difficult to even hear the server when she spoke to us - and the service was slow. Both of these factors were surprising given that we had an early 5:30 reservation. Even though the meal was great, I wouldn’t recommend the Counting House due to the noise level and sluggish service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Durham sure has changed. This place is cool, unusual, creative and delicious. On a slow night, the service was bizarrely disorganized (even getting seated in an almost-empty restaurant took almost five minutes) and the server seemed oddly distracted. Nevertheless, the food was outstanding and I'd happily go back. It's about as expensive as it gets (short of something like Fearrington or Herons) but it definitely impressed and I'm glad we checked it out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Counting House is a true unique restaurant with one of the most incredible menu's you will ever see. Great for Tapas. Note portions are not huge but the tastes are incredible. It is a vibrant modern restaurant w an art gallery too. Service is great.........very cool place in Durham

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very friendly staff and food was excellent!! The wine was awesome as well!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was excellent! What a great experience

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food as usual was excellent. Getting our food took forever, however. I'm not sure if that was because there were several real large groups there or not but it was annoying because for health reasons I try not to eat after 8 PM and because service was so slow I was not able to accomplish this. Thus I had a rough 😪

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our waiter, Blakely was fantastic and attentive. She made us feel welcomed at the restaurant. The hostess, Rachel was professional and patient as I had to cancel and then reschedule our reservation. The food was quite tasty and is a modern twist on American food. It was well prepared and presented. I had the seared swordfish and my wife had the seared trout.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The small plates and appetizers were inventive and tasty but the steak was overpriced,small and uninspired.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great creative delicious food. Wide variety interesting combinations for meal. Very interesting space. New Chef great

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was great, but the space was a bit odd. It must once have been a bank or something, because it has very high ceilings and pillars as large as tree trunks. This doesn't give an intimate space, so I wouldn't recommend this for a romantic night out. On the other hand, the food was first rate; a nice mix of flavors and all the proteins were perfectly cooked.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 22, 2017

New chef Thomas Card has gone above and beyond to create art with fresh, local ingredients in a way that not only appeals aesthetically but also to the senses. It is obvious that this venue creates an atmosphere of relaxation and curiosity as you venture through the art galleries with a sumptuous craft cocktail in hand. Highly recommend to local and seasonal visitors alike.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

While the restaurant itself was interesting, we were disappointed in the seating. We were sat on the corner table of the long bench along the wall with another couple a few inches from us. It was incredibly awkward that the other couple was listening to our conversation and talking to us! While it's understandable on a busy night, there were so many open tables that were never seated the entire time we were there. The dishes were very interesting and delicious though I would recommend skipping dessert. The caramel apple that we had was the smallest dessert I have ever seen for the price.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great apps & bread. Good entrees. Kind of expected to be blown away by entrees with such a limited menu. Definitely no reason to be disappointed if you can't get a reservation elsewhere and have to "settle."

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic service, fabulous meal. Interesting venue and just the right amount of light and buzz...easy to converse and yet felt cozy even though in a very large, open dining space.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The bar experience was amazing! Drinks were wonderful, inventive, and the pork cracklings were tasty. However, the dinner experience was blah, the service was great, the food was just "ok". I was disappointed, for the price point, location, ambiance the dinner entrees weren't wonderful. I had the scallops they were a little raw in the middle, they flavors that were infused were just ok. My husband ordered the Ribeye dish from the menu and was told it was slightly enhanced for fall. This was also not wonderful. We have both had better steaks at chain steakhouses. The Counting was a disappointment, but maybe it was just an off night, but at that price point you can not afford an "off night"

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Best scallops I have ever put in my mouth. Went back after the show for more. Expensive but worth it for the quality of food. Very friendly staff. Bartender very friendly and attentive. Went for breakfast as well and out of this world.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This was my first time and a very pleasant experience. I've been to the ones in Louisville and Cincinnati, and this one did not disappoint. While I'm disappointed Josh Munchel is no long Chef, it was delicious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I stayed at the 21C Hotel in Durham just for one night this week so I had dinner at the hotel restaurant, Counting House. The decor in the bar is bright and beautiful, comfy cushioned tall chairs with backs, interesting lighting, etc. I thought the actual dining room was pretty drab - simple floors, no tablecloths, tables pretty close together, nothing really "wow" so i asked to be reseated in the bar. The food was fine but pricey, especially for Durham. I had a shrimp/cashew/pineapple appetizer that just didn't work. Three shrimps sitting in a spicy sauce with no pineapple flavor and soft cashews. A definite miss. I had the scallops for dinner - five large scallops in a rich sauce with corn kernels. I would have expected more to come with the scallops - a starch? vegetables? I finally asked for bread. I had a glass of wine and my total bill was $80. Really? I don't know enough about downtown Durham to know what other options there are. From what I could see from driving to the hotel, not much. So Counting House may be the best game in town but it wasn't crowded at all. An OK experience but definitely overpriced.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 9, 2017

My daughters and I had an awesome dining experience at Counting House. We were in town for college tour and a friend from the area provided the recommendation. We are so happen this restaurant was recommended. It was fabulous.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The scallops were amazing as was the selection of Bourbons at the bar. I'd recommend one of the flights for the latter.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The atmosphere seems very fancy, giving your dining experience the air of a special occasion. Nonetheless the wait staff are friendly, accommodating and unassuming. Good selection of local beers and exhaustive list of wines, other beers and cocktails.

Interesting and great tasting selection of vegetable primary/secondary plates. Date/Wife and I both had fish dishes which were extremely delicious without being a kick in the mouth.

If you get the chance, tour all the art exhibits in the hotel either before or after your dinner for a complete experience!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I brought family visiting from out of town here. When we sat, there were maybe 2 other tables in the restaurant occupied. Our server took a very long time to bring us water, then took so long to take our order we flagged another server down and asked her to take it. Our server also forgot to put our starter in, only brought it out late when I reminded her, and she didn’t do anything to accommodate. She also didn’t refill coffee until we asked and she never brought out more cream. Our food came out Luke warm, and food runners continuously brought us food that was for other tables, would awkwardly stand there holding food, and then walk away . I work as a server and shift manager at another restaurant in Durham and can say I was extremely disappointed with the food and service and how our server handled her mistakes. Furthermore, one of the servers was wearing pink sweatpants which seemed very unprofessional. If the restaurant had been busy I would have been more understanding for the terrible service and Luke warm food. I Was very excited to try counting house but was extremely disappointed. If you’re considering here for brunch, literally go to Waffle House over this restaurant.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was creatively prepared and delicious. Probably the best meal I've had in the triangle to date.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Wonderful experience! Staff was so friendly and took very good care of us! The food was outstanding and the waiter's suggestion for wine pairing was perfect!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Dissapointed: scallops were raw, quinoa was rock hard. When I shared the feedback there was no effort to make things right. Nice decor and art though.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was phenomenal. My husband said it was the best steak he ever ate. Service left a bit to be desired. I would come back for the food though and the atmosphere. And, I'd just hope I have a different waiter. He never filled our water glasses which is a big problem in my book. That said, the food was soooo good! Watching the chefs in the kitchen was also quite a treat. Make sure you try the cornbread bread pudding - such a treat!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The restaurant was relatively empty when we arrived. The servers seemed to be a bit confused on menu offerings, but when the food came, it was very good. A very nice meal, but I believe a bit overpriced for the selection / service / ambiance.

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Attentive, yet not overbearing service. Excellent cocktails. Dinner selections were not your typical steak or chops. My wife had roasted cauliflower and the roasted quail. Both were yummy. I had the basic artisan lettuce salad, which was perfectly dressed. I added the honey glazed rotisserie hen. Its beech mushroom/cherry sauce was quite nice--not your standard fare.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Delicious and fantastic brunch. Great service!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

the restaurant was hopping when we arrived for an 8pm reservation. we were greeted cheerfully and brought to our table. despite being quite full, the waitstaff was very attentive and prompt with our drink orders. the menu was interesting and we wanted everything on it.
our food was delicious, and again, the waitstaff were very attentive.
we will definitely be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food is good. Awesome cold water oysters from NB, PEI and MA. Nice strip steak and red snapper. The ambiance is industrial meet Andy Warhol meets Durham shabby chic hipster. This is where I get lost in the developing durhamness of the last decade. Admittedly some will say that turns unique flavor and what make it special. I however enjoy the discipline of service and circumstance of a $200 dinner for two in a major metropolitan area. The crips white table cloth, dark wood, cosy lighting, professional host/hostess and well groomed and regimented waitstaff. Counting house is a big grey room with faux animal heads on the walls, a cage over the kitchen and friendly folks dressed as if they may do another shift after at motorco or pinhook. I know these may be words of DURM sacrilege but I've always been one to quickly cause the anti-establishment of becoming the new establishment. There is something to be said for doing something well and besides spreading it all over the map and having some nice eats not sure what CH is doing well.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 11, 2017

A great meal as always. The quail small plate was our favorite. Oysters were wonderful. Always enjoy the the cotton candy at the end. We ordered one entree to share and they split if for us without asking and still very nicely presented.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Beautiful decor, great food, good service. Had the swordfish special, delicious! Cheese plate was great too.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I know the reviews were mixed but this was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Started with oysters. They were small but tasty. Next was the Heirloom Tomatoes. Unbelievable!!! My entree was the pork dish. Flavorful and amazing!!! Try the Kentucky Gentleman Drink?????? Awesome summer drink. This place was a great find but you pay for it. Expensive but I would do it again tomorrow.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The art is fantastic and so original. Felt like I was in New York not south of the Mason Dickson line. Cool!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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