The small plates we had were packed with flavor - we thoroughly enjoyed the octopus and the sweet potato and pear. The split our entree which was so kind and the service was impeccable.
Overall great experience and will be back for sure!
We’ve been here 3 times now and have never had a bad (or even just mediocre) dish! Small plates, entrees, and desserts have all made us say “WOW”!
The restrooms were very modern but also unusual. It was not clear from the outside that once you went in and turned the lock, the glass became opaque. I'm sure there are many patrons who get up to the 2nd level where these are and then say, "I think I'll just hold it!"
Also, my husband ordered a chicken sandwich. The waiter came by our table after 10-15 minutes to say there was an issue with the chicken (he didn't really explain). He did bring us some free deviled eggs, but since I was having eggs as my entree, that wasn't really helpful to me. They were good though. The wine was expensive by the glass, and the menu wasn't clear as to the price.
All in all, it was an interesting experience but not one I care to repeat.
Wife and I enjoyed brunch before a performance at DPAC. Food was extraordinary as was the service. I would highly recommend this.
I’m not sure what was going on but it appeared they were very short staffed. When we were seated we were acknowledged by our waitress but it took about 15 minutes for her to take our drink order. She was very pleasant and was working hard to accommodate us. The food was absolutely delicious. I’ve never tasted more delicious grits, my eggs were cooked perfect and my bacon was crispy exactly as I like it. The brown butter was a nice treat. The only Improvement I would recommend is more wait staff but maybe that day was a one off situation.
This was a disappointing meal. Our poor server was left all alone — without even a hostess — to handle all of the tables. She tried hard, but forgot to bring us items we ordered, delivered coffee without cream and sugar, etc. The breakfast breads were stale, and my oatmeal was mediocre. My daughter’s bagel and lox was a tasty dish, but that’s pretty much the high.
Every time I go here is a great experience, good food, great wine, elegant.
Wow! Amazing food and service. Nice job!
Unusual selections. Very nice wait-staff. Convenient to DPAC.
Went to dinner before a play at the DPAC with my daughter. Service was slow, but we planned for that with 6:30 reservations and the food was good but the portions are quite small. Very pricey, so be prepared. Great bartenders!
We went for a work lunch, very quiet, interior was very modern contemporary and they offered short and simple menu yet something for everyone. I had vault lunch which included reuben sandwich, salad greens with light but delicious dressing and small carrot cake. We will be coming back for lunch here.
Menu was very unique, food was excellent! Nice cocktail offerings. Love the bar area! Very convenient to DPAC. A tad on the pricey side, but worth it. Service was fabulous!
Hostess started off on the unfriendly side and with a not very warm greeting. My wife and I arrive at 8:59pm for a 9pm and my two other guests were 1-2 minutes behind. Her comment, I’ll seat you “when” your entire group arrives. Thank you they will be here shortly. She disappears in an unfriendly manner.
Comes back and seats us. Server arrives and first words, I’m not the server you’ll have but here’s your menus
This was NOT a warm welcome. We had expectations that this was NOT going to go well.
Our actual server arrived, very helpful, great service and we had a wonderful meal. I had mentioned steak tartare to the GM and they made one and sent it out and was spectacular.
The hotel and Restaurant does try hard but just has a few misses that seem odd as they have so much promise
Oh, am an NOT easy to please. These misses are minor until they are not
Our server, food and ambiance was good. B+
Very busy. My first drink was in a chipped glass that the bartender switched out to a dirty sticky glass. The appetizers were great but the entree was fish that was raw and had to be sent back. Noisy atmosphere that did not allow much intimate conversation.
The ingredient combinations sound strange but work so well together. The duck and the short ribs are mists. Our bartender was surly to everyone but our waitress was wonderful.
I had tickets to Diana Krall at DPAC and even though I made reservations weeks in advance, didn't have too much choice on restaurants. I have stayed at the 21C and enjoyed their food. Unfortunately, they were being slammed on this Saturday night and the bar was so full that I had the impression that walk-ins ordering at the bar received preference over reserved diners. I allowed 2 hours to dine before the show. Our first courses had not arrived 30 minutes after ordering and we had to pressure the management to eat before 7:30 so that we could make the show. The food was cold. The kitchen was obviously over-taxed. The food is too complicated. If they simplified and prioritized being able to meet demand they would be smart. It's such a great location! If it were mine, I would expand the bar and it's menu. Why not have a pre-theater meal that can be easily executed? Please don't offer more than your kitchen can execute!
We arrived at 5:30PM in order to eat before an 8PM show at the DPAC. We informed our wait person of this plan, but our drinks took almost an hour and our entrees arrived at 7:20PM giving us just enough time to wolf our food and run. In addition, my wife's tile fish was essentially raw (a mistake, it wasn't supposed to be shashimi) and she had nothing to eat other than appetizers. While the manager did not charge us for this fiasco, and gave us coupons for free drinks, I can't see myself ever returning.
Really enjoyed both appetizers - the seared tuna and the grilled broccolini. Pan roasted catch was fantastic - the korma and bloomed rice was an amazing accompaniment to the fish. The Sub Rosa cocktail was fantastic too.
The service was cordial but being the first time in this place I had to ask for a menu description, how to order a well structured meal with the small plates and dinner items.
The food is amazing, so many contrasting flavors and creative combinations. Definitely coming back with my foodie friends.
I'd recommend a trip to experience the Counting House. We stayed at the 21C Hotel so obviously the Counting House was quite convenient. I will say I wish the menu was a bit more extensive. Also, as you walk into the restaurant it had a "Asian/Chinese food" smell in the air similar to fried pot stickers.
Very pleasant experience however I can't say I'd be hurrying back. Many more venues to try in Durham.
We had a delicious meal, with pleasant, attentive service. We chose the Counting House because of its unusual ambience. We showed our friend from out of town the vault downstairs and the museum upstairs, though parts were closed for a private event. Good food, good wine, good company. Someone was having a lot of fun in the ballroom--very loud music emanating from there.
Cold eggs. Lukewarm sausage, grits, biscuit. Request for butter hot cream cheese and some butter-ish imposter. Served our food to another table, picked it up, returned to the kitchen, then served it to us. And we wonder how germs are spread. Disgusting.
Hotel setting near DPAC with museum pieces. Delicious (Valentine's) meal with multiple courses. Plenty of time to talk and enjoy the ambiance of the setting. The dessert (chocolate souffle') was worth waiting for, especially with sparkling champagne.
service was slow throughout dinner. Atlantic Cod was undercooked. Atlantic Tile was nicely presented but rather salty. roasted cauliflower was excellent
It was ok- we were seated next to a couple that wanted to sit in each other’s laps and it was very awkward. (There’s one area with just one long bench and tables pretty close together so you’re essentially seated right next to someone- which is fine when it’s just ONE person.) There were a lot of other tables open as we went other late so I
Wonderful experience. Love the food. Especially they look good in the plates.
The food is good overall, but the rib ra a little bit oily. My friend says the taste of hen is not good. I love the shrimp appetizer best.
We had a delicious Sunday brunch at Counting House. The grits are amazing and the eggs benedict does not disappoint. The service was prompt and friendly. Our daughters were particularly enamored of the restaurant decor which focuses on a lot of contemporary art by primarily local artists.
Such a fun and interesting place. Its in a museum and the exhibits are great! The food was different & delicious. The service was delightful!
We loved our experience at Counting House during Triangle Restaurant Week. The food and drinks are as intriguingly out there as the decor, and everything was delicious.
We had a really delicious dinner! I had the braised short rib (YUM)and Fantastic egg nog cream brûlée for dessert.
Went for Restaurant week, great value, excellent food and service. Had butternut squash soup, chicken and dumplings and creme brûlée. Would recommend all.
We had a three course meal during Triangle Restaurant Week which was great. Unusual and excellent cocktails, great mushroom soup, tasty tender ribs and delicious deserts (especially the Brie). Decor and bathrooms interesting and intriguing. Overall excellent dining.
Restaurant week is a great opportunity to try new restaurants. The food was fabulous and you dime surrounded by beautiful art. Regular prices were not horrible comparatively.
Delicious food, but small portions, and all wine by the glass options were rather pricey. This is certainly more of a special occasion place for food, but it's worth stopping in for a cocktail and to wander in the museum before eating somewhere more affordable.
We ate there for Restaurant week so our choices were limited. Parking can be difficult since valet cost $8. The appetizer and main courses were good and creative, the desserts were terrible. Nice to view the inside of the Museum hotel. Casual atmosphere. Wine was sold by a 9 oz glass so pricey.
I came for Triangle Restaurant Week and was quite disappointed. The butternut squash bisque was tasty enough but served lukewarm in a cold bowl. The chicken and dumplings was also just fine, nothing special. The broth could have been canned. The dumplings were great though. The eggnog creme brule was the best part of the meal. The music that was playing was teen pop hits like Ke$ha and P!nk, not appropriate, in my opinion, for what is supposed to be a classy, adult restaurant in an art-oriented hotel. Thumbs down, would not recommend.
Atmosphere/ambience are great. The staff were delightful. Several flaws… I had six oysters and one was bad and they did not offer to replace it or not charge me the four dollars. When the waiter removed the platter that had the completed oysters, he spilled the juices all over my lap and the restaurant did not even offer to pick up my $25 dry-cleaning tab for my suit. The pumpkin Creme Brulé did not taste like pumpkin and the top sugar was too hard to even tap and crack with the spoon. The inside was like pudding. My venison was excellent on the first piece and the second was not the same excellent consistency. Several things to improve upon but I really do like this restaurant