Counting House

4.5
1001 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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SnyderWife
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Amazing food, great service, beautiful unique Art and great location. Close to parking garage.

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vipMaryD
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Brunch. Food was delicious.

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Vbites
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly elevated and very delicious comfort food in an art museum. What more could you ask?

Counting House
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us at Counting House. Happy to hear you very much enjoyed your visit with us and also the museum! We have more exciting menu items in the works for the future. Look forward to having you join us again soon. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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ForrestJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Vegetarians need to know that there are almost no vegetarian choices on the menu, and 'dinner' might be an appetizer, a side dish, and a salad.

Also, it's an a la carte menu, so expect dinner to cost more than the price of the entrees.

Counting House
Responded on June 11, 2021

Forrest, Thank you for taking time to let us know about your meal with us at Counting House. We are always happy to accommodate special requests and can make off menu items happen. I very much apologize if that was not offered as an option. I hope you will join us again soon. I will personally make sure you have a wonderful expereince, Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to have this brunch option. Surprised we had to ask for a refill on coffee and they served coffee mate rather than cream? Also had to request syrup. Food was good. Though not worth the price - especially the Bloody Mary’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday brunch. Food was terrific

Counting House
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us! See you again soon.

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vipNaomiL
Warwickshire
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal after months of home cooking! We particularly enjoyed the Japanese bread, the special peaches, the special fish and the lamb rigatoni. Joseph's service was excellent. All round, a great experience.

Counting House
Responded on June 3, 2021

So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always happy to do the cooking so you don't have to!

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HelenS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu options but everything is delicious.

Counting House
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for joining us! Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal. Stay tuned, the menu will continue to evolve as we are able to open more. Lots more delicousness in the works!

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Best part about the place was the fries the rest of the Food was 🤮🤮🤮🤮

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TomW
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My wife's birthday brunch was held at the Counting House. The staff, to a person, was professional and friendly and the artsy ambience was just right. But, the quiche ordered by my wife and her friend was dark, elderly and hard. It was sent back and the kitchen apparently sent out two freshly made servings. They were satisfactory. But in the delay in waiting for this to play out my food cooled. I did not send it back but should have.

Counting House
Responded on May 19, 2021

Tom, I apologize for the quality of food you experienced with us this weekend. We should have most definitely offered to bring your dish back out at the same time. Please let me know the next time you visit and I will make sure you have a 5 star experience. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vipDanaC
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We've had fantastic meals in 21c restaurants in Louisville and Cincinnati on multiple occasions. We were quite excited when the Durham location opened because we live nearby in Raleigh. Durham is very competitive town for good food and dining. Our first meal at the Counting House was disappointing, but, based on our prior experiences, we resolved to keep coming back, and have always been disappointed. Today was our fifth try over several years and, by Durham standards, barely mediocre. I think it will be our last attempt. The art, as always was interesting and engaging, but there are many better choices for creative and quality dinning in Durham.

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vipChefying
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A nice place in Durham in an old hotel. This will be a one and done. Menu was very small as to the items being served. Maybe due to shortages, not enough choices. $18 for a burger, this is not the place for the value added meals. Food tasted good and service was adequate. Seemed shorthanded like a lot of places these days.

Lower the prices to reflect the food they serve and have a bigger menu and this will be golden.

Counting House
Responded on May 19, 2021

Thank you for dining with us last week. We very much look forward to growing our menu and our team as we move towards our new normal. Your feedback is much appreciated. Hope that you are able to join us again soon.

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vipsdinner29
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They recently got a new chef and team and it was the best meal we’ve had in SO long. The chefs are amazing and the food is out of this world. We ordered almost everything and are excited to keep going back!

Counting House
Responded on May 19, 2021

Glad y'all enjoyed dinner! We are very excited to be reopen and have Chef Jeff running the kitchen. More delicious menu items on the horizon. See you again soon.

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Outstanding
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and everything was outsanding. The new chef is doing wonders with the menu and can't wait to go back for dinner.

Counting House
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thank you for celebrating Mother's Day with us at Counting House. Chef Jeff always has some delicious tricks up his sleeve. Hope you can join for dinner soon!

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Foodie
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at The Counting House! We have had drinks in the bar a few times but we have been wanting to go for dinner for awhile so it was a great way to celebrate our 18 year wedding anniversary! The COVID guidelines they are adhering to now during the current situation were evident and made us feel very comfortable dining inside. The ambiance is so cool with the art, the playlist in the background, and the low light. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing! The flavors of everything were excellent! We will definitely be going back again very soon. We love the 21C Durham Hotel space to begin with so the added experience at the restaurant put the icing on the cake. Thank you so much for that!

Counting House
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us. So glad to hear you enjoyed the overall vibe and service. We hope to see you for many more visits before your next anniversary!

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McBobFamXmas
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Part of our staycation in downtown. Food was excellent service was great. Steak and pasta were our meals. The Japanese bread was so tasty.

Counting House
Responded on May 19, 2021

Happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner with us! Join us again soon!

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CherryC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great ambience. Social distancing in place. Can’t wait to go back.

Counting House
Responded on May 13, 2021

Cherry, Thank you so much for joining us! Happy to hear you enjoyed the experience. We can't wait for you to come back too!

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vipMustbegoodtoeatit
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive service, fun atmosphere.

Counting House
Responded on May 2, 2021

Glad you enjoyed your dinner with us! We look forward to having you dine with us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend wanted to go out somewhere for dinner and we stumbled upon counting house best stumble ever.

Counting House
Responded on April 29, 2021

Happy to hear you enjoyed your stumble! Check us out for brunch sometime soon. Look forward to your next visit.

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MargaretM
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was a birthday reservation, but there was no mention of it. In the past there seemed to be a special dessert option but I guess that’s no longer done?

The allergen awareness was kind of addressed-the waitress came out with a menu marked with notes but she wasn’t aware of those items had or excluded the ingredients.

Overall not my best visit there, but will still be on my short list since the previous visits were very good.

Counting House
Responded on April 29, 2021

Margaret, Thank you for your review. I have addressed this with your server from that evening. We have heavily updated our digital menu and training menu with all allergens for dishes. We look forward to having you back with us at Counting House. Please let me know the next time you are in. I will make sure you get a belated birthday toast! Josh Kauffman F&B Director

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MaryM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Okay but not great. Service seemed rather slow and inattentive.

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JadeB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It atmosphere, music, decor, and service are top notch. The food was good not great. Its a great date spot or a place to go to dinner with friends. I will go back repeatedly.

Counting House
Responded on April 29, 2021

Jade, So happy to hear you enjoyed the vibe at Counting House! Please say hello on your next visit and I will make sure everything is top notch! Josh Kauffman F&B Director

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Ldj423
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was of course not at all crowded. Precautions were taken to make sure we felt secured. Our waiter was informative and accommodating. He brought us a surprise dessert for my birthday. Loved the funky artwork.

Counting House
Responded on April 24, 2021

Thank you so much for celebrating your birthday with us! Glad you enjoyed your visit. Make sure to take a stroll around the museum as well. Lots more fun artwork to explore.

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FloydA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Counting House! celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary my wife chose the
Macaroni entree from the dinner menu and for me the Cresto de Gallo. I can say this is one of best dinning out experiences we had in all our travels. Highly recommend Counting House.
PS
C21 Museum Hotel is at the top of our Durham NC list, looking forward upcoming stay at Louisville,KY

Counting House
Responded on April 29, 2021

Floyd, Thank you so much for joining us. Glad to hear you had a wonderful experience. I have passed your kind words along to our team. Cheers!

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vipCappbo
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

While we used to come to Counting House a lot, we have not been in a year (for reasons I'm sure people could guess). We came back to a pared-down menu, which was fine as that seems common now. The food was very well done and delicious. My only concern was that the service was not up to expectations. We waited over twenty minutes to get a cup of coffee (which was a good cup of coffee) and other service was very delayed. They may be having trouble with staffing but the service was not what I would expect from a restaurant that prices as if they are upscale.

Counting House
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thank you so much for joining us. I truly apologize for the service you received while dining with us. I hope will join us again soon and allow us to make sure you have a 5 star experience. Josh Kauffman F&B Director

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KrisF
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We had brunch and although the menu was somewhat limited, the food was delicious!

Counting House
Responded on April 14, 2021

Kris, Glad to hear you enjoyed brunch! We're excited to be able to start expanding our menus here very soon. Please visit us again and try some of the upcoming new items!

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vipjmc4cy
Greensboro
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy brunch at the Counting House. I was a little surprised the $15 sour dough waffles was just 1 waffle. Seems like a pretty steep price for a waffle. ATM burger was good and fries perfect. Enjoyed the animal art in the restaurant. The bathrooms are...strange...go check them out. The staff was all great. Overall would recommend.

Counting House
Responded on April 3, 2021

Glad to hear you enjoyed brunch with us! Thank you for the feedback about the waffle. Hope you can join us again soon!

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KatherineT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was great.
Espresso machine was not working :( and the granola/fruit/yogurt bowl needs a little improvement. 5 teeny thin slices of strawberries and maybe a tablespoon of granola. However the art work is fabulous!

Counting House
Responded on March 23, 2021

Katherine, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your visit. I apologize for the espresso machine and the quality of the granola. Our goal is to make sure service and food are always as great as the artwork! Please let me know the next time you visit. I'd like to make sure you have a 5 star meal! Josh Kauffman F&B Director

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, attentive service

Counting House
Responded on March 4, 2021

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dinner wasn’t bad and service was great but very small and misleading portions. Ordered 2 Bolognese pasta for dinner which was delicious but portions were very small - like a cup and half. There were 3 main menu sections (small, pasta, large entree). I could understand if it was under small section but it wasn’t and was $18. We ordered 2 more for “desert” so we could be filled and asked for discount. No discount was reflected on check. Therefore even though some items on menu are delicious I won’t be back. In addition, my wife ordered the chicken and it was below average.

Counting House
Responded on March 4, 2021

I'm very to sorry you were not happy with your experience with us. Our fresh pastas are meant to be a mid course, and I apologize you were not made aware. I really hope you all will join us again soon and let us wow you this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service in all areas, delicious food and large portions. Friendly and welcoming. Professional and Covid protocols. Bar was also great with personalized drinks available and large selection. Restaurant manager Josh and Savvy the events coordinator/mgr were exceptional in assistance with changing our reservations and also welcoming us as we stayed at 21CMuseum Hotel that is attached. Breakfast, dinner and also drinks were exceptional in all ways throughout the weekend. Thank you!

Counting House
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you for joining us Claire. It was a pleasure to meet you and your fiance. We look forward to your next stay with us in Durham!

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vipMike
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance.....very unique.....Lobster Pappardalle was an incredible dish.

Counting House
Responded on February 25, 2021

Glad you enjoyed! Chef does love making fresh pasta. We look forward to you dining with us again soon.

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JasmineP
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for Valentine's Day, and they had a prix fix menu. There were two (of four) appetizers and one (of four) entrees that were vegetarian, which was great to see. Food quality was very high, especially the mushroom risotto. Staff were very friendly and attentive. The decor was a great conversation starter, and it was very romantic overall. Very great for a special occasion, a bit pricy for a casual meal.

Counting House
Responded on February 17, 2021

Jasmine, Thank you for dining with us this weekend and supporting Downtown Durham. We hope you join us again soon!

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MelissaB
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We dined at Counting House on the day before Valentine's day and ordered off their prefix menu. The service was excellent and the ambience was lovely. The food was good, but we were disappointed that they were out of several items on their prefix menu. We hope to go back and order from the regular menu.

Counting House
Responded on February 17, 2021

Melissa, Thank you for joining us this weekend. The pre fixe menu was very popular, I do apologize we had sold through several items before you arrived. We'd love to have you visit again and give the regular menu a try!

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JustinS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Great service from the waitress. However, food was not great. Steaks were over salted the first try, but cooked perfectly. Sent them back and got completely unsalted, seared , under cooked steaks back and the fries were under cooked on the second attempt. For desert, the lemon pound cake was scorched from the inside out (microwave reheat?) Sent it back. The second try was the same thing again just less so. For all of this they comp'd me a beer on a $220 meal. I expected far better. Love the hotel but that was a garbage quality meal and service from management. Great waitress thougg.

Counting House
Responded on February 17, 2021

Justin, I'm very sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit this weekend. We always strive to make sure each guests enjoys their meal. We do hope that you are able to join us again soon and give us another try.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a nice experience for a Valentine’s Day weekend

Counting House
Responded on March 4, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed it! Please visit again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot for a date night. Be sure to check out the bathrooms! And the gallery on the 3rd floor!

Counting House
Responded on February 13, 2021

Thank you for joining us at Counting House! WE hope you can visit again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy place. Good food, good service, great bar and ambiance

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vipDTRDinnerDate
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both fabulous. Tables were well distanced, everything was very clean and we felt safe. Our server, Anne-Marie was very kind and informative. We miss Chef Jeff in downtown Raleigh but love being able to visit him in Durham!

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vipSHAUND
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was phenomenal! The young, shorter gentleman at the front check in area (by the front doors) wasn't very kind, though. Only thing that through me off. I've been to Counting House and 21c several times, and always love it! The encounter at the beginning was just odd, though.

FAQs

Counting House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 956-6760.

Counting House is rated 4.5 stars by 1001 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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