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Counting House

4.6
4.6
1295 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bold. Local. Social.

Local cuisine meets the bold flavors and playful techniques of executive chef Jeff Seizer at Counting House. A social experience set amongst the art of today, designed to provide you with an easy-going escape that will feed your soul. Inspired by old school European techniques and simple preparations, his menu is familiar, yet unexpected.

The bar and lounge is a welcoming place to taste innovative cocktails, sample local craft brews, and explore broad bourbon and wine lists.

Reestablishing the warmth and vitality of a historic gem, Counting House combines contemporary design with architectural details including the building’s original terrazzo floors and arched windows.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lounge Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 956-6760

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Seizer

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Grace Kim: (919) 956-6785

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Cross street

    Corcoran & Main Street. Located on the first floor of 21c Museum Hotel.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic server. Great food.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Swordfish was fantastic. Short rib was a little disappointing. Flavor and sides were great but it required a steak knife for the shirt rib which isn't characteristic of this cut of meat. Wasn't tender.

    Counting HouseResponded 1 day agoThank you for dining with us at Counting House! Very sorry you did not enjoy your short rib. Hope to see you again soon!

  3. GM

    GlenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner, amazing cocktails at the bar, wonderful waitress and love going down to The Vaults!!

    Counting HouseResponded 1 day agoGlen, Thank you for choosing Counting House. Wonderful to hear how you enjoyed the bar. Hope to see you again soon!

  4. BC

    BrianC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was skeptical about the small menu, but we tried multiple things and left completely stuffed. Every single thing we ordered was absolutely amazing. The artwork in the restaurant and galleries was stunning! We will definitely be going back to this gem!

    Counting HouseResponded 1 day agoBrian, Thank you for choosing Counting House, glad to see you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again soon!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the bar area and were promptly assisted by the accommodating bar tender. She provided excellent service and made sure our food was delicious! This was our second time dining at Counting House and it was another fabulous experience!

    Counting HouseResponded 1 day agoThank you for dining with us! Glad to hear about your wonderful experience. Hope to see you again soon!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place for a pre-show dinner! The first question or wonderful server, Regina, asked was if we were going to DPAC so she could make sure we made it for curtain. Food was innovative and delicious and the quirky atmosphere was fun!

    Counting HouseResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for dining with us! Hope you enjoyed the show and to see you again soon!

  7. BM

    BlakeM

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Solid but small menu. Everything we ate and drank was made perfectly and brought out quickly. The service was great as well. The 21c is great as usual.

    Counting HouseResponded 7 days agoBlake, Thank you for joining us again at Counting House! Glad you enjoyed your experience, hope to see you again soon!

  8. E

    Edgar

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Overall was a great dinner.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 18, 2023Edgar, Thank you so much for choosing Counting House! Glad you enjoyed your experience, hope to see you again soon!

  9. d

    dinenc

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    seated late but enjoyed our meal, excellent service

    Counting HouseResponded on January 16, 2023Thank you for dining with us at Counting House. We are sorry that we ran over on your reservation. Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and service. We hope to see you again soon!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great Bar and Ambiance!

    Counting HouseResponded on January 14, 2023Thank you for visiting us at Counting House. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  11. LL

    LuLa

    Exclusive

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love coming here before going to DPAC! Everyone is so friendly and the food is delicious! We are never disappointed. Sarah, as usual, made us feel so welcomed and our server Mackenzi was great.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 9, 2023Thank you for dining with us again! Glad you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again soon!

  12. AH

    AshleyH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Nice place. the food would have been 10/10 but it wasn't hot. Nothing was hot. more so luke warm or borderline warm. not sure why that was because the food came out fairly quickly. Could have had more of a vibe with music for the atmosphere. was a lot of moderate chatter with not much ambience. Art was a plus. Desert--they were out of ice-cream and put strawberry ice-cream on a desert that didn't really go with strawberry. 7/10 experience over all

    Counting HouseResponded on January 11, 2023Ashley, Thank you for choosing Counting House to dine. Many apologies about your luke warm food. Please join us again so that we may wow you.

  13. BJ

    BarbaraJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed Counting House. We look forward to visiting again soon.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 9, 2023Barbara, Thank you for choosing to dine with us! Hope to see you again soon!

  14. C

    Carol

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the art studio venue was lovely.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 9, 2023Carol, Thank you for choosing Counting House! Glad you enjoyed the food and art. Hope to see you again soon!

  15. DK

    DrewK

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Too few choices and way too expensive for what you get.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 14, 2023Drew, Thank you for joining us at Counting House. Sorry to hear the menu was not a good fit for you. It does change quite often and we hope you will join us again soon for another meal.

  16. ID

    IDK1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food was good but not stellar - service was outstanding though! 21C is a venue not to miss.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 8, 2023IDK1, Thank you for dining with us! Hope to see you again soon, so we can knock your experience out of the park!

  17. M

    Michael

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    our waiter, doug, was "training" a new server. He was the most rude and crass waiter I have been around. Hopefully she realizes this (it is not hard to witness) and will stay away from any suggestions he would offer. Shocked to see such a poor representative of this otherwise nice restaurant. Food was good, prompt and decent portions. Waiter Doug was awful.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 14, 2023Michael, First, I'd like to thank you for joining us for dinner. Second, I would very much like to apologize for your experience. It absolutely did not live up to our normal service standards. Please know that your feedback is important and has been passed along to our team. Please reach out directly if you would like to join us again. I will personally make sure that you and your guests are well taken care of. Josh Kauffman F&B Director

  18. CK

    CaroleK

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good service, nice menu, very convenient for pre dinner theater and proximity to DPAC.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 8, 2023Carole, Thank you for choosing Counting House! Very glad you enjoyed your experience, hope to see you again soon!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Good food and decor. The temperature of the restaurant was too warm - made sitting a little uncomfortable. Overall a good experience.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 5, 2023Thank you for dining with us! Sorry about the temperature. Hope to see you again soon so we can make your experience a better one.

  20. R

    Robin

    Raleigh

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My swordfish entree was cooked perfectly, and it was delicious. The crab starter was not great. It was difficult to extract the crab, and what we got out was stringy. It was described by our waiter as being pre-cracked so the crab would come right out in 1 piece, but that wasn’t the case. Our waiter was attentive but knew when to leave us alone, and he made excellent wine selections.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 8, 2023Robin, Thank you for choosing Counting House! Very sorry you did not enjoy the crab claw special. Hope to see you again soon!

  21. A

    Anthony

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was perfect. Vodka sauce pasta, chef special racks of lamb, and the bread pudding dessert were all absolutely delicious. The best part of the restaurant was the staff. Our waiter Anthony was very kind and knew the entire menu and specials completely. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for great food and a quiet, calm dining room.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 5, 2023Thank you for choosing Counting House to dine. Very happy you enjoyed your experience. We will let Anthony know of your praises! Hope to see you again soon!

  22. WK

    WendyK

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed the ambience and the food. Very relaxing evening with good food and friends

    Counting HouseResponded on January 5, 2023Wendy, Thank you for dining with us at Counting House. Very glad you and your guests enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon!

  23. RM

    ReynM

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food with a cool, artsy vibe. Classy touches everywhere and bonus points for life size pink penguin statue. The “small” plates were actually quite large; we definitely got more food than we could handle. Highly recommend this place for a unique spin on some southern, Americana classics.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 3, 2023Reyn M, Than you for choosing Counting House! Very glad to hear about your experience. Hope to see you again soon!

  24. MT

    MeganT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful NYE dinner. Service was great and food was delicious.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 3, 2023Megan T, Thank you for joining us on NYE! Glad you enjoyed our special NYE menu and we hope to see you again soon!

  25. m

    moxie1406

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a post Christmas breakfast at the Counting House and everyone was very happy with their choices. The amazing art on the walls was an added bonus. The wait staff were friendly and efficient. We enjoyed checking out the old bank vault in the basement after our breakfast.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 3, 2023Moxia1406, Thank you for choosing Counting House for post Christmas breakfast. Glad you enjoyed dining with us and we hope to see you again soon!

  26. BA

    BAL58

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully prepared meal with fresh ingredients. The swordfish was perfect.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 26, 2022Thank you for dining with us on Christmas Eve! Very glad you enjoyed your swordfish. Hope to see you again soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday and mother daughter dinner!

    Counting HouseResponded on December 22, 2022Happy belated birthday! Thank you for choosing counting house to dine. Hope to see you again soon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely drinks and thoughtfully curated menu. The butternut squash was superb.

    Counting HouseResponded on January 3, 2023Thank you for choosing to dine at Counting House! Very glad to hear you enjoyed our cocktails and menu items! Hope to see you again soon.

  29. R

    jenR

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Gabrielle was attentive and friendly in spite of having a lot of tables to cover. Food was tasty and hot, portions were generous and prices reasonable considering the economic times.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 20, 2022Jen, Thank you for dining with us! Hope to see you again soon!

  30. BH

    BrianH

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Had high hopes for this dinner but disappointing overall. The Swordfish and Gnocchi were both very good less the long intertwined hair in the Gnocci. The server did have a new Gnocci prepared and did not charge us for either Gnocci. But my biggest disappointment was lack of sides and the fact the restaurant only had one choice of salad and it was very average. We weren’t thrilled with the dessert options either. We were seated prior to our reservation which was a plus.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 20, 2022Brian, Very sorry about the hair incident. And that our menu is not the right fit for you! Our menu does change seasonally, so hope to see you again soon!

  31. I

    Isabelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the food was definitely worth the price. We felt there was good value and generous portions! Would definitely go back again, we loved the risotto and drunken noodles.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 20, 2022Isabelle, Thank you for dining with us! Glad you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you again soon!

  32. JM

    JesicaM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service coupled with delicious food. I highly recommend ordering multiple small plates for a tapas style dinner.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 20, 2022Jesica, Thank you for dining with us! Glad you enjoyed yourself. Hope to see you again soon!

  33. NN

    NoNick

    Raleigh

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    First time for two of our party, repeat for two others. Our server Andreana helped get us settled in a quieter location than first proposed, no doubt significantly improving our satisfaction with the evening. Andreana's service thereafter was outstanding, knowing when to leave us to chat and when to check in. We had a selection of small plates, with the pear crostini being the most complimented among them. An enjoyable evening, and we will return.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 20, 2022NoNIck, Thank you for dining with us! Glad that Andy took suck great care of you! Hope to see you again soon!

  34. C

    Charmag

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. The swordfish was the best i have ever had.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 20, 2022Charmag, Thank you for dining with us! Glad you enjoyed the swordfish. Hope to see you again soon!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super menu with lots of delicious appetizers and entrees. Very attentive service from staff. All around a great dining experience!

    Counting HouseResponded on December 13, 2022Thank you for dining with us! Glad you thoroughly enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again soon!

  36. MO

    MichaelO

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    This is the first time we’ve been here for breakfast since 2019. The location is great and the service is good in that they were friendly and admitted their mistakes. But the restaurant has a lot to fix regarding the food. The scrambled eggs were excellent, as was the French toast. But the bacon had an odd “spoiled” taste and they put way too much salt on the hashed potatoes (very good but a lot of food). Chef likely moving too quickly in adding spices and salt. We also couldn’t make a change request for the breakfast burrito. We were told they were made in advance because of the volume that is ordered. Two problems with this: 1- they include eggs. Who wants eggs sitting in a burrito waiting to be served? For the price charged, I expect it to be made fresh at a restaurant like this. Im happy to wait a few extra minutes. I can go get a fast food burrito elsewhere. A high end restaurant should be making them fresh by hand. No excuses. Do they pre make the French toast also? The regular scrambled eggs were so much better than the eggs in the burrito. 2- the burrito took longer to serve than all the other dishes. But it was premade!! They can’t have it both ways. First they tell us we can substitute anything because they pre made them, then they can’t serve it with the rest of the dishes that were made fresh. It should have been the first dish out. The worst part was the coffee. Multiple cups were horrible. All were burnt so that means the coffee maker is not working properly. Finally, the Sunday brunch menu has limited selections. Needs more options. Unfortunately, we won’t be returning unless major changes and improvements are made. Every detail matters at todays prices.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 16, 2022Michael, Thank you for dining with us. We're sorry to hear that your experience was not up to standards. Hope you join us again soon!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great night with party of 8. Service was friendly and prompt!

    Counting HouseResponded on December 20, 2022Thank you for dining with us! Hope to see you again soon!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Everyone from the hosts to the bar to the server staff were all exceptionally helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Food and drinks were amazing. Lovely ambience in a cool old hotel.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 11, 2022Thank you for dining with us! So glad you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again soon!

  39. KL

    KristinaL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very small menu, most items weird and spicy. Had four pre-teens with us and they all hated their entrees. Ambiance not great. Very expensive for the food and experience. Value not there.

    Counting HouseResponded on December 11, 2022Kristina, Thank you for dining with us at Counting House. Sorry to hear that our menu was not a good fit. We are always happy to modify and bring down the heat of a dish upon request. We do appreciate your feedback.

  40. T

    Tammy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ginger was our server and she was more than amazing!!! We got ribs, swordfish, pork chop, oysters, deviled eggs and of course dessert!! Everything was wonderful!!! First time and it did not disappoint!! Loved they served cotton candy after the meal!! Just wonderful!!!

    Counting HouseResponded on December 7, 2022Tammy, Thank you so much for coming in! Glad you enjoyed your experience and that Ginger took such great care of you! Hope to see you again soon!

FAQs

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

Counting House is rated 4.6 stars by 1295 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Counting House

111 North Corcoran St, 21c Museum Hotel, Durham, NC 27701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corcoran & Main Street. Located on the first floor of 21c Museum Hotel.

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Hours of operation

    Lounge Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Seizer

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 956-6760

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Grace Kim: (919) 956-6785

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