Counting House

4.6
1043 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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Cappbo
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Go for the art but don't plan on rushing. This is a very interesting and culturally impressive restaurant but the service and the food are not what they once were. The service was very slow for the few patrons that were in the restaurant when we were there and it did seem that the staff was not busy based on the time they spent chatting with one another. When my food was missing a component, by the time I could get the attention of the waiter I had eaten almost half of it because we had show tickets and could not sit around and wait. Even when I pointed out that my sandwich was missing the strawberry jam, the waiter told me it was on the sandwich but that he would get me some more. It was not on the sandwich, hence my saying it was missing. Did they apologize or express regret, most certainly they did not. Would I go back? Yes, if I had plenty of time but mostly for the ambience.

Counting House
Responded 8 hours ago

Thank you for joining us. I apologize we were not up to our standards during your visit. I have passed your feedback along to our team so we can continue to grow. I truly hope you will visit again so we can show you what CH is actually known for. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vipChristianP
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch was delicious. Yogurt and granola, croque monseur, hot mess, coffee. Normal brunch menus slightly elevated yet approachable in a beautiful light-and art-filled space.

Counting House
Responded 8 hours ago

Thank you for the kind words! Happy to hear you enjoyed brunch with us. Can't wait for the next visit! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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lisac
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were amazing. Two issues. The place felt a little run down. Secondly there was a child of about 5 running around the dinning room. Totally unacceptable she is not vaccinated, no mask and singing. Management should have spoken to the family and had the child out a mask on. I definitely did not feel Covid safe

Counting House
Responded 8 hours ago

Lisa, Happy to hear you enjoyed the food and service. I have definitely passed your feedback along to our management team. I hope you do return for another visit soon. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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susanh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going here for brunch prior to DPAC events on Saturday. Great breakfast menu as well as a superb Bloody Mary. Service was wonderful and food great as well. Less than $20 per person. Can’t wait to go back!!

Counting House
Responded 9 hours ago

Susan, We can't wait to have you return! Thanks for brunching with us preshow. We can't take all the credit for the Blood Mary, that Flying Pepper vodka from Fair Game is quite the star. Join us again soon! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vipJenn
Columbus
80 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very eclectic atmosphere with superb food.

Counting House
Responded 8 hours ago

Jenn, Thank you for the glowing review. You really know how to make a restaurant blush. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and can't wait for the next one. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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ClareM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food really wasn’t that great. The $18 ravioli dish I ordered had 5 small raviolis that tasted pretty similar to the ones I get from the freezer section and eat at home. The rest of the meal was rather underwhelming as well. Server was nice and ambiance was cool

Counting House
Responded 8 hours ago

Hi Clare, Sorry to hear you did not enjoy your meal with us. I'd love for you to join us for another visit so we ran really wow you next go round! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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CasualFoodieNH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food could have been warmer. It was excellent tho - we had swordfish butternut squash curry and pumpkin spice risotto with scallops. Very very tasty but needed to be served much hotter (yes our fault for not asking to have it heated).

Will definitely go back.

Counting House
Responded 8 hours ago

Happy to hear you enjoyed the overall visit. Sorry the food got to you not as hot as we would have liked. Please join us again soon so we can make sure everything is 5 stars! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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Spenny
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unusual and delicious food, pleasant and helpful service. Don't miss the Big Game display!

Counting House
Responded 9 hours ago

Everyone loves to dine in the middle of a safari! So happy to hear you loved everything. And proud to be called unusual! Please come back soon for more art and ambience. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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BullishOnDurham
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time at Counting House and everyone in our party (4) was very impressed. We have pretty high standards and it was an awesome experience. We had drinks, appetizers, main dishes and desserts and all of them were outstanding. Highly recommend and look forward to the next visit.

Counting House
Responded 9 hours ago

I know Bulls season is over, but it seems like we really knocked it out of the park during your visit! We look forward to your return as the menu and drink list continue to grow and change with the seasons. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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Dzi2
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I did not find the menu very enticing and the food was good but not great.

Counting House
Responded 9 hours ago

Thank you for joining us for your business dinner. I hope you will visit us again as our menu continues to expand. We'd love to host you again and make sure to wow you. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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KathyRP
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Had Sunday Brunch, I should say Saturday Brunch because food was pre-made then reheated. Couldn't find avocado in wrap because it was Brown from being heated. Not fresh. I had French toast. Didn't put sauces on side like I requested. Used Heel of bread. I think it was heated in the microwave too. Three of us had potatoes; they were cold, some pieces were raw, some were gritty/grainy. Only the beverages were worth consuming. Worst meal I had the entire trip and embarrassed me in front of family. I don't recommend Brunch unless you can convince them to make your food fresh. Walk down to the Parlour and get some Wonderful ice cream.

Counting House
Responded 9 hours ago

Kathy, My apologies for your experience with us at brunch. I am sorry we were not up to our own standards. I have passed your feedback along to our team so we can learn & grow from this experience. I hope you would be willing to visit us again and allow us to make sure everything is just right. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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KAM1
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really loved the service, shout out to our waiter! He was the best! The food was great and the staff was very attentive. Really liked my drink the "Pretty in Pink" I believe it was called. The Japanese Milk bread and fries were my favorites :)

Counting House
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I will definitely pass this along to the team. Please join us again soon for round2! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambiance. Very convenient to the DPAC.

Counting House
Responded 9 hours ago

Thank you for joining us before the show! We'd love to have you back for late night drinks after one weekend. Look forward to your next visit. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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AngelinH
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Ryan! Food was great and affordable. Lovely ambiance.

Counting House
Responded on September 25, 2021

Angelin, Thank you for joining us. We love Ryan too. He's a rockstar. So happy to hear you enjoyed everything. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vipCoriL
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the beat meal with incredible service. We loved our waiter!

Counting House
Responded on September 25, 2021

Cori, Thank you so much for letting us know! Passing your kind words along to our team. Can't wait for you to visit again. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was superb from the cocktails to the sides. The heirloom tomato salad with a tahini inspired dressing was sublime. The duck pate was six layers of tantalizing flavors married together. I had the best swordfish ever partly because of a cream corn base and a spicy carrot topping that makes perfect sense once you try it. Amazing cocktails to boot. Either this is the best spot in Durham or Durham has a serious food scene, no idea which as we are from NYC.

Counting House
Responded on September 25, 2021

Wow. This made us blush. Can't thank you enough for joining us. Next time you're in from NYC, please come back so we can do it all over again! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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MaggieC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was great and we appreciate the relaxed yet elegant atmosphere of the restaurant.

Counting House
Responded on September 10, 2021

Maggie, Thank you for visiting us for dinner. So glad to hear we knocked it out of the park. Can't wait for you to join us again for our Fall menu soon. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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JohnM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and amazing decorations made this a wonderful dining experience

Counting House
Responded on September 5, 2021

John, Thanks for joining us! So happy to hear you enjoyed everything about CH. Look forward to having you back. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vipChrisB
Greensboro
61 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A great meal in a very unique location! The service was good and could use some practice. The food was exceptional!

Counting House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Chris, Glad to her you enjoyed your meal with us! Thank you for the feedback about your service. I am passing this along to the team. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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OpenTable Diner
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special birthday dinner. Chef Jeff delivered as always. The four of us felt taken well care of. Six courses of three dishes each gave us so many amazing flavors and textures, and he even made sure the pescatarian of the group was beyond happy. No one left with even one more bite of room available. Everything was perfect!

Counting House
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thank y'all for spending your birthday with us! Chef loves to cook family style, and always send a ridiculous amount of food. Please come back soon so we can do it all over again. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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WilliamG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest dining experiences in Durham. Definitely a must go to.

Counting House
Responded on August 31, 2021

William, Thank you for the glowing feedback. Can't wait for you to come back and try the Fall menu! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great waiter!

Counting House
Responded on August 27, 2021

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Please join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Seizer is the best - all the plates we have tried are a nice blend of flavors, textures and colors making the food served at Counting House absolutely delicious.
The ambiance is quite pleasant - unique decorations, confortable seating and nice music that is enjoyable but also allows for conversation.
The service is superb, our wait staff are always very attentive and knowledgeable.
All aspects make Counting House by far the best restaurant in Durham!
I was surprised that tonight it was not packed - maybe because we went for a late dinner. I don’t usually write reviews but I’m writing this one as I love Counting House and it really deserves more patrons!

Counting House
Responded on August 24, 2021

Thank you so much for the amazing shout out! We are always excited to hear when someone is loving what we do. Can't wait for you to try everything Chef and the rest of the team has up their sleeves in the future. See you again soon. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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rayL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! It’s my favorite restaurant in Durham.

Counting House
Responded on August 21, 2021

Ray, Glad we keep you coming back for more. New cocktails and fall menu coming your way soon! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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BoBurns
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday. Excellent atmosphere and company. Our waitress was very good and food was excellent. Had good bourbon which I like.

Counting House
Responded on August 17, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us! Hope your wife enjoyed her special evening. WE hope you are able to join us again soon and try more of our bourbon collection. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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LauraneM
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizers were excellent and unique. 3 out of 4 dinners were excellent. I have pasta with Anchovie sauce. There was NO anchovy, very plain, actually tasteless. I did complain and they offered to change it out, but we were done and had to leave for a show. I went home hungry.

Counting House
Responded on August 17, 2021

Laurane, I am glad the group enjoyed the overall experience. I have passed your feedback in regards to your entrée on to the team so we can continue to grow. We look forward to having you join us again soon. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

First of all, we love Counting House, especially the excellent service and vibe. Unfortunately, the new Aug 2021 menu was a bit of a disappointment.

The Japanese milk bread would shy in comparison against what you can get from the local Hmart. Macaroni was bland. And the dessert tiramisu was watery and reminded us what our college cafeteria used to bulk serve.

Regardless, we enjoyed the vibe and experience. However, the new standard is just not quite there vs. the previous menus from 2018-2019.

Counting House
Responded on September 5, 2021

Very sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience with us at Counting House. Please join us again so we can show you how we really do things. I promise we will blow it out of the water. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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frankpc
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service - coordinated well and our server was very helpful in choosing wine. I enjoyed the chicken dish - very flavorful. My wife's swordfish special was well prepared (not dry like swordfish often is) but could have used a bit more flavor.
Always fun eating in the old CCB bank ...

Counting House
Responded on August 11, 2021

Frank, Chef does make the best chicken I've ever had. Glad you and your wife enjoyed your experience with us. Don't forget to grab a drink and head down to the original bank vault after dinner! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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kgardner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here to celebrate our anniversary, and it was perfect! The food was fantastic. Really extraordinary! Many gluten free options, and didn't feel like we were having to sacrifice to avoid gluten. The ambiance and atmosphere was unique and fun, but quiet and romantic enough we were able to enjoy each other's company. We will be returning, and highly recommending to friends!

Counting House
Responded on August 11, 2021

Kelly, Thank you for celebrating with us. Happy anniversary again! Can't wait to have you all dine with us again soon! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vipRonnie
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. A good choice before a show at the DPAC

Counting House
Responded on August 5, 2021

Ronnie, Thank you so much for choosing CH before the show! We look forward to seeing you again next time you head to DPAC. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vipHeyKurtz
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great to return to Counting House for the first time since before the pandemic. The menu has changed thanks to the arrival of executive chef Jeff Seizer, who we were always a fan of when he ran Royale in Raleigh (RIP). The Shorty burger I had was delicious and my wife raved about the half chicken she had for our main course.

This was a perfect stop before attending a show at the DPAC, which is an easy five-minute walk away. We will definitely be back.

Counting House
Responded on August 3, 2021

Warren, Thank you so much for stopping by before the show. Chef has definitely brought some of that Royale flair to Counting House. More exciting things on the horizon! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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JamesG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience. One of the best restaurants in the area. The ambience is sophisticated--excellent decor and artwork. Great bar area with tasty specialty cocktails. The food is delicious.

Counting House
Responded on August 3, 2021

James, Great to hear we knocked it out of the park on your visit! Can't wait for you to return and try new cocktails and food as we continue to expand. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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Bfordinner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were looking for something new and different and fell upon the Counting House. Great fun to sit amongst the artwork of an unexpected museum. We would have liked to sit at one of the empty 4-top tables but were told they were being held for parties larger than two so agreed to sit in the 2-tops along a bench. Then a couple was allowed to move to a 4-top when they cited covid concerns. I’ll do that next time. Anyway, we were fine where we were. Great cocktails, good service, and yummy food made for an enjoyable evening. The melon and capicola was a refreshing summer appetizer and the heirloom tomatoes with cukes and tzatziki was delish. For entrés, my husband had the pork chop and I had the half chicken. Both were extremely good with generous portions that allowed us to bring some home. The only miss was the cold succotash -and it was a big miss for me. All-in-all it was a good choice for a hot summer evening.

Counting House
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you for joining us! Happy to hear you enjoyed your overall experience. I have passed your feedback along to the team in hopes that we can make your next visit 5 stars! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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quistquest
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good menu was short even with specials

Counting House
Responded on August 5, 2021

Thank you for joining us at CH! We will continue to expand our menu as we fully reopen. Hope you are able to join us again soon to try what Chef has in store! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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ProfessorEpicurious
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to spend our anniversary weekend at C21 and to have Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch at the Counting House. Phillip the restaurant manager and the rest of the staff were friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. The bar staff were knowledgeable about the extensive bourbon selection. We had a great experience overall.

Counting House
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us at Counting House & 21c Durham! I will pass your praise along to Philip and the rest of the team. We look forward to seeing you again! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vippatrickS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, food and all around service. Looking forward to coming back.

Counting House
Responded on July 20, 2021

Patrick, Thank you for celebrating with us Saturday! Look forward to your next visit as well. Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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BryanA
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great people! Great service! Management is helpful and understanding

Counting House
Responded on July 17, 2021

Bryan, We are only as great as our guests. So thank you for helping us succeed. Join us again soon! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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vipSkraz
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time visiting and better than the first! The food portions were bigger this time which was much appreciated (too small last time). Burger was phenomenal as was the steak.

Counting House
Responded on July 17, 2021

Stephanie, Thank you for celebrating your daughter's graduation with us! Happy to hear we were able to blow you away. Look forward to seeing you again! Josh Kauffman F+B Director

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KimB
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very expensive$$$$. Cheapest bottle of wine $42.(house wine). I had the half chicken smoked $29.00 which was very good. My husband had the market white fish(drum?) &30.00 but bland with no spices, served on steamed bland spinach. Had broccoli caesar to share first but did not care for that. Ordered 1 dozen raw oysters which were excellent & very well priced at 1.00/each. Do not serve any breads w/ meals. I don't think they have a childrens menu but we did not ask.

Counting House
Responded on July 6, 2021

Hi Kim, Thank you for your feedback. We are always looking for areas to continue to grow. We will share t