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Counting House

4.6
4.6
1204 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lounge Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 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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What 1,204 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

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  1. LL

    LuLa

    Exclusive

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again we had a wonderful meal here. Everyone is always so friendly and helpful and the food is delicious. Sarah made us feel so welcome and we enjoyed getting to know our awesome waiter Jehan-Paul. We are already looking forward to our next visit.
  2. LT

    LizT

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were looking to try someplace new to us and found the Counting House on Open Table. The food was amazing. We had an early dinner, so the place was not full and very quiet. Great meal and great service. Would go there again. Prices were a bit on the high side.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, atmosphere, and service was excellent! We love coming here for Brunch. My only suggestion is to serve grits on the Brunch Menu! Thank you for a wonderful meal!
  4. SC

    SusanC

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    I was not pleased at all. The hostess was rude and would not seat us at table I requested ( and no one sat at that table or other tables in same vicinity the entire time) the food was average and very costly for the quality of food. Our waitress was very good and her wine selections were excellent. Never will return.

    Counting HouseResponded 5 days agoSusan, Thank you for joining us at Counting House. We are sorry to hear you you did not enjoy your experience last night. In regards to seating, we did have a nearly full house last night due to a pre theatre crowd. We apologize if we were not able to accommodate your seating request in the moment. WE hope that you will return again to give us another try.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food. Server felt a little rude. Seemed like we were the only people in the restaurant and another group got seated right next to us.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely meal with great service.

    Counting HouseResponded 5 days agoHappy to hear that you had a wonderful time during your visit. We hope to see you back again very soon!

  7. D

    Danielle

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing service and food!! This was a great first time experience.

    Counting HouseResponded 6 days agoDanielle, Thanks for stopping by for brunch! Glad to year y'all enjoyed everything. Please join us again soon!

  8. ID

    IndiraD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience. I have a ton of food allergies and intolerances and our server, Olivia (I think that's her name) was so sweet and understanding, and the food was amazing! Overall a great experience and we will def. be back!

    Counting HouseResponded 6 days agoIndira, Thank you so much for joining us. Happy to hear we made it a special night for you and your husband. I will pass your kind words onto Olivia and the rest of the team. WE hope to see y'all again soon!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Great food

    Counting HouseResponded on July 27, 2022Thank you for joining us at Counting House. Please feel free to reach out with any further feedback on how we can make your next visit 5 stars. We hope to see you again soon!

  10. LL

    LuLa

    Exclusive

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Andreana was awesome! So was the food and drinks. We enjoyed chatting with Benjamin and Josh. Everyone is so friendly and helpful! Definitely recommend this place. We came here before going to DPAC for open house. But this is our favorite place to come before any of the shows.

    Counting HouseResponded on July 19, 2022Lu, As usual always a pleasure to see you and your husband for brunch! We look forward to seeing you again soon next month. Cheers, Josh

  11. M

    Maddiner

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal and experience! The only thing that could have made this first time experience better would have been if the kitchen could have slowed down. We hadn't finished our cocktails or even ordered wine when our salad course came. Felt rushed.

    Counting HouseResponded on July 9, 2022Thank you for joining us at Counting House. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your overall visit. Your feedback will be passed along to the team. Please join us again soon!

  12. T

    T8419

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food is not the star of the show here at the counting house. Our waitress was phenomenal very attentive and friendly. The ambience and art work scattered throughout the restaurant was great. Unfortunately the counting house came up short in the food department. The menu selection is very limited and a bit pricey. I had a steak that had rather tough and fatty pieces at the end that weren't edible which was disappointing considering the $50 ticket price. The other guests in my party had scallops and fish. I was told while the scallops were tasty the large portion of salad underneath it was lacking in flavor and didn't seem to go with the actual scallops themselves. The fish was bland nothing exciting. I think if the restaurant reworks the food options it would a hit

    Counting HouseResponded on July 5, 2022Thank you for joining us for dinner at Counting House. We are sorry to hear that the menu was not a hit with you. We thank you for your feedback and hope to see you again soon for another visit.

  13. JJ

    JasminJ

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is absolutely stunning! It is such a beautiful setting with beautiful art work everywhere. The food was just as good. 10/10. Our server Joshua was amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a better restaurant experience!

    Counting HouseResponded on June 29, 2022Jasmin, Thank you so much for joining us! We will definitely let Josh know how great of a job he did taking care of y'all. We hope to see you again very soon.

  14. A

    Anabanana

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had two small plates, one of which was actually quite large, the tomato and cucumber fatoush. It was delicious! I also ordered the shrimp ceviche which was equally delicious. My friend ordered the pork chop entree which was quite large, but she managed to eat every bite saying it was the best pork chop she'd ever had. Cocktails were fine. We did order a side of handcut fries that needed another minute in the fryer. Service was impeccable! We will be back.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 29, 2022Ana, Glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner with us. We can't take all the credit, the NC summer produce always steals the show. We can't wait for your next visit!

  15. GC

    GregC

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Counting House was great!!! Pork Chop, NY Strip,Trout were all delicious. Tomato Fatoosh and Oysters were really good too. Key Line pie was tasty as well. Would have to say that Pork Chop stole the show.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 25, 2022Greg, You're great! Happy to hear that you were so pleased with your meal. We hope to see you back in the dining room again soon!

  16. G

    Globalgourmand

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A short menu but every item we ordered was delicious, especially the roasted carrot small plate. And the experience of eating surrounded by really interesting art cannot be beat.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 25, 2022Small & Mighty for the win! Thank you for joining us at Counting House. Happy to hear you loved the food and the art. We hope to see you again soon.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Im still thinking about that pork chop....

    Counting HouseResponded on June 25, 2022Thanks for joining us for dinner! Happy to hear the pork chop was such a hit with you. Please join us again soon.

  18. CC

    CheriCPat

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Why does no one use tablecloths anymore? Not only do they help control noise, but when I go to a high end place, I expect them. Bare tables make me think of fast casual. So this didn't start well. Service was excellent. Menu is limited and dull. There was literally nothing that was exciting, and there were no specials. The cocktail was excellent. The food we ordered was fine, good even. Not great and certainly not inspired or better than anything I've had anywhere else. Finally, the bathrooms. Over half of them were locked and unusable. The two that were working were filthy. Add that to the cheap feel of the bare tables and the noise level, and this was not an experience I will choose to repeat. I will say again, just so it's clear: Service was excellent.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 21, 2022Cheri, We are sorry to hear that your experience at Counting House was not a good fit. We consider ourselves to be upscale casual, tablecloths just aren't for us. We hope that as we are able to expand and grow our menu in the future, you might return for another visit.

  19. CR

    ClareR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely time at the Counting House. Great service from Doug! The cocktails were delicious and the scallop ceviche was very nice.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 29, 2022Clare, Thank you for joining us at Counting House. Will definitely pass your kinds words along to Doug & the rest of the team. Please visit again soon!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the staff was really friendly as soon as we arrived so we already knew it would be a great experience. The drinks were perfect and not overly priced. Sadly they were out of the chicken but the pastas we ordered were still very tasty. The cotton candy at the end of the meal was the perfect treat and the service was just lovely. Overall it was a fun modern experience worth returning for.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you for joining us for dinner. Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit from start to cotton candy finish. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  21. A

    Allecia

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the ambiance - upscale yet also laid back. The food and service were incredible. We will absolutely be returning to eat all of the pasta dishes, amongst other things.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. I will pass your rave review on to the team. Please join us again soon!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, attentive and good portion sizes, tasty and fresh

    Counting HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thanks for joining us at Counting House. So happy to hear you enjoyed your overall visit. We look forward to your next visit!

  23. JM

    JulieM

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brunch is fantastic. I had the French toast & my husband had the hot mess. We'd probably order the same thing if we lived closer & could go back.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Julie, Thanks for joining us for brunch. We hope to see you again the next time you visit Durham!

  24. EA

    ElizabethA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed dining at Counting House before seeing Hamilton at DPAC. Yummy food and friendly and attentive staff.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Elizabeth, Thank you for joining us before the show. Happy to hear that everything was a hit! Please join us again soon!

  25. JS

    JenniferS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful dining experience! Beautiful atmosphere, very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff. Delicious cocktails! But, the highlight of the evening was the food! The oysters were cold and fresh, the pasta was delicious, and the pork chop was to die for! I never had the Royale Burger at Royale, and we finally had it last night. It is definitely worth strong consideration. And, they had us out in plenty of time to make the show at DPAC. Great evening!

    Counting HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Jennifer, Always happy to see familiar faces from Royale days. Happy your first visit was amazing. We hope its not your last! Will definitely pass this on to the team.

  26. JB

    JulieB

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, nice wine, excellent service and very convenient to DPAC.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Julie, Thanks for dining with us. We hope to see you again soon for another stellar visit!

  27. L

    Lynn

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chic ambience and creative menu. The contemporary art on exhibit is a plus. Attentive waiter and staff.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Lynn, Thanks you for visiting us for dinner. Thrilled to hear you enjoyed everything. We look forward to your next visit!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Amazing venue and ambiance. It’s in a hotel with an art museum and in the heart of downtown Durham. Excellent date spot. Spring Menu felt somewhat limited - but not bad.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 1, 2022Thank you for joining us at Counting House for date night. We look forward to your next visit!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the pork chop over fried potato salad and my partner had the macaroni ala vodka. Everything tasted amazing.

    Counting HouseResponded on May 28, 2022Happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us! WE hope to see you again soon.

  30. T

    Trishs

    Pinehurst

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! The special soup of the day was mushroom bisque and it was so flavorful! The burger on an English muffin was cooked perfectly and was so juicy! The pasta tagliatelle was supposed to have chicken, but we only found two teeny pieces. It was still very good. The scotch pours were really short. We would still definitely return and recommend the Counting House.

    Counting HouseResponded on June 1, 2022Trish, So happy to hear you enjoyed your overall visit with us. I will definitely pass your feedback on to the team. We are always happy to make it a double. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  31. L

    Lovetoeat

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant. Service and food were excellent.

    Counting HouseResponded on May 26, 2022Welcome to Durham! Happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Looking forward to many more.

  32. ES

    EmilyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was SO good as were the drinks. Service was a tad slow but they did have a huge private party, the Hamilton DPAC crowd, and prom goers so taking all of that into consideration, it was still very decent. Waitress was very nice.

    Counting HouseResponded on May 26, 2022Emily, Thank you for joining us for dinner. Apologies that service was slow during your visit. WE hope to see you again soon!

  33. CG

    CathouseGirl

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great service from Ryan! We had a quieter space off in a side room which was nice, especially as there was a very loud party in the main room. Service was prompt and timely, food was good. We had a nice experience and plan to come back.

    Counting HouseResponded on May 26, 2022Thank you for joining us at Counting House! Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We sill pass your kind words onto the team.

  34. AS

    ASHLIEF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, phenomenal food, highly recommend!

    Counting HouseResponded on May 26, 2022Ashlie, Thanks for visiting us! We hope to see you again soon.

  35. HP

    HelenP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and great service

    Counting HouseResponded on May 26, 2022Helen, So happy to hear that we knocked it out of the park during your visit. We hope to see you again very soon!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal as always. Beet and Romaine salad was outstanding, same with the orecchiette.

    Counting HouseResponded on May 26, 2022Glad you enjoyed your visit. Please join us again soon!

  37. QG

    QuinlanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, food came out quickly and was phenomenal.

    Counting HouseResponded on May 28, 2022Quinlan, Thank you for dining with us at Counting House. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. WE look forward to seeing you again soon.

  38. JI

    JayIz

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time ever....and we will be back! The Regine was A-MAZING! The food was spectacular! This is an art mecca...and fantastic ambiance! The pricing was excellent! We cannot wait to go back again!

    Counting HouseResponded on May 28, 2022Jay, Wow, thank you so much for the great review. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. There is plenty of new artwork up for you to explore on your next visit!

  39. Q

    Quincy

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service. Interesting menu with exquisitely cooked food. Fun atmosphere and great location to see a show later. Great value and top notch place.

    Counting HouseResponded on May 28, 2022Quincy, Thank you for joining us before the show. WE look forward to having you dine with us again soon!

  40. TB

    ToddB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food, drinks & atmosphere were all wonderful.

    Counting HouseResponded on May 26, 2022Todd, Thank you for joining us at Counting House. Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Looking forward to seeing 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 1204 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 13 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 Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 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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