Counting House

4.6
984 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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 984 people are saying
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4.7
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4.6
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vipMustbegoodtoeatit
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive service, fun atmosphere.

Counting House
Responded 4 days ago

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
5 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
3 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
3 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
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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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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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.

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner to celebrate our anniversary and it was perfect. Great food, great service!

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Ncardin
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the swordfish with fennel and citrus; very nice flavor combo. Also had the garlic soup - best ever! And of course can't go wring with the s'mores creme brûlée. Service was excellent! Would definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints here! The restaurant has naturally well-spaced tables and strictly adheres to COVID protocols.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My only complaint: we purposely arrived at 5:30 to enjoy the 6pm “Midnight in Paris” New Years’s Eve toast- as advertised- and the staff decided they were “too busy” to follow through with it.

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SusanL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was different, but very good. I had the Vodka macaroni and it was excellent. I also had the grilled radicchio salad and egg nog creme brulee. All were excellent. The server had an excellent knowledge of the menu and all the ingredients and flavors. It was a great place to have a nice relaxing dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sometimes you just need a great burger and a professionally made gin & tonic with Cardinal gin from NC. Counting House was the perfect place for both.

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cameronw
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really did an outstanding effort - not only was the food phenomenal, service prompt, and people attentive to our young children, but everyone was very thoughtful about CoVID limitations, and we felt very safe. Really wonderful experience!!

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viprayC
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

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vipJustinWest
Louisville
47 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place with lots of charm and special character.

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vipMariaE
County Durham
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super evening at the Counting House! With the new Covid rules we were not sure what to expect, but done so well we were made to feel very safe. New Chef and great menu - would highly recommend the swordfish, the chicken wellington (a special) and the burger! So good we have also booked for my husbands birthday later in November! Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous as was the service. When we weren’t sure what to drink, our server offered us samples and recommendations. The Brussel sprouts, vegetable risotto, and chocolate torte were wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and this place was great!

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visanic
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service but very limited menu.

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BradLee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice romantic setting, the dining experience was perfect.

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NicoleL
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went with some friends for the re-reopening of CH now with a new chef. Drinks as always were impeccable (glad to see Travis behind the bar!). Service was great, would never expect anything less when dining here. The menu, while much smaller than before had some nice plates. The delicata squash was a great starter/share plate. The milk bread was also very tasty. My friends both got the new CH burger and loved it. I had to sneak a bite of their fries, and they are still as delicious as before. I’ll be looking forward to a return visit when the season changes and the menu follows to see what else Chef Jeff has coming.

Counting House
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words NicoleL. Please come back and see us again. -The Counting House Team

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They took extra precautions due to Covid- we felt very safe- and the food was excellent.

Counting House
Responded on July 22, 2020

Thank you for dining with us, Anonymous! We are so happy to see that you felt very safe with our extra precautions and that you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to see you soon! -Counting House

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DougB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I’ve had in a long time. Everything was fantastic, and the little touches like a free dessert for our anniversary, the great conversation with the restaurant’s manager, Phil, and the post-dinner cotton candy (what?!), made it even more special.

Counting House
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you for dining with us, DougB! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your anniversary celebration and we along with Phil will look forward to serving you once more! -The Counting HouseTeam

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

Counting House is rated 4.6 stars by 984 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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