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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 1.41mi
  2. Distance: 1.55mi
  3. Distance: 1.62mi
  4. Distance: 1.94mi
  1. Distance: 1.41mi
  2. Distance: 1.55mi
  3. Distance: 1.62mi
  4. Distance: 1.94mi

About Nana's Restaurant

The restaurant is very local in feeling, a lot of repeat customers. Cuisine is American Regional with French and Italian influences.

2514 University Dr
Durham, NC 27707
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Italian, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm until

Cross Street:
James St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 493-8545

Website:
http://www.nanasdurham.com/

Catering:
minimal, usually only for very regular customers

Parking Details:
Parking is only for the restaurant and is available in the front and rear.

Executive Chef:
Scott Howell

Private Party Facilities:
Elegant and intimate private dining rooms available for hosting your event. Please contact our private dining coordinator for details and to book your next business or celebratory event.

Private Party Contact:
Megan Weddington: (919) 493-8545

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Chef Scott Howell frequently hosts wine dinners and cooking classes at the restaurant. Please visit nanasdurham.com for event dates and details

Nana's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (49)
Special Occasion (49)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
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Good for a Date (45)
Creative Cuisine (39)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Notable Wine List (30)
Local Ingredients (26)
Romantic (25)
Tasting Menu (25)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Business Meals (21)
Authentic (18)
Cozy (18)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Seasonal (13)
Healthy (12)
Bar Seating (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Consistently excellent food and service

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food, good service, nice “white table cloth” atmosphere. A step up from casual dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Very professional staff. Always attentive. Easy place to actually have a conversation with friends

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Good food and great service! Everyone friendly.Good menu with lots of food choices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

No heat! We were put in another room where we were told the heat was fine but it too was cold. My wife kept wrapped up the entire meal. The ambiance was decidedly poor despite apologies from an excellent wait staff. Restaurant should have told us there was no heat when they called to confirm reservation that afternoon. A very disappointing experience at a restaurant I frequent with out of town guests and on celebratory occasions such as this one.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Even though it was a nice meal when booking with open table I said it was a birthday celebration, upon arrival till the end not one reference to a Birthday celebration , very said since it was my husbands birthday ...not sure where or who did not read the request

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

After being disappointed by so many other dining experiences in the greater RTP area, it was so great for every aspect of our evening at Nana's to meet, or exceed, our expectations! Well done!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

We ordered the tasting menu with the wine pairing; it was simply one of the best meals AND one of the best dining experiences we've ever had! The food and wine were just spectacular, and the service was professional and friendly at the same time. Just a great experience in every way; it was an expensive meal, and well worth it for a special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Nana's is quite the dining experience. The food is delicious and the service impeccable,

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The best food in the area without a doubt. Local produce is carefully acquired and prepared. Food is beautifully presented and reflects the local produce available. I have been going to Nana’s for 12 years and have never had a bad meal or experience,

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service was outstanding and food matched this experience. By far best dinner in Durham

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We were there for my wife's birthday. The food (venison for myself and duck for my wife) were prepared well and had perfect flavor with great sauces, even though my wife's had to be warmed just a bit. Our waiter did not skip a beat and was there whenever we needed his help. We have been here several times now and have always come away happy and promising to return.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great menu with lots of options. Fantastic desserts and house made bread.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My wife and I have always enjoyed Nana's for special occasions. Our daughter and son-in-law were visiting so we wanted them to enjoy the best dining in Durham. It didn't happen. While we are dealing in subtleties, the food was just not as good this visit as it has been in the past. The soup was advertised as 'hearty,' but it was certainly not. The fish was overcooked. What really shocked us was that in its most recent health inspection, Nana's received a 92.0, including three repeat offenses. Technically an 'A,' but not the standard for this caliber of restaurant and these dear prices. The saving grace was the ambience and wait staff. Fortunately Durham has many new great restaurants so Nana's will not be able to rest on its laurels.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had another wonderful meal at Nana's. The risotto appetizer was excellent as were the swordfish and the mahi entrees. Excellent and attentive service as well.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 8, 2017

One of the best overall experiences I have had. Nice varied menu with choices of beef, lamb, chicken, fish. Many restaurants claim preparation of fish or steak their expertise. Everything at the table was perfect from seafood risotto to sword fish to lamb chops to chicken. There were no misses. Party of three. Everyone was beyond satisfied.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have been to both Nanas' Steak House and here at Nanas' Restaurant. The restaurant provides the very best service from a very talented and friendly staff, an inventive menu and a superb wine list and an ambience that is warm and inviting.
One of my favorite culinary locations in the US.
Special kudos to Anthony (bar mixologist) and Neal (sommelier) for their expertise and knowledge.
They make everyone feel important from the locals to a first time guest.
The very best in dining options.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Nana’s Consistently delivers an excellent meal coupled with top notch knowledgeable service. Love it when the server actually really knows the menu and the wines, on top of being efficient and delightful. This occasion was a special birthday and the restaurant staff went out of their way to attend to every detail, including special requests.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The ambience is quite nice, service is good and servers not overwhelming you with questions about how's the food, we order the duck, I was expecting the duck to be a bit more crispy; the mahi was really good and tasty the grouper unfortunately was raw and not tasty, had to send it back to the kitchen. The dessert was fantastic, we had crème brulee. The girl who was serving bread, quite friendly; our server not so much.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The parking lot could be larger and easier to approach and enter from the road.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Good service, good food. i would recommend eating at Nanas.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Nana's is a comfortable restaurant serving excellent food. Their risotto is divine. We ad venison which was served perfectly rare in a magical sauce. The bread is legendary. The portions are more than ample.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have been to Nana's many times and are never disappointed either in the service or the food. They seem willing to accommodate dietary issues and will adjust preparation of dishes when possible, without destroying the original intentions of the dish.
Plus, the good art on the walls helps to provide a sense of comfort and elegance without resounding noise, all of which contribute to the makings of a perfect evening out.
MB

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Nana's still one of the premiere restaurants in the Triangle. It has been in business for 20+ years and still has the same quality dining and ambiance that it's always had. Scott Howell is a legend in the local restaurant scene. Our meal was fantastic as was the knowledge of the wait staff and the recommendations they made. We are very fortunate to still have Nana's, Scott Howell and his team serving the highest quality dining in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My husband and I went to Nana's for our anniversary and, as usual, it did not disappoint. An informed, attentive but not intrusive wait, delicious food with flair, and we could actually hear each other!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great menu which offers unique dishes. An excellent wine list is offered along with good by-the-glass selections. Our table started with the mussels apt which was presented in a flavorful spicy sauce. My three dining partners all had the salmon which was cooked perfectly. I had the pork shank which was incredible. I finished my dinner with the chocolate bread pudding which was topped with a scoop of coffee ice cream. This was my first visit to Nana’s, but it will not be my last.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Foie gras and chicken pate were great. Striped bass entree was delicious. Butterscotch pot de creme dessert fantastic too.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always great.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Just love this place. The food is always outstanding as is the staff and clientele! Never a disappointment!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My halibut & butterscotch dessert were outstanding. My date enjoyed the duck and pumpkin cake that he ordered. The service was cordial and efficient! Nana’s just the greatest!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I really think this restaurant is overrated. The ambiance is poor, the food good but not world class. A nice neighborhood restaurant but not first class.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was excellent. Creative. Only negative is the noise level. We have been there 3 times and will return

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Nana's is an all-time favorite of ours, been coming here for several years when we lived out of town. Now that we've moved to Durham, it was the first place we had dinner after the moving truck left our house and is a go-to for a nice meal for the two of us, to celebrate with friends and where we introduce our family to Durham when visiting.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was excellent along with the service. The roasted acorn squash soup was tasty! My husband got the seafood risotto which was just as delicious

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Soup excellent and risotto but chicken had too much going on - it used to be simpler and therefore better to each. I think others were fine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent meal. Our server, Amy, was fabulous! She was so helpful in guiding us to
the right food and right amount. Her manner was especially easy and professional.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Another great meal - this time we sat at the bar rather than at a table - like both options.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My wife and I dine frequently at Nana's for special occasions and special date meals. It is our favorite restaurant in the Durham area because of the quality of the food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

We went to nanas for our anniversary. The atmosphere is great since this is not a chain but a privately owned restaurant. It doesn’t look like your typical fine dining restaurant but the service is definitely upscale. I love the combination of that. The food is absolutely amazing and fresh. I’m a vegetarian and was accommodated with great options as well !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Nana' never disappoints. Menu selections are always interesting and the taste is as well. The service and attentiveness are impressive but not intrusive. Nana's never fails to impress.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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