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  1. Distance: 1.41mi
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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

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4
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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (58)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
Good for a Date (53)
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Fit for Foodies (53)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Romantic (35)
Notable Wine List (33)
Local Ingredients (32)
Tasting Menu (30)
Business Meals (27)
Cozy (27)
Worth the Drive (25)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Authentic (22)
Seasonal (18)
Bar Seating (13)
Healthy (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Casual (7)
Fun (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Organic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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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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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Lovely birthday celebration. Delicious food and warm, professional service.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was excellent, but high priced. The ratio between quality and cost was therefore not favorable. The restaurant is small enough that it went from intimate to crowded. Parking was either valet or in a distant parking lot or on an adjacent side street (which is the best option. The limited menu was not a problem, because what they had was off the charts good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was our anniversary. We both had the tasing menu. Food was impeccable as always. Nana’s is one of our go to restaurants for a fantastic meal! A long time favorite. We have been coming here for over 15 years.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Elegantly casual with attentive service, wonderful creative food, and a lively bar area. The swordfish and steak were fabulous. It has been a favorite restaurant destination of ours for years.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Nana's serves outstanding dishes in a classy setting. You can tell that each item that is served is done with care and top notch ingredients.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My husband and I drove from Greensboro to meet my parents at Nana's for my 50th birthday. The entire experience was fabulous. The food was delicious and one of the best meals I have had in a while. Portion sizes were very generous for a fine dining restaurant which makes it a much better value even than most other fine dining establishments. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the various dishes and wine selection. I have already told several of my foodie friends that Nana's is worth the hour drive from Greensboro! The risotto first course is amazing and more than enough to share for a table of 4. Between the table we had the halibut, Wahoo, Chicken and Venison Loin and they were all exceptional. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants great service and delicious food.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Eclectic, enjoyable menu. Fantastic mixology in cocktails. Great service. Fish dishes very fresh.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Felt very rushed by staff which ruined the experience as a fine dining restaurant.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Nana's is a landmark and is excellent. I've dined there many times and each time has been superb. The menu selections change often, but there are the staples that are customer favorites for years. The wine list is good, many wines you don't often see at other places. Our waiter was fantastic! The place gets very crowded, so reservations are a must. Parking is also very tight, so valet or try to find a spot on the adjacent side street. Always looking for a reason to get back to Nana's!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Consistently excellent. very good at handling food allergies without creating a boring meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Awesome experience. Dined here for a birthday and would highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 16, 2017

2nd visit to site-both excellent/appreciate atmosphere/service/food highly

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

When we visit the Triangle, we always try to make time to eat at Nana's. There's no place in Richmond that compares!

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I had heard about Nana's but never planned ahead with a reservation. But since we were celebrating my birthday I finally planned ahead. I was not disappointed. When we arrived we were seated immediately and the service was spot on. Our dishes were absolutely delicious. The worse part was deciding what to order. My only slight disappointment was the desserts. Not bad just ordinary. However overall a wonderful experience especially for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Loved Nanas for our Anniversary dinner. The food was absolutely delicious with a lovely presentation. Our waiter was very attentive. Small and cozy , but if they could improve on one thing, I would suggest a few more intimate tables. Felt a little crowded in.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Birthday dinner for my husband great food and drinks too. Especially enjoyed the Old Fashioned. Pork wit sweet potato was great

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent food,quite atmosphere where conversation was possible, prompt service

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Amazing food and great service

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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food was marvelous. Best in Durham, hands down.

The decor is incredibly ugly. Yellow and purple walls with an old red carped. A renovation is needed.

The food compensates for the lack of taste.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Every bite was a treat. All appetizers and entrees were delicious. Excellent wine list and service was terrific. If you are going to spend some $ on a good meal, you can't miss here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Took my husband here on AB Monday night for his birthday. The service we received was great and the food was awesome. We will definitely be having another date night here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. The staff, food, and total ambiance was amazing. We were given free dessert for the occasion which was fantastic. I strongly plan to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I don't know why it's taken so long to eat at Nana's. I can see why it's been around for a long time. Great cocktail to kick off the meal, with generous portions for appetizers, entrée and desserts. Interior could use a facelift but you can overlook that with the great food and super attentive waitstaff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Every dining experience at Nana's further persuades me that it is an exceptional choice for delicious food, superior service and overall great ambiance and value. I love eating at Nana's!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Warm, professional service and wonderful food.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great dining experience. The food was amazing and the portions were very generous compared with most restuarants today. Highly recommend dining there. Will definetly return in the near future..

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I had my birthday dinner there to be followed by a show at DPAC. Unfortunately, I got very ill 30 minutes into the DPAC show and had to go quickly home where I was very sick for the next 8 hours. I have to attribute the sudden illness to my dinner at Nana’s, probably the shrimp in my appetizer. What a birthday present!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great appetizer ( Oysters Calabash) and dessert (Cherry Cobbler with Sea Salt Caramel Ice cream). Lots of flavors that paired well with each other- well constructed. The main courses (Duck and Venison) were good but not as flavorful as we have had in the past. Great service as usual. The cocktails were awesome too (University Manhattan-wow what a great sipper).

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Nana's never fails to impress. All dishes were superb - just right, never over the top or too fussy. We appreciate a great wine list and this is one of the best in the Triangle area. The reserve list has some gems and good values for the rarity/quality of the wines.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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