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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (38)
Fit for Foodies (37)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Tasting Menu (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Romantic (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Authentic (15)
Business Meals (15)
Healthy (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Seasonal (10)
Cozy (9)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Casual (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and service! Perfect for dinner before a show at DPAC.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 3 days ago

Belated valentines dinner

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Chose Nanas to celebrate 65th birthday. We were not disappointed. Excellent service. Wonderful food. Thank you!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

My elderly aunt and uncle were visiting from NYC so we took them to Nana’s for dinner. We had a lovely meal, good food and great service. A bit pricey, but on the whole a wonderful meal.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Waiter for our table was friendly and knew about the menu. Food was exceptionally good. My wife had the Duck and I had Monkfish. Both were done to perfection. The ambiance is sedate and conducive to conversation - something missing from other restaurants with otherwise equally commendable amenities. We don't usually spend that much dining out, but for the quality of food, and for special occasions, Nana's is more than worth it.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Tuna Tartar appetizer outstanding.

Pan seared NC Black Bass with Artichoke Confit was
Excellent.

Roasted Rack of Lamb also excellent

For desert we split the “Banoffee “ Tartlet. To die for.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed it!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Nana’s never disappoints. Another great meal, looking forward to coming back soon and having the tasting menu. We went in the night before Valentine’s Day and had an excellent meal of soup and pasta to start and lamb and fish for entrees. All excellent. Desserts and service every bit as good too!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Food excellent, great service , very accommodating for vegetarian, special needs.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Ordered a cocktail before I ordered food. The waiter never brought it until after the meal showed up. The food was not very tasty to warrant the pricing... in my opinion.

I ordered steak & it was very good. My husband ordered chicken & he said it was just ok.

Nothing special although a lot of my colleagues rave about this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and service. A little noisy when it is crowded.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Early Valentines

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our meal was literally one of the best meals I have ever had at a restaurant. We went there for our anniversary, and the special meal was fit fir the special occasion. The duck over lentils with a cranberry balsamic was crispy on the outside, and tender. The pork chop was at least 1 inch think, and so tender. They use First Hand meats, and it is definitely worth the extra cost. The chef was flexible with changing out the sides too, if there was a food you didn't enjoy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The lamb was amazing! The duck was entirely overcooked unfortunately. But it's typically great, so I will consider it a one off that the duck was so bad.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I have been going to Nana's for years and it NEVER disappoints. There are so many new restaurants in Durham, but Nana's is a classic that never get s old. Thank you!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Outstanding dining experience. We have spead the word to all our family members. Thanks!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

From Boston and NYC. Food and service better than anyplace I have eaten in a long time.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Our table was ready when we arrived, the service was good, and the food was terrific.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the early restaurants in Durham's emerging "foodie" scene, this place has still got it. Great food and service, about as solid as it gets. A vibrant restaurant where you're going to need a reservation a day or two ahead. Excellent bar as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Have been coming to Nana's for years. Eric is fantastic at the bar. Michael was the best server. our group always loves the food, have never had a bad dish here!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Authentic, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Took my husband here for his 35th birthday. We had never been before and didn't know what to expect. we both did the chefs menu and were amazing by everything that we ate! Amazing place and a must go to!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 22, 2018

One of our favorite places. Great food, friendly staff and southern ambiance.

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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 23, 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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (Raleigh)·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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 (Raleigh)·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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 (Berlin)·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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 (Raleigh)·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 7, 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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 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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