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  1. Distance: 1.41mi
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  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

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (59)
Good for a Date (53)
Fit for Foodies (52)
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Good for Anniversaries (48)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Local Ingredients (34)
Romantic (33)
Notable Wine List (31)
Tasting Menu (29)
Business Meals (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Authentic (25)
Cozy (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Seasonal (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Healthy (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Casual (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Fun (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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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.

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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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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.

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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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