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Date
Fri, 5/25
Time
9:00 PM
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Nana's Restaurant

4.8
1665 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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The restaurant is very local in feeling, a lot of repeat customers. Cuisine is American Regional with French and Italian influences.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Italian, Southern
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm until
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Phone number
(919) 493-8545
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Howell
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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.
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Private party contact
Amber Compton: (919) 493-8545
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Catering
minimal, usually only for very regular customers
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
James St.
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Parking details
Parking is only for the restaurant and is available in the front and rear.
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Special events & promotions
Chef Scott Howell frequently hosts wine dinners at the restaurant. Please visit nanasdurham.com or call Nana's for event dates and details
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1665 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Always had a great meal at my Nana’s!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Special place. Walls oriented to original art, of varying colors, topics, styles.
Very attentive waitstaff, excellent wine list, varied and interesting menu, a feel-good place.
Free valet parking too. Not sure why but the french baguette was dry. Pastry tart was not crisp.
(THey needed to trade characteristics). Enjoyed the meat dishes, and sides.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Once again tasting menu with wine pairings was varied and excellent. A great experience.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Another wonderful meal at Nana's (one evening before it was flooded by heavy rains--again--certainly hope authorities fix the years-long problem in September as they have promised). I had the salad of greens (tasty but too huge), salmon with vegetables including artichoke and sweety drop peppers (a bright spot on the plate and tasty--my first experience with them) and crème brulee for dessert. I had a female server, unlike previous visits, and she was attentive and had a warmth and sense of humor. I enjoyed a university manhattan cocktail and a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir with the salmon. I am glad Nana's has valet service as it was raining when I left and I was escorted to my car under a big umbrella.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

It was a disappointing return dining experience. The service was okay, the food was okay, the bread was burned; overall mediocre and not worth the money.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Food was outstanding. Attentive staff, great place.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

This was my first time at Nanas. I loved the complimentary valet - it sets a nice tone and allows you to arrive unstressed. The restaurant has good lighting and great art and you will be in the hands of their expert waitstaff right away. The drinks list does not overwhelm you with choice but if you don't see what you like there is much more - just ask your server. Your server will also be happy to provide you with a taste of the beer or wine you may order which I thought was a great touch. We arrived hungry so ordered a sampling of apps right away. They were all amazing. I liked the entres much less as they just seemed liked hunks of protein without a great deal of creativity. Well executed but not exciting. Dessert was also fine but again not very creative or exciting. Overall it is a wonderful experience and I have to say that our waitress Amy was a true delight.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Made us feel very special..... as always!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

First time at Nana's. Read great reviews. Lived up to its reputation. My three dinner companions and I all had different meals. Each was exceptional. Well worth the visit.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The appetizers are really good. The liver pate was superior and the dessert of a black and white stuffed cookie with cherry jubilee sauce was outstanding. Coffee is superb!
The entree though was a little disappointing, hence the 4 stars. The duck was cooked expertly and was moist and very tender. But the sauce and surrounding vegetables were not as tasty as I anticipated. They were a little too bland. The breads were both a little overcooked and one was dry and the wheat bread had a "french brown" almost burnt crust but did have a great taste within the crust. A little more attention to the entrees woudl be merited.
The waitress was very nice and the atmosphere casual and most welcoming.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

My husband and I were vacationing in North Carolina and chose Nana's Restaurant in Durham for dinner during our visit. We were greeted by a very pleasant valet attendant. The hostess and our server were very attentive to providing for us a very enjoyable evening. The restaurant is very quiet. The food was delicious. My husband ate the Duck Breast entree and I ate the Pork Chop with Chick Peas. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

My husband and I had dinner at Nana’s recently for the first time to celebrate my birthday. Everything was perfect! We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food was fabulous, service was excellent. We really enjoyed the evening. Thanks for another fantastic dinning experience..

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner. Tasting menu was just right. Regular menu was great with a nice selection of wines to pair by the glass.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Birthday dinner was super. Very attentive and knowledgeable waiter who suggested I could order with my swordfish any of the foundations listed for the other dishes. This made my day because the beans that came with the foundation would not work for me.

Excellent wine list at very reasonable prices if you stick to the main list.

Would recommend to anyone. Some of the folks for dinner did not know how to dress, not a place I would recommend in shorts but they let the student in dressed like that in with his parents, never cool for this type of place.

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1.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Special evening ruined by very poor meals.
Pork was flavorless, tough, and no bone.
All four of us were disappointed.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Excellent waiter. Attentive. Good food Table a bit small for two. Had orchestrate the stemware around the plates. Overall I love Nana’s. .

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This place was fantastic—I can’t say enough good things about the food and service. Excellent food and service and I would highly recommend this.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We requested a specific table and they had it ready for us. Meal and drink delicious, as always. Our servers were gracious and competent. And Complimentary valet is wonderful to have. Nanas has always been a favorite .

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Our waiter was attentive and well informed on the menu. Made excellent wine recommendation to go with dinner. Generous portion sizes. Pate and venison were best dishes of the night. Rib eye could have been better seasoned.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

A lovely evening...our favorite restaurant -that says a lot given Durham is a town with fantastic food. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This was our second time dining at Nana’s and it was excellent! Our waiter was informative, yet not pushy. We shared wonderful appetizers and then all enjoyed the rib eye and pork chops followed by dessert, of course. Everything was great.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Excellent as always. Fresh NC Tuna was the hit of the night but all meals were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Each person in our group of 4 ordered a different dish and all were terrific! Venison, lamb, and two seafood entrees were tasty and included some original twists from the chef. Appetizers were delicious, and the portions were generous enough to split. Service was very attentive and every staff member we encountered was friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Great food and great service.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Hand cut noodles and shrimp -wonderful. Dessert as well-chocolate cake with tangy orange sorbet-yum!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Waitperson Amy is friendly, helpful and refreshing.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Visiting Durham for the weekend and luckily found Nana’s! Awesome food and service. Wonderful dinner and dessert at a fair cost

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Read raving reviews about Nana’s, visited based on recommendation. However, I selected the duck as my entree and it was underwhelming. I’ve had duck several times at other restaurants and this dish from Nana’s didn’t meet the mark.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great wine pairing with tasting menus

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Wonderful experience and even more splendid food.

P.S. Went there twice, and the Foie Gras is always on point.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was the second business dinner I have planned at Nana's. The first was in the private dining room with a large group. This time was a much more intimate dining experience with a small group in the main dining room. Both times the food and service were outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant for all dining occasions and special events.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Terrific meal, as usual! This was a first-time at Nana's for my guests, and they loved the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious and we had wonderful service. The pork chop 'al pastor' was very tasty and the steak was phenomenal. We will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went there 2 months ago and had excellent venison. Went back Saturday evening for our 49th anniversary dinner (venison again, because we had venison at our wedding reception 49 years ago). This time we were disappointed: the vegetable and starch (sweet potato gratin) didn't pair well with the venison (vegetable too bitter, gratin too sweet) and the venison sauce was too watery. Also, our waiter had no personality--seemed almost bored serving us. :(

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We arrived a few minutes early. The bar was crowded but the manager was able to find us a seat to have a drink and wait for our table, which was ready quickly. The restaurant was quite 'lively' but, somehow, the noise didn't prevent table conversation. Service was attentive and all of the wait staff was very observant and watched each others' tables. Our server was helpful in narrowing our food choices. We shared roasted beets for a starter. Spouse had the pork chop; I had the venison. Everything was absolutely delicious! Meats were very tender; accompanying sides and sauces were perfect. I often have a problem at restaurants with over-saucing, but the sauce on the venison was a perfect compliment to the dish without 'swimming' in it. Portions were ample. I splurged on ice cream for dessert, which was delicious. Wish I'd had room for the yummy chocolate and caramel cake I saw pass by several times! Wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Menu on opentable isn’t updated and it was disappointing because nothing on here is available. Would not recommend until the fix this.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always a "go to" place for company. Nanas never fails.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

As always a great meal before going to the DPAC. The grouper was outstanding and one said the venison was the best he'd ever had. Just can't say anything negative. Definitely recommend making reservations and wish I remembered our servers name.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant that does everything right from the food, to the service and the quiet ambience.

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