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Piedmont Restaurant

1137 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
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Piedmont in Durham, NC features adventurous and seasonal cooking, inspired by all that the Piedmont region has to offer. Local farm-grown ingredients are intensified using avant-garde methods; classic dishes are reimagined with an inventive spirit. The results are deeply flavorful, comforting, and often ethereal. Piedmont’s craft cocktails, local beers, and versatile wine list complete the modern farm-to-table experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American, Organic
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10:30AM - 2:00PM

Monday-Saturday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Sunday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
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Phone number
(919) 683-1213
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John May
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Private party facilities
We are happy to help you plan your private party events. Please contact the restaurant to discuss our private party options further.

Currently, our mezzanine level accommodates 40 guests or less. For events with more than 40 guests, a buyout of the entire restaurant is required.

Each private dining event has a custom menu from our Executive Chef. Therefore, pricing varies based off of the menu and selections. Please contact the restaurant to discuss your needs.
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Private party contact
Crawford Leavoy: (919) 683-1213
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Cross street
Seminary Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking is available on Foster and Seminary Streets.

Additionally, a free parking lot is available across from the restaurant during dinner hours.
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Special events & promotions
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.3  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

Came to Piedmont to entertain my father and step mother while they were in town visiting from South Carolina. We were incredibly impressed by the kind service and delicious food. The entire weekend my dad could not stop raving that it was the “best pork chop I have ever had,” and trust me; my dad knows food. Because we have to get a later reservation, they were out of several appetizers that we wanted. They did not charge us for the replacement entrees that we ordered. They even offered for us to come back st 5:30 the next day to try the steak tartar that they were out of that evening (which my dad took them up on and they did not charge him for it). At the end of the dinner, the chef even came by and gave us glasses of delicious wine, that quickly became my step mother’s favortie. The chef even offered to send them a bottle. The servious here went over and beyond and the food was incredible. Right after he left my dad was already texting his friends in the area, telling them to come eat at Piedmont. Not to mention that the chef also donates a to an amazing local non profit, Families Moving Forward. My parents are already planning their next trip back to Piedmont. Thanks for the fabulous dining experience.

MikeD (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Awesome restaurant and a great meal to celebrate a graduation. Wonderful service and a very unique menu.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

Very nice surprise. Highly recommend

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

The Buffalo Brussel sprouts were the best part of the meal. Oh, and they were consumed before the dreadful seasonal tasting menu "featuring" beats. The chef phoned it in on the second course, which was just a pile of beats on a plate. We partake in many tasting menus, and this one was lack luster in effort and style. The desert course was nearly as bad. The beat cake was dry and the beat cookie crumble had an overly earthy dirt taste. The only way to choke this down was custard and white chocolate on the plate. I can't say if I would go back. There are a lot of options out there. The only plus was the wait staff. They tried to put a brave face against this shameful offering.

SamV (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

The restaurant decor is very nice without feeling uppity. Food was creative (like hog head croquettes) and delicious. Even very "basic" foods like the fried catfish was scrumptious. Great variety of tasty cocktails too. I will definitely recommend my friends to go to this place.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

eclectic menu

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

Piedmont had been on our 'do eat at' list since w moved to Durham four years ago. We had tickets for a play at DPAC and wanted to make our evening special. Hubby had chicken (I can't remember the full name) and I had the beef ribs and both meals were beautifully done. The meal was expensive but well worth the it. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and attentive. And dessert small servings but just enough so you didn't leave feeling too stuffed!

OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

The food was excellent to be sure, but the portions were so small that they bordered on precious. (For example, the appetizer was four paper-thin slices of rockfish that were the size of a quarter with a half dozen micro-cubes of beets.) It's pretty rare that I eat a 4 course meal and still remain hungry. I appreciate the movement away from super-sized portions, but it appears that the pendulum has swung a little too far the opposite direction at Piedmont.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2017

Piedmont has wonderful food. I had the best Brussels sprouts of all time. The waiter was great and visited the table just enough. I love how Piedmont locally sources a lot of the food.
The only thing I would changes is they had a lovely floral arrangement that consisted of several lilies. The flowers had an intense smell and I had a migraine from it that night. I know others who have similar sensitivity to strong sweet smells. They may want to consider using less fragrant flowers.

GaleA (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

We have eaten at Piedmont several times. Our group of 8 had somewhat varied experiences this time. 2 people had duck breast. It was extremely spicy, and quite difficult to cut, even with the steak knife that was delivered with it. 1 person ordered the roasted carrot (the vegan entree for the evening.) Was very tasty - but was only 1 carrot - not very filling. It looked lost on the plate. Fortunately, we had ordered several appetizers for the table - all of which were great. The shortribs were reported to be very tasty as well. Desserts were excellent. Wonderful service.

vipJacopoPeri (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

Piedmont has been our go-to restaurant in Durham, NC, for quite a while, but this last visit was very disappointing: the menu was curtailed, and the cooking not at all up to scratch. All restaurants can have an "off" evening, but I do hope that this is not part of a trend.

francophile (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

The food was outstanding. My wife and I prefer the smaller portions and we split the Short Rib and were both very happy. My had the beet appetizer, which she like very much and I have the oyster mushroom appetizer, which was delicious. We highly recommend this restaurant.

CarD (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

Service and food exceeded our expectations. Will return in the near future.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

First visit. Brought wife and business partners. Service was attentive and not at all stuffy--very personable in fact. Menu changes seasonally and has enough choices to cover carnivores to vegetarians. Wine list is a little overwhelming at about 700 selections, but sommelier provides excellent insights. A mistake was made with our wine selection (an understandable one), and our table of four was comp'd with both desserts and after-dinner drinks. It was more than fair, and there were no tough negotiations involved!

We expect to return whenever we can.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

The seasonal prix fixe menu (with wine pairing) is excellent.