The Durham

4.4
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398 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

Located in the first floor restaurant of the independently owned and operated Durham Hotel, The Durham is led by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing. The American restaurant serves melting pot and hotel classics on seasonally changing menus inspired by ingredients sourced from local farms and producers.

Reservations made through OpenTable are for the restaurant only. For roof reservations and private event inquiries, please call 919-768-8831.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday 5:30-10:00 pm
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Phone number
(919) 768-8831
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andrea Reusing
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Foster St.
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Parking details
Valet parking is available. Street parking and the public lot located on E. Chapel Hill St. and Rigsbee are also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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C
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unjali (sp?) was our server and she was very helpful and an attentive server. Thank you!

PB
Key West
36 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Shared ceviche and 2 veggie small plates followed by the Durham version of paella with a real pig tail. All were incredible, especially the roasted Lombardi peppers which came piled high like an order of fries!
Homemade pastries and coffee at breakfast were also very nice.
Creative menu and fresh local ingredients...

MR
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not only was the food great but the service was impeccable! Friendly, helpful- all around great dinner out!

SR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and drinks were delicious, however our evening was unfortunately interrupted by a fire alarm. Luckily, it was a false alarm. I wouldn't fault the Durham for this, however it really hampered our enjoyment of an evening out. By the time we were able to return, our desserts were melted and we had to rush through our drinks. We will have to try them again another time.

L
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great quality food, at a wonderful location that isn’t pretentious or overpriced.

IP
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The steak tartare was fabulous as was my husband's fish. My chicken was a little dry but the garlic rosemary frites were superd. An expensive evening but worth it.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It appeared to be a quiet evening at The Durham, not many diners present. That being said, the food and service was lovely. This may become our "go to" spot for "special celebrations"!

LD
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was very relaxing and the service was very good, but the food was a bit strange for my tastes.

I
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!!!! Food was delicious!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From rooftop to dining room service. Was great

m
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious though I felt portions were small & expensive.

l
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend the Durham restaurant. Food was amazing and the wait staff is very knowledgeable.

GK
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Restaurant is basically in the hotel lobby where you have a great view of everyone waiting in the elevator line for the Rooftop bar.

CS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A bit too open seating for us. Quiet enough, but not very special. Guests wandering in to register, sitting at tables with their laptops and/or cell phones. Yeah, lighted candles at each table, but that was bout it for “atmosphere.”

Service was excellent and food was good, but too pricey for the portion size/taste.

We were visiting the area for an event and probably won’t be in the area again.

s
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during restaurant week in June 2019. Every course was artistically plated and gastronomically superb. Really liked the snapper and cuke entree Will definitely be back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to The Durham restaurant for Triangle Restaurant Week and were not disappointed! We had the choice of three appetizers including the shrimp and rice soup, local lettuce salad, and calvander fritters. We ordered one of each and though they were all good, the salad was actually the best! They must have put some seasoning similar to everything but the bagel on it because it had so much flavor.
We then chose from the entrees, which included pork loin enveloped in a crispy pork belly, NC sheepshead fish filet, and cassoulet. We ordered the pork and the fish so I can’t comment on the cassoulet. The pork was good, but the fish completely blew it out of the water. It melted in your mouth and was so flavorful! None of the entrees came with a side which was disappointing, but we ordered two servings of the tomato salad (I think it was called Vince’s salad) which was excellent!
Finally, the desserts included orange sorbet, chocolate pot de Creme, and banana split. I didn’t taste the pot de Creme but those that did said it was underwhelming and needed more chocolate flavor. The orange sorbet was very refreshing and had a kick of tartness at the end. The banana split was by far the best dessert, though. It was banana ice cream, whipped cream, caramel, peanuts and served with a side of peanut brittle and caramelized banana. I could eat a whole carton of that ice cream!!
Our server was also excellent and knew quite a bit about each dish. The only complaint I have is that she up-sold us on a different gin for the green room (fantastic drink!) but did not mention it was $2 extra. It’s a small thing but I would have liked to be warned before we got the bill.

Overall, our meal was fantastic and I would definitely come back to The Durham. Though my wallet might need a break after paying for that bill!

AF
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meals were outstanding, exceeded only by the attentive service delivered by the entire waitstaff. My husband had the porchetta and said it was the best he'd ever had. I had the sheepshead and it was just amazing. We also shared the charred sweetheart cabbage and it was delicious. Our server was great - very knowledgeable and friendly. She made great recommendations. We will be back.

e
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant, though I always which is was a bit busier. It’s a huge space and it shows off best when full of diners! Food is always good and the cocktails are always perfect. Great staff.

L
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the prix fix of $35 for Restaurant Week in Durham. Very good value for a tasty, creative 3 course meal. The price allowed for us to each get a drink (very good cocktail) prior to dinner and coffee afterwards. Service was well paced considering we had DPAC tickets. Will return.

T
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. Service was excellent.

AR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, unusual, fresh food. Best waitress ever- she was very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable. A little noisy, but it was Sat night and a wedding in house. Loved it!

l
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very beautiful surroundings inside. The waiter although knowledgeable about food and wine was not very warm. Never smiled as if he were glad to see us. The food was timely and excellent in presentation and taste. We had five in our party whose birthday was one of them. I had put that on open table, but this fact was not mentioned by the waiter. If he asked if this was a special occasion, maybe he would discover that. I would look at other options in the downtown region if I was to eat around there.

n
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing dinner in a very cool retro setting

CT
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great--food, wine, service, ambiance, noise level. We love The Durham. It's the best restaurant in Durham.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience at the Durham Hotel for dinner! We all ordered the airmail mixed drink and loved it. It was exactly what we wanted. Two of us ordered the dry aged burger which came with fries and one ordered the spring cassoulet. All of the food was super delicious and the service was friendly and fast. Will be back!

LD
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the roof bar for drinks before dinner. We appreciated the covered area’s shade. Couldn’t get excited about the roof or restaurant menu. Roasted chicken frites was almost too salty to eat. They need some kind of non-starchy vegetable side options. Ambience was nice. Denim on denim waitstaff attire seemed an odd choice.

t
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not impressed. The menu had very limited choices and nothing that was mildly appealing. Ended up ordering the burger which was great but I can get a great burger in many places in Durham. I have tried this restaurant a number of times over the last few years hoping that it would get better. It is very convenient to DPAC. I will say it is easy to get same day reservations. Perhaps others feel the same way. Each time I have gone, there are less people.

MB
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Somewhat typical of hotel dining rooms. Almost empty, so the service staff had no challenge.
Waiter was great.
Very nice wine list, and fine offerings of liquor.
Not the same for the menu, however. Very limited in choices for dinner, but okay if your looking for something just to go with drinks.
My wife had the chicken with a garlic sauce. That was great. My chop was fatty and over-seasoned.

KK
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent Mother’s Day brunch. Food was very well done. The service was merely adequate.

O
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent cocktails. Great service. Love the natural light from the window wall.

J
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing and unique food. Loved the partnership on "Primavera in Durham." Every dish was perfect. Fresh cactus was excellent. Service was very kind to us.

e
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The special Mexican pop-up restaurant was superb. Loved the tuna tostadas and the jalapeño infused margarita. The trio of sauces with the chips were divine. Everything was great

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not impressed. Ambiance felt like a just a hotel lobby without much in a "restaurant " feel. Food was over salted and when the manager was told he didnt do much to comoensate or accomodate.
We were there before a show at DPAC so we ate the food anyway beacuse we would be late for the show if we had it replaced. Drinks took about 25mins to cone as it was aready.
And the prices were definitely way too high for what you gkt.. to many other great restaurants in DT Durham to ever go back here.

B
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food experience, assisted by involved staff, make this one of our favorites in a great food city.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Easter Brunch- ridiculously overpriced for a prefix brunch menu. Bread board and salad were wonderful. None of us were overly thrilled with our main dish and we left most of it on the plate. Everything was very salty!

s
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service! I would definitely recommend and return!

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a lovely restaurant. The food was outstanding, the wine excellent and the service was perfect. Will definitely go back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Really enjoyed the food and overall experience

G
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting, unusual culinary offerings - all tasted excellent. I recommend the paella! Outstanding service. Located in spacious former bank lobby in mid-century contemporary style.

ED
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of four ordered the steak, the hamburger, and the sea bass and an order of Brussels sprouts to share. Everything was delicious and perfectly prepared. The fries were deemed to be the best in the Triangle. The servers were attentive and friendly. The decor is mid-century modern, which added a quirky note.

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