Permanently Closed - Revolution - Durham

4.3
1448 Reviews
$30 and under
Global, International
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Revolution’s sophisticated and vibrant atmosphere greets guests as they enter the commanding historic Baldwin Building. A dazzling tiled mosaic from Florence adorns the wall, while rich hues of garnet and chocolate brown leather, natural cork, and original restored wood flooring create an inviting social scene. Revolution’s menu features a selection replete with imaginative interpretations of contemporary global cuisine. Chef Anile also offers a variety of tasting options from the three course “Feed Me” to the seven course “The Feast” menu. Revolution is proud to serve an unassuming yet impressive selection of fine wines featuring small production vineyards. The creative cocktail list pays homage to global cuisine while highlighting a changing roster of fresh ingredients.


Revolution is also the Official VIP Restaurant of The Durham Performing Arts (DPAC) President's Club.
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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3.9
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RobertC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Don't miss out on this Durham gem. Advised server we were attending DPAC later and he made sure we were out on time.

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IntendingToHelp
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waiter made this visit special. This was a business meeting and we only wanted a lighter fare, and he really helped us navigate the menu with ease.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Disappointing.

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Tina
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great appetizers but entrées, though nicely presented, rather bland lacking much flavor. Not with the price for dinner but I'd go back for appetizers.

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Tmatrix
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place to eat before going to the DPAC. Portions easily shared.

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vipUWSLifer
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food, lively atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I was a bit disappointed with the food! The quality of food we've received was way overpriced, one of the dishes came out born and over salty.Other dish was supposed to be pasta and he came out only meet, I would definitely recommend a place for drinks and desserts not food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, menu, atmosphere and value. Had a great night!

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vipLove2EAT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience2

My husband and I had dinner here last weekend. From the moment we walked in, it took 5 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us despite multiple wait staff passing by us. That was the first warning sign. When the hostess finally acknowledged us (without any type of apology), we had to sit at the bar for another 7-8 minutes until our table was ready despite arriving on time for our reservations. Second warning sign. From the time we were seated to the time it took the waitress to acknowledge us, another 7-8 minutes. Third warning and we were nearly ready to walk out and head over to Counting House.

The tagliatelle was bland, the fish was way too salty, and the food was definitely a disappointment given the high ratings on OpenTable. We eat out often and can tolerate sub-par service if the food is worth it. This was not the case with Revolution and we won't be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Took my girlfriend here for a date, very nice atmosphere and good food. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Revolution was wonderful! Food was excellent! Loved that we didn't feel rushed! Love the atmosphere also!!!

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tkeitz
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We left the chef guide us and did the tasting menu with wine pairings. Everything was delicious!

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Toddt
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have eaten at Revolution each time I've come to town to visit my son, and it has never disappointed. The mussels are an excellent starter and if you are feeling adventurous, try the three course "secret" food tasting with wine pairings. Cool atmosphere and excellent service. I highly recommend you give them a try.

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MatE
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time to experience a great tasting menu and wine pairing at this nice and fresh establishment. High quality raw materials and nicely composed dishes accompanied by some interesting and very well selected wines. The excellent staff is very knowledgable and friendly helping make the dining experience complete. We'll be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2016
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Great service and lovely place. But my take on the food was that I could have made it at home if I had the proper ingredients (and I'm not a good cook). I had the salmon (flavorless) and my husband had the steak (mediocre). We had the prosciutto salad (decent) and the haystack shrimp (salty sauce). Probably will not be back.

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vipCherylP
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Excellent meal

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NCDAD
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Visited Revolution on a Saturday night prior to a DPAC show - 6pm reservation. Not crowded but service was a bit slow but no issues getting to DPAC on time. The food was outstanding. Had the arugula salad and the pasta dish with braised pork meat sauce - just awesome. Also the chocolate cake dessert was tops. Started to get a bit noisy and crowded when we left but that is to be expected at this restaurant on a Saturday night.

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Disappointed
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is outstanding - Ivan is the best!!! Thanks for great recommendations!

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Rochelle
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited menu. However restaurant was willing to accommodate if we needed it as we don't east pork and some of us do not eat shell fish. Interesting combinations. My husband had cauliflower soup; red snapper (which he said was delicious) and apple tart. I had ahi tuna appetizer and the duck tamale appetizer, both of which which were lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Whoever shucked my raw oysters on the half shell left them attached to shell making them awkward to eat. And they were not chilled at all - another miss. Also, the wasabi migniot (sp.?) was not balanced ans had no heat to it. 3 strikes made for a very disappointing app. My Duck Tamale tasted mostly of corn masa. The stuffing proprtion was meger both meager and dry. Another miss made me very disappointed over all in the food on this my 3rd visit to Revolution. Boo Hoo...

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our meals were excellent. 2 of us got the tasting menu and one got the wine pairing, but the server was nice enough to give all of us dessert wine with out desserts - complementary.
Thank you.

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canesjohn
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Service was exceptional with a very attentive and helpful server.

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beans
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food. Great environment. The assortment of flavors was delightful to the taste buds. Whether with good friends or a date, this is never a bad choice for foodies and lovers of quality food and good ambience!

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Leah
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my BFF there for drinks and dessert for her b-day and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience

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vipKLB1
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We are out-of-towers and had an outstanding dinner a couple years ago. We were traveling with the same couple & decided to return. We were disappointed with the entrees, although the appetizers were okay. We expected the same quality we'd experienced previously. Our server was also less than friendly.

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Morey
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My assessments were very strong 4's. just reserved a perfect score of 5 for perfect & it wasn't quite that. The outside construction that blocked streets did affect business. Many less people eating and in bar area. I was counting on the valet parking and this was not available.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I have dined at Revolution numerous times prior to 2016. Our experience this time was far below what I had come to expect based on great prior visits. The restaurant was not full, yet we waited over an hour for our entreees. The tasting menu was promised to include items not on the regular menu, which was true for the appetizer only. While someone came over and acknowledged our long wait, the waiter made no effort to make this right. We were there for over 3 hours.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was an early evening reservation before a show at DPAC for a party of 7. The restaurant had no problem sitting 3 of us before the rest of our party arrived. Service was good. Food was very good with a nice variety from a small menu. Many compliments and no complaints from the whole table. This was my third or fourth time here and each time has been good or better. Food is a little expensive, but a good value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first dining experience at Revolution and it was outstanding! Ivan was our waiter and he was attentive, knowledgable and overall, great. My friends & I enjoyed cocktails, small plates & entree "large" plates each. The mussels and tagliatelle pasta dish were my choice and YUMMY. Would definitely order both again. My friends order shrimp & grits with a steak and ahi tuna & eggplant lasagna. Everyone was very impressed with their food. This restaurant was a perfect place for our evening in Durham -- we walked to DPAC in 5 minutes for the 8pm show!

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vipRaleighDave
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Sorry to have to call out Revolution but with so many good alternatives these days, I really expect a better experience. We arrived at the very beginning of dinner seating after a matinee at DPAC. Our waiter was friendly but not as engaged as I expected. That's because he was a bartender, and as traffic picked up, our service took a nose-dive.

We waited too long for appetizers, mains, and desserts. the staff finally figured out it wasn't working and we were assigned a real wait person at the dessert course.

I found the prosciutto as well as the haystack shrimp to be wonderfully balanced; i was disappointed that the duck entree was bland. I very nearly sent it back for not being warm enough, but we were there for an occasion, and I didn't want to get all that going. The eggplant (was it?) lasagna was delicious. Other entrees at our table included salmon, and pasta with pork; they were reported to be delicious.

There are plenty of places to eat; some places you want to be NICE. I want Revolution to be NICE, and it was not on our last visit.

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vipvillefoodie
Tampa
109 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tasting menu has to be the best deal in town. All courses all full-sized entrees and the wine pairings are full pours. All five of our courses were delicious (even though blind--we did not know in advance what we would be getting.) The service is also top-notch. Highly recommended.

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vipBillK
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at Revolution was excellent. The service was first-rate and the food was marvelous, including a new item on the menu, an innovative chicken dish. We plan to return.

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viplanikailiving
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Revolution and it did not disappoint. We ordered several appetizers, all were fabulous. The mussels are highly recommended. We had a variety of entrees. The duck with grits was my favorite but everything was really good. service was attentive and timely. All in all it was a wonderful dining experience. We will return when we are back in May.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for my birthday and the service was excellent! The cocktails were delicious and the food was great!

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nraleighfoodies
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice three courses and wine pairings deal. Parking nearby.

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KenW
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here and again the food and service were excellent.

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Pbmacy
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here while staying in Durham for our anniversary. However, this is a great place for every day. Great cocktails, amazing food choices, great services. I don't know how I missed this place before but it's now one of my favorites. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The waiter was not the best. Food fine . Very convenient prior to show.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service and ambience were good. The menu is interesting. The wine list quite extensive but wine we ordered was out of stock. Food quality was considered mediocre by all four of us and ranged from paella to a strips sirloin. Steak was quite grisly and not very tasty. Servers did get us out in time to attend a DPAC function. On balance, fairly expensive for the quality of th food.

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vipLisa
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. The tables are too close together. The lady next to us asked to be moved and apologized to us for hearing our entire conversation. She said she didn't want to listen but couldn't help it!

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Permanently Closed - Revolution - Durham is rated 4.3 stars by 1448 OpenTable diners.