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About Permanently Closed - Revolution - Durham

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.

107 W. Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Thursday 11:30am to 2:00pm


Bar: Opens daily at 5:00pm


Monday - Thursday 5:30pm to 10:00pm


Friday & Saturday 5:30pm to 11:00pm


Sunday 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 956-9999

Website:
http://www.revolutionrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:

Catering:
Catering by Revolution makes it possible to enjoy the same sumptuous cuisine, unmatched service, and impressive wine lists, far beyond the charming historic walls of the Downtown Durham restaurant. From an intimate cocktail gathering, to private cooking classes, to a beautifully seated dinner party, Chef Jim Anile and his culinary team will ensure that you and your guests share in a moment to remember. Revolution's professional and dedicated staff will work with you closely, to help design an event that is created uniquely for you and your tastes, while mindful of your budget.

Parking Details:
Revolution offers complimentary Valet Parking Thursday through Saturday. Garage and street parking are also available.

Executive Chef:
Jim Anile

Private Party Facilities:
We have available an intimate, private dining space with seating for up to 50.

Private Party Contact:
Jessica Lane: (919) 956-9999

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Revolution - Durham - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (2407)
Special Occasion (2056)
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Notable Wine List (1108)
Hot Spot (1026)
Vibrant Bar Scene (954)
Neighborhood Gem (896)
Good for Groups (510)
Late-night Find (292)
Great for Lunch (66)
Great for Brunch (63)
Scenic View (21)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (7)
Authentic (4)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2016

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.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 18, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Disappointing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2016

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2016

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Great food, lively atmosphere.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2016

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!!!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2016

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

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2016

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2016

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 2, 2016

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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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Excellent meal

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2016

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2016

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2016

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...

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2016

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 26, 2016

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on October 22, 2016

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2016

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 22, 2016

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 21, 2016

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2016

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 15, 2016

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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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 3, 2016

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 1, 2016

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 26, 2016

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 24, 2016

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

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 20, 2016

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 16, 2016

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 10, 2016

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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