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About Watts Grocery

Watts Grocery is located in the historic Watts-Hillandale neighborhood in Durham, NC. Our menu of classic Southern favorites and Carolina tradition is best defined by what is grown locally and seasonally. Using local farmers, fishermen and regionally sourced goods, our menu evolves throughout the changing seasons. Please call us for large party reservations of 10 or more and for any other information. Reservations are recommended on weekend evenings and Saturday and Sunday brunch.

1116 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Southern, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:
Saturday, Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Lunch:
Tuesday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Dinner:
Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Club Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 416-5040

Website:
http://www.wattsgrocery.com/

Catering:
Our sister company, Sage and Swift Catering, is a full service catering company. Please call 919-957-7889 or email info@sageandswift.com

Parking Details:
Parking is located right beside restaurant. Parking is free for Watts Grocery patrons.

Executive Chef:
Amy Tornquist

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We host monthly wine dinner with Westgate Wine and Hope Valley Bottle Shop. Please friend us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER to keep up with the dates and this month's theme

Watts Grocery Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Authentic (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fun (7)
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Notable Wine List (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Organic (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Romantic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Hot Spot (1)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

very nice! and one can choose a lighter menu if you want. Plus the after dinner drinks are fabulous!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our second visit. We love Watts! Be sure to try the pancakes, they are amazing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

I especially like Watts Grocery because I am somewhat of a regular there and I know some people who work there. I like their take on Southern Food, and the fact that they use all fresh ingredients, which are sourced mostly in NC. The service was great, and the whole table loved the fried oysters and the day-boat scallops. One person got the Vegetarian option and liked that.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Brunch between Broski's. The veggie scramble and the stack of pancakes were both fabulous! Cappuccino and slow drip coffee were delicious. Service was very personable. Ambiance was very clean and modern but casual and comfortable in a cozy kind of way.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Watts Grocery is our favorite neighborhood dinner spot. Food and drinks are always delicious and the staff very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The server Gillian is amazing! She provides awesome service.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I visited Watts Grocery many years ago and had a wonderful experience. When a friend suggested it for brunch, I thought it was a great idea. Unfortunately, I thought the food was much less flavorful (and plentiful) as it was years ago. The prices don't reflect the quality of the food. I ordered the burrito and it was so-so. I could have gotten something better and cheaper from Elmo's Diner. The coffee was $3 and just okay. The churros were cold and stale tasting. Truly the only good thing was the chocolate sauce that came with the churros. I'm not sure if they were having an off day or if this is what folks can expect nowadays. I was disappointed.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Always flavorful with fresh ingredients.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good food and good service for a holiday brunch with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I really like the place and bring friends and students there frequently.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Awesome! Watts always delivers the best Tbone steak.
The fried oysters were outstanding.
And the warm rolls ....after ordering a second basket, and consuming them in 7 minutes, we decided the rolls are better than a hot krispy kream. OMG.
This was a first time dining experiences for 5 in the group. They kept saying. "What a place".
Two members of our group ordered catfish. It was fun watching them smack their lips.
I'm in love with Watts. What a great eating place.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Had a wonderful lunch at Watts Grocery. Service was super. The food was fresh and delicious. I had the grilled tuna taco & it was outrageously good!!! My friend had soup and fried green tomatoes for lunch hers was very good as well. Perfect lunch with a friend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food, service, ambiance were all outstanding! Highly recommend this place!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Delicious food, wonderful service, pleasant ambiance! A winner!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Outstanding in all ways. Great service and amazing presentation.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Was there for lunch at noon. One large table and maybe 3 other tables filled in the restaurant. Did not get lunch for almost 45 minutes. Wait person explained the large table (maybe about 10 or 12 people) set the kitchen back. She was sorry. The 2 fish tacos at $13 were pathetically small with a little tasteless filling inside and the rice was almost cold. No offer was made to address this exceptionally long wait time which caused us to rush and leave.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I heard of Watts Grocery for a couple of years but always had a hard time justifying the 35 minute drive to try this place. We were attending a concert nearby that evening so we decided to give it a try, and we weren’t disappointed. The service is subdued & professional, and the dishes are prepared with great care and originality. Highly recommend any of the entrees and the starters were delicious too. We had to leave before we could try the desserts but hopefully, we’ll try them next time we go.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food, quick and efficient service. It was quiet as we came in right at opening but very much appreciated the ability to reserve a table for brunch - not many places provide that option.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was very rich and had a hint of southern hospitality.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

American "tapas" aka don't expect to bring some leftovers. Small portions of fresh, made-to-ordee food that is worth the long wait. Service was slow...had to wait 5 minutes to get a dessert menu. Sad to say but we wont return.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I love watts grocery. Th

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best cob salad ever! Love the shrimp, deviled egg, and homemade pickles! Yum! 😊

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very pleasant restaurant with food to table menu. Service was pleasant. Very helpful with kids and good food for adults. Will go again. Note that despite Open Table saying they didn’t have seating, they did. Suggest calling for reservation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Service was friendly and attentive. Food was very good. Had the scallops and they were very tasty if a tad bit over salted. Sweetie got fried catfish that he said was very good. Wine selection was comprehensive. We got the carmanere and it was very good

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was good and the waiters were attentive, but the hostess rudely asked my group to leave immediately towards the end of our brunch because she needed the table. Even if it was acceptable to directly ask diners to leave for this reason (which I do not think it is), she could have been much more reasonable about it. Instead of any hint of being apologetic about the situation, she accused my group of staying past the reservation's "time limit of 2 hours" and causing a line of angry people who wanted our table. I've never heard of any reservation coming with a time limit on OpenTable, and even if that were true, we'd only been there 1.5 hours. I found it ridiculous all-around and defeating the point of a leisurely Sunday brunch. I get it, Watts is busy, but that's the case every weekend. I'm personally never going back, I have no need to be treated this way.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I usually have a good experience at this restaurant. Unfortunately it was not the case last weekend. I tried the cabbage wraps and they were bland. We had mixed reviews with the duck, one friend said it was ok and the other claimed his was too salty. Wine was good and the appetizers are always on target. Salad options were limited and the desserts were not very appealing. The service was great excellent. Too bad the food didn’t meet expectations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Watts Grocery is a landmark in Durham and offers some really great comfort food. I recommend more for brunch than anything though. The food at brunch is so good. Some of the best pancakes you will ever have! Everything there is great, great service too!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent brunch options and each dish was very good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Breakfast was wonderful. Cheesy grits were some of the best I've had.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I ordered a cheeseburger on the recommendation of a friend saying it was the best in Durham. I love that friend!

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Worth Going to
It was our first time in Watts Grocery and I must say it was quite pleasant. We had a very nice dinner with friends. There's not a whole lot of ambiance, but although there were a good number of people for a Wednesday evening, it was terrific that we could actually hear what our friends were saying without having to talk loudly. Service was attentive but not overbearing or rushed; both the starters and diner meals came to the table within expected time parameters. The Yellow-Fin and the Scallops were wonderful. Wine list is a bit limited but gets the job done. Pricing is fine for the quality and quantity you get. Definitely recommend going. Not "OMG" good, but very worthy nonetheless.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Sweet Waitress...Good Food...Complementary piece Birthday Cake with candle!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Should have ordered the pancakes!!! They looked amazing! I have been to Watts twice before for dinner and loved it. Brunch was eh. However, there was a wait and I had a reservation. When I told the front person I was catching a plane, they couldn't have been more accommodating in getting us out the door quickly. They were terrific. So I will be back for dinner another time, but I'd skip the brunch...unless I order the pancakes!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Terrific menu choices, flavors and presentation. We loved everything. Only come laintbis regarding confusion in delivering meals to the table (all placed wrong; ditto on desserts).

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It would be nice if you had more options on your brunch menu, like things that are more commonly eaten at breakfast. There were very few options and we aren't comfortable with burritos and salmon for brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was superb as always and service terrific and personalized

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great lunch spot! Cool local vibe! Great fish tacos!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Had the delicious shrimp and grits for a weekday lunch. Friendly, prompt service as usual.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Romantic, Casual, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was wonderful. We had 1 person with dietary needs that were met. Waiter was very nice and did a great job. The atmosphere is low key - so it was easy to have a quiet conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This was a very nice find, we enjoyed the food, the desert, the Beverages, and the servers were very nice. Overall recommended.

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