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Watts Grocery

4.3
2072 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southern, Farm-to-table
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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
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Phone number
(919) 416-5040
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Amy Tornquist
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Catering
Our sister company, Sage and Swift Catering, is a full service catering company. Please call 919-957-7889 or email info@sageandswift.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Club Blvd
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Parking details
Parking is located right beside restaurant. Parking is free for Watts Grocery patrons.
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2072 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We were greeted by the personable hostess and experienced attentive wait service. Both of our entrees were delivered hot and they were tasty...my wife had the breakfast burrito and I had the scrambled salmon omelette. The selection of hot teas were ample.
After numerous attempts for my wife to get a replacement cup of coffee (weak and not very flavorful), she gave up. For myself, I found a stray hair in my platter. The manager comped my breakfast entree promptly and apologized profusely. We will most likely not come back, even though the courtesies (we did not request the entree to be comped) were sincere, we are hesitant to come back.
Our 3 star review was an average of about 5 for my wife and 1 for me.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Delicious!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The food was delicious and proportioned well, both appetizer and entrée. Nice wine list. Plenty of free parking. Not sure why the popularity of this place has significantly dropped over the years. The waitress and hostess seemed amused by my making a reservation and made several tongue-in-cheek remarks about how few patrons were present.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Overall this is a very nice restaurant, and I enjoyed my lunch meal and the service. I would say it is expensive for what you get. I did not find the food so exceptional as to be worth the price. Evidently others feel the same, as there were few patrons at lunch. Perhaps this place is better for supper. I won't be anxious to try it, though.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Have been to Watts Grocery every time we visit Duke - food always great and interesting. Every time we go, we leave very satisfied and feel like it's a step above most other restaurants we go to.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food is always good, but I think a little overpriced. 2 drinks and 2 meals from the preset menu cost us $140 before tip.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I was super excited to bring my family here for Mother's Day Brunch and talked very highly of the restaurant, even though I had not been there. I was utterly disappointed. It took at least 10-15 minutes before we were acknowledged by our waitress after sitting down. We were seated in a back room, which I'm guess was for larger parties, but it felt like we didn't really matter. It then took over 30 minutes for our coffee to arrive, after having reminded the staff on multiple occasions to bring it out. The food came out before the coffee did. When requesting refills, we had to flag down the staff for more coffee. The food was pretty good, but the slow and inattentive service really took away from the whole experience. We live in Durham and would have loved a new favorite brunch location. Based on this experience, we won't be back anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Staff was incredible. Friendly and couldn’t be more attentive. Food was great. Live the rear room, it is spacious, great art on the walls and out if the main room which has “traffic”.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

~Do not go here unless you like being disappointed~

Went to Watts for their prix fixe Graduation menu this past weekend.

Overall the food was good, but definitely nothing special compared to the many other great restaurants in Durham at the same price point.

The service however, was pathetically bad.
-First, the waiter was very frantic and did not know the menu well when asked for recommendations.
-Then when pouring wine part of the bottle's foil cap fell in one our glasses. He of course was completely oblivious to this.
--Later as we were finishing our desserts, the hostess came over and tried to clear the plates of people who were clearly still eating.

It all made sense when the bill came, in which the restaurant had already included a 20% charge for gratuity. It was clear they were rushing us to do the same to other unassuming customers.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great for a large group. Fantastic brunch menu

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Fixed price meal graduation weekend. We were not aware about that before we were seated. 2 big college boys who don’t eat sweets abs dessert was one of the 3 courses. Server did let them split an extra appetizer instead of desserts.
Food was average and way over priced.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Waiter was not very attentive. Spent more time hanging out with customers at other tables.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Wonderful shrimp and grits!!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food was great, staff very friendly!! Had a great experience. We’ll be back!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I had been trying to get to this place for a while. Heard the shrimp and greats were fabulous, they were good, but the bed of grits were skimpy...I don’t know that I believe the hype. I’ve had a more enjoyable time elsewhere. The oddest thing was, when we were given glasses of water, we had no ice in it, but every other table had ice water.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This was just a friends' get-together but we really appreciated the staff's attention to detail and the willingness to let us share salads and meals. The half portions were perfect for both of us and we really enjoy the potent and delicious sangria!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

First time at Watts in several years and was quite disappointed. This used to be a top notch establishment but appears to have gone downhill. The food presentation was very poor with the exception of the salad my husband ordered. The asparagus scramble was way over cooked with asparagus that tasted canned it was so mushy. Asparagus is in season locally, so I expected this ingredient to shine. The hash browns were not browned, but appeared to be cubes and boiled at best. They were also cold. The Watts breakfast plates were uninspired and dull appearing. Again, no attempt at making the presentation appealing. I’m pretty sure the owner/chef was sitting at the bar, which made it all the more shocking that this was coming out of her kitchen. I know she is a talented chef, so I’m left wondering what has happened to Watts Grocery?

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

It’s was awesome as usual. The churros, eggs Benedict were great and perfectly cooked. Tried the fried chicken and biscuit with sausage gravy for the first time. My new favorite

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Love Watt’s Grocery for brunch, esp. Blood Orange Mimosa’s and collard greens. Never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

After church family gathering. Food was plentiful and delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch and the shrimp and grits was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. This place has such a friendly vibe—I highly recommend it for any occasion.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A pleasant restaurant that serves superior southern food, including light and crispy fried green tomatoes and fresh local fish. Both the flounder and the creole shrimp were excellent; so was the pineapple upside-down cake. Our server was very prompt and attentive. The only thing I didn't like was the TV screen at the bar but that's a matter of taste. Informal, relaxed atmosphere and very good food.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My son and I were excited to try this restaurant because it always gets good reviews. While we liked the ambiance, the dining experience was disappointing. My son's salad was doused in dressing so thick he couldn't eat it. My mushroom soup had an unpleasant flavor and a worse aftertaste. Our server was kind enough to not charge us, thank goodness. My son ordered duck, which he said was "just OK" while I had a strip steak. That too was OK, but nothing spectacular.
My son lives in Durham and told me he won't be recommending Watts Grocery to anyone. I visit a few times a year and have no plans to dine there again.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

great food, great service. good atmosphere. will go back again

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We arrived a bit early and they able to seat us! It was a very pleasant experience!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was a very nice Easter brunch. We were a tad disappointed that there did not seem to be a "special" Easter themed menu.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service. Had to move to a different seat because of a bigger party but no big deal. Gave us a complimentary dish for moving and it was great. Main dish was great as well for all 3 of us. Would definitely come again if in the area and recommend this place to everybody.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We had a fantastic dinner and a wonderful time catching up with each other. It was moderately noisy because WE were the noisy ones! I hope our good time did not interrupt other lovely meals. Excellent service, solid food, a bit pricy but worthwhile for local, high quality ingredients.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great people, great food. Hard to beat a local eatery like this. Prices were moderate, but fair.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent dining experience. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Portion sizes were great.

The mac and cheese appetizer was the best mac and cheese we have ever had! Fired green tomatoes, the daily fish, the catfish, and lamb shank were terrific.

A must visit if in the area.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Lamb shanks were wonderful, with a very interesting array of vegetables and polenta underneath. Our server was Gillian, always attentive and knowledgeable. Watts grocery has been a favorite to return to again and again for about 10 years now.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Restaurant was very nice , food was excellent , staff was very helpful and pleasant .

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Shrimp & Cobb Salad on Brunch menu a must.. pancakes filled up a never filled up 20 year old Grandson & the collards are special! Definitely will make a return visit!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Took my girlfriend there for her birthday and the brunch was amazing! Staff was so helpful and attentive....thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Watts Grocery is nice, but I'm still the undisputed Queen of Breakfast Gravies!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We took my parents while they were in town. The NY strip was excellent and my wife’s shrimp creole was good. I would gladly go back.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We both ordered the dinner duck, which was tender and delicious. Minimal fat, the entire serving was perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

A fantastic brunch. We had 7 and a wide variety of meals - basic breakfast to shrimp and grits. The grits are beautifully done. You can tell they use very good stone ground grits. Biscuits are amazing as well, but hard to pass up the in-house made english muffins. Coffee is very good with frequent re-fills. Kids to grandparents will love it.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Watts Grocery keeps delivering outstanding meals! Chef/owner Amy Tornquist is a Durham treasure, and one of my absolute favorite chefs around - always a delight to dine at Watts.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Was excited to try Watts Grocery, we hadn't been to this part of Durham for dinner before. Service was decent and our waiter was attentive. The wine I ordered was the best part of the meal, along with Cream of Mushroom Soup. The market fish is broth was really not good at all. Way way way too salty. And the little clams were so fishy tasting, not appetizing at all. I took a chance and ordered dessert, the whoopie pie smore with mexican chocolate ice cream. The ice cream was good. The whoopie pie tasted like it came out of a vending machine bag, not fresh at all. And dinner plus drinks for 2 was over $100. I don't mind paying that much for a great experience and great food, but this was definately not worth it.

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