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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.
Durham, NC 27705
Contemporary American, Southern, Farm-to-table
Hours of Operation:
Saturday, Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Tuesday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Our sister company, Sage and Swift Catering, is a full service catering company. Please call 919-957-7889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking is located right beside restaurant. Parking is free for Watts Grocery patrons.
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
The experience started by being seated in what I consider to have been the worst seat in the house. When I make a reservation I don’t consider a seat right in front of the door to be a prime location. Service and experience went down hill from there. My partner and I took a look at the menu and decided on an entire. My choice the Pan Seared Bass, his choice the Lobster Tail, only to later find out that we were given an out of date menu. “Sorry guys, we don’t have the Lobster tail.” From here we went with the catfish and Bass. Oh and forget about asking to substitute or add a side item, we were told that the kitchen was too busy for that. Wow, I’ve never heard of a thing, if it’s on the menu then the kitchen no matter how busy it is should be able to prepare it. Isn’t that the reason for dining out in the first place? Both of our meals were lackluster meals.
Overall this place sounds good, however when it comes to the culinary skills they are missing. The staff could use a couple of lessons in customer service as well.
We had a great time celebrating restaurant-owner Amy Tornquist's late mother, Elizabeth, on the second anniversary of her unexpected death. Percentage of day's profit was contributed to an endowment in Elizabeth's name at the Nursing School at University of North Carolina. Lots of retired and currently involved staff from the Nursing School were there and that was fun.
While it does not (and hopefully never will) affect me, there are few (if any) vegetarian offerings on Watts Grocery's menu and I wish that would change. Otherwise, the options are excellent.
p.s. by "vegetarian" I mean "no flesh" (which includes fish)....nothing with eyeballs either.
We enjoyed brunch with our daughter.
The hostess was so very nice!
We had the best grits we’ve ever eaten!
Everything was cooked perfectly and delicious!
Will definitely come back again.
Using the Open Table app is so easy and efficient!
And it allows you to see all the places you have booked for repeat bookings.
I was so excited to go to Watts Grocery for Triangle Restaurant Week, but was pretty disappointed with their food. This was the first time we had been there, and wanted to give it a try, as we had heard great things. Our wait staff was kind and attentive. The food, sadly, was very one-note. As appetizers, we had the mussels and the fried green tomatoes. The mussels were not cooked very well and were chewy once we finally got them out of their shells. The fried green tomatoes were fine, but the sauce they were in was very salty. For the main course, we had the Butternut Squash Risotto & Fried Trout. The risotto was good, but very earthy. Not a pop of brightness, which is what was needed. The trout was good, but needed more raita or something to make it a little less bland. Our desserts were quite good. We had the panna cotta and the chocolate peanut butter cake. These were both AMAZING. I don't know what they do to the cake, but OMG I wanted to jump into the plate. And the panna cotta was also amazing. They can be very overdone, but this was perfect. The flavor was amazing and our hats are off to the pastry chef.
One thing I will tell you that is AMAZING is their cocktails. We had the sangria, the Montpelier and the Hissy Fit. All were very different but delicious! The bartender knew his stuff! I would definitely recommend this place for their desserts and their cocktails. The food, sadly, wasn't amazing :(
The appetizer and entree was fresh and delicious. I came for the mussels and vegetables in Asian broth and beef short rib and greens were delicious for restaurant week. BUT for those of us that can’t eat a lot of sugar desserts because of diabetes please offer fresh fruit cup alternative. So I could not eat the dessert I paid for.
The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We had the Restaurant Week selections and each had a different appetizer, entree, and dessert and sampled each other's choices. Everything was delicious. The only criticism I have is that our area was cold--there was cool air blowing on us.
I was entertaining out of town cousins, and wanted to find a distinctive place that would allow us to visit in a relaxed manner. We arrived about 15" early, were immediately escorted to our reserved table, and had a fabulous meal! Server was helpful with recommendations. The food was memorable, and the atmosphere terrific.
We went to Watts Grocery on a Saturday night, but the restaurant was out of a number of menu items, and even certain cocktails on the menu. Overall, not a great experience when you go to a restaurant on a Saturday night and countless menu items are not available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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