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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

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 2 days ago

Family in town. Had an amazing experience and would have loved to sit and relax there all night. Will be back

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

That specialize in terrific local produce, which is a great treat! THANKS!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice meal and conducive to our business conversation.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

The food and everything have been consistently delicious in the last half year I've gone to Watts. I've especially been delighted at the after dinner drinks - light but really tasty! and beautifully presented. But the fish has been good as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Impressive dinner and service on a busy night (Valentine's Day). We'll definitely return and are excited to find a new brunch spot!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

I always love the food here. The Mac n cheese with lobster is so so so so so amazing. The lobster dish...omg...thr lobster is ocean perfect. If they increased their portions, i would eat here weekly.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I enjoyed our Valentine’s Day lunch. The food was very tasty and healthy. We will return to Watts Grocery soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic meal, as always. Watts never disappoints.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Terrific challenger to Vin Rouge for best brunch place. Tends to be a bit loud but not unbearable considering there are lots of kids.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I suggest to make a reservation if you are going on Sunday for brunch. Prompt service and really good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

All was very tasty -- had lobster mac and cheese (could be a meal, not an appetizer), local braised lamb shank -- perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was so so. Food was so so. Ok experience but expected better.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

Tags: Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We went to honor Amy's mother, and Amy welcomed us. Food and service were excellent as always and all of our desserts were FABULOUS.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.
Love it!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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 :(

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service, food was delicious. Went during restaurant week.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The shrimp and grits is divine and the atmosphere is very pleasant. The service is excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I thought service was a little bit slow, but overall it was a great evening. The food was outstanding

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Pleasant meal, great experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Restaurant Review Week for lunch. Menu and our selections were outstanding. Service impeccable. This will be a frequent stop for me in the future.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was excellent, however the temperature of the food was a bit cool. The waiter was not very knowledgeable of the menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

service from gregg was fantastic & very accommodating to our desires. drinks were also super-tasty. overall, an extremely positive dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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 5, 2018

The server Gillian is amazing! She provides awesome service.

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 (Raleigh)·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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