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Watts Grocery

4.5
2029 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 2029 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 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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mifouf (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined 5 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very nice meal and conducive to our business conversation.

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Tolly (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 7 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Fantastic meal, as always. Watts never disappoints.

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DICKSONUNC (Raleigh)
5.0  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.

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Mamsdemeyer (Greensboro)
5.0  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.

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David (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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coolnana (Raleigh)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  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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vipWillRun4Food (Raleigh)
3.0  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 :(

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Bettbok (Raleigh)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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Tasty (Raleigh)
5.0  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.

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