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Watts Grocery

4.4
2058 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • 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 2058 People Are Saying
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I have not been to Watts Grocery in a few years, but I used to think it was a very good restaurant. This time, all of the food was extremely salty. The fish dish was uninspiring at best, and the hush puppies were greasy and burned. What a disappointment! Especially for the prices.....

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My friend and I were seated for several minutes before our server even acknowledged us - it was moderately busy when we arrived; however, we would have understood if she’d stopped by to give us a heads up. That didn’t occur until about 6-8 minutes after we’d been seated. After taking our orders, she was not very attentive and never even came to check on us after a Server Assistant/Food Runner brought our food to us — honestly, the gentleman that brought us our food attended to and communicated with us more than our actual server.

Other than that, the food was good. I just wished they would take the tails off of the shrimp when serving the shrimp and grits.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food was amazing! Service was slow. Great drink special

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Very nice meal and conducive to our business conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Fantastic meal, as always. Watts never disappoints.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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