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Counting House


111 Corcoran St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 956-6760
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Photo of Krista Ung Krista Ung
Jun 12, 2019 5

We really enjoyed our meal. The ingredients were unique and blended well. The portions were small though for one dish that we ordered. The other dish had a little more of a generous portion. Decor is also entertaining.

Photo of Kyle Faltisco Kyle Faltisco
May 9, 2019 5

Awesome place!! Coolest original bank vault with money floors to go with it. Awesome museum. Never stayed in the hotel above, but it's definitely on my list! We met the members of the rock band "Garbage" there. Butch Vig is an awesome person and producer. Many thanks for the great experiences Counting House. Have had many and counting on many others to come. 😉

Photo of Bruce Dow Bruce Dow
Apr 21, 2019 3

Service was mediocre - server seemed like she was terrified when she came to our table but when she went to the table near ours she would spend forever there talking and laughing...she finally came to back to our table to let us know our food was delayed because the ticket was caught up behind a table of 20 (although the table of 4 who seated well after us were eating their meals when she finally broke away from laughing it up with the other table to let us know this)...so after about an hour our meals showed up and the redeeming part of the meal was that the food was good. Oh...and our water glasses were finally refilled by someone (first time since we had been seated) after we paid our bill and were getting ready to get up from the table.

Photo of Miguel Lozada Miguel Lozada
May 14, 2019 5

Sunday brunch was great. Service took a few minutes to warm up and keep the pay one price mimosas coming but in the end it worked out. The food was good I'd not necessarily innovative.

Photo of Stephen Daniel Stephen Daniel
Mar 24, 2019 5

Service was impeccable. The food was innovative and delicious. The bar is a bit crowded and noisy, but a bar should be lively. The dining room is separated from the bar and is a bit more quiet and not crowded. Pricey, but not more than expected.

Photo of Entropy's Arts Entropy's Arts
Aug 17, 2019 5

Not sure why there are so many mixed reviews. We came in on a Friday night and were seated quickly and had such good service you would think we had known the server our whole life. I believe her name was Jenny? Our water glasses never went empty, either. The food was World Class and the plating was art all on its own. The atmosphere and all the different art pieces in the restaurant were cool and unique. I definitely recommend the Semifreddo for dessert! We had the Pork, Hen, and the Ribeye and all were fresh and cooked to perfection. For a fun, out of state visit, or a romantic night to celebrate, this is absolutely worth the price. I just wish we lived closer to come more often!

Photo of Tammy Butcher Tammy Butcher
Jul 13, 2019 3

Great place to visit if you are interested in history (it used to be a bank) or art (upstairs). Our brunch was just ok this time. Eggs Benedict was overcooked but still good. The drinks were on the pricey side. Our companion had chicken and waffles that looked outstanding.

Photo of Tricia Lease Tricia Lease
Sep 21, 2019 5

Their upscale fries and grilled cheese are to die for. The ambience and decor are beautiful, and we love the gallery! It's a fun place to visit, especially the old bank vault. A Durham favorite.

Photo of Maria Kidner Maria Kidner
Oct 3, 2019 5

Wow!!! An amazing culinary delight of flavors, perfect serving size, excellent staff...a truly lovely night.

Photo of Amelia Roberts Amelia Roberts
Oct 23, 2019 5

Husband took me here for a date. Staff was very nice and friendly drinks and food were great. We had a wonderful evening!

Photo of Michael F Michael F
Oct 21, 2019 4

For brunch on a Sunday, when everyone else has a line and requires a reservation which you don't have, this spot is top notch. Fabulous food, friendly, albeit slow service, and a choice selection of finely-crafted cocktails this option doesn't act like a second choice.

Photo of sebastien berube sebastien berube
Oct 24, 2019 5

Great spot for lunch. Food was awesome. Don't expect to be in and out in 30 minutes, but it'll be worth your time.

Photo of Rion Holland Rion Holland
Nov 16, 2019 5

The food here was simply phenomenal. Very impressed. Eclectic atmosphere and great experience.

Photo of Robert G Robert G
Nov 22, 2019 5

BEST FOOD I HAVE WVER HAD IN MY LIFE!! No seriously! Everything was cooked to perfection. The ambience was amazing. The seating wasn’t ideal but the service staff made up for it.

Photo of Katharine Sublett Katharine Sublett
Dec 4, 2019 4

It's alright, had some issues with my food unfortunately. They got descent menu, and they're really trying to be fancy; although,I wish it was more attention to the quality of food. Update: No hard feeling at all, things happen, I understand that. My issues were: I couldn't get latte or cappuccino made because the steamer wasn't working, so I asked to have a double espresso and a side of heated milk(which turned out to be cold anyways). For my meal I ordered chicken and waffles. When it arrived my waffle was ice cold, the butter wouldn't even melt. I asked it to be redone, when I got a new one it was just barely warm. The jelly that goes with it was spicy as hell (which luckily I got on the side) and I don't think it was clearly stated on the menu that it was spicy. So my meal was a dry piece of chicken leg and a cold waffle. There was literally nothing else with it. Another thing is that we had two different servers for some reason. First it was a girl that didn't even know what were the seasonal items and then all of a sudden another server started taking care of our orders. Both were really short with us and looked annoyed by any question.🤔🤔🤔 Like what is happening? Was our thoughts the whole time.

Photo of Robert G Robert G
Dec 3, 2019 5

BEST FOOD I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE!! No seriously! Everything was cooked to perfection. The ambience was amazing. The seating wasn’t ideal but the service staff made up for it.

Photo of Marcus Barton Marcus Barton
Dec 2, 2019 5

The Counting House food is as interesting as the art you’ll find. We had swordfish, octopus, smoked oysters and more. Everything was scrumptious and delightful. Everything was extremely flavorful.

Photo of Stephanie Beer Stephanie Beer
Dec 12, 2019 3

Good drinks. Limited menu, small bar, limited seating, reservations highly recommended. Restaurant seating only for full meals not appetizers only. Staff not very friendly, kind of a bougie place if you're into that kind of thing.

Photo of Wilmer Gregg Wilmer Gregg
Jan 17, 2020 5

Quite a pleasant experience celebrating Father's Day - their menu was both creative and simple to appeal to a wide range of tastes; Sara our server was attentive and not intrusive by any means, we never felt rushed, our meals were delicious and starting out with the Mediterranean fries with Lamb

Photo of Shoba Kumar Shoba Kumar
Jan 26, 2020 5

Good cocktails and great selection of bourbon and whiskey! Bartenders are very nice as well. Took the time to help me pick out a cocktail I would like even though the bar was completely packed

Photo of Nathan Miller Nathan Miller
Jan 26, 2020 4

A large group was at the bar area and there was nowhere to sit. There were empty restaurant tables right next to the bar that weren't able to be used apparently, which made for some awkward perching on the periphery. Kinda hip atmosphere. The bathrooms are cool.

Photo of Robert G Robert G
Feb 4, 2020 5

BEST FOOD I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE!! No seriously! Everything was cooked to perfection. The ambiance was amazing. The seating wasn’t ideal but the service staff made up for it.

Photo of David Nershi David Nershi
Feb 19, 2020 5

A five-star dining experience before our show at DPAC (just a five-minute walk away). My Cornish Game Hen entree served with wheat berries and parsnips was insanely good. My wonder got the swordfish special with mussels, olives and capers. Outstanding. The artwork and ambiance adds to the great food and service.

Photo of Amy Graham Amy Graham
Feb 23, 2020 5

The food is beyond amazing, I cannot stress that enough. The seared scallop entrée is phenomenal, and the beef tartar melts in your mouth! Our server, Sam was great, taking the time to explain each dish to us. The rum cheesecake balls were the prefect ending to our incredible meal. If you want an outstanding experience this unique, art filled establishment is not to be missed!!

Photo of Joel Salgado Joel Salgado
Feb 15, 2020 5

One of the most memorable meals of my life. Came for Valentine’s Day pairing menu, and most pairings were spot on and the dishes were equally delectable. Very friendly and educated staff, can’t miss!

Photo of Kate Gentle Kate Gentle
Mar 10, 2020 5

The lounge was a great place to stop and take a break during our busy day in Durham. Great drinks and very good selection of apps to share. Highly recommend the meat and cheese board!

Photo of Jim Northrup Jim Northrup
Mar 8, 2020 4

The food was quite good. I did the Brussels sprouts appetizer and the trumpet mushroom entree with fennel and other stuff. Presentation was excellent on the entree. The brussel sprouts were excellent but just came in a ceramic bowl. Service was perfect.

Photo of Ms Ways Ms Ways
Mar 1, 2020 4

They offer items such as Freshly made Pork rinds and they bring Cotton Candy to your table. The museum offers an eclectic collection of art.

Photo of Matthew Cloues Matthew Cloues
Nov 29, 2018 5

I have always enjoyed the physical space and atmosphere in Counting House, but I thought they fell short on the food side. That certainly has changed. Outstanding and creative food dishes that are delicious. Excellent service. Same fun space. One of my favorite restaurants in Durham and also offers a lively bar.

Photo of rvagourmet . rvagourmet .
Jan 3, 2019 5

This is one of the finest hotel restaurants I have visited in my travels. It's menu which often offers only a few distinct options continues to provide me with something intriguing to check out each time. When in season you can choose from a selection of raw oysters which often includes North Carolina and Virginia varieties. The plates function as high art, with explosions of color, sauces, textures and presentations which complement the overall aesthetic vibe of the hotel housing it. There is very beautiful abstract art including a crawling tiger on the walls, a nice bar and additional seating area as well as a small event space. The kitchen is open behind a glass enclosure. It is rarely crowded and takes reservations from Open Table. The servers are attentive and informed about the menu. Most recently, I enjoyed a venison dish and have enjoyed other meat, fish and seafood dishes. Dine first and enjoy the museum later.