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Gocciolina

4.6

3314 Guess Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 973-4089
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Photo of Jacqueline Kumar Jacqueline Kumar
Jun 14, 2019 5

I can see why you it’s important to make reservations for this place—it’s beloved, and for good reason. Really flavorful food, fantastic homemade pastas. More authentic than anywhere else I’ve been to in the triangle area so far.

Photo of MM Personal Account MM Personal Account
May 30, 2019 5

The best Italian food is all about the simple fresh ingredients.. Gocciolina nails that every single time. It is understated and it's all about the fabulous seasonal ingredients prepared just right. Portions are just the right size. Make reservations well in advance if you want to go on the weekends or popular times.

Photo of Matt Maniscalco Matt Maniscalco
Jun 1, 2019 5

I normally don't like cannolis but these were great! The grass-fed steak may have been the best steak I ever had. The appetizers and each of our meals were spectacular. You must get the double espresso. In short this restaurant set the bar.

Photo of Jeremy Hile-Hoffer Jeremy Hile-Hoffer
May 31, 2019 5

Solid food... sometimes I don't like going out to eat cuz my wife and I are both good cooks and you don't get your money's worth... This time that was not the case The food was really good it's worth the wait.... The one thing I would say is the bread sticks they put in the glass on your table are just not needed. I recommend getting a bunch of the antipastos they are great. It's not even that expensive for Durham.

Photo of Marta Avery Marta Avery
Jun 6, 2019 5

Geat Italian restaurant. Expensive place. But great people. The fish I had was to salty but the gave me free desert for it. It was the drinks and atmosphere that I went for.

Photo of Kerry Graham Kerry Graham
Jul 6, 2019 5

From the time walked in the restaurant, I knew I would like the place. It's a busy spot and fairly cozy. There is a waiting room with the bar at the next door so if you are the person who can enjoy a drink or two while you are waiting, this is your spot.

Photo of Kelly Umstead Kelly Umstead
Aug 11, 2019 5

Charming. Original. Fresh. Delicious. Exceptionally great service from Sarah. Reasonably priced and I especially like that the servings are not gargantuan. They work hard to reduce waste and honor the efforts of everyone involved with getting food from farm to table. We had Spaghetti Carbonara, Gnocchi, and green salad.

Photo of Travis Johnson Travis Johnson
Aug 6, 2019 5

Absolutely one of the best meals I've had. Do yourself a favor and pay a visit to Gocciolina. Their staff are incredible and the food is so fresh and delicious. Their selection of wine is amazing and they have great craft and Italian beers.

Photo of Laura M. Sayre Laura M. Sayre
Jul 20, 2019 4

We've tried to walk in and get a table to no avail, but after securing a reservation well in advance, we enjoyed a fantastic meal Friday night. Food was great workout and served hot. The only drawback was it took 45 mins from when our antipasti was served to our entrees.

Photo of Eross Guadalupe Eross Guadalupe
Aug 31, 2019 5

The food is always great, and the specials are different every time I go. The staff is always friendly, attentive, and helpful. It's definitely my favorite Italian restaurant in Durham!

Photo of Rachael Tevis Rachael Tevis
Sep 13, 2019 5

Amazing, surprisingly low-priced and affordable food. If you go, get either the salmon or any of the specials Gocciolina offers. You will not be disappointed. If you are less adventurous and are thinking about ordering from their pasta menu, order either the seafood pasta or the carbonara!

Photo of Joe Randazzo Joe Randazzo
Oct 29, 2019 5

Long wait but worth it for the high quality food, light cozy atmosphere and genuine friendly staff. Six stars minus one for the wait ;)

Photo of Cherie Wilson Cherie Wilson
Nov 21, 2019 5

Excellent food. Quality ingredients. Perfect preparation, presentation. Service was just right!! One of the best meals I've ever had in Durm, NC

Photo of marci lewis marci lewis
Aug 9, 2019 4

We ate at your restaurant this past Wednesday with our son and his wife- Alexis was our waitress. This was our first time eating there. We found the food to be exquisitely delicious, and enjoyed our experience immensely. There was one bump in the road, however, when we ordered a carafe of the house wine. We were told that that wine was not available, but that we could order a glass of wine (more expensive, of course) from the wine offerings, which we did. It would have been a better gesture had we had been offered a carafe of another wine from what you had in stock. This felt a bit like a bait and switch, and tainted what otherwise would have been a great eating experience.

Photo of Caelyth Caelyth
Sep 21, 2019 5

Definately one of the top Italian restaurants I have ever eaten at - easily better than a lot of places I've had food at in Italy itself. We came in right when the restaurant opened at 5 and even though about 30 people ordered (thankfully slightly staggered thanks to the excellent service crew that was right on top of how many specials were still available). The wait between ordering and our appetizers was a bit long but understandable - our entrees arrived slightly staggered but considering we had lamb and fish no complaints there. I can't highlight enough how good the food served here is, service is always attentive and excellent but never intrusive. Recommend to anyone who wants a good evening dinner for both family and date's!

Photo of Dan Carr Dan Carr
Nov 22, 2019 3

Waiter didn't really help me understand the menu, and having a menu in chalk on the opposite side of the restaurant where I could barely read it didn't help, neither did the paper menu help me understand the portion sizes. The restaurant was busy and I don't think the waiter wanted to waste his time explaining everything. It also took a while to get our food. The prices on the menu were decent, for what I could understand. Otherwise it was an okay meal, however I don't think we're coming back.

Photo of theeasylife theeasylife
Nov 30, 2019 3

Not too bad. Seasoning could of been better and the red sauce was decent. With that said I cannot tell you I would go back or recommend this place.

Photo of Jennifer Taylor Jennifer Taylor
Nov 30, 2019 5

Lovely place with wonderful food. The almond chocolate tarte was amazing. My mushroom fennel dish had lots of mushrooms and a rich delicious flavor. The appetizers are fun and inexpensive (spicy chickpeas, anchovy wrapped olives)

Photo of Melissa Veasey Melissa Veasey
Dec 17, 2019 3

Was a very authentic Italian restaurant. Down side was that the bar didn't have a silver rum. Was also thrown off when the waiter brought my side without my entree. The restaurant was also very slim on seating and menu choices.

Photo of Evan Creekmore Evan Creekmore
Dec 10, 2019 5

Went with a group and shared many of the dishes on the menu. Food and service were outstanding. Drinks were very good as well.

Photo of Wilmer Gregg Wilmer Gregg
Jan 17, 2020 5

Oh my gosh! Food is excellent and so good! Big potatoes that are hard on the outside, large pieces of sausage and ham and huge muffins. They have the most amazing apple butter which is actually pieces of apples with only sugar, cloves and butter. They sell a jar for $5. Makes a great gift.

Photo of Ron Weyersberg Ron Weyersberg
Jan 21, 2020 5

What a great place to eat... now the wait is not for everyone, however the food is fantastic and staff is remarkable. I recommend making reservations and be patient.... it's not olive garden.

Photo of Scott Morrison Scott Morrison
Feb 2, 2020 5

Great atmosphere, the staff is super friendly and highly knowledgeable about the menu, and, of course, everything on the menu is delicious. This is easily the best restaurant in North Durham. Definitely don't miss it, but be aware that you will probably need a reservation, even on most weeknights.

Photo of Brittany Murdock Brittany Murdock
Mar 16, 2020 5

Love this place! The crispy fried eggplant and brussels sprouts are some of my favorite items on the menu. The entrees, dessert, and drinks have always been delicious. It has become one of my favorite spots in Durham.

Photo of rudolph morton rudolph morton
Mar 16, 2020 5

My wife and I drive 45 minutes just to get good pasta and it's always worth it. Best Italian restaurant around. Get the meatballs! Fried Campo boxcar cheese, truffle ravioli.

Photo of Yashin Ahmed Yashin Ahmed
Jan 24, 2020 4

The most flavorful Italian food I have had in a long while. However the portion sizes are not great and leave you craving for a tad more, given how great it all tastes. Also, even though I went in around 9:30 PM, it took FOR EVER for the food to arrive and because of how small the portion size was and how great the food was, we were left dissatisfied when we gobbled it up on record time. Found it crazy that no bread was offered while we waited. Overall I would go back for the food, though my frequency of return will be tempered because of the small portions and the cost of meal relative to its ability to satisfy my appetite.

Photo of David Payne David Payne
Mar 1, 2020 5

hopping millennial hipster hangout in a Durham strip mall on Guess Rd. There's a pleasingly electric atmosphere, though it's crowded and waits are long. If old standbys like Lantern and Provence feel like great poems being recited publicly for the umpteenth time, this feels like a poem being written on the fly with some throwaway lines and some bolts of inspired lightning. The appetizers-- meatballs, artichokes-- were okay, the carbonara and seafood spaghetti were good, but the whole red snapper with a green chili lime sauce was an absolute work of art. Maybe the best thing I've eaten in the area in a year. Going back.

Photo of John Ahlers John Ahlers
Apr 8, 2020 5

Gocciolina has always been one of our favorite restaurants, but I'm writing an updated review to give them credit for an EXCELLENT take out experience. We got the following: -Spicy Baked Gnocchi all' Amatriciana with Lissome and Pecorino Cheese -Braised Four-Leaf Farm Chard, Kale with Garlic and Tomato -2 orders of Meatballs by the Half Dozen -Order of olives Each item was delicious! Everything was packaged as take n' bake with easy instructions. (Especially helpful, all our dishes were roughly the same time/temp!) Door was open to avoid touch, then orders are placed on a table near the front. Greatly appreciated that, since many take out options in town still want to HAND YOU your order, which defeats the purpose. In the end, the food was tasty and the experience was seamless. Great job!

Photo of Steven Li Steven Li
Jul 26, 2019 5

What a incredible place this is! Definitely a hidden gem in Durham. Had the Carbonara, Ametriciana and fish. Memorable food with such a great price. Definitely worth checking out if you are in this area!

Photo of A H A H
Dec 31, 2018 5

Best Italian food I found in Durham so far!! Very impressive😍with good price! The pasta is simply amazing! The appetizers are great too; we got eggplant, salami, and meatballs and they are all wonderful! Highly recommended 🍷😄

Photo of steve hunt steve hunt
Jul 16, 2020 5

Always delicious Italian home cooking, authentically recreated and reimagined.

Photo of Kristen Maniscalco Kristen Maniscalco
Aug 11, 2020 5

My standards are pretty high when it comes to Italian food and this is the only Italian joint in the triangle I would rate 5 stars. Simple, quality ingredients, well thought out dishes and good service. Can’t go wrong!

Photo of Aleidy Encarnacion Aleidy Encarnacion
Aug 21, 2020 5

I loved everything I ate. Everything was fresh and absolutely delicious. Will I eat there again? Yes!

Photo of Baozi FoodTruck Baozi FoodTruck
Sep 3, 2020 5

Amazing! We will definitely be back! Favorites include the pork chops, broccoli, quail, chickpeas, fried eggplant, bolognese were all amazing and we are stuffed! Bringing family and love the shareable plates!

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

We went with six people for everyone's first visit. We each loved what we ordered and were provided exceptional service. They have a small printed menu but a chalkboard filled with specials which several of us were glad we ordered from. The room isn't large so I recommend making a reservation.

Photo of Steve Humphrey Steve Humphrey
Sep 18, 2020 5

Best Italian food I've ever had!! Creative chef prepared amazing treats.

Photo of Kay Brown Kay Brown
Nov 6, 2020 5

Delicious food last night as my three daughters and I enjoyed sitting on the patio for a Mom’s night out.The dishes were unique and specialized for true flavor. Wine and cocktails were spot on. Our waiter did a great job and was very attentive to our table. I will definitely go back for a relaxing evening!

Photo of John Ahlers John Ahlers
Apr 8, 2020 5

Gocciolina has always been one of our favorite restaurants, but I'm writing an updated review to give them credit for an EXCELLENT take out experience. We got the following: -Spicy Baked Gnocchi all' Amatriciana with Lissome and Pecorino Cheese -Braised Four-Leaf Farm Chard, Kale with Garlic and Tomato -2 orders of Meatballs by the Half Dozen -Order of olives Each item was delicious! Everything was packaged as take n' bake with easy instructions. (Especially helpful, all our dishes were roughly the same time/temp!) Door was open to avoid touch, then orders are placed on a table near the front. Greatly appreciated that, since many take out options in town still want to HAND YOU your order, which defeats the purpose. In the end, the food was tasty and the experience was seamless. Great job!

Photo of Laine Cunningham Laine Cunningham
Oct 26, 2020 3

Hit and miss Italian food. Some of the plates were spectacular, everything you'd expect at this price range. Others were subpar...really below average. Seems like the dishes the chef was inspired to create were much better bets. Or perhaps the owner is trying to provide too much food for the price. We went there expecting to be able to select one item from each category. Instead, we were able to receive two from certain categories. We would much preferred to have been limited to one selection from each and have spectacular results all around, rather than receive more food and end up with half of it disappointing. The quail in particular was inedible, tough beyond chewing. The meatballs were exceptionally good, exactly what you'd get in Italy. The fried eggplant was fairly good, above average for American joints. The hand-cut noodles were also outstanding. I think if you go enough to know what to order, you'll be fine. But for this price, I don't want to expend money over several visits learning that, when there are other Italian places where all the food is reliably outstanding.

Photo of Vivian Jacquelyn Vivian Jacquelyn
Nov 20, 2020 5

Friends treated me to dinner here for my birthday, and I couldn't have been more pleased. It is an unusual little place in an unlikely location, but I love everything! I will definitely go again, and I've been telling lots of people about it. . I could go into what we ordered but all six of us absolutely loved what they ate. you can't go wrong.

Photo of Amanda Bernard Amanda Bernard
Nov 15, 2020 5

Entrée portions are small, particularly the pasta dishes, not like Italian restaurants and homes I know from the Northeast. On the other hand, leaves plenty of room to sample the menu. Great service and quickly served food despite the busyness. Overpriced for small portions in Guess road strip mall.

Photo of rana ryan rana ryan
Dec 16, 2020 5

This is a cool little place that has the most authentic Italian food of any I have had in Durham and I am picky! I would go again. Carafe of red house wine had little body or finish, recommend ordering a better bottle. Entrée portions are small, particularly the pasta dishes, not like Italian restaurants and homes I know from the Northeast.

Photo of Drew Betz Drew Betz
Dec 31, 2020 3

COVID-19 Safety Assessment 12/31/20 The lead working in the kitchen preparing orders and placing prepared foods for wait staff was not wearing a mask or any other face covering. This was my first visit to Gocciolina after hearing so much good feedback on the Take & Bake menu. I will not return during this pandemic.

Photo of Manuel Joly Manuel Joly
Jan 15, 2021 5

Incredible service with some of the most authentic Italian experience I've had in the US. Alexis was a fantastic server but ALL of the staff was so so nice & helpful. This restaurant has such an intimate & comfortable atmosphere. I felt great coming here & the social distancing & cleanliness made it easy to relax which I highly appreciate.

Photo of Ariana McGee Ariana McGee
Jan 14, 2021 5

I ordered cannoli for my friend's birthday and they were awesome. Corresponded with me multiple times via email over several days to get my order just right, answering all my questions and making sure I got exactly what I needed. Then when I picked them up, they even threw in several extra. Above and beyond customer service - would definitely come here again.

Photo of Luke Dary Luke Dary
Jan 22, 2021 5

Excellent atmosphere and amazing food. The portions were enough to leave us satisfied, but delicious enough to leave us wanting more. The diversity of options meant the two of us could share a few bites and get a taste for multiple options. Definitely don't regret paying a little extra for some of the more premium menu selections. Very much enjoyed the flavors and choices from the kitchen as much as the pleasant and attentive staff.

Photo of Taciana Sabella Taciana Sabella
Mar 9, 2021 5

Lovelly and delicious place! Great option, PERFECT reception! Everyone treats you super good, but no words for Dre and Mikael, they are amazing and make me feel at home! The best experience that I’ve had in Durham!

Photo of Mary Bernhardt Mary Bernhardt
May 2, 2021 5

Gocciolina is an absolute gem that never disappoints! The creative menu, excellent service, and cozy atmosphere makes for a wonderful and satisfying night out. The recently redesigned lounge area is charming with an ambiance all its own!

Photo of Robert Gutman Robert Gutman
Jun 23, 2021 5

I can’t find any way other than this to let you know that the Gutmans are unable to make our reservation for Thursday, June 24. I did leave a message on your voicemail and I would like for you to have great comfort in finding somebody else. We love your place and we are coming back

Photo of Ken Smith Ken Smith
Jul 20, 2021 5

Absolutely the best restaurant in Durham and maybe in the Triangle! And the only place in the state where l have found REAL Italian food- la VERA cucina italiana. Lived on the Boot for a bunch of happy years so l know where of l speak. But make reservations a week in advance or you won't get in!

Photo of Max Isaacs Max Isaacs
Jul 9, 2021 5

Excellent gnocchi and salmon. Not pressured to eat quickly and had a very enjoyable experience.

Photo of Caroline Gilmore Caroline Gilmore
Aug 19, 2021 4

Delicious food. Relatively small serving portions. Terrific cocktails.