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Littler

4.7

110 E Parrish St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 374-1118
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Photo of Cyndie Pogue Cyndie Pogue
Apr 29, 2019 4

Very good food. Mid century modern vibe. Very loud, especially with the type of background music. That being said, I would go back for a delicious meal.

Photo of Tom Goetz Tom Goetz
Mar 29, 2019 5

One of the best meals I have had. I been a chef for 34 years. This meal will be one of my most memorable. I love Brussels sprouts any have prepared them in many different way. Littler has the best I have ever enjoyed.

Photo of Aaron Hope Aaron Hope
Apr 13, 2019 5

Possibly one of the only restaurants actually worth the price in this area yet they have a humble confidence in their menu that makes you feel like you can't go wrong with any selection. This is how food should be. Wait staff was incredibly warm. Intimate atmosphere and cool music.

Photo of Laura Rooklin Laura Rooklin
Apr 16, 2019 5

Welcoming space with delicious local, seasonal and creative food. Great wine list and helpful, knowledgeable waitstaff. Can't wait to return!

Photo of Jon James Jon James
Jun 15, 2019 5

Highly impressed with the ambiance, and diligence of highly knowledgable staff....The octopus is to die for!

Photo of Ben Mackie Ben Mackie
Jun 30, 2019 5

Even though the short ribs were swapped out for a Petit tender on the menu, our slight disappointment was overshadowed by the unbelievable food, service and atmosphere at this gem of a restaurant. Our server Cherry was outstanding as well.

Photo of Jessica Goldblum Jessica Goldblum
Aug 3, 2019 5

Superb quality. Easily the best restaurant in Durham. The raw appetizers are impeccable and the mains follow suit. Cocktails are great as well. In the winter, they have a vegetarian, mushroom shepherds pie that I dream of. Really is the best restaurant!

Photo of William Butler William Butler
Aug 2, 2019 5

Great experience! The atmosphere is quaint and intimate. Cocktails are fantastic- there is an option where you can order a mystery drink and just give them your parameters. The bartender actually comes out to your table individually to give you your cocktail and tells you what she made for you based on your preferences. They were some of the best cocktails I have ever had- she is an excellent mixologist! The food was outstanding- my friend and I were both pleased with our dishes. I truly believe this is one of the best restaurants in Durham and highly recommend checking it out.

Photo of G Smith G Smith
Aug 18, 2019 4

Great food....if you go alone its fine, we went with a group of 4 and the music is so loud you cant hear anyone at your table. People end up talking so loud so you can hear each other. I dont know why they think it should be that loud its such a small place....just be prepared for the noise level.

Photo of Greg Stakor Greg Stakor
Aug 12, 2019 5

Best restaurant in Durham. Great local food, with unique cocktails. $1 oysters on Monday.

Photo of Heather S. Heather S.
Sep 21, 2019 5

Food and service are amazing - serious kudos to chef and service teams. Your restaurant is impeccable, and the vibe is super chill. Gorgeous interiors. Menu changes seasonally so be sure to check them out at least a few times a year!

Photo of Hans Rumble Hans Rumble
Sep 11, 2019 5

I have walked past this spot in downtown Durham for years but finally stopped in for my wedding anniversary. I was surprised by how small it was, but we didn't need a reservation on a Wednesday night (but I am sure you do on the weekend). The ambiance is perfect for a date night. The tables are pretty close together and you will overhear whatever the people next to you are talking about (but that's a lot of Durham restaurants).

Photo of Tricia Lease Tricia Lease
Sep 6, 2019 5

Simply amazing. Small menu, and totally will be back. Gorgeous plates, the combinations Chef offer are to die for. Get reservations!

Photo of Danica Thomas Danica Thomas
Oct 8, 2019 4

Fabulous food with absolutely incredible service, but a very limited menu (otherwise would have totally given them 5 stars). There were only I think 5 entrees to choose from, soooo.... I'm not a picky eater, and devoured all of my Springer Chicken (and some of my hubby's lamb burger), and there were still items I'd come back to try. Not sure if their menu rotates seasonally, etc. but if you have dietary restrictions this would probably be a hard place to eat. Otherwise, come for fabulously decadent food!

Photo of Heather Heather
Oct 22, 2019 5

Food and service are amazing - serious kudos to chef and service teams. Your restaurant is impeccable, and the vibe is super chill. Gorgeous interiors. Menu changes seasonally so be sure to check them out at least a few times a year! Be sure to check out the awesome bar next door —> The Atomic Fern 👌🏻

Photo of Becky Badgett Becky Badgett
Oct 23, 2019 3

My friend and I had dinner here on a Tuesday evening. Pros: We thought the atmosphere was cozy and inviting, especially for those on a date. And the wine list was unique in a good way. Cons: Menu was too limited. We both for the beef tenderloin served with a corn cake or something (seemed like corn toast). It was fine, but that’s all. Beef wasn’t extra tender or flavorful. I didn’t care for the corn cake thing—very plain tasting. The tomato tart appetizer wasn’t all that good either. Thus, we were underwhelmed by the food and probably wouldn’t go back. But the wine and atmosphere helped balance the average food.

Photo of Dan Pfeifer Dan Pfeifer
Nov 10, 2019 5

Great chef, great atmosphere, food is outstanding! Service is attentive and friendly. It is hard to get into and main dinning Sometimes and Its a bit to close together in the main dinning room Seating. But! The secret is to sit at the bar. Carla is amazing.! Sunday 1/2 bottles of wine and Monday $1 oysters are worth the experience. I recommend this place all the time!!

Photo of Lily Koto Olive Lily Koto Olive
Nov 20, 2019 3

Food was for the most part great, service was not! We felt rushed and uncomfortable. Not sure it was worth the $100 a head we all ended up spending. Left feeling let down, which was disappointing as there has been so much hype about this place. Some of the dishes were excellent, but staff needs to be way more professional if you ask the prices this place is asking. I think they can do it, just needs a manager to intervene. Shame as some of the dishes were lovely.

Photo of Mike Xenos Mike Xenos
Jan 3, 2020 5

I love this place. I ate here on Saturday afternoon with a friend and we had been told there would be a long wait but it was less than 10 minutes. Our server came over quickly and got our drink order and the wait for the food was about 15 minutes. It arrived fresh and hot. I got the Texas Pete Chicken Flautas and it was awesome. The Texas Pete was not overpowering and they were fried perfectly.

Photo of Shoba Kumar Shoba Kumar
Jan 23, 2020 5

Went in on a Sunday night just to have some wine and apps. The atmosphere was lovely, they had a unique wine list with several organic wine options, and the trout appetizer we got was wonderful!

Photo of Adam Z Adam Z
Feb 9, 2020 5

Superb. Sublime. Excellent in every way. Highly recommend. A jewel of exquisiteness in relative obscurity. Monday oysters $1/shell. Reservations recommended.

Photo of Jace Bennett Jace Bennett
Feb 1, 2020 5

Fantastic food, delicious drinks, superb service. The room is small, but comfortable. Reservations recommended. Loved the audiophile sound system.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

The best fine dining experience I’ve had in Durham! Everything we ate was top-notch, from the oysters to the BBQ octopus to the latke benedict (a must-have!). Go on Sunday for half priced bottles of wine and the prices are overall well worth the money! Highly recommend.

Photo of Bonnie Batterson Bonnie Batterson
Oct 8, 2020 5

The best fine dining experience I’ve had in Durham! Everything we ate was top-notch, from the oysters to the BBQ octopus to the latke benedict (a must-have!). Go on Sunday for half priced bottles of wine and the prices are overall well worth the money! It was uphill from there with all the courses and the wine.

Photo of Marshall W Marshall W
May 2, 2019 5

Finally, after almost three years since its opening, we made it to Littler, one of three downtown Durham eateries owned by Gray Brooks, his wife Cara Stacy and business partner Jay Owens. The other two are Pizzeria Toro and Jack Tar. A great resume. It’s a very “little” place (sorry), but we were able to squeeze in a reservation for two at the last minute by booking the 5:00 PM opening time. By the time we had finished our meals the place was full. We were greeted at the front door by Alice, seated and then our server Carrie cheerfully, thoroughly and enthusiastically answered all of our questions about items on the menu. Carrie certainly “knew the kitchen,” perhaps not surprising for this vet with time spent at both Matt Kelly’s Mateo and St. James. Both Alice and Carrie were top professionals as well as very personable. Two of us shared NC flounder crudo (lime, coconut milk, annatto, pineapple, seranno chile), griddled octopus (fregola sara, fava, feta, saracena olive vin), roasted carrots (harissa, labneh, pistachios) and New Bedford scallops (peas, spring onions, fennel, creme fraiche broth). Every dish was extraordinary. Unfortunately, there was no room for dessert. Next time. Chef Amanda Orser worked at Magnolia Grill for over a decade and then spent nearly two years at Andrea Reusing’s Lantern in Chapel Hill, both with James Beard award-winning chefs. Amanda has said that “Ben Barker taught me all that I know.” Enough said. Part of the charm of Littler is the mismatched, but very stylish china, the mix of vintage cocktail and beer glasses from eBay, and the cool but unobtrusive music playing from a classic reel-to-reel deck. A “little” touch of that Magnolia Grill magic made for a totally wonderful evening.

Photo of Millie Kwan Millie Kwan
Oct 5, 2020 5

10/2/2020 Update: currently, in addition to high end provisions for your kitchen, Littler started takeout menu for two every week that is takeout only. Sign up for the newsletter and then order online. Pick up on either Friday or Saturday afternoon with minimal heat and eat. Fabulous food and drink options as always. What a fabulous restaurant! Really unique dishes with awesome flavor combinations and textures. This time, our favorite was the speckled trout crudo with crunchy rice and the braised short ribs were to die for. The roasted carnival squash was also super tasty and original. Also an excellent wine list and they do have a nice cocktail list as well. Truly a great meal and amongst the best in the Triangle! I love that they don’t take themselves too seriously and are not stuffy or pretentious. Rolling Stones was playing during our meal!

Photo of Heather Heather
Oct 22, 2019 5

Food and service are amazing - serious kudos to chef and service teams. Your restaurant is impeccable, and the vibe is super chill. Gorgeous interiors. Menu changes seasonally so be sure to check them out at least a few times a year! Be sure to check out the awesome bar next door —> The Atomic Fern 👌🏻

Photo of Dan Pfeifer Dan Pfeifer
Nov 10, 2019 5

Great chef, great atmosphere, food is outstanding! Service is attentive and friendly. It is hard to get into and main dinning Sometimes and Its a bit to close together in the main dinning room Seating. But! The secret is to sit at the bar. Carla is amazing.! Sunday 1/2 bottles of wine and Monday $1 oysters are worth the experience. I recommend this place all the time!!

Photo of Ellie Sheridan Ellie Sheridan
Nov 13, 2020 5

We tried the take and bake vegetarian dinner, plus cocktails. While there were quite a few parts, we had so much fun plating everything. But the bake time was pretty quick! And it was all decadent and delicious. Highly recommended!

Photo of Amanda Bernard Amanda Bernard
Nov 15, 2020 5

Finally checked this place out after a friend suggested it. WOW - everything a restaurant meal should be to be special - great farm-to-table food, very personal service and a nice, but not over the top ambience. Having said it was a special occasion on our reservation, the hostess greeted us as such and the waiter immediate gave us glasses of bubbly on the house.

Photo of Vivian Jacquelyn Vivian Jacquelyn
Nov 20, 2020 5

Started with the drinks...the Falling Leaves is worth trying for those who like bourbon cocktails, the Lemon Drop Martini was spot-on according to the fiance, and my daughter and roommate were most impressed by the free-for-all "Mercy of the Bartender" who will take your preferences of drink (liquor, sweetness, etc) and create a classic or something totally new.

Photo of gtetem retwee gtetem retwee
Jan 11, 2021 5

The best fine dining experience I’ve had in Durham! Everything we ate was top-notch, from the oysters to the BBQ octopus to the latke benedict (a must-have!). Go on Sunday for half priced bottles of wine and the prices are overall well worth the money! I will try next time. highly recommend this place

Photo of Manuel Joly Manuel Joly
Jan 5, 2021 5

We stumbled upon this place to jump in for a cocktail. We weren't really looking for food at the moment, but WOW they have a phenomenal food menu. They have an elevated menu that has something for everyone. The prices were a tad high, but for the quality and what you are getting it's worth it.

Photo of ria michael ria michael
Jan 23, 2021 4

thoughtful decoration and handsome view and definitely the place is so cool and food and drinks are so perfect as usual actually , it is my favorite place in the area thank you for your service and amazing efforts