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Mothers & Sons Trattoria


107 W Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 294-8247
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Photo of Abby Abby
Apr 4, 2022 5

Food and service were both fantastic (our sever's name was Noah). Pastas were cooked well and the flavors were great. The octopus appetizer was good as well. The best Italian food I've had at this price point!

Photo of Will Herbst Will Herbst
Feb 14, 2022 5

Wonderful Italian eatery. Romantic and good for a date- also fancy and good for all fancy occasions. There is a deli attached that is good for all deli occasions. The bread is great and pasta delicious. Very extensive wine list

Photo of Zachary Sandler Zachary Sandler
Sep 20, 2021 5

Outstanding dinner and service. Extremely reasonably priced pastas. I look forward to having the food and dining experience again!

Photo of Scott Midkiff Scott Midkiff
Oct 21, 2021 5

I ordered take out. Service was wonderful and very accommodating of my needs. My order was ready on time. The dishes were all excellent. I highly recommend!

Photo of Kylie Kylie
Jan 27, 2022 5

This place is absolutely divine. The plates are small so you can order many different things. The squid ink pasta is really salty but great, and all of their desserts are absolutely amazing. The pasta dishes were very similar to the food I had in Naples and Florence so it’s definitely authentic Italian.

Photo of Zeashan P Zeashan P
Jan 26, 2021 5

We had a wonderful service experience with Aiden here. The food was impeccable, with perfectly prepared pastas (we tried the fennel pesto and squid ink), flavorful and fresh antipastas (the lemon artichoke was a personal favorite), and tasty desserts. The chef and Aiden was very helpful in finding us options that would fit without dietary restrictions. My only advice to the restaurant would be to continue expanding menu options to include supporting dietary restrictions/religious preferences.

Photo of Joseph H. Vilas Joseph H. Vilas
Nov 19, 2020 4

Mothers & Sons has now absorbed the former Lucky's Deli space for Alimentari. The sandwich I got yesterday was only $9 for something half the size of my head. ;) Seriously, it was a pretty good sandwich. Also fresh pasta, fresh red sauces, smoked fish dip, olives, cold cuts, cheese, and I believe I saw an espresso machine. :) The fountain drink machine is gone, but they have some bottled sodas, along with a beer & wine selection. You can sit inside, out on the street, or get takeout, but please wear a mask (19 Nov 2020).

Photo of Cruz Nestler Cruz Nestler
Oct 14, 2020 5

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! This is a little hidden gem right on Main Street in Durham. They have adapted very well to the COVID conditions and allow for plenty of outdoor seating and social distancing. Now to the food: Their potato salad is slap your momma good (my hands down favorite ever) and their Chicken parm meat to bread ration is perfection. Whether you’re looking for a work lunch, dinner with the fam, or just some really good Italian food put this place on your list. I highly recommend you try them!

Photo of Jason Mercado Jason Mercado
Sep 17, 2020 5

The ambiance and ease of making the reservation was great through Google/rest. The ambiance was welcoming and warm. Even with covid, the spacing of the tables were very spread apart. The service from Ian was very informative and attentive, without being too intrusive. Glad we got the homemade pasta! We got the parpadelle which was simple, yet delicious. The pasta special had guancalle, a spicy kick and aldente pasta. For secondi, we got the porcetta which was very tender, seasoned well and definitely enough for 2 people, along with the heavenly roasted potatoes. The pricing was very reasonable and would recommend.

Photo of Joseph Krinke Joseph Krinke
Nov 25, 2020 5

Excellent cocktails and food. Service has been friendly and quick every time, even when it's been busy. I highly recommend the gnocchi and the squid ink pasta!

Nov 1, 2020 5

Amazing food! Ian is a great server who took care of all of our questions with ease and made sure we had and amazing dinner!! Please go and enjoy!!

Photo of Cheri Sabell Cheri Sabell
Sep 21, 2020 4

I loved this place, but my husband was looking for more of a traditional food. Can't take the hick out of Nick!

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

Oh my goodness what a find!! Me and my wife was in Durham for an appointment at Duke Hospital. We was lucky enough to spot this wonderful spot! Atmosphere was amazing! Waitress was amazing! Manager was amazing!! And last but not least good was amazing!!

Photo of Erin Lunsford Erin Lunsford
Sep 1, 2020 5

This place is absolutely incredible - I don't even know where to begin. The housemade pastas have the perfect texture and are often really creative and unique (pictured here is a calabrian chili-infused shell pasta), the porchetta is to-die for, the cocktails are creative, and there are so many delicious items on the menu (and usually a long list of interesting daily specials), I always have trouble deciding what to order. Not to mention that the atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the service is always fantastic. Easily my favorite restaurant in Durham.

Photo of Wesley Hayward Wesley Hayward
Aug 25, 2020 3

Volume/price/taste not worth it. Atmosphere is subpar with a bathroom that blows you into the kitchen.

Photo of Adrian Vassallo Adrian Vassallo
Jan 20, 2020 5

We just happened upon Mothers and Sons as we were in town for a wedding. While walking by, I said this place looks good...let's check it out. Unfortunately, they had an hour plus wait at that point, but they had such a special vibe. SO, we went around the corner and had a cocktail while we waited. I am so glad we did! We came back and got seated at the bar. We had basically every course on the menu and it all was amazing. We even finished dinner with some antique fernet and I don't like fernet! But I am now a huge fan of this restaurant and hope we get to visit again soon.

Photo of Ted Gautsch Ted Gautsch
Jan 20, 2020 5

We stopped in for dinner while exploring the city, we did not have reservations but we were seated immediately. I am quite sure it helped that we arrived shortly after opening for dinner. The decor in this establishment was very classy and intimate at the same time. The open floor plan and well balanced lighting made it feel energetic inside, the New York style seating was very manageable in this space. One thing that really stood out was the fact they did have a full service bar available with some seating at the bar, not only a great business decision, it complimented the establishment very well. The service was excellent! We were immediately met by our server who was very upfront on what we could expect from the menu, transparent in terms of serving sizes and how to order most efficiently from the menu. I ordered a glass of wine, of course, it was a Barolo and I did the wine menu was exceptionally equipped to handle any pallet. We went through the specials of the day, some very enticing selections! Of course we ordered one of the starters immediately after hearing about it. We just called them pizza bites, they were pizza dough bites, smothered in a fresh cheeses. Our server also immediately brought us out fresh bread and oil, he knew we would need something to mop up the remainder of that wonderful cheese. I was taken back by the consistency and freshness of this homemade bread, it was wonderful dipped in oil as well. My entree was one of the specials being offered for the day, the name escapes me but it was hollowed spaghetti noodles covered in slightly spicy red sauce with peppers and included a combination of bacon and pork. This entree was phenomenal, the sauce had a thick and rich flavor, with a burst of spice from the peppers. I was very impressed by the texture of the sauce being as light as it was holding onto so much flavor. We also ordered a side of rosemary potatoes to share, I have had rosemary potatoes before, however they were never prepared quite like this. The texture was perfect, they were equally soft with a bit of a crunch on the skins. The rosemary was not overpowering and the saltiness was just as I would have preferred. Very impressive! The other entree we ordered was a cheese gnocchi, our server described them as something that would melt in your mouth and he was absolutely correct. The fresh cheese blend the gnocchi was surrounded in was excellent and as advertised the gnocchi literally did melt in your mouth. This was something we have never experienced with gnocchi before. To finish the dinner I ordered a limoncello which was served in the proper glass with the block of ice to ensure it remained cool without diluting the drink. The dinner was absolutely delightful, the quality of the staff was excellent and very impressive. We will return. The serving sizes are not to large and the menu offers plenty of options to not only accommodate a variety in your dining experience but assurance you will not leave hungry. Cheers!

Photo of Christine Chien Christine Chien
Feb 20, 2020 5

Nice restaurant! The pastas were amazing, but I wish the portion could be more! Love the spicy tomato flavor:)

Photo of Daniel Wuliger Daniel Wuliger
Mar 15, 2020 5

Once again I had an amazing time at mothers and sons. Mary Claire was the manager on duty and made sure we had the best of the best. Everth was behind the bar mixing up delightful mocktails. The food was insanely good, like smack your momma good. Our waitress, and I hate that I can’t recall her name was so incredibly kind, sweet and hospitable. If you have not been there yet, do yourself a favor and go.

Photo of Connor Puckett Connor Puckett
Feb 25, 2020 4

The atmosphere is tantalizing; it invites you in to enjoy a glass of red wine, nibble on olives, and get your fancy on. The food was really great as well, but it did let me down a bit. The waiter was great, but he did not walk us through the phases of the dinner very well.

Photo of Brian Starr Brian Starr
Jan 30, 2020 5

Incredible Italian food! Meals served in the Italian style with multiple courses and smaller pasta dishes meant to go along with something else. Incredible fresh housemade pasta and wood grilled entrees.

Photo of Kokusima Rugumamu Kokusima Rugumamu
Jan 3, 2020 5

Nice atmosphere and very knowledgeable waiters. The food is not my usual go to but everything we ordered tasted amazing.

Photo of Joel Abrahams Joel Abrahams
Dec 21, 2019 4

Food and service was great. Based on the reviews and friends who visited there before who were with me - the experience I had was below standard. Notable food: the fish, eggplant parm, and the amaretto desert.

Photo of B. Bowen B. Bowen
Dec 11, 2019 5

Definitely a nice date night place! The service was phenomenal and the food was delicious! I would highly recommend coming here when you want to take your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or special individual...the atmosphere is quaint and romantic. The dress attire is flexible as some are dressed to impress and others will be in super casual and relaxed! Mothers was very accommodating for our party of 15 and we all enjoyed a family style dining experience!

Photo of Julianna DeBacco Julianna DeBacco
Sep 25, 2019 5

Awesome food and wonderful service. Every bite was delicious and carefully prepared. Wine was nicely priced with a variety of options. A great place for a nice night out!

Photo of Lanett Grant Lanett Grant
Oct 27, 2019 5

I have been on a journey for the best Caccio e Pepe everywhere I travel. This version used a unique pasta type and was absolutely yummy! I also loved the fresh bread so I could use it for the rest of the delicious sauce. Great service, cute place and delicious food!

Photo of Ann Quirk Ann Quirk
Oct 13, 2019 5

Amazing food, delicious drinks, great service, and a terrific ambiance. Had dinner here with three other people, and everyone loved it! Will absolutely be back!

Photo of Patricia Wing Patricia Wing
Aug 22, 2019 5

Brandon is a wonderful bartender who will take the time to explain each ingredient that goes into a cocktail. Had 2. Both were wonderful. Cynthia is extremely professional and knowledgeable. Loved everything we tried. Will update later when I have more time.

Photo of Boyce Currance Boyce Currance
Oct 15, 2019 5

The service was excellent! We were immediately met by our server who was very upfront on what we could expect from the menu, transparent in terms of serving sizes and how to order most efficiently from the menu. I ordered a glass of wine, of course, it was a Barolo and I did the wine menu was exceptionally equipped to handle any pallet.

Photo of Reggie Strange Reggie Strange
Sep 21, 2019 5

We went through the specials of the day, some very enticing selections! Of course we ordered one of the starters immediately after hearing about it. We just called them pizza bites, they were pizza dough bites, smothered in a fresh cheeses. Our server also immediately brought us out fresh bread and oil, he knew we would need something to mop up the remainder of that wonderful cheese.

Photo of Kelly Long Kelly Long
Sep 1, 2019 5

Mother's and Son's was AMAZING!! Making reservations online was super easy. We ended up having to change them to a later time, that was a breeze too. The food was out of this world -- we had a special and the squid ink pasta. Both were incredible. The bread was perfection. Our server, Page, gets 10 stars!!!

Photo of Chelsea Ewing Chelsea Ewing
Jun 23, 2019 5

I left so happily stuffed and excited to come again!! Every course was delicious and the staff there were super helpful. I love the atmosphere of this place. Highly suggest!

Photo of Stefan D Stefan D
Jul 8, 2019 5

This restaurant is the final word in modern Italian cuisine. Always delicious choices, always awesome specials, always fantastic cocktails, have never had a bad experience at this place. Recommended, 5 stars! (Pro tip, get a reservation well in advance - otherwise you are out of luck getting a table same day).

Photo of Anup Wadia Anup Wadia
Mar 29, 2019 5

Both of our dining experiences here were beyond memorable. The menu allows you to choose something safe and comforting at the same time offering options are are new and daring. The service both times was amazing, the wait staff is extremely informative and always made spot on recommendations. This is not your usual Italian food. Erase all your expectations about Italian food and go make a reservation. If the food wasn't good enough, the atmosphere is intimate and warm. The dining room is one large room with subdued classic lighting. Looking around, you can appreciate all the fine details in the decor that took a lot of thought and care. Our last visit was with friends, and the atmosphere, the food, and the service made it quite a memorable evening.

Photo of Kyle Thomas Kyle Thomas
May 26, 2019 5

Fantastic. Service is stellar. Food is delicious. Atmosphere is very nice as well. Very good mixed drinks. One of my favorite spots and I would recommend to anyone.

Photo of Sam Petrocelli Sam Petrocelli
May 14, 2019 5

Mothers & Sons Trattoria has achieved something very special. I often think Italian food achieved perfection through simplicity. Don't mess with it. Somehow the chefs here have added a modern touch to their dishes, but still maintain the classic and simple elegance of what Italian food is. Seriously some of the best food I've ever had. The staff were professional, helpful, and the service was quick. Highly recommend.

Photo of April H April H
Jun 12, 2019 5

This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Durham! I could eat here every week. The squid ink pasta is hands down one of the most flavorful dishes I have ever experienced. The service and atmosphere are both outstanding! It's best to have a reservation as they are usually pretty crowded. When I go I usually request Katie!! She's amazing and she ALWAYS suggests the BEST dishes to try!! I ❤ this place and I'm so glad it's here in the Bull City!!!!! :)

Photo of Eamonn Shanahan Eamonn Shanahan
Sep 2, 2022 5

A Pasta course was never meant to be the only course. It's too filling. This is the only Italian restaurant locally that makes its own pasta in-house, and where the portion sizes are just right. Outstanding overall...and not that expensive. Pietro was our server. We will definitely ask for him again as he is very knowledgeable and friendly.

Photo of Alex Fowler Alex Fowler
Aug 8, 2022 3

The food was very good Saturday night. However, the service unfortunately left a bad taste in my mouth. While taking our initial appetizer orders, the server asked if we were ready to order our entrees. I have done that before if I was in a rush, but the suggestion seemed like she just wanted to turn the table. If I'm spending $130+ I do not want to feel like I'm rushed. She also assisted our neighboring table with the same pushy attitude. As the neighboring guests ordered bruschetta, she asked about entrees as well. They indicated they were not ready. Then she said, "I just want to warn you that if you don't order now, it may take a long time to get your food because we are very busy." Yeah, of course you are busy. It's a weekend at one of the most popular restaurants in Durham. The last thing you want to feel on a nice date is the feeling of being rushed. It really dampened the experience, which had the potential to be top-notch.

Photo of David Thomson David Thomson
Sep 1, 2022 5

I have been bringing my family here for the last 4 years and we consistently have the best meals and service. The atmosphere is fun and alive! Highly recommend the black squid pasta. If you can get Aidan as your server, she is the best- Absolutely best restaurant in Durham and Raleigh- worth the wait. Came back for graduation- brought my family in from Pittsburgh. We had an extraordinary visit once again. Aidan is no longer there but Bahar (spelling?) did a great job. Truly one of favorite experiences in Durham. Thank you for making memories for 4+ years. Well- Aidan is BACK- so, we returned and she treated us so well- Zach is returning for grad school- so we have another year to visit this amazing spot- thank you for the memories- latest picture attached- Aidan could remove her mask! BEST experience- BEST food-

Photo of John John
Jan 12, 2022 4

Very good flavors and ambience. I especially loved the wood fired grill they were using! Drinks were excellent. Salad and bread is fresh! Pugliese pasta was awesome

Photo of Heather House Heather House
Jan 30, 2022 4

Reservations were hard to get at a decent time a week out. Now I know why! The food and dining experience was excellent. We were celebrating a 40th bday and Mother's has been on my list a year or so... so 8 p.m. was booked. We had gnocchi, pork cheek on polenta, Arancini and lemon shrimp. The flavor combinations were perfectly matched. It was all so delicious! They were busy. But our server was very good and made sure we were taken care of. I will definitely be going for another visit and taking the hubbie.

Photo of Pamela Forero Lozano Pamela Forero Lozano
May 20, 2022 5

The pasta dishes are really amazing. Nothing could beat the fresh flavors of each dish. It really feels that every dish was made with love. We had the Tagliatelle Al Ragu, Cacio E Pepe, and the octopus antipasti. All of them were really good, the octopus was delicious! I must say, another unexpected highlight was the delicious dessert! (Picture). It was a great experience, especially because the staff was super friendly.

Photo of Chad Parker Chad Parker
Aug 16, 2021 5

First Time..and I have to say that I was impressed. Besides the great ambiance, the service was by far the highlight of our meal. We are still talking about it. Not your typical Italian eatery, but that's the best part. To say M&S is authentic doesn't give it enough credit. Thanks to our wonderful waitress that walked us through the enitre meal, we were able to create a wonderful dinner. It definitely got me out of my comfort zone of sticking with my "go to" Italian dishes, and inspired me to trust the Chef. I'm sure glad I did!