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Nana's Restaurant

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2514 University Dr, Ste 104, Durham, NC 27707-2156 (James St.)
+1 919-493-8545
17:00 - 22:00
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Durham, NC
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were reluctant to post this review on Trip Advisor until we sent our comments to the restaurant manager for comment and follow up. Because only the catering manager was listed on Nana's website, we sent our comments to her and asked her to forward our comments on our experience to the restaurant manager. She did reply, and stated she... More 

Thank unctheel
Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's amazing that Nana's can be both the best restaurant in Durham and still somehow underrated. I think the latter is due to the 20+ year run in a location that's not quite as trendy as the fast growing downtown area a couple miles away. Durham is a foodie town with a lot of great places to eat, but Nana's... More 

Thank S3rg314
Durham, North Carolina
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nana's is a long time favorite in Durham, Chef Scott Howell sets the bar with his innovative southern cuisine, this is a go to restaurant for any special occasion. Chef Howell also recently opened Nana Steak and Bar Virgile in downtown Durham.

Thank Ballasalla
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nan's is quaint with interesting local art. The staff is friendly, professional and unobtrusive. Most importantly, the food is DELICIOUS

Thank Renee H
Durham, North Carolina, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to Nanas for our anniversary. The service was excellent, the ambiance was outstanding, and the food was heavenly. Everything from the waitress who was knowledgeable and friendly to the excellent dessert was well worth the price tag. If you have never been, you gotta go to Nanas!

Thank Donna W
Durham, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nana's is a classic. The food is always excellent. The atmosphere is upscale, but not formal. I always make reservations.

Thank KAWescott
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was kind of a last minute pick. It was bit crowded as we had to squeeze in the bar area. The service was great , the staff were friendly and the food was good.

Thank MBT2020
Durham, North Carolina
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose Nana's for our New Years Eve dinner, and will probably not make the same decision again. We knew this was a set menu and we knew the cost, both of which we were fine with. However, while the food was good (not great), the service was really sub par. It felt like our waiter's goal was to get... More 

Thank MaryHFeb
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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346 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice interior, friendly (primary) server. Person bringing bread, however, dropped off one piece (each) and never asked again, despite passing us multiple times and refilling other people's bread. Tasting menu, with the wine pairing, likewise was inconsistent. Some food items were very good (foie gras, fish with favas) and some less so (pasta with beef cheeks had too sweet of... More 

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Mebane, NC
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177 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food was excellent. Beet salad with goat cheese was perfect. Best cooked steak I have had in a long time. TBH, the creme brulee was "so-so". The service was excellent (hostess, wait staff, everyone). Where Nana's falls short for me is in the design and the layout. You know you are going to spend $100 for 2 people, and... More 

Thank NorthCarolina621

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$80
American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2514 University Dr, Ste 104, Durham, NC 27707-2156
    (James St.)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-493-8545

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?