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Nana's Restaurant

2514 University Dr, Ste 104, Durham, NC 27707-2156
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Ranked #6 of 642 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: James St.
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184 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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English first
Dallas, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The walls of Nana's are eggplant and ochre and burnt orange. White tablecloths. Colorful art on the walls. Think California modern décor. Service was always prompt, efficient, really on target. My duck might have been slightly less cooked than I would like but it was tasty and the tomato/mozzarella salad was an inspired innovative version of that standard. The food... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I was taken out by some friends for the evening. This was my first visit. I was hoping that it be on the same level as the now closed Magnolia Grill (so sad). Not even close. The service was good - maybe a bit too much attention. The waiter suggested the Pork loin. It was a Mexican inspired dish -... More

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Beckley, West Virginia, United States
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162 reviews 162 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Small parking area, but with free valet. Interior dark, clubby. Our server Judah was friendly, helpful. My wife ordered two appetizers, the heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and crab cakes as her meal. Both were good, and the crab cakes did not appear to have a bit of bread stuffing - entirely crab meat. My mother had the snapper over vegetables... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

You would never have known that the restaurant made the national news for having flooded during our monsoon rains earlier in the week. It's a lovely place, with an interesting combination of flavors on the menu, and the BEST DUCK I've ever had (not tough, greasy or gamey). Excellent service. Wine wasn't the greatest (a little too young) but it... More

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Durham, North Carolina
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We dine at Nana's less than I would like, but we needed to seat six of us before an American Dance Festival performance, so this made good sense. The meal was outstanding, as was the service, and surprisingly affordable. Plus there was no issue with adapting recipes for vegetarians or making a small plate out of an entree. We will... More

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Cincinnati Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This traditional restaurant in Durham is everything but traditional. The food is great and the service outstanding. My specialty Manhattan was worth the wait and dinner was the roasted duck breast served in a fruity brown sauce accompanied by grilled corn bread topped with Parmesan cheese. They have an admirable wine selection and please note parking is complimentary valet. I... More

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Hilton Head Island
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42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Contrary to a prior visit, all was exceptional right from entering. Spent a brief period before dinner in the bar packed with local clientele. We were seated promptly at the reservation time receiving a prompt visit from waitstaff. Service remained cordial and attentive. Roasted chicken was tender, tasteful, superb. The venison was exceptional. Wine list is limited. Being fans of... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nana's is a great place for a special meal with your favorite person and the place to take special out-of-town guests. The meals are innovative takes on local cuisine, the service is outstanding, and the Jane Filer paintings are a special added plus. We had the tasting menu recently and it is highly recommended.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We LOVED our meal at Nana's restaurant this week! Highlights were the gnocchi (what is IN that delicious broth?!) and the lamb. Fun atmosphere. Good service. We'll be back when we go to NC again!

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Tampa, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

One of our favorites in the Durham/Chapel Hill area. Their food, service and ambiance is impeccable. We have never been disappointed in any of these areas. The menu is creative and fresh.

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