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Nana's Restaurant

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2514 University Dr, Ste 104, Durham, NC 27707-2156 (James St.)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Durham, North Carolina
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235 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm a native of Durham and remember when you had to go to Chapel Hill or Raleigh to get a fine meal. No more. We have 8 or 10 place so good folks come to us! Nana:s to lots of people is the best for a reason. We had a wonderful tenderloin and pate plate yesterday and it was all... More 

Thank robert r
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Picked this based on reviews... The place is eclectic/funky and packed at 6:30pm... Sat next to locals who said try the risotto... We did as an appetizer and it was terrific... We ordered a great Cab from an excellent wine list and then had the Pork Chop and the Skirt Steak as mains... The flavors were outstanding but my pork... More 

Thank DocHarrisHHI
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This has long been one of Durham's best restaurants but the last time we were there it was disappointing. Essentially quantity had overtaken quality. We'll go again as we've had many excellent meals there over the years.

Thank 379hamish
Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you wanted to know what Neo-Southern food is like, try this. But I will say this, if you like to avoid pork, this is a tough restaurant to eat. I was down to one entree and one appetizer that were .... un-porked. :-)

Thank omidsafi
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

whether you are seeking a fine dining experience or a somewhat relaxed venue at the bar, you will always get a great experience at nanas. the food is always good....always. bar is great atmosphere and one is made to feel welcome

Thank Kenneth R
North Carolina
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116 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After living in Durham for over 12 years I finally made it to Nana's for dinner last night. It was all the good things I've heard. I was advised to sit at a table in the bar as it's not as close together and more privacy and that was great. We shared a Chicken Liver Pate' that was buttery and... More 

Thank NorthCarolinaSandie
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quiet setting, perfect lighting, delicious food, good service, interesting paintings. This is my favorite restaurant in Durham. Good for couples as well as friends and business.

Thank tigerwf
New York
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nana's is a joy from the moment you walk in. The restaurant is divided into smaller rooms, so the atmosphere is at once intimate yet open. The lighting is soft yet serviceable. Lovely. The staff is impeccable. Our waiter, Damian, was beyond belief, offering suggestions, describing dishes, and meeting our every desire. Additionally, he offered suggestions for us newcomers to... More 

Thank Dembies
Durham, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I were celebrating a gift of dinner at Nana’s, and we were extremely pleased with the evening and the food in comfortable surroundings. Our waiter took special care of us, making sure that our questions were answered fully, and wine and plates arrived on time. I asked for a wine suggestion for my taste, and the wine... More 

Thank GundlachB
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is prepared with care and concern for allergies one might have. It indeed does not compromise the taste and presentation.Service is excellent and Scott is not greedy. His pricing, unlike other restaurants in the area, have not skyrocketed. He is fair and honest. We always enjoy our dinners there. It's a special place.

Thank Ruth K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $80
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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: 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?