Durham >Food & Dining > Nana's Restaurant
2514 University Dr, Durham, NC | Directions 2770735.974061 -78.924898
Mon. - Sat. 5:30pm - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED
Great food, relaxed atmosphere, great service – Went to Nana's last night for the first time with my father. The service is attentive yet relaxed, the setting is warm and artsy (you know you're in Durham), and the feeling is generally "dressy casual because we want to be, because we don't have anything to prove." It's not loud, but it's not museum-quiet either. I got the pork chop--succulent and great balance of flavors, and my hard-to-please father got the lamb shank (cleaned his plate). We also had a delightful brown butter pecan tart for dessert. The food is largely organic/local/all the feel good things we talk about these days, but more importantly, it's delicious. I won't hesitate to return.
Fantastic Service and Food from Start to Finish! – Great atmosphere whether you are seated at a private table or in the bar. The dishes are fresh and inventive and include locally grown produce. Owner/Chef Scott Howell does not hesitate to greet clients and share some of his cooking secrets. Wait staff is friendly and very accomodating. Don't miss dessert - the ice creams and other creations by the pastry chefs are sinful!
Romantic atmosphere, friendly service, great variety of fine foods, and a very special tasting menu – Being unfamiliar with Durham, we chose a restaurant based solely on websites and reviews. We wanted fine food at reasonable or near reasonable price, pleasant surrounding, quiet dining, exemplary service, and I personally love 'tasting menus'. Nana's delivered on every one of these criteria. We had a very nice corner table, did not feel crowded, and the understated, yet soothing ambience and the mature patronage made for a very quiet, conversation-conducive romantic atmosphere. The service was prompt, very friendly and proper. Special requests were met with eager willingness. And, unlike other restaurants, one of us could choose the tasting menu without the whole table being obligated to. Every dish was well presented, delicious, and uniquely prepared, especially the large portion of Risotto and the special appetizer crabcake which was loaded with prime crab meat. The fresh ingredients were obvious. Water and bread refills were timely and unobtrusive. Hard to find any faults at all - maybe one more item on the tasting menu to experience that true gluttonous experience. We left feeling we had picked a real winner!
Usually good – I have been at Nana's probably 5-6 times, for dinner, in early evening. It's a nice, quiet place, with good service and a serious chef in the kitchen. Dinner has always been at least good, and some times (but not always) exceptionally good. They have a nice wine list, and excellent desserts. A very good place both for a quiet business meeting and a romantic evening. Overall, certainly one of the best upscale restaurants in Durham.
Consistent, excellent dining experiences – Nana's has been one of our favorite restaurants over the past few years; we try to go at least once-twice a month. We've had the same excellent consistent service whether it was just the two of us or a larger group (6-8+ people). In addition, the management is terrific (Tom is wonderful!). The ingredients are fresh, the food preparation and presentation are lovely, and the prices are quite reasonable for the quality of food. The servers are knowledgable and pleasant, and the service appears seamless--we never have to wait for anything.
We travel a great deal and have the opportunity to eat meals at several highly rated restaurants in the major metropolitan areas, especially Chicago and Houston; Nana's easily matches with many of these eating establishments at better price points. Easily, Nana's is one of our favorite places to dine along with the Magnolia Grill.
Culinary perfection??? – We found the food to be average at best. The price of the meals was reasonable, but certainly not worth what we received. The pork was dry and tasteless, side veggies were soggy and forgetable. The service was very good and the most enjoyable part of this dining experiance. It has been a long time since we have visited Nana's. It will be great deal longer next time.
Mag-nanas??? – We now have a match for our favorite Triangle restaurant, and they are very similar in style. We celebrated our anniversary at Nanas and were very pleasantly surprised, although my colleague has raved about this place for some time. Service was excellent, the food was terrific and very prompt - both the duck and pork cooked to perfection. The wine selection (glasses) was good and reasonable - bottles seemed a little pricey so didn't bother. The only minor let down was the presence of some very hard praline toffee in the ice cream on the blueberry crumble. The crumble was awesome - just the hard bits in the ice cream were bordering on an emergency dentists visit. We'll be back.
Comfortable elegance and near culinary perfection make this Durham jewel one of the best restaurants in the Triangle. – In Short
Duke students with their parents, Durham professionals and couples sit at tables in small, colorful dining rooms. A bartender chats comfortably with a group of friends sipping wine at the bar. Attentive waiters and Chef Scott Howell walk through the room, making sure everything is just right. The thoughtful menu is heavy on seafood and local ingredients with new creations featued nightly. For entrees, pan-roasted halibut over spring slaw is a complex, but solid choice.
Excellent food! – Nana's is one of the best places in the Triangle to enjoy diner. While I have dined many times at Nana's, I have never met the owner, Scott Howell. His food however, is absolutley incredible. I would highly recommend Nana's to anyone.
Excellent food and exceptional service – I took my wife to Nanas for he birthday and had a wonderful experience. We were seated promptly at a nice corner table. The service was exceptional - not too intrusive, but always there at the right moment to fill up our water or provide more bread or ask us about our next course. The waitress' recommendations were spot-on, the food excellently prepared and rich in taste. We had smoked duck for appetizer and the braised pork and monk fish for the main entree. The only shortcoming was probably the dessert. It was good but did not live up to the standards of the food we had earlier in the evening. The waitress was however nice enough to accomodate my request of placing a candle on the dessert for my wife !
Overall highly recoomended and will go again.
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