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Counting House

4.7
4.7
1251 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bold. Local. Social.

Local cuisine meets the bold flavors and playful techniques of executive chef Jeff Seizer at Counting House. A social experience set amongst the art of today, designed to provide you with an easy-going escape that will feed your soul. Inspired by old school European techniques and simple preparations, his menu is familiar, yet unexpected.

The bar and lounge is a welcoming place to taste innovative cocktails, sample local craft brews, and explore broad bourbon and wine lists.

Reestablishing the warmth and vitality of a historic gem, Counting House combines contemporary design with architectural details including the building’s original terrazzo floors and arched windows.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Lounge Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 956-6760

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jeff Seizer

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Dining Room, an intimate space off the main dining room of Counting House can host groups up to 32 and is perfect for a small event or dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Grace Kim: (919) 956-6785

  • Neighbourhood

    Durham

  • Cross Street

    Corcoran & Main Street. Located on the first floor of 21c Museum Hotel.

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,251 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Durham

    Best Service

  • Durham

    Best Ambience

  • Durham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. CS

    CottonSheets

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Had their Thanksgiving special dinner last night. Great ambience, given the decor, though the food quality was uneven. The ham came with some kind of sweet sauce already poured over it, rendering it difficult for one of us on a low sugar diet to eat. The smoked turkey was tasty as was the stuffing. The rest was mediocre. The service was almost like that of a diner, a bit harried in their pace and demeanor though there were so many of them, all waiting on all the tables, it seemed like. The wait staff were surprisingly under-dressed for an upscale space -- it was very hard to tell who was staff and who wasn't. One was even carrying a purse. I'm not sure what their regular food and service is like but I wouldn't go back.

    Counting HouseResponded 1 day agoThank you for joining us for our Thanksgiving meal. We are always happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions if we are made aware of them. We hope to see you again soon.

  2. KR

    KimberlyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal at Counting House in Durham. Excellent service, great food, and wonderful drinks!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for thanksgiving and had an amazing experience! Our waiter was so great and we ate so much. 10/10, highly recommend
  4. t

    tiffany

    Greensboro

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was very pleased with the dinner here tonight. The menu has something for everyone. I got the short ribs and my guy got the burger. The short ribs were great and the burger was really good. The french fries were tasty. The staff was nice. We came for a concert and they had us in and out in 45 minutes which was a nice surprise.
  5. LL

    LuLa

    Exclusive

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! Everyone is so friendly, and the food is delicious! Our server Gabriell was great! This is our go to place before seeing an event at DPAC.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Beautiful setting!
  7. H

    Hagrid

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Parking is sparce. Japanese Mikk Bread is a Hawaiian Sweet Roll with grill marks on the top. The single sea scallop looked like a tea candle in size. The swordfish was exceptionally good as was the bar menu. The artwork and vault were off limits as they were rented out so the 'draw' was inaccessible. Not a bad experience per se, just not as good as it should be for $100.
  8. JF

    JonesF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Counting House for my husband's birthday dinner. The food was amazing and the bar area and drinks were great. I recommend the pork chops with fried potato salad.

    Counting HouseResponded on November 8, 2022Thank you for the review. Very glad you enjoyed your visit!

  9. RY

    RYANC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing service, will absolutely be back!

    Counting HouseResponded on November 8, 2022Thank you for the review! Glad you enjoyed your visit, hope to see you again soon!

  10. EM

    ElanaM

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good had a little spice to it that I wasn’t expecting but it was great! Service was excellent

    Counting HouseResponded on November 8, 2022Sorry about the unexpected spice. Thank you for joining us, hope to see you again soon!

  11. AM

    AllieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and outstanding service. A little pricey but not shocking and some of the cost is being such a great location. We also enjoyed the art

    Counting HouseResponded on November 8, 2022Thank you for dining with us! Hope you will join us again soon!

  12. A

    Annabelle

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Good: Had the short ribs on a bed of "pommes aligot" that were particularly tasty. Okay: Cocktail was tasty but felt "stingy" in terms of it's size. Service: Our server was fabulous--knowledgeable, helpful, responsive, charming. Will try one more time to see if they can knock it out of the park.

    Counting HouseResponded on November 2, 2022Annabelle, Thank you for dining with us! Glad that you enjoyed yourself, hope next time that we can knock it out of the park for you!

  13. W

    Wishing

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please remove the one scallop dish…that is ridiculous!!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 31, 2022Thank you for dining with us at Counting House. We appreciate your feedback on the menu. The scallop small plate is an appetizer. If you are looking for something more substantial we are always able to add additional scallops to create something more entrée sized. WE hope you are able to join us again soon to explore more of the menu!

  14. d

    davidcurtissmith

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing good and drink... and service has really stepped up a notch!!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 27, 2022David, Thank you so much for visiting! Glad your experience was top notch, can not wait for the next time you dine with us!

  15. g

    grandmaj

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating by my husbands birthday and had an outstanding meal. Our waitress was quick with recommendations, and we enjoyed most of them. We will definitely be coming back!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 25, 2022Thank you for celebrating your husband's birthday with us at Counting House. Glad to hear you enjoyed the team's recommendations and your meal. Can't wait for y our next visit!

  16. E

    Ellen

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Visiting sister brunch… delightful. The art gallery was terrific

    Counting HouseResponded on November 3, 2022Thank you for visiting Counting House and 21c Museum Hotel. Glad that you enjoyed your meal and the museum. Please join us again the next time you are in Durham!

  17. JL

    JeanL

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The brunch menu seems to have been pared down since the last time I went and they were out of Bloody Mary ingredients at 11:15 on a Sunday. The food was good but it has been better.

    Counting HouseResponded on October 27, 2022Jean, Thank you so much for joining us. Our brunch menu continues to expand. Sorry you missed the fresh batch of bloody mary mix, the next one is on us!

  18. LL

    LuLa

    Exclusive

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite place to go before plays at DPAK. Everyone is always so friendly and the food is delicious!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 25, 2022Lu, Great to see you again on Sunday. Hope you enjoyed Annie and we will see you again very soon!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 25, 2022Thanks for dining with us. Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Please join us again soon!

  20. Q

    Quixotic

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Swordfish! Each dish was excellent.

    Counting HouseResponded on November 3, 2022So happy that you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to your next visit!

  21. EB

    EricB

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great spot to hit up before your DPAC show. We had several of the small plates and they were amazing. Service was phenomenal. Just a great overall experience and we will be back.

    Counting HouseResponded on October 25, 2022Eric, Thank you for joining us before the show. We will definitely pass your feedback on to the team. WE look forward to your next visit to Counting House.

  22. d

    debkapmac

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing (gnocchi and chocolate torte dessert!!). Service equally fabulous. Attentive yet not overbearing.

    Counting HouseResponded on November 3, 2022Deb, Happy to hear that your overall visit was a hit! We will definitely let the team know about your rave review. Please dine with us again soon.

  23. JB

    JessicaB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Every single dish was delicious, but I especially loved the drunken noodles!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 19, 2022Jessica, So happy to hear that everything was a hit during your visit! The drunken noodles are a new dish on the menu and quickly becoming one of the most popular. Please join us again soon!

  24. D

    Dani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried multiple small plates and enjoyed them all. Both the food and drinks were on par with the quality I would expect from the price.

    Counting HouseResponded on October 19, 2022Dani, Glad that we hit the mark on your visit! Thank you so much for joining us. We hope to see you again for another visit soon.

  25. HM

    HungryMan

    Charlotte

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Don’t miss the art exhibits in the hotel!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 19, 2022Thanks for joining us for dinner and a trip to the museum. Happy to hear you enjoyed everything. Please join us again soon.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, loved our server Doug

    Counting HouseResponded on October 19, 2022So happy we could be a part of your special night! Hope it was memorable for both of you. We look forward to your next visit.

  27. K

    Kelly

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great preDPAC restaurant ❤️. The service was excellent and the drinks/food were outstanding!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 19, 2022Kelly, Thank you for stopping by before the show. I will definitely pass your kind words on to the team. We look forward to your next visit!

  28. LL

    LuLa

    Exclusive

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite place to go before an event at DPAK. We always feel so welcome here and the food is delicious.Sarah greeted us warmly and our server JP was great! We will definitely be coming back.

    Counting HouseResponded on October 4, 2022Lu, Always a pleasure to see you before a show! Until next time...

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect service. Attentive. Not rushed. Great food and combinations. Recommendations were great!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 4, 2022Thank you for joining us at Counting House. Happy to hear our team was able to take wonderful care of you during your visit! We hope to see you back soon.

  30. SD

    SharonD

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing. Our waitress made our night!! Highly recommend. Very cool vibe.

    Counting HouseResponded on October 4, 2022Sharon, Thank you for dining at Counting House. Very happy to hear that you enjoyed our new fall menu. I will pass your feedback on to the team!

  31. MB

    MakenzieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great price for sizable small plates. Every dish we ordered was outstanding and not too heavy! Some of the best food we have had in Durham. Will definitely be going back!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 4, 2022Mackenzie, Glad you enjoyed your experience with us at Counting House. Especially the new menu format. We hope to see you again soon!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cool atmosphere very close to the DPAC. Food was great and service was so nice and attentive. Will definitely be back!

    Counting HouseResponded on October 19, 2022Thank you for joining us before the show. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  33. TA

    TerriA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Always good food and great ambience. Service can be slow, and this may be due to staffing issues.

    Counting HouseResponded on October 4, 2022Terri, Thank you for dining with us again. Glad to hear you enjoyed your meal! We do apologize that service was not up to our normal standards. And appreciate your understanding that we were a bit short that evening. We hope to see you again very soon for a 5 star meal!

  34. C

    Cami

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our waiter, Regine, who anticipated our needs, lugging two kids with us. There was a sweet gentleman who also asked if our kids would be scared of the pink penguin before seating the penguin with us, which made their day. I found the staff to be wonderful, food to be delicious, and the experience to be great. I would come again.

    Counting HouseResponded on September 27, 2022Cami, Thank you so much for bringing the family in for dinner. Re'gine is wonderful and we will definitely pass your review on to her. The team is always happy to help navigate the menu with allergies. And also we always try to make each visit extra special. Please join us again soon!

  35. AG

    AustinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server, food, and vibes were great!! Our server asked if we were visiting a DPAC show after to ensure we were able to arrive on time. We will definitely be coming back soon!

    Counting HouseResponded on September 27, 2022Austin, Thanks for dropping by before the show. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you back again soon!

  36. LN

    LolaNomNom

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining area, fun art, food is delish and fast, and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. Not so noisy you can’t hear your dining partners but not so quiet that you wonder if something’s off. Lovely night. Would recommend for about any occasion!

    Counting HouseResponded on September 27, 2022Lola, It makes us happy to hear when people enjoy their overall visit. The food, service and vibe are all equally important to us. Thank you again for joining and we can't wait for your next visit!

  37. n

    ncpattie

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First of all, the drinks are outstanding! I've had bourbon drinks the 2 times we've eaten there and both times they were delicious. The menu has changed. We know that small plates are popular, but the new menu has very little else. And the steak dish was $46 versus the burger at something like $16. We couldn't justify the steak, even though that was what both of us wanted. The small plates were hard for someone with food challenges - spicy, seafoody, etc. We remembered really enjoying the food, but it was awhile ago. Not sure we'd be back for that menu. Our server was outstanding. She was efficient and extremely pleasant. We would recommend the restaurant/bar for drinks and light food, but not for dinner.

    Counting HouseResponded on September 27, 2022Pattie, Thank you for joining us for dinner and drinks. We have changed the format of our menu to be more shareable amongst the table. We do have a great fall menu in the works and hope you will be back to give it a try! We will pass your feedback along to the team. And we hope to see you for another meal very soon.

  38. M

    Marcemp

    Miami - Dade

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    We went for brunch on a Sunday and it was 1pm and out of the seven options that they had they were out of two of them. Not too busy at the time we went and not kids menu. My fries were burned and took a lot of time to get our food, they served two of us and ten minutes later the other two people get their food. The place is cool but doesn’t worth to come back. Nothing great really.

    Counting HouseResponded on September 27, 2022Marcela, Thank you for joining us for brunch. I apologize that you did not receive the level of service we strive to provide to all of our guests. We did run out of several items due to a busier than expected start to the day. We hope that you will join us again so we can show you the 5 star experience you deserve!

  39. EM

    ErinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic. Experience was fun. Food was delicious. Small plates were good size.

    Counting HouseResponded on September 27, 2022Erin, Happy to hear you enjoyed the small plate format of the new menu! I will definitely pass your kind words on to the team. Thank you for dining with us and we hope to see you again soon.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, excellent service, fascinating decor! Well done!

    Counting HouseResponded on September 27, 2022You really know how to make a restaurant blush. Thank you so much for dining with us. Always happy to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of your meal with us. We look forward to your next visit.

FAQs

Counting House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 956-6760.

Counting House is rated 4.7 stars by 1251 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Counting House

111 North Corcoran St, 21c Museum Hotel, Durham, NC 27701

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Corcoran & Main Street. Located on the first floor of 21c Museum Hotel.

  • Neighbourhood

    Durham

  • Hours of Operation

    Lounge Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jeff Seizer

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 956-6760

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Dining Room, an intimate space off the main dining room of Counting House can host groups up to 32 and is perfect for a small event or dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Grace Kim: (919) 956-6785

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