About Piedmont Restaurant
Piedmont in Durham, NC features adventurous and seasonal cooking, inspired by all that the Piedmont region has to offer. Local farm-grown ingredients are intensified using avant-garde methods; classic dishes are reimagined with an inventive spirit. The results are deeply flavorful, comforting, and often ethereal. Piedmont’s craft cocktails, local beers, and versatile wine list complete the modern farm-to-table experience.
Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10:30AM - 2:00PM
Monday-Saturday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Sunday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
$30 and under
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Street parking is available on Foster and Seminary Streets.
Additionally, a free parking lot is available across from the restaurant during dinner hours.
Private Party Facilities:
We are happy to help you plan your private party events. Please contact the restaurant to discuss our private party options further.
Currently, our mezzanine level accommodates 40 guests or less. For events with more than 40 guests, a buyout of the entire restaurant is required.
Each private dining event has a custom menu from our Executive Chef. Therefore, pricing varies based off of the menu and selections. Please contact the restaurant to discuss your needs.
Private Party Contact:
Anna Morris: (919) 683-1213x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Piedmont Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Piedmont is for foodies, especially thos ...
Piedmont is for foodies, especially those who favor local ingredients. Everything the three in our party had was inventive, well-prepared, and well-presented. The carrot bisque was a perfect appetizer. The sweet potato gratin was not your grandmother's version. It was a thin cake-like layer topped with an assortment of roasted vegetables, each perfectly done. Highly recommended.
We had a spectacular dinner before (and ...
We had a spectacular dinner before (and again after!) a show at DPAC this week. The wine, food and service were out of this world! The series of appetizers we ordered, each one an artfully plated creation of local ingredients, took us longer to enjoy than anticipated (we had a LOT of great conversation about each ingredient!) As a result we were late for the show!
The staff was nonplused as we headed for the theatre, leaving our (carefully selected bottle) wine and main course to be boxed and enjoyed later. After the show we reappeared to take home boxes, but the staff re-fired the main courses, reassembled the beautiful plates, and uncorked the bottle without ever blinking! We were off again on an inspiring culinary adventure, one that we look forward to repeating soon.
Many thanks to the chef, sommelier and all the gracious staff at the Piedmont!
Piedmont is just a special place. The fo ...
Piedmont is just a special place. The food, the service, the wine list and the ambiance come together perfectly. The plating is beautiful and imaginary and the tastes go beyond. Had a group of 5 Saturday night and everyone was in agreement. What an enjoyable evening. Can't wait to come back.
6 of us gathered for dinner before a sho ...
6 of us gathered for dinner before a show at DPAC, We were seated upstairs in the loft area. A very attractive atmosphere in former Body or car repairs hope, great ambience.
Extremely good service with all of our questions answered about ingredients and suggestions of wine. I had the trout was wonderfully prepared, several had pork and also loved their chosen dish. Thank you for a great start to our evening.
Piedmont has been numerous changes in th ...
Piedmont has been numerous changes in the past couple of years. The food has been "hit or miss". We dined with friends this past week and were extremely disappointed. The beef tartare was not very good and the meal proceeded to get worse. The Lamb was unedible to the point where the server insisted that she get our table other choices. The replacement dish was Red Drum and the fish was not fresh, redfish that is not fresh is not easy to prepare. such an oily fish to begin with.
The server was awesome and the attention was exceptional. great wine!!
We had not been to Piedmont for 5 months ...
We had not been to Piedmont for 5 months. Our waiter let us know there is a new chef. I always enjoyed the food at Piedmont. This time I thought the food was good, but too many ingredients with very rich tastes. I had the skate and couldn't finish it because it was too rich. The salad also had a lot going on. Our waiter was great! Very personable. The wine list was good with affordable choices.
Really enjoyed our appetizer of scallops ...
Really enjoyed our appetizer of scallops and terrine, and both entrees (tilefish and pork shoulder) Everything was beautifully presented, with sauces and accouterments that accented the dishes. I had notified the restaurant that it was my husband's birthday, and they gave us each a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Altogether a lovely evening.
Everything was excellent, especially the ...
Everything was excellent, especially the food. The restaurant was rather too noisy but we sat upstairs where it is a little quieter. The only bad thing is the airconditioning, which is not only too cold but draughty if you happen to sit near the vent
We were fans of John May from his work a ...
We were fans of John May from his work at Chef and the Farmer. Our recent experience at Piedmont shows that he is, if anything, even better. My wife, who needs to follow a vegan diet for health reasons, requested that the chef use his judgment to create a 2-course (plus dessert) meal for her. Her meal was truly amazing, as was mine (the Prix Fixe sweet potato extravaganza -- I eat vegan at home, but enjoy other foods when we dine out). And all the staff provided impeccable service. We plan to go back often (Thursdays works best for us -- we don't know if the staff would be able to accommodate another vegan free-wheeling on nights when the restaurant is packed to the rafters).
Menu selection-awful Service -awful (ple ...
Service -awful (please don't keep bothering us while we're trying to enjoy our meal and have a conversation)
The food portions are poultry-and I don't mean that in a good way either! I couldn't eat my entree. It was awful!
And considering the above, the price was obscene!
Consistently special This is my third t ...
This is my third time at The Piedmont and I now consider it my favorite restaurant in Durham. It was my birthday and everyone went out of their way to make me feel special.
This last dinner was on a Saturday and the place was bustling with all different times of dinners - large groups, four tops with 2 couples, a father and son, a family, friends, couples - of all different ages. Dinner was fantastic! The food tastes as good as it looks, and it is beautifully presented on special plates. The entire staff is friendly and eager to help - an asset.
I have had the quail starter every time I've been there, and the vegetables and dip very surprising and flavorful. I had the scallop starter as a main plate and would have had that as a main course with more scallops, as they were delicious. My husband's swordish was so tasty he left nothing on his plate. The cheesecake dessert had a pumpkin puree, ginger crumbles and a non-cloying toffee that perfectly finished our meal.
The restaurant environment is a nice combination of bustling but personal, with a noise level that lively but you can easily hear the person you are dining with. I did overhear the 4 people next to us -clearly foodies - talking about their food and saying "perfect" and "amazing". I love this place!
We had booked the mezzanine for our daug ...
We had booked the mezzanine for our daughters wedding rehearsal dinner. The Piedmont could not have been more accommodating to our ever changing guest list (which including infants and children) and our last minute appeal to come 30 minutes early. They were eager and happy to help us whatever the request. We were not only greeted warmly, but had wonderful table service as well. There were 14 in our party and every meal, without exception, was off the charts delicious! Everyone was served at the same time and each dish was prepared to perfection! Not one person was disappointed, as all our empty plates could attest. It was a special evening for our family, made even more memorable by the Piedmont. We recommend this restaurant highly!!!!!
Beautiful restaurant with a very sophist ...
Beautiful restaurant with a very sophisticated menu.
The service was just the best you could espect, from the beginning until the end.
The food was very good and healthy, very conceptual.
No fake flavors just the taste of prime, selected fresh ingredients.
The Chef must have a big passion for realness and for good food.
A very pleasant experience
LOVED our dinner experience... had a bea ...
LOVED our dinner experience... had a beautiful piece of tilefish with an excellent marsanne-viognier blend from Napa that the manager recommended. The staff was extremely welcoming and helpful... definitely a Durham gem! Will most definitely return.
Our previous 2 meals at Piedmont were ex ...
Our previous 2 meals at Piedmont were excellent, over a year ago. Now Piedmont has changed, not for the better. The food is limited in choice with heavy emphasis on grains, bland and rather so-so. My brisket was a dry hunk of tasteless meat, not at all what brisket should be. (After mentioning it for benefit of the chef, it was removed from the final bill.) The fish choices were shark or drum, chose the drum, and it was just OK. The wine list is still very good, as is service. Menu prices do not represent good value at all.
Menu was creative and well presented. My ...
Menu was creative and well presented. My black drum was excellent and perfectly cooked. Wait staff was attentive, friendly but not overly familiar. Atmosphere, upstairs, was great and we could carry a good conversation without straining. We are looking forward to our next visit. Chef can flat out cook.
Our experience was not good. We have eat ...
Our experience was not good. We have eaten at Piedmont several times and it is hit or miss and last night was a miss! Very very limited menu. Fish we ordered was mediocre and honestly not cooked enough. Drinks we order were excellent . We left the restaurant feeling disappointed with the cost for what we received. With so many great consistent restaurants in Durham we will not be back.
Overall the meal was very good. The food ...
Overall the meal was very good. The food was high quality and made with fresh ingredients and the server was knowledgeable and polite. The only downside is that two of the menu items we wanted were sold out for the evening and given the somewhat limited menu, it really cut down on our options.
Our server Joeseph was very patient and ...
Our server Joeseph was very patient and extremely accommodating with our wine demands, bottles, pouring etc.
This was my second visit on a week.
Butter beans and pork belly was my favorite dish followed very closely by cobia fish perfectly prepared.
Chef John is at the top of his game. A great evening and will be back soon.
What to say about a very average experie ...
What to say about a very average experience with above average expectation and pricing? The butter bean appetizer was served with a piece of pork belly that was meatless fat. The steak was tasteless. Chicken was very tasty and unusual blend of a chicken sausage and breast wrapped in bacon. Staff seemed insincere and frayed at the edges. The menu is limited, which is great if all is well executed. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone else.
blending of flavors and presentation of ...
blending of flavors and presentation of food was amazing. great ambience. there was a vegan option for the vegetarian dish, which was based on eggplant. my wife, although a vegetarian, isn't the biggest eggplant fan so our server explained that the chef would be happy to make a vegetarian dish without eggplant, and even asked us what ingredients/spices she would like to accent/highlight. So she enjoyed a custom chef creation for her entree! also, server was great bringing us complementary sparkling wine upon hearing that it was our anniversary. a great example of durham's awesome culinary scene!
Absolutely perfect evening. The food was ...
Absolutely perfect evening. The food was spectacular and innovative. The chef and staff were very engaged. The sommelier is a wizard with the seriously long wine list, the champagne offerings alone are amazing. This was our second time with the new, highly touted chef, and this time was a business dinner with some serious foodies from across the nation. My guests were also quite pleased with the cuisine, the staff and the ambience in general. Highly recommend Piedmont.
We visited with six people and tried the ...
We visited with six people and tried the majority of the locally-sourced appetizers and entrees on the small menu. All sparkled with a dazzling array of flavors and textures; each component of the plate clearly the product of love x creativity x expertise. Consequently, some of the dishes verged on busy with flavors. Servings are modest. The wine list is extensive, yet with limited options below $50. Piedmont is a great destination for special outings where dazzling the palette is the objective and the budget is $$$.
This was one of many meals we've had at ...
This was one of many meals we've had at Piedmont over the last four years. Since it was a Sunday night in late August, the restaurant wasn't very crowded and we had excellent service. I ordered the prix fix tomato-centered meal and my husband had the quail and the smoked clams with a chocolate dessert. While we enjoyed almost everything, we did find the portion a wee bit light.
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