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Parizade Restaurant

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2200 W Main St
Durham, NC 27705
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(919) 286-9712
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Best

Outstanding waitress, excellent food at a fair price. We dined on a Monday evening and it was lightly occupied so our server didn't have many tables to handle. The rosemary grille...

Worst

Parizade has gone downhill since my last visit. Apparently the rest of Durham realized that already. The restaurant was EMPTY. I spent $150 on the meal; the worst high-priced...

Past experience was a lot better. This visit... 11/12/2011

Past experience was a lot better. This visit the waiter would have fit in at any deli counter. Ambiance was... more

Past experience was a lot better. This visit... 11/12/2011

kpoliey Provided by Partner
Past experience was a lot better. This visit the waiter would have fit in at any deli counter. Ambiance was very nice. Low light romantic, but a ... more

Sometimes feel ill 4/14/2010

This is a gorgeous location and the servers know what they're doing. The food has been good and there is a decent amount of variety, but I occasionally get sick after eating there. The sanitation score was 94 at my last visit...which isn't horrendous, but I still got an upset stomach for the next 24 hours. Pros: Ambiance, Tasty Cons: Cleanliness?, price more

Never again 2/10/2010

My co-workers and I had lunch at Parizade on 2/10/10 and it was enough to ensure I will never go back. We arrived and it took 10 minutes to order drinks, another 10 for them to actually arrive and then the waitress vanished for another 10 minutes. Even though this was during the lunch rush, their were not a lot of people in the restaurant and there were a number of staff members walking around. So, thirty minutes in and we still have not ordered. After our food was ordered it sat in the window long enough for all of the soups to be cold. Our orders were not correct and it took two attempts at getting someone over to the table to get it corrected. \r \r The waitress sat our food down at the table, turned and left without asking if anyone needed anything, she never refilled any drinks and never asked if orders were correct. At the end of the meal she said their was a problem in the kitchen and that was what caused the delay...odd considering I saw the plates just sitting on the kitchen ledge waiting for someone to actually deliver them to the table.\r \r The manager also came over and said their were problems in the kitchen, but I just have a hard time believing that when tables all around us did not seem to have any issues with getting their drinks refilled or food in a timely manner. \r \r Dessert was offered on the house as compensation, and that was disappointing as well.\r Cons: Slow wait staff, slow kitchen, managers just walking around more

More hits than misses 11/21/2009

An upscale atmosphere with a lot of custom metal work and spectacular paintings greet you at Parizade. If we had been there before we would have probably dressed up a bit, but no one seemed to take issue with our jeans. Our server introduced himself 3 times, and his accent was a bit thick, but he was attentive and was able to answer some menu questions, make some suggestions, and he treated my 5 year old daughter very well. The food arrived slightly longer than I would have liked, but not at all unreasonably. The rosemary roast chicken was very well cooked, nice and juicy. My oxtail ragout with gnocchi was velvety and tender. The paella was a surprise miss, with flavors of gumbo instead of Spain. The prices were more than reasonable; I'd go so far as to say a bargain for the quality and atmosphere. I would absolutely go back. Pros: Classy with very fair prices more

Excellent Service, Great Food 12/15/2008

Outstanding waitress, excellent food at a fair price. We dined on a Monday evening and it was lightly occupied so our server didn't have many tables to handle. The rosemary grilled chicken was outstanding. My wife had the orzo/seafood/spinach dish and it was extremely good with generous portions., The only problem was we were too full to try the desserts. Pros: Parking, Service, Food Cons: Bread was just average more

best service 1/7/2008

my class and i went there and even though we only spent 20 bucks they treated us like we spent a million. i mean you should have seen the waiters wait on us hand and foot. and they did it with kindness. i absloutley love that place. anyone who havent been there you are truley missing out on something truely special Pros: the waiters Cons: parking-they were sooo booked more

Great food, service needs work and it's VERY NOISY 9/19/2007

I was there on a night when they had a rather large wedding party. Service was very slow because of it. The food was wonderful. The waitress failed to ask if we wanted to take our leftovers home and by the time we tracked her down it was too late. We found the place VERY noisy. Not sure they can do anything about the noise level but because of it I don't think I would go back. Pros: great food Cons: slow service and VERY NOISY more

great ambience atmosphere, awesome service, divine food, great wine selection, just a lovely place 7/6/2007

This is a most wonderful and one of my fav places to go. The atmosphere is warm, romantic, calming\r and nice for a wonderful dinner out with friends/family. The wait staff are excellant. The menu choices\r are the best, wide variety steaks, pastasmore

Fabulous service, menu, price, atmosphere, and FOOD! 3/9/2007

This place has been around for years, and there is a good reason for that! The lively, unique decor sets a tone for a fun, yet sophisticated dining experience. Our server(s) were all true professionals, and with only a small snafu with a bottle of wine (he didn't hear me ask for another) our table of 4 was treated well and all of our dishes arrived promptely, the proper temps, and were lovely to the eye and palate. Again, I am beginning to think that the good restaurants are in Durham! Thumbs up! more

BIG $$$ Little else 6/13/2006

I get there and the ambiance is great, so I think ""hmmmm this place is gonna be OK"". WRONG! Just how much is too much to pay for food? Come to Parizade and find out. Nothing spectactular about the food....its cooked, edible and served with little sprigs of this-n-that on the plate to make it look fancy. Bottom line, save your cash and eat out 3 times at other local places for what it costs to eat here once. The service was below average. I have not left such a small tip in a LONG time. It was that bad. How many times do you have to ask for refills, especially in the south? Come to Parizade and find out. There are too many other good restaurants with better prices in this area fo rthis place to be here too much longer. Lesson learned Pros: came hungry, left full. Bathrooms were clean! Cons: price and service more

Excellent Experience 5/15/2006

We had an excellent experience at this restaurant. It contains a very well decorated interior, excellent service, very good starters and entree's, decent wine selection, and some tasty deserts. If you like fine dining, you should not be disappointed. Pros: Ambiance, Service, Quality more

Gone downhill 12/16/2005

This used to be my favorite restaurant in the area. I won't even go there anymore. The service and food quality has detoriorated. Though those high prices haven't gone down. Cons: Poor service, High Prices, Mediocre food more

Wonderful 8/21/2004

Three of us ate at Cafe Parizade last night. I was bit hesitant because of the somewhat mixed reviews on this site, but a colleague told me I would love it. She was right. We had a 5:30 reservation and so ordered their version of an early-bird special since it included what we were going to order anyway (chicken stuffed with goat cheese, salad with strawberries, and a decadent banana desert). The chicken was absolutely tender and succulent, the salad was divine and the desert was fabulous. As for the ambiance, it reminded us of the Culinary Institute Restaurant in Napa, with an open kitchen area - very nice! We will be back, without a doubt. I highly recommend this one. Oh, and BTW, the service was excellent. Our waitress was a woman from Latvia who was extremely efficient, professional, and curteous. Pros: Wonderful food, Wonderful ambiance, Wonderful service more

Love Parizade! 8/3/2004

Parizade is my favorite restaurant in Durham. It's a great place to impress out of towners because it has a very urbane, metropolitan feel (i.e., NYC, Chicago). The food and ambience are top notch. I recently had the salmon, which was the biggest, most seasoned piece I've had in an upscale restaurant. I was stuffed and happy post meal! My friend had the stuffed chicken breast, which was very tasty! Service was good. Great for romantic and group dining! Pros: Tasty Food, Great Atmosphere Cons: , Location more

MY FIRST TIME....... 7/21/2003

I am a believer in Cafe Parizade, and will be returning to feast on the tantalizing filet and ""ohmygod it's better than @$*"" creme brulee. My meal was a smooth ride, start to finish. It all began at the bar (doesn't it always?) where the capable bartender whipped up a fabulous martini, leaving me wanting more. FOOD FIRST, I reminded myself, and moved to a table. Wish I could remember the fabulous server's name, but the infinite wine list distracted me from his introduction. Following his recommendations, I ordered. Looking around, I noticed that ALL servers were so well-groomed and in-control that I half-wished they would abandon their tables and join me. Food arrived promptly. Price is no issue - I would gladly promise my next unborn child to the chef in exchange for another tasty filet. Pros: outdoor dining, eclectic music, unbeatable service Cons: i can't live there, and eat filet and, brulee every day more

I now understand why it was 2/3 empty 6/24/2003

Parizade has gone downhill since my last visit. Apparently the rest of Durham realized that already. The restaurant was EMPTY. I spent $150 on the meal; the worst high-priced meal in recent memory. My rib-eye steak was undercooked (the server didn't even inquire how I wanted it cooked). It was cold, bloody, and half fat. I could do better at the Food Lion. The dining experience was 100% mediocre. The only positive was that the waitress ignored us, and we could spend 2 hours talking in isolation. But it's not like they needed our table. I was VERY disappointed, since this was supposed to be a celebratory dinner. The food and service were adequate, but NOT deserving of the price. I'm happy that other reviewers had good experiences, but I will not be returning to Parizade. ** Still reeling... I can't believe I spent $150 on an undercooked steak... ** Pros: Not crowded Cons: Overpriced (very), Mediocre food, Inattentive more

Great restaurant, but average food 5/19/2003

This is a great restaurant for a date. It's very cozy. Service is good in general. Food tastes just about average. If you want to have a romantic dinner with your date, this is the place for you. Pros: Cozy, Good service Cons: Food, Pricey more

Wonderful! 4/2/2003

I went to Cafe Parizade a couple years ago for the first time... it was a great experience. Just went back last weekend, and the place is still first-class. I love the atmosphere - so colorful & vibrant. Our waiter (Joao) was extremely accommodating and attentive. And to top it off, our meals were great - fresh, exciting and delicious. I loved my fish seasoned with tantalizing spices and accompanied with fresh colorful veggies, it was so tender and tasty. I definitely recommend this place to everyone! Pros: Vibrant atmosphere, Delicious food, Professional staff more

Couldn't ask for more! 1/31/2003

Everything from start to finish was impeccable. From the courteous hostess, to the attentive server, to most incredible food. The bartenders were also extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The general manager took extra care to make sure everybody was treated like a special guest. Owner Geoge Bakastia really knows how to enlighten the spirit. Pros: Service, Food, Ambience more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    The deco-styled interior has serpentine-shape accents with hammered copper above an exposed cooking area. Low, mood-drenched lighting reveals Tuscan touches and superb paintings....

  • 7/7/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    lunch 11-2 dinner 5:30 until
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Diner's Club, Discover, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Old West Durham

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