Durham >Food & Dining > Parizade Restaurant
2200 W Main St, Durham, NC | Directions 2770536.007582 -78.926886
lunch 11-2 dinner 5:30 until
Neighborhoods: Old West Durham
Excellent Experience – 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.
Gone downhill – 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.
Wonderful – 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.
Love Parizade! – 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!
MY FIRST TIME....... – 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.
I now understand why it was 2/3 empty – 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... **
Great restaurant, but average food – 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.
Wonderful! – 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!
Couldn't ask for more! – 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.
overpriced, Ok food. . – The food is overpriced and is nothing special. Also the service is slow.
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