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Fairview Dining Room
Fairview Dining Room

Fairview Dining Room Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.washingtondukeinn.com
  • Phone: (919) 493-6699
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Reservations are required, please contact the restaurant directly.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Cunningham
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Yes
  • Private Party Contact: Caroline Stewart or Patrick Greene (919) 493-6699
  • Entertainment: Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club will host our annual Grand Buffet in the Presidential Ballroom this year on Christmas Day. We have three seating times for our buffet which are 12:00pm, 3:00pm and 6:00pm. Reservations are required.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Science Drive
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: On site secure parking, with complimentary Valet.
A word from Fairview Dining Room
Year after year, the cuisines served up at the Fairview earn the highest marks among respected food critics and peer reviewers. Our Executive Culinary team is widely regarded for their unique "regional neo-American" specialties. The Fairview has received the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond award for 19 consecutive years.



From our ever-so-tempting appetizers to the last irresistible morsel of our homemade desserts, every meal at the Fairview is executed with discriminating taste and renowned attention to detail. The Inn's extensive wine list, recognized annually by the Wine Spectator Magazine, assures the perfect wine compliment for your meal. Exquisite food, impeccable presentation, attentive service, and a cordial, elegant ambiance make the Fairview the area's restaurant of choice.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Fairview Dining Room is a popular fine dining establishment off of Duke University's Campus. Because of this, I expected at least average customer service. However, my table of 6 waited approximately 20 minutes between every portion of our meal (ordering drinks [wait 20 minutes] receiving drinks [wait 20 minutes] finish meal [wait 20 minutes] receive dessert menu [wait 20 minutes] receiving dessert). This turned into a nearly 3 hour meal. I then made a complaint, and nothing was done. We received no apology or comp. To be fair, the food was delicious, though I left the restaurant with an unwanted bitter taste in my mouth from the service."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Went there for my 21st birthday dinner with friends. Staff was so friendly, food was amazing, gave me a free gin and tonic on the house and also brought out a special dessert. Waiter was awesome. Definitely going back."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We had a small party of 5 adults to celebrate. Tables are far apart so we were able to chat in soft voices! The service and menu..one guest was had a shell fish allergy and another was vegetarian but the variety pleased everyone! This was one of the best restaurants we have experienced and we do enjoy travel and fine dining. The chef also presented us with a wonderful chocolate dessert in honor of our anniversary....loved this place!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The Washington Duke Inn's brunch is a wonderful dining experience. The service is excellent and the food is mouth watering delicious. Can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Eating at the Fairview dining room is an excellent experience. The staff is warm, friendly and responsive. They are happy to explain the menu. We were so well taken care of--it is southern hospitality at its finest. The food is exceptional local-centered food. The menu is small but diverse enough to satisfy many people."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants. The menu is wonderful. Presentation is glorious. Service is perfect. Food is simply delicious. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Perfect brunch: a warm welcome, delicious food, attentive and personal service, and a beautiful view. Fairview is a delightful restaurant to enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The restaurant is at the Washington Duke Inn and inherits its upper class ambience. The service is spectacular, from the introduction by the doorman at the hotel entrance to the attention of the wait staff. The food is also excellent, with reasonable portions and a large (and expensive) wine selection."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Delicious and relaxing dinner in delightful picturesque surroundings."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The dining room has an old world elegance with windows overlooking a golf course and changing evening sky at dusk. The wait staff is kind and eager to please but not as well trained as might be expected. A few dishes are simply stellar and could be served to rave reviews at the finest restaurants in the world. Our favorites were the sweet silver corn bisque which was creamy, sweet and flavorful as well as the hand fried pies which consisted of two tiny crescent shaped blueberry pies in an amazing pastry dough served with a blood orange ice cream and a delicious basil flavored sauce. These two dishes would have been on par with any we've ever had at the finest restaurants in the world. We wish the others dishes had been as consistent."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The Fairview was quiet, the background music set a lovely tone, not too loud. The staff was friendly and efficient, as well as, courteous. There were very few customers the day we dined, but I would assume that the same service would be afforded if it were crowded. The meals we had were perfectly prepared. The complimentary gustapo was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My family and I celebrated my graduation during the Sunday brunch and it was AMAZING!!! I'd had the pleasure before, but was happy to share the experience with my parents, my husband, and my children."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful table for 10 next to the golf course for a bridal shower. Would definitely recommend for groups and brunch!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had the opportunity to experience dining at the Fairview through Triangle Restaurant Week's fixe price menu during lunch. The food was amazing, the views were beautiful but for lunch the service was slow. The overall experience was positive and I would highly recommend but only when you have plenty of time."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The menu is inventive, delicious, and uses local sourcing. Service always fabulous. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This is the most wonderful restaurant. Have been here many times with great satisfaction. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Consistently a wonderful experience with excellent service. I wish they would change the Menu more frequently. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Visited the Fairview Dining Room with a group of retired teachers. We were treated as very special guests. Our waitress was fantastic. We were seated by windows overlooking beautiful gardens. The food was wonderful especially the corn chowder!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Spent the night at the a joining Washington Duke Inn and ate dinner at the Fairview for our anniversary. This is a very nice upscale restaurant with great views of the close by golf course. A piano player entertained throughout the meal which was nice as long as you were not seated too close. I had the cornbread crusted halibut which was good, but hard to taste the cornbread and the tomato jus was acidy and overpowering. My wife had the crab cake which she enjoyed. The waiter was always prompt and they acknowledged our special event. In fact, the chef sent out a nice plate with brownies which was nice, but we had already ordered desert. Overall, a very good evening and a recommended stop."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Consistently top drawer. One of my favorite places. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We make a point of dining here monthly. The menu changes every quarter, but retains some of the favorites. Nice to try different foods."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My omelet was very well prepared and the service was impeccable."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were very disappointed in our meal here. We had planned, many months in advance to celebrate here after the culmination of graduation ceremonies. When we arrived we discovered, were not told, that there was a 'special menu' in operation that was a fixed price version as it was also Mother's Day (we are UK based and Mother's Day is in March, so this was not on our radar). There was no price on any of the menus, but we proceeded in the interests of the moment. The food was ordinary at best. The seating was next to some sort of 'rest area' for the staff where people were popping in and out all evening which was irritating. The service was awkward and uncomfortable. Immesnsely overpriced and disappointing. Reputation has outlived the reality"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed our Mother's Day/Duke Graduation dinner for our out of town guests. The dessert bar was particularly a hit."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Have been coming to the Fairview for Mothers Day for 10 plus years. It is our special place and we really enjoy it every year. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Duke Univ historical fine dining restaurant. Chef attempts to be creative and the food is reasonably good, but still has a way to go before achieving 5-star quality. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wonderful ambiance with a live piano player - loud enough to be heard without disrupting conversation. Delicious food and very courteous staff. Excellent wine selection. It is pricey and takes awhile for the food to arrive, but if you plan on it being an evening event and enjoy the atmosphere and the people you are with, you will have a lovely time."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The quality of the food was spectacular! The flavors really came through and the quality of the ingredients was as expected of the Washington Duke Inn experience."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The staff at Fairview always give amazing service and serve the most awesome food! I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was so spectacular because we were so well cared for! I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I went with my parents and boyfriend for Sunday brunch. The food was certainly good, but not fantastic. I have had better brunches for a smaller cost. The dessert bar is special though, as you get unlimited trips to a selection of cute and tasty small desserts. I had the belgian waffle, which was nothing particularly special, although the bacon was plentiful and delicious. I am not sure if I would pay that price for this brunch again, but given that my parents picked up the bill it was lovely. Service was nothing extraordinary, but fine. The setting itself is very cute and cozy."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "It made a nice change. Food was delicious. Fairview makes for an all round dining experience; warm welcome, comfortable surroundings, great view, and a delicious menu."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "This restaurant is absolutely the best of the best....top-notch!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "It was a beautiful evening so we opted to eat outside on the covered patio overlooking the wooded golf course at sunset. No bugs. No wind. Quiet. Only muted conversations could be heard. It was beautiful and serene. Service was attentive yet unobtrusive. I had a lamb dish that was prepared as ordered. My wife enjoyed salmon over pasta. The cocktails were generous; we were staying at the Washington Duke so it wasn't a problem. Ample free parking. The Washington Duke is across the street from Duke University and a quick 10 minute walk to the Bryan Center. Recommended. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Come as often as I can. It is expensive, but much worth it. waiters are good, but customer service was not up to par"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The staff was amazing and supportive. I actually proposed to my girlfriend, and they were willing to do almost anything to make sure that it was an experience of a lifetime. On top of this, the food was outstanding. This is a great place regardless of the occasion!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience with long time local friends. As Duke parents it was nice to take them to a place they hadn't been before ! The trout amuse bouche was sensational. The duck confit was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Loved seeing the college kids eating there, including my own, trying and enjoying new foods. Highly recommend for a very pleasant evening and dinner. Grounds are also gorgeous"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Have eaten here many times - it never disappoints. The meal was delicious, the service was attentive and the ambiance is elegant. Will surely return!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "PALM SUNDAY Brunch was a very disappointing experience for our party of four. Though we had a reservation, we waited more than 30 minutes to be seated at a beautiful window-side table. It was all down hill from that point on. We ended up bussing our own table so we could enjoy some dessert from the sweets table. Management of this fine establishment has been made aware of our harrowing experience and offered to right their wrong. They were very apologetic and gracious. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Wonderful place to go for a late night date. Don't have a date? Go with your friends. You won't regret it."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We went to the Washington Duke Inn for dinner last night to celebrate my husband's PhD defense. I called ahead to get a drink delivered to our table. Not only was the drink not delivered, but we had to specifically ask for drinks and to see a wine list. Our waitor was inattentive at best. We enjoyed the ambience (especially the piano player), and the food was overall pretty good. The service was not good at all, especially not what I'd expect from the Washington Duke and certainly not what I expected on such a special occasion. Overall, the waitor was overall non-responsive. I will liky not return to the Washington Duke again given this experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014