Fairview Dining Room
Fairview Dining Room

Fairview Dining Room

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.washingtondukeinn.com/
  • Phone: 9194936699x
  • 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 9194936699x
  • Entertainment: Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Fairview Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)scenic view (31)great for outdoor dining (29)romantic (29)fit for foodies (26)great for brunch (25)notable wine list (19)great for lunch (17)good for groups (15)neighborhood gem (11)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Love of the Fairview
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I love the Fairview both for lunch and dinner, for business and with friends. There's a lovely quiet civility to the place. Excellent food. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    enjoyedbrunch
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Want to commend the wait staff and kitchen for going out of their way to attend to my special diet needs. I don't think I've been to a restaurant where my server was so attentive to helping me find food I could eat AND to making sure that I was taken care of all the way down to dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Pleasure
    Burp1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We have dined at Fairview numerous times. We have never been disappointed. The service is just perfect. One itty bitty quibble this time. It took some time before we could attract server's attention to get a wine refill. This is very minor but when everything else is so perfect, it stands out. My wife had the crab cakes and I had the salmon tagliatelle. Both dishes were excellent as was the shrimp, corn and bacon chowder. Of course we'll return. We always look forward to another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confusing start
    Beenthere2
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The GPS said we had arrived at the Fairview Hotel but saw nothing but Forest. Next entrance was Washington Duke Inn. We drove in for directions, and were told we had arrived at the Fairview! (We live out in the sticks in Hillsborough- sorry) We needed to ask for directions twice before successfully arriving at a hostess stand deep inside. We asked to sit outside and then discovered we were at the Vista, not the Fairview Hotel dining room? Wait staff was very friendly, hostess was friendly and happy to the point of being disturbing! Otherwise we enjoyed the food and the view of the golf course. The eggs in my Benedict were cooked perfectly, and the plating was very good. Will go back for an afternoon drink outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cmaxeat
    like2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    great dining experience , friendly professional staff , our first time there and we will definitely be back ! score for us was 100 !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fairview at Washington Duke Inn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I enjoyed dinner at the Fairview. The host and servers were very friendly, polite and informative. The view of the golf course from the patio is spectacular. The best restaurant I have found in the Raleigh-Durham area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, slow&unfriendly service
    SingleTon
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Deiger
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    Ashley
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • elegant, delicious
    RoadwarriorVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect brunch
    wineandineVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive but very nice
    Lordarcy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner
    wineandineVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Delicious and relaxing dinner in delightful picturesque surroundings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It is trying but not quite there
    Yummyyummy
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Washington Duke Fairview
    Firsttimer
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing As Usual
    DrPSN
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect bridal shower brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a wonderful table for 10 next to the golf course for a bridal shower. Would definitely recommend for groups and brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience.
    tasteitall
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fairview is glorious
    RoadwarriorVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The menu is inventive, delicious, and uses local sourcing. Service always fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • always delightful
    RoadwarriorVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This is the most wonderful restaurant. Have been here many times with great satisfaction. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Beautiful setting!
    SerenVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Consistently a wonderful experience with excellent service. I wish they would change the Menu more frequently.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Lunch!
    emily62
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 518 reviews are from the Fairview Dining Room reviews archive.
  • Special Place
    Appmarine
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful
    RoadwarriorVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Consistently top drawer. One of my favorite places. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fairview
    Stevie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    VHix
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My omelet was very well prepared and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dear Old Duke
    Capybara
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This place is really for people visiting Duke or currently associated with Duke. It's a super nice place looking out onto a beautiful golf course, and sometimes there is live piano music which is just fantastic. The servers are really top-notch and very accommodating. It's pretty much everything you would expect from a splendid restaurant in a beautiful hotel. Students get to use their food points here which is really the only reason I came here. Or else there would be no way I could afford a $70 dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Graduation Celebration, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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
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  • Graduation Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Mothers Day
    apple003
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool venue but Ok food
    FoodDevil
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night
    foodie4life
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Always Amazing!
    Cari
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Enjoyable brunch
    jacnrhVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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  • Dined outdoors ...
    wineandineVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best of the Best
    Sparky
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    This restaurant is absolutely the best of the best....top-notch!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem in the Duke forest
    Hagfin
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate