Great weekend brunch menu.
Great weekend brunch menu. Entrees include appetizer or salad and dessert. Not inexpensive, but for a special occasion, it's wonderful.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful dining
We had a wonderful dining experience and wouldd have given 5 stars for the food, however, we thought the appetizer portions were too small especially to share,ex 2 bacon wrapped shrimp for $15. The wait staff was exceptional and our request was handled promptly. Very nice restaurant and plan to return in the future.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall, the staff is highly
Overall, the staff is highly accommodating and the atmosphere is perfect for special occasions. I would say you are paying for the ambiance more than the food, which is fine. I have yet to try most of the things on the menu, but the food was acceptable. Desserts were great though!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The welcome at Fairview was warm and personal and both the food and service were superb; worthy of more than five stars! We recommend the smoked salmon, steak and eggs, and the crab cakes - all delicious. This was the perfect brunch.
4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
normally good but took 2 hours
normally good but took 2 hours for food to be served
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good place to eat with a group
Good place to eat with a group of friends if you have a lot of food points to splurge. For a fine dining restaurant, the portions are surprisingly big. Slightly on the costly side, but the scenic environment makes up for it. 7.5% tax and 19% gratuity included in the bill, with an average spending of about $50 per person.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Great Time
We enjoy our dinners here, the service never disappoints, and the food is great. Was looking to find a new dish for dessert, and the waiter was very helpful at suggesting one to try, and it was great!
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Quiet Atmosphere!
...so difficult to find around town. We take older people there and they love being able to hear. So do I--no distractions so that we can concentrate on our guests. We also like the Happy Hour Menu. It make is easier more economical to bring guests which we like to do. I also recently took some friends for your afternoon tea. Superb!
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Drinks with a view!
We presented the good folks at the Washington Duke with a twist on the usual dining experience. We had friends visiting from out of town and we wanted to host a small cocktail party at the WaDu. They came to our rescue and suggested the Patio at The Fairview Restaurant there. Perfect! Beautiful views, excellent service and delicious nibbles to compliment their handcrafted cocktails and wine list. Patrick Greene, the wine steward, was wonderful to work with and helped me coordinate the experience. Andrew provided us with great service. I want to thank Don Ball, whom I reached out to for assistance, for his fine attention to detail.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fairview is not on everyone's radar. Show you're a true local on your next special occasion. Skip the cliche places and enjoy deliciously prepared food in a warm inviting environment.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent dinner and breakfast
Locally sourced ingredients contribute to the excellence of this restaurant. Couple that with a creative menu, attentive service, and a great view and you have a recipe for success. Fairview is unique and we appreciate its charm and its innovative approach to traditional cuisine.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Warm welcome, great service, and delicious food - a winner!
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in Durham!
Elegant but not stuffy, the food is outstanding. Every time we are in town, this is always a must.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Amazing Fairview
I almost hate to mention how great the Fairview is, for fear it will become more popular and I'll
have trouble getting in. The place is always picture perfect, clean, neat, well decorated etc.
The flowers outside (where we dined) were beautiful. The service as always was top notch
and the food was excellent. This is, without a doubt our favorite restaurant in the Triangle!
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant and refined plus very
Elegant and refined plus very comfortable. This makes the wonderful food even more memorable.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Resturant Week 2013
I have been to the Fairview on several occasions for afternoon tea which I have always enjoyed. It was a wonderful surprise that a special occasion and restaurant week occurred during the same time period. the menu choices were excellent and a great value. I was impressed that the menu and service was not compromised by the special pricing. It was an excellent meal and the service was impeccable.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy the Fairview
We selected the Fairview as our choice for Restaurant week in the Triangle Area. We especially like the atmosphere here, good service, a place where we can hear each other, the lovely setting and good food as well. Our meal was good this time, not great. We both chose a duck breast entrée and the meat was probably undercooked a little. Mine was gristly, my husband's was a little tough. The rest of the meal was great. The restaurant week menu dessert was a selection of sweets, so we didn't know what to expect. We were served a chocolate ganache small cake, a s'more with home made marshmallow and a small pistachio cream. Tasty, tasty treats on a long, narrow plate. Eye and mouth candy. Great way to end our meal.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal I've ever had
We dined Saturday at the Fariview and I am still having sweet dreams about that meal. Everything was perfect from the perfectly positioned table with a view of the gardens to the final delicious bite. We hope to be able to go back again though it's a more than a bit out of our price range.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Decent food, stuffy atmosphere
My boyfriend and I tried this place out during restaurant week. Food was mostly good. The salmon was dry and overcooked but the beef short rib was superb. The wine list was extremely limited and the whole place was very stuffy. The restaurant was not busy at all, even on a Saturday night but our waiter was inattentive and slow.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant place, excellent wait staff
We enjoyed a delicious three course meal during Triangle Restaurant Week. The appetizer and main courses were excellent but the dessert sampler was disappointing. Would have preferred being able to choose one dessert from a list rather than having cheesecake, banana pudding, chocolate dipped srawberries and red velvet cake on one plate.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can count on the Fairview to take your dining experience to a new level. Impeccable service and food and a classicly classy ambience.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there to celebrate a special occasion, our 42nd wedding anniversary, and the food, the facility, and the service made this a wonderful dining experience.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We brought out of town guests here for a lunch on the patio. It was lovely. Hard to give the food a proper review, since it was a group of ladies who mainly ate salads. Have been here before and sat inside. That is beautiful, too, and the food was very good. Very nice dining experience all around.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the two or three best places to eat in the Triangle. Highly recommended. The quality of the meal, ambiance, and service is consistently top notch.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Neighborhood Luncheon Group
We had eleven for a luncheon on July 4th and were VERY happy with the job done by the Fairview Dining Room staff. The service was excellent; the view was excellent; the food (both menu choices and quality) was excellent. More favorable comments than anywhere we've been since coming here for a group dinner two years ago. We'll definitely be back!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great Brunch in a great setting!
After reading top-notch reviews, I took my family for a special brunch. The restaurant is part of a classy hotel, and the setting was spectacular. The food was excellent, service was excellent, atmosphere was excellent, view was excellent (golf course view), and the pianist was great. What else can I say??? It's expensive, but expect a wonderful dining experience!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the views, setting,
Loved the views, setting, ambiance, and service. Disappointed in the crab cake, but enjoyed the rest of the meal. Nice selection of breads and flavored butter; unusual tossed salad using watermelon and pecans, and liked the selection of desserts.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here twice, once for
Been here twice, once for Sunday brunch, and then again for lunch. The brunch was wonderful -- great food, and a great dessert buffet. Lunch was good as well. Good portions (not overwhelming), so that there was room for salad and/or desert. The ambience is Old World elegance, but with low-key outside dining as an option. Great staff -- really helpful and friendly.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was awesome!! I haven't been to the Fairview for breakfast as we usually go to the Vista Restaurant. It was my girlfriend's birthday so I wanted quieter atmosphere and we had a beautiful and serene spot where we could catch up and celebrate her wonderful day. Our waiter, Walter, is absolutely the BEST!! He made the morning extra special for the two of us! We will be back!!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mid Week at Washington-Duke Inn
Very relaxed place. Had drinks in the Bar, strode around near the Golf Course, then had dinner out side. Opening Beet Salad was great, the Snapper fantastic, not overdone with a little hint of heat from the peppers, the pistachio nut dessert, I know sounds different, was fabulous. Overall, a nice quiet dinner and evening.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful staff and delicious food. The Saturday Brunch is fantastic! I've never had a bad meal at The Fairview. I am a repeat Executive Club member - can't beat this fantastic deal!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
With the exception of one boisterous table (party of 9) the diners were quiet which allowed one to hear the beautiful music playing. The foods were elegantly plated and the taste was amazing. The wine list for by the glass was short but encompassed the types of wine that complimented the food. Save room for dessert, it is worth it.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Fairview is a fine dining
The Fairview is a fine dining experience in the beautiful most elegant Washington Duke Hotel, next to Duke University, Durham, NC, overlooking the golf course. This restaurant and hotel is first class in every way including the cuisine and ambience. A true test of a fine institution is that every employee I met has worked here countless years making customer service and pride supreme. If you have an anniversary or special occasion this is the place for romantic occasions, fine dining. While officially classified as 4 diamond rating, it deserves a 5 easily.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
the atmosphere is very relaxing, making any special gathering memorable. Family from out of town had time to talk and enjoy each other's company without feeling disturbed by staff. The staff was wonderful, they were so good I barely noticed them when they came to the table. the entire evening was wonderful.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fairview is always wonderful
Our meals were superb. You can't go wrong with this wonderful place.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great meal!
I treated a friend of mine to dinner and it was great! We are always happy when we head to Fairview!!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our experience was excellent. The food was terrific--the environment was second to none--the staff was attentive and personable. We would suggest the Fairview Dining Room as a "must visit" experience to our friends and family.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overlooked Option for Local Diners
Durham is a tough town for restaurants. So many excellent choices. The Fairview (associated with the Washington Duke Inn and Duke University) is an excellent choice for fine dining, but local foodies seem more focused on stand-alone local options. This is a mistake, as the food, service and ambience here is first-rate.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great meal!
The view at Fairview is always awesome as is the soothing music playing in the background. And then of course you add in the plentiful and luscious food and it all adds up to an extraordinary time.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place for a celebration
The Fairview Restaurant is a great place to celebrate a special event, particularly if quiet conversation and soft lighting are wanted. The food is outstanding and the wine list extensive enough for all occasions. My wife and I very much enjoyed the duck and lamb entrees and I loved the oyster and corn succotash appetizer that preceeded it. Our bottle of Pommard was delicious. Though certainly expensive, the Fairview does not fail to meet the requirements of a fine dining experience.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A special touch!
Great service, great food, and they added a special touch by bringing us dessert for our anniversary. They went out of their way to make it a wonderful experience!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for outside dinning
Excellent variety of foods, well presented and tasty. Outstanding atmosphere for outside dinning.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely space, delicious food
We very much enjoyed our meal here and will be back again.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated our anniversary
My wife and I wanted someplace special to celebrate our anniversary so we chose the Fairview. The service was good and the food and portions were just right. We had a good time on this special day.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time as usual
We had a great time, good food, and Michael, our server, was great!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and beautiful setting!
The food is delicious, especially for brunch. The view from our table was also very beautiful, and the music (live piano) was wonderful!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Home from home. The welcome is great, The food is delicious. Love the biscuits. The view is fantastic. Still miss the white tablecloths. Today the highlight was the pear tart, which was spectacular.
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love the atmosphere for special
Love the atmosphere for special occasion dining and service is excellent.
Food is 'fair' lovely presentation but not outstanding.
Duck entree- not enough slices of duck breast- the "rillette confit" was Very very salty and tasty unhealthy.
Dessert was overly sweet.
Still love coming here because it is such a nice atmosphere!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable dining experience
Relaxed pace dining in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Quality of the food is very good with ingredients sourced locally.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fairview Dining Room is a perfect place for lunch (dinner or afternoon tea). The menu and the wine list offers a good selection. The hospitality is delightful and there is a welcoming atmosphere that makes guests feel at home.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM