The Little Dipper - Durham
The Little Dipper - Durham

The Little Dipper - Durham

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littledipperfondue.com/durham
  • Phone: 9199081023x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday, Open at 5pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Brightleaf Square has a few lots for the surrounding shopping areas. You can get your parking ticket validated at The Little Dipper so parking is FREE, just ask anyone to help you.
A word from The Little Dipper - Durham
The Little Dipper was established in Wilmington, NC in 2005 and Durham is the second location, opened April 2013. The Little Dipper is a full service fondue restaurant, with a menu that includes cheese fondue, salads and soups, meats, seafood, vegetarian items and chocolate fondue, along with a special Sunday Brunch menu with a twist. We have handmade tables with burners built into them, allowing the guest to cook their own food right at the table. We are known for our specially sauces, all homemade and delicious for dipping cooked meats and seafoods. We offer an extensive wine list and unique cocktails with personality!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Little Dipper - Durham reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (104)romantic (88)fit for foodies (72)neighborhood gem (56)good for groups (51)hot spot (23)great for brunch (19)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (14)notable wine list (13)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Truly enjoyed the food, the service was amazing, and the ambiance was perfect for a truly special date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice for fondue
    jbrowne
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    All fondue restaurants are pricey, and this one is no different, but it irritated me that they only offer one saute for the listed price. To get anything but chicken broth you have to pay $5 more. This was true of every course, rapidly changing the price of the meal from reasonable to a bit outrageous. The food was very good, but I prefer no bait-and-switch set-up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    Amy3
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were a group of 6 on a Saturday night. We spent 2 1/2 hours over a relaxed and entertaining meal. The service was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dedicate some time to this!
    Worldfoodies75
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We first tried Little Dipper as a place to get a nice meal before a show at DPAC. WRONG! To experience this enjoyable form of dining properly, allocate two hours on average. Our server Gabriella took her time explaining the various nuances of the comprehensive menu and led us through the myriad decisions concerning food types, quantity, cooking form, and more. The result was a fun, romantic, and thoroughly rewarding dining experience. The locally-sourced food is carefully selected and is delicious when following the suggestions given by the staff. Do NOT pass dessert by....it is entirely worth it and caps the entire experience nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    Luv2dinewithhubs
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've never been to a fondue restaurant before so our first experience was at Little Dipper and it was wonderful. We enjoyed every course and it was relaxing. You didn't feel rushed and you actually enjoyed the food and the company you were sharing your meal with because it was a slow pace but in a good way. It's always good to remember what you ate and how it tasted. We will most definitely be dining at Little Dipper again. Thanks for making my Birthday dinner with my husband one of the best with fabulous memories too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place for fondue!
    foodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Little Dipper uses local produce and ingredients to produce the best fondue experience! Whether you are in the Triangle or Wilmington, The Little Dipper is the only place you should consider for fondue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun spot!
    VHix
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had a great birthday dinner. I highly recommend the champagne cocktail.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blown Away!
    IPow
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I decided to come here for my birthday just to do something different than just to go out and eat. I loved it! We got the special for $65 for a couple and got a 3 course meal with wine/beer pairing. The cheese plate was amazing, came with bread, broccoli, apples and a few other things. The dinner portion of the meal was just ok but I didn't want to rate the restaurant badly because its my fault i chose the Tempe, mushroom and ravioli. I'm not a vegetarian but i saw ravioli and rosemary potatoes on the list and I was sold but i wish i went for one of the meat platters. The chocolate fondue was amazing and came out with strawberries, pineapple, banana, marshmallows and powdered sugar and graham crackers. Would definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loving Ladies' Night
    yayfood
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I went here with a group of nine girls. They were able to accommodate this large group and our servers were very friendly. The selection of fondues was vast and it was difficult to choose because they all sounded delicious. Thankfully, our servers gave us tips and explained the process. The dippers for both cheese and chocolate were wonderful. It was a birthday dinner and The Little Dipper really made our group feel welcome and special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite New Fondue Spot
    pickyeater88
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My fiance and I love fondue, and normally go to a small, non-chain fondue place in Colorado. The food here was not only much better than what we get there, but it was also cheaper. I love that they have such a great assortment of salads and dipping sauces as well. They also mix the cheese in front of you and let it melt down at your table, which we really loved.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch - ANReview
    ANReview
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My girlfriend and I have been on fondue kick since early August. Anywho, the place looked clean and polished. Very well decorated with a variation of different seating. We sat in a cozy 'L' shaped corner both that was perfect for cuddling! We attended this establishment for the Sunday Brunch and found the food to be delicious! Bagel and Lox as the first course. Second up, we had a well constructed potato soup, although we were expecting potato chucks. Thirdly, we enjoyed the 'Do It Yourself' French Toast - Delicious! To top the meal off we indulged in a Fluffernutter chocolate and peanut butter fondue. It was quite enjoyable, although we wished the dessert fondue was melted a bit more. Overall, great place. Recommend. -A&N
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portion size
    AnniversaryDiners
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Dinner for 2 only had 3 pieces of shrimp, 3 bites of chicken, and 3 bites of steak for each person.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family fun
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Overall great experience @ The Little Dipper. Multiple age groups in our party and all loved the experience. Our waitress was amazing and one of the top reasons the rating given is 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    foodie4life
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It was a great place to dine without the children. Not a weekly dining place but certainly special occasion worthy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for special occasion
    perkbear
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    If you've never done fondue, you should definitely check out The Little Dipper! The decor and ambiance of the restaurant is great for a romantic dinner or fun night out with friends. They have great daily deals that I want to go back and take advantage of! I took my fiance there for his 30th birthday and our waiter Brett was so helpful and kind. They even treated us to a champagne toast for the occasion! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Double Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If you're looking for something to look forward to during the week, definitely get a reservation down at Little Dipper and bring some friends. My boyfriend and I had a double date planned and it was such a pleasure. Delicious food and fun catch up time. Finished the night out with games and more drinks at West End Billiards
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this!
    Allaina
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I love the Little Dipper. My old college roommates used to spend a lot of time at the Little Dipper in Wilmington and have missed it since we all moved back to Raleigh. We just went to celebrate my birthday at our favorite spot together! It was great, I never have a bad experience at the Little Dipper and our waitress was great! Very upbeat and fun, recommended a great wine, Montevina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scrumptious
    benloch
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Took our Duke freshman daughter and roommate to dinner here. What a wonderful place! Absolutely delicious. A nice way to savor a meal and company. Staff was very knowledgeable and vivacious. We will be spending many visiting dinners at Little Dippers over the next four years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fresh
    Keith
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Unlike big chain places, Little Dipper take the time to source ingredients from locals. Which also means they give back to their community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • justletmeeat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The little dipper is one of my favorite places to go! i love the ambiance, the staff are always very friendly and the service is great. making a reservation is even better and its so very easy with open table. the local selections are not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience
    Letseat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fondue is an experience. This place is great. Good beer and wine selection. A lot of local stuff. It's probably best with a group of people. Everyone can order something different and everyone gets to try a selection. It was a lot of fun! I definitely recommend this place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Restaurant in ALL of NC!
    dmh1VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everyone needs to know about The Little Dipper. It is fantastic... service, food, atmosphere, the whole deal. GREAT SPOT!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deliciously fun
    jacnrhVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to TLD for the Thursday night "date night" deal, which is three courses each paired with a wine or beer. For $65 we think this is an excellent value. Some of the tables are a bit awkward and can create a bit of a reach for the fondue, but overall the interior is stylish and fun. It wasn't too loud or too quiet, and the food was excellent. It was definitely an experience though, not just a meal. We were there, just the two of us, for over two hours! It was lovely for date night though and we will likely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Find
    Phil
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We've lived in Durham for years and didn't know this place existed until checking Open Table for new and interesting venues. We enjoyed the food immensely. The staff were super, efficient and friendly, all be it a little overwhelmed for a multicourse dinner. My husband and never been a big fan of Fondue but he enthusiastically supports more visits. We will be there again and again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for fondue
    gastrophile
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We came here for cheese and chocolate and had a great experience. The menu offered a wide variety of cheese and chocolate options and was reasonably priced. The food was excellent, the service friendly, and the atmosphere was very romantic. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    Jtaydance
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Locally sourced ingredients....super amazing staff! Jen was amazing and super knowledgable! Will definetly be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Night
    Catpen
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Will never go anywhere else Wednesday nights! $9 special is exactly what you need after a long day at work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great idea
    AKkkVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nothing like the 80's Fondue, this is an original. Food, service, atmosphere, organization and concept all work. A great way to socialize with friends and located in a lively area of Durham. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dipping is Fun!
    Crafty
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A great place to celebrate a special occasion or treat visitors to the area of downtown Durham. VERY friendly and knowledgable staff. The whole experience is so much fun and I loved the 'rule' about kissing the person next to you if your food fell off your fork into the fondue pot (thank goodness for the 'rescue spoon'!). I also liked the relaxed atmosphere... Thanks Little Dipper!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • justletmeeat
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    One of the best things about fondue is how well conversation and the meal flow together. The little dipper is a quaint little spot that can get rowdy but also intimate depending on where you are sitting and the feel of your party. The food is wonderful, and the local selections are not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot
    CheesePlease
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I attended Little Dipper's Sunday brunch for the first time with my SO. We were seated at a cozy L-shaped booth. SO and I had the Bagels and Lox for the first course, both chose the bacon-and-cheddar quiche for the second, and then shared the fon-do-it-yourself french toast for the third. The first course was cream cheese, havarti cheese, champagne, and your typical lox toppings (salmon, capers, red onions) served with bagels, fruits and veggies. It was heavenly. The quiche was good, though I liked the crust more than the filling. The french toast, though, was a game-changer. Dipping pieces of locally baked bread into batter and then frying it ourselves was fun, goofy and so, SO delicious. It was the perfect end to a wonderful brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUR FAVORITE IN DURHAM, NC
    RICKVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A RELAXING SPECIAL EVENING WITH FRIENDS (WHO ALSO LOVED THE LITTLE DIPPER). JEN, AN ASSISTANT MANAGER, SAW OUR RESERVATION AND BECAME OUR 'SERVER' THIS EVENING. (Jen has always been our server when we dine at LITTLE DIPPER). EVERY ASPECT OF THE FOOD, FROM SALAD TO CHEESE, COOKING AND CHOCOLATE FONDUES IS TOP QUALITY AND LOCALLY GROWN IF POSSIBLE.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun friendly place
    Thebigbird
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went here for a date night. Really enjoyed the fondue concept. Food was fresh and well presented. Lots of local cheeses. Great service. Good local beer and cider selection. Wont satifisfy the hard core foodie, but this is more about the experience. Sunday brunch would be fun with kids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4th Wedding Anniversary
    TheKings
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My wife and I spent our 4th wedding anniversary dining at The Little Dipper and could not have been more pleased. After making reservations via OpenTable, upon our arrival the staff knew who we were and more importantly why we were there. They took great care to provide excellent service and ensure our dining experience was memorable. If you have the chance, try their chocolate fondu with caramel and marshmallow creme. You won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal Service!
    bullcitycocoVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The drinks were great, the food was even better, and the service blew us away! Easily the friendliest & most accommodating of any place I've been in Durham so far.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • toothpicks
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal. The fact that we "accidentally" came on Date Night, solved our problems of selecting the "right" wine, and which sauces to select, as well. We'd looked at the menu on-line, and those were our 2 dilemmas. Hoping you have gift certificates, we plan to give one to some friends who are getting married next month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Place for Romance
    plamont1186
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Nice restaurant for a special occasion. Great place for romance or place to impress the new boyfriend/girlfriend. It is a special place and it is fun interacting with the food and server. Whoever you take there will be impressed. My wife got a free dessert for her birthday. Our bill hit $100, so be prepared for that, but don't let that you scare you. That included the full three course meal, drinks, desserts and tip. You can also go there for dessert and drinks to have a similar experience without racking up the large bill. We enjoyed it and will go again. I recommend putting it on the 'to-do-list'.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for special occasion
    Scott
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We went to Little Dipper for my wife's birthday. The food was great. In addition to their regular menu items, they have a menu of items from local sources. They have Brightleaf cider from Bull City Ciderworks on tap and I enjoyed a pint. We had the cheese fondue selection from the local list which was a brie and pesto fondue with a cider base with cheese from a creamery in Chapel Hill. My wife said she thought it was the best cheese fondue she had ever had. Definite winner! Main course was great, though the veggies provided were a little heavy on squash and zucchini, which are not my favorite veggies, but my wife enjoyed them. Chocolate fondue was wonderful; if there are only 2 of you, go for the small size.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always!
    Kris10dew
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We are never disappointed when we eat at Little Dipper, it is one of absolute favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best fondue experience
    bdaydinner
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    So much better than melting pot. Servers were friendly and really on top of their game. They got a little behind during a rush, but still good. Food was excellent and there was plenty of it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.