The Little Dipper - Durham
The Little Dipper - Durham

The Little Dipper - Durham

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littledipperfondue.com/durham
  • Phone: (919) 908-1023
  • 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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The Little Dipper - Durham reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (98)romantic (88)fit for foodies (78)neighborhood gem (54)good for groups (53)hot spot (24)late-night find (19)notable wine list (14)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Pure excellence !!! I would go again anytime !!! Customer Service was on point
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Very romantic and intimate setting, lots of fun and the food is phenomenal. Paired with an excellent selection of beer and wine, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place for a date!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Fun
    BullCityBadBoyVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Awesome experience! Great Food! Nice change of pace! Friendly staff. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Dinner
    OccasionalSandwich
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Came here with a group of 5 and were seated in the back. Because we arrived at 5pm there was no one next to us in the back area. The food was great and the staff was very quick to explain everything to my family. 5pm was a great time because after Cheese, salad/soup, entree, dessert we left at a time everyone was happy with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fondue YUM
    MousseloverVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We enjoy a certain chain fondue restaurant, but only for special occasions because it is SO OVERPRICED! The Little Dipper is better in most every way. The filet was better, the dessert was better and generously portioned. If I offered any suggestion it would only be to dim the overhead lights a bit. We will be back, and won't wait for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best fondue in Raleigh Durham area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent fondue restaurant and fine alternative to the melting pot chain. Good location and atmosphere along with convenient parking. A good food and drink menu as well. Service was very professional and knowledge able.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Time
    FoodDude
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Went to Little Dipper for dinner with the family on Duke Parents Weekend. Good service, really good! Good food. We lost track of time and at no time felt as they tried to push us out to turn the table. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Godot
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had never even really paid attention to this place until getting a LivingSocial for it -- we were always Melting Pot people when we wanted this kind of food. The Little Dipper did not disappoint. The food was excellent, and the restaurant is very quaint with a good hometown feel. We really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The usual fondue experience
    cajc
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Love the décor and atmosphere! The fondue experience is very similar the chain fondue restaurant we are familiar with. I found the salad to be a little too small and the bowl of bread served with the cheese to be too large. Everything was good and there service was great until I was asked for my living social voucher while I was still eating. I found this to be very unprofessional. I had to hunt for it on my phone and did not appreciate the disruption. The restaurant was getting full since it was ladies night, and this made me feel very rushed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    Allie
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food here was great. There were almost too many options! Our server was funny and helped us decide was to order. My only complaint is about the acoustics in the restaurant. We had friends dining at the same time in a different section and they said they were able to hear us! We were sitting higher than them and could only hear the noise from our side of the restaurant. It's a romantic setting and activity and it's embarrassing to know our conversation could be heard across the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some of the WORST service...
    DineOn
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I've only been here once before, and the first time was great. This time, however, was pretty miserable. Keep in mind this was a Tuesday night. No one came to greet us until 20 mins after we had been seated... drinks came after 40 mins at the table (no water, though). First course finally came after being there for over an hour, and the rest of the dinner was just as slow. We ended up being there a total of 2.5 hours. Having both worked full days at work, it was just too long for a Tuesday night. To top it off, no apology about the service until he handed me our bill. Too little too late. Do not think I will return after such a poor experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding, As Usual
    Phil
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We always enjoy our visits to the Little Dipper. The food is suburb and the usual is made unusual. It's always an adventure choosing from the many delicious selections. Fondue can actually be delicious and fun as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and Wonderful Fondue
    LuvMyVeggies
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my first trip to The Little Dipper but I have had fondue a handful of times at various Melting Pot locations. While I've never been displeased at a Melting Pot, what really sets the Little Dipper apart are the local ingredients and the the main course offerings. For the cheese course they offer bread that comes from the bakery up the street (Ninth Street Bakery) and for the main course you can get delights such as sashimi grade tuna and pimento cheese ravioli. We tried all of these and everything was amazing. Our server was also excellent and the whole evening was just a delight. We will definitely return for our next special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    ckpandcmp
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our third visit and it has been fantastic every time. Great service, upbeat atmosphere, beautiful plating. They make a sincere effort to use products from other local merchants and they are very proud of that fact, which I greatly admire. This time, we wanted Sangria but it wasn't on their drink menu, so the bartender concocted some especially for us and it was beyond spectacular...the best Sangria either of us has ever had. We love having dinner here, we will always enthusiastically recommend them, and will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our first experience at a fondue restaurant. We had a great time and the food was wonderful. Don't be in a hurry, we were there 2 1/2 hours.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Top Notch
    steve1955
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent all around, would do again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place, Great People
    MeganHats
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Love The Little Dipper! One of the owners, Ben, is so friendly and goes out of his way to make sure your experience is the best it can be. Waiters and waitresses are all knowledgeable of the menu and all the different fondue styles, and are welcoming and fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My visit there was surprisingly good. And the service was even better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful anniversary dinner
    Scott
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary at Little Dipper. We particularly like the locally sourced food and really enjoyed the cheese course with smoked cheddar from a Durham creamery with jalapenos and bacon. We were scraping the bottom of the bowl to get it all. For the meat course we chose to do chicken, beef, and shrimp and the seasonal broth which was a light broth with lemon in it. I also like the beef and port broth Selecting the dipping sauces is always a discussion for us because there are so many good choices. We particularly like the Au Poivre for the beef. Have to have chocolate for dessert and they also gave us a slice of cheesecake and 2 glasses of champagne for our anniversary. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Juanita Evans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It was wonderful. The owner was so Nice he talked to us about How long he owned the business with his wife. The fondue was great. We didn't order dessert because we were stuff.But owner came out with a free sample of chocolate fondue ,fruit and pound cake. YUMMY. Excellent! !!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Fondue Experience!
    luvfoodporn
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Didn't know what we've been missing by going to a different fondue place all these years. This one blows that one out of the water in every sense...ambiance, quality, taste, service & prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant surprise!
    Mary
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had never heard of the Little Dipper, but took a chance and purchased a Living Social voucher. Fondue is one of my daughters favorite type of restaurants, so we went for her birthday. Our first impression walking through Tobacco Square was great! What a neat area. Once we were inside we continued to be impressed with the way it was decorated! The staff, from the hostess to the waiter could not have been any nicer! The food was wonderful and we had an amazing time!! They were so nice to my daughter. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a group
    kck1202
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    6 of us gals from work went to The Little Dipper for a "Ladies Night" before going to a DPAC show. None of us had been there and we will all go back. The decor was beautiful and the staff was very helpful. We started off with 2 cheeses, the Cheddar Ale and Baja Cheddar. Both were delicious. Next we had salads, then our main course (the filet was amazing). Then the best part - the chocolate! We had Salted Caramel (local special) and the Smores. We are still talking about how much fun we had. One piece of advice - allow 3 hours to really enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    SpyHelderman
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We went to celebrate a friend's birthday. The atmosphere was great and the menu was wonderful. I especially liked the local menu offered for both drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.