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Fairview Dining Room

4.7
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1385 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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 22 consecutive years and is the recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating for two 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1385 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.8
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable and masks were on and appreciated - patio was delightful despite a gray day!

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BarryH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

They have established very strict rules for mask wearing. Specifically they demanded we put on our masks anytime a waiter approached. It was annoying to be taking a sip of wine and have a waiter approach, interrupting our conversation and demanding we put down the wine and put on a mask so they could clear a plate. We were treated like misbehaving school children. It was also difficult to order a bottle of wine. For whatever reason, they have not updated their wine list. So we were required to request a wine, then the waiter would go check and see if they actually had it. We went through two choices and finally in exasperation I settled for the most common wine on the menu, because this back and forth was threatening to go on all evening.

I won’t go back until the COVID crisis is over.

Fairview Dining Room
Responded on October 11, 2020

Thank you very much for your patronage, and particularly for your feedback regarding the mask policies in place at the hotel's dining venues, and the manner of interactions during your recent visit. We strive to deliver an experience which unites ambience, provision and service in superior fashion, and we obviously fell far short. Your observations are being afforded the fullest consideration, and we hope you will accept our sincere apology, and an opportunity to make future amends.

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vipAnnaC
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Having to put a mask on every time the server approached was irritating and impractical. If your going to ask a guest to do that, you need a totally online system from ordering to paying, with refill bottles being placed on table. We dine out all the time and this is the first time we have encountered this request.

Fairview Dining Room
Responded on October 11, 2020

Thank you for your feedback regarding the mask policies at our dining venues, and for taking the time to share your experience. Quite certainly our goal is to afford a seamless and refined experience for all we're privileged to host, and you highlight a need for us to evaluate the procedures and processes implemented in the interest of health and hygiene. Your observations have been afforded the fullest consideration, and we hope you'll accept our apology and a chance to make amends.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the ambiance were fantastic. This is the most beautiful outdoor seating I have been to. Thank you for helping me celebrate my moms milestone birthday.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The setting for the bar and restaurant are nearly perfect. Well appointed rooms, relaxing views of the grounds, a quiet place for a special event. But it's not the place we'll go for our next special event. It was our anniversary and the mood was constantly interrupted by (I presume) students walking in and out in gym clothes. My wife and I had "dressed up" for our celebration, thinking the tasteful surroundings hinted at what to expect. The food and service didn't disappoint. Using the restaurant as a short cut to the locker room did. If all you want is a quiet spot after a round of golf, the Fairview will do very nicely. If, however, it's a special occasion, I'd look elsewhere.

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vipRobertJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Chicken and Crab Cakes and the Shrimp and Grits were one of the best we have had. Also, there is no better bartender than Tim!

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful setting, excellent service, wonderful food help make for a perfect birthday celebration. Safeguards were in place for pandemic style dining. An overall outstanding night out.

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Prd2bavolff
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to the Fairview dinning room for our anniversary dinner. The room was nice, nothing extravagant, nothing extraordinary about it, but nice. Although we did have reservations, I didn't see the need as in the dinning room, there was only one other table occupied. There were a few other tables occupied outside, but not many. Service was very attentive and prompt. We ordered the pulled pork spring rolls and they came in a reasonable amount of time and were very good. The portion was much larger than expected, they could easily be an entree' for one person. The main meal followed quickly but not too quickly, perfect timing. I had the filet and my wife had a chicken dish. Again portions were very generous and the flavor was very good. My only complaint was that the food was warm. Not hot, but warm. With the minimal number of people seated, there is no reason why the food should have been sitting under a warmer lamp, it should have been much warmer. The appetizer came out hot.
The waiter said that they had a special surprise for us after the mail meal. He brought out a Chocolate Lava cake with ice cream and a Chocolate "Happy Anniversary" tag. That was very thoughtful and nice and it was greatly appreciated, and they didn't charge us. I honestly do not recall stating that it was our anniversary when I made the reservations.
Overall it was a pleasant evening and meal.
My only other issue was that when any staff comes to your table, you need to put a mask on or other face covering. I understand that is their policy, it just took us by surprise when when got there and the waiter told us that. There was no mention anywhere about that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was able to eat outside with appropriate social distancing. Felt very comfortable

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ProCoach
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our first dining out experiences post-COVid. Excellent attention to precautions by the staff from start to finish. Food was excellent, service was very good. Not many diners, noise level low. Felt safe here.

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PatriciaR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very respectful of physical distancing and protecting everyone by wearing masks whenever they came to the table. The food was good as usual. This was the first time I have been inside a restaurant since the pandemic began and it felt safe.

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JulieG
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed meeting friends for dinner. The hotel and restaurant are beautiful. We had hoped to eat outside but the weather didn’t cooperate. The food and service were both excellent. Even though we were asked to put our masks on each and every time the wait staff approached the table - the ambiance made up for the inconvenience. We hope to return in the near future.

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EricaG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, excellent COVID protocol!

Be mindful of the 19% service charge already added to your tab.

JB
vipJenB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary with impeccable food and outstanding service in a very quiet and romantic booth overlooking the golf course. We started with delightful lemon gin martinis and split a Caesar salad, which was more than ample for us both. Our main courses were timed perfectly and arrived as tantalizing to the eyes as they were to our pallet. I had the short rib with basil risotto, and he had the strip, medium rare, which was cooked perfectly and arrives with a delicious succotash. We finished the evening with coffee/tea and a decadent peach melba. A truly memorable dining experience.

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CraigE
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My wife’s salad was to have no anchovies none on it but it tasted like fish oil was used.
I asked for a specific Anjeo they brought something other then stated it was what I requested as if I didn’t know my own brand. Came back later with the correct brand stating it’s on me.

Just an off putting night two salads add protein 150.00 plus a wine and a Anjeo
Little off putting also. :((
I’m a former Duke Asst. Coach :((

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vipDarryl
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very COVID-19 friendly and very clean and skilled staff.

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vipAmyL
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fairview has made the necessary modifications to allow for indoor dining during the current pandemic. My husband and I felt safe while eating, had a responsive server, and had the same delicious food as always. Note, they do have a more limited menu than normal, and there was no bread service or chef’s amuse bouche.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing beats the Fairview in my book! Everything is always perfect. Wouldn’t think of going anywhere else for an elegant dining experience.

JP
JamieP
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. The ambience on the porch can’t be beat!

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vipNityaK
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was perfectly cooked and the ambiance couldn’t have been better. They made a special dessert for my dad’s birthday which was the cherry on top of everything. Very much enjoyed it.

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vipDJdine
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first foray out to a restaurant since the stay-at-home -- we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. It was a terrific experience. The Fairview was well-prepared -- e.g., no paper menus (QR code to read with our phones, which worked well), our excellent and attentive waiter wore a mask, and silverware and glasses were not sitting out on the table but delivered to us as we ordered our meals. (The few other diners were seated far from us.) The food, as always, was delicious, and I was pleased that there was flexibility within the menu for me order the salmon but with the accompaniments of the "coastal catch" -- amazingly refreshing sugar snap pea slaw and tomato salad. A very pleasant and memorable evening!

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vipHolly
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and they were super careful about the safety protocols. So important during this time!!

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RalphL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed eating outside on the patio, with proper Social Distancing, and looking out over the Duke golf course! Miguel was a kind server who gently reminded us to put on our masks so he could approach our table :) We highly recommend the Fairview Dining Room!

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vipDave
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have dined here many times over the years. Located in the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Course, it is a beautiful, elegant place. Probably among the very best in the RDU area. We ate outside on patio, overlooking the course. Wonderful setting. Limited menu due to COVID pandemic, but very good. Excellent service. Appears that the adjoining Bull Durham Bar is closed but dining offers full bar menu. Not a place for young children. Better for a quiet, elegant meal.

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PattK
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thought I already responded. We were treated as we were the only ones in the room.

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BobR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have entertained special guests and had our own personal special events at the Fairview for twenty years. Everything about it suits our tastes and likes.

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MikeW
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classical fine dining experience with quiet subdued atmosphere. Service was excellent as was the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased with the entire experience!!

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vipSusanC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fairview Dining room is always a nice spot for Sunday brunch or a nice dinner. Great service, and yummy food.

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JimB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

thoughtful service. excellent crab cakes. what more could I ask ?

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vipHannibalism
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great menu with wide variety. All dishes arrived perfectly cooked and appropriate temperature. Good selection of wines by the glass to complement the meal. Restaurant was 3/4 full yet quiet and pleasant.

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JenniferL
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only was the ambiance and service fabulous, the food was amazing. A member of the staff called me prior to my reservation to ask if I had any food allergies or needs, which was amazing. Then, when I arrived, my fabulous waiter Miguel was aware of my food allergies before I mentioned them and was able to direct me easily to things that were safe to eat.
I was looking for a dining experience that would allow me to relax, refuel, and enjoy phenomenal food, and the Fairview easily delivered all three. This was such a lovely experience overall.

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vipLindaC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was okay. I have seen better days there.

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vipMarceyF
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the Fairview Dining Room! The perfect place for special occasions and GAME DAYS! The food was delicious and the service was great!

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vipMindy
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fairview is lovely! We love the food, especially all the seafood options!
And the Cheddar cheese biscuits!
As Duke alums, we love taking our visiting Duke friends to the Fairview.
They always enjoy it.

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DennisO
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific ambiance. Noise level was a pleasant experience, you could hear all members of our party of six with ease. Service by our waiter was also exceptional. Food was very good, all six of us enjoyed our meals. It was fairly expensive dining, but worth it. I will definitely return

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

All of the food was to salty.

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widwpd
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Sunday brunch at Fairview Dining Room to end our Valentine's Day weekend. The service was perfect. The meal was excellent. I had the best grits I have ever tasted! Loved the dessert table. Atmosphere is quiet and very beautiful. We will return!

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Mimi
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The pros: gorgeous location, beautiful views, lovely table setting and delicious food. The cons: I indicated on my reservation that we were celebrating my daughter's birthday. I expected some special greeting or something - obviously, not a complimentary dessert since there's an included dessert bar but some kind mention. Oh well, that did not happen. In any case, we had a lovely meal. We are repeat customers and will come again.

FAQs

Fairview Dining Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 493-6699.

Fairview Dining Room is rated 4.7 stars by 1385 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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