Fairview Dining Room

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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.
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OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to celebrate a birthday!

NC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 7 to memorialize a friend. It was a perfect setting. Sarah took wonder care of us. The food was outstanding as always. All the staff was welcoming.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting grandson at Duke

OT
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful setting and ambience. The menu is varied and the food preparation is excellent. Our waiters were attentive. It is such a treat to be able to talk and hear in a restaurant.

C
Wilmington
77 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

22nd Anniversary Dinner - Slight mix up on the number of guests, but hostess managed it perfectly! We brought an aged bottle of wine that had “cork issues “ but the waitress immediately announced that this was outside her expertise and gave the bottle to the sommelier to resolve. She returned with a wonderfully decanted cab franc we had purchased 15 years ago. Absolutely excellent service!! - And the food was fantastic! Swordfish steak cooked perfectly!! Steaks with “special needs” cooked to perfection. It was the great dinner we’d hoped for on this special occasion.

OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful as usual.

A
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food was excellent--beyond excellent. The setup, dining, and service were also excellent. It's an expensive dinner option, but the service and food will surpass expectations for the price. It is one of the best meals I've ever had judging from taste and service. My only complaint is with the ambiance: the dress code is not enforced, and it was odd to be out to an expensive and nice dinner in a suit while some others were in jeans and t-shirts. OpenTable says the dress code is "jacket preferred," but I think at least business casual should be enforced.

MM
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful environment. Mimosas on the patio pre- brunch were the perfect
compliment to start a great meal. The brunch menu was fabulous with lots of variety.
I highly recommend the Wa Du shrimp and corn chowder. Leave plenty of room for the dessert
buffet. Great job!!!!

b
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary dinner. Bryan was our server and I can't say enough about how well we were treated. The food is fantastic without being fussy. Highly recommended.

FP
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food very fresh, prepared as requested, service excellent.

B
Raleigh
65 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, exceptional service.

JB
Raleigh
64 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though I always enjoy dining at the Fairview Inn, this dining experience for brunch tops them all. I ordered the Angus beef tenderloin, which was cooked to perfection and very flavorful! The desserts topped off a wonderful meal! The service was charming and efficient. Overall, we loved dining at the Fairview and look forward to dining there again soon!

S
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, perfect service and the ambience included a live piano player. A great, relaxed evening.

DT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had visited for Brunch, Dinner, and afternoon cocktails...every time a treat!

AJ
London
34 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Although the ambiance was nice, the food was mediocre and service was attentive but not up to fine dining standards. We were disappointed.

GM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

OT
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue, relaxing yet elegant. Wonderful service, food choice and taste was outstanding. The piano player was the”icing on the cake.”

G
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for quiet lunch. Excellent menu, delicious food. Attentive, unobtrusive service. Good if you are in a hurry as well as if you want a leisurely meal. Free valet and self parking. Check out the Executive Club if you eat here more than a few times a year.

TF
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Outstanding food! I loved our entire dinner and the ambiance is impeccable

D
Raleigh
202 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fairview can be counted on for good food and attentive service. Excellent salads and entrees, especially the tuna. Just a lovely time and delicious food.

EC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always immaculate and the food is creative and intriguing. From the amuse-bouche to dessert, we were blown away. Definitely a favorite for special occasions!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Fairview is always a delight!

JS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fairview Dining Room at the Washington Duke Inn is an excellent choice in Durham regardless of whether you are staying there and is often very difficult to get into (although I was surprised to have no issue last weekend). Most good hotel restaurants are just good enough for the guests not to leave the premises but Fairview Dining Room would be a destination restaurant if it wasn’t connected to the Washington Duke. The food is excellent and the service is always top notch. I would return there even if I was staying at another hotel in Durham.

G
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was William and he did a fantastic job! Made us feel very welcome.

S
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This venue is a class act from beginning to end. The service is exceptional. We were made to feel like we were the only people in the restaurant. My wife is a big shrimp & grits fan and she stated that her meal was the best ever. I had the pork chop which was also excellent. Unlike many other high end restaurants, the portions were generous. Great place for a special event or just a Saturday night out. Go there - you will love it!

b
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had an excellent experience at The Fairview. the service and food were both outstanding. The best place to eat in Durham. In fact, The Washington Duke Inn as a total experience was tremendous.

BW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious dining with great food and a very pleasant atmosphere. Loved the WaDuke corn chowder great salmon dish. Our waiter was friendly and discreet. We celebrated our anniversary with compliments from everyone and a delicious dessert serving. For a special occasion, this is a wonderful place to go.

CA
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was friendly and attentive. We were celebrating our friends anniversary and they sent out a special dessert for them. The food was wonderful and we enjoyed the entire experience.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my evening at Fairview Dining Room. The ambiance, along with the musical selections made it a special atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an absolutely surreal dining experience. We went for Saturday brunch. The scenery was amazing, the table was set for royalty, and the live pianist was fantastic. In addition to the service being impeccable, the food was mouth watering and everything was perfectly cooked and executed. Then, to top it all off, the amazing pianist took our request for a Disney tune and played the most magical rendition of "A Whole New World" ever!

TK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallop dish of the day (August 8th) was absolutely one of the best meals I have ever had......perfectly cooked, corn salsa was the right match and the tomatoes were so sweet.

LG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, seated at the window with a view of the golf course. Will definitely return!

R
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and attention to detail in a lovely setting.

K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! Great date night!

BB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was EXCELLENT and the SERVICE was even BETTER. Great experience.

MP
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love eating here but sometimes the piano is a little loud. The food is excellent and the service is great.

L
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food and staff.

OT
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful dinner with piano music, good service, and great cuisine.

PT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I purposely choose the Fairview for special occasions, which this was. We can always count on excellence in food, service, ambience, and overall loveliness.

BW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch! Food was delicious and beautiful. We enjoyed the piano music. Can’t wait to go again!

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