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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TB
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal at Fairview was outstanding in every way. We ordered the steakhouse salad, fall salad and the crab louis as appetizers and all were delicious. Our entrees were the filet mignon, ribeye, oyster and scallop special and venison. All were cooked perfectly. Our server was exceptional - attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely return.

R
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service.

HG
Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with my husband was extra special at the Fairview dining room! Food was outstanding, wait staff was exceptional and the extra birthday desert treat was a nice touch at the end of our dinner.

C
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent, as usual

HM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with a large group of family.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience3

We were gifted the executive membership to the Inn. We made a reservation for a 40th birthday celebration there in part because we were under the impression that we would be able to use the 50% dining discount. We didn’t know that the discount is not valid on Duke Basketball game days. Moreover; it was a very limited menu. Had we known the discount wasn’t valid, we likely would have chosen another restaurant. We certainly would have ordered differently. Our server was not warm at all, and our reservation noted the special occasion, however it was not mentioned or acknowledged in any way. Our food was fine but not worth the amount we paid for it. We left the dinner having celebrated a milestone birthday disappointed in our experience, in menu, service and value.

ML
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fairview Dining Room was an excellent choice for dinner. The service was impeccable. My Chesapeake crab cake was outstanding, and, coming from Baltimore, I know. I loved the presentation of the food and the wine list was excellent. For desert I had the pecan pie, but it was a very creative version of pecan pie. The decor and ambiance of the restaurant are excellent. I would definitely plan a meal at Fairview whenever I am in Durham.

G
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service! I’ll go again for sure.

ES
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful dining room, great service,

T
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went there with 3 others who I hadn't seen in years. We were hoping for a quiet meal, which we got - but we also got very good food and excellent service!

LB
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was a beautiful, quiet and romantic experience. Food and service was impeccable! For appetizers we started with the WaDu Chowder and the Cesar salad, entrees we had the Duck and the Salmon specials. They surprised us with a special anniversary dessert that was outstanding. All of our servers were outstanding! Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Highly recommend for a very special occasion. Only complaint is the chairs are very low. However, our server brought me a pillow so I could sit higher in the chair and I was very comfortable.

M
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fairview never disappoints. It is a favorite Sunday brunch place for us. Attentive service, delicious food, beautiful setting and wonderful pianist makes this a treat every time.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

JB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary lunch was amazing. Celebrated 15 years of marriage over drinks and amazing entrees. Couldn't have asked for anything to be better.

R
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very attentive to dinners for a party of 12.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance in this restaurant is top of the line. The service level is impeccable. And the food choices are exquisite, fine dining at its best. We’ll definitely return. Great job all, you made my wife’s birthday dinner a very special occasion!

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and food. Such a great experience.

j
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It is amazing to me that such a prestigious hotel can have seats in their main dining room that are too low. Numerous diners had to request extra cushions in order to be able to reach their food comfortably. Get new chais!
Also, this should be a white table cloth dining room, not plastic weave.

Otherwise the food was excellent but the wine list not so much.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word-Excellent

RJ
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fairview Dining Room at the Washington Duke Inn is an outstanding place to dine in a restaurant with real style.

A
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints in terms of ambiance, service and cuisine.

w
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had the usual great service, food and ambience when we had dinner at the Fairview recently to celebrate a birthday. The Fairview is not really fancy, but it is really classy.

OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to celebrate a birthday!

OT
Frankfurt Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The current chef at the Fairview is not up to par at this lovely venue. The food is bland and over-complicated. The quiet, comfortable atmosphere deserves a first-class cuisine. Grilled arctic char should be available rare - not just very well-done. I would recommend it only because of it is a wonderful place for a conversation over dinner, in welcome contrast to most dining spots. Hope the food will improve.

NC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting grandson at Duke

OT
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as usual.

A
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food very fresh, prepared as requested, service excellent.

B
Raleigh
65 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, exceptional service.

JB
Raleigh
66 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AJ
London
35 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

OT
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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