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Fairview Dining Room

4.8
4.8
1512 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 6:30 am–12:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Fri–Sun 2:30 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 493-6699

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jason Cunningham

  • Private party contact

    Bobby Gorham or James Holcomb: (919) 493-6699

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Cross street

    Science Drive

  • Parking details

    On site secure parking.

  • Entertainment

    Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,512 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Scenic View

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    American

  • Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham

    Best Service

  • Durham

    Best Ambiance

  • Durham

    Great for Brunch

  • Durham

    Great for Lunch

  • Durham

    Romantic

  • Durham

    Special Occasion

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  1. BL

    BertL

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s perfect in every way. Food, service, and ambiance.
  2. KM

    KatieM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for a special meal with good friends! Beautiful with excellent service
  3. H

    Hattie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fairview Dining room is great we have gone here for a few of our anniversaries so far and they are so good about making the night special. The food is amazing literally we have tried nearly everything on the menu by now and have loved it.
  4. JM

    JamesM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Nice patio
  5. NC

    NCMac

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The food was outstanding! The initial encounter with the hostess was not what I expected. We were given a table in the door way immediately adjacent to the hostess counter so every entering and leaving party passed right next to our table. Very noisy and distracting. To make it worse, the hostess apologized for the table when we were seated, explaining that they were very busy and this was the best she had available. There were clearly other suitable tables that were empty throughout the night. The service started off wonderfully. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive - in the beginning. As our meal progressed he became less present. We had to ask other wait staff and the hostess for silverware and extra plates. By the conclusion of the meal most all of the other tables had been vacated but that didn't improve things; apparently our waiter had been assigned somewhere else. The excellent food is the redeeming factor with will bring us back there.
  6. B

    Belgium

    New England

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was outstanding, by all means. The food, the wines by the glass, the service, everything. There was nothing that was less than excellent. A magic evening!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Better everytime we come here!
  8. S

    Samman

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    The porch was great...lovely setting. The service was slow and the food was not the best. Hamburger over cooked, puff pastry soggy.
  9. LB

    LauraB

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Traditional elegant and beauty of the Washington Duke hotel! Surrounded by lush grounds. The food and service were fantastic! Will enjoy brunch here again.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice meal. We seat outside and ambience was great.
  11. g

    gerette

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect mother son dinner while visiting my son at Duke. Best burger I ever ate. No kidding and the fried oysters fabulous. We really had a lovely evening. We plan to be back for our next special occasion.
  12. EM

    ElizabethM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely brunch to celebrate two birthdays! The only concern was that we were too close to the piano (music was lovely) but it made conversation difficult!
  13. LA

    LeeAnnD

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff and fabulous food! Especially loved the Coconut Macaroon Cheesecake!
  14. RT

    RobinTheRealtor

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Such a beautiful environment for enjoying a delicious meal. The lovely piano music was just the perfect background for nice conversation with our friends. The food was fresh, hot, and delicious. The server was attentive but not intrusive. We will definitely visit again. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!
  15. t

    teero

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite atmosphere and food. Staff provided superior attention to detail.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect restaurant and atmosphere for a special occasion or a nice relaxing dinner. There is nothing to complain about. The Food, service, ambience and noise level make this restaurant a FIND1
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  18. DM

    DavidM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was prompt, courteous, and very pleasant. The food was great and the piano music in the background was a special touch.
  19. D

    Dukefan

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very pleasant dining experience celebrating our anniversary. Our server, Michael, was present but never intrusive. We both had shrimp and grits and were very pleased with our choice...and it was very filling!
  20. PG

    PennyG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice, upscale. Weekends have live piano music.
  21. PW

    ProfWaxman

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every visit to the Fairview Dining Room is memorable. Food and service are excellent. Would recommend a dinner there for an important celebration, business or pleasure.
  22. PW

    PeteW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food in a beautiful location. Love the Washington Duke.
  23. PW

    PeteW

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a great place to have a meal. Can’t beat the environment.
  24. FO

    FrankO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my wife's birthday and the staff made our celebration a delight! Thanks to all of you all for making our evening great!
  25. JH

    JanetH

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Evening was perfect. Especially enjoyed appetizers. Vegetarian options were delicious.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. Delicious food and impeccable service!
  27. g

    gerryy

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The dining room was a little louder than usual with some young children at adjacent tables but not too bad
  28. PK

    PaigeK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic meal and experience at Fairview Dining Room. Our server (Diane?) was wonderful and the food exceeded our high expectations.
  29. c

    coolnana

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    While hostesses and hotel staff, for the most part, were seen wearing masks our two waitresses DID NOT and that was bothersome. Given that I'd requested seating outside (and totally understood why the terraces were closed due to the hear) AND were thoughtfully seated far from the other diners, neither of these two young women wore a mask. That was off-putting.
  30. D

    Durham

    Raleigh

    229 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    229 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food was fine. It was the service that was off kilter. We sat at the start for some time with empty glasses and no water and no menus. Eventually both. Long wait for drinks when ordered. Long wait to order. We didn’t expect fast food. This is a leisurely paced fine dining restaurant. We got our salads in good time but no bread. Then eventually bread. Then the main courses arrived with the right timing. Two orders were for the lamb, but no steak knives arrived until halfway or later through eating the main course; I guess the waiter saw that the main courses were in place. No anticipation of the need for those steak knives done after ordering. Very late arrival of the knives as if no one was attending us. When the main courses arrived, two asked for Malbec wine by the glass. By the time the knives arrived late, we asked about the wine, which seems not to have been ordered. Good food was jumbled by incredibly disjointed service. That made for much disappointment.
  31. SK

    SiakaK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service. Our waiter was supered!
  32. NB

    NancemarieB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    I love your place because being a person with an autoimmune disease, I do not go into restaurants. I love the outside seating. The only thing I would change is the chairs for outside, they are too low and very hard to sit up and eat a meal with.
  33. S

    Sterling1955

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Impeccable service. Selection of menu items diverse and portions adequately sized. Will definitely return next time I stay here.
  34. DM

    DoctorMemory

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious food, and some nice piano music.
  35. C

    Cate

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Although I called in the AM of the reserved day asking for patio seating, when we arrived there were no seats available on the patio - although the restaurant indoors was very lightly filled. That was disappointing because it was a beautiful evening. Otherwise, everything was great.
  36. FJ

    FoodJunkie87

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The server was great! She offered menu options for food and cocktails. The food came out in a reasonable time and tasted great. I will definitely go back. Only thing I disliked was the fact le we were seated at, which was right at the patio door that servers kept using and the front door. There were plenty tables open that would have less traffic around them. Overall good experience
  37. M

    Mary

    Washington DC

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! The service was excellent as was the tuna!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Service was very slow and inconsistent. Food was good. Maybe servers were new?
  39. b

    benzygirl

    Jacksonville

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Filets were like butter. Asparagus crisp. Great service. Friday night piano player. Very enjoyable
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal in a pleasant setting. Blooming plants framed golf course views with the sun setting beyond. The food was great with emphasis on seafood. We had wahoo with eggplant, and swordfish with root vegetables. Great desserts, super service. Couldn’t have been better for our anniversary dinner.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Fairview Dining Room is rated 4.8 stars by 1512 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Fairview Dining Room

3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Science Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 6:30 am–12:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Fri–Sun 2:30 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    On site secure parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Cunningham

  • Entertainment

    Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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