Fearrington House Restaurant

4.8
1390 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
The intimate dining rooms within the white-columned Fearrington House Restaurant welcome guests with exceptional service and a seasonally changing menu. Executive Chef Colin Bedford and his team’s commitment to exceptional farm-to-fork cuisine is woven throughout the dining experience.

From partnerships with local farms, including Duckwood Farms and Heritage Farms, to vegetables and herbs harvested from gardens on property, to dishes that celebrate North Carolina’s four distinct seasons, The Fearrington House’s mission to provide Relais & Chateaux level cuisine and service to guests has remained constant since opening in 1980.

Our menu is complemented by a beverage program featuring an extensive wine list, a fully-equipped bar, cocktails with local ingredient and beers celebrating North Carolina breweries. The beverage program is overseen by Beverage Director Paula de Pano.
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M
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best high end restaurant I have experienced in 40 years.

c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest dinners we have had (eating at many fine restaurants throughout the world). The food was innovative and well-prepared using local produce. The staff was very attentive. The wine list was outstanding and reasonably priced.

CV
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great staff! The chef accommodated dietary restrictions and the staff went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied and didn’t leave hungry.

AT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the Fearrington House. The atmosphere and cuisine is unmatched.

SP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fearrington house is in a class by itself here in the RTP area.

TF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We've lived in the area for 12 years and have never been here before. Got a gift certificate and thought we would celebrate my husband's birthday. Did not disappoint. Waiter was very nice and informative, sommelier was knowledgeable and the food was exceptional! And there were some little extras prepared by the chef that weren't expected. The bill came along with 2 little jars of their jam to take home. And the menu had a Happy Birthday greeting on it for him to take home along with a little box of chocolates! Will definitely be back for another special occasion!

JR
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was special. Jason and Saiff took excellent care of us. The elegance of the Inn extends to the remarkable food from the chef.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the chief tasting menu and it was great. I also love the wine pairing. It was truly great experience. I liked the octopus and ham dish and eggs

MI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional experience for special occasions. Lives up to all its stars. Not sure what the rating system was for the noise level, but I meant it was quiet, elegant. The food was heavenly. Portions were what one would expect of a high end establishment: just enough to satisfy and reveal all those sumptuous flavors, but did not leave us bloated, stuffed. The wait staff was professional and very attentive to detail.

S
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner for our Anniversary. Wonderful service!

KC
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gastronomic experience. The 4 course meal and wine pairings were excellent and the service was impeccable. Truly one of the greatest places to have a gourmet meal in the Triangle area.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I chose the Farrington House restaurant for a romantic evening out. Overall we loved it. The food was outstanding as was the service. Understanding that the venue is old, the massive cobwebs in the window next to our table were not needed to amplify that fact.

i
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional experience - the food, the ambiance, and the value. Maitre-de Joris is the consummate leader with a professional team - captain Cory and sommelier Todd among them, that made the experience both educational and memorable. Fearrington House is beautiful but as with many destination occasions, it is always about the people from the kitchen to through the front of house that make the experience worth repeating.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ~ every morsel was delicious!

r
Raleigh
232 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's delicious, formal, and a bit expensive. But worth it. The service is superb, the setting country elegance. Highly recommended. We've been back many times over 40 years, and we look forward to our next meal there.

GK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We went to Fearrington House to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary (did not tell FHR nor did they ask). The evening started out well until my wife's second course that included a duck dish. After eating that duck dish, my wife started experiencing stomach pains that got progressively worse as the dinner progressed. She found it painful and then difficult to walk out of the FHR (drank only water). She told the waiter the duck was not properly cooked. He said it was. \\ I asked that I be served a glass of wine with my entree. Repeated that request to the waiter. When my entree was served, no wine. Asked the waiter. A wine glass was placed at the table. Asked again shortly thereafter, where is the wine? When my meal was half eaten, the wine steward showed up and apologized. So what. The enjoyment of drinking the wine with the meal was "lost". I should have said no need to serve the wine to the steward but did not. Getting upset "destroys" the atmosphere. My wife called the next day to complain because she was still not feeling well from the meal, the duck dish in particular, and that feeling continues today. The response was: did you tell the waiter at the time of the meal which is hindsight. Offered to reverse the meal charges. Regardless, a couple only gets to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary once. A couple wants, at least, the dinner to be a memorable experience. In our case, forgetting our experience at FHR can not occur soon enough.

m
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Chef's menu, it was amazing! The wine pairing was good with some surprises which we look for. The dining experience was relaxing. We like to dine in quite restaurants and I think that Fearrington House understands that. Our view was a window seat looking over the well manicured garden, just wonderful.

DD
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I do love going to TFH, and this will not be my last time going. However, service did not measure up to their usual standard. Food slow coming to table and server seemed distracted.

DR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of a kind dining experience. For adventurous palates. It's a tasting menu dream if you enjoy varieties of fresh produce/ingredients. Service is exceptional.

FL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

One of the greatest places in the area.

Had $95 3 course with $75 wine pairing.

There were nice extra amuse bouche before the meal and the breads are nice.

- Late harvest served with the Crab Salad was fantastic.
- The quail and the wine was also fantastic. Was expecting a quail though, hot a wrap.
- The rabbit was also great but the wine that came with it was not impressive at all. Rabbit was also wrapped in prosciutto. There was some potato puree, but I could not eat it because it was literally like eating butter at the spoon.
- Quote: 70% on wine selection. 75% on food.

Cons: Had only one glass of each and had to slowly them sip to keep it to the end of the course instead of enjoying it as I would have expected. I heard afterward the wine pairing was bottomless, but the sommelier diligently neglected to tell us. So my wine experience was sadly disappointing.

My wife had her own selection of wine and could try before she ordered. Nice.
- 2 x $15 glasses
- Crab salad
- Duck was awesome
- Lamb was medium rare but HARD to chew on.
Quote: 65% on food

It's a great place for wealthy people with limited knowledge on Traditional French cuisine but enjoy the Nouvelle cuisine. Overpriced for educated middle class people.

Where is the Foie Gras?

For $360 + tax and tip, not worth it.

There are far greater places for the money in the triangle now.

I have been longing after this place for 20 years now, the price went down since 2001, that's why I decided to try it.
It made us realize how great cooks my wife and I are and we finally found great Foie Gras, Quails and super fresh sea food in the area. Next time we want such great food, we will stay home and cook it ourselves with our friends for a fraction of the price along with a Margo or Chateau Laffite which we can also find for reasonable price in the area.
Nothing new in Nouvelle Cuisine...If you can cook quail, duck or any fancy meat, nothing beats 1950' Jehane Benoit Canadian Heritage...Seriously.

CF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A gem out in the country so to speak. The service is phenomenal and the ambiance makes it a perfect “special occasion” venue. The crab salad was an explosion of flavor beyond compare. I had the shrimp for the second course and the scallops as my main dish and both were a bit too salty. (I am a coastal born and raised seafood veteran so salty seafood means a pinch too much salt was added post harvest.) The bread was outstanding, as well as the chef treats through our dining experience. We cannot wait to go back during cooler weather to check out another seasonal menu.

a
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Destination dining. Special occasion. Be prepared to spend for a very elegant dining experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food and service. you get more than the 4 courses and each one is carefully thought out, presented and tastes so delicious.

f
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We experienced the Chef’s tasting menu and it was outstanding! The only other restaurant in this area that achieves the same high level of cuisine is Herons.

BS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive, but worth it! Attention to every last detail. Food was delicious and beautifully prepared! Service was exceptional!

b
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service staff are courteous and efficient. The attention to detail in the food is superb - the presentation is elegant and the flavors more than pleasing.

b
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable evening. Food was delicious and served to perfection. Atmosphere was perfect. We will be back.

MM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening filled with delicious food! Always enjoy our experience at Fearrington House. The fresh food and food combinations were scrumptious!

OT
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior food and service

SD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 4-course meal with wine pairings. In addition to so many interesting tastes, we enjoyed learning about the various wines we were served as well. Food was fantastic, service was exquisite. I recommend arriving 30-60 minutes early and spending the time strolling the grounds, gardens and shops.

Note: Very expensive, but for us, for our special occasion, it was worth it.

DD
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fearrington House never disappoints. Just returned from London's fine dining, and I must say TFH is above the English level of service we experienced. Glad this is so near to home. Thank You all.

D
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great in all ways.

s
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fearrigton House Restaurant has a dress code and it should enforce its If a gentleman guest does not have suit coat or s sport jacket, the Fearington House should have a wide sizes of blazers and give one to a client who does not have one.
If one refuses to use an offered blazer. he will not be served,
Fearringron is not a diner.
W John Swartz

S
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Fearrington House Restaurant at least once a year. The entire experience from the service to the food never fails. We celebrated our 5 year anniversary here this time. We will be coming back here for years to come as long as they are open and we are alive. Thank you Fearrington House Restaurant for another wonderful experience!

S
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fearrington House was an amazing dining experience!

JG
Raleigh
90 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wonderful ambience, and perfect service. We look forward to next time!

a
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Fearrington House Restaurant. Food was excellent, plated attractively, and provided an interesting and tasty mix of flavors. Service was excellent, and ambiance was tasteful and quiet.

LG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Expensive, but excellent food and an extensive wine list in a refined setting. Superb attention to taste and texture in the food. The only flaw - and this is truly minor - was the intermezzo before dessert was frozen solid and required a lengthy thaw. An excellent restaurant for a special occasion.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, such a wonderful presentation & the tastes that were brought out in each dish were exquisite! The staff was so helpful & knowledgeable and truly brought the whole meal together! I would recommend & will definitely be back!

B
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Our anniversary dinner for two started off well with a charming server and perfectly chilled glasses of champagne. We each ordered the four course menu with wine pairings: $115 for food and $85 for wine per person.

With the exception of the Arctic char, our courses were tiny, odd, and, in the case of a nearly raw and tough rectangle of lamb dusted with an iridescent green spice mix, decidedly off-putting. The wine pours were amazingly skimpy, reaching 2 oz at best. Do the math: 2 x 4 x 2 = 16 oz of wine, 2/3 of bottle, for $170 plus tax and tip. While the wines were interesting they were not precious: this was insult pricing, apparently practiced with impunity as many other diners were similarly underprovisioned.

Two of our dishes, the Cornish Hen and the green lamb, were to come with morels. Fortunately my lamb came with one tiny example, so I shared it with my wife, whose poultry came with none and which masqueraded pretty well as an airline chicken breast.

The final bit of goofiness was the pairing of my wife’s chocolate soufflé (mundane) with a can of beer from Asheville NC. Fortunately our server, charming to the end, saw us about to revolt—we would have considered a food fight, but there wasn’t enough food—and quickly substituted, you guessed it, 2 oz of port.

All in, with tax and tip, just shy of $600 for a mostly unpleasant meal in mostly rural Chatham County, North Carolina. But we did get some complementary jams to take home. In 2oz jars, of course.

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