Fearrington House Restaurant

4.7
1311 reviews
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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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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all I have to say

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B
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent dining experience at the Fearrington! Will be back.

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LD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was an incredible experience with my husband.

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DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has been my go-to for the last 5 birthday celebrations. My good friend from Liverpool was thrilled! A very fun time and very attentive staff.

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B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was amazing - beautiful dining room, incredibly quiet. The service we received was also excellent. The food is unique and delicious. Our main concerns were that the main courses for my husband and I both arrived almost cold. I can understand that it is hard to time out piping-hot food but eating cold meat (steak and veal) was not what I expected from such a nice establishment.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Christmas Eve dinner was lovely. While the room was on the chilly side, the service and food more than made up for it. I will return in warmer weather in order to tour the building and grounds.

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JA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly enjoyable dining experience!

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Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We have been to the Fearrington on numerous special occasions and it had been amazing but this time we were sadly disappointed. A couple of the dishes were one note or overpowered by a single flavor, and our main course took a very long time to arrive and it arrived cold. They brought another entree but it wasn’t very warm either and the steak was chewy... they took care of most of our bill, which was nice but not sure we will be back soon.

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DD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner celebrating my wife’s 48th birthday. Fearrington House Inn is a wonderful place for special occasions.

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DC
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dinner at Ferrington is special. The service is always exquisite and the food is outstanding.

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JE
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Our recent dining experience to celebrate my wife's birthday was rather disappointing, and did not come close to meeting expectations of a five star, Relais and Chateaux establishment, with a very high price-point. My main course of beef rib eye was not available rare as I wanted it, so had to settle for medium rare. The meat was not good...tougher than expected, and lacking flavor, and served with very runny whipped potatoes that were served lukewarm at best (which I chose not to eat), even though when telling the server he offered to provide a replacement that was hot. My wife's striped bass contained a large bloodline in the portion, which should have been trimmed out. Certainly not the quality or value of a renowned chef; perhaps that was his day off. We have dined here several times and with this disappointment, needless to say, this has been our last dining experience at The Fearrington House.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was super delicious, the service impeccable! The only thing amiss was the cocktails we ordered right as we sat down took 100 years (15 minutes in restaurant time). No big deal in the scheme of an entire absolutely gorgeous dinner!!

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RJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was unusually poor, especially entrees

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JG
Raleigh
68 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and delicious food. A fabulous experience, as always!

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LC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire meal was amazing with multiple extra small courses during the 3 course meal. The chocolate soufflé was shockingly over the top and left us planning a return trip for our next anniversary!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They went above and beyond to make everyone comfortable and to make my birthday special

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Nashville
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Beautiful house with professional staff. Started great but ended bad. We were the second party at the restaurant. As soon as the restaurant began to fill up, service stopped. Our main course took over 30 minutes from the second course and arrived cold.

Excellence is when the food, service and experience come together like a symphony. When a restaurant doesn’t deliver all three cohesively at this price point, it becomes pretension.

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k
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special occasion event, food was fantastic and service was outstanding, enjoyed the wine pairing and explanation with each one.

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic. Wine paring was on point as well, it's a very cozy date spot. My only disappointment was the sanitation score of 90 which is quite low for a restaurant of this quality.

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l
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The pace is too slow. There is no reason that one has to wait for 30-45 minutes between courses. Otherwise this restaurant is always very welcoming and warm. Food is always very intersting and creative. The service is always professional and good.

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KH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an experience. The presentation of the meal, artistic creativity. Staff extremely informative and knowledgeable.
Enjoyable.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in our neighborhood. Quiet, classic environment. Noise kept to minimum. No need to strain your voice to be understood. Tables, silverware, chine and linens elegant and inviting. Dishes worthy to skip the trip to the New York's best restaurants. Impeccable service. Wine paring for us was perfect. To top it, my wife's birthday personalized menu card added an extra touch to the entire experience.
Thank you.

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CM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In central NC, Fearington House offers a unique access to fine dining. Understandably expensive but worth it for a special occasion.

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LN
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our daughter and son-in-law here to celebrate their first anniversary. The meal was wonderful. The food was interesting, innovative, and delicious. Quantity was generous and the service impeccable.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Dinner was ok, felt like the chef was stretching on the flavors, sometimes less is more. Dessert was the best part of the meal. Excellent wine selection. The dinner was not on par with the environment and the ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience and excellent food, but too pricey for my taste.

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AP
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Farrington this weekend was truly exceptional. We’ve been visiting this restaurant for over 15 years but last Friday was something special! Watson the bartender created some wonderful drinks for my husband and I and our servers and sommeliers were fabulous. Joris is always a delight to talk to and very welcoming at the front door. The food was, as usual, exceptional and we even noticed that some of the serving sizes were generally a little bit larger than we have seen in the past. Not that my husband and I go there to eat major volumes of food! But, I had lots of doggy bags for the next day’s enjoyment. All in all, a truly amazing, phenomenal evening! Thank you again Fearrington House staff!

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Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall we had a good experience at The Fearrington House, but it is certainly a splurge. This was actually our second time going and the service was much improved over the first time around. On our prior visit, the waiter came off as stuffy and each course took FOREVER to come out, but this time our server, Derick, was very personable and responsive and the sommelier was excellent; I originally ordered a 1/2 bottle of wine and she suggested a comparable full bottle within the same price range which was much appreciated. I was not overly excited with my first course of watermelon and crab and my fiancé ordered a chicken dish and it wasn't terribly exciting either, but my second course of black cod was very good and my third course of scallops in a curry sauce was amazing. This is definitely a restaurant that you come to for the experience and if you have an opportunity to stay at the Fearrington House Inn I encourage you to do that as well.

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WM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences anywhere. Highly recommended.

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OT
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional wine list and service! Truely extraordinary!

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Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Simply the best in the area for high end dining. Menu changes seasonally and is always creative and delicious. We go a couple times a year for special occasions and are never disappointed. Great wine list and pairings available. The chocolate souffle is not to be missed. Pricey, but worth it for a special evening of dining.

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j
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 32nd anniversary! The menu was wonderful! They even personalized our menu with a happy anniversary note written on front. They put our menu in a bag to take home and then also brought a box of truffles for us to take home. They made our night so special

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J
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time, and everything was outstanding! Thank you!

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NB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was great but very slow. Food was amazing g

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best gourmet restaurant in NC! Exquisite service, cuisine and ambiance.

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k
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

For us this was a mixed experience and if you read through the negative reviews you will find a pattern - it was good but at the price point, it was a disappointment. I second that. We live in NYC so we get to eat a lot of very good food. And we travel. Our expectations are high. The restaurant itself is lovely and the staff is very professional and welcoming. The food is uneven and again, for what you are paying, it should not be. We were a party of four and opted for the three course dinner. The restaurant brings amuse bouche during the meal. They were all unexceptional. For a comparison, if you've ever been to Bouley in NYC, each amuse bouche is worth a moment when everyone looks at each other and says WOW. None of these were worth a wow let a lone a second comment. Textures were all similar. Bread was ordinary and in an era when great bread is everywhere that is just lazy. Two first courses hit the mark and two were misses. Same with the mains....Two were completely ordinary. You cannot charge these prices and serve ordinary! It is not a "bad" meal. It is just ordinary. Ordinary at NYC prices is not worthy of four or five stars. I would encourage the chef and owners of the restaurant to travel to NYC and dine at Via Carota, i Sodi, Daniel, Blue Hill to understand what standard they should be striving for. Bas Rouge in Easton MD is another one. There is great food out in the country now (just spent a week eating amazing food in Pittsburgh). FH should be held to a higher standard than the one it skating by on and diners should be a little less willing to give it a free pass.

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RD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful place for a special occasion. A must visit for true foodies!

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! We ordered the wine pairing menu. Don't come here if you are on a budget, but for a special occasion, it was fantastic!

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LB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, excellent food! Loved everything about this restaurant. The wine pairings were spot on and the food taste and presentation was to die for!

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JG
Raleigh
68 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! The chef created a vegetarian tasting menu just for us, and we enjoyed every bite. The service was wonderful, and the atmosphere relaxing.

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