For the sixth time our family gather at the Fearrington House for a truly memorable New Year's Eve dinner. In a system where everyday dining spots commonly get top ratings, five stars is not nearly enough to recognize the outstanding service and amazing food that we have consistently experienced at this world-class restaurant. Having had the good fortune to dine at dozens of Michelin starred restaurants in the US and Europe, the Fearrington house is every bit their rival. We thank the entire talented staff for sacrificing their personal New Year's Eve celebration to create a remarkable dining event for us.
Every dish was absolutely stunning in both presentation and flavor!
This was my second time at the Fearrington House Restaurant. I went once before probably 3+ years ago. This time, I enjoyed a lovely evening with a good friend for our respective birthdays. The food was delicious! I loved the foie gras, the atlantic char, duck breast, and chocolate souffle. My friend's food was equally as good especially the scallops! The sommelier selected a few pinot noirs that would complement both of our food selections. The one that stood out in description that we chose was perfect. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves creative and delicious food experiences. I will return with others; thank you!
My longstanding favorite restaurant in North Carolina... but, some real disappointment with our last dinner at Fearrington House Restaurant. Discrepancies in the menu — accompaniments that were not on the plate, that’s not the restaurant that has impressed us. Very attentive service, and a very enjoyable setting, still true. We’ll return, of course — hoping that this was just a blip.
The dining experience is wickedly good if you're into the white tablecloth 5-star dining experience. Wait staff is outstanding, ambiance great. Somewhat disappointed in menu selections and portion size, but fare was still tasty.
The atmosphere is elegant and quiet and great for a special occasion. The food was mostly excellent, though a little bit of a slip up on a friend's special dietary needs. Felt the service, while relaxed, was a little too slow -- took a long time to get our first course and then our main course. Overall really nice, but we felt a little too pricey for what you get.
It is rare for anything to live up to expectations nowadays. The Fearrington House has an impressive reputation, from Forbes, AAA, and La Liste, to name just a few. I am happy to say that they not only met my expectations, they exceeded them! Cody and his colleagues made our anniversary celebration unforgettable! I say without reservation that this was the best meal of our lives!
The Fearrington House is a very nice place to have dinner; most guests dress well and the servers are impeccably dressed. Reservations are probably a good idea.
You are taken care of by a staff consisting of one or more excellent waiters who will be able to recommend their favorite courses on the menu that evening or make suggestions depending upon what you feel like having; a knowledgeable sommelier who can recommend a wine that will match (or get close to) your dinner selections and who will decant your wine from sediments in the bottle after asking you; and several servers who take care of your water, dinner courses, pre-courses and post-courses. The food is delicious and, in many cases, will be new to your palate (keep in mind that sometimes the consistencies of new foods are not exactly what one expects; this might be a put-off to some while to others it might be fun). They usually have 3-5 selections to choose from for each course that you select. The portions are not as large as one usually would get at a more main-line or chain restaurant, but you do end up full at the end of the meal. That part is magic to me; although it might have something to do with my eating more slowly when each of the courses show up after a time instead of all appearing on the same plate at once. Dinner will take at least a couple hours; so I would recommend taking someone you know well so that you have a lot to talk about for the entire dinner, rather than taking someone who you feel less-inclined to share with; that might make for some uncomfortably long gaps in the dinner conversation.
As much as I enjoy the Fearrington House, it is not a place that I can afford to go for every-day occasions. I would save it for the very special occasions like a large-numbered anniversary, important decade birthdays, etc. I say this because ordering wine and two four-course meals will run you around $350.00 for the evening. On a Wall Street salary, that might be cheap, but not for me.
Excellent food. Excellent service. This is an expensive restaurant, but it is worth every penny!
Perhaps my expectations were too lofty, but my main course was bland and the duck quite chewy. Although the waiter followed up promptly after the food was delivered to enquire about our satisfaction level, it wasn't until I was several bites into the duck that my disappointment grew. I left 2/3 of the main course unfinished on my plate and there was never thereafter one query by either the capitain or the waiter as to why. That is not what I would expect from such a highly touted restaurant.