Fearrington House Restaurant

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1351 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
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always immaculate, caring service and staff, gorgeous intimate setting, and the best food you'll ever have. They accommodated the most unusual requests and allergies (I informed them well ahead of time) and were so helpful for our party member who had extremely strict dietary requirements. He can never eat away from home so this was a very special treat for him. The extra touches and nibbles between courses took the experience far beyond our expectations.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farrington House Restaurant is one of a kind experience, outstanding at every level.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, excellent food and service!

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Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding dinner from start to finish. Each of our courses was not only exceptionally delicious, but a masterful work of art. The pace was relaxed, and the service was on point with one minor exception. As this was a celebration of a milestone birthday, an upfront acknowledgment of the celebrant should have been made, but was not. Also, considering the relatively high cost of this meal, simply providing a souvenir menu with "Happy Birthday!" (as we prepared to exit) seemed both impersonal and insufficient.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently dined at the Fearrington House Restaurant in celebration of my mother's birthday and everything was outstanding. We enjoyed creative and expertly prepared craft cocktails and the food was seasonal, fresh and overall sublime. The restuarant is truly deserving of its AAA Five Diamond status.

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Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most memorable meal.
Each course was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented.
Perfect place to celebrate !

If you ever have an opportunity to eat here, don’t hesitate ...

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KS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Wonderful presentation of food. Perfect for celebrations.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and the service was great! I had made the reservation for my mothers birthday and it was great they had printed a menu for her that said happy birthday on it with her name on it. The food was fantastic I had the scallops, beef tenderloin and for dessert the chocolate soufflé all really well prepared. The service was fantastic as well, all of the staff was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. The grounds were so beautiful and really nice. Overall a wonderful diner.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, presentation was imaginative, flavor varied and well executed. The strawberry Mousse with its shiny glaze was as delicious as it was beautiful.

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter meal for my wife and myself. Waiter extremely attentive. Food was excellent and it was a limited menu especially set for Easter. Reviewed menu online before going so knew what we would order. Wine was pricey but took wine recommendation for our lamb and it went very well with the food.

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Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Beautiful setting, delectable & beautifully presented dishes, great wine & cocktail selection, impeccable service. A true dining destination for your special occasion.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb for a special night out.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, great service!

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GL
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great upscale setting. Food was a work of art with great flavor.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Inventiveness of the kitchen was above any that I can remember

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JW
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly a dining experience that my wife and I will never forget.

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KG
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall, it was overpriced and pretentious. They attempt to be innovative with the food, and there certainly were several cubes of gelatinous material that I couldn’t identify. Oddly, the cornbread muffins were probably the most special thing we ate.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal!!!

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

The restaurant was amazing, from the custom menu for our anniversary, to the waiter, and the amazing food! This was an amazing experience, that I would love to do again some time!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Hello we came for my mother’s 70th birthday. We are returning guests. The food was not very good. Everything was sweet and prepared in the same style. Also my red grouper was hard. It was very disappointing and not sure if we will return as the bill was expensive with wine pairing.

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JG
Raleigh
80 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Outstanding service.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience ,great restaurant with knowledgeable staff along with private intense setting . It was our anniversary (12th year) I am extremely happy I selected this restaurant for the occasion

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time at Fearrington House. The only thing I’d like to see is the pace of the dining experience be a little faster.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very poor value. Food was OK, but really not great and certainly not worth the price-in my opinion.
Waiter and staff were excellent and extremely knowledgeable. Food was just not that good

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's definitely ridiculously, laughably overpriced, but the food and service are outstanding, so you just chalk it up to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If there's a way to eat here and get someone else (such as your employer) to pay for it, I 100% recommend that!

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BV
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each course was better than the course before it. This food experience is the best I’ve ever had.

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VW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose Fearrington House to celebrate my daughter-in-laws 50th birthday. I wanted an elegant but relaxed experience for her and our party of 4. Service by Derek (I believe that is correct) was absolutely perfect with the bonus of his wonderful personality. The evening was everything I wanted it to be - even more. Everyone raves about their courses. Nothing could have improved on our dining pleasure. Elegant and comfortable! Simply splendid! Thank you to all who made it so!!

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar was cozy and great place to start or even stay for dinner. Found the Hamachi and Foie Gras first course to be wonderful. Between was all served with perfect Cadence by our Waiter Cody. Dont forgo the Souffle.

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i
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely an experience. Food was fantastic as was the service. Plan on staying a while though, took us over 2 hours to get through all the courses. Makes a fantastic date night.

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JW
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It has been about 10 years since my wife and I have eaten at the Fearrington House. Still amazing food and service. Certainly a great place for a special event or dinner.

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EH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience at the Fearrington House was truly exceptional. We had the four course dinner and each plate was exquisitely prepared and presented. This was a unique dining experience that I highly recommend.

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k
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and presentation and service were outstanding. We were seated in a small room with three other tables. The Acoustics were such that we felt like we were all part of one big conversation and there was no privacy. Some type of dividers or plantings or acoustic tiling would help. This was a distraction.

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SC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and terrific service! If you are looking for a memorable evening and exquisite cuisine, look no further.

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BK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an evening to remember! Food was delicious. creatively and beautifully plated! The layers of flavor and texture were pleasures to the palate! The service was hospitable and knowledgeable! Just what you would expect from the Fearrington House!!! Bravo!!!!

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent inventive food, stellar service an ideal atmosphere for time with friends or family. Just a little extra rich.

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BK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Chef’s menu is a dining experience not to be missed. Very expensive so it is a special occasion place for sure. Derek our waiter was excellent and had a great sense of humor.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had in the last 2 years. Excellent service!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The property is charming. Our dishes were creative and excellent. The wine list was impressive. The table service was very professional. There were a few nice touches like a gift bag with goodies to go.

But there was a lack of attention to details in a few ways that surprised me for an upscale restaurant.

Nobody was present to welcome us when we walked in. After a couple of mins, we decided to sit at a table in the bar area to order a drink, since we arrived 30 mins before our dinner reservation. Even though there was only one other couple present,, we waited about 10 mins before the barman took our order and then another 10 mins before he brought our drinks. I was very pleased with my cocktail.

Our table had a candle bowl containing a dead votive when we sat down. Our waiter didn't notice or offer to replace it at any point during the meal.

After dinner, there was no towel left to dry my hands in the ladies restroom, so I used the last couple of Kleenex instead. Then we waited a few minutes in the lobby before a waiter offered to bring our coats.

I would easily overlook these details at a more affordable restaurant.

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JZ
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Staff always makes us feel special. The chef always exceeds our expectation. We are foodies and our meal was off the charts. Delicious, beautiful presentation, outstanding flavors. Can’t wait for our next visit!

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