Permanently Closed - Four Square Restaurant

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

An old Victorian house in Durham, North Carolina has been home to Four Square restaurant for over 15 years. With tables located throughout the many rooms, the large eatery feels spacious yet intimate. The staff at Four Square is attentive, friendly and knowledgeable striving to provide the best service to every patron who visits.

The rotating menu at Four Square features innovative dishes created from fresh, local ingredients. Appetizers include such options as corn and crab chowder or duck eggs. Wild boar lasagna, pecan crusted scallops on a fried green tomato and seared tuna on kimchi rice. Dessert is the real star of the show here. The signature ice cream sandwich is always a popular choice.

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vipChuck
Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have loved every meal we ever had at Four Square. I really wish that they were not closing but owning a restaurant, I'm sure, is a very hard business and especially hard on a family.

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KatherineK
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitstaff. Delicious food.

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ncmathsadist
Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are sad to see this place close. We frequented it since me moved here nearly 16 years ago.

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Hard2please
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Four Square after a several year hiatus because we read that it was closing and we had always had great experiences in the past (hiatus was not related to any dissatisfaction with Four Square). Once again the food and service were great. We will miss Four Square and we wish them all well.

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ChristopheL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite. Glad I was able to experience the restaurant before they close.

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two4tea
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We are sad they are closing!! We are happy we were able to enjoy it one more time!!

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RickC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

One of our favorite places. Too bad it will be closing at the end of the month.

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viprossmck
Raleigh
246 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant that we will greatly miss! (They're closing for good on June 25, 2016) Our meal was superb, as our many meals have been at 4 Squre over the years, in all regards. The Triangle is losing a rare gem.

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ncmathsadist
Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Foursquare is closing on 25 June. We have enjoyed it for 16 years. Our last meal there was fabulous; this place continues to fire on all cylinders. We will be back one more time before it closes. We wish Shane and Elizabeth the best.

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Dorothy
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is lovely, the food is consistently wonderful and imaginative. I've never been disappointed with my outings to FourSquare!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We needed a place to celebrate a huge milestone in my daughter's career.I hadn't been to Foursquare in 3 years, but recalled that it was a big hit the first time we went.

This time, it was even better. My daughter swears it was the best meal she's had in Durham. Definitely choose this site -- the food was stellar, the wine (selected by the bar tender) was perfect, and the servers were fun but not 'in your face.'
Perfect evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were blessed to spend our anniversary here. The entire experience was exceptional! Between the delightful chef's special watermelon salad to the complex swordfish and beef dishes, there wasn't a miss. Even the coctails had the appropriate flair one would expect of a restaurant like this.

Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this restaurant and plan to go back soon.

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DianeC
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very good. Enjoyed very much. Good wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a great find! The restaurant was charming, in an old victorian house. The waiter was super friendly, going out of his way to make our dinner pleasant. The food was excellent, made from fresh ingredients and quite elaborate. We sat outside in the patio area, and it was great. The only downside was the sommelier. We were not familiar with the wines on the wine list, so the waiter sent him to help out. We asked for a dry white recommendation and his answer was "they are all dry except for the Riesling," and he left.... Rather rude and definitely unhelpful. We then ordered a wine that turned out to be not available, and he gave us a replacement that was fruity -- not dry -- and too warm. Our waiter was quick to chill it, but the Sommelier experience was the only shadow on an otherwise great experience.

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viprossmck
Raleigh
246 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love 4 Square and have been often. Meals there are always a treat. The service is impeccable and professional. The wine list is excellent and well chosen, and we had a particularly nice burgundy for our anniversary dinner. Each course was superb. Shane blends ingredients in unexpected ways and it nearly always works. I'm amazed at his creativity since the menu rotates every few months and there are always new dishes on it. We'll be back. Very highly recommended for people who want flavorful food - it's never bland. If you're a meat and potatoes person, well, you'll be missing out on the fun.

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CharlesW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I needed a special place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. A place I could have privacy, elegant food and great conversation with my wife. This place was excellent in all regards.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall2food5service2ambience4

The first half of our evening was wonderful. The food was good and service was attentive. However, our server deserted our table after the main course was served, and after we ordered dessert and coffee from a different server, we became invisible. It took a very long time for desserts to arrive, with no check-in by either our original server or the one who took our dessert order. No offer of coffee refills during our long wait. This all left a very sour taste after what up to that point had been a very nice evening. All attention seemed to leave us to attend to other parties instead of making sure our night ended on a high note.

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vipLesMess
New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Durham, we chose Four Square. What a delight! We sat on the lovely screen porch, had a delicious house-specialty cocktail and were allowed to sit and talk leisurely. The gazpacho was brilliant in color and tastes. Each ingredient was able to stand out and yet compliment each other. The Tile Fish entree was perfectly prepared on a bed of vegetables with a reduction sauce. It all felt quite healthy and so delicious!

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vipNcpattie
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Four Square for small and intimate friend and family gatherings. The food and service are wonderful. We drive from Cary and it's worth it! Fine food, always different, nice drink list and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Four Square for it's small, personal rooms and past experience. Courses (presentation and taste) were often the subject of conversation. Our waiter, Chris, was a joy... full of humor and one of our guests felt he could visualize the dishes described. It made our decisions hard and enhanced our desire to come back. A nice evening!

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vipRemy
Greensboro
94 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten here when we are in Durham over the past 8-10 years. The food has always been very good to excellent. My wife's salmon was excellent as were her appetizer and dessert. My meals was the same except the Saratoga steak was very tough but was cooked well in a port wine reduction. The service was outstanding. We will continue to return in the future.

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vipMichelle
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting on the front porch having good a glass of wine was delightful. Food and service was very good.

Desserts were less then satisfying. A chocolate Carmel cake was dry and not very flavorful same with the milk chocolate cheesecake.

The music over the loud speaker was 70's R&B and didn't fit the elegence of the the surroundings. And it was way too loud.

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vipmomof3
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I wanted this restaurant to be great. It was not. The atmosphere was neat, but the food and service were sub-par. I've eaten at many nice restaurants and, frankly, I won't rush back to this one. I'm only giving it a 3 bc my husband kind of liked his entree.

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vipPaulS
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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SammyB2008
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My mom and I had a great time celebrating my sister's 33rd bday. This restaurant has been on my sister's must go list for years (we are true blue Durhamites) and for some reason she never tried it. It was totally worth the wait! My sister and mom are foodies, adventurous pallets and always ready to try new flavors, in contrast I will try new dishes w reservation (my motto: can't say I don't like it if I don't try it) and it was worth the try for all of us!! Service was exceptional and all courses (1 throught 3 were unforgettable).
The atmosphere is elegant, inviting and warm. It was too cool to dine on the patio but I can see that being a perfect place to enjoy the meal. The cocktails were refreshing and added just the right additional to the meals; my wine Reisling, recommended per the waiter, was light springy and sweet-in a good way- as I requested. Thanks for helping us celebrate my sisters bday AND WE WILL BE BACK (considering pricing the venue for my wedding reception....)

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vipFoodiewithkids
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience3

First off, our food was very good and well presented if not a little tired. Service was mixed to meh. Overall it was very expensive especially for the portion sizes. I'm not looking for portions a la The Cheesecake Factory, but a scallop entree with 3 scallops and a $36 steak entree with less than 6oz of non-prime less-than tenderloin? As the title states, it's a nice space and the food was good, but with so many choices in Durham for fine dining, Four Square is off the list.

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Louise
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our meal at Four Square. The service was excellent and the meals creative. Lots of great seafood selections.

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Nelle
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a truly memorable dining experience, look no further than Four Square. It's a little tricky to find if you don't know Durham, but it's totally worth the extra effort. Everything about the restaurant is top notch: not a misstep anywhere. Excellent food, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented; attentive yet unobtrusive service; small rooms with niches that make you feel like you're dining in private. Just lovely in every way, can't recommend it highly enough for a special date night or celebration. Expensive--but there are many other restaurants where you will spend an equal sum for a far from perfect night. Not at Four Square! Thanks to all the staff & chef for making our evening so special.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had been wanting to try Four Square for a while, now, and are glad we did. The seasonal menu had something of an Asian sour/savory theme that came through in the poached duck egg, venison, and rockfish dishes we ordered. Our server gave us lots of personal attention, and was very knowledgeable about the menu and drink list. We ate on the covered patio, which was lovely, even when it started to storm. Try it if you get the chance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Small but interesting menu. Big wine selection and nice selection of restaurant-specific cocktails. Sectioned-off into small and larger dining halls, so depending on where you are sitting you can hear other tables' conversations.
Personally felt garlic was used heavyhandedly in the salmond dish that did not advertise garlic as being a main ingredient...
Courteous and helpful service with cozy ambiance could be a plus for date night.
I will not return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer, Different kind of dinning than i am used too but VERY nice I will come back !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The night I dined there, it was VERY noisy downstairs.

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RedMike
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here never disappoints and, on this visit, greatly exceeded our expectations. Wonderful lobster bisque, an absolutely delicious venison rib chop with side dishes that competed for your attention and flounder done in a way that both surprised and delighted my wife. We have been coming here for 8 years and they are still delivering a great meal and dining experience.

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Dragonfly
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We spent the 50th anniversary of having met at Four Square. Our waiter was attentive and professional. The wine that he suggested proved to be just right for our dinner choices. The menu was varied and since both my husband and I enjoy trying new things we did just that and were not disappointed. The tenderloin of duck was delicious and beef tongue charcuterie a treat.

My only thought was that I wish that our table had been in a more quiet spot. Our reservation was for 6 o'clock and we had thought that we might miss the Saturday evening crowd. Unfortunately there was a table of 6 next to us and one young women punctuated every second word with "like" and that got old very fast. Of course the restaurant could not help that!

Overall it was an evening of delicious food and good service. We did not feel rushed even though there must have been a second seating shortly after we left our table. Four Square is a special place for a special event.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service... how can you beat that? I've been wanting to try it for a long time and now that we have, we will return often.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ambiance and plate decor was fabulous. The wild boar was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The venison was delicious. It was part of the Valentine's Day menu so I'm not sure if it's regularly served

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Donald1924
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The chief is excellent. The tables are little close and would be private if they were spread out a bit. (front left dining room)

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rlsj
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was one of the best meals of my life! From appetizers to entrees, the food exceeded expectations at every stop. The best valentine's day meal I've ever had.

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Mimi
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I'm one that has ever written a review regarding our dining experience. Having been a waiter, I know full well that there are good days and bad days. We simply had a terrible experience at this restaurant, for such a well known establishment. When our waiter described one of the dishes as bologna, I knew that not much forethought went into his pre shift planning, to learn the menu and specials for the Valentines prefix menu. The Venison was too tough and cutting with a serrated bread knife was a struggle. I did enjoy the bisque and fresh bread. Our waiter didn't deliver our dessert on our table, someone else did. They left without describing the three choices. We'd have loved a quick 20 second story to describe what looked and tasted great.

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Permanently Closed - Four Square Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 976 OpenTable diners.