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Permanently Closed - Four Square Restaurant

4.4
976 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Hours: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Sat: 5:30pm - 9:30pm.

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Phone number
(919) 401-9877
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Shane Ingram
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Private party facilities
Four Square is unique in the Triangle area in its ability to offer flexible private dining areas for groups of varying sizes. Our smallest private room seats 8 to 10 guests at a large round table, perfect for board meetings or small family gatherings. Parties of 12 to 24 can be accomodated in each of our two mid-sized rooms, and parties of 25 to 40 may reserve our largest private room. For larger parties, the second floor can accommodate as many as 75 and the entire restaurant may be reserved for up to 125 for a seated dinner. If used as a stand-up cocktail/reception the restaurant can accommodate 200. Please call the restaurant directly to book private parties.
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Private party contact
Brandon Carr: (919) 401-9877
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pickett Rd.
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Parking details
The restaurant has a gravel parking lot in front and on both sides of the building.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chuck (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Excellent waitstaff. Delicious food.

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ncmathsadist (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

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

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two4tea (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

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

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RickC (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

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

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viprossmck (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

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)
2.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on May 2, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

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)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2016

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)
3.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2016

Great food and great service

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SammyB2008 (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

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)
3.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2016

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)
3.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

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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