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The Little Dipper - Durham

612 reviews
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$30 and under
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The Little Dipper was established in Wilmington, NC in 2005 and Durham is the second location, opened April 2013. The Little Dipper is a full service fondue restaurant, with a menu that includes cheese fondue, salads and soups, meats, seafood, vegetarian items and chocolate fondue, along with a special Sunday Brunch menu with a twist. We have handmade tables with burners built into them, allowing the guest to cook their own food right at the table. We are known for our specially sauces, all homemade and delicious for dipping cooked meats and seafoods. We offer an extensive wine list and unique cocktails with personality!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday, Open at 5pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:30am-2:30pm
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Phone number
(919) 908-1023
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Parking details
Brightleaf Square has a few lots for the surrounding shopping areas. You can get your parking ticket validated at The Little Dipper so parking is FREE, just ask anyone to help you.
What 612 People Are Saying
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Max2310 (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Good food, small portions similar to most fondue places. Dessert was the best part, soo great.

BarbaraD (Greensboro)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

My partner and I chose Little Dipper for a special Valentine dinner. The first negative was a trip to the women’s rest room at 5:30 arrival. There were no towels after washing hands...should have been prepared for dinner arrivals. We discovered there was a set menu even though this was the night before Valentine’s Day. This was a disappointment. The traditional cheese fondue was good, but other than bread the dipping choices were very limited. We both enjoyed the spinach soup of the night. The main entree was disappointing. There were just a few bites of the meat choices. For the price of $125, the amount of meat was a disappointment. The dessert fondue was a disappointment because the chocolate did not melt and get warm. We waited a long time for a server to come near our table to alert them to the problems with the chocolate. We never had a server check on our water glasses. We had to flag someone down to get the water refilled.
We drove a distance for a special meal and were very disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We had an amazing experience. Loved the food, our young server was awesome, and the manager was very personable and kind. We really enjoyed our evening there and will definitely be back. Thank you for the birthday cheesecake!! :)

DeeD (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday. The food was wonderful and the service was great!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

As always, a great experience! But to be honest, I was quite a bit disappointed that we had a special night planned - made reservations WEEKS in advance so that our timeline was all lined up and the restaurant was running significantly behind in seating us. Over 30 minutes after our reservation we still hadn't been sat. Would definitely recommend for the experience, the wait staff and the food - just don't have any other plans afterward!

Ashley (Charleston)
1.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I made a reservation at the Little Dipper for my husband's birthday. We were going to have dinner and then had a show to see an hour and a half after our reservation. I told the hostess about this deadline when we arrived and it did not seem that it would be a problem. Our waiter did not come to our table for about 15 minutes after we were seated and so we asked to order right away when he finally did. 40 minutes later he still had not returned with our FIRST COURSE and we had not even had a chance to order the rest of our meal yet. As rude as we felt doing this, we finally decided we had to leave to avoid being late to our show. The hostess apologized and said that we would receive a call to help alleviate the situation the next day but that never happened. Ultimately, we did not even have time to eat dinner at all that night because of all the time we wasted sitting around. We are very disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Brett was a wonderful server and we had a amazing time celebrating our 7th year anniversary! Brett even brought us complimentary glasses of sparkling wine! We will definitely enjoy more meals at the Little Dipper in the future!

Th3h0ff (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was great, but it took a bit longer than normal. We will be back again, but will likely ask for an alternative server.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

A++ 12/10 would recommend, much wow such satisfaction

vipDubs (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

We unknowingly showed up for Wednesday Ladies Night, which gave us a nice deal on cheese and chocolate fondues for two. We added some"from the grill" protein and had a genuinely enjoyable meal. It was even nice to get a small, high-walled booth to allow private conversation. I'd definitely do fondue here again.