About The Little Dipper - Durham

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!

905 West Main Street
Brightleaf Square
Durham, NC 27701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fondue

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday, Open at 5pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:30am-2:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 908-1023

Website:
http://www.littledipperfondue.com/durham

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.

The Little Dipper - Durham Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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97% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Romantic (15)
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Special Occasion (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Cozy (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Casual (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 11, 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.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We went for locals night and it was the perfect way for my boyfriend to try out fondue! Great date night idea for those in the area!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 8, 2018

As usual, Little Dipper did not disappoint. The menu is superb, service amazing and the ambiance cozy and comfortable. I would recommend Little Dipper to anyone who enjoys good food, great service and is surprisingly affordable.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This place is an incredible night out

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Fun, quality, consistent, attentive, clean, great atmosphere!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My family in Ohio has a tradition of fondue on Christmas Eve. Since we celebrated the Holidays at my home in NC and I don't have all the fondue supplies we decided to try Little Dipper. I'm so happy we did! The service was Excellent! Our waiter walked us through the process, made great suggestions and we left feeling full and happy!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The restaurant is very nice and the service is good but that is about it as far as I can say for positives...the value for the money is not very good at all, very little meat even though its quite pricey... the dessert, which I was really looking forward to is not as good as I have had at other places..the chocolate did not taste like real good chocolate...overall very disappointing.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

I love the atmosphere and the fondue style, it it's so expensive. Can't afford to go frequently.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This was my second time here and the food did not disappoint! Went with a friend for her birthday and we did Ladies Night, which was a really good deal. We left feeling very full and quite satisfied. Our only complaint was the service - they were extremely slow. The place was pretty busy, but we are guessing most of the food is pre-cut and not made to order like other places, so weren't sure what was taking so long. Enjoyed it overall though and would recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I've been here a few times, and it's always been great. The service has always been fantastic, and the food good. I wish they'd give you a few more pieces of meat, and I feel that the dessert course is overpriced (though you really can't/shouldn't skip dessert here). But those are my only complaints. We'll be back again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always worth the drive to Little Dipper. We just did cheese & chocolate this time, but have done entrees before and the Sunday Brunch is awesome. They also support local food suppliers and have a something new every time.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great as always!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a great experience at Little Dipper. Price was below that of the Melting Pot. Server was very attentive. Extensive selection of dipping sauces to complement the entrees.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a wonderful experience. The food was amazing. We started with a light lager cheddar and had a white wine broth which was fantastic. We finished the meal with berry cheesecake and was not disappointed there either. What a great evening all around.

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Lovely as always. Great food. Our server was very knowledgeable about wine. Shared the combination dinner for 4. Delicious and fun.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We went here for ladies night and had horrible service! We only saw our waiter 4 times, our cheese was barely mild and our chocolate was room temp. When they brought chocolate, there was no water in pot so it surprising it wasn’t warm. The waiter also brought checks when he brought chocolate which I thought was extremely rude given we were not finished and might have wanted more.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food is remarkable and the service is always outstanding!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was wonderful as usual. We did the brunch this weekend again and the grits with shrimp and bacon were my favorite. The bottomless mimosas are also wonderful.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Awesome!!!!!! My woife and I had the most wonderful time there!! Its a special place, which we enjoyed so much-it will be our new special date pick from now on! We loved the setting, the outstanding service, and WOW-the food was/is phenomenal!!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Vegan, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We stopped in for an early dinner before a show at DPAC, and were thrilled to find out that on Tuesdays, you can get Cheese and Chocolate fondue for $10/person. The Fontina Fondue was delicious, as well as the La Farm bread that went along with it. Our server, Christian, was personable without being overbearing. The fluffernutter chocolate fondue was amazing, although there may have been a bit too much of it. All in all, this may become our regular DPAC pre-show spot!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had the 4 course meal prix free, with kids free and $10 endless mimosas. Everything including the service was spectacular. Wish I had been to this gem sooner.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had an awesome time! We were seated at a cozy booth that was pretty private and perfect for our date night. The fontina cheese was awesome and I definitely recommend the peanut oil cooking style. Our waiter Kevin was awesome! He kept us entertained and had a great personality. Definitely recommend it for a date night or even a group! Not just dinner, but an experience.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Kevin, our waiter was awesome. He made dining at the Little Dipper so much fun.
Cori and Jim
Marissa and Garrett

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We enjoyed out dinner quite a bit. The cheese fondu at the beginning of the meal was our favorite part.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

For a party of 6, I wish we had been able to pick at least two cheeses. Also, the service was kind of slow, with our waiter disappearing for like 30 minutes on end. That being said, my friends and I all really enjoyed our time there, and will definitely recommend/come back again!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great Service and Food! Very much enjoyed the evening all the way around. The servers were very accommodating with my changes to my order.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The service, as almost always, was great, and the food was decadent. However, there was a large group of 11 year olds squealing and singing at a birthday party with little adult supervision. Ruined the romantic vibe and is not an appropriate location for a child's birthday party. I don't know how a restaurant deals with that- you want to provide excellent service to everyone but without letting some ruin the night of other guests.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We celebrated my grandson's 6th birthday and it was our first experience at at The Little Dipper. John was our waiter and was, without a doubt, what made our experience first class. The menu is challenging but he made it uncomplicated and a lot of fun. If you can sit in his section, do it!! The food was great but the dark chocolate was the bomb!! Thanks John!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 27, 2017

First time doing brunch and it was fantastic especially the salmon cream cheese fondue and the grits

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food, it is a little expensive but worth for a special occasion. We loved the white chocolate with berries dessert. After finishing the fruit I used the spoon to continue eating the chocolate from the pot... the best dessert!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Very delicious food, we had a great experience and the service at the table was top notch.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I first hesitated idea of fondu because of too much cheese and no varieties. They do have many different kinds. This is not just a fondu place but a hotpot place. We chose Thursday special for date night three course meals with pairing (choice of beer or wine), and that was certainly good value. Love to try other flavor fondu.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

What a great dinner! My family's first fondue experience!
Excellent service, waitress made helpful suggestions and great menu options. It was so much fun! We did cheese fondue, dinner entrees, and fruit in chocolate for dessert! Great atmosphere. Thank you for memorable experience in Durham. We were visiting Duke.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 20, 2017

It's pretty dumb that some cheeses are extra even though it doesn't say so on the menu. Water spilled at our table and waitress didn't offer napkins or to help clean. And you cant take your extra food home. DUMB all the way. Won't return.

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

The Little Dipper is a Durham gem. The design and decoration creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the unique experience of fondue. The dips are made in front of you so you know it's fresh! A great place for a special occasion!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Our 1st time experience was wonderful. It was our wedding anniversary and they brought us complimentary champagne. Many more food options than the competitor, Melting Pot. Staff was very attentive. Prices were much better than competition. Our waitress was o.k., but the manager and other staff were very attentive. Bottled wine prices were a bit high, so we opted for the Flight of Wine experience. We will be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Fairly expensive, but good fondue. Definitely not a Tuesday night dinner place, but we had a small room, the noise level was pretty low and the service was good.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Little Dipper Durham never fails to be an incredible value for money. My husband and I had a truly extravagant date night, walking away after 4 delicious and creative courses feeling totally stuffed, and all for under 100 dollars! The ambiance is cosy and fun for couples especially. I have also been to the restaurant a few times for their ladies night special and had fun, but the little couple booths are a perfect environment for a flirty date dinner. The service is assiduous but they allow you your privacy, and everyone working there seems to be having fun, which helps to set a festive tone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Birthday celebration for my daughter. Dinner is not quick - we spent over 2 hours. But it is great to spend some quality family time together. I would recommend an earlier reservation (ours was 7pm) and by the time we left we were all tired!

Food is good and the service was wonderful.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

First time at The Little Dipper. Great, knowledgeable service. Food was enjoyable. Nice atmosphere. Drinks are pricey. Fun night for a date.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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