The Little Dipper - Durham

4.6
654 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fondue
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  • Good for Birthdays
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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!
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fondue
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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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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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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.
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The decor and ambience were pretty nice. The cheese fondue, salad and dessert were very good. The entrees were a little bit disappointing because the server-recommended peanut oil was heavy and flavorless. The dipping sauces that were served with our entrees were not our favorites, and I wish we had chosen the specific sauces that appealed to us. Our server was a bit forgetful even though the restaurant was not that busy. We might return to do just a cheese fondue with salad and forego the entree fondues.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Went to dinner with a friend and had wonderful food and service. I highly recommend it.

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2.0Dined on August 1, 2018

the waiter did the best he could but the few times i have gone, the restaurant seems poorly managed with never enough servers on the floor.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

My wife and I have made a tradition of going to the Little Dipper on our anniversary every year since 2005...first in Wilmington, and now that we live in the Triangle at the Durham location. The service is always friendly and attentive and the food is great. Fondue is a fun way to dine and not only does it make you slow down and savor the food, it encourages conversation whether it's a special meal for two or an outing with a group.

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Very slow. Took 3+ hours. Politely let manager know but didn’t seem to care.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The food selection and quality were outstanding. Our server made the experience even more fantastic with his personality, information and suggestions, and tips for cooking our own fondue, which we have enjoyed doing for years.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Celebrating my son's birthday. Food was fresh. Excellent service. Pricey, but about the same as other fondue places.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Went for brunch and we had 1 pescatarian. It’s delicious but you get the same amount of food as a pair versus 4; people were hungry and some couldn’t eat as much as others. Bottomless mimosas are awesome. Great place for a date. Will be going back again.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Absolutely wonderful. I love The Little Dipper, and our waitress, Laurel was great.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Fun and unique experience. Good quality food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Our kids love fondue and Little Dipper has a great Sunday special that allows the kids to eat free with 1/2 price bottle of wine for mom and dad. Between the casual setting, good food, and great service it makes for a fun family Sunday dinner. We recently did Father's day at Little Dipper and it didn't dissapoint. PS Not all Fondue Restaurants are created equal and I really didn't like it till we came here.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Birthday, fathers day

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The little dipper had the best wait staff EVER. Our waiter was so nice and helpful and was willing to answer all of our questions about Durham. The bartender was also very nice and seemed very proud of the drinks he made. The food was excellent and fondue is always so fun! We will definitely be back next time we are in Durham!!!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Everything was great ambiance and food wise. The server blamed my misplaced credit card on a different person. It was found but to pawn off work when it wasn't busy was irksome to me. Server lacked customer service.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was delicious and plentiful. The waitress and hostess were friendly and knowledgeable. They surprised my husband with dessert even though we also ordered chocolate fondue. We will definitely have return!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We saw this restaurant on the Triangle Restaurant Week website and thought it would be fun. And it was! Fondue is always a fun experience but the service was great! Our glasses were never empty, the staff worked together to make sure we had everything we wanted. They had great cooking styles and excellent vegetarian options. Special extras with the dessert was also a pleasant surprise. And local ingredients like bread from Loaf Bakery in Durham!

Dinner is at least 2 hours so plan for that if you have other activities happening in the same night. This length of time is not unexpected since part of the the fondue experience is cooking your food at the table. It was cool and unique and a great setting in Downtown Durham. A must try!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

My first time here and it was beyond amazing!

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I always like to come here because the food is good and fun. However, the past few times we have come, we have planned for 3 hours with a babysitter and have had to rush back home. This time we didn't even have time to get dessert which we were planning. They were running behind a bit and apologized. I don't know if we should plan more time next time or if the service is too slow? I do really like the food and atmosphere, but would like to be able to get in and out in 2 hours, maybe that's not reasonable for fondue?

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Wonderful place with great food and very pleasant staff. We enjoyed it a great deal!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Super fun and great food.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Had a great date night! Fun and relaxing at the same time! Great to have a cozy dinner and great conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food. And a cheaper kids meal so adults don't have to break the bank bringing them along.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Menu was easy to understand. The booth tables were a little awkward, but they obliged us and let us sit at a table by the window. The fontina cheese fondu was delish! The fresh cut veggies were a little rubbery, the cooked potatoes were better in the cheese than I expected. The cheese got clumpy pretty quick but we added some of the white wine we were drinking and it loosened up nicely. The dark choc/peanut butter was THE BEST! Fruit was fresh and juicy, pretzels and the Oreos were stale, pound cut up in pieces to small to dip with a fork as they fell apart in the pot. Next time we’ll just do the fruit only. All in all, it was nice. We would probably go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Daughters 16th birthday.
Staff did wonderful job

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Awesome place! It was hard to find the entrance, but I liked the weird hallway layout of the restaurant itself. Might not be for everybody, but even so the food was great and the Casual Friday specials made it really affordable to grab a bite to eat before heading out into downtown Durham for a great night!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We went for ladies night which is an awesome value. Ordinarily the service is excellent, but it was a bit off for us. The food - as always - was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This was a wonderful experience. We loved the chocolate course. Our server was covering extra tables, so service was a little slow, but we had a great time.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a 8:00 pm reservation for a birthday dinner. We arrived a few minutes before and were seated promptly. We waited about 10 minutes before our server came by to fill our water glasses. A couple was seated next to us around 8:15 and had their water and drink orders before our server even came back to take our drink orders. It took another 15 minutes for her to return with our drinks. Our server admitted they were short staffed and she usually worked the bar. It was clear by her comments she wasn't happy about having to serve. We finally got our cheese fondue order placed around 8:30. We were constantly given the excuse they were short staffed, however, when one of us would go to the restroom, our server was always standing around in the bar area. We did not get our final bill until 11:15. I have had fondue before and have never had it take almost 3.5 hours to eat a meal. I understand the server said they were short staffed, but the tables around us were clearly being served more promptly than ours. In the past, Little Dipper has been a good experience. I will have to seriously think about going back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Although not inexpensive, the dinner became an experience as individuals cooked their own dinners.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Out of this world wonderful experience! Delicious food, great atmosphere and fantastic service! What a wonderful treat of a meal!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service, fondue was delicious, drinks were good. Love the restaurants decor. Intimate for a date or romantic dinner. Price was reasonable.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fondue was never of great appeal to me, but the experience here was top-notch and very well-suited for a special occasion. Good selection, plentiful portions and an overall good time.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent service and delicious food. Ambience is perfect for a date night.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Wonderful dinner as usual for my son’s birthday. Service was great, food great.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

FANTASTIC! we had a coupon for melting pot but heard about the weekly deals here that are not only better but it’s a local place, and wow did we choose wisely!!! Wait staff was SUPER friendly and attentive, Swiss fondue was legit (we’ve had real fondue in Switzerland). The whole experience was phenomenal and very, very well priced. 6 total glasses of wine and 3 courses for $65 in a great ambience place. Can’t beat it! Fantastic gem!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Tuesday nights they have a special called "Locals Night" where you can get cheese and chocolate fondue for $10 per person.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very attentive wait staff but they also gave us time for ordering as we were busy catching up! The portions are generous so come hungry.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always have a great experience here. Friendly staff, good food and fantastic atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It was an amazing experience. I had the sea food collection, which was a wonderful meal for myself. It seemed as if everything on the menu was high quality and enjoyable. Cant wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We enjoyed our experience: the food was good and the atmosphere and music were awesome. I would like to have had a better experience accommodating different dietary restrictions (including one gluten free guest and one vegetarian guest). We were given two pots for each course; however, the pot with the sterno did not heat adequately to keep the cheese melted or to cook the food properly. A second stove top cooker would have been helpful.

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