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3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705-1059
+1 919-490-0999
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Ranked #58 of 642 Restaurants in Durham
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Price range: $35 - $80
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Science Drive
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English first
North, South Carolina
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85 reviews 85 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Sunday brunch at the Fairview in the Washington Duke Inn can't be beat in Durham. Friendly, delicious, quiet, just a special place for a wonderful meal. The brunch menu offers many choices and has the added surprise of a dessert bar. The piano player will take requests which makes for a special personal experience. The gardens, the inn, and grounds... More

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Hampstead, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Want a nice afternoon tea? Available in the Fairview dining area that is delicious and accommodating as well. Wonderful brunch with a buffet style desserts which are all delicious. Wonderful dinner with selection from local farmers/produce

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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I called in reservations for 8 people for lunch to celebrate my son's graduation from Lower School to Middle School. We arrived at 12:00 noon and were seated by 12:15 noon. Orders were taken by 12:20 pm and by 1:30 pm. 3 people in our party received lunch and 5 did not. The kids and my elderly mother order the... More

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Raleigh, NC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I dined at the Fairview Dining Room at the Washington Duke Inn with friends on a Saturday night. Although it was very crowded, we were seated right away. The staff was very professional. However, the service was excruciatingly slow. When a request was made for refills or a condiment, it took way too long to receive the... More

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Reston, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I've been to the Fairview Dining Room on numerous occasions because it is convenient to the Duke University campus, but it usually doesn't warrant a four-star rating. The service is sometimes sloppy (for this caliber of a restaurant), and the food can be disappointing--I've had terrible salads, and sometimes their vegetarian meals are bland. It is a great ambiance, and... More

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New Bern, Nc
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

My husband and I were celebrating a special birthday for him so we drove to Durham from New Bern to see a concert at DPAC and have a special dinner. We chose the Fairview restaurant at the Washington Duke Inn. The decor was stunning and the entire waitstaff was very attentive. Our specific waiter was helpful and knowledgeable about the... More

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134 reviews 134 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Atmosphere and decor, including classical pianist, was very nice for Sunday brunch. Food was innovative and fairly priced for quality. Monkfish and goat eggs benedict superb, as were desserts, soups and salad. Only slight negative was pace of service, slow to remove plates when finished and coffee refills and bringing check even after requested. Fix those small flaws and perhaps... More

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Tampa, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The service was perfectly good and the wine list was not bad, but the food was absolutely nothing special. I started with the chowder, which was fine and then had the crabcakes which were nothing special despite being their specialty dish. On top of that, it was fairly expensive and I simply expected more.

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Durham, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The Fairview is simply the finest dining experience anywhere in the Triangle region of NC....and maybe on the planet. Don Ball, the manager, is a bright, innovative, customer-focused restaurateur with tremendous experience and a superior reputation in our community. The entire staff works to make the dining experience gracious, classy, relaxing and delicious. They will "move heaven and earth" to... More

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Oxford, NC
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140 reviews 140 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Just like the hotel (see my separate review) the Fairview has stepped up its game. Our meal there was excellent. The grit cakes appetizer was perfectly prepared. I ordered the crabcake which was light and fluffy and crammed with lump crab meat. The sauce was superb. My wife ordered the filet mignon which was cooked to the highest standard. The... More

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