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3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705-1059
(919) 493-6699
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Ranked #37 of 634 restaurants in Durham
Price range: $35 - $80
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Science Drive
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87% Recommend
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English first
New Bern, Nc
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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118 reviews 118 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

On a college tour we had the opportunity to have dinner at the Fairview. We just arrived and it was getting late, we thought we would just eat at the hotel. The service was excellent as was the food. The shrimp and grits were excellent. The crab cakes were all crab meat. The sweet potato made an excellent accompaniment. The... More

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Summerfield, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Superb culinary execution, fresh & imaginative to classic. The piano player is a delightful touch! We went for dinner one night and then brunch on Sunday - both experiences were excellent.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is a review of my dining experience a The Fairview Dining Room in the Washington Duke Inn from Saturday August 10, 2013. After driving 5 & 1/2 hours my wife and I arrived at the Washington Duke Inn around 3;30pm. My legs were tight from the trip so I put on my running clothes and ran for an hour.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I have eaten in amazing hotel restaurants from Barbados to Bali and back and I have to say that the food in the Fairview restaurant at the Washington Duke Hotel is some of the best in the world. Their use of local produce and creativity in combining flavours plus the gorgeous presentation makes me happy again and again. This is... More

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Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Ate here on graduation weekend and were quite pleased with the decor and service. The food was good, but not great for the price. Everyone in our group was pleased with their meals, but not overwhelmed. All in all it was a perfect place for a graduation celebration because the atmosphere was most important in this case. Prix fixe dinner... More

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