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Fairview Dining Room

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American, Contemporary
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3001 Cameron Boulevard, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, Durham, NC 27705 (Science Drive)
(919) 490-0999
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6:00 am - 12:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat - Sun 6:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Fairview Dining Room has come to define Durham fine dining with its...
The Fairview Dining Room has come to define Durham fine dining with its "regional neo-American" specialties and impeccable service. The Fairview's elegant ambiance only adds to the overall experience. Every meal at the AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated restaurant is executed with culinary mastery and meticulous attention to detail.
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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Elegant setting for afternoon tea with lovely views and relaxing background music

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with friends. The waiter was attentive and promptly took our beverage orders. There was a reasonable selection of teas. The sandwiches were ok but needed a bit more filling. Scones were tasty but thin and difficult to slice without breaking into pieces. Lemon curd... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
candlemas
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nc
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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62 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
nc
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with friends. The waiter was attentive and promptly took our beverage orders. There was a reasonable selection of teas. The sandwiches were ok but needed a bit more filling. Scones were tasty but thin and difficult to slice without breaking into pieces. Lemon curd and cream were very good. The dining room is really... More 

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Grandy, North Carolina
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Absolutely delicious! Everything is well above fantastic here. The service is impeccable and gracious. Very elegant.

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North SF Bay
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

There were 5 of us for dinner on a Friday night. We sat outside and it was in a magical setting - overlooking the greens with twinkling lights. We had swordfish, duck, lamb and 2 filet mignons. We ordered 2 wines, salads and had to polish off our sumptuous meals with some shared desserts - pistachio pavlova, pineapple upside down... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The Fairview Restaurant in the Washington Duke Inn on Duke University's campus is by far the best restaurant I have ever been to. The food, the service, the atmosphere. It is expensive, but well worth the price. We have been there for dinner, lunch, brunch, sat outside and inside. It is very quiet, very elegant, impeccable service. Everyone goes out... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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222 reviews 222 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We checked in late at the hotel and ate here mostly out of convenience. It was fine, but really nothing memorable. The staff was maybe a bit too eager to be helpful and at some point I just wanted to be left to enjoy the meal. The setting is lovely and they seemed to be able to accommodate the needs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I came in for lunch today and I was very happy with the great service. I ordered the shrimp and grits, the food tasted delicious! It was an enjoyable afternoon. Also, I heard about their tea sessions during some afternoons. That sounded like it could be a nice outing to try. Thanks Fairview Dining Room!

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Durham, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Fairview, the restaurant in the Washington Duke Inn, is one of my favorite restaurants in Durham. It has old world charm and new world flavors with a farm to table concept, an excellent chef, and great entrees and food items. The wine list is also one of the best in the area, with many outstanding choices. The service is... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My wife and I had wonderful experiences with the quality of both the food and the service at this restaurant, having eaten there twice this weekend. It is a bit pricey for the area but the food is excellent.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Had drinks in the adjacent bar - lots of activity and cozy setting. Dining room was formal but not stuffy - several kids and families enjoying upscale Christmas weekend dinner. Food was interesting and well presented.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Had a great dinner off their special New Year's Eve menu. Our party had a variety of dishes and all were outstanding through each course. Happy New Year!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3001 Cameron Boulevard, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, Durham, NC 27705
    (Science Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: (919) 490-0999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients

Description

The Fairview Dining Room has come to define Durham fine dining with its "regional neo-American" specialties and impeccable service. The Fairview's elegant ambiance only adds to the overall experience. Every meal at the AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated restaurant is executed with culinary mastery and meticulous attention to detail.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 12:00 pm

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