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“Excellent special occasion dinner”

The Fearrington House Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 45 Restaurants in Pittsboro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $95 - $105
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Village Way
Description: The intimate dining rooms within the white-columned Fearrington House, a member of Relais & Chateaux, have welcomed guests for thirty years. It’s here that Executive Chef Colin Bedford continues a commitment to exceptional regional cuisine.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Excellent special occasion dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

We had a great experience last night at the Fearrington House Restaurant. We had a party of four, with my husband and his dad and girlfriend. We were greeted warmly and taken to a lovely table next to the back window, with a view of the sunset. The service was prompt, and though we were asked twice about wine or cocktails, they were very professional when we declined. We opted for the tasting menu, though I would have preferred to try some of the main menu items. All in all, most of the courses were EXCELLENT. The quail, fois gras, and venison were all highlights, as well as the unique cheese dish. The three desserts were a bit excessive, though all quite yummy. The soup starter was the only slight disappointment- while it tasted nice, there were a few bits of shell (lobster knuckles were part of the dish), which made it a little less pleasant to eat. Overall a great experience. My husband and I had been previously to stay at the house & have dinner, but this was the best overall experience we've had... in the past, service has not always been quite as friendly/professional. We do look quite young, which often results in subpar service, but in this case everyone was quite polite and warm.

I hope to return soon!

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Pittsboro, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect for a special occasion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

The setting is beautiful. The ambiance is both formal and relaxed. The service is attentive without being intrusive. The food is exquisite: small portions, beautifully prepared. The wine list is extensive, with many price options. The prices are very high.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank emrk
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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116 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“High expectations not quite met”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

When we arrived, we were greeted almost immediately. We were about 15 minutes early and we were told to wait in the salon-style room next to the entryway. However, we were not asked if we would like a drink while we waited and no one gave any indication whether we could be seated immediately or if we should expect to wait until our actual reservation time. After fifteen minutes of no interaction, someone did ask if we had been "helped". We weren't sure if this meant "greeted" or "asked if we wanted anything". We asked for glasses of Champagne and this was promptly brought.

Shortly after this, we were seated. We both chose the tasting menu and we chose the wine pairings as well.

The amuse bouche was very good but the soup course was very lemony. Too much so on its own and it was a bad match for the wine paired with it. When we mentioned this, the server told us she would mention it to the chef. The sommelier apologized but then said that "these guys really like lemon". So this is a common problem?

Most other courses were quite good and very much to our liking, but the pairings rarely worked. For the most part, however, we think this ended up being a difference of opinion between us the sommelier.

The sommelier did work to make sure the pairings would work for us. We are not fans of strongly oaky wines and in general, a pairing will have a few of these. The sommelier allowed us to taste a couple of samples to allow her to figure out where our palates were on the oak scale. The sommelier was also very knowledgeable. However, she spoke very quickly when describing the wines to us and we had difficulty understanding the in-depth information she was trying to tell us.

We have been in many high-end restaurants and they span the gamut from having servers like robots, to servers who adjust to a “read” of the customers, to servers who are always overly friendly. We enjoy the professional demeanor of the high-end experience while also expecting to have a little bit of a relaxed server/customer relationship. We got that here but it was a bit too casual and started to border on amateurish. It seemed that some of the "aura" of the high-end feel was lost.

Overall, this is still a high-end restaurant, but it doesn’t measure up to being one of the best in the state. The greeting was mishandled, service was friendly but somewhat amateurish, and the experience just wasn't there. Perhaps 3-1/2 or 4 AAA stars but not 5.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Itinerant_Foodies
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Athens, Georgia
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332 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Superb food in a beautiful restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

We were here for my birthday and chose the tasting menu. It was absolutely superb. It is hard to pick out any individual dishes but I loved the quail and the venison. French food at it's very best and if in France it would have been at least a 2 star Michelin. The food certainly would qualify but maybe a little more ostentation would be required for the extra star.

I understand the chef is English and I thought it showed in the choice of a trifle for one of the two deserts on the tasting menu.

The staff are very helpful and willing to converse. The sommelier really knew his stuff and the wine pairings were excellent. The Riesling was a real discovery and the desert wines were outstanding.

It was great to relax before the meal in front of a roaring log fire and while we were waiting for our taxi to have a post meal drink and talk soccer (and speed skating) to the Maitre D who is a Dutchman who has been at the restaurant for 22 years.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Mike L
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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127 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

We dined here on Christmas Day and it was the best Christmas gift we could have given to ourselves. It was prix-fix dinner but in no way were the limited choices an issue. Everything was exquisite and the service was exceptional. Innovative menu, most ingredients locally sourced, everything not only delicious but the presentation was culinary art at its best. Look forward to another experience with choices from the full menu and maybe an overnight stay someday at the inn itself. If you've ever enjoyed The Inn at Little Washington you will love this place too!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank jmapatterson
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