About Fearrington House Restaurant
This romantic farmhouse restaurant, a member of Relais & Chateaux, is "exquisite from start to finish...indeed sublime...at once cleverly original and intelligently conceived, with a nod to tradition," wrote critic Greg Cox of the News & Observer. Chef Colin Bedford's menu is a symphony of the seasonal, local and exotic, carefully sourced and marvelous to taste. Select from an award-winning wine cellar or let Sommelier Max Kast expertly pair wines for each course. Arrive early for an aperitif in the bar, on the front porch of the white-columned farmhouse, in the chairs overlooking the pastures, or while touring extensive gardens. Intimate rooms with fireplaces and exquisite regional art join with the 2011 Gold Medalist menu (N&O) for an exceptional experience. North Carolina’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant is just a short drive in the countryside, near to Chapel Hill, Cary, Raleigh or Durham.
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Fearrington Village offers extensive free parking, just steps from the restaurant. Limousine parking available.
Private Party Facilities:
Fearrington's beautifully appointed dining rooms, banquet halls, and expansive grounds offer a variety of venues for weddings, private parties, and special occasions. Our dedicated event planners will custom design, coordinate and execute every last detail guaranteeing an event that will dazzle your guests. There are several private dining rooms that will accommodate parties from 8 to 50 and our Garden Terrace will accommodate parties of up to 120.
The Barn at Fearrington offers an exceptional venue for large gatherings including weddings, holiday parties, and company events such as barbeques and team building and celebrations. The climate controlled Barn's rustic appeal always greets guests as an unexpected pleasure. The cobblestone entrance way, expansive dining and dancing space, magical twig chandeliers make the Barn one of the most desirable locations in the Triangle. The Barn at Fearrington accommodates groups from 125 to 300.
Private Party Contact:
Cheryl Kast: 919 542 2121x
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Fearrington House Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We were a party of seven. It was the f ...
We were a party of seven. It was the first visit for some and a repeat of more than once for others. Everything about the evening was as excellent as we expected. The food is marvelous. One friend has said it's the best food she has ever had in any restaurant in the world, and she has traveled extensively. The portions are just right; the flavors and textures and everything involved in each dish in each course complement each other beautifully. We had a grand time.
The drive is worth it. It is an outstand ...
The drive is worth it. It is an outstanding eating experience from the first bite to the last. The staff is extremely attentive to every detail. The menu selections are varied with something for everyone. I loved the quail. The courses are well thought out with delicate taste combinations that would please even the most refined palates. And the chocolate souffle was simply perfect!
We are now planning to make this our birthday clelebration place every year!
As always this restaurant delivers on ev ...
As always this restaurant delivers on everything one needs to have a great dinner. However, for the first time...and not the restaurant's fault, a near by diner was much too loud. Almost everyone in the room turned around to look at him at some time during the evening. At times it
was difficult to keep a conversation going. Staff did not appear to know what to do. Otherwise the food was excellent, the service top notch, and the general ambiance delightful.
We had a wonderful Anniversary dinner. ...
We had a wonderful Anniversary dinner. We selected the 3 course dinner option and we were also given an appetizer, wonderful selection of rolls, a pre-desert course, jellies to take home, and truffles, in addition to our selections. Each gourmet course was small and beautifully presented. We especially loved the smoked duck, and the Rasberry/Thyme mousse. The sommelier was a joy to speak with and recommended terrific wines.
Extraordinary in every regard. Everyone ...
Extraordinary in every regard. Everyone involved in the production of this meal works at the highest level. I have eaten there twice, and each time was unforgettable and inspiring about what individuals with knives and stoves can produce as art.
The place looks good. Its sophisticated ...
The place looks good. Its sophisticated but the food is not great. Its ridiculously expensive. They are very slow in service. I saw the reviews and was excited but it was just a fancy restaurant with bad to mediocre food .
Fearrington House continues to live up ...
Fearrington House continues to live up to its reputation. We were celebrating our anniversary and received a menu with our names and anniversary date on the cover. The food and wine were excellent, as was the service. We were pleased that they had a very good selection of wines by the glass which we like since we each prefer different kind.
The Fearrington House was our special oc ...
The Fearrington House was our special occasion dining choice during the 17 years we lived in Chapel Hill and much missed when we moved 10 years ago. We have traveled back to Chapel Hill just for dinner since our move - as always we greatly enjoyed the wonderful service and lovely atmosphere although the menu selections, though very good did not quite live up to our memories of past meals. We missed the lack of salad choices on the menu. Dropping salads seems to be an unfortunate recent trend at many restaurants.
Wonderful and memorable dining. The en ...
Wonderful and memorable dining. The entire experience was peaceful, relaxing, and delicious! We arrived a little early and had cocktails in lounge before. Evening started with impeccable service in lounge. We had the four course offering. All of the dishes were delicious and well balanced. Service was excellent. People's dress ranged from business casual to jacket and tie, which we think is great. The focus is on serving great food with great service, not being stuffy.
We've eaten here three times in the last ...
We've eaten here three times in the last sixteen months. Twice we had very good meals, once it was disappointing. This seems to be the consensus among friends - service is excellent but the food is inconsistent. Considering that dinner for two with cocktail/wine and tip will be in the $275.00 and up range disappointment should not be on the menu. But when it's good, it's very very good.
As always, Fearrington House Restaurant ...
As always, Fearrington House Restaurant delivered the goods and "then some". My husband and I keep praying that Colin B. and staff don't move on to any other restaurants and so far, we (and the rest of the guest that visit) are VERY lucky. Seeing Maximilian and Joris always makes our visit. Our server Jason was new to us but very well trained and delightful. As usual, the food, service, cocktails, wine and atmosphere were SUPERB. We especially loved the wine pairings that Max chose for my husband and I and the salted and unsalted BUTTER (can we buy POUNDS of that for home????). The amuse-bouche, palate cleansers, jelly, special menu's and chocolates are SO much enjoyed and appreciated. We will be back in August!
we had forgotten to mention our friend's ...
we had forgotten to mention our friend's birthday but the staff put together a 'signature' menu and even had the chef sign it! it was a lovely, not-rushed, quiet evening with many little surprise 'between-courses' treats. wonderful location, good service and food for a special night! a creative, interesting and delicious menu well-presented.
My spouse and I came to Fearrington to e ...
My spouse and I came to Fearrington to experience fine dining together - I'd been a few times before but it was my spouse's first time. Recently we'd both been trying to develop our palates and Fearrington seemed like an appropriate local opportunity.
Compared to some of my past experiences, I felt a bit out of place for not being interested in meat or alcohol. While I do know choosing not to partake does constitute a difficulty for the restaurant, I was surprised by the degree to which my tastes were assumed. The food was, of course, excellent. Beyond, the commitment to sourcing and sustainability were clear, admirable, and much appreciated.
The food was great, Was a bit surprised ...
The food was great, Was a bit surprised that the waiter didn't ask about the occasion . It was our 25th wedding anniversary...no big deal. just felt the waiter was going through the motions. Not very personable, maybe was having a bad day...we all have those.
Quiet Sunday night Father's Day dinner, ...
Quiet Sunday night Father's Day dinner, for four, four courses with wine pairings. Relaxed evening with lots of interesting tastes to savor. Attentive and knowledgeable service (both food and wine), beautiful garden views. Very special food combinations and a good variety of menu choices. Overall, wonderful. The fine print: Yellow gazpacho fantastic. Roasted corn dish also really good. Compressed watermelon delicious. Among the four of us opting for different desserts, the cheese plate was the biggest hit. The other desserts did not seem as creative as the rest of the meal. Amuse bouche: chicken mousse (?) cute but blah. Vegetarian main dish option wanted more protein to be a main dish. Would it be nice to have at least one super spicy option?
We were not terribly impressed. Food w ...
We were not terribly impressed. Food was ok but not outstanding. Menu was very limited and it was pricey. Not opposed to paying for great food, but this menu does not justify the price tag.
The main courses were disappointing. Two ...
The main courses were disappointing. Two had fish and it was a bit overcooked. One had
beef tenderloin and it was overcooked. One had rabbit and said it was OK. The wine choices
were wonderful. The first and second courses were wonderful and would stand up to any
around the world. The desserts had too many choices with white chocolate.
I am a professional food scientist so fo ...
I am a professional food scientist so food is a passion of mine. I have enjoyed dining in several countries and all major cities of the U.S. in over 40 years of business travel. Our meal on Saturday night was the finest dining experience ever. Nothing could have been improved upon for our anniversary celebration. To top off the evening we heard "our song" played at the end of the meal. A very special serendipitous touch to an occasion we shall never forget.
Wonderful food and service. Unfortunate ...
Wonderful food and service. Unfortunately, the price of wine for the amount served is outrageous! I am more than willing to pay for value-added things like food & service, but there is very little value-added in opening a bottle of wine (even taking storage & refrigeration into account). $12 to $14 for a 3 oz. glass of "featured" (house?) wine is beyond gouging. Unfortunate, since it really puts a damper on an otherwise excellent dining experience. Howard Horton
We dined at Fearrington House a couple o ...
We dined at Fearrington House a couple of months ago and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it, from the ambience, to the service, to the food. We were worried that another visit would not live up to that experience, and we were pleased to have this visit be as wonderful and perfect as the last. This truly is a five star restaurant. The chef does not treat the vegetarian menu as an afterthought to the meat menu. There is so much thought put into flavors and textures complementing and contrasting each other. Every course is a delight, and the service is perfect. We will go back again with every season, and hope to enjoy the chefs seasonally inspired creations for years to come.
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