About Fearrington House Restaurant
The intimate dining rooms within the white-columned Fearrington House Restaurant welcome guests with exceptional service and a seasonally changing menu. Executive Chef Colin Bedford and his team’s commitment to exceptional farm-to-fork cuisine is woven throughout the dining experience.
From partnerships with local farms, including Duckwood Farms and Heritage Farms, to vegetables and herbs harvested from gardens on property, to dishes that celebrate North Carolina’s four distinct seasons, The Fearrington House’s mission to provide Relais & Chateaux level cuisine and service to guests has remained constant since opening in 1980.
Our menu is complemented by a beverage program featuring an extensive wine list, a fully-equipped bar, cocktails with local ingredient and beers celebrating North Carolina breweries. The beverage program is overseen by Beverage Director Paula de Pano.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
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:
Erin Day: (919) 542-2121 ext. 333
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Fearrington House Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The Fearrington House Restaurant is a special place. I've had the opportunity to dine there twice now, and I certainly enjoyed each visit. Here are some things to keep in mind:
1) This restaurant thrives on delivering an experience. If I could underline and italicize 'experience,' I would. The venue is charming, the staff are very experienced, and the food is beautiful and delicious.
2) If anything, one might say that the food is too beautiful. While I didn't notice this until my second visit, I think a common critique might be that the focus on presentation outstrips taste. Now, that is not to say that the food lacks any measure of complexity or creativity in generating playful flavors. I just wonder what the menu would taste like if some of the focus placed on preparing dishes with a five-star visual quality was reallocated. Balance is important and I'd almost prefer if the menu favored flavor. To their credit, I think the 'Chicken with Potato & Truffle; Leek, Honey, Buttermilk' entrée is an excellent example of this in concept, although I have yet to try it.
3) Regardless of whether you choose to order 3/4 courses or the Chef's Tasting Menu, you are almost constantly presented with plate after plate. In fact, unless you are particularly interested in what the Chef's Menu offers, you're likely better served to select each course to your taste. For reference any of the 3 or 4 courses you choose can be selected from any part of the menu so long as you only order at most one main course. I would plan your order in advance.
4) The staff are (at least in my experience) very educated and precise without an air of condescension. Ask questions.
If you happen to live within a few hours and you haven't made the trip at least once, you're missing out on an experience you'll likely remember for years to come.
Among the wonderful restaurants in the Triangle, it is difficult to say that one fabulous experience is better than another, but Fearrington House Restaurant is certainly among the very best. Experience the tasting menu with wine pairings, and then walk to your room. It will be a night to remember.
I have stayed at Blackberry Farm in TN a number of times, and being in the area I was excited to try Fearington House. The food at Blackberry is simply outstanding, the reviews I read of F-H seemed to point in that direction. Sadly this was not the case. While the ambiance is there, the service was impeccable, and the property is beautiful, the food was no more than average. At the price point and menu of F-H , there is little room for error. I will not be dining here again, and under no circumstances would I recommend this to a friend. Go check it out, have a drink at the beautiful bar with a very professional bartender, but do yourself a favor and skip the restaurant.
Exquisite experience for a special romantic time. Our waiter was perfect, k ew the menu in detail. The food was exemplary with every creative dish an amazing combination of tastes and consistencies - and beautifully presented. It clearly earns and deserves every star it has.
The service was impeccable, attentive and warm. Fearrington' staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Creative cuisine and unique dishes. delivery was a bit slow. We found the Wolly pig a bit chewy and the medium rare beef not as tender as beef can be at a fine dining restaurant. I'd certainly recommend it if cost and time is not an issue.
The food was excellent in quality and taste.
Very nice atmosphere.
Service was very good.
The portions were petite. I had a three course meal. The appetizer consisted of about 2 oz. of food. Similarly the 2nd course was about 2-3 tablespoons of food. My venison entree was 2 small half-dollar size portions each, about 2-3 oz. total. I was unsatisfied at the end of the meal and it was $105.
This is by far one of, if not the most outstanding restaurants that we have ever been to. We were celebrating several special occasions in one date and this experience did not disappoint. While very expensive, it is the experience that made it worth the cost. From the 4 courses to the wine pairings to the little extras throughout the evening, wow!
The Fearrington House is a unique restaurant, and one of the priciest in the triangle. They work hard to justify that price. The setting is perfect, and the service is impeccable. For all but the wealthiest customers, dining there is probably a special occasion, as it was in our case. Unfortunately, the experience was less than perfect.
We arrived early, planning to have a pre-dinner sherry in their lounge (a nice touch). We noticed the musty smell mentioned by others. It didn't bother us much though - we're a bit old and stuffy ourselves. Their drinks menu in the lounge offers several sherries by the glass. It turned out, however, that they don't really offer sherries by the glass. They did, though, manage to provide a couple by finding a bottle (not on the menu) that had been opened.
The meal itself was beautifully presented, each course consisting of a very elegant arrangement of items. Our reaction, though, was that more attention had been paid to the visual effect than to the taste. Each course contained so many strongly flavored elements that the overall effect was (to our taste) overwhelming and confusing. Too many of the dishes were heavy on the palette, too few offered light or subtle flavors.
Worse, some of the items did not live up to their promise. One or two were delightful - the hamachi with jalapeno was an excellent combination. The lobster, though, was rather tasteless. The sea bass, while otherwise excellent, tended to be dry - a little over-cooked perhaps.
By the end, we felt overwhelmed rather than gloriously satisfied. We could not finish the post-dessert treats, an array of small but heavy sweets. A small dish of, say, sorbet might have been better appreciated.
This was our family's fifth New Year's Eve dinner at the Fearrington house. I tradition we hope to carry on for many years.
Once again this year, our experience was phenomenal in every way with impressive attention to detail with the food, service, surroundings, and wine. For someone who is fortunate to be able to dine at top restaurants around the world, it is important to note that our New Year's celebrations at the Fearrington House rank as some of the most memorable dinners of a lifetime.
Thank you to Whit and the entire staff for giving up their New Year's Eve so that ours could be so memorable.
The most outstanding restaurant in the region by far. Very expensive but you're in for a real treat. Exquisite service and an outstanding wine list complement the creative menu items. The lobster was to die for and the chicken with truffles outstanding. Of course one cannot NOT have desert! Try the chocolate mousse and you will be in heaven!
Save your pennies and go for it!!
As always, the food, service and ambiance was superb. We selected the four course dinner with wine pairing, all was done with polish and outstanding service. The only negative comment is that the wine pairings are very small. The size of the pour of each wine was not more than 2 ounces. The cost was $95 per diner which if there was another ounce or two would have been a much wiser choice.
This restaurant is superior in every respect. Deserving of all 5Star ratings and one of the greatest fine dining establishments in the world. Fixed price menu offering four options in each dining category. Every presentation of food speaks to the highest level of skill in the kitchen.
Decor of the restaurant is always very nice especially during holiday periods such as Christmas.
Service on this occasion was beyond 5Star, the waiter was highly trained, knew every detail of the menu items, gave excellent recommendations when asked and provided top notch serving skills. This restaurant deserves every superior rating and if you are willing to spend top dollar for a great night of dining, you can't beat it!
Words cannot explain what kind of experience The Fearrington House is like. Derek was our server and he was so amicable and passionate about the food being served. They made our engagement celebration all that more memorable. Will be returning as the seasonal menu changes.
Impeccable scallops with salsify and acorn. Sublime foie gras with pumpkin and chestnuts. Inventive lobster with carrots and old bay. Perfectly seasoned vanison with quince and rutabaga. Valrhona Coeur de guanaja souffle was a slightly disappointing departure from the traditional Edna Lewis deep dark chocolate souffle. The taste and appearance was more of a milk chocolate. Please go back to the original recipe, Chef Colin! The cheese selections could have been more refined. With the exception of the Robiolo, the other three cheeses bordered on the insipid, including the bleu. Service was attentive without being overbearing. A lovely evening!
We decided to dine out for Thanksgiving this year, and the Fearrington House was the perfect spot. The service was excellent and the cuisine even better. We brought my 8 year old daughter along, and the restaurant was completely accommodating to her. Perfect for special occasions or simply a fantastic meal. Also, it is located in Fearrington Village ... such a cool spot - neat shops, farm, etc. It was a fun occasion, and we look forward to returning soon. Highly recommend.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at the Fearrington House Restaurant this past Sunday night. We had a wonderful time sitting by the fire with Kir Royales and enjoying the ambiance of the drawing room for almost an hour (at out choice) before dinner. The bar tender was very pleasant and knowledgeable and made sure we had everything we wanted. Dinner was excellent and consisted of four courses for me and three for my wife with wine, of course. Following dinner we adjourned back to the fire for a cordial and to wait for transportation which the restaurant contacted on our behalf. All in all a very pleasant, romantic, delicious evening.
The Fearrington House is a beautiful dining venue with exquisite service an wonderful ambiance; and under most circumstances would be worth the drive (3 hour round trip) and the very high cost of the meal.
I had chosen the restaurant because of the consistently high reviews given by other OT reviewers. I was, however, disappointed in the food.
While the menu was extensive, the presentation beautiful and service outstanding; it seemed the chef was "stretching" in an attempt to be unique. There was not a course -- from the bread to dessert that was really satisfying to the pallet. Sauces and accompanying sides involved unusual (strange) ingredients that distracted from the primary elements of the dish.
This failure in menu design is truly sad since everything else about the Fearrington House is so outstanding.
This is one of the most amazing experiences in the area. It was 30 minute drive and worth every minute. They even branded had printed menues with happy anniversary. A very personalized experience. The prices are very expensive the food and level of services matches the prices. Highly recommended for any special night with a loved one.
This has been consistently the best restaurant in the area for many years. The food is excellent as is the wine list- the service is always impeccable. A comparatively rare restaurant in this area where the sommeliers really know their wine. Not inexpensive but you get what you pay for. This time I particularly liked both the game consommé and the venison.
Went for my anniversary with a room package. Incredible deal. The tasting menu offered four courses, but we had only paid for three. We aren't dessert people so the server let us choose two different courses before the entree - and they still brought us a complimentary plate of sweets. Our names were printed on the menu, the chair was pulled out for me, everything was so special, and the food was incredible. If you go, definitely stay the night and enjoy the whole experience.
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 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 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.
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