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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:
Special Events: (919) 542-2121
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
Easter Sunday at the Fearrington House was outstanding. This was a four-course meal with fairly small portions and perfectly presented with gourmet touches. Even the rolls were housemade with different choices - delectable ! Each course was unique , and we especially loved the dessert - a chocolate souffle - and then filled with additional chocolate sauce with a dollop of whipped cream. The service was wonderful and well-timed too.
The Fearrington House Restaurant lived up to it's excellent reputation. The food was excellent - don't know how they come up with the combination of ingredients that generate the delicious flavors. The portions are sized perfectly so that you can get through multiple courses feeling comfortable. And as usual, the service was friendly and knowledgable. This is definitely the place for those special occasions.
Arrived early for dinner and walked around the charming small village. Live music on a Friday night- nice feel to the area. Had a drink at small bar before dinner- bartender was a bit slow but drinks were very well done. Nice wine list but bit expensive compared to other restaurants for bottles. Amuse bouche of salmon wonderfully done with just the right amount of heat. Foie gras ok but we like a warm steak cut more. Ono and wooly pig were both heavenly. Desserts were well done and artistically presented. Breads were very good with multiple unusual choices. Service was attentive and friendly without being overdone. Probably the best waitstaff service we have had for a while.
This is a fine up-scale restaurant that lives up to it's reputation. The preparation is perfect. The presentation ( which doesn't mean much to me, but to my wife and many others it's part of the deal) was impressive. The attention and information from the waiter was informative, human (not robotic), and helpful without being hovering or intrusive. Oh and the food was unique, tasty, and perfectly prepared. This is in what looks like an old inn in the setting of what was once a family farm. Again, the reputation is deserved and preserved.
This was one of the best meals I have ever had and certainly the finest I have had in North Carolina. The menu was creative and the food fresh and delicious. The service was outstanding. The restaurant was quiet and intimate allowing for a lovely and relaxing evening. The historic home and pastural views make for a wonderful ambiance. Each course was better than the one prior. Finishing with a selection of fantastic desserts. I highly recommend for a special occasion on anytime you want to make dining an experience.
I have been to the Farrington House before but not to the fine dining restaurant. The menu sounded interesting but in fact was not that tasty. The portions were small and somewhat "gimmicky" with foam and such. There were also too many chef's treats......there should have been more substance for each course. The service was very professional. However, we would not repeat the experience or recommend it to others.
It had been over 20 years since my wife and I dined at Fearrington House. We were not disappointed. If anything the food is more modern and the chef more forward thinking.
I would put the food on par with Herons at The Umstead Hotel. The service is excellent but I did give 5 stars because we were not offered coffee after dinner.
I have heard about this restaurant for years. I was told by a friend about 10yrs ago this is the only 5 star restaurant in North Carolina.
I agree with the 3 star Yelp reviews.
The food is good. The quantity is very small. The price is very high.
The ambiance and service were nice.
Unfortunately it is not fine dining quality food.
It doesn't compare to fine dining experience I have had in NYC, Chicago, LA, etc.
I was so disappointed.
Anyone who reads this who thinks I am off try a decent French Restaurant in any metropolitan area and you will understand my point.
Or even better try the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia. You would be sorry to ever give the Fearrington House a good review after this. You may ask for a refund.
We had a wonderful time at fearington house. The food was very creative and tasteful. Jason our waiter was very personable and knowledgeable about everything. Thr black cod was our favorite dish. The portions are appropriate. Don't know what others are referring to. We came away saying that we should come here on more than special occasions.
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.
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