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Service at The Fearrington House Restaurant is, for the most part, gracious, attentive and unpretentious, given that many in the tight-knit staff have worked together for years — some even for decades. Maître d’ Joris Haarhuis, for example, has logged 17 years at the restaurant, and wine director Max Kast effortlessly guides you through the myriad bottles available for tippling and can talk about wine in terms even a novice can understand. On a recent visit to the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, however, we did feel that service faltered at times, notably toward the end of the meal when we were left wondering when our dessert would emerge from the kitchen. We were also surprised at the occasional lack of observation by the waiters, who left our water glasses empty when they needed refilling and who didn’t refold our napkin for us when we left the table to use the powder room. Still, knowledge runs high and staff does its best to uphold that good old Southern hospitality.
The service is very professional as well as friendly. Servers at The Fearrington House have worked here for years and have very good knowledge of the menus, the property and the area. Guests like to interact with our servers, and there are guests who will always come back and ask for their favorites.