Fairview Dining Room

New American cuisine in a classic Durham setting
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has long served as one of Durham, North Carolina’s premier hotels for tradition done with a high-end touch. That being the case, it is only fitting that the property’s signature restaurant, Fairview Dining Room, has carried itself in a similarly refined manner since opening its doors back in 1988.

After loosening its collar somewhat (more booths, less delicate place settings) in 2012, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant moves at an easygoing pace but still takes its stellar table service very seriously.

Executive chef Troy Stauffer's menu is one that’s filled with New American cuisine done with subtle preparatory winks to the old South. Parties of all shapes will enjoy the seasonal dishes — and while a few of them will tap their feet to the nightly piano tunes, all will certainly leave with a smile.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Fairview has a more refined feel — servers’ uniforms are clean, conversations are muted and window adornments are classic — but it’s not to be taken too seriously.
  • If the consistent smiles on the faces of the waitstaff aren’t indication enough, the fact that many tables look directly onto the Duke University Golf Course certainly shows its lighter side.
  • At breakfast and lunch, the energy is quite bright — which actually might have as much to do with the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the greens than anything else.
  • At dinnertime, the mood is still easy, only it has a little more rhythm to it thanks to the nightly piano tunes.
Things to Know
  • Breakfast can be savored from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday through Friday. It runs 7 a.m. to noon on the weekends. Lunchtime falls between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the week. And dinner goes from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
  • On the weekend, brunch is served between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • There is no dress code at Fairview Dining Room, so come as you are. You will see gentlemen in everything from polo shirts and khaki shorts to sports coats and slacks, while ladies, come dressed in everything from T-shirts and jeans to dresses and basic pumps.
  • The best way to get a reservation at the Durham restaurant is by calling the establishment’s phone number at 919-493-6699. The tried-and-true online reservation site OpenTable.com is another good way to ensure your party’s place.
Getting There
3001 Cameron Boulevard, Durham, North Carolina 27705
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