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Mar 1, 2007 10:06 AM

Dinner at Fearrington House Restaurant

We expected a wonderful dinner at Fearrington House this past week. After all, it's one of only two Four Star restaurants in North Carolina, according to Mobil, and the only 5 Diamond resturant I know of according to AAA. That should put it right up there with other 4 Diamond restaurants including Bacchanalia in Atlanta, Emeril's in New Orleans, The Four Seasons and Bouley in New York and Masas in San Francisco.

It's not even close.

Food is ordinary at best. Service is fawning yet insincere. Room is pretty but cold. Off the top of my head, I can think of a dozen better restaurants in North Carolilna. And we easily could eat in two or three of them for the cost of a 3-course dinner for two at Fearrington House. I hate it when that happens.

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  1. I have not been there in years, I always felt that there was better food in other NC Restaurants, but that Fearrington had the best over all dinning experance. Once for a specal aneversity we also included overnight stay at the Inn wich provided us with a fantastic experance.

    Suprised to hear that you were unhappy with the service and found the room cold. Unless there were changes I always enjoyed the room and the service.

    1. Three years ago at Fearrington my wife dropped a knife onto her plate. It make a clanging sound that hung in the room for five or so seconds. I think the staff and patrons at the restaurant that night are still shell-shocked from that noise.

      In other words, way too stuffy for me.

      1. You know what is funny, the last time I was there, years ago, I remember going with another couple for a nice dinner and having normal dinner conversation (we are not old and stodgy, I promise). We were having a good time until when, about half way through the meal, the room began filling with large parties of drunk UNC alums after a football game. They all, I think, were trying to see who could be the most loud and obnoxious. They were NOT a young crowd. We could not even hear each other. I have not been back.

        1. first of all, i would never put much stock in these stars and diamonds. restaurants get these classifications and then slack. that being said, i've heard good things about fearrington, but im glad to get a recent review. I've never been there but now I know to go somewhere else for my next big triangle fancy din din. (according to chow, not diamonds and stars; that classification system is ridiculous imo)

          1. Too bad to hear that, I had an amazing meal there 12 years ago, and ended up going back there to propose to my wife a year later! Haven't been since (moved away from NC).