Fairview Dining Room, Durham

The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is a beautiful hotel on the Duke University Campus.  The ‘WaDuke’ is where the Fairview Dining Room is located and overlooks the golf course.  The dining room is elegant with a grand piano in the center of the space which is divided by wooden banisters.  The tables are covered with white linens and set with gold rimmed china.  The high back chairs are upholstered in a rich blue with golden emblems.  The tables are set a good distance apart to allow for pleasant conversation at each table.

G and I met one of my dear friends from high school here (what is the probability of two native Coloradans, who graduated together to be living in the Triangle at the same time!?) for an early dinner.  We decided to try the Happy Hour Menu; between 5:30 and 6:30pm daily they offer a $25 three course dinner menu.  After looking at the menu online we noticed that several of the entrée options are offered and the full menu prices were quite expensive.  So, we opted for an earlier reservation to try the Happy Hour menu (the latest reservation they will take for this is 6:15pm).

We settled in and selected a wine from the Barossa Valley in Australia to start.  I started with the shrimp and corn chowder with bacon which was rich and hearty with a perfect combination of sweet shrimp and corn offset by the salt and smokiness of the bacon.  For my entrée I had the lump crab cake which was full of large pieces of crab and complemented with a roasted red pepper and sweet onion relish.  With the happy hour menu they offer a sampling of desserts which was a perfect ending.

Somehow when the three of us get together we manage to cover every topic under the sun chat for hours on end.  This time was no exception, as we did not leave until 9:00pm!  But, at no time did we feel rushed or any pressure to leave.  The servers offered us water long after we finished dinner and asked if we wanted anything else.  The Fairview Dining Room is a perfect option for an elegant evening with delicious food and great conversation!

Fairview Dining Room at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club
3001 Cameron Blvd

6 thoughts on “Fairview Dining Room, Durham

  1. I love the WaDuke. I live right down the road and I often go to the Bull Durham bar to read in front of th fireplace, especially this time of year. I’ve also done their Thanksgiving buffet and let me tell you, it is the very definition of gluttony. I ate and ate and ate until I was about to burst, and every bite was delicious.

  2. Still need to hit up the Bull Durham bar sometime, too! The three of us should do it, and Ilina, too if she wants in. =) I loved my dinner at the Fairview Dining Room, and the bar seems like a pretty priced version of the food.

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