Durham >Food & Dining > Four Square Restaurant
2701 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2770735.976819 -78.935722
Neighborhoods: Duke Forest
Cleanliness Issues – four square needs to have the same camera system that one restaurant has (streams the kitchen activities to the bar for the guests). maybe then every chef in kitchen, including the chef de cuisine, will wash their hands every so often. the food was good but, how safe was it? if the food was all i cared about, sure, it was great. but the thing is, i was ServSafe certified and washing hands when handling food is a must. I mean, seriously, who cares these days if their food is clean if it's good...
chef is a jerk – Chef Ingram is a complete jerk to work for... food is okay but it is over priced. Chef ingram has the biggest ego trip out of any chef i have ever worked with
One of our favorites – I'm a vegetarian and my husband is not (far from it) - so finding a restaurant that we both really love for a nice dinner isn't always easy. We've been to Four Square twice just the two of us - and we liked it so much that we went with our family to celebrate a birthday.
good service, food just OK – We went to Four Square because it had good ratings so I am writing this to provide you with some balance. Four Square is at most a four star restaurant. The service was very good but the food was just OK. Our dinner was not a good value when comparing it to the many other triangle area restaurants we can choose from. I liked the house's historical features, its structure, and its openness in most places except the bar. If your a man, you may get a brief scare when you discover that your bathroom is the one with pink walls and 2 sit-down type toilets :) Like the bathroom, the artwork hanging on the walls clashes with its location. Thinking about it, Four Square restaurant is an odd mixture of trendy food, misplaced art, and historical house.
One of the Top 5 restaurants in the Triangle – A wonderful old house is the setting, terrific service.
Shane Ingram and Elizabeth Woodhouse (the owners) are real pros.
The menu changes every month. Near Duke University.
Very highly recommended.
false advertising? – For Triangle Restaurant Week in Durham, participating restaurants offer a 3-course meal for $25 with a set menu. Last week, my friends and I downloaded about 10-15 menus from different restaurants around the area, finally settling on Four Square's menu because it sounded the most appealing. We had heard great things about Four Square, and we went ahead and made a reservation.
This afternoon, out of curiosity, we looked at the menu again. The one from last week was now gone, replaced by a not-so-appealing menu with fewer choices. When I called the restaurant, the man who answered the phone said that the menu "may have changed," and that "the chef may have put together something for advertisement purposes." What is the point of "putting together a menu" if you won't even stick to it? The reason we chose the restaurant was because of the menu!
However, all in all, we had a great experience, and the food is really good. Service is excellent.
Not worth the price tag. – I don't mind dropping money on a fabulous meal. I've dined in some of the better restaurants in NYC, Atlanta, Boston and Chicago and have no problem spending double per person what you will at this restaurant. My opinion is that there are better places to go in the Triangle with a similar price tag.
Bonne Soiree in Chapel Hill, in particular (they will pair courses with different wines per your request). The food here also shows a strong French influence, but it simpler and better executed.
I think Nana's has equally good food to Four Square, if a little less creative. But the atmosphere at Nana's is twice as enjoyable, and the staff more friendly and accommodating.
The best four star restaurant in durham! – yes, the location is weird BUT it is in a beautiful Victorian house on chapel hill rd. It has to be the best kept secret of durham. I have been to NaNa's which was voted one of the top restaurants in the nation BUT I have to say FOUR SQUARE is better. The only reason it may not be NANA'S is because of the location alone. The food and wait staff is so excellent that if you give it a chance, you WILL want to come back and you forget about the location. For the first course, I has a sweet potato bisqet which was recommended by the staff, For the entree I had the lamb.. the meat was SOOOOOOOOOO tender , the greens that came with was better than my moms seasoned greens ( mind you im a born & raised country boy) and the presentation!!!!- you can tell the chef loves his job. My babes had the pork loin- delicious.. then to end I had the chocolate cake and my babes had the cheesecake. SO THE PLEASANT SURPRISE WAS.. me and my baby been together 2 years and it was our two year anniversary...so when they brought out the dessert they wrote HAPPY ANNIVERSARY in chocolate on my plate. This is important to me because every wait staff that came through were genuine and got to know us- and did I tell you we were a gay couple... didnt bother the wait staff one bit. I need not tell you I gave the waiter an excellent tip.. kinda wish I gave him more.
they change their menu every month, so me and babes going back for my birthday this month.. I m so looking forward to it... I'll NEVER forget FOUR SQUARE! if you are looking for a nice 4 star to take a love one or a business dinner LOOK NO FURTHER! I can honestly say It's worth the money.
You can do much, much better – The food itself was actually very good and nicely presented. That's the good news.
Location is actually quite sketchy, if you eventually find it. Passed through a few "kids lock the doors" type neighborhoods to get there. Nice view of the giant plastic cow on top of the Mexican joint across the street.
Student/waiters didn't seem to want to be there. But to be fair, the place was packed, so it's apparently pretty popular by Durham standards.
If you are looking for a lovely dinner in an old Victorian home in this price range, stick with Second Empire. I know I will.
Best food in the Triangle – Hands down, the best meal I have eaten since I moved to the area. Nice atmosphere; polite, attentive service. Portions were perfectly sized and every item fresh and well-seasoned. Stay for dessert - banana & coconut bombe was amazing!
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