About Four Square Restaurant

2701 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC 27707
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Four Square is located in the Bartlett Mangum House, a restored 1908 Victorian home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Outside, massive Doric columns flank the entrance. A wraparound porch, second floor balcony, and slate roof capped by iron scrollwork complete the picture. Inside, the intimate dining rooms each have their original coal burning fireplaces with tiled, carved wood and mirrored mantelpieces. Leaded and stained glass windows and beautiful woodwork can be found throughout.

Our menu changes bi-monthly to reflect our commitment to bringing diners the freshest and most seasonal products available. We rely on local famers and purveyors to bring us the region’s best, from vegetables and grains to seafood and meats. We have a passion for food at Four Square, and we hope you sense it when you dine with us.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Hours: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Sat: 5:30pm - 9:30pm.

Cross Street:
Pickett Rd.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 401-9877

Website:
http://www.foursquarerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
The restaurant has a gravel parking lot in front and on both sides of the building.

Executive Chef:
Shane Ingram

Private Party Facilities:
Four Square is unique in the Triangle area in its ability to offer flexible private dining areas for groups of varying sizes. Our smallest private room seats 8 to 10 guests at a large round table, perfect for board meetings or small family gatherings. Parties of 12 to 24 can be accomodated in each of our two mid-sized rooms, and parties of 25 to 40 may reserve our largest private room. For larger parties, the second floor can accommodate as many as 75 and the entire restaurant may be reserved for up to 125 for a seated dinner. If used as a stand-up cocktail/reception the restaurant can accommodate 200. Please call the restaurant directly to book private parties.

Private Party Contact:
Brandon Carr: 919-401-9877x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
We will be serving a 3 course Mother's Day dinner from 4:30 until 8:30pm . Cost is $68 per person.

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4.6

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4.6

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4.5

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
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Another enjoyable experience...

Dined on April 22, 2016

We chose Four Square for it's small, personal rooms and past experience. Courses (presentation and taste) were often the subject of conversation. Our waiter, Chris, was a joy... full of humor and one of our guests felt he could visualize the dishes described. It made our decisions hard and enhanced our desire to come back. A nice evening!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Consistently Good

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

We have eaten here when we are in Durham over the past 8-10 years. The food has always been very good to excellent. My wife's salmon was excellent as were her appetizer and dessert. My meals was the same except the Saratoga steak was very tough but was cooked well in a port wine reduction. The service was outstanding. We will continue to return in the future.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
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Four Square

vip
Dined on April 18, 2016

Sitting on the front porch having good a glass of wine was delightful. Food and service was very good. Desserts were less then satisfying. A chocolate Carmel cake was dry and not very flavorful same with the milk chocolate cheesecake. The music over the loud speaker was 70's R&B and didn't fit the elegence of the the surroundings. And it was way too loud.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service2

I wanted this restaurant to be great. I ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

I wanted this restaurant to be great. It was not. The atmosphere was neat, but the food and service were sub-par. I've eaten at many nice restaurants and, frankly, I won't rush back to this one. I'm only giving it a 3 bc my husband kind of liked his entree.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and great service

vip
Dined on April 5, 2016

Great food and great service

food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Birthday Well Spent

Dined on April 2, 2016

My mom and I had a great time celebrating my sister's 33rd bday. This restaurant has been on my sister's must go list for years (we are true blue Durhamites) and for some reason she never tried it. It was totally worth the wait! My sister and mom are foodies, adventurous pallets and always ready to try new flavors, in contrast I will try new dishes w reservation (my motto: can't say I don't like it if I don't try it) and it was worth the try for all of us!! Service was exceptional and all courses (1 throught 3 were unforgettable). The atmosphere is elegant, inviting and warm. It was too cool to dine on the patio but I can see that being a perfect place to enjoy the meal. The cocktails were refreshing and added just the right additional to the meals; my wine Reisling, recommended per the waiter, was light springy and sweet-in a good way- as I requested. Thanks for helping us celebrate my sisters bday AND WE WILL BE BACK (considering pricing the venue for my wedding reception....)

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service2
value1

With So Many Choices in Durham, Prob Won't Go Back

Dined on April 1, 2016

First off, our food was very good and well presented if not a little tired. Service was mixed to meh. Overall it was very expensive especially for the portion sizes. I'm not looking for portions a la The Cheesecake Factory, but a scallop entree with 3 scallops and a $36 steak entree with less than 6oz of non-prime less-than tenderloin? As the title states, it's a nice space and the food was good, but with so many choices in Durham for fine dining, Four Square is off the list.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We very much enjoyed our meal at Four Sq ...

Dined on March 31, 2016

We very much enjoyed our meal at Four Square. The service was excellent and the meals creative. Lots of great seafood selections.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Exceptional in every way

Dined on March 19, 2016

If you are looking for a truly memorable dining experience, look no further than Four Square. It's a little tricky to find if you don't know Durham, but it's totally worth the extra effort. Everything about the restaurant is top notch: not a misstep anywhere. Excellent food, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented; attentive yet unobtrusive service; small rooms with niches that make you feel like you're dining in private. Just lovely in every way, can't recommend it highly enough for a special date night or celebration. Expensive--but there are many other restaurants where you will spend an equal sum for a far from perfect night. Not at Four Square! Thanks to all the staff & chef for making our evening so special.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

An excellent anniversary dinner

Dined on March 14, 2016

My wife and I had been wanting to try Four Square for a while, now, and are glad we did. The seasonal menu had something of an Asian sour/savory theme that came through in the poached duck egg, venison, and rockfish dishes we ordered. Our server gave us lots of personal attention, and was very knowledgeable about the menu and drink list. We ate on the covered patio, which was lovely, even when it started to storm. Try it if you get the chance.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Great service

Dined on March 12, 2016

Small but interesting menu. Big wine selection and nice selection of restaurant-specific cocktails. Sectioned-off into small and larger dining halls, so depending on where you are sitting you can hear other tables' conversations. Personally felt garlic was used heavyhandedly in the salmond dish that did not advertise garlic as being a main ingredient... Courteous and helpful service with cozy ambiance could be a plus for date night. I will not return again.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

First timer, Different kind of dinning t ...

Dined on March 10, 2016

First timer, Different kind of dinning than i am used too but VERY nice I will come back !!!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

Too noisy

Dined on March 4, 2016

The night I dined there, it was VERY noisy downstairs.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Four Square delight

Dined on February 27, 2016

The food here never disappoints and, on this visit, greatly exceeded our expectations. Wonderful lobster bisque, an absolutely delicious venison rib chop with side dishes that competed for your attention and flounder done in a way that both surprised and delighted my wife. We have been coming here for 8 years and they are still delivering a great meal and dining experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

A special evening

Dined on February 27, 2016

We spent the 50th anniversary of having met at Four Square. Our waiter was attentive and professional. The wine that he suggested proved to be just right for our dinner choices. The menu was varied and since both my husband and I enjoy trying new things we did just that and were not disappointed. The tenderloin of duck was delicious and beef tongue charcuterie a treat. My only thought was that I wish that our table had been in a more quiet spot. Our reservation was for 6 o'clock and we had thought that we might miss the Saturday evening crowd. Unfortunately there was a table of 6 next to us and one young women punctuated every second word with "like" and that got old very fast. Of course the restaurant could not help that! Overall it was an evening of delicious food and good service. We did not feel rushed even though there must have been a second seating shortly after we left our table. Four Square is a special place for a special event.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent food and excellent service... ...

Dined on February 26, 2016

Excellent food and excellent service... how can you beat that? I've been wanting to try it for a long time and now that we have, we will return often.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4

The ambiance and plate decor was fabulou ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

The ambiance and plate decor was fabulous. The wild boar was delicious!

food5
ambience4
service5

The venison was delicious. It was part o ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

The venison was delicious. It was part of the Valentine's Day menu so I'm not sure if it's regularly served

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Place

Dined on February 14, 2016

Great food and service. The chief is excellent. The tables are little close and would be private if they were spread out a bit. (front left dining room)

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Amazing

Dined on February 13, 2016

This was one of the best meals of my life! From appetizers to entrees, the food exceeded expectations at every stop. The best valentine's day meal I've ever had.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food2
ambience3
service1
value3

Perhaps just a bad day at Four Square

Dined on February 13, 2016

I'm one that has ever written a review regarding our dining experience. Having been a waiter, I know full well that there are good days and bad days. We simply had a terrible experience at this restaurant, for such a well known establishment. When our waiter described one of the dishes as bologna, I knew that not much forethought went into his pre shift planning, to learn the menu and specials for the Valentines prefix menu. The Venison was too tough and cutting with a serrated bread knife was a struggle. I did enjoy the bisque and fresh bread. Our waiter didn't deliver our dessert on our table, someone else did. They left without describing the three choices. We'd have loved a quick 20 second story to describe what looked and tasted great.

food4
ambience4
service3
value4

This was our third time dining at Four Square...

Dined on February 13, 2016

...and the first time we have left not delighted. Our wait for anything other than water was so long that it was noticed by wait staff (not our waiter) who offered the featured first course gratis. It was a warm Brie with currant-walnut gastrique and crouton which came quickly and was unremarkable. Finally our wine arrived and we placed our order. Our waiter gave a cursory apology. We both ordered only entrees, not knowing if the lengthy wait would continue. My duck breast was delicious and I enjoyed it. My husband's porkchop, while tasty, was swimming in an oddly flavored, uncomplimentary broth. We opted not to have dessert. Perhaps they were short-staffed or had an unexpected occurrence as can happen anywhere. Sadly though, we won't be as eager to return.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful business dinner

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

Everything on the menu including the specials sounded divine. There were 6 of us and we had snapper, tune, duck and lamb. The appetizers were outstanding also. Tongue pastrami in particular. Desserts were superb and the J Lohr Cabernet divine. And we were not rushed and had plenty of time to talk. An outstanding meal and attentive waitstaff. WE will be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4

Great food

Dined on February 12, 2016

Great food

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great experience!

Dined on February 12, 2016

My wife and I dined here Valentine's Weekend. Everything was wonderful. We really enjoyed each course. We will definitely dine here again!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

I read some bad reviews and was a little ...

Dined on February 12, 2016

I read some bad reviews and was a little unsure of the place at first. I feel terrible for the people that had a bad experience, because they really missed out on how wonderful it can be to dine there. I will be going back as frequently as I'm in the area.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

The food and service were excellent.

Dined on February 11, 2016

My wife had the bistro steak and she substituted the fingerling potatoes. They had no problem with that and there was no upcharge as I've seen other restaurants do for similar exchanges. I had the tuna and it was really great. It was perfectly cooked, seared on the outside and pinkish-red on the inside. We were told before ordering that it was actually not tuna but a different type of fish, like a king mackerel or similar. It was sliced and presented over spicy shitake mushrooms in an egg drop soup broth with Chinese mustard to give it a little kick. There was also a mound of rice which tasted like it was infused with green tea to help round out the dish. Overall, an excellent presentation and the flavors worked well together. My wife raved over the steak which was cooked perfectly for her. For desert I had the monkey bread and my wife had the chocolate torte. Again, both were beautifully presented and were a tasty treat to finish off a fantastic meal. I highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic dinner, you just can't go wrong!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Our favorite restaurant in Durham. Creat ...

Dined on February 6, 2016

Our favorite restaurant in Durham. Creative menu with unique flavor combinations. Romantic atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

excellent as always

Dined on January 26, 2016

terrific food attentive service, the transformed house feels like a special event eveyr time. dessert excellent. go often, worth it.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

Very good experience

Dined on January 15, 2016

Service and ambiance excellent. Server very attentive. Chef was willing to modify fish dish at diner's request, very nice! Lamb was very good, very tender and fell off the bone.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We love this place!!!

vip
Dined on January 13, 2016

We frequent Four Square a lot. There is enough room to have a private conversation. The rooms upstairs are great for group events. the wine selection is fabulous and Brandon is superb at helping you choose the perfect wine for the meal. Chef changes up the appetizers and entrees every other month depending on what is available locally. And they all are delicious. I had the duck confit and the red snapper and they were both out of this world. I also try to have room for dessert - The winter citrus dessert was special. An expresso and port topped off a wonderful meal. Buen provecho !

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service1
value2

Good food, bad service

Dined on January 1, 2016

Went for NYE with another couple, were seated and ignored for some time. We weren't greated by the waiter and he did not introduce himself. He barked-what do you want and attempted to start with the male spouse I was with instead of the females at the table. He did not explain the menu or offer to answer questions. The food was good but without the detail or care I expect for a nearly 100 dollar plate. The house was nice but somewhat crowded as a venue with the tables per room.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service3

The restaurant is a lovely old house wit ...

Dined on December 24, 2015

The restaurant is a lovely old house with many small dining rooms. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. The service was not of the same quality. It was difficult to even get attention for just two of us. The tables are close together and we had a quiet elderly couple on one side and a very loud group on the other. It was a busy Christmas Eve so we were thankful to have a nice meal that we did not have to prepare ourself.

food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Truly wonderful food in a lovely atmosphere.

Dined on December 16, 2015

We enjoyed this dinner with great service and delicious food. We had the tuna and the beef tenderloin and enjoyed it immensely. My only comment is the lighting was not great, too bright and I don't think overhead lighting should be used in a dining room.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service3

Awesome food. Slow service

Dined on December 10, 2015

Food was simply great with very distinct flavor. Portions were small but still sufficient. A must try. Ambience perfect for fine dining and other business occasions Service could have been better. Too many servers makes way for lost requests. Had to ask twice for our second round of wine and came after 25 mnts

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Always a pleasure

vip
Dined on December 5, 2015

From the moment I entered the beautiful old house, I knew I was in for a sublime experience. The maître d' was amazingly attentive and gracious. The wait staff was knowledgeable and respectful of my desire to savor a culinary adventure without a lot of fawning. The food was extraordinary.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

delicious food. Wonderful service

vip
Dined on December 2, 2015

great evening for my husband's birthday. Enjoyed it all except the table was close to the front door and a little chilly

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

A excellent food and attention.... Neigh ...

Dined on December 1, 2015

A excellent food and attention.... Neighborhood winner

food2
ambience1
service5

Don't Bother

Dined on November 27, 2015

Hubby and I went out of town for Thanksgiving and picked this place to have Thanksgiving dinner. Well the service was outstanding, five stars! The price per person was $68 ea not including tax, gratuity etc. The turkey was not cooked fully, so it was raw a little in the middle. The seasoning on the vegtables was too strong for my taste. This may sound picky, but for the prices they charged, I expected a really good meal. The renovations done to this old house turned resturant, were poorly done by amatures. I don't recomment this at all.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great Ambiance, Great Food

Dined on November 27, 2015

We went for Thanksgiving dinner. The location was perfect. It felt as we were eating at someone's home. The restaurant is a restored historical home that is comfortable and intimate. The food was gourmet, the presentation artistic, and the service five star. Prices reflect all the aforementioned.

Tags: romantic, special occasion

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