Afton House Inn
Afton House Inn

Afton House Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aftonhouseinn.com/
  • Phone: 6514368883x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Kaliher
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full buffet set-up offered, or sit-down catering. Catering menus are designed to meet guests' specific needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Pennington Room - up to 60 guests, Wheel Room - up to 130 guests, Catfish Deck - up to 30 guests, Catfish Lower-Deck - up to 68 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Dan Jarvis 8887274192
  • Entertainment: Entertainment for New Years Eve and Valentine's Day only in the Wheel Room.
  • Special Events: Friday, April 25th at 6:30 PM
    5 Course Dinner with a Champagne Reception
    Please call for reservations: 651-436-8883

    Ask us about our Hotel Room Specials!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Country Rd. 18
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Afton House Inn parking & street parking available
A word from Afton House Inn
Enjoy a night of casual fine dining in the romantic Pennington Dining Room or Wheel Room of the historic Afton House Inn. Afton House Inn is one of the only restaurants around that still features tableside cooking. Enjoy steak Diane, Caesar salad or a flaming desert prepared at your table. Afton House Inn dinner menu has a tasty selection of steaks, seafood, pork, chicken, pasta and vegetarian entrees along with excellent appetizers and cocktails. Stay the Night in one of our beautiful Jacuzzi and Fireplace room suites.
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Afton House Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (10)romantic (8)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)fit for foodies (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • anniversary
    nathan
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My wife and I have been here every year since we met, our first date was here and our parents met here too. I love the atmosphere and the service. We wanted to adopt our server, she was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Partyof4
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We ordered the Steak Diane and it is made table side by the amazing manager"Beverly" who was very friendly and made us feel at home. She checked us into our rooms at the Inn, to preparing our meals, to running out a bottle of wine to a helicopter that landed ( Very romantic marriage Proposal). So she does it all and still was very pleasant! Thanks for a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We enjoyed a great meal. There was some confusion. There are two restaurants operating at the Afton House, something we were not aware of, and we ate in the wrong one (our reservation was for the Fine Dining). We would recommend better signage or more clarity on the website.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fire ruined dinner
    adventuresindining
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had been served our appetizers when we noticed smoke coming through the floor less than 10 feet from our table. Turns out the basement right below us had an electrical fire. One of the employees was a volunteer fireman so the restaurant decided not to call the fire department even though servers were telling him the kitchen was filling with smoke. We stood out side for 20 minutes while the tried to put out the fire and clear the dining room of smoke. The staff tried to get us to go in and finish our meal. We decided to leave. When I went to settle the bill they didn't take one penny off for our inconvenience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So Disappointed
    cuppajo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had heard of the Afton House Inn for years. We were extremely disappointed. The service was slow. It ook a long time to even get water, then another long wait for the bread basket and olives. It was over an hour wait for dinner, and there were only two other tables with guests. The server kept calling us honey and dear and was patronizing. We brought guests, that had just arrived from Japan, and were embarrassed that we chose the Inn for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PaulStone
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Not bad. A little over priced for the quality food they offered.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 396 reviews are from the Afton House Inn reviews archive.
  • OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food good. The service adequate, a bit abrupt and harried. Few people, quiet.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We hadn't been for many years.
    enjoyableevening
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The ambience was very peaceful and comfortable. We ordered martinis with blue cheese-stuffed olives and they arrived in an efficient manner. Our steak diane and 6 oz. fillet were deliciously prepared. We enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table & restaurant are not ok
    Disappointed
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We made reservations on line. I received a confirmation of the dinner reservation for 6pm on 6/10. When we arrived, the hostess informed us that there was no reservation and they don't serve food in the restaurant on Tuesday evenings. I double checked and I had been confirmed. So I decided to go back to try to make a reservation again for 7:30 just to see what would happen and test the system. The system came back and told me that I could not make a reservation since I already had one in the two hour time period, even though the hostess said there was none. Please fix your system. This was to celebrate our 47th Wedding Anniversary. What a disappointment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I love this restaurant! It is quiet and elegant, yet you don't have to "dress up" to dine there! This was our 2nd time dining at the Wheel Room at Afton and both times we were NOT disappointed in the food or the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful meal and service
    Emptynesters
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We dined here for my husband's birthday yesterday. The food was amazing, the baseball steak was awesome as was the Gouda fondue and the apple dumpling. And the portions were very large. Our waitress recommended the steak and the dumpling and they were perfect choices. The service was awesome as well. I also had the Tirama tini, a martini that tastes like tiramisu, very good and not super sweet.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers' Day Brunch
    Jeanne
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Afton House is a cute place and the staff were very friendly. The food, however, was bland, over-cooked, lukewarm and just not worth eating! We would have had better food (and less expensive food) at almost any fast food place. We will not be returning to the Afton House.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers day
    Fritz
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was above average for being crowded and busy on Mothers day,buffet style,they kept everyrhing well stocked.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, terrible food
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were there for Mother's Day Brunch. For $25 per person, I expected a lot better ! Food was barely warm; dried up fish, Arby's style beef with absolutely no taste, did not even try the sad looking pork chops which were later replaced by chicken, eggs benedict which appeared to be lumps of scrambled egg on soggy toast. There was nothing about this buffet that was appetizing - it was like eating in a school cafeteria. Would never recommend this place. We heard raves about Afton House and were very disappointed. Individual desserts were served by waitress and we not offered a clean fork for dessert!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute and quaint
    JennieB
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I brought my mom and husband here for Mother's Day brunch. The food was delicious; it all tasted homemade, like going to your grandma's which is hard to find in a restaurant. There was plenty of food during the whole meal; nothing ran out and we never had to wait for them to refill the dishes. The service was just right; we never had to wait long for drinks. The server even let my mom take her desert to go which isn't usually allowed at a buffet. There was plenty of seating room and it didn't feel crowded. The building was definitely old but the historical feel to the place it gave it a lot of character. I would come back again for brunch, but it's too far of a drive to come back for lunch or dinner. It would need to be a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mother's day
    boatingnut
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Mother's day brunch was very good. We enjoyed the different selections on the buffet. We had reservations which was nice. Service was good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Sunday buffet
    Mike
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went to Afton House Inn for Mother's Day brunch. The place was overly crowded, and had a poor buffet setup. Service was slow and poor. The limited food choices were unimaginitive, overcooked and cold. There was nothing on this buffet that was decent. This restaurant has potential but for Mother's Day, there was no effort to make this a speical or memorable occasion, but simply to get as many customers in and out quickly with cheap and easy food to churn out. The decor and maintenance of the building is pretty rough. Outside it is dirty and in need of repairs and inside needs some attention. If the condition of the visible areas is this bad, I wonder what the kitchen is like.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mothers Day
    CFW3
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Hats off to the staff at the Afton House, very nice job. Wife was very happy and loved the History of the place. Very nice selection of food and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Enjoyed the mothers day brunch. My favorite was the salmon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Tloquai
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The people were friendly and pleasant but the rest was disappointing. We felt the buffet was unorganized, food quality inconsistent, and the presentation poor. Sorry!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • schomie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food relaxed dining overall a good exprience a return cost is in the plans
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love it!
    Sozofam
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We love this place. One of our newer favorites, and that's a very short list. Every choice we've made has been most satisfying and delicious. Love the friendly and welcoming staff. Baseball steak is amazing, along with the prime rib, "on special" pork loin and Steak Diane prepared table side, chowder, cheesecake, and apple dumpling. It's just a lovely night out and date place for my husband and me. Have recommended to the younger generation who loved it as much as we did! The Current's appetizers (before later dining here) were said to be amazing as well.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easter brunch was fantastic
    McDanno
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Arrived exactly at our reservation time and sat down almost immediately. Several choices for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the buffet. Food was great, service was wonderful, ambience was perfect for an Easter Sunday!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    Dine2night
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Enjoyed Easter brunch at the Afton House Inn with friends and relatives. One of the least expensive brunches around. $25 included one beverage, quite the deal for a good brunch! The food was good, garlic mashed potatoes were awesome. Everyone raved about their desserts. The desserts were the favorite of the table. I had apple pie with a hint of cinnamon, topped with whipped cream. Best apple pie I have had in a long time! Dining area was on the small side so glad we made reservations! Enjoyed our meal, thanks Afton House Inn!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Steak called Diane
    494muncher
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Please visit the Afton Inn for a unique dinning experience. The staff is welcoming and make your dinner a one of a kind. It is tucked away from the Twin Cities which makes it romantic. It is not over crowded and a place to call your own. I wish there were more places like this that still serve comfort food. Order the Steak Diane for a special presentation by the servers.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, service amazing
    Ji11bean
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The service on Saturday was amazing. The food was ok, both of our baseball steak and prime rib both were over done. We asked for medium, expecting some pink, but their was none. Prime rib was still great, but the baseball steak was ok. The apple dumping - was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Time
    datenight2020
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My wife and I had an absolutely amazing night out at the Afton House Inn fine dining. It was one of the best tasting menu experiences I've ever had. Romantic dining at it's best and the staff was friendly and very knowledgable. Outstanding and I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flambe' by the St. Croix
    jodiVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The Afton House Inn is located right near the St. Croix and I would guess it is very busy in the summer. They have quite a few outdoor tables and we may go back in the summer to avail ourselves of those. As it was March we allowed window seats to suffice and enjoyed our meal quite a bit. We were the only patrons (not quite 5 PM on a Sunday) for quite some time, and our service was very attentive until dessert when several other tables overwhelmed the lone waitress. My son ordered the Steak Diane, prepared tableside with a flambe' finish, but they were out of bananas for the Bananas Foster. Goldie's Walleye was great! It was very expensive, $176 for three (including 2 glasses of wine, two appetizers and desserts), so a rare treat for us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a wonderful evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had a wonderful evening. The food was very good and our server was very friendly and you could tell she enjoyed her work. We loved the quietness of the restaurant, and even though it was full - the tables are far enough apart that you can easily carry on a conversation without being disturbed by loud talking etc. The soft music was very nice! We actually chose Afton because we wanted a nice, romantic evening! We got it!! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    mckenzv
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I came here with some of my friends for Valentine's Day. We are fifteen through seventeen years old and were expecting food that tasted average. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the food was delicious and worth every penny we spent! Hopefully we will be able to return someday!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Quiet.....
    feedme
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The atmosphere was perfect for Valentine's Day...quiet and live romantic music. The server seemed irritated when we didn't order any cocktails, and then she forgot our soup until we reminded her when our main entrees arrived. The salmon was very good but the walleye had lots of bones in it. When we ordered a dessert, the server was very helpful in describing the options. We will probably go back at some point since we live relatively close.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Romantic Evening
    FeelinGreat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I had an EXCELLENT Valentine's dinner experience at Afton Inn. The food was really delicious, the service fast and efficient, and the singer/guitarist played wonderful folk music. It truly was a "A night to remember".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Around Great Place
    Lovetodineout
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I go to Afton Inn a couple times a year because the food is that good. We went on Valentines Day this year. It was really busy, but with our reservation we had our table 20 minutes within arriving. On evenings that are not a special occasion we get seated instantly. It is understandable they are a little busy on special occasions. The food is awesome. If you like steak this is a place you need to go to. I have been to all the big steak houses in the Minneapolis area and I will say the Diane Table side Steak at Afton is the best one I have had. My recommendation is you have to try this place, the food is that good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment at a reasonable pric
    Mike
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The place is beautiful inside, the service staff seemed well-mannered and all the dining rooms and bars were full, all good indicators. The wine was good and I presume the filets would have been very good had the entire plate not been stone-cold. The Bearnaise sauce was missing, and the bread was not served until five minutes after the awful-tasting sauce finally arrived, and it took forever to get our check. Poor food preparation and delivery, even worse service,this place should be on the short list for one of those reality television shoes where a celebrity chef takes over because so many things are so wring with the place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome food, awesome service
    Willy123
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Celebrating Valentines Day, my bride had the walleye and I had the mushroom pasta. Both were delicious. The one man band as excellent and our server Angelic was lovely. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had great evening with my
    d1065
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had great evening with my wife on valentines. Had flowers deliveried to restraunt and staff was very kind to place flowers in their office until we were done with dinner. Foof was fantastic and staff was friendly and always made sure we had everything we needed. Would paln another romantic evening here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience the Inn in the village
    Ziveli
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    From its unique dining rooms, to the casual Currents restaurant, to the Swirlaway wine bar, to the scenic and entertaining dinner cruises, to the comfort of the lodging, the Afton Inn has something for everyone to experience, all in the quaint village of Afton along the St. Croix River.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have a secret
    Cena
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    My husband and I are both retired so we have options when it comes to our get-aways. We went for our Valentine's Day celebration two days prior to the main event. There were no crowds, no loud parties and we had all the time in the world to relax and enjoy our stay. The staff were unhurried and receptive. It was a great time. This was our 4th year of going "off time" and we will continue to do this from now on. And the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fine dining in a remote
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great fine dining in a remote location! Food was excellent. Could use more patrons - not remotely full on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    nkeene81
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The server we had was extremely slow. It took at least 10 mintues for her to come get our drink order. Then she came back about 10 mintues later with our drinks and took our food order. She was confused about what drinks we were ordering off the menu. Our second set of drinks came after we were finished with our entree. She told my husband she got him a frosted glass. The glass was warm and the beer was flat. It was pretty comical at that point. Fortunately we had a gift card to pay with. The food was good, and warm when we got it. There was a party going on in another room, so I am not sure if they were short on staff or what. We won't be returning. It's a shame as the place was nice and the food was good when we finally got it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet