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Afton House Inn
Afton House Inn

Afton House Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aftonhouseinn.com
  • Email: reservations@aftonhouseinn.com
  • Phone: (651) 436-8883
  • 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: 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, 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 (888) 727-4192
  • Entertainment: Entertainment for New Years Eve and Valentine's Day only in the Wheel Room.

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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"."
    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."
    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!"
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Great fine dining in a remote location! Food was excellent. Could use more patrons - not remotely full on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Molly did a terrific job making our bananas foster table-side!! And it tasted great too! The dinner was fabulous and romantic, which was perfect as later that evening my boyfriend proposed!!! I would recommend it!! The New Year's Eve menu was excellent!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My husband and I made last minute reservations for dinner. We had great service, and the Steak Diane I ordered was prepared at the table. The food was fabulous. We love the Afton Inn and celebrate every 4th of July there with our family. We have breakfast, then stay for the parade. Definitely considering this a Valentine's Day destination!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were expecting a lovely evening, but instead were given a very poor experience. Our server was extremely slow and discouraged us from trying items on the menu that are house specialties. The food was Luke warm at best and not very tasty. I would not return."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our meal was somewhere around $150.00 and it felt very overpriced for the service we received. We also paid for a room at the Inn and ended up going home instead of staying. It was an underwhelming and a disappointing experience... especially for New Year's Eve."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Afton House is always a great place to dine. We absolutely love it and have always had exceptional food and service."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Our meal was fantastic. The table side Caesar salad was the best we have ever had. The staff that prepared the salad was wonderful. Our waitress was only 5 weeks into her job so lacked some of the knowledge and service was a little slow. We were in no hurry since it was my husbands birthday. Going to Afton House in the winter or summer is always wonderful."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The Afton House Inn was a great place to go for Thanksgiving. Reasonable prices for a wonderful buffet."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "It was busy which is okay but very crowded. The tables are close together and there are two rooms for seating. I didn't feel rushed but felt like everyone was on top of each other. Since this is a family day, many with some disabilities had to maneuver carefully around the tight positioned tables. The food options were great and delicious. Our server was wonderful and always available! A good choice for value for a holiday."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Thanksgiving buffet was delicious and the service was really outstanding! We had a great time."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Only been once so can't say about a normal visit but thanksgiving was nice. Wished the pie was warm and had whipped cream. Otherwise all was good."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We come for every Thanksgiving. Fantastic spread and every dish is superb. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "For 25.00 a head the selection was bad food was too salty.The turkey was dry.I would never return."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Nice home like feeling. Staff friendly. Food nice and hot"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Afton House Inn is not a restaurant we will visit again soon. We were there for their Thanksgiving Buffet. Food line was setup in cramped U-shaped corner making it Jvery crowded and difficult to get food. Many items were not filled. Squash was not cooked through completely. Gravy was like pouring a thin broth over mashed potatoes. Disappointed!!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "One first experience at this restaurant and the food was outstanding. It was very romantic and quiet, we will be back!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Stayed at Afton House Inn halloween night. Dined in the Fine Dining restaurant. Food was very good and service was excellent."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "The tableside Caesar salad was awesome. A great place for a romantic dinner out on a special occasion."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "This is our second time in two weeks to eat at the Afton House. It is incredible and would highly recommend it. The atmosphere is very historic and classy, the food is good enough to die and the service is second to none. One of the best restaurants that we have eaten at and will definaty be returning."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "My husband and I were a little suspect of the name, "baseball steak," but we are glad we took our waiters recommendation. It was delicious and incredibly tender. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and perfectly prepared green beans. With a great bottle of wine (had been $60, on sale for $30), salad, soup and Grand Marnier all came to just over $100! Great deal and lovely evening!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "My wife and I enjoy this place. We have nothing but great things to say about this restaraunt. Good food, good service, good place to enjoy a great evening"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Our server was knowledgeable, cheerful, and helped us pick perfect wine and food choices. The food was Devine. Flavors were delicious. Everything was so fresh. We will definitely be returning again, and again. Simply exceptional!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Dining room was mostly empty and we were required to wait 10 minutes upon arriving, with a reservation. Plenty of open tables by windows, and we got an interior table. Service was intolerably slow. 20 minutes to get a glass of wine. Over an hour for dinner to be served. That isn't a leisurely pace, it was an intolerable pace. I don't know how this establishment can be expected to stay in business. Only salvation was that my table partners loved their meals. It was just too disappointing for me to enjoy mine."
    Dined on 10/13/2013