Current Restaurant and Bar
Current Restaurant and Bar

Current Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.currentrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (651) 436-8883
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am, Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Marc Paavola
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Offering off-site catering for groups of 10-400 guests. Please contact our event coordinator at 651-436-8883 for all of your event planning needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Reserve our top level of our restaurant for groups of 20-32 guests. Minimum food and beverage required.
  • Private Party Contact: Dan Jarvis 6514368883
  • Entertainment: Please visit our website for entertainment schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cty Road 21
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking available at our restaurant and Afton House Inn hotel.
A word from Current Restaurant and Bar
CURRENT's menu is fresh, lively and healthy... along with a few items for splurging! We support locally owned, independently operated farms and businesses whenever possible. CURRENT brings to you 100% natural or free range raised products only from farms using best practices and we strive to offer natural, organic and local produce and ingredients whenever possible. Our culinary team has a passion for scratch cooking and uses only the highest quality of fresh ingredients available. CURRENT cares about it's community and footprint and gives back a portion of proceeds to others in need in our community and around the world.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Current Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)fit for foodies (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)special occasion (1)scenic view (1)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Romantic getaway
    Dewlovesfood
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We went into this restaurant with low expectations because of a bar and Grill atmosphere. I have to be honest we were pleasantly surprised with the food quality. I think the chef is doing a really good job with the one kitchen for 3 restaurants. (Swirl, Fine dining, and Current) The overall service attributes could've been better but everyone was extremely pleasant except for the crabby female bartender. She never smiled the whole time we were in the restaurant at a booth next to the bar. She appeared to be annoyed when I Asked her for a glass of ice. Bartenders should have a great personality since they are on stage and should be the reason everyone comes to that bar to see her.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was nothing to go back for
    eatout2much
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Met friends there for early supper. They did not have our open table reservation and thankfully it was not crowded so no problem with seating. Very limited menu and not much for dinners...more of a sandwich place. I had turkey burger which was surprisingly tasty except it had way to much lingonberry spread and mayo. Bison dinner was way to tough and tasteless.atmosphere inside was small and grungy. We opted for outdoor seating. All in all...disappointed and won't return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food choices; brunch, lunch
    KimS
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I will definitely be back again to try new items off the menu. Everything was fresh and tasted wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The prices were way too expensive for the small amount of food that was served. Twenty five dollars for a steak with a small portion of potatoes and six pieces of green beans. My friend was shocked when she got her plate of chicken that was so small she asked where her meal was. I would not recommend this place because of the loud music, it was too dark inside, and the prices were way too high. The location is beautiful however.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty
    Xxxxxxx
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We chose this restaurant based on viewing its menu on line, and its location near the river. It felt more bar than restaurant with TV and wall speakers next to our table. However, the waitress was quick to accommodate our request to turn down the sound level for us. The menu offered several tasty appetizers, salads, entrees and more. The food was nicely plated in thoughtful portions. We had to wait longer than usual for our food and one of our salads was not served until main course time. Our server otherwise was friendly and attentive. Overall I say venture to Afton and support this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halibut and Hanger Steak
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Halibut special was delicious and the Hanger Steak was a large portion. Love having the option of going to Swirl beforehand! The service was great and Christina is a great server!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inconsiderate server
    anniversary
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    food was good but the staff didn't want to be there
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 107 reviews are from the Current Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Worth the Drive
    FamilyFoodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is a great restaurant and worth the drive if you don't live near the Afton area (it's an hour drive for us)! The food was great, the service was great, and it was a big hit for everyone in our group of 10! As an added bonus, it's within walking distance to the river, so a walk by the river/docks was a nice compliment to a great meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went here for brunch on Mother's day and the seleciont was poor, the food was cold and overpriced at $25 per plate.
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  • Nice place, not great experience
    TrystNightOut
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My wife and I were excited to dine here and ended up mostly disappointed. It's a very nice historic building. The restaurant itself is very nice and warmly lit. Unfortunately, we didn't connect very well with our waitress. We were sitting near the one speaker for the whole restaurant that was turned up loud with girly pop music. Maybe want to put more than one speaker in the restaurant so three tables aren't getting all the music. Plus the explanation that its the only speaker for the restaurant does not help our dining experience. My wife's margherita flatbread was not good, had 5 pieces left and didn't take it home. I had salmon and it was fine, but risotto with it was not very tasteful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice St. Croix Valley Dining option
    StarPdiners
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    What a nice surprise find a new dining option in the St. Croix River Valley. We stopped in for a birthday dinner after an afternoon of outdoor activities and found it very warm and inviting. While the menu might be smaller than other destinations, there is something for everyone. We had the Norwegian roasted salmon (excellent!) and the steak (a nice treat for my husband). We shared the crème brulee for dessert -- worth saving room for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We did not eat at the Current
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We did not eat at the Current due to they were an hour behind on seating guests with reservations. We arrived at 7:45pm, for our 8pm reservations, and were told they were running behind because the kitchen was serving 3 restaurants. Guest who had 7pm reservations were still waiting to be seated. We did not want to wait that long and were worried about the food quality by time we would have been served.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around comical (awful)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    When we arrived we were told that the wait would be 45 minutes to an hour despite having a reservation. We waited nearly an hour for our food once we were served and we never got our salads. When we reminded the expeditor and then our waitress about our salads, we still did not receive them for nearly 15 minutes and then we were told that they "took caesar off the menu" and that our waitress forgot. Therefore, we were given one salad instead of two well after our meals were finished. Despite implying that they support local farms, there was not one reference on the menu to the source of the food. Finally, our bill had 2 items on it that we did not order or receive.
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  • Good food but slow service
    NYCtransplantVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our family has been to Current several times and have always had a good experience, however, on our last visit it was Valentine's Day. Luckily we had a reservation, as the place was packed. Service was especially slow. Our appetizer (crabcakes) came quickly, and were delicious, but it took over 45 minutes for our entrees (seafood pasta, salmon & a kid's sandwich meal) to come out! And no explanation was offered by our waitress. While this experience was not our best, we'll prbably go back to Current, but will definitely stay away when it's a "holiday".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Presentation of food was beautiful
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to the restaurant on Valentine's Day and we all (4 of us) raved about the meals and their presentation. The appetizer (spicy chicken drops) was amazing as was our dessert (vanilla bean creme brulee). Look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but Nummy
    BockenBuddyGirl
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We went to Current for the first time Friday Night (1/24/14). The restaurant is quaint with some beautiful creativity in the ambience. The noise level was high and the restaurant was not full. Perhaps that is why I got a Chardonnay instead of a Cabernet? However after drinking the Chardonnay and asking for another, I got a Cabernet added to my white wine. Our family could not hear each other at our table. The edamame was excellent! The Norwegian Salmon Entree was fabulous! My husband enjoyed the flatbread but the winner winner chicken dinner was not a winner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    RyanR
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised. Excellent food and ambience. My only complaint concerns the waiter we had. I had ordered 2 martinis with dinner and he took it upon himself to bring me a third even though I neither ordered it nor wanted it. I thought maybe it was a mistake at the bar and he was being nice so as not to waste it. However it did show up on our bill. I was not very happy and should have said something but we had had such a nice evening otherwise I let it slide. Watch out for the waiter with the ponytail. He's sneaky.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afton Inn and Restaurant
    Josh
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I recently got a gift card from my work and my dad and me decided to go for new years eve. The atmosphere was different, their was very dimmed lighting, were weren't sure what to order than seen steaks on the menu. We had a couple of appetizers first and were blown away at the quality of the food, even though it was expensive.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy to have found the Current!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    This was our first time dining at the Current and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Service and food was great and the ambiance is nice; it's a come as you are place with great decor. We were seated at a high top near the fireplace which was perfect on a nice when the snow was falling. Chicken drop app was amazing and I would have licked the plate clean if my wife would have let me. All four of us had amazing main courses as well. All in all I give this place 5 stars and I will definitely make the drive from Hastings again. To top off a great meal, I was also pleased to see a "Veteran Owned Business" sticker in the window because we like supporting vet owned business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Wedding Day Lunch
    Sadie
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Weeks in advance, I made reservations for lunch after my wedding. I made note of the occasion in my Open Table reservation and also when I spoke to them by phone. When the wedding party of ten arrived for our 1:15 PM reservation, the restaurant was quite empty and there was no hostess at the station. Instead, she was still putting our tables together. At no time did she stop and come up to us to let us know that she was still arranging the tables; just asked a server if we were the party. Our server was kind enough to replace a dish that one of the youngsters didn't like. Kudos for that. We asked for a bottle of champagne but were not given a choice, just brought a SCREW CAP bottle to the table in an ice bucket and left to pour ourselves.
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  • Nice Experience - Organic
    AlwaysLoveQualityFood
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Current looks to be an extension of the old Afton House restaurant. However Current is more modern in both the atmosphere and food. I love the fact that the food is locally grown and high quality organic. I could definitely tell that it wasn't your regular "processed" restaurant food. We were there for the Thanksgiving brunch and it seemed to have a Norwegian theme with Lefsa, Smoked Salmon, Whole Cranberries, plus great meat, salad and fruit choices. I think it's a good value for the money. Love the atmosphere as it's small and has a homey feel with the fireplace, dark wood, big open bar area and nice windows. Outside patio overlooks the marina (from ground level). This is such a cute quaint town that it's a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Dogperson
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Our only complaint is that it gets a little noisy but the excellent food compensates for it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    piiper21
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    My fiance' and I are always impressed when we visit Currant! We still vote it best burger iin the valley. We had a very romantic table indoors looking out over a little fire burning on the patio. We chose 4 different small plates, all of which were wonderful. All iin all, we live Currant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Lies They Tell
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I called ahead of time and specifically asked if the restaurant was on the river. I was told if I sit on the patio I would see the marina and then the river beyond it. I reiterated "so it has a river view?" and said if it didn't, I would come on another night. That night I needed a river view. The answer was yes, it has a river view. I asked how it compared to the view from the Freight House in Stillwater and was told it was very similar. When I arrived I discovered the patio did NOT have a river view. Needless to say, I was a very dissatisfied customer. We had driven 45 minutes through rush hour traffic to enjoy a dinner with a view of the river. We left without dining.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Twice Great, Third Fail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    I have been to The Current twice before and loved the food, sadly this visit my meal was not cooked and I had to send it back. The decor, service and menu selection are great! I would be hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so good
    mopar1
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We went there for the Mother's Day brunch. The service was terrible. The staff was very slow. After being seated we waited a long time before even getting water. Even longer to get a drink order placed. The buffet was mediocre at best. Many items were almost empty and cold. We had to wait for plates. This was at 2:00pm. The buffet went until 5:00, so there was no reason for a lack of food. I will not be returning.
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  • brunch was average
    LoriVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The food was what would be expected for a brunch menu. Nothing spectacular but also nothing terrrible. The wait staff did a good job of attending to us and to the buffet. I think a big part of the allure is the history of the building. Only disappointment was that with a $25 brunch buffet, we had to buy our mimosa's for an additional $5 each. Would have expected at least one mimosa per adult included in the price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Brunch was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Mothers Day Brunch was excellent. The service staff was courteous and prompt. Overall great expierence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Food, Love Sitting Outside
    EatOuter
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Our third time at the Current, always yummy food and good service. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went the Current for "Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    We went the Current for "Date Night" and had a fabulous meal. Our server was attentive and helpful. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Food. Server was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Fantastic Food. Server was very knowledgeable. It seemed to take a long time for food to come out considering how slow it was. But, it was worth the wait. Chicken Drops are PHENOMENAL!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleased to find quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Very pleased to find quite excellent food in this area. We had the chicken with polenta and the salmon with couscous. We thought it was simply and beautifully prepared - not overdone in any way. Simple, diverse menu. Focus on local and fresh. Loud, small and uncomfortable - not a place for a quiet evening, but really excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Beautifully restored space within a stone's throw of the St. Croix River in beautiful Afton, MN. Amazing healthy organic food, quick and friendly service. a fine gathering place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My husband and I went to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    My husband and I went to the Current the day after Valentine's Day and had the Prime Rib. We both agreed it was the BEST Prime Rib we have ever had. Kudos to the cook!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Booked a table for the day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Booked a table for the day after Valentines day. I had the fish fry dinner the batter was mushy, servings were small. My wife and I had chicken wings for an appitizer with the agave glaze, they were flavorless. Over all just ok nothing to go back for or get excited about, the menu could use a few more choices on it. The service was the best experience
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overcrowded bar, badly laid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    overcrowded bar, badly laid out seating with mismatched chairs and tables (of varying heights) ambitious menu adequately prepared but without flair, not suited to the bar atmosphere. A bad choice for Valentine's Day.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was very good, and
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Service was very good, and we were there on a very busy night. Our food was great. I will go again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was very good, and the bartender was excellent. Our server came across as being very new, but she was appropriately attentive and eager. The menu was short, and not inexpensive, but the ingredients were fresh and colorful. My wife requested her Filet Mignon at Medium - Medium Well and it was barely Medium Rare. Not a big deal and she did not send it back, but it would be expected that a chef that is orchestrating an upscale menu be able to nail that each and every time. Overall, the experience was a decent one, but I would probably choose to try another option for future fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great addition!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Current is a fantastic addition to the Afton Inn. My husband and I dined here on Friday night and were quite surprised at how good it was. We had the roast beef flat bread and the Ultimate burger which was a perfect meal for us. The burger was incredible with the meat and the shredded pork on top. Oh wow!! The atmosphere was fun and lively. A great place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Current is our favorite easy
    Babsy63
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Current is our favorite easy place to go. From the beautiful drive to the warm atmosphere, welcoming employees, great food and nice prices it is our number one choice when we decide to go out to eat. The staff is friendly and helpful. The food is delicious. Favorites include the Chicken Drop appetizer, flatbreads and the Apple Brie Sandwich. The prices are very affordable. Love it and go back often!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate