Griffin Tavern
Griffin Tavern

Griffin Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://griffintavern.com/
  • Phone: (540) 675-3227
  • Hours of Operation:
    Summer Hours:
    Sunday 10:30-9 with Brunch served until 3,
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30 - 9:00pm,
    Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

    Winter Hours
    Sunday 10:30-8 with brunch served until 3
    Monday -Thursday 12-8
    Friday 12-9, Saturday. 11:30-10

    pub open later on weekends with live music and late night menu available
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, English, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Rachel Rowland
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering available, Please Chef Rachel Call 540-675-3227
  • Private Party Facilities: We would be happy to host your private event and help decorate. Please contact us for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Arthur Breon 5406753227x
  • Entertainment: Live Music every Saturday night,Classic Rock,Blues,Motown, Beatles 9-12
    Occasional Friday night Karaoke 8-11

    Acoustic Friday nights
    Trivia every Thurday night 7:30
  • Special Events: Tap takeovers by local breweries

    Beer Dinner

    St. Patty's Day party

    80's Night
    Halloween Costume Contest

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking available
A word from Griffin Tavern
Griffin Tavern is a casual dining restaurant with three cozy dining rooms, a “cheers” style Pub where friends and strangers mix and mingle and a wonderful outdoor area for seasonal dining(dogs on leashes welcome outside). We also have rooms upstairs that are perfect for private dining, small functions, and business meetings. Griffin Tavern is internet friendly with FREE WiFi access. Our menu features home-style cooked meals and pub favorites using fresh ingredients and local products: Fish n’ Chips, Shepherds Pie, Great Hamburgers, Seafood and Steak specials, as well as gluten free options, affordable appetizers, salads, and a Children’s Menu.
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Griffin Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (7)special occasion (6)good for groups (6)romantic (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)fit for foodies (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great time!!!!!
    pms57ann
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We have had lunch for a birthday celebration with a small group and most recently had our anniversary dinner there. We had super service and the food was delicious. All the staff were so friendly and even the people in the dining room were congratulating us on our 57th anniversary!!! Thanks to James, our server for making it so special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food/Bad Table Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We love Griffin Tavern and had a great time. However, we were seated in a very high traffic area which took away from the experience. We had gone here for our anniversary dinner and it wasn't nearly as nice of an ambiance in the area we were seated compared to past experiences. We will come again but will ask for a better table. The food was great as always!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love of English Pub Food
    BJinva
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We love Pub food and to find it in rural Va. is great. Also for lovers of British beer it is a great find is this area. Our friends form England say it is a bit of home.The bangers and mash were great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Winedine
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had heard great things about the Griffin Tavern and it didn't disappoint! Staff were very friendly and food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get away from it all...
    HungryMan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If you want to take a drive into the country and enjoy some local fare Griffin Tavern is a great spot to stop in for lunch. The food is excellent as well as the service. We have been there several times now and have almost always had the daily specials...delicious. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Hide Away
    edgetravelVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Live music, great people and great food ... what else could you want.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great bar
    Sdalessio
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Fun bar scene and good food. Thursday is trivia night and adds a fun element to dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Dining Experience
    pgram
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Although the food was delicious, the service was very poor. We ordered soup and salad to have before the meal, and the soup came out as our main course was coming out and we never saw the salad. Our table felt like we were forgotten about which was ridiculous because we even had reservations, our waters were only refilled once and that was the only time we were checked on by our waiter. The waiter seemed very nervous and like he didn't really know what he was doing, making us feel uncomfortable. Unfortunately we will not be returning for a while.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had reservations, but still had to wait 35 minutes for a table. It was a beautiful Saturday, and I think they were inundated with folks out for a weekend drive .... plus, it must have been the local HS's Homecoming - lots of very young couples dressed up. The staff was attentive and apologetic for the wait - kitchen was backed up. Food was good once it arrived!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    Swift
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had reservations and were placed in the upstairs room. We were forgotten. No water, no service at all. When we decided to leave 15 minutes later, there wasn't even a hostess to see on our way out of the door.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We where out wine tasting and where finally getting hungry so I did a search near by and found one of the best places ive eaten in years! I love this place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a local gem
    KMCR
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We picked this place b/c it was right equal distance for meeting family members for brunch that were traveling from various locations. We had never been and will probably be back soon. It is like walking in someone's home and getting some homemade meals. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the young lady that served us was delightful. They have outdoor seating on their wrap around porch with view of beautiful flower gardens. We knew we picked a good spot when we saw how many motorcycle groups stopped in to eat. The upper level of the home(restaurant) has an art gallery and there are several art pieces hanging throughout the lower level. Good prices, nice selection, tasty food, great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch Great Chef
    VickifromVAVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We enjoyed every bite and Chef Jason is friendly and personable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 59 reviews are from the Griffin Tavern reviews archive.
  • English food with a flair...
    Hamchi
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The Griffin Tavern was recommended by the Rappahannock winery as a good place to eat. We looked up the reviews and it concurred with what the winery had said. We ate on a Monday night, which had some patrons, so it was perfect to be able to eat at a fine pace. The waiter was phenomenal at suggesting what wine to order and helped us make our dinner suggestion. I had the Shepard's Pie which reminded me of eating in England. It was amazing! My husband had a burger with pesto and blue cheese. He loved it! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves to eat English type food with a flair of ambience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic
    rskoz
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Beautifully renovated old home. Limited menu but the food was very good. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Front Porch Dining
    gofrontporch
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Wonderful Setting and Excellent Food. Menu changes often and always has delicious choices. I have rarely had the same meal twice and whatever my choice is I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful local spot, a must!
    TravelnPro
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    If your in the general Warrenton VA area, this is a must date night destination, or a fun place to just grab a cold one and be part of a good local crowd. Food was very good for a non high-end restaurant. I had a steak dinner which was cooked perfectly, and my friend had a vegetarian kabob plate which she enjoyed very much. So, many options to choose from.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reluctant to share
    bikemusic
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Love this place so much I'm afraid too many others will find out about it and I won't be able to get a table! If you are visiting this restaurant from the DC area (or anywhere East of Marshall, VA exit on I-66, do yourself a favor and take exit #27 off I-66. Go South for about 500 feet and then immediately turn right (West) onto Crest Hill Road (State Hwy 647). Allow yourself about 45 minutes to an hour to drive this most scenic road at a leisurely pace. Some of the prettiest views East of the Skyline drive can be found on this road. (A great motorcycle ride, btw!). When you finally get to Flint Hill and dead end into US Hwy 522, turn right and Griffin Tavern will be about 500 feet on the left. (And DO drive the speed limit!)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing Saturday with Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Sat outside on the extended patio at the side of the restaurant on Saturday at 1pm with another couple. Service was attentive, fish and chips excellent as well as the Polughman's plate. We come here often, friends first time and they commented on how reasonable prices were. Guiness on tap always a plus and I had the South African red also very good. Lots of parking available. I gave the food a 4 because there shrimp appetizer was not available and for people who need to focus on protein and low fat...it was the perfect and awesomely delic dish. Go and enjoy and get some vitamin D! Yes they have indoor dining as well .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible Suprise in Wine Country
    JE1058VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Their menu is flavorful! The Bibb lettuce salad was an EXCELLENT way to start! The 14 oz NY Strip was grilled perfectly over an open flame. It was the thickest cut of NY Strip I've ever has as well! The accompanying potatoes were roasted in garlic and offered a delicious, sweet over roasted flavor. The spinach with cherry tomatoes was a great contrast and looked beautiful on the plate. The garlic risotto was also outstanding! Portions are generous!! But if you're still hungry after dinner, give their apple tart a try, it's HUGE! If you just want to satisfy your sweet tooth without a huge dessert, then the Chocolate Pots de Crème is a GREAT choice, rich and flavorful without being too rich. The service was great and prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Break in the Shenandoah!
    Calgon
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We hosted two dear friends for a week during the Cherry Blossom Festival. As part of their visit we did a driving tour in the Shenandoah Valley. The Griffin Tavern has a bright spot of their visit. Our waitress seated us promptly, made some spot-on appetizer recommendations and kept our drinks fresh and filled. Knowing one of our party was allergic to rosemary, the chef was accommodating and sent out a special order (without the rosemary butter). The orders were delicious and very well prepared. We will certainly be back, and bringing as many friends as possible.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dancing fun
    girlsluncherVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Nice evening, though we'd hoped to be seated in the bar area, we had a nice table in an adjacent room.. Good food and service. Great music, Robbie Limon Band. Very crowded tiny dance floor. Just fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Griffin
    ANutt2Logan
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great food! Amazingly friendly staff! Outstanding Service!! I love this place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great country place!
    djfcpa
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We were touring the Virginia wineries and decided to have brunch there. It was casual and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • historic charm
    SharVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    What a fun place to go! For ANY reason and the food was delicious. They are up there with the BEST and they use fresh, local ingredients!!!! The area is surrounded with wineries so its a perfect location for a great weekend. The bar, wrap-a-round porch and deck is an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Their specials are always a fantastic surprise--lats time we were there we enjoyed spicy tofu as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local spot in the country
    Elwood
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Met an old friend and asked for quiet table for conversation - perfect; lunch menu with many choices, loved the tuna sandwich on challah, attentive service - will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dont miss it if in Shenandoah
    Mickey
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    great food, served well.. they do not hurry you up, and very affordable. Go for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is the second time we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    This is the second time we went to Griffin's when the Andre Fox Band was playing. The music is very romantic and my husband and I love dancing to it. This time we were early enough to sit at the bar and have dinner before the music started. We always enjoy the food and think it's a great night out when we go there. The bartenders were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious pub food as well
    EMB60
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Delicious pub food as well as a special menu of locally grown produce. It has a lovely pub charm and friendly service, a wide porch for outside eating. A large bar with lots of seating. I have been and will continue to be a repeat diner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little surprised by the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    A little surprised by the wait for our food, and that they were out of three of the items that we'd ordered, as it did not seem to be over-run, but the quality of the food was very good and Anthony, our waiter, was extremely pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love the Griffin Tavern!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    I love the Griffin Tavern! They make everyone feel at home. Food was great, music was amazing - service phenomenal (Lorraine!!)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Griffin Tavern
    AnniversaryCouple
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Very nice, moderate price restaurant in an out-of-the way small town. "Americanized" English pub-food (shepherd's pie, fish & chips, ploughman's lunch)as well as other entrees. Presentation was good. Quality was excellent. Flavors were wonderful. Fabulous meringue pies for dessert. Wait staff seemed a bit overloaded, but were very friendly and helpful. It is a beautiful drive out to Flint Hill Virginia (we were coming from Fairfax/Chantilly... it was about a 1 hour drive). Though it took more time than going into DC for dinner, it was a much more scenic, relaxing drive. Overall, an excellent experience and a good meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really nice place, great service.
    w1m1b1r1i1a1n
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Really nice place, great service. Fish and chips was awesome. Carrot cake had too many nuts, but otherwise good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had the Shepherds Pie,with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    I had the Shepherds Pie,with a Boddington beer it was excellent! Wife had a plate of mussels...very good!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terriffic country find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    We were looking for a new place in the counrty to try, and after a search, discovered the Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill, VA. It is a short drive from us, through country roads, past some historic old farms. The Tavern is a mix of country and victorian, there is a giant wrap-around porch that is used for outdoor dining in the warmer weather. As we walked in the front door, we were greeted by the hostess and the servers walking by. We sat in the main dining area, but we are going to try the bar area next time (there was lots of activity there.) Dinner was outstanding, we had some appetizers (shrimp and grits were outstanding!) The main course was excellent also, a fresh take on Irish cuisine. We are definately headed back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brit-Approved Fish and Chips
    Glbtrttr
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Brit-approved fish and chips. They are excellent! Very cool old building, too. A pub with a more-than-pub-fare menu.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We were beyond description with enjoyment as we received each course, delighted with flavor on the pallet, one could only wish for! The evening was everything we could have only wished for.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Service was great! Too much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Service was great! Too much food! Better to have more reasonable prices and less serving amounts. Overall a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Quite What We Remembered
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Back for a visit after a long while. A bit disappointed. Despite many open tables, very slow, inattentive service (Alice?). No mention of specials, asked twice for creamer, disappeared for ages. Fish was great but Howie burger cooked way beyond "medium-well." Fries too done - nicely browned, but nearly fried clean through. One diner asked for salad instead of fries, this incurred a $3 upcharge. Unfortunately, the bleu cheese on salad was off/inedible. Yes, should have mentioned to manager, but difficult enough to get check delivered. Overall, an average meal. Will not make the 90 min drive again to come here. Maybe if passing by during winery outing. Reliable wifi and atmosphere in old house is very quaint - earning the second star.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet